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Citronella Soap
 1 cup grated Castile soap
1/2 cup water
10 drops citronella essential oil
5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
1 T. dried, crushed pennyroyal leaves

Mix the ingredients into the melted soap/water mixture. With an electric mixer, whip the soap until it has doubled in volume. Spoon the soap into the prepared molds, pushing it into the molds as best you can (the beating action cools the mix, so work quickly). If the mixture has cooled off and thickened so much you can't put it into the molds, hand mold the soap into large balls.

Cold Cream Soap
 4 oz M&P soap
2 tsp cold cream
10 drops fragrance oil
1 drop coloring (optional)

Melt soap, then add cold cream and stir until melted. Remove from heat; add fragrance and color, and then mold.

Cookie Cutter Soaps (Part 2!)
 Melt and Pour soap base(opaque)
Scent (optional)
cookie cutters
scrap base

Melt down scrap soap (preferably in clear or white). Pour a thin layer onto the plate and place cookie cutters on this. Let hardent. Melt down the soap base; add scent and color. Pour the base into cookie cutter and let harden. Twist the cookie cutter to loosen it from the plate. Loosen edges of cutter from soap (metal molds do this very well, but flexible plastic works great, too). Push soap out just a bit (about 1/4") and use a knife to slice off the soap that was on the plate. Pop soap out the rest of the way.

Cookie Cutter Soaps
 Melt and Pour soap base(opaque)
Scent (optional)
Color (must be liquid, like gels)
cookie sheet (must have at least a 1/2 in. edge on it)
knife (to swirl your colors!)
cookie cutters

Melt down the soap base and scent. You can give the main base a color if you wish or leave it white. Pour the base on the cookie sheet and add colors and swirl them all over - be creative! When this dries, pop the block of soap out of the cookie sheet. Use cookie cutters to cut up the soap.

There are lots of different things you can do with this... Some ideas:

Christmas Soap: Swirl red & green into white and use cookie cutters
Candy Cane Soap: Swirl red into white with peppermint scent and candy cane cutters
Easter/Spring: Swirl multiple pastels and find some fun cookie cutters
4th of July: Patriotic white soap with a beautiful red & blue swirl (find a nice star cutter!

Cucumber Loofah Soap
© Kelly Reno
 3 oz. opaque soap
2 tsp. powdered loofah
15 drops cucumber fragrance oil
1 T. Aloe Vera gel
green coloring

Shred the soap in a food processor and set aside. Boil 1/2 cup of water over low heat and stir in the shredded soap. Continue stirring until the mixture becomes a sticky mass, approximately four minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the aloe vera gel, the fragrance oil and the coloring until well blended. Spoon the mixture into a mold and let set for six hours or until hardened. Wrap finished soaps in cellophane.

Earth Clay Soap
 1 lb. vegetable glycerin soap
1 T. Clay
2 T. Jojoba Oil
1/4 Cup Distilled Water
Colorant and Scent

Be sure to mix the clay separately. I put the T. of clay in a dish and spoon a small amount of the melted soap and mix it into a paste, then add it to the soap. This eliminates lumps of clay and makes a nice smooth soap.

Fresh Aloe Vera and Nettle Leaf Soap
© Soothing Soaps by Sandy Maine
 1 c. glycerin soap base
1/8 c. aloe vera gel
2 T. crushed dried nettle leaf
2 T. simmered, macerated fresh leaf

Mix together all ingredients and pour into molds. Once cooled, pop out of molds, and store them in a dark cool place.

Gardening Soap
 8 oz. M&P base
2 T. white cornmeal
1 1/2 T. fine pumice
1 T. bentonite clay
2 tsp. of a citrus essential oil (orange, lemon, etc.)

Melt base and scent. Stir in cornmeal, pumice, & clay continually until it gets to the point where it will stay suspended in the soap. By this time the soap will be quite thick and cool. Pour into molds.

Honey Bee Soap
 4 oz. Opaque MP soap
1 T. beeswax pellets
1 T. honey

Melt beeswax and keep warm/liquid. Melt soap base and then mix in beeswax. Add honey and keep stirring until melted. Pour into mold.

This recipe looks neat in a similar mold - Milky Way Molds have a bee and a flower. I've also seen a great bee/honey mold (it looks like beeswax sheets on the surface) at other places.

