Embossed Soap Making Tutorial

What if I told you that my most intricate melt and pour soap design was actually the easiest of them all?  No, really,  It’s true.  Embossed soap, using melt and pour soap base, is the easiest bar of soap you will ever make.  It’s the perfect bar of handmade soap for gifts and for the guest room.  It’s the perfect bar of soap for the beginning soap maker as well as the advanced soap maker.  Most importantly, it is the perfect bar of soap for you.

Embossed Soap Using Melt and Pour and Texture Mats Tuorial


Why Make Your Own Embossed Soap?

Let’s face it, life can be hard.  Money is tight.  Naturally, the opportunity to turn some time in the tub into a mini vacation, a self therapy session, a moment to simply relax, can go a long way to recharging our batteries.  All of this for the cost of a simple bar of handmade soap?  Well, count me in.

Customize Your Embossed Soap Using Essential Oils

Aromatherapy is a well known stress relieving, mood enhancing, science.  If I were making this melt and pour embossed soap in the summer, I might choose a scent to help me unwind after a long day in the garden.

Because my family is facing a few unexpected challenges right now, I’m choosing Young Living’s Stress Away.  Due to it’s  happily calming blend of Lime essential oil and Vanilla is just the thing to help me find my zen.

Happily, Young Living’s Starter Kits include not only Stress Away, but  9 others of their best selling essential oils!

ProTip:   Here’s how to order Young Living Essential Oils. AND Get a $25.00 REBATE!

Let’s Get to Soapin’  Here’s What You Will Need

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1 pound of goat milk melt and pour soap base

Lisa Pavelka’s 4 1/4 x 51/2 inch Texture Stamp ‘Tooled Leather’  Or  any texture stamp of your choice.

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

Young Living Essential Oils of your choice.   I chose Stress Away and added 4 drops of oil per bar of soap. Here’s how to order Young Living Essential oils.

Small Spray Bottle filled with Rubbing Alcohol

Pyrex Measuring Cup

1. Take your texture stamp and cut it to the size of your soap molds.  You will want a good pair of scissors to do this with.  If you choose the soap mold I listed above, the size of your texture mat will be  4 1/4 x 5 1/2  inches.    I then cut this texture mat into two pieces of 3 x 2 inches each to fit into two of my soap mold cavities.    This gave me the ability to make 2 embossed soaps at a time.

Texture Mats for Making Embossed Soap With No Lye Melt and Pour Soup

2. Chop up your goat milk soap base into chunks and place them in the Pyrex measuring cup.

3.  Next, pulse your soap in 30 second increments in the microwave, stirring in between each pulse.

4.  Use a bit of that melted soap base as a ‘glue’ to glue the texture mats to the bottom of your soap molds.  This will help to keep the soap base from flowing UNDER your mats when you go to pour your soaps.

Texture mats in melt and pour soap molds for embossed soap

5.  Let the soap ‘glue’ dry.

When To Add The Essential Oils

6.  Check the rest of your melted goat milk soap base to see if you need to pulse it in the microwave again.  If it is still pourable, add your Young Living Essential Oils, 4 drops of Stress Away per bar of soap.

You do NOT want your base to be super hot when adding your oils.  Due to their nature, essential oils will ‘burn off’ when added to soap that is too hot.  Remember, if you can’t let you finger comfortably rest in the melted soap base, it’s too hot!

*If by chance you choose to add *this post contains affiliate links liquid colorant to your soaps, do this right before you add the essential oils.

Pouring The Soap Bars

7.  Now it’s time to pour the soap base into the molds with your texture mats.  You don’t want your soap to be too runny, as that will make it easier for it to run under the texture mats.  A little thicker, cooler soap is what you want.  Hence, if you can’t let you finger comfortably rest in the melted soap base, it’s too hot!

Additionally, you can use your finger to hold down the texture mat inside the soap mold too. This will help keep the soap from flowing under that texture mat.

However, if something does go wrong, it is very easy just to re-melt your base and try again.  I told you this was the easiest bar of embossed soap you will EVER make!

