One of the many options for decorating soaps is adding a “whipped” layer. This is often seen in bars that resemble cakes or cupcakes, as the whipped layer becomes the frosting or whipped cream on top. Whether you’re pouring a hot cocoa with “whipped cream” bar or frosting individual cupcake soaps, the process for whipping the soap is simple, quick, and doable for even the most novice of soap makers!
A Few Safety Reminders
Because whipping soap involves incorporating air into a hot, soap mixture, safety is of the utmost concern. Wear goggles and gloves, clear the room of young children or pets, and wear long sleeves in case of splattering.
How to Whip Melt and Pour Soap
- Prepare your soap base by selecting a base, color, and fragrance. White soap bases help create the whipped cream or frosting look.
- Melt the soap base using a microwave or double boiler and allow to cool for 1-2 minutes. Mixin the pigment and fragrance as you would for any melt and pour soap.
- Using a stick blender or handheld mixer, whip the warm soap base until it froths up and doubles in size, much like making whipped cream.
- For a whipped decoration, pour or spoon as the first or last layer of your soap. (Avoid using a piping bag. Pushing the whipped soap through the small opening of the piping bag can diminish the whipped effect.) Also, if using the fluffy layer as the first soap layer in the mold, be sure tolet it cool before pouring in a second layer of regular soap. For a soap bar made entirely of whipped soap, pour or spoon this mixture into the soap mold.
- Allow to cool as you would any melt and pour soap bar.
A Faster Lather
Please note that whipped bars tend to melt into a lather faster than regular bars because of the extra air incorporated into the soap.