Time: 30 minutes
Yields: 6 cauldrons
I love Halloween because it’s the one time in the year where I can get creative with fun spooky stuff. These witchy cauldrons are filled with a green jelly soap to which I’ve added some plastic spiders and skulls. You can buy the little cauldrons and spiders from Spotlight, and I found the little skulls at Look Sharp.
All the soap ingredients, including the jelly soap, you can buy from Pure Nature. Jelly soap is really fun because it’s, as the name implies, a jelly like soap – pretty much like the jelly that you eat! And it’s easy to work with: you just melt it and then pour it.
ONE: Cut up enough jelly soap to fill the six little cauldrons. You’ll have to eyeball this. Add the jelly soap to a heat proof Pyrex jug and heat it in the microwave in 1 minute intervals until it’s completely melted. Be careful that the soap does not start to boil. Give the soap only a quick stir between the intervals, but don’t over-stir. For this project, it doesn’t matter if you do get bubbles in your soap – it just adds to the effect!
TWO: Combine 1/2 teaspoon of mica into 1 teaspoon of 99% isopropyl alcohol. And add it to the soap, stirring well.The alcohol will help disperse the mica through the soap without firming clumps. The alcohol will evaporate in the heat from the soap.
THREE: Add 30 ml of coconut lime fragrance and give the soap a good stir to mix the fragrance well into the soap. This is my favourite fragrance from Candlescience skin-safe fragrances. It’s fresh and a little fruity, and I think it’s a perfect fit for the green coloured soap and the cauldrons.
FOUR: Pour the soap into the little cauldrons. Don’t worry if you spill a little on the cauldrons. I think it makes it look even better with a bit of soap hanging over the edge of the cauldrons.
FIVE: Lastly, sprinkle some of the spring green bio-glitter over the surface. I like using bio-glitter because it’s made from environmentally sourced, renewable raw materials and is bio-degradable. It is also safe to use on your skin and feels a lot softer than plastic glitter.
Leave the cauldrons to cool down and if you like, embellish with some spooky little toys. I added mini-skulls and spiders to my cauldrons, which I found at Look Sharp. Just be aware if you plan to give these to young children and toddlers, that they can pose a choking hazard.
Have a witchy good time!
- jelly soap
- coconut lime fragrance
- apple green mica
- spring green bio-glitter
- 99% isopropyl alcohol
- 6 cauldrons
- optional: spooky decorations
- cut up and add the jelly soap to a heat-proof Pyrex jug
- heat the soap in 1 minute intervals in the microwave until completely melted – be careful you don’t bring it to a boil
- combine 1/2 teaspoon of mica with 1 teaspoon of 99% isopropyl alcohol, and add it to the soap
- add 30 ml of coconut lime fragrance and stir well into the soap
- pour the soap into the cauldrons
- sprinkle bio-glitter over the surface of the soap and leave to cool down
- add little spooky toys (optional)