Are you just getting started with soap making? If so, working with Melt and Pour Soap is the way to go!
In fact, I rarely make cold process soap. First of all, you can’t make mistakes. You need to know what you are doing for your soap to turn out well. Secondly, you are working with serious chemicals, like lye, that can hurt you. Third, you will need additional equipment that you don’t need with melt and pour soap making. Last, cold processes soap has to cure for 4-6 weeks. So you will wait a long time for the results!
That’s why if I’m making gifts for friends or something fun for myself, I always choose Melt and Pour Soap.
This recipe uses melt and pour goat’s milk soap based to make a gorgeously layered bar of soap. It’s one layer of honey soap, one layer of lavender soap with lavender buds and one layer of oat soap with oats drizzled on top.
It smells amazing and it feels great to use! It can give you a gentle exfoliation but is still nourishing and gentle to the skin. So let’s make it!
Supplies to Make Goat Milk Soap Recipe with Honey, Lavender & Oats
4 inch Silicone Soap Mold (or any soap mold of your choice)
3 Measuring Cups with Pourable Spouts
Spray Bottle of Rubbing Alcohol
1 lb. Goat’s Milk Melt and Pour Soap Base (you will likely have extra)
1 tsp. Honey
1 tbsp. Dried Lavender Buds
¼ tsp. Lavender Mica Powder
25 drops Lavender Essential Oil
2 tbsp. Oats
Soap Cutter ( or Cheese Cutter)
Substitutions: If you prefer, you could choose a different flower instead of lavender. I think lavender pairs perfectly with oats and honey, but you could also use pink mica powder, rose essential oil, and rose petals. Or you could try yellow mica powder, chamomile essential oil and chamomile flowers.
Step 1: Cube Your Goat’s Milk Soap Base and Diving into Thirds
If this is your first time working with Melt & Pour Soap, this tutorial will help you with all of the basics. To get started, cut your soap base into small cubes. They don’t have to be perfect – just around 1 inch. Since you will be melting them they don’t have to be exact.
Step 2: How to Melt Melt and Pour Soap
The most important thing to know about melt and pour soap is that it can burn. It’s imperative that you don’t overheat it. You will know it’s burnt if after heating it, it becomes stiff and doesn’t pour.
Melt and pour soap is best melted in the microwave. Start by microwaving the soap cubes for 30 seconds. Then remove the soap from the microwave and stir completely and thoroughly to even the heat. If your soap is not completely liquid, continue this process using 15 second intervals and stirring in between each time in the microwave. Once it’s liquid, it’s ready to use!
Step 3: Pour the Honey Soap into the Soap Mold
To make the layer of honey soap, after the first 1/3 of the soap is melted, add 1 teaspoon of honey and stir it completely and thoroughly. Melt and pour soap works best when you add tiny amounts of ingredients to it, so 1 teaspoon is plenty!
Once your honey is evenly distributed in the soap, pour it into the soap mold. Then spritz the top with rubbing alcohol. This will help remove any bubbles and it’s said to help the layers adhere too! Now your first layer is done.
Step 4: Mix Together Lavender Mica and Rubbing Alcohol
To make your 2nd layer, start by adding the 1/4 teaspoon of lavender mica powder to a bowl. Spritz the mica with rubbing alcohol or pour in just a tiny amount. It doesn’t have to be a set amount, just enough to moisten the mica powder and help it disperse evenly into the goat milk soap.
Step 5: Melt Another 1/3 of Soap and Mix It with the Lavender Mica
Then melt another 1/3 of the soap base. This time, be extra careful because you will not want to add the mica powder to hot melted soap. You need it to be be warm enough to pour but as cool as possible.
Once your soap is melted, but not hot, blend it with the mica powder. Once the lavender color is even, then add around 25 drops of lavender essential oil and stir again. Be sure to use a good quality oil because a cheap oil won’t smell as nice.
Step 6: Pour the Lavender Soap into the Mold
Once all your ingredients are well blended and even, pour the lavender soap, or your second layer, into the soap mold on top of the honey layer. It should naturally spread so that it’s even and flat. But if you need to spread the soap layer to even it, do ahead.
Then spritz the layer with rubbing alcohol again. Remember, this is to help remove any air bubbles and to help the layers adhere to each other.
Step 7: Sprinkle with Lavender Buds
Next, sprinkle the top of the lavender soap layer with lavender buds. Make sure you use buds that are a deep purple and vibrant. Ones that have a good color are nice. The color is one of the most fun things about adding lavender buds since you won’t be able to smell them as you start to use the soap.
Try to make an even layer using around 1 tablespoon of flowers.
Step 8: Melt the Last 1/3 Goats Milk Soap Base and Add Oats
Now we’re on to our last layer of soap! This will be out oat layer which is a gentle yet exfoliating layer.
For this last layer, we’ll repeat the same steps of melting the soap in the microwave. Once the soap is melted, add 2 tablespoons of oats. If you want your soap to be pretty, leave the oats whole. If you want this soap to be extra exfoliating crush your oats with a food processor to break them into a finer texture.
Then add them to the melted goat milk soap base.
Oats are healing and nourishing to the skin. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is an ideal ingredient for people skin conditions such as eczema, acne, rosacea or rashes. In fact, all these layers – the honey layer and lavender layer are gentle, healthy and soothing to the skin.
Step 9: Pour the Oat Soap into the Mold
Once your oats are thoroughly mixed into the soap, pour the layer into the soap mold on top of the lavender layer and make sure it’s even across the surface. Even though this is the last layer, you will still want to spritz the surface with rubbing alcohol to remove any air bubbles.
Step 10: Finish by Sprinkling with Oats
The very last step in this Goat Milk Soap Recipe with Honey, Lavender & Oats is to sprinkle some whole, not crushed oats across the surface of the soap.
I sprinkled mine through the center because I thought it looked so cute!
How Long Does Melt and Pour Soap Need to Set?
Once your melt and pour soap is in the mold, let it rest. For small bars this will take around 2 hours. For a thick soap mold like this, it will likely take a few extra hours. I would leave it overnight, and finish the soap the next day.
Step 11: Cut the Soap into Bars
Once your soap is set, remove it from the mold. It should easily slide out but if you have any issues, turn your soap mold upside down. Then put pressure on the bottom of the mold until it slides out.
I used a traditional wavy soap cutter to cut my soap into bars, but if you don’t have one you could use a regular kitchen knife. Remember this is just soap, so it’s perfectly safe for your kitchen equipment!
Soap Packaging Ideas
Once your soap is cut into bars, it’s ready to use! Place a bar in the shower for yourself, place one in the guest restroom to show it off or give them as gifts!
There are so many different ways you could wrap them with ribbon, lace or decorative paper to make them gift ready. Here are so many ideas!
Love this soap recipe? Then check out the other soap making tutorials below and happy crafting!
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