- A soap mould- alternatively a loaf tin, an old butter tub, a yoghurt pot, or cupcake tray will also do the job
- 700g goat's milk melt and pour soap base (available to buy online or at most craft stores)
- Lavender essential oil
- Large knife and a fork
- A microwavable jug
- Weighing scales
- Dried lavender (optional)
- Purple soap colouring (available from craft stores)
- Hessian and string for decoration (optional)
- This soap looks lovely when made with two layers so start by weighing out your first thin layer- to fill a loaf tin you will need 185g of your melt and pour soap.
- Chop the soap into small chunks (this will help it melt quickly) then put it in the microwavable jug and into the microwave for 20 second bursts on the top heat until you see the soap form a liquid.
- Continue to microwave the soap in bursts until it fully liquidizes and there are no more chunks of soap left. Now, add your essential oil until you get your desired smell (usually about 8 drops does the trick) and add your purple soap colouring. Mix it all together using a fork and pour it straight into your soap mould.
- Allow the soap to cool at room temperature for thirty minutes- don’t be tempted to poke or move it for at least 10 minutes. Once thirty minutes has passed your first layer should be hard and you are ready to create your second layer.
- Prepare your dried lavender by simply pulling the leaves off until you have a pile.
- Follow the same process as the first layer, using the remaining 515g of melt and pour soap but simply don’t add the colouring this time. So once again, chop the soap into chunks and place it in the microwavable jug and into the microwave on 20 second bursts until all the soap has melted.
- Once the soap has melted you simply need to add your essential oil (roughly 12 drops) and your lavender leaves, mixing it all together with your fork.
- Now pour this over your first layer into the loaf tin and leave it to set at room temperature.
- After 1 hour, place it flat into the freezer for a further hour to ensure it fully sets. Once you have finished, just tip your mould upside down, give it a few taps and the soap will simply slide out! If your soap doesn’t slide out then put it back into the freezer as this is just a sign that the soap isn’t ready and needs a little longer.
- Now chop your soap up into large blocks. You can tie a thin piece of hessian around the soap to create the perfect presentation for your bar of soap.
Project from Laura Kowalski for AO.com
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