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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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.

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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.

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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
Spoon
Scissors

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.

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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!