It seems fitting, me being a germaphobe, addicted to making soap. I guess when it comes to addictions, this is one I don't mind having. I hope you will enjoy my soap obsession too. I started making soaps, for the same reason I started making my own perfume. The scents I want, are not readily available at the local department store. I want soaps that are whimsical, fun, and sweetly scented. My shower is about the only time during my busy day, that I can relax, and have 5 minutes to myself. Those 5 minutes will be extra special with a bar of Shea buttercream cupcake soap, with vanilla sprinkles on top.
Shea Butter Base Melt And Pour Soap (I found mine at Bulk Apothecary)
Buttercream Cupcake Scented Cosmetic Grade Oil (I found mine at Indigo Fragrance)
Vanilla Scented Cosmetic Grade Oil (I found mine at Indigo Fragrance)
Soap Dye Red, Yellow, Blue (Found at Hobby Lobby)
Silicone Cupcake Molds (Found at Walmart)
Large Spouted Glass Measuring Cup
6 mason jars
Resealable Plastic Bag
To make your sprinkles, place a small amount of soap base in each mason jar. The amount you use will depend on how many bars of soap you are planning on making, and how many sprinkles you want. I wanted to start with just 6 (3 oz) bars, so I only melted about 1 to 1.5 oz of soap in each mason jar. Cover each jar with plastic wrap, and melt individually in the microwave. Heat 30 seconds at a time, watching closely. Do not over heat, or boil over. This process is similar to melting chocolate in the microwave. Once melted, add your soap dye to make desired colors. I used red, yellow, and blue to also make purple, green, and orange. Add a few drops of vanilla scent to each color, until you have the desired scent strength. Use both scented oil, and dyes sparingly, adding a little at a time, until desired color and scent are reached. Pour each individual color into a silicone cupcake mold. Let cool in fridge for quick set up. Once firm, chop into sprinkles, using a knife or blender, if you prefer. Combine all colors to finish your soap sprinkles. I stored mine in a resealable bag.
Now melt your soap base for your bars. Again the amount will depend on how many you want to make. These cupcake liners hold about 3 ounces each. Add your buttercream cupcake scented oil, again sparingly until desired scent is reached. Pour into your cupcake molds. While soap is still soft, top with sprinkles. You may wish to cover soaps with plastic wrap, and press sprinkles gently into soap, to make sure they bond to top. If you have any undesired bubbles, you may spray the top of soap with rubbing alcohol, to pop them easily. Let cool in fridge for quick set up. Once firm, remove from molds, store in a sealed container, until ready to use.
I placed all my soap sprinkles in a plastic zip-lock bag for future use.
Tip, I have made soap with paper cupcake liners too. They removed easily as well, however the edges of the soap are cleaner with silicone.
Doesn't this soap put a smile on your face? I wish you could smell it, what a fun scent. The Shea butter soap, leaves your skin very soft too.
Well that's one of many soaps I have been making. You may find these soaps available in my Etsy shop for purchase. What have you been making? Come share at our Anything Goes weekly linky party.
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