8.  Once you have poured your soap bars spritz them with the alcohol in your small bottle.  This will remove any bubbles on the back of the soaps.  Don’t move the mold until the soap has set up.  Just let it all hang out on your counter and firm up.

9.  Once your soap is very, very, very, very solid, pop out the bars and peel off the texture mats!

10.  Using a sharp knife, or vegetable peeler, clean up the edges of your soap if you would like.

11.  Viola’  Beautifully intricate, wonderful smelling soap!   Time to to peel off those clothes and hit the shower or tub!  heh.

Embossed Soap Tutorial

While we may not be able to avoid all of the stresses life throws our way, there are things we can do to keep the damage as minimal as possible.  Something as simple as a beautiful, easy to make, embossed bar of  sitting at your sink waiting for you to wash you hands, can go a long way in making life a little bit kinder.

Don’t forget to check out our other melt and pour soap recipes using Young Living Essential Oils!

Activated Charcoal For Stomach Viruses And More

Activated charcoal is a fine, black powder that is odorless, tasteless, and nontoxic.  It works by trapping toxins and chemicals in its millions of tiny pores. The porous surface of this charcoal has a negative electric charge that causes positive charged toxins and gas to bond with it.

While I have used activated charcoal in my family, I’m NOT a doctor.  Always consult YOUR doctor before trying anything new.

Obliterate Stomach Bugs And MORE using Activated Charcoal

Activated Charcoal For Stomach Bugs

As soon as signs of a stomach bug show up or someone near you gets it, take *this post contains affiliate links 2 capsules with a full glass of water as often as every 2 hours, up to 16 capsules in a 24 hour period.  (see specific directions on the package you purchase)

When using activated charcoal internally, it is crucial to make sure to stay extra hydrated.  You’ll need the extra water for the charcoal to flush out the toxins, and to avoid constipation.

Activated charcoal comes in both bags and capsules.  Because I have a great worry of a bag of charcoal somehow finding it’s way all over my house, I choose the capsules.

Pro Tip:  Be aware that if you are on medications,  the activated charcoal can intercept the medication. Consult your doctor!  Also,  activated charcoal will bind to your supplements.



While kids 4 and up can use 1 capsule of  charcoal in a cup of purple grape juice to help prevent stomach viruses from taking their toll, always consult your doctor FIRST.

Stomach Flu Remedy Using Activated Charcoal

 Overdose Or Poisoning

First, call poison control, the local emergency room, or doctor’s office and follow their directions.  But if you are in a situation where you can’t make that call the dosage for acute poisoning is as follows

 Gas And Bloating

Activated charcoal works to bind the gas-causing byproducts in foods that cause discomfort.  Take 500 milligrams one hour prior to a typical gas-producing meal, with a full glass of water. Follow your meal with another glass of  of water immediately to help get the charcoal into your system, where it can bind with gas-producing elements.

Relieve Bites And Bee Stings

Being  such a great all-around detoxifier, applying a paste of activated charcoal and a bit of water and a drop of both Lavender and Copaiba essential oils to a bug bite or bee sting may offer relief. Reapply as needed.  Here’s how to order Young Living Essential Oils.

Pro tip:  Looking for another way to reap the benefits of activated charcoal?  Check our SUPER EASY DIY soap recipes for Lavender Charcoal soap!

How does your family fight off stomach viruses?

**  I am NOT a doctor, NOR do I play one on the internet.  I am simply sharing what has worked for my family.  YOU need to check with your doctor about using activated charcoal before giving it to your family.

Survive Hypothermia: Prepper’s Checklist

I live in a state that (usually) sees a lot of snow, especially in the mountains.  Knowing how to survive hypothermia is knowledge every family living in a cold climate should master.  Let’s talk about how to diagnose, treat, and prevent hypothermia.

What Is Hypothermia?

Hypothermia occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, causing a dangerously low body temperature.  Normal body temperature is approximately 98.6 F (37 C)  Hypothermia occurs as your body temperature falls below 95 F (35 C), preventing your body from functionally normally.

