Winter Wonderland Soap Tutorial

by Rustic Escentuals

I had several embeds left over from last week’s Holiday Tree Embed Tutorial and decided to use them for this week’s Winter Wonderland tutorial. This is a wonderful way to use up excess soap from previous projects! If you’re looking for an awesome Christmas idea – look no further! These are so cute you’ll want to keep them all.

Skills: layering, embedding and suspending

winter wonderland soap
so cute you’ll want to keep them all!

 

Supplies and equipment needed:
Microwave safe glass containers
Sharp knife to cut soap into cubes
Spray bottle with rubbing alcohol
Butter knives
Rubber gloves
Cheese grater
Duck Pond Soap Mold (3 cavities)
Disposable pipettes
Thermometer to monitor soap base temperature
8 oz Goats Milk Melt & Pour soap base
7 oz Ultra Clear Melt & Pour Soap Base
Uncut “chunk” of White Melt and Pour soap base
Shimmer Dust Glitter in Bright Red
Winter Breeze Fragrance Oil
One .15cc Scoop

basic supplies
gather your ingredients

 

molds and other tools
don’t forget to grab the holiday tree soaps!

 
Prepare in advance:

Step 1: If you haven’t already made these tree soaps from last week’s tutorial, follow the Holiday Tree Embed Tutorial under the section, “Making Inserts”. You will want to have at least 3 trees ready to go. When ready, trim the bottom to make them flat so the tree can stand on its own.

holiday trees ready to use
you’ll want a minimum of 3 holiday tree soaps

 


trim the bottom so tree can stand up

 

Step 2: To create the “snow” take a chunk of White Melt and Pour Soap Base and grate about 1/2 cups worth.

shred the chunk of white M&P soap
carefully (watch for stray fingers… ouch!) shred the chunk of white M&P soap base

 

shredded soap ready to use
you’ll want about 1/2 cup worth

 

Now let’s make the soap:

Step 3: Take 8 oz ounces of cubed Goats Milk Melt and Pour soap base and place in a microwave safe glass container. Melt in the microwave in 30-second bursts until melted. Be careful that you don’t boil the soap – boiling will result in a poor quality rubbery soap.

Step 4: Mix in 5 ml of Winter Breeze Fragrance Oil. Stir slowly until mixed well.

Tip: Always stir slowly when adding colorants, fragrances or any type of additions to the soap base to avoid creating any more bubbles than necessary.

add your fragrance oil
using your pipette, add your yummy Winter Breeze FO.. mmmm!

 

Step 5: Use a thermometer to monitor the soap base temperature, it should be about 135° to avoid warping the mold. If soap is too hot, keep stirring slowly until soap reaches 135°. This mold can take temperatures up to 135-145 degrees.

Step 6: Pour a layer of Goats milk soap 1/3 of the way up each cavity of the Duck Pond Soap Mold. Don’t pour all the way up. Remember to pour slowly to avoid excess bubbles. You will be using approximately 4 ounces of the melted soap base for this layer. Set aside the rest for later.

pour first layer
pour your first layer, stopping approx 1/3 of the way up the mold

 

let cool
pour slowly to avoid excess bubbles

 

Step 7: Spritz the soap with rubbing alcohol to get rid of any bubbles that formed while you were pouring.

spritz with rubbing alcohol
spritz to remove any bubbles that may have formed

 

Step 8: Let soap sit for approximately 8 – 10 minutes. Monitor carefully, you only want this layer to harden enough to hold the next layer.

Step 9: Take 7 oz of the Ultra Clear Melt & Pour soap base, melt and add fragrance oil following Steps 3 and 4 above.

Step 10: Slowly add 6 scoops of Shimmer Dust Glitter in Bright Red to the melted soap. Stir slowly while adding the glitter to the soap so it doesn’t clump up on you. Keep stirring slowly until cool. You will want to pour this soap cool to avoid warping the mold and to keep the glitter suspended.

add glitter and stir slowly to combine
add the sparkly red glitter and stir until cool

 

Step 11: When the first layer of soap is hard enough to hold the second layer, spritz this layer with alcohol and slowly pour the clear soap base with red glitter. Don’t fill all the way to the top. Pour approximately 1/3 of the way up. After pouring, spritz this layer with alcohol to remove any bubbles.

add red layer
pour glittery red layer another 1/3 of the way up the mold (2/3 full at this point)

 

let cool for 10-15 minutes
let site to harden (after spritzing to remove any bubbles, of course!)

 

Step 12: Let soap sit for approximately 10 – 15 minutes. Each new layer will take longer to set than the previous one and you want it to be strong enough to hold the third layer as well as the soap tree. When the red glitter layer is set, get ready to work quickly. You will want to work with 1 cavity at a time.

WORK QUICKLY – You don’t want your third layer of soap to harden up on you while working.

Step 13: Take the remainder of the Goats Milk Soap Base and re-melt following Step 3 above. Remember, this soap is already fragranced and ready to go. Wait until the soap base is cool enough to pour and spritz the second layer of soap with alcohol. Pour the 3rd layer almost to the top of the cavity.

spritz second layer
spritz your second layer in preparation for the third layer

 

pour third layer
pour almost to top of cavity

 

Step 14: Spritz the Christmas tree with alcohol and place in the center of the cavity (bottom part will be covered by the white soap layer you just poured).

sprtiz Christmas tree
spritz the Christmas tree to help it adhere to the soap around

 

place in soap mold
place in center of the cavity, in the layer you just poured

 

make sure soap is straight
make sure the tree is straight and even!

 

Step 15: Spritz the grated soap and sprinkle them onto the soap layer and around the Christmas tree to make the “snow.” Let the soap set for a minute.

spritz the shredded soap
spritz your shredded soap

 

sprinkle around the base of the tree
sprinkle around the tree to make the “snow” (it’s snowing! whee!)

 

Step 16: Spritz the “snow” with alcohol lightly and drizzle a bit of the goats milk soap over them to help keep them in place.

spritz snow again
spritz the snow one final time

 


and drizzle with a bit of the goat’s milk soap to help keep them in place

 

Step 17: Repeat with the remaining 2 cavities and wait 3 hours for the soap to completely harden (I like to leave these overnight). Turn over carefully and slowly press on the bottom of the mold to release the soap. Do not rest the soap on the table, you don’t want to destroy all your hard work by knocking out the trees.

Tip: If the soap won’t come out, wait another 1/2 hour or so – don’t fight it. You can even pop the soap in the freezer for 5 minutes but I don’t recommend longer than that.

let cool for 3 hours
let the soap rest for 3 hours to completely harden (patience! patience!)

 

winter wonderland soap project
carefully remove from the mold and voila! a festive winter wonderland!

 

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