67 responses

  1. Kierst
    April 26, 2013

    I’m going to have to try this! It looks so good! I saw recently at a boutique what looked like homemade soaps wrapped in fabric. I thought it was adorable and added such a cute touch.

  2. Cindy
    April 27, 2013

    Thanks for the great tutorial. The soaps look perfect and I’d love to smell them! Cindy @ sunsetcoasting.blogspot.com

  3. Janine C
    April 28, 2013

    They look wonderful – almost too good to use.

  4. jaime ♥ raising up rubies
    May 4, 2013

    thank you for sharing! these are beautiful … going to give the recipes a try! ♥

  5. The Mississippi Martha
    May 5, 2013

    I definitely have to give this a try. They would be perfect for gifts and left for house guests

  6. Jill P.
    May 29, 2013

    Hmmm… I just tried making a batch and was disappointed. I shea butter for my base and used a metal mold but sprayed it with cooking spray and I can’t get them out. Put them in the freezer to try and shrink more and still could not get them out until I ran a knife around the edge of one and beat the back of the pan to death. One of the 4 came out but the edges are all dug up since I used a knife. All the poppy seeds are on one side of the bar (bottom). Jill Mama Ging

    • Brandy
      May 29, 2013

      Hi Jill, that is so disappointing to hear. It sounds like you did everything right. Was it a bread loaf pan that you used or a metal shaped mold? I’ve only used bread pans when it comes to metal ones and after it completely set up, I ran a knife around the edge (like you did) and it popped right out. Then I sliced it into bars. (like here: http://www.gluesticksblog.com/2011/12/candy-cane-soap.html)

      As for metal shaped molds, I’ve never used those kind before. Just silicone and plastic, so I’m not sure if there are any better tips for releasing the soap once it is finished.

      I’m not sure why the poppy seeds would have settled to the bottom either. The shea soap is fairly sturdy and the seeds are so light. I wonder what happened to make them do that! I wish I had more answers for you Jill. I will look and see what I can find about using metal molds and if I see anything other than spraying it and running it under water, I will post it for you.

      Brandy

    • Jill P.
      May 30, 2013

      Hi Brandy, I used a brand new Wilton 9 cavity petite loaf pan. I finally did get them out after a long time in the freezer. Maybe I added too many poppy seeds? You didn’t mention how much to add. Also when I added the coloring, I stirred it very well but it didn’t seem to make a difference in the color which I thought was odd. Turns out, all the coloring was also settled on the bottom with the seeds. If only you could see a pic of my soap LOL. I am going to try and re-melt my bars today and see if I can get a better result. I really hope so as I wanted to use some as end of year teacher gifts. Stay tuned :) Jill

      • Laura Lesikar
        October 19, 2013

        I have heard that you can not use metal pans…sounds like that is the problem….Just getting started in soap making but have done alot of research. Glass dish greased with Vaseline is suppose to work.

    • Jill P.
      May 30, 2013

      I do see it says 1 tsp of seeds. I didn’t measure but I don’t think I added much more than that and I used 12 oz of shea butter instead of your 10 so it should’ve been ok. I guess we shall see how it turns out the 2nd time around. LOL

    • Brandy
      May 30, 2013

      Yes, keep me posted! If you scroll to the bottom of the ingredients list, I gave the measurements that I used as a reference. I used 1 tsp. of seeds for my batch which was 10 oz. of shea butter base. Also the measurements and amount of coloring too. I put it at the bottom because everyone’s soap molds are different sizes so you can adjust accordingly. So I hope that helps you with a reference. Good luck!

    • Jill P.
      May 30, 2013

      ok, so I tried this again. I actually strained out all the seeds and only put in a little bit. Again, as soon as I poured into the molds, they (and the grated orange peel I added) sank to the bottom. I’m also noticing that mine is more clear in color and yours is milky, which led me to check my shea butter and mine is 100% unrefined organic shea butter. I Googled the difference between refined and unrefined (check it out here http://www.ehow.com/about_5375961_refined-vs-unrefined-shea-butter.html – interesting tidbit about the use of toxins in the refining process)and it also mentioned that refined is milky white (like yours) and mine (unrefined) is a clear when melted but goes to a grayish yellow so I’m wondering if that also is the difference in the consistencies. I also noticed with the first batch that I’d call it a lotion bar and not soap because it certainly didn’t lather or have soap properties but man alive, did it leave my hands soft! IF I were to do this again (big IF!)I think maybe I’d let it settle a bit after I poured it into the mold and then sprinkle in some seeds & grated peel. And yes, the unrefined has a stronger smell so LOTS more essential oil ;)

      • Christina Reitz
        October 9, 2013

        That would be the issue–you used shea butter, not shea butter *soap base*. There is a HUGE difference between the two! The soap base has already had all the oils (i.e., shea butter), lye, etc. turned into soap, and you’re just melting and pouring (with, of course, any additives such as fragrance, colorants, and “scrubby stuff” [in this case, poppy seeds]). The shea butter is, well, just shea butter (not soap of any kind).

