Hello, Friends! I thought I would pop in today to share with you a short tutorial on how to make cute Valentine’s Day themed soaps! If you’re looking for a cute handmade gift idea that puts the fun in functional (yes, I just said that), then you’ve come to the right place ;)
These soaps are decorated with soap inserts, which make jazzing up a plain bar of soap super quick and easy. Here is how you can make your own Valentine’s Day themed soap gift:
YOU WILL NEED:
- Stephenson’s Crystal WST soap base (opaque, white)
- Stephenson’s soap inserts
- Stephenson’s soap inserts come in range of designs, but today we’ll be using their heart inserts. These inserts don’t bleed color and are designed to work great with Stephenson’s Crystal melt-and-pour soaps.
- A glass bowl or (ideally) a glass measuring cup with a spout and handle
- A loaf soap mold
- A soap slicer
Step 1. To get started with your soap making, first slice Crystal WST soap base into smaller cubes and melt it down in the microwave at 15-30 second intervals, stirring between each interval.
Step 2. While your soap base is melting, cut your soap inserts down to size, if need be. Stephenson’s soap inserts are about 11 inches (28cm) long, so they’ll fit great length-wise in a standard-sized loaf mold. The loaf mold that I use to make soap bars is a bit smaller, measuring only about 5 inches long, so I cut down the inserts with a soap slicer. I found I got the cleanest cut by laying the heart top-down on the cutting board and cutting it from the bottom of the heart to the top.
Step 3. When your soap comes out of the microwave, stir your melted base until it cools just a bit. It will still be very wet, but it will be slightly less thin than when it first came out of the microwave. Allowing the base to cool ever so slightly will allow it to thicken a bit, making it easier for your inserts to be suspended in the soap.
Step 4. This is where you need to work quickly! I needed both hands so I wasn’t able to get photos of the process, but fortunately it’s a simple one. While continuing to stir gently, begin pouring your soap base into your mold until you have a good-sized layer at the bottom, a layer that is about as deep as the height of one of your heart inserts. Lay your heart insert into the mold, using a toothpick (or something like butter knife would do) to hold the heart upright until it stays well enough on its own (you won’t need to do this long; I only needed about 30 seconds or less). Keep gently stirring your leftover base as you’re waiting to prevent the soap still in your glass bowl from forming a film on top as it starts to cool.
Step 5. While stirring, pour more soap base on top of your first layer, and repeat step 3 with more soap inserts until your mold is full. Allow your soap to dry completely before attempting to slice it or remove it from the mold. After you slice your loaf into bars, that’s it! You’ll have beautiful soap bars ready to gift in no time!
Thanks for stopping by the blog today! Be sure to stay tuned for more great soap projects, as Stephenson has some awesome new products coming out this year :)
P.S. DISCLOSURE: I was not compensated to write this post; however, I did receive a free sample of Stephenson’s heart soap inserts and Crystal WST soap base to use for this project. Rest assured, I only endorse products and brands I use, trust, and would recommend to a friend! This post contains affiliate links, meaning I will receive a small commission on products purchased through these links at no extra cost to you. Please see my FAQs and disclosure policy for more information.