Simple Melt and Pour DIY Salt Scrub Bars

My Simple Melt and Pour DIY Salt Scrub Bars were created to give those winter dry and scratchy feet sandal worthy softness.  Actually, this is a great bar of soap to grab anytime weary tootsies need a bit of revival. Not only are ingredients in this recipe are readily available, making these fun bars are as easy as it gets. Let me show you how!

Simple Melt and Pour DIY Salt Scrub Bars

Simple DIY Salt Scrub Bars

I chose a combination of coarse and extra coarse sea salt to make my DIY Salt Scrub Bars. I’ve seen larger hunks of salt used in these bars before, but that somehow seems really uncomfortable to me.

I love the two tone horizontal bar because it gives two options, one to scrub with, one to soften with. I specifically chose the honey base for the healing properties found in honey.

I’ve added shea to the honey side of this soap too.  You could certainly add it to both layers if you choose.   Another option would be to add a Teaspoon of Manuka Honey to the honey layer of your soap.  No Manuka Honey?  No worries.  Check out our DIY Manuka Honey Recipe

Finally, the essential oil blend I used is a combination of Peppermint (refreshing and ‘my’ essential oil) and Manuka (antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, relaxing scent) essential oils. If you’d like, you can replace the Manuka with Tea Tree Oil.

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Tips For Layering Melt and Pour Soap

Melt and pour soap melts at about 120-125 degrees.   When pouring layers it is important to remember that if the layer of soap you are pouring is too hot, it will melt the layer below it.

Make sure that the top layer has cooled to 125 ° F or below before pouring the next layer.

Because temperature is so important, I recommend investing in an *this post contains affiliate links infrared thermometer for making layered soaps.  Even someone as experienced at soap making as I am can ruin a gorgeous bar of soap because I thought it was cool enough simply by touching the container.

It’s also important for the bottom layer of soap to be hard  enough to support the soap layer you are pouring on top.

Simple Melt and Pour DIY Salt Scrub Bars

If it is too soft, the top layer will melt through to the bottom, no matter how much the layer you are pouring has cooled.

As the bottom layer cools and hardens, it will develop a ‘skin.’ To test the thickness and strength of the skin, gently touch the soap.  If you can easily push into the soap, it needs to cool and harden longer.   You don’t want this layer to set up all the way, just to be hard enough that the heat of the layer you are pouring can’t penetrate it.

Spritz the the hardened layer of soap with alcohol before you pour a new layer to help the two layers adhere better.

Simple Melt and Pour DIY Salt Scrub Bars

Simple DIY Salt Scrub Bar Ingredients

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1 Pound Clear Melt and Pour Soap Base

1/2 (give or take a bit) Honey Melt and Pour Soap Base

4 ounce soap mold

1/2 Cup Coarse and/or   Extra Coarse Sea Salt  (I used a combination)  If you want to use Epson Salt, use the fine grain.

1 Teaspoon Refined Shea Butter

4 drops Peppermint Essential Oil and 4 drops  Manuka Essential Oil PER 4 oz. BAR OF SOAP you are making.

Simple DIY Salt Scrub Bar Method

Chop your clear melt and pour base. In the microwave pulse in 30 second stints until the base is melted.

Sprinkle 1-2 Tablespoons salt over the bottom of each mold.

Pour melted clear soap over the salt.

Sprinkle 1-2 Tablespoon salt over the top of that layer of soap.

Repeat until soap mold is full, ending on a layer of clear soap.

Simple Melt and Pour DIY Salt Scrub Bars

If you are making the bi-colored DIY Salt Scrub Bars, end your clear soap half with a salt layer.

Chop honey soap base into small chunks, pulse in microwave in 15 second bursts until melted.

Add shea butter and stir.

Add drops of Peppermint and Manuka essential oils. Pour a layer of the honey base over the last salt layer in your mold.

Repeat with salt and honey layers until mold is full, ending with a honey layer.

Allow your DIY Salt Scrub Bars to fully harden, turn them out and head to the tub!

Pro Tip: Usually if you are using a 4 ounce mold, a pound of soap base will give you 4 bars of soap.  But because of the volume the soap will take up, you might have a bit of soap base left over.  You may want to grab a small 1-2 ounce mold to use any potential left over soap base in.

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Organic Gardening With Essential Oils

I love organic gardening with essential oils.  Therefore, anytime I can address fungal threats and pests with non-toxic, chemical free alternatives, I’m a happy gardener.  Let’s explore all the ways we can effectively use essential oils in the garden.

Organic Gardening With Essential Oils

Rosemary

The woodsy scent of Rosemary may help repel garden pests. Simply put a drop or two on a few pieces of broken clay pot and scatter the pieces around your garden.  You’ll need to reapply the Rosemary essential oil to the clay pieces every few days, or after a rain.

Peppermint

The sweet scent of peppermint essential oil sends aphids, flies, and spiders running in the opposite direction.  Our DIY Peppermint Essential Oil Garden And Home Spray is easy to make!

Organic Gardening With Essential Oils

 

Easy Peppermint Essential Oil Garden And Home Spray

Use 4 drops of Peppermint essential oil per 2 ounces of water in a spray bottle on the leaves of plants. Shake often. You can even use this spray indoors around your baseboards and doorways to get rid of spiders.

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The Organic Gardener’s Handbook of Natural Pest and Disease Control. 

DIY Organic Gardening With Essential Oils Spray

Unlike the easy peppermint essential oil garden and home spray above, our DIY Organic Gardening Essential Oil Bug Spray is meant to be sprayed directly on bugs.    I’m adding this to my arsenal of squash bug defense this year.  Ugh.  Squash bugs.    I’m an organic gardener and do NOT want to have to resort to chemicals to control the squash bug population.

