Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Soap Making

I bought a soap making kit from the car boot sale and had a really fun afternoon making the soap.  The set consisted of soap compound, fragrances, marigold petals, lemon grass, Irish moss, 3 soap moulds, pipette and the instructions all for the bargain price of £1. 

 
I wanted to make some for a small gift for my Mum and had dried out all of the lavender from the garden which is one of her favourite things.
 
 
The smell was a real delight.
 
There was enough of the soap compound to make 12 soaps, so I cut it into quarters to make three at a time.
 

 
The compound was cut into small pieces and placed into a microwavable jug and microwaved at 10 second intervals.  It didn't take long to melt at all and then I added a small amount of the fragrance and poured into the mould.
 

 
I then added the lavender, with hindsight I was a little too generous.  Once it was cooled it was left in the fridge for another hour and then removed from the mould.
 


 
It was a fun pastime without the worry of chemicals making the soap yourself.  I will definitely be getting some more soap compound so than I can experiment with the additions.  Pearl or opaque soap can be made by adding talcum powder.  Some additions such as oatmeal or ground almonds can be added to make it a body scrub.  It would be nice to experiment to make some toppers for Christmas gifts.
 
See you soon.
 
 
 
 

27 comments:

  1. I was wondering how you'd got on with it. It's interesting seeing how it turned out with the lavender added, I like the clear look of it.

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  2. Such a neat find. Looks like you had fun playing with it. A bargain too. I sense a new hobby for you. Your mom will love them.
    xx Beca

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  3. Melt and pour soap making looks fun! I like the translucent soaps you get with this process.

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  4. You make it sounds so easy and fun. I must go look out for these soap making kits.

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  5. You shame me, I really must make time to have a go with my kit. Oatmeal and honey would be a good combination.

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  6. That looks like it was a lot of fun and quite a learning experience. I would love to be able to smell the lavender. :-)
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  7. Looks like fun and they make fabulous gifts. It's great that you can decide on a fragrance to suit the recipient.

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  8. Looks like fun and they make fabulous gifts. It's great that you can decide on a fragrance to suit the recipient.

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  9. They do look like fun to make, I'm glad it was successful for you x

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  10. That looks a much simpler way of making soap than I have previously seen!

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  11. I'll bet these smell wonderful! xx K

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  12. They look great and I imagine they smell gorgeous.

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  13. What a great afternoon project. I like the idea of adding oats as I am allergic to most fragrances. This is a nice gift idea.

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  14. Ooooh I can smell them from here.
    What a fun project-x-

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  15. Well, that was a successful project. Lavender is one of my favourite scents. I usually keep my soaps in my dresser drawers for 6 months or more to scent my clothes and then use them as soap is meant to be used. But I've never made my own.

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  16. What an easy way to venture into soap-making. Your soaps will be lovely, scented with your own lavender.

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  17. That looks like fun. I love making things that smell nice.
    Amalia
    xo

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  18. you are so crafty and clever. I know your mom is going to love that soap!!

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  19. How fun! I love homemade soaps. I bet that it smells like heaven!

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  20. Hello Lorraine!

    I often wondered what it would be like to make soap yourself. Thanks for sharing, I bet they smell wonderful!

    Ingrid xx
    Myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

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  21. Well done for making your own soap! I've wanted to try my hand at that for at least 7 years now. I think I will take a leaf out of your book and order a kit ;)

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  22. A great way to have a go at this! I sometimes see soap makers on blogs, but didn't realise that a kit would be so easy as it always seems more complicated to me. Hope you enjoy using them!

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  23. Experimenting with making soap with such a bargain kit is a great idea. Making it the old way with lye is scary to me. I hope your mother likes her gift! We're at the beach with the girls.. such fun. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  24. I've always fancied trying a soap kit, looks great fun even more so at just £1 !

    Angela - Garden Tea Cakes and Me

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  25. It looks like loads of fun.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  26. Lavender soap sounds wonderful!! And it looks so pretty 💜

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