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A homemade soap as beautiful as Serene Skies

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Making your own soap has never been so easy!

Well, I’ll say! Isn’t this homemade soap a thing of beauty! Really, with its gorgeous deep blue whirls contrasting with a soft, pure white, this soap is irresistible! Whoever made it must be so proud! …Okay, okay, that’s enough raving about our own recipe. Now, we’ll tell you how to make this beautiful DIY soap, which is as trouble-free as Serene Skies!

We wanted to make this recipe as easy as possible, so that anyone could make their own swirled soap. That’s why we selected ingredients friendly to even the most inexperienced soapmaker, namely glycerin soap bases. If you’re already comfortable with cold process soapmaking and are ready to try your hand at a neat design, then check out My First Swirled Soap instead.

But for now, let’s turn our eyes to Serene Skies and make a melt-and-pour soap!

How to make soap with a melt-and-pour base 

Ingredientshomemade soap recipe

White soap

Blue soap

Tools

Good to know!

  • The caprylis oil softens the soap. Because this oil is colourless, it won’t interfere with the final hue of your homemade soap. 
  • If you want to scent your soap with an aromatic essence rather than an essential oil, you’re adding oil to your recipe, because our aromatic essences are oil-based. However, the total percentage of oil in your soap recipe must not exceed 1%, otherwise your soap may “sweat.” There are two possible solutions:
    • Omit the caprylis oil and use a total of 1% aromatic essences in your recipe, meaning 0.5% aromatic essence in each colour of soap. The remaining 1% should be replaced by glycerin soap base, for a total of 49% glycerin soap base in each colour. 
    • Alternatively, you can keep the caprylis oil and use only 0.5% aromatic essence—that is, 0.25% in each colour.
  • You cannot substitute powder colourants for the liquid colourants, because powder colourants won’t mix properly with the soap base. You can, however, use a different hue of liquid colourant, of course! 

Steps to follow

  1. Prepare and disinfect your equipment and workspace.
  2. Weigh the glycerin soap for the blue half in one Pyrex cup. Weigh the glycerin soap for the white half in a second Pyrex cup. 
  3. Melt both, at the same time, either on two double boilers or by putting both Pyrex cups in the microwave. If you’re using a microwave, heat for 10 seconds, mix the soap, then heat for another 10 seconds before mixing again. Repeat this process until the soap is completely melted.making soap with melt and pour soap base
  4. Add the colourants to the Pyrex cup for the blue soap and mix well.
  5. When both soap bases have cooled to 55–60°C, add the scents and the caprylis oil to each and mix well. easy soap recipe
  6. Pour the two melted soap bases into the mold at the same time, moving the measuring cups as you pour in order to create swirls. 
  7. For more extensive swirls, you can use the tip of the thermometer to gently draw curls through the two soap colours. Be careful not to overmix the two soap bases, or the colours will eventually meld, and you’ll be left with a monochrome soap. 
  8. Leave the soap to harden for an hour before unmolding.

Use and conservation

This homemade soap is formulated for body use and for all skin types. 

When made in optimal sanitary conditions, it will keep for at least six months. Store in a dry place.

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