Making exfoliating soaps is a fantastic craft. The use of different fragrances or essential oils, colors and mold shapes, the sky is the limit with the number of great soaps one can make. In this DIY I am using the embossing technique which gives another dimension to this great craft. I enjoy making soaps because I can create a beautiful work of art that has an amazing aroma and can keep it natural or organic if I chose to. There are also lots of products that can be used for exfoliating in the soaps. I have used the loofah in the past, today I am using grated apricot seeds which are a great mild exfoliant, but a loofah or grated loofah can be used for exfoliating.
Ingredients & Materials
- 1 lb shea butter or goat’s milk melt and pour soap base
- 1/8 tsp rose mica for coloring the soap
- up to 3 ml of your favorite fragrance or essential oil (buy essential oils here)
- 1 tsp finely grated apricot seeds for exfoliating
- embossing soap stamps
- soap mold
- glass jar for melting the soap
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How to make embossed exfoliating soaps
First, set the embossing soap stamps in the square mold. Make sure this is ready before melting the soap as you would not want to have to set this after the soap is ready for pouring. Insert the embossing stamps and make sure that they fit tight at the bottom of the mold.
Melt the base soap and add the rose mica, apricot seeds and the fragrance. I recommend up to 3 ml for one pound of soap, this will give a medium to strong fragrance to the soaps. For the exfoliating, you can add more apricot seeds if necessary. It is really up to your preference but one teaspoon was more than enough for me.
Pour the soap into the molds. Spritz rubbing alcohol on top of the poured soap to remove all the bubbles that may form on the surface. Allow to fully cool and harden for approximately 45 minutes to an hour. I do not recommend placing in the refrigerator, unless your are in a time crunch and need the soaps right away.
Unmold the soaps and carefully remove the embossing stamps.
I used fragrance for this recipe and the aroma is great, however for a more natural soap use essential oils or infuse 1 tablespoon of olive oil with natural herbs. See a post where I used this technique here.
I love how the details show in the soap so beautifully.
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