    • Brandy
      May 30, 2013

      I guess you learn something every day! I didn’t know there were two types of shea butter soap base. Maybe because the only place I’ve ever purchased it was Michael’s and they only had the one type at our local store. I wish your results had been better for you, Jill. My mom makes her own lotion bars with shea butter (not the melt and pour soap type like mine) and they do not lather either. She just rubs them on her legs, etc. She loves them. I sent her some of these for Mother’s day and she said she really liked them too, but they were definitely soap vs. the lotion bars that she uses for moisturizing. Thank you for updating me on your outcome and thank you for taking the time to comment and let me know good/bad how your project turned out!

    • Brandy
      May 30, 2013

      http://shop.hobbylobby.com/products/32-ounce-shea-butter-soap-base-617803/

      This is what I used. I am going to add a link to the post so that others can easily find it too.

    • Julie Koenig
      August 26, 2013

      If the melt and pour soap is too warm the poppy seeds (or any additive) may sink to the bottom (which normally becomes the top when unmolded). Metal molds are not recommended for soapmaking – not only because the fragrance oil (or lye in the case of cold process soap) could adversely react with the metal, but also because it is, in some cases, next to impossible to unmold. On the other hand, using freezer paper to line a metal container, shoe box, plastic drawer liners, etc., will make it a useable soap mold and super easy to unmold.

  7. Μαρία Μόσχου
    August 2, 2013

    Hi, Brandy! I can’t say I’m really into all this crafts world, but I gave it a shot with these soaps of yours! Everything went perfect during the preparation, I didn’t add poppy seeds since I didn’t have any, I used tangerine essential oils and I added the zest of half a lemon. They smell like cake!! I used silicon molds and now they are in the fridge! I’m anxious now that I read the comments about not coming out of the molds easily, but I’ll wait and see and keep my fingers crossed! :)

  8. Μαρία Μόσχου
    August 2, 2013

    The name is Maria, by the way. From Greece.

    • Brandy
      August 2, 2013

      Hi Maria! I’m so glad you tried out the recipe! I’m sure they will pop our right away since you used silicon molds. I bet they smell amazing! Have a great weekend!

  9. mary smith
    August 20, 2013

    This is great! I recently found a pattern for a crocheted soap holder. I wanted to make them for Christmas gifts this year so I’m going to make your poppy seed soap to go in them. Thank you! But where do you get the poppy seeds? And I’m planning on making a lot. Do you recommend investing in the silicone molds?

  10. mary smith
    August 20, 2013

    This is great! I recently found a pattern for a crocheted soap holder. I wanted to make them for Christmas gifts this year so I’m going to make your poppy seed soap to go in them. Thank you! But where do you get the poppy seeds? And I’m planning on making a lot. Do you recommend investing in the silicone molds?

  11. mary smith
    August 20, 2013

    This is great! I recently found a pattern for a crocheted soap holder. I wanted to make them for Christmas gifts this year so I’m going to make your poppy seed soap to go in them. Thank you! But where do you get the poppy seeds? And I’m planning on making a lot. Do you recommend investing in the silicone molds?

  12. mary smith
    August 20, 2013

    This is great! I recently found a pattern for a crocheted soap holder. I wanted to make them for Christmas gifts this year so I’m going to make your poppy seed soap to go in them. Thank you! But where do you get the poppy seeds? And I’m planning on making a lot. Do you recommend investing in the silicone molds?

    • Brandy
      August 21, 2013

      Hi Mary!

      You can find poppyseeds in the baking aisle right next to the spices! I bought a small container for a few bucks and it was plenty for my small batch. I love my silicone mold. The soaps just pop right out, perfectly shaped. I have used plastic molds too and they work good, a little more tapping on the counter to loosen them up. Before investing in a silicone one I’d suggest seeing if you can find a plastic one that is the same size and see how it works. Good luck!! :)

  13. mary smith
    August 21, 2013

    I just went to Michael’s and they didn’t have any silicone molds. I may have to settle for plastic ones this time. While I was there, I noticed there were 2 types of soap. One was regular and the other was suspension formula. All your add ins sink to the bottom of the regular kind, but they get suspended all through the suspension kind! I only noticed because I read that someone else had trouble with that.

