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Recipe: Orange and Clove Melt and Pour Soap Bar

This cozy soap is inspired by the popular orange and spice tea that is often sipped on gray, cold days. A perfect holiday gift or addition to your holiday decorating, this soap is both fragrant and striking with its layers of contrasting colors.

Supplies:

This recipe will fill a rectangle soap mold and make 4 bars of soap. To use all of the soap base, double the recipe and use a second soap mold OR wait for the soap to harden and repeat the recipe with the same rectangle soap mold.

Instructions:

  1. Prepare a double boiler for melting the soap.

First Pour (Top Layer):

  1. Cut a 1/2 pound of organic white soap base into ½ inch to 1 inch pieces and place in the top of the double boiler with the heat on very low.

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.

  1. Be careful to avoid allowing the soap to bubble up which can indicate too much time in the microwave.
  2. Place the soap mold onto a level surface where it can be left undisturbed for at least 30 minutes, or up to several hours.
  3. Sprinkle the dried orange peel evenly amongst the soap molds to create a thin, even layer along the base of the soap mold.
  4. Once the soap is completely melted, mix in the sweet orange essential oil, stirring gently to avoid creating extra bubbles.
  5. Pour the soap mixture into your chosen soap molds. Be careful to not spill the hot soap as you pour!
  6. Allow the soap to cool for two minutes then use a small utensil or toothpick to swirl the orange peel through the soap layer. Most of the orange peel will remain at the surface but this will add color to the remainder of the layer.
  7. If bubbles begin to form on the surface of the poured soap, simply spritz them with the rubbing alcohol and watch them dissipate.
  8. Allow the soap to cool while you prepare the second pour.

Second Pour (Bottom Layer):

  1. Cut a 1/2 pound of clear soap base into ½ inch to 1 inch pieces and melt in double boiler or microwave using the method above.
  2. While the soap is melting, mix the pigment powder and glycerin together in a small bowl. Addhalf of the pigment mixture to the melting soap and stir carefully to avoid forming too many bubbles. If a deeper color is desired, add the rest of the pigment and carefully stir in.
  3. Once the soap is completely melted and the pigment mixed in, add the clove essential oil, again stirring gently so as to avoid creating extra bubbles.
  4. Pour the soap mixture into your chosen soap molds, taking care to not spill the hot soap as you go and spritzing with rubbing alcohol as needed to remove bubbles.
  5. Check that the first pour has formed a thin skin, indicating that it is ready for the second pour.
  6. Slowly and carefully pour the second soap mixture atop the first, filling the rectangle soap mold cavity to the top.

Cooling & Packaging:

  1. Let the soap cool for at least 30 minutes for smaller molds and up to overnight for larger molds in warmer temperatures. 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 this bar in the bath, shower or for handwashing.

 

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