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Recipe: Autumn Leaves Melt And Pour Soap Bar

Vibrant fall colors surround a creamy, spiced layer reminiscent of pumpkin desserts, in this fall-inspired bar. This bar is a great gift for fall or the perfect addition to a bath.

For tips and tricks on layering layers in melt and pour soap making, see our article on How to Layer Colors in Melt and Pour Soap.

Supplies:

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Prepare a double boiler for melting the soap.
  2. Divide the clear soap base into two equal pieces, using a large knife.

 

First Pour (Top Layer):

  1. Cut the first half of the one-pound soap base into ½ - 1” pieces and place in the top of the double boiler with the heat on very low.
  2. Melt the soap base, stirring periodically, until the soap is mostly melted. Turn off the heat and allow the residual heat to finish the melting process.

Alternatively, melt the soap in a glass heat-proof container in the microwave, starting with a 30 second interval. Stir to break up the pieces of soap and return to the microwave for an additional 10 seconds. Stir the soap again and repeat with five second intervals until the soap is completely melted.

Be careful to avoid allowing the soap to bubble up which can indicate too much time in the microwave.

  1. While the soap is melting, place the soap mold onto a level surface where it can be left undisturbed for at least 30 minutes, or up to several hours.
  2. Combine the glycerin and pigment powders in a small bowl. Add half the pigment mixture to the melting soap and stir gently to avoid creating too many bubbles. Add more, if desired, for a deeper color.
  3. Once all ingredients are homogenous and melted thoroughly, remove the soap from the heat and gently stir in the essential oils.
  4. Pour the soap mixture carefully into the soap mold, distributing the mixture as evenly as possible. Return the bowl to the double boiler and continue with the second pour.

 

Second Pour (Middle Layer):

  1. Cut the one-pound white soap base into ½ inch to 1 inch pieces.
  2. Melt these in a new bowl over the double boiler, stirring occasionally.
  3. While the soap begins to melt, mix the glycerin and pigment for the second pour. Add half of the pigment to the nearly melted white soap mixture, along with the ground cinnamon.
  4. Stir gently to combine and allow soap to finish melting.
  5. Add the remaining half of the pigment mixture if a deeper color is desired.
  6. Remove soap mixture from heat and gently stir in essential oils.
  7. At this point the first pour should have at least developed a thick skin. Score the first layer with a fork, then pour the second white soap mixture evenly into the molds.

 

Third Pour (Bottom Layer):

  1. Cut the remaining half pound of clear soap base into ½ - 1” pieces and place in the top of the double boiler over very low heat.
  2. Melt the soap base, stirring periodically, until the soap is mostly melted. Turn off the heat and allow the residual heat to finish the melting process.

Alternatively, melt the soap in a glass heat-proof container in the microwave, starting with a 30 second interval. Stir to break up the pieces of soap and return to the microwave for an additional 10 seconds. Stir the soap again and repeat with five second intervals until the soap is completely melted.

Be careful to avoid allowing the soap to bubble up which can indicate too much time in the microwave.

  1. Prepare the colorant by carefully combining the pigment powders and the glycerin in a small bowl. Add half of the colorant mixture to the soap as it melts, stirring gently as you go. If a deeper color is desired, add the other half of the colorant mixture.
  2. Once the soap is completely melted, remove it from the heat and stir in the essential oils.
  3. At this point the second layer should have at least formed a thick skin. Score this skin with a fork and pour the melted soap mixture slowly over the second pour in the molds, taking care to not spill the hot soap as you go. If bubbles begin to form on the surface of the poured soap, simply spritz them with the rubbing alcohol and watch them dissipate.

 

Cooling and Packaging:

  1. Let the soap cool for at least three hours or overnight. Once set, apply firm but gentle pressure around the soap mold to release the bars from the mold.
  2. Package the bars according to their specific packaging needs. Use as a cleansing facial bar or an all-purpose handwashing bar.

 

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