Making homemade soap can be as easy or as hard as you want it to be. As for me, I choose the easy route. The combination of colors, scents, and textures is endless and it only takes a few ingredients to make a completely unique blend that you can claim as your own. I have always made the melt and pour type soaps and had fun making some poppy seed variations recently.
A fresh lemon poppy seed soap for kitchen use. The fresh lemon scent easily removes the lingering aroma of onions and garlic during dinner prep. The poppy seeds feel like little exfoliants against my skin, scrubbing, while the shea butter softens at the same time.
And a sweet almond poppy seed soap for upstairs to pamper my tired, dry hands. The shea butter makes it feel as though I am washing my hands with lotion.
You can find 2 lb. blocks of melt and pour soap base at craft stores like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. There are several types to choose from. I’ve used glycerin soap in the past and chose shea butter soap this time. You could also use a goat’s milk soap base as well. They are about $9, so be sure to bring your 40% off coupon for the best deal around.
Almond and lemon essential oils. They are usually $4-$5 for a small bottle at craft stores or etsy.
Coloring your soap is optional. I chose to add a few drops of yellow to help the lemon one stand out from the almond scented soap.
The zest of 1 lemon (for the lemon soap) and poppy seeds for both soap recipes.
Plastic or silicone are easy to find at craft stores. Plastic molds are the most inexpensive route and come in so many fun shapes. I used a silicone mold from here. You can also use a bread pan and cut your soap into bars.
Glass measuring cup
As a reference: I used 10 oz. soap base, 8-12 drops of essential oil, 4 drops of coloring (for the lemon soap), the zest of 1 lemon (for the lemon soap) and 1 tsp. poppy seeds for each batch. 1 batch made 4 (2″x3″) bars of soap.
Cut your soap base into small cubes. Fill a glass measuring cup and microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until melted. It takes about 90 seconds.
Add your scent (a few drops at a time until your reach the desired potency), coloring and add-ins.
Place soap mold on a baking sheet to make transporting it to the refrigerator easier.
Pour into molds. You can coat your molds with a small amount of cooking spray to prevent sticking if using a plastic or metal mold. Once you’ve poured your soap there may be some air bubbles. I just poked them with a toothpick, but you can also lightly spray with rubbing alcohol to remove them.
Smooth, fragrant, and ready to pamper yourself or package up for a friend.
A small piece of parchment paper and some twine easily cover this soap that is going to be sent out as a Mother’s Day gift. A bar of each scent and a small wooden soap rack to store them on. I would love to receive a gift like this.