Soap making is great fun and makes a lovely homemade gift. However, it’s so easy to fall into the trap of buying loads of supplies just to try out a craft.Why not start out by upcycling a couple of bars of store-bought soap before you take the plunge and fill yet another cupboard full of supplies! In this upcycled soap tutorial we show you how you can try out soap making at home with just a couple of items from the supermarket – you may even have them in your cupboard at home already!
Note: For this project, you need to use a translucent glycerine soap, such as Pears or Neutrogena. It does not work with the opaque lotion based ones – I know I’ve tried!
What you need to make our honey and pears upcycled soap
We used 2 bars of Pears soap, honey, bubble-wrap, a flexible mould (you can use anything as long as it has a bit of flex to help remove the bar), a microwavable jug and a spoon.
How to make honey and pears upcycled soap
Chop up your soap and place in a microwavable jug.
Heat in microwave for 20 sec at a time. Check on the progress after each blast.
The photo below shows the soap half melted after 40 secs. Remember the soap will be hot!
If you feel the need to stir your soap, do so carefully – you don’t want to introduce any bubbles.
Once melted, add your honey (I used about a tablespoon) and stir carefully until combined.
Immediately pour into your moulds. The soap will start to harden quickly, so don’t hang about!
Place the bubble-wrap over the soap, and press gently to ensure it is in contact with it.
Leave to cool and set for an hour or so. Remove from the mould and admire!
This is a great way to try out soap-making at home, without having to invest in lots of supplies.