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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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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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.

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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.

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!

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

Supplies:

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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!

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