There are some really creative soap ideas out there!
For my birthday- Soap Making Supplies!
A Goat Milk's Soap base, a 4 bar plastic mold, some essential oils, colorant, and some soap additives(dried lavender and dried grated orange peel). Everything I needed to make some soap.
The directions are simple and easy. The soap base came in squares, each square being enough for one ounce. I used 12 squares/ounces for the first batch, which in the end did three bars. The next batch, I used 16 squares/ounces for 4 bars.
Place the cubes of soap in a microwave safe dish. I used a glass measuring cup.
Microwave the soap for 30 seconds, stir and then microwave in intervals of 5-10 seconds. Checking and stirring the soap in between. My microwave is old and that 10 seconds wasn't cutting it. So, I worked in 30 second intervals and when the soap was getting close to being melted I knocked it down to 15 seconds.
When the soap is completely melted you add the essential oils, colorants, and other additives.
For the oils, the recommendation was 1 drop per ounce of soap. For the colorant, the directions didn't give an amount to add-so I just added enough to get the results I wanted. The first batch I did was orange. I added the Orange Essential oil, some orange colorant, and some grated, dried orange peel. Stirred Well. Poured into the individual molds.
For the second batch I did Lavender. I added Lavender essential oil, some purple colorant and some dried Lavender. Stirred Well. Poured into individual molds. The dried Lavender didn't mix in very well, it all floated to the top of the bar. I read later that if you let it cool a bit before you put in your additives (dried herbs, etc) you have better luck with it staying mixed in throughout the bar.
I think it will take some practice to get the right amount of oils. The lavender was strong, but the orange was not strong enough.
I like making the CP (cold processed) soap and plan on making more of that when I am milking goats.
But the melt and pour soaps were a fun, quick project. They have quite a variety of bases you can use. I found some really cute sheep molds I am going to buy. I am not sure if I can use them with the CP soaps (will have to check the temperatures) but I can use them with the melt and pour based soaps.
What could be cuter than little lamb soaps?