    • Brandy
      August 21, 2013

      I think we figured out that the other gal actually bought shea butter (plain) instead of shea butter soap base. So she ended up with something completely different than soap and it didn’t lather at all. I didn’t buy the suspended kind, because I didn’t see it, but it definitely couldn’t hurt to buy that one if they offer it! Good to know!

  14. Anne-Marie
    August 26, 2013

    Your melt and pour soap turned out just great! I love the idea of poppy seeds as an exfoliant in your batch of soap. =)

    • Brandy
      August 26, 2013

      Thank you Anne-Marie! Now I just need to figure out what combination to make next…it is so much fun!

  15. Mandy
    September 3, 2013

    Really excited to try this, I’m hoping it turns out well because I want to make up a whole bunch later as part of little X-mas goodie bags! :)

  16. Laura
    October 5, 2013

    Love, love, love the ideas here. My biggest concern, however: I do not have a microwave. Can this be done stove top or should I hang out at my mom’s house and use hers?

    • Brandy
      October 5, 2013

      You could do this on a stove with a double boiler!

  17. Sheryl
    December 15, 2013

    You mention “10 ounces” of soap base….is this liquid, after it has been melted or 10 ounces by weight? I got the 2# package from Micbeals….so how much of that do I use?

    • Brandy
      December 15, 2013

      Hi Sheryl! I used 10 oz. of the 2 lb. soap base cut into cubes. I weighed it before melting it. You may need to adjust how much you use depending on how many bars you are making and the size of your mold. Mine soap mold made 2×3″ bars so I just gave my measurements as a reference. Hope that helps!

      • Sheryl Bonsignore LaDelfa
        December 16, 2013

        Thank you, Brandy! I went ahead and used 10 fluid ounces (about ten or eleven cubes from the 2# block). That usually got me four bars. Thanks for replying!

  18. Amanda Formaro
    January 21, 2014

    I’ll definitely be trying these :) I shared your link on my Facebook page and everyone loved the idea :) https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153754070695217&set=a.353593675216.349539.323548680216&type=1&stream_ref=10

    • Brandy
      January 21, 2014

      Thank you Amanda! Awesome! They are so fun to make, I just posted a raspberry one yesterday that is perfect for Valentine’s Day. I hope you enjoy making them too!

  19. Jessica Comer
    January 23, 2014

    Hi Brandy, your soap recipe looks awesome and I’m really interested in trying to make soap myself! I’ve seen those melt & pour bases from Michael’s and Hobby Lobby before but I never wanted to try them because when I looked at the ingredients I saw that they were full of SLS (sodium laurel sulfates) and weren’t really soap. The reason I want to make my own soap is because my little boy has terrible eczema and can’t handle harsh detergents with SLS. Have you ever used a different brand of melt & pour soap base or know of where I could find one so I could make your recipe without the detergents? It really looks awesome and like a fun project to do with my son! :) Thanks.

    • Brandy
      January 23, 2014

      Hi Jessica, I’m sorry I haven’t looked into that before. The only thing I would do would be to google it or search on amazon.com. I’m sorry I couldn’t be more help! Brandy

    • Jennifer McLean
      January 25, 2014

      Hi Jessica, I totally understand soap having SLS which are horrible for skin but especially when you or your children have eczema or just very dry skin- I use the soaps from Super Store or Loblaws or even health stores that are all natural and they work great on both of my children! Unfortunately you arent making them but the bars of soap I use are about $1.29 and theres a bunch of yummy scents to pick from:) hope this helps you and your son
      Jen

  20. Cathie
    January 26, 2014

    Thanks so much for the post. I made these for Christmas present and for a swap that I went to. I love them, they are easy to make and you can make any variety you want. I, too, could not find the silicone molds at Michael, but the plastic ones are fine. Thanks again! getting ready to make some heart-shaped soaps for Valentine’s Day!
    Cathie

    • Brandy
      January 26, 2014

      Thanks for letting me know, Cathie! They are so much fun, I just finished up some Valentine’s day ones too! :)

  21. Gale Wilkinson
    February 2, 2014

    These look wonderful and I am planning to try them very soon

  22. angfling
    June 3, 2014

    Your soaps are beautiful!
    I love the exfoliation that poppy seeds give to soap.

    http://www.angelasbathtub.com

  23. Karen
    August 7, 2014

    I am having a hard time finding “sweet almond” fragrance oil-where do you get yours?

