Homemade soap is great fun, and makes a lovely little gift. However, its really easy to end up spending a fortune, buying bits and pieces for craft projects; this tutorial will 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 glycerin translucent soap, such as Pears or Neutrogena. It does not work with the opaque lotion based ones – I know I’ve tried!
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 soap), a microwavable jug and a spoon.
Chop up your soap and place in a microwavable jug.
Heat in microwave for 20 sec at a time. Check on progress after each blast.
This 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 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. For more up-cycled craft ideas, why not check out our Marbling bottles with nail polish tutorial, or our Turning stains into dyes post.