Let’s make soap! Safety Warning: This recipe is for soapmakers who have a basic knowledge of the soapmaking process and know the correct safety procedures to use when handling lye. If you are new to soapmaking, visit lovinsoap.com or soapqueen.com for more detailed beginner instructions. Be sure to wear safety goggles and gloves while soaping.
Step 1 – Make your lye solution. Set aside to cool down.
Step 2 – Prepare the water bottle bottom. Cut the top off. Using a sewing needle or thumbtack, poke a hole into each of the five flat bottoms. Use a skewer to push through to open the hole bigger. Use a pencil to push through to open the hole even bigger.
Here is what we end up with. Notice the size of hole. You don’t want them too small in case the soap ends up thickening and not flowing through.
Step 3 – Prepare your mold. I used a 12″ PVC pipe for a mold. You can purchase the bottoms, but I didn’t have any so I used plastic wrap and tape to secure the bottom.
Step 4 – Weigh out the coconut oil and shea butter and melt.
Step 5 – While that’s melting, weigh out the liquid oils. Once the solid oils are melted, add the liquid oils to the solid oils. This helps to cool the temp down.
Take the temp of the oils and lye solution. Wait until both are below 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 6 – Gear up in goggles and gloves! Add the essential oil blend to the oils.
Step 7 – Pour the lye solution into your oils.
Step 8 – Stir just until emulsified. You don’t want to see trace.
Step 9 – Pour the mixture into four containers.
Step 10 – Add mica to each and mix using a mini mixer (coffee frother). Mix quickly as you don’t want it to thicken up.
Step 11 – Holding the water bottle bottom over the mold, pour in your fist color. Only pour about a tenth of the mixture. Rotate the colors until you run out.
The water bottle helps to create five mini funnel swirls into the mold creating the Millefiori Soap Design.
Let your soap sit overnight to saponify. Unmold the next day.
To unmold from PVC, it helps to put your mold into the freezer. Remove from the freezer and drop it onto one end (on concrete) to help jar the soap loose. Push out.