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23 April 2019

How to Make Succulent Soap With Melt and Pour Soap

How to make succulent soaps with melt and pour soaps.  These adorable soaps are perfect for gift giving or selling, or you can keep them for yourself!

Succulents are insanely popular right now.  I have a several of them in my home because they are so cute and easy to care for.  When I saw a succulent candy mold, I had to grab it to make soaps with.

I could have just made the soap and used it as a guest soap, which would be cute.  But I took it a little further and make little pots with faux rocks and succulents.  This was a lot of fun to make because I got to be creative, and I love how it turned out.  

The flower pot, rocks, and plant are all made with melt and pour soap.  This makes a cute hand soap or body soap.  You can even set them in the bath purely for decoration.  

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I used an essential oil blend to scent them, so they do put off a little bit of fragrance to scent a small bath.  

This takes a little longer than other melt and pour projects because it takes three pours to make them.  You can start them and then finish them later in the day or even the next day.

If you're looking for more ideas for melt and pour soap, check out 23 advanced melt and pour soap techniques.  

HOW TO MAKE SUCCULENT SOAP WITH MELT AND POUR SOAP


My measurements work for one pound of soap.  If you use a different mold or cups, then you might use more or less soap.  

The easiest way to add the essential oils would be to make a blend in an empty essential oil bottle and use that.  Trying to calculate the number of drops for each step is tedious, so I would just add up to 1 ounce (about 75 drops) of the blend per ounce of soap at each stage.  

If you do have soap left over at each step, just pour it into an empty disposable cup.  It won't look pretty, but it will get you clean.

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MELT AND POUR SOAP


I used all white melt and pour soap, but you can use white and clear or just clear.  If you do mix white and clear, it's best to buy them from the same company because mixing them may not adhere properly.

I use Crafty Bubbles melt and pour base.  It doesn't have any additives, so I usually add shea butter or a carrier oil.

HEMP SEED OIL


I picked hemp seed oil as my additive because my skin has been really dry.  Hemp seed oil has fatty acids that moisturize the skin.  It also has ceramides, so it really helps moisturize and plump up the skin cells with extra moisture.


You could also use a different carrier oil if you prefer.  Good choices would be:


Learn more about some carrier oils and their benefits here.  Or buy my book Carrier Oils to learn about more than 40 different oils and their benefits.  




ESSENTIAL OILS


I wanted an earthy scent for these DIY succulent soaps.  I used sandalwood, lavender, and vetiver.


You can add them to each step, but it would be easier to make a blend in an empty essential oil bottle.

Use the following proportions:
All of these essential oils are good for your skin, and together they have a wonderful natural, earthy scent.  


MICA


I used mica to color my DIY succulent soaps.  Mica gives an even color, and you can get colors that aren't available in liquid or powder, like the gray.  


You only need to use a little bit of mica.  I got this set, and it will last me forever.

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MOLD


I used the Wilton succulent mold or candy.  It's smaller than other succulent soap molds, but that's what I wanted.  I have some other projects planned, so the size is perfect for me. 


I liked the size of the medium succulent for these succulent soaps, but you can use the larger one or the smaller one if you prefer.  

INGREDIENTS


DIRECTIONS

STEP #1


To make the flowers, melt 4 ounces of melt and pour soap.  Cut it into cubes and microwave for 20-30 seconds.  

Then add up to 25 drops of essential oils and 1/4 teaspoon hemp seed oil and mica.  I used grass green and green mica from my set.

Pour into the succulent mold, spray with alcohol to remove bubbles, and let cool completely.



STEP #2



Cut and melt 10 ounces of soap for the flower pots.  Microwave at 30 second intervals until melted.

Add 1/2 teaspoon hemp seed oil and up to 50 drops of essential oils.  Add gray mica until you are satisfied with the color.  I used pearl gray.

Pour evenly between four disposable cups.  Spray with alcohol after your pour.  This will not fill them completely.


STEP #3


Let the flower pots and succulents cool completely.  This will take at least an hour.

Meanwhile, you'll want to make the rocks.  I did not bother adding a scent or any oil to the rocks.  I simply cut a thin sliver or soap and then cut it into small squares to resemble rocks.

You could melt it and add the oils and then pour in a thin layer in a pan if you want it scented.  


STEP #4


Set some rocks on top of the cooled flower pots and spray with alcohol.  Then melt 1-2 ounces of soap and pour over the rocks to hold them in place.  

Again, I didn't even add any essential oils or oil to this step, but you can if you want to.  Just keep it at 75 drops or 1 teaspoon per pound of soap.  


STEP #5


Let the "rock" layer cool slightly and then press a succulent on top.


Since I was playing with the soap and wasn't sure exactly how this would turn out, I tried the small, medium, and large succulents.  I thought I would like the large size for these succulent soaps, but I ended up taking it off and using the medium sized.

Let the soaps cool completely before you take the disposable cup off of them.

And now you know how to make succulent soaps with melt and pour soap!

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Technically, melt and pour soap doesn't need to cure like cold process and hot process soap does.  You can use it right away.

However, I find that the smell is better and the soap lasts longer if you let it cure for a week.

Melt and pour soap can get soft and soggy if it sits in water.  I always use a soap dish with my soap.  I used to use a wooden soap dish, but with constant use, it just didn't work well because the wood got too wet and didn't have time to dry.

I switched to a metal soap dish, and I love it.  It's so easy to clean, too.  



Not ready to make your own?  Find succulent soaps on Etsy.

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I hope this tutorial for how to make succulent soap inspires you!  If you make some, tag me in photos on social media. 



Succulent Soap

Yield: 4 bars
Author: Cari Dunn
Estimated cost: $10
prep time: 15 Mperform time: 3 hourtotal time: 3 H & 15 M
How to make succulent soaps with melt and pour soaps. These adorable soaps are perfect for gift giving or selling, or you can keep them for yourself!

materials:

steps:

  1. To make the flowers, melt 4 ounces of melt and pour soap. Cut it into cubes and microwave for 20-30 seconds.
  2. Add up to 25 drops of essential oils and 1/4 teaspoon hemp seed oil and mica. I used grass green and green mica from my set.
  3. Pour into the succulent mold, spray with alcohol to remove bubbles, and let cool completely.
  4. Cut and melt 10 ounces of soap for the flower pots. Microwave at 30 second intervals until melted.
  5. Add 1/2 teaspoon hemp seed oil and up to 50 drops of essential oils. Add gray mica until you are satisfied with the color. I used pearl gray.
  6. Pour evenly between four disposable cups. Spray with alcohol after your pour. This will not fill them completely.
  7. Let the flower pots and succulents cool completely. This will take at least an hour.
  8. Meanwhile, you'll want to make the rocks. I did not bother adding a scent or any oil to the rocks. I simply cut a thin sliver or soap and then cut it into small squares to resemble rocks.
  9. Set some rocks on top of the cooled flower pots and spray with alcohol. Then melt 1-2 ounces of soap and pour over the rocks to hold them in place.
  10. Let the "rock" layer cool slightly and then press a succulent on top.
  11. Let the soaps cool completely before you take the disposable cup off of them.

NOTES:

Combine the essential oils in an empty bottle for easier measuring.
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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, several chickens, and homing pigeons. She loves Gilmore Girls, coffee, and her kids. Not in that order.