Glycerin Soap Making
You can buy glycerin soap in 32 ounce blocks (containing 40 smaller cubes)
at stores like Walmart (about $6). There are two kinds of glycerin: regular
and exfoliating soap. Regular formula produces a clear soap. The exfoliating
is a thicker formula which allows for the suspension of additives which
gently scrub away old cells (ex. loofah, oatmeal, sea kelp...). These are
made of pure vegetable soap with moisturizers and are enriched with aloe
vera and vitamin E. Soap bars made with exfoliating materials will be less
transparent that those made with glycerin base.
*Cut the desired amount of soap you want with a table knife. The soap will
then need to be melted.
*for small molds (like flowers, sea figures)-
use about 1 cube of glycerin
*larger molds like animal shapes-
use about 3 cubes of glycerin
*full size bar soaps-
use about 6 cubes of glycerin
Note: Place the unused portion of the soap into an airtight bag
to prevent it from drying out.
If using a microwave, place the soap into a glass measuring cup and cover
with plastic wrap. If using a double boiler, place the soap directly into
the pan. When melting the soap in the microwave you will want to heat the
soap until most BUT NOT ALL of it is melted.
The remaining chunks should be GENTLY STIRRED UNTIL
BE CAREFUL WHEN REMOVING THE SOAP FROM THE MICROWAVE.
THE SOAP AND THE CONTAINER WILL BE VERY HOT!
The Following are some approximate microwave heating guidelines
(Individual microwave models may vary)
Setting - High
4 cubes- 40 seconds
10 cubes- 1 minute 20 seconds
Adding Color and Fragrance
Slowly add drops of dye(s) individually, or in combination, to create the
color you want. Some possible combinations include:
orange- yellow and
- red and blue
green- yellow and blue
turquoise- blue and yellow
pink- small amount of red
*** Bars with a pearlized look can be created by stirring the pearl powder
into the soap. Approximately 1/8 tsp. will color four cubes.
If you want fragrant soaps, simply add the desired amount of fragrance
to meet you personal preference. Following are suggested starting points.
mild children's soap- 5 drops per cube
fragrant bath soap- 10 drops per cube
The ideal pouring temperature for the soap is 160 degrees F. Once this
temperature has been achieved, simply pour the soap into the desired mold.
The bar will be easier to remove if you do not fill completely to the top
of the mold.
NOTE: IF THE MOLD WRINKLES WHEN YOU POUR SOAP INTO IT, THE SOAP IS TOO
HOT AND SHOULD BE GENTLY STIRRED UNTIL IT IS COOL ENOUGH. IF THE SOAP IS
TOO COOL IT WILL DEVELOP A SKIN IN THE SURFACE AND MAY NEED TO BE REHEATED.
Once the soap has been poured it is best not to move the mold until
the soap sets up (5-30 minutes) depending on the mold size, otherwise wrinkles
may appear on the surface.
Once the bars have set up at room temperature, removal may be aided by
placing the molds in the freezer for 20-30 minutes.
- Be creative! You may add essential oils, herbs, or crushed loofah to your
soaps. You can create multi color bars by pouring layers of different colors.
A soap within a soap can be achieved by surrounding a pearlized heart soap
with transparent soap.
Rub finished soap with a piece of pantyhose
to give the soap a smooth opaque surface.
Wrap in cellophane or plastic wrap for storage.
flakes- get some bars of pure soap ( Ivory, Castile)
and finely grate them to make soap powder.
Start with just 1/3 to 1/2 cup of water per 3 cups of soap powder.
Add more as needed.
Liquid food coloring (optional)
String (if you want soap on a rope)
how to -
a bowl pour approximately 3 cups of soap flakes.
1/3 to 1/2 cups of water with a few drops of food
a few drops of scent if you want to.
your hands mix the contents of the bowl until it forms the consistency
of play dough.
shape it, take a drop or two of vegetable oil and rub it between the
palm of your hands --now shape anyway you with.
into molds and let dry overnight, before removing from molds.
you want to make a soap on a rope, cut
a piece of string and tie the ends together. Push the knotted
end gently into the your finished shape.
the above recipe, pat or roll the mixture out to a suitable thickness
and let the kids use cookie cutters or theme cutters to make
soap-on-a-rope by cutting two identical pieces and sandwiching
- the string
between the layers. You could also make two-tone soaps by
using identical shapes of different colors and sandwiching them
cutters make nice shapes in guest-soap size that can be placed
in a small wicker basket for gift giving, bathroom display or drawer
PLAN AND Class activities for soap making: for students with special needs
making- students pick soap colors, molds and scents.[ We made
pink bubble gum smelling soap, and blue "gentle rain"]. I asked
the students to find colors that were related to the scents. "What
color does bubble gum make you think of?"
turns: Students took turns with measuring, stirring, adding
colors and scents and filling molds.
Using the "cheap talker" communication aide ( a device where you
can put in up to 8 different messages and access the messages by
touching a square button.) On the cheap talker are the directions
for making the soap. Students take turns reviewing the directions
by touching the buttons which are set up in order, left to right,
top to bottom
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