Hypothermia can be  caused by exposure to cold weather or immersion in cold water.  You survive hypothermia by warming the body back up to normal temperatures.

Symptoms of Hypothermia

The first symptom of hypothermia is often shivering, as your body attempts to warm itself.

Other signs include:

* Mumbling   ( The ‘umbles’ include mumbling, stumbling, grumbling or irritation)

* Slow and shallow breathing

* A weak pulse

* Lack of coordination

*The desire to sleep


*Loss of consciousness

Because hypothermia often comes on so slowly, a person often has no idea of their condition.  The confused thinking that hypothermia causes  hinders a person’s ability to actually realize they are in danger.

Survive Hypothermia


How To Survive Hypothermia

The first step in surviving hypothermia begins with preparedness before the event.  You survive hypothermia by having a plan in place, just in case.   This includes making sure you have the right gear with you when hiking, skiing, camping or traveling in winter weather.

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Remove yourself from the cold.   If possible get yourself out of any wet clothes.

Curl into the HELP position inside of a sleeping bag, blankets or an emergency bevy bag to reduce heat loss. (I love *this post contains affiliate links this brand and have them in all of our bug out bags. )   Hold your knees to your chest to help warm  the trunk of your body.  If you are with others, huddle together.

Chemical heat packs are a must to help prevent and address hypothermia.   Place a heat pack on major arteries to warm your blood, such as by the neck, under armpits and in the groin.  Slowly warming the body’s core is most important, the extremities can wait.

Prevention of Hypothermia

Wear the right clothing, including clothing that will prevent body heat loss from your head, face and neck and hands.

Wear layers of loose fitting layers of lightweight clothing.  You want your outer layer to be tightly woven, and water resistant.

Stay as dry as possible.  Get out of wet clothing as soon as possible.  Pay special attention to keeping your feet dry, by having an extra pair of *this post contains affiliate links wool socks in your pack.

Having a rechargeable hand warmer in your pack is also a good idea.

Be careful not to overexert yourself, causing yourself to sweat a lot.  Wet clothing and cold sweat will cause you to lose body heat faster.

Always make sure someone knows where you are going and when you are expected to be back.  This way emergency responders will know where to look if there is trouble.

Hypothermia Survival At Home

You may be surprised to discover that the risk of hypothermia during winter power outages is high, especially  if you are not prepared.  If you have access to health care don’t take any risks and get to a hospital immediately.  If your only choice is to stay at home, here are some ideas to help mitigate the risks.

Store wool blankets or cold weather sleeping bags.

Have a way to heat water for soup or warm drinks to keep yourself both hydrated and warm.

Store chemical packs.

Consider investing in a quality indoor radiant  heater.

Pro Tip: Learn more ways to protect your family in severe winter weather.

Preparation Is Key To Hypothermia Survival

I can remember being worried each time winter grew near.  How would I protect my family from severe winter weather if we lost power or had to leave due to an emergency in a snow storm.  Taking the time to make a plan, and actually supply that plan in the form of emergency kits, is one of the best things I’ve ever done.    I hope you’ll do the same.

Lavender Charcoal Soap DIY Homemade Soap Recipe

Lavender Charcoal Soap is the perfect blend of a few of my favorite things. Charcoal is terrific for oily skin, with the ability to pull both oil and dirt from pores.   Because the charcoal can be drying for some skin types, I’ve chosen to add a bit of shea butter to a goat milk base,  to help balance this bar.

Lavender Charcoal Soap DIY Recipe


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2 1/2 pounds of white Goat Milk Melt & Pour Soap.  I chose goat milk melt and pour soap for it’s extra skin softening abilities.

Activated Charcoal.  I prefer to use the capsules.  I have a fear of an open bag of charcoal being overturned somewhere in my house.  (shiver) But if you rather go with the loose stuff, I like this brand.

Young Living Lavender Essential Oils  I choose to use only Young Living Essential Oils.  You can go here to learn more about my favorite oils! 

