An easy soap recipe that your whole family will love
Once upon a time, there were two little red-and-white candies named Sweet Treats. With their round shape, pretty pattern, and minty scent, they made everyone’s mouths water! But Sweet Treats weren’t like other candies… No one was allowed to eat them! Saddened, the Sweet Treats asked themselves over and over what they were good for. Luckily, the Coop Coco fairy heard them and explained everything. “Oh, Sweet Treats, you’re not candy. You’re homemade soap!” That’s how they finally came to understand that their job wasn’t to delight taste buds, but to wash the sticky hands of anyone who has eaten too many sweets!
If you’ve always been a bit scared off by soapmaking, take comfort! Sweet Treats truly aren’t like other soaps. They’re homemade soap made with a melt-and-pour base, so they’re much easier than cold process soaps!
Not only do Sweet Treats cleanse your skin and lather up beautifully, they’re a pretty decoration for your sink. Oh, Sweet Treats! Even though you’re not like other candies, we love you all the same!
How to make soap with soap base
- 150 g (59.2%) clear glycerin soap
- 100 g (39.4%) white glycerin soap
- 2.5 g (1.0%) caprylis oil
- 1 g (0.4%) peppermint essential oil
- 10 drops red liquid colourant
- Isopropyl alcohol (70%) in a spray bottle
- 4 small stainless steel bowls
- Components to make a double boiler
- 3 small silicone spatulas
- 1 scale, accurate to 0.01 g
- 1 pipette
- 3 ramekins
- Round silicone molds
- 1 straight soap cutter or knife
Good to know!
- You can add the scent of your choosing to your homemade soap. Essential oils can make up anywhere from 1 to 3% of the total weight of your recipe, depending on how intense you’d like the scent to be. However, if you’re using a dermocaustic essential oil (for example, cinnamon, anise, or clove, among many others) or a refreshing essential oil (for example, peppermint), they must make up no more than 0.5% of the total weight of your recipe. Alternatively, you can scent your DIY soap with an aromatic essence at 1% of the total weight. If you’re using an aromatic essence, omit the caprylis oil.
- You can of course change the colour of your soap to whatever you like! However, we advise only using glycerin soap colourants.
- Spraying 70% isopropyl alcohol on your melted soap helps remove air bubbles and increases the adherence between soap layers.
Steps to follow
To make the white parts
- Prepare and disinfect your equipment and workspace.
- Weigh 100 g of white glycerin soap in a bowl and place on the double boiler to melt.
- Weigh 1 g of caprylis oil and 0.5 g of peppermint essential oil in a ramekin.
- When the soap has melted, remove from the double boiler. Add the contents of the ramekin to the soap and mix gently with the spatula.
- Spray alcohol on the surface of the mixture.
- Pour the soap into just one of the round molds. Set aside for about one hour to allow the soap to harden.
- Unmold the white soap and cut it into six equal slices. You can make yourself a guide with a sheet of paper to help.
- Place three white pieces into one of the molds so that they form the desired pattern. Do the same thing with the other three pieces in a second mold. If the pieces are too big, cut them down a little so that they fit in well. Remove the pieces of white soap and set them aside in such a way that you know which pieces go together and in which mold.
- Weigh 25 g of clear glycerin soap in a bowl and melt on the double boiler.
- Weigh 0.25 g of caprylis oil in a ramekin.
- When the clear glycerin soap has melted, remove it from the double boiler and add the caprylis oil from the ramekin. Mix gently.
- Spray the clear soap mixture with alcohol.
- Pour a thin layer of clear soap in both molds, using about half of the clear soap in each. Spray with alcohol.
- Quickly place the three white pieces in each mold and lightly press each piece down so that they stick to the clear soap layer. Leave to harden for a few minutes.
To make the coloured parts
- Weigh 100 g of clear glycerin soap in a bowl and place on the double boiler to melt.
- In the meantime, weigh 1 g of caprylis oil and 0.5 g of peppermint essential oil in a small ramekin. Add 10 drops of red liquid colourant.
- When the soap has melted, remove the bowl from the double boiler. Add the contents of the ramekin and mix gently with the spatula.
- Spray the surface of the melted soap mixture and the contents of the two round molds with alcohol.
- Pour the red soap into both molds up to the same height as the white pieces. Leave to harden for 30 minutes.
- When 30 minutes are up, melt 25 g of clear glycerin soap on the double boiler.
- Weigh 0.25 g of caprylis oil in a ramekin.
- When the clear glycerin soap has melted, remove it from the heat and add the caprylis oil. Mix gently.
- Spray the surface of the mixture with alcohol, as well as the contents of the molds.
- Pour a thin layer of clear, uncoloured soap over your two soap molds. This will make both sides of the soap even. Allow to harden.
- Unmold. Your soaps are ready to use right away!
Use and conservation
This decorative homemade soap is perfect for washing both your hands and your body.
When made in optimal sanitary conditions, it will keep for at least six months. Please note that with time, the colourant may begin to bleed into the other layers of soap (thereby colouring the white soap). The appearance of your soap may change, but that will not alter its effectiveness.