Two weeks ago I shared in my story on Instagram how I make soap at home. Making my own soap was my hobby as a kid and I even remember doing it with my friends at my birthday party. When I was bored recently, I suddenly realized that it would be fun to make soaps again. I took out the old box of craft supplies and I still had a lot of supplies at home to make soap! I shared all this on Instagram and I got a lot of nice comments and questions from my followers. Since people were so interested, I thought it would be a good idea to share more about this DIY on my blog! I hope this DIY inspires you to get crafty!
Many of the items I use were bought at least 4 years ago, so I can’t link exactly where I bought them. I bought the stuff from a webshop that specializes in soap. There are quite a few online webshops that sell soap supplies, so I’d say, take a look for yourself what they offer in your country. I think Amazon would most likely have some of the products that I’m using. A tip for all my Dutch readers is to take a look at the De Online Zeepwinkel. This is a small and wholesaler in soap and therefore also sell supplies to make your own. They sell basic sets, sets for children’s parties and separate supplies.
What you will need for this DIY:
- Soap base (clear or white)
- Fragrance oil
- Soap molds
- Microwave-resistant measuring cups
As a start, I always line up my molds. Before melting & pouring I make sure I have my fragrance oils and colouring near me, so I can quickly pick what I need for the batch of soap I’m making. I do this because as soon as you take the melted soap out of the microwave, it will quickly solidify and become less liquid.
Then I start with cutting little pieces of the huge chunk of soap base and I make sure I cut them up into small cubes. The small cubes then go into the measuring cup and the measuring cup goes into the microwave at a maximum of 600 watts for 1 to 3 minutes. You can also melt your soap base on the stove in a glass bowl above some boiling water if you don’t have a microwave or prefer to do it that way. Do not leave your soap in the microwave for too long and keep an eye on it. The time it takes for the soap to melt really depends on the amount of soap you’re melting.
After melting the soap comes the next step, which is adding color and scent to your soap! Like I said, the soap solidifies quickly, so do make sure to do this step quickly and keep stiring the soap with a spoon. I use about 4 drops of colouring. You can always add more if it’s not the desired color, so just start with a couple of drops. For the fragrance oil, I add about 3 to 4 drops. How much you will have to add depends on how strong your franche oil is, so just add as much as you think will be enough.
After adding color and scent, it’s time to start pouring the soap into the molds. Don’t worry if you spill, it will come out fine. You can add just one color in the molds or make soaps with multiple colored layers or designs. It’s all up to you! If there are bubbles on the top of the soaps, you can remove them with a spoon or needle to make sure they’re even.
The soaps should set for at least 30 minutes before you take them out of the molds. I would recommend leaving them for a few hours to make sure they have all solidified. You can move them after 30 minutes and keep them somewhere else for the rest of the time if they get in your way. When you use molds which you can bend, you should be able to take them out easily! If you are going to store your soaps in a plastic container, I would recommend leaving the container open so they don’t get damp. If you are going to give the soaps away as presents, you can put them in nice bags and you’re all set! It’s as easy as that to make soap yourself at home! I hope you enjoyed my DIY article and I inspired you to get creative at home!