Happy New Year to all and to all…………..a piece of soap?

I hope you all had  a nice Christmas and New Year.

If you’re like me, and I know many of you are, you’re amazed by all the DIY that’s available out there. I simply have to learn and create new things.

Years ago, back in Denmark, I used to make soap, shampoo, lotions and much more for my family and myself, but I haven’t made anything like that since I moved to England and I found myself missing it a lot so I went online and bought some melt and pour soap. I figured I had to start somewhere because I left all my essential oils, tools, bottles………..well everything, in Denmark.

Melt and pour soap is a good place to start, because you don’t need a lot to get started. Just take a look in your kitchen cupboards and I’m certain you’ll find stuff you can use. I found my baking tools and moulds and got started. If you just want to try this out once then I think it’s safe to use your tools for baking again. Just make sure to clean thoroughly. If you find it as much fun as I do, I’ll recommend that you keep the moulds and tools for soap only. Melt and pour is also something you can do with your kids. A rule of thumb is, that if they’re old enough to help you in the kitchen, then  they should be fine with the melt and pour soap too so it’s entirely up to you. You know what your kids can be trusted with. Just remember that it involves very hot water and soap base (you can use the microwave to heat the soap if you prefer). Bottom line is: it’s hot so be careful.

These are the basic tools: a saucepan, heatproof bowl or measuring jug and soap base. Just put some water in the saucepan, heat to simmering point, cut chunks off the soap base and melt in the bowl or jug. You can use the microwave if you want, I just find this method suits me better. I recommend that you buy a small bottle of essential oil if you want the soap with scent. Dyes are optional, but of course it makes it more fun to play around with colour too.

This is what I used for moulds. You can use what you want or have available as long as you remember that it has to be easy to release the soap from the mould once it’s hardened. The heart mould isn’t the best to use because it’s hard plastic, so I had to use a knife very carefully to loosen the hardened soap from the mould. It’s not a disaster if you do something wrong. You can always melt the soap again if you fail totally.

Here I used the silicone cupcake moulds and once the soap hardened, I put the small figures on. I heated the back of a spoon on the hob and used it to melt the back of the small figures (careful with your fingers!!) and put them on the finished “cupcake” soap. You don’t fill the cupcake moulds to the top, just 1-2 cm and you have a nice guest soap or something to use for a present.

I played with the (liquid) soap dye in the hearts. Instead of mixing it with base before I poured into the moulds, I added a drop after I poured into the moulds and just let the dye do what it wanted. I think they’re quite cute to be honest.

I have to admit………..I LOVE how this one turned out. This time I added 2 drops of dye to the mould before I poured the soap base and this is what came out. This is the beauty with playing around with things; you never know what you may (accidentally)? create but you can totally claim that you know what you’re doing. Isn’t that amazing?