Honey Oatmeal Scrub Soap
© Soap Center
 3 oz. opaque melt & pour soap
1 T. oatmeal
Vanilla, Almond, or Oatmeal, Milk & Honey scent (optional)
1 tsp. Honey

Melt soap, then add honey and a few drops of scent - let it start to cool while you grind up 3/4 of the oatmeal in a coffee grinder until it is powdery. Stir in the ground oatmeal a little at a time (stir constantly). Keep stirring until it gets fairly cool, and then add in remaining whole oatmeal. Keep stirring until it gets very cool and thick (almost like a sludge). Pour into mold.

The key to this recipe is making sure the soap is pretty cool so the oatmeal stays suspended in the finished bar. The bar has a nice natural oatmeal smell, but the scent adds subtle smell that is very nice. View a picture of this soap.

Jojoba Oil M&P Soap
 1 lb. M&P Soap
1 T. jojoba oil
1 tsp. beeswax

Melt all ingredients together and pour into your mold. It makes a very nice, hard bar that is long lasting. Because it is much harder, it takes longer to lather.

Lavender Beeswax Soap
© Kelly Reno
 4 oz. Unscented glycerin soap
10 drops lavender scent
purple coloring
1 tsp. beeswax

Melt the soap over low heat until liquefied. Add the grated beeswax and stir until melted. Remove from heat and add the scent and the coloring. Stir until well blended. Pour the mixture into a mold and let set for three hours or until hardened.

Lavender Citrus Soap
© Beautiful Handmade Soaps by Marie Browning
 2 cups grated soap
1/2 cup water
6 vitamin E capsules
1 T. ground dried lemon verberna leaves
1 T. dried lavender buds
10 drops lavender oil
20 drops sweet orange oil

Melt soap with water. After it has melted, add vitamin E oil and remaining ingredients. After the soap has cooled and thickened, scoop out a small handful of the soap and roll into a ball. Flatten the ball to create a disk shape. As the soap cures, press the soap into a firmer and smoother shape. If you like, mix a little orange oil on your hands and polish the soap smooth.

This soap will discolor if the lavender buds are added too soon to the melted soap. If you do not like the rough surface and the darkened color, omit the lavender buds and add extra lavender oil. Or, after a week of curing, you can slice thin shavings from the soap to smooth it and remove any dark patches.

Party Time Confetti Soap
 Transparent M&P soap
Opaque M&P Soap
various colors to make a bright display
Scent (optional)

Melt transparent soap and split into separate dishes and color. Pour into separate molds and let harden. When hard, pop out and cut into small pieces (1/4-1/2 in.).

Melt opaque soap and scent. Spay confetti pieces with alcohol and place in mold. Let opaque base cool for a while until a skin has formed twice (you don't want to melt your confetti!). Pour over confetti pieces in mold.

This recipe works nice in any tube type mold (try PVC with an end cap!). If you use a tube mold you'll want to make bigger pieces of confetti and pile them up in the mold and pour over, let harden and then slice. This gives a nice stained glass effect.

Peachy Almond Soap
 1 lb. M&P base
2 T. Almonds (finely ground)
1 tsp. Peach fragrance oil

Melt soap base and add almonds and fragrance – pour into molds.

Raspberry Oatmeal Soap
© Soap Center
 1 lb. MP soap base
2-3 T. oatmeal
Raspberry fragrance oil
Red and Blue colorants

Melt soap; then add a few drops of scent. Add small amounts of color (more red than blue) until you get the desired color. A nice mauve color or even a darker raspberry color looks very nice. Let it start to cool while you grind up the oatmeal in a coffee grinder until it is powdery. Stir in the ground oatmeal a little at a time (stir constantly). Keep stirring until it gets fairly cool, and then add in remaining whole oatmeal. Keep stirring until it gets very cool and thick. Pour into mold.

Shea Butter Soap
 1 lb. Melt and Pour (opaque)
1 Tbls. Jojoba Oil
1 tsp. Shea Butter
1 tsp. grated beeswax
no color or a very light pastel

This is a luxurious soap, that you will love to use on your face.

Melt in a double boiler. Use a drink mixer to incorporate all the ingredients well, then pour into molds. Spritz with alcohol to eliminate bubbles.

Makes a very very nice moisturizing bar.

Soap Crafters Creamy Rosemary
© Pamela Love at Soap Crafters Company
 1 lb. Soap Crafters Soap Base (any variety)
1 Cup