Time: 1 hr
Yields: 4 bars of soap
With this soap, I wanted to catch a bit of the fun and silliness there is at Christmas. Think silly Christmas hats, Secret Santa and Bad Santa (something I only found out about this year!), terrible jokes and a bit of fun and cheer. Christmas is all about getting together and enjoying each other’s company. My favourite is always the Christmas crackers, and even though the jokes are starting to get old, we still all read them out loud and put on the silly hats.
These Jolly Soaps are quick and easy to make and the perfect Secret Santa or Bad Santa gift. Or get the kids to make them as Teacher’s Gifts. You only need white and clear melt and pour soap base, green and red food colouring, and Holly Berry fragrance. As a mold, you can either use the small square mold from Pure Nature, or you can use a small plastic container of similar size.
ONE: Cut the clear melt and pour soap base into small cubes and add to a heat proof Pyrex jug. Heat on high in the microwave in 20 second bursts, until the soap has melted. Try to avoid the soap from reaching boiling point!
TWO: Add 1/2 teaspoon of fragrance and stir well.
THREE: Pour half of the melted soap base into a separate container.
FOUR: Add 2-3 drops of green food colouring to one container and 2-3 drops of red food colouring to the other container, and give both a good stir.
If you choose to use a different fragrance, make sure they are safe to use on skin. This is particular important when using candle fragrances. Not all candle fragrances are suitable for use in body care products and soap. So don’t forget to read the safety data of the fragrances you intend to use, or check back with the supplier.
FIVE: Pour the two colours into two small containers and let them cool down and harden.
I used my square cavity mold, but you can use a disposable cup, yoghurt bottles or a little plastic container. It doesn’t really matter what shape it is, because you’ll be cutting these up later.
SIX: Once the two soaps have completely cooled down and hardened, unmold them, and cut them into smaller shapes. Try and vary the shapes: cubes, long, triangles, pyramid-shaped etc.
SEVEN: Next, cut the white melt and pour soap base and place it in a heat proof Pyrex jug. Melt on high in the microwave in 20 second bursts until melted.
EIGHT: Add 1/2 teaspoon of fragrance and give it a good stir.
NINE: Pour about 1/3 of the white soap into the soap mold.
TEN: Place some of the green and red shapes into the white soap, and let it stand for a few minutes to set a little.
ELEVEN: Pour some more white soap and add some more shapes, and keep doing this until the soap and shapes have been used up. Between each pour, let the soap set a little. Should the white soap become too thick to pour, re-melt it in the microwave.
You can either finish off with a white layer of soap, or you can let some of the shapes stick out of the white soap for a more funkier look!
TWELVE: Let the soap cool down completely and harden before carefully unmolding. Remember, melt and pour soap bases contain a lot of glycerin and the soaps will sweat (attract moisture) in humid conditions, so they will need to be wrapped (Glad Wrap or cello bags).
- approx. 250 g each of white and clear melt and pour soap base
- red and green food colouring
- Holly Berry fragrance from Candlescience
- 2 small containers of about 125 ml volume each
- small square soap mold of 500 ml volume
- Cut the clear melt and pour soap base into small cubes and place in a heat proof Pyrex jug.
- Heat the soap base in the microwave on high in 20 second bursts until melted.
- Add 1/2 teaspoon of fragrance and stir well.
- Pour about half of the soap into a separate container.
- Add 2-3 drops of red food colouring to one container, and 2-3 drops of green food colouring to the other container, and give both soaps a good stir.
- Pour the soaps into 2 small containers and let cool down and harden.
- Unmold and cut the green and red soap into small random blocks and shapes. Set aside.
- Cut the white melt and pour soap base into small cubes and melt in the microwave as before (points 1 and 2).
- Add 1/2 teaspoon of fragrance and stir well.
- Pour about 1/3 of the white soap into the square soap mold.
- Place some of the red and green shapes into the white soap, and let set a little.
- Continue alternating pouring the white soap base and placing the shapes, and letting it set a little in-between each pour, until all the soap and shapes have been used up.
- Leave the soap to cool down and harden completely before unmolding.
- Package the soaps into little cello bags or glad wrap.