We just love this soap- nothing cooler looking than a soap pouf on a rope. It’s a soft nylon bath pouf embedded in your favorite glycerin soap. It’s super easy, fun to create, and makes the greatest lather in the shower or bath. We’ve scented this batch with Orchid Rain fragrance oil- lovely orchid petals and fresh rain with just a touch of powder – gorgeous! Learning how to make soap couldn’t be easier.
Supplies and equipment needed:
Microwave safe glass containers
Sharp knife to cut soap into cubes
Spray bottle with rubbing alcohol
Butter knives for stirring soap
Large Bath Bomb Mold (4 cavities: 3 ounces per cavity) Not just for bath bombs!
Thermometer to monitor soap base temperature
Bath Poufs (we were able to pick up 5 small poufs for $1 at the Dollar Store)- score!!!
16 ounces Clear Melt & Pour soap base
Orchid Rain Fragrance Oil
Variety of Gel Soap Colorants of your choice. I used Lime, Melon Red, Aqua, Purple and Black Cherry.
Step 1: Cut up 16 ounces of Clear Melt & Pour soap base into small cubes using a sharp knife.
Step 2: We’re going to melt the entire batch at one time so that the process goes faster. Melt the soap base in a microwave safe glass container. Melt in the microwave in 30-second bursts until melted. Do not burn or boil, this will result in a poor quality rubbery soap. If you have any small chunks of soap left, don’t use the microwave, just stir slowly; the heat of the soap will melt these small chunks.
Step 3: Using a disposable pipette, add 4 ml of Orchid Rain Fragrance Oil. Stir in slowly until fully incorporated. Always stir your soap base slowly to avoid forming bubbles in the soap.
Step 4: Pour 4 ounces of your fragranced soap base into a separate container and mix in 2 drops of Gel Soap Colorant in Lime. Stir slowly until mixed well. Lime is a vibrant yellow/lime color- this one will wake you up! Check your soap temperature with a thermometer- you don’t want the soap base to be too hot. You’ll want to pour it into the soap mold at around 135 degrees.
Step 5: First, pour a small amount of your prepared 4 ounces of soap base into one of the cavities of the large Bath Bomb Mold (the picture shown is the color Melon Red being poured into the mold). Second, spritz your Nylon Bath Pouf with alcohol to make sure the soap travels well.
Step 6: Carefully place the pouf into your mold cavity and squish it into the soap (gently). Wait a bit till the pouf stays in the mold without floating up – this won’t take too long. Slowly pour some of the glycerin soap base over the bath pouf, being careful to not embed the nylon rope of the pouf.
Step 7: Use a popsicle stick to push the edges of the pouf into the mold cavity (picture shown is the aqua soap pouf). Continue to pour the remainder of your soap base into the cavity. The reason you are pouring 4 oz of soap into a 3 oz soap mold is that the soap wicks up into the nylon pouf – you need a bit more to fill the mold with the soap base. You can choose to pour the soap over your pouf, or right down the center of the pouf. Stop when the soap reaches the top of the mold.
Step 8: To change up your color, choose another pouf and repeat steps 4 to 7.
Note: It is not necessary to color your soap base because the bath pouf will bring color to your soap – however, it does add some nice contrast. Go on- experiment and have fun!
Step 9: Wait 2-3 hours for the soap to completely harden.
Step 10: Turn the mold over carefully and slowly press on the bottom of the cavity to release the soap. Do not force it. If the soap won’t come out, wait another 1/2 hour or so. You can even pop the soap in the freezer for 5 minutes then try again.
Step 11: These are super cute! We’re going to make on in every color! They are perfect gifts for any season and any occasion. You can choose color & scent combos for masculine or feminine as well!