Shea Butter (optional)  I chose refine shea butter because unrefined comes with a scent that is hard to cover.

Silicone Soap Mold

Small Spray Bottle of Alcohol

Heat-safe glass measuring cup

Thermometer (optional)

Scale (optional)

Ingredients To Make Lavender Charcoal Soap

Let’s Get Started Making Lavender Charcoal Soap!

Set aside 2 pounds of the goat milk melt and pour soap.

Cut 1/2 pound of the goat milk melt and pour soap into 1/2 inch cubes and place in heat safe glass measuring cup.

Melt the 1/2 pound of melt and pour and  1/4 teaspoon shea butter in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and repeat until soap is completely melted.

Allow to cool for a minute and then add 5-10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil.

Make Your Own DIY Lavender Charcoal Soap

Slowly add in 5 capsules of charcoal(opening each capsule and adding the charcoal, and disposing of the actual capsule)  and stir until it is entirely incorporated into the soap.  The soap should be black.  If it isn’t dark enough for your liking, add in another capsule.

Pour this now melted black soap into two of your soap molds in different thicknesses. (You can put it back in the microwave for a few seconds if it’s set up too much.)  Spritz with alcohol to get rid of the bubbles.  Allow to set up and dry.

Lavender Charcoal Soap

Pop out the soap and then cut it into different sizes of rectangles and squares.  You’ll need to make sure that your sizes fit into your molds.

You can use a small kitchen knife to free hand the heart inside of your square, or you can use a fondant cutter in the shape of a heart.

Give Your Black Soap Shapes Time To Dry

I  recommend allowing your shapes to dry for at least a few hours to over night before continuing on with the recipe.  This will help your black shapes not to melt into your melted white base.  However,  if you are in a hurry, we can proceed now.

Creating The Soap Design For Your Lavender Charcoal Soap

Place your black shapes into each mold in the design of your choosing.  Having some shapes placed horizontally  and some shapes  vertically (going UP the sides of your mold)  will give more visual interest to your soap.

Press the shapes in so that no air is between the shape and your mold.

Melt The 2 Pounds Of Melt And Pour Soap You Set Aside


Take the 2 pounds of goat milk soap and cut it into half inch cubes.  Add 1 teaspoons of shea butter.   Microwave in 30 second bursts, stir, and repeat until your base is melted.  Allow your soap to cool for a minute and then add in 25 drops of Lavender Essential Oil.

Pay Attention To The Temperature Of Your White Soap

Pouring HOT white soap over your black shapes will melt your black soap pieces.

You’ll need to pour the soap at a temperature that won’t melt your black soap.  That means your white soap needs to be about 125-130 degrees, or liquid enough to pour, but not hot enough to melt.

If your soap is too hot to put your finger in, it’s too hot to pour.  If you soap is lumpy when you go to pour it, it has set too long.

Pour ONLY enough soap to cover the bottom of the mold, but NOT the shapes of your charcoal lavender soap.   Basically, you don’t want to be able to see the bottom of the mold.

Lavender Charcoal Melt and Pour Soap

Then, press down the black pieces to create a seal so that as you continue to pour, the white soap doesn’t flow under you black pieces.

Next, spritz your soap with a bit of alcohol to remove any bubbles, and continue to fill your mold with your white goat milk soap.  Fill it to the top of your mold, because as your soap sets, it will shrink down some.

Allow to completely set up and become hard before popping your Lavender Charcoal Soap out of the mold!

Charcoal Lavender Glycerin Melt and Pour Soap DIY Recipe

Ta-Da!  You’ve Made Lavender Charcoal Soap!

To celebrate your success, why don’t you draw up and warm bath and take your soap for a test drive!

Getting Started With Young Living Essential Oils

If you are looking to get started with essential oils you can purchase a Young Living Premium Starter kit that includes the Lavender Essential Oil I used in making my Lavender Charcoal Soap.   You can learn more about Young Living Essential Oils and my Top Ten Essential Oils for Preppers here.

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