It contains:

Orange Essential Oil

The D-limonene found in orange essential oil is harmless to humans, but deadly to most insects.
Because D-limonene  dissolves the waxy coating on the exoskeleton of insects, they die of  asphyxiation and dehydration.

Cedarwood Essential Oil

Virginian Cedarwood’s claim to fame in the bug killing business is it’s ability to disrupt octopamine, a compound that pheromone bugs need to live. Consequently, Cedarwood is bad news for ticks and fleas, but safe to use around kids!

DIY Essential Oil Bug Spray With Orange and Cedarwood


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In a 16 ounce spray bottle, combine the following:

1/8 Cup Dr. Bronner’s Soap
38 Drops Orange Essential Oil
38 Drops Cedarwood Essential Oil
Fill the rest of the way with warm water.
Shake well. Store in a cool dark place.

Unlike the Peppermint Essential Oil Garden Spray above, this gets sprayed directly on the bug, not all over the leaves.  It may take a moment before they die, but dead they will be.

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Two Tone Honey Calendula Melt And Pour Soap Recipe

Wondering how to make a two tone melt and pour soap recipe?  Well, I’m happy to tell you that it’s much easier than you think.  My two tone Honey Calendula Melt and Pour Soap Recipe will show you how to make a vertically layered soap.

Honey and Calendula Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

Ingredients For Two Tone Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

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1 pound Organic Translucent Melt and Pour Soap Base

1 pound Honey Melt and Pour Soap Base

Calendula Petals    (Now, most botanicals wind up looking like dead bugs in melt and pour soap. While Canlendua Petals do the best, they aren’t perfect. This is a soap you are going to want to USE, not sit out as a decoration. Just sayin’. And with all the goodies in this bar, why wouldn’t you run off to the tub with it asap?)

Manuka Honey    Opps…  No Manuka Honey?  That’s okay.  Take a look at our DIY Manuka Honey Recipe.

3×2 Rectangular Soap Mold (This recipe makes approx. eight bars of soap using this mold.)

Small Spray Bottle filled with Rubbing Alcohol

Pyrex Measuring Cup

Bread Dough Scraper

Young Living Orange Essential Oil

Young Living Lemon Essential Oil

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The Method For Honey Calendula Two Tone Melt and Pour Soap

Chop the translucent melt and pour soap into chunks and put them in the pyrex measuring cup. Microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat until soap is totally melted.

Organic Melt and Pour Soap Base

Add calendula petals. (I added about 3 Tablespoons, you can add more or less.) Stir the calendula petals and soap until soap cools down enough to allow the petals to be suspended. (About 60 degrees.) Add Young Living Lemon Essential Oil and stir.  Pour soap into molds and allow to set up and harden.

Pop out the bars of calendula soap. Using a *this post contains affiliate links bread dough scraper, cut each bar evenly in half. The dough scraper will help you make sure your cut is straight and even. I find this is MUCH  easier done with the scraper than with a knife.

Let the soap halves dry overnight.

Two Tone Honey Calendula Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

Pouring The Honey Side Of This Melt And Pour Soap Recipe

Put the halves of calendula soap back into the mold, one half per mold. Press the soap halves tightly into each mold.

Cut the Honey Melt and Pour Soap Base into chunks and microwave in 30 second bursts until melted. Add in 2 teaspoons of Manuka Honey and stir until melted. Add Orange essential oil.

OPTIONAL: Add ONE drop of yellow soap colorant to enhance the color of the honey melt and pour soap base.

When the honey base is about 120 degrees, use the finger of one hand press down the calendula soap half down as you pour the honey side of the soap. Spritz with alcohol to remove any bubbles. Continue with the rest of the soap.

PRO TIP: Spritz the cut side of the calendula soap before you pour the melted honey base.  This will help both sides stick.

Two Tone Honey Calendula Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

 

Lookie There!  You Did It!

See, it’s easier than you thought, isn’t it? Okay, so it took a minute to get that pesky honey soap base temperature thing nailed. But, it was SO worth it! And when someone asks you how you made this bar, just smile and reply; “Magic”.

Hosting A Make And Take?

I think these two tone bars would be terrific for a Make And Take. What I would do, is pour the calendula side the night before and cut the halves. Then the next day your guest will only have to melt the honey base, add the honey, scent and pour! Viola!

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DIY Beard Oil Recipe With Essential Oils

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DIY Beard Oil Recipe

The Benefits Of  Our Beard Oils

Jojoba Oil is actually a wax that is liquid at room temperature.  It has a fantastic glide and is very conditioning  for beard hair.  It’s lightweight and absorbs leaving no greasy feeling.

Pumpkin Seed Oil has a high level of fatty acids that assist in maintaining smooth skin tone and speeds up the repair of irritated, dry and flaky skin.  And it just makes beard hair look grand.

Nutrient-rich grape seed oil is rich in anti-inflammatory antioxidants that work to slow the aging process and prevent outbreaks.  Grape Seed Oil is a light oil that absorbs easily.  It’s also easy to find and cost friendly.

DIY Beard Oil Recipe Ingredients

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1 Ounce  Jojoba Oil

1/2 Ounce  Ounce Pumpkin Seed Oil

1/2  Ounce Grape Seed Oil

4 Drops Lavender Essential Oil

6 Drops Frankinense Essential Oil

6 Drops Cedarwood Essential Oil

Dropper Bottle  This should fill (to the very top) two 2 ounce dropper bottle, or one 4 ounce dropper bottle.

The Method

This really is simple.  Mix all DIY Beard Oil Recipe  ingredients into a 2 ounce dropper bottle.  Massage 4-5 drops into the skin under the beard and smooth over hair as needed.

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