Homemade Holiday Soaps
Layered Loaf Soap
- melt-and-pour soap base, white and clear (available at most craft stores)
- loaf shaped mold
- rubbing alcohol in a small spray bottle
- red soap coloring drops (available at most craft stores)
- essential oil -- scent of choice (optional)
- fine soap glitter (optional)
- large kitchen knife
- Gather your soap-making supplies.
- Break off small pieces of white soap and put in a microwave-safe container. Heat your melt-and-pour soap base in the microwave for 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until thoroughly melted. Don't overheat! Add scent and glitter (optional).
- Fill the bottom of a loaf-type mold as high as desired. (A silicone or plastic mold would be best, but my glass mold worked fine.)
- Let a filmy layer of soap build (approx. 5 min) and spritz with rubbing alcohol.
- Melt and pour a layer of contrasting soap. Again, let a filmy layer build and spritz with rubbing alcohol.
- Repeat making layers of your own choice
of color, thickness, and fragrance.
- Once the mold is full, immediately grate contrasting soap with a cheese grater and sprinkle on top. Let cool and harden completely (approx. 45 min).
- Remove soap from loaf mold. You may have to run a knife around the edges to
help loosen the soap.
- Use a large kitchen knife to cut the loaf into 'bars' of soap. The beautiful layers revealed make this step extra fun!
- Wrap using plastic wrap or cellophane for gift giving.