Easy Soap Making Instructions for a
My easy soap
making instructions below will teach you how to make a simple zen soap.
Out of the two soap making projects on this site, this one is more
special and more serious.
will need to make one bar of zen soap:
(a small Tupperware)
- Petroleum jelly
clear melt-and-pour soap base
- Kitchen knife
boiler (or saucepan with heatproof bowl)
- 40 drops ylang ylang essential oil
teaspoon water soluble titanium dioxide
spritzer with alcohol
- Skewer or pointed kitchen
teaspoon powdered black oxide
- Small spoon
vegetable peeler or damp sponge
- Cling film
And now the soap making instructions...
- Grease the mould with petroleum jelly. Cut the
soap base into pieces and melt over a gentle heat in the top half of a
double boiler (or heatproof bowl in a saucepan with a few centimeters
of water) Cover the pan while the soap melts to keep moisture in. Do
nor stir, but occasionally lift the lid and give the soap a gentle
nudge with the spoon. For a moisturizing bar, add shea butter to the
soap as it melts.
- When the soap has become liquid, remove from the
hob. Pour a small bit into a mixing bowl and mix in the titanium
dioxide until it is dissolved. Add back to the melted base When the
color is merged, add
the essential oil and stir gently.
begins to set, return it to the heat.
- Pour the soap slowly into the mould. Spritz
alcohol onto the surface to help remove bubbles. Leave to set (it may
take up to an hour depending on the size of the mould.) Tip: You
can put the
mould into the fridge to speed things up, but do not use the freezer,
because the texture of the soap may spoil.
- When the soap has set remove it from the mould.
Tip: If it gets stuck, try flexing the mould gently or leave it upside down
in a warm room for a little while.
- With the tip of the skewer or knife, score the
outline of a symbol onto the soap surface. Then carefully carve right
through the bar removing the soap from the center. Keep all these
pieces to one side.
- Replace the soap in the mould, if necessary
adding petroleum jelly to help the soap stick. Collect the soap you
removed from the center of the bar and re-melt in the double boiler
(you may need to add extra soap base.) When the soap is melted, remove
from the heat and stir in a little powdered black oxide unlit the soap
base has returned black. Spoon the black soap into the center of the
white bar and leave to set. (If you over pour, simply slice off the
excess later.) Once, set, remove from the mould. Remove any surface
bubbles by slicing off a thin layer with a knife or vegetable peeler or
wipe with a damp sponge. Store in cling film.