How to Make Hand Soaps
Watch this video to learn how to make moisturizing hand soaps.
Hey guys! Today I'm going to show you how to take one of our melt and pour soap bases and make a cute little hand soap just using a few simple ingredients andsome easy steps. So, let me give you the list of things that you're going to need here. Obviously you're going to need yourmelt and pour soap base but, you're also going to want to get a cutting board and a knife or a soap cutter. You'll also need to get a silicone mold, which here I'm using our six count heart mold which is the perfect size I think especially for a bar of soap. You're going to need a skin safe fragrance oil and today I'm going to be using the CoolCitrus Basil. This is a Bath & Body Works dupe, and this one smells really good. I think it's perfect! Kind of a mild scent for a hand or a body soap. You're going to want to choose a fragrance that has a low vanillin content, anything that has vanillin or a lot of vanillin in it can actually turn your soaps kind of a brown color unless you use some sort of a color stabilizer. We're not going to use any of that today so I've chosen a fragrance that does not contain any vanillin. You're also going to want to get a microwave-safe container like this. You can also melt your soap in like a pot on the stove but I'm just going to be using the microwave today. Then a spatula so that I can stir everything together, and then the last thing (which is optional but I always like to use it) is a spray bottle with isopropyl alcohol. This is basically just so you can pop the bubbles that will form as you pour the soap into the molds. So, let's get started!
Okay, the first thing that you're going to do is cut your soap base into about half an inch cubes. So, I'm just gonna slice some up. These little heart molds that I'm using can hold about 3.2 ounces in each cavity so in total I'm going to weigh out about 20 ounces of the soap base. I didn't mention this before but, you do need to get a digital scale so you can measure out both your soap and your fragrance oil. I'm going to put that over here to the side and I'm just going to use my little microwave safe container and throw all these little cubes in there that I'm chopping up. I'm gonna turn my scale on so that I can measure everything. I've got some of my cubes so I'm just gonna measure this as I go so I don't end up cutting too much. As you can see, I'm just cutting off little slivers and then cutting those in half and then cutting them into about half inch wide cubes. Cutting them into smaller cubes like this will allow them to melt in your microwave (or in your pot on your stove) a little bit faster and more evenly. So I wouldn't recommend doing like huge chunks, otherwise you're gonna have to put it in the microwave for a long time and it'll take a while. I'm just gonna do this until I have about 20 ounces of the soap base measured out in the microwave safe container.
Okay, so as you can see, I'm right at 20 ounces on the dot which is pretty much exactly what I'm going to need to fill this silicone mold. So next I'm going to take this microwave safe container and go put it into the microwave and heat it up in 30 second bursts. I don't recommend doing it longer than that because you can burn the soap if it gets too hot. 30 second bursts and just kind of stir to see if there's any unmelted chunks in there until everything's liquid. So I am gonna go do that now.
So now you can see that my soap base is completely liquid. There's not any big chunks in there or anything like that so we are ready to add our fragrance oil. Now, you want to make sure you choose a skin safe fragrance oil and, like I said, one that has a low vanillin content would be best just so it keeps the soap from discoloring. I'm going to add my fragrance oil at 6% which is about an ounce per pound. So, for my 20 ounces of soap I'm gonna do one point two ounces of the fragrance oil. I'm gonna measure that out...there we go, 1.2 ounces of the fragrance oil. Then, I'm just gonna take my spatula and get it all nice and incorporated. You want to make sure that you don't see any of that fragrance oil separated out but try not to stir too hard otherwise you might create some air bubbles and you could splash it onto your skin which would not feel good since this is hot soap. Okay, that looks pretty good. I'm gonna put the spatula over there and now we're ready to go ahead and pour it into our silicone molds. I like to spray my silicone molds with the rubbing alcohol just to maybe kill anything that might have been in the mold. I did clean it before I made this but it's just kind of another way to be hygienic, Also if you have access to some latex or nitrile gloves, Idefinitely recommended wearing those if you're going to be selling these. Just practice good hygiene whenever you're making soaps but if you're going to be making them just for yourself at home you don't necessarily have to have gloves but definitely if you're going to be selling these or distributing these. Now, I'm just going to take my little pitcher of soap and start pouring it into these molds real slowly. Don't worry about the bubbles that you're seeing there, the rubbing alcohol will take care of that here in a little bit. I'm just going to fill each one of these cavities up nice and slow...the last one here should have exactly enough. As you can see, there's some little bubbles on the surface of these soaps so I'm just gonna take my little spray bottle and you can see those little bubbles disappear just with a little bit of the rubbing alcohol on top. Alright! So, that's pretty much it for now. I'm gonna let these completely solidify and it does take a few hours with molds this size but, once these have completely set up I will come back and show you how to remove them from the molds.
Okay, as you can see, my soaps are completely solidified. I can push down on them and nothing happens. They're completely cooled down at the bottom so I'm gonna pop these out of the molds. What I like to do is kind of pull the mold apart like that to kind of release the soaps a little bit easier. They get kind of sucked down in there as they cool so it's nice to let go of the little air pocket that's down there. As you can see, there's a cute little heart shape soap! I'm just gonna set that over here while I get the rest of these guys out. Now, you can use whichever soap base you like but, we personally like the goat's milk soap like I used here today, or the triple butter. If you're going to use make hand soaps those bases are really moisturizing, and if you're having to wash your hands a lot those are just two really good options. However, you can use any of the melt and pour bases that we have to make your own hand soaps or body soaps.
That's pretty much it! As you can see, just a few simple ingredients and a few simple steps and you can make your very own little soap bars. We hope you enjoy this little tutorial! if you decide to make your own project using our products make sure you tag any pictures that you put on Instagram and use #lonestarcommunity for a chance to be featured on our website.
Alright, that's it for today. I hope you guys enjoy!