Hello sweet ones ... ! Well its been a while I must say I been busy being a first time mum for 1 year and it has been a heck of an incredible journey so far - very grateful . It's amazing how much you can learn, grow and change within journeying through motherhood. Motherhood has been teaching me how to love unconditionally & look after myself even more than before my little one arrived - I guess that's because i realise these little humans depend on you and your energy to sustain their every need - so we as mothers need that TLC at all times . One of the things which i have enjoyed making for presents this seasons holidays is "smell + feel gorgeous" soap. I now use these in my #handmade & #selfcare routine it's awesome please have a try at making and perhaps this is a step towards trying the more traditional way of making handmade soaps via the longer process - Check out my DIY below.....
Silicone Soap Mould buy here LINK
Melt & pour soap: (click this link Stephenson Soap )( ideally get SLS) free - There are many types of soap bases here so carefully check the ingredients - although not organic i was content in the quality of this product for soaps to wash my hands with and (face every now and then) i would use a different product for my body personally - however they are safe for all purpose use ) buy here LINK
A Pot ( Separate from your cooking pan - non stick )
Herbs, seeds & botanicals like : such as Rose petals, heather grains, poppy seeds, oats, alfalfa, lavender buds. LINK
Mica powder - (for colouring soap) The Soapery LINK
Spoon & knife (large non stick)
Chopping board (separate from cooking board)
Step 1: Melt Soap
Chop up your soap into smaller pieces - ( It melts faster chopped up) place into a pan. Melt the soap. Be sure to melt it but not over burn.
Step 2: Add Essential Oil
Add essential oils and mix thoroughly (i did this in the pan & didnt bother using a bowl because it dries quickly).
Step 3: Additional Ingredients & Herbs / Botanicals
Add dried rose petals, lavender buds, oats, grated lemon skin, herbs from teabags ... or mica powder for colouring. (i loved using oats and petals - bare in mind that if using petals they will eventually turn green / brown - through natural discolouring) Mix well and use a small amount of dried herb/ petals. - This part is fun and unpredictable.
Step 4: Pour into Soap Mold
Be sure the soap and its contents are mixed thoroughly and then pour into the mold.
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Just Before the soap cools, sprinkle additional dried botanicals to give it that extra magicalness.
Leave to cool for 20-30 mins then pop out!...