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Monday, June 1, 2009

How to make SOAP -Part 2-

The molds I used for my soap:

A wooden square box, (the square bars)
a 3 inch PVC pipe, (the circle soap)
and the other round balls of soap were hand molded.

The soap is soft enough to hand shape in the first 2-5 days after saponification. The brown soap has coffee grounds and herbal tea leaves I added after the soap was made. The yellow soap (next to the brown) has herbs and tumeric in it. They are textured, "scrubby" soaps for the kitchen or the gardener.

I had fun experimenting with different essential oils. Most of the soap smells the same. (Refer to "TUTORIAL on soap making - Part 1- to see how I scented it.) But I added additional essential oils to the hand molded soap. (Wintergreen, Lemongrass and Citronella are supposed to repel mosquitoes, so of course I had to try those!)

If any readers have made soap before, or know friends who make it, I would enjoy hearing your techniques, ideas and tips. I am looking forward to experimenting some more with my next batch of soap :-)
Please leave a comment. Thanks!

I cut out the designs with a cookie cutter.
You could also cut the soap out as you would cookie dough.

The scalloped edged soap was created using a scalloped cheese cutter. I think it makes the soap look unique and interesting.