    • Brandy
      August 7, 2014

      Hi Karen! I found my bottle at Michael’s in their soap making section. I looked online to see if they had anything available and I only saw “honey almond”. Not sure what the difference would be, my “sweet almond” scent smells just like almond extract. Good luck! :)

  24. Mia Simmons
    August 17, 2014

    Hi…I’m interested in trying this recipe. My question is what is considered a “soap base”? Are you referring to something like Ivory soap or a soap bar that is unscented?

  25. Rena C.
    August 31, 2014

    Hi
    I made this super fast and easy via microwave melting. I added about ten drops essential oil (pure) of lemon and about 3/4 of a whole lemon’s zest. However I don’t have sensitive skin or allergies. …I just love lemon soaps and have grown tired of paying 6 or 7 dollars for the designer brands. This was perfect.
    Rena C., Minneapolis

    • Brandy
      September 1, 2014

      Fabulous! So glad it worked out perfectly for you! Lemon is my absolute favorite scent!

  26. Karen
    October 27, 2014

    I tried looking up where you purchase your soap mold but GoDaddy pops up?? Where did you purchase the molds from?

    • Brandy
      October 28, 2014

      Hi Karen, it looks as though the site no longer exists (Wholeport). You can find silicon molds at craft stores, plastic molds work too! I will have to edit that post now and remove the link. Thanks for letting me know!

      • Karen
        October 28, 2014

        No problem :-)

      • Kelli Haglund
        November 14, 2014

        SO glad I stumbled on your page. I’m just going to get started in the melt and pour soap making. What brand of oils do you find you are using? I would love to get any tips or hints for the newbie ready to get started. Thank you so much.

      • Brandy
        November 14, 2014

        Hi Kelli! I haven’t really settled on any certain brands as I just use them for scent and not for the essential oil uses. I know friends swear by Doterra, but I used some I bought off of E-bay from a company that had great reviews. Good luck! Melt and pour soaps are the only ones I know how to do and they are fairly simple. You’ll have lots of fun!

      • Kelli
        November 15, 2014

        Do you think these would be ok – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002RXI0B4/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3PKW778P6JAD9 I appreciate you replying so quickly. I’m so excited to get started.

      • Brandy
        November 15, 2014

        I think those would be just fine!

      • kelli haglund
        November 15, 2014

        Thank you so much. I’ll let you know how they turn out.

  27. Cris
    December 10, 2014

    Hi! Can I use vanilla bean instead of poppy seeds?I thought I would use the ones I used to make my vanilla extract. This way I get the vanilla scent

    • Brandy
      December 10, 2014

      Hi Cris! I’ve never tried that before, but I’m assuming it would work!

  28. Lauren
    December 14, 2014

    Hi Brandy, have you ever tried poppy seeds in a normal melt and pour soap base? I used this one (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/261576230606?_trksid=p2060778.m2749.l2649&var=560447599444&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT) and all the poppy seeds rose to the top…

    Thanks

    • Brandy
      December 14, 2014

      Hi Lauren! I haven’t tried it in that base. I’m wondering what would have caused them to rise like that instead of mix like mine did. Very strange.

  29. Riens handmade soap
    December 30, 2014

    They came out so perfect. I just wanna smell them.

  30. Jessica
    December 30, 2014

    Chris, with the vanilla beans, be cautious throwing them in. They’re exspensive and you wouldn’t want to waste them. ;) If you put them in whole, the soap will seal the pores of the bean and you won’t get any scent. The best thing to do would be to scrape the sides of several beans for their pulp and add that in as you would the poppy seeds, then add some vanilla essential oil for added fragrance. :) Since true vanilla e.o.s are crazy exspensive, just make your own, since you’ve already made extract! It’s not as potent, but it’s a good DIY option for soap and it smells like heaven! The steps are the same as making your own extract, except after you split and clean the beans, bruise them well and cut them into smaller pieces, then replace the alcohol with an oil like jojoba. You can lightly heat it, or just stick it in the windowsill cold. Shake it up every day. Let it brew for 2-4 weeks. Add a tsp. full of that to your soap along with fresh pulp and that will be the best soap ever!

    • Cris
      December 30, 2014

      Thanks Jessica! Next time I get some vanilla beans I’ll infuse them in oil and use on my next batch of soap.

  31. Jessica
    December 30, 2014

    BTW, Brandy I took your advice and went to my local health food store. They gave me blocks of plain, clear, all natural glycerin soap and said that it was the base for all melt-and-pour soaps and that I could stick it in the microwave or in a Dutch oven! They gave me some raw goat’s milk to mix in with it so I had the base and I got to make all your lovely soaps! Thanks for pointing me in the right direction! :)

    • Brandy
      December 30, 2014

      Wonderful! And thank you for sharing your tips with the vanilla beans as well! What a wonderful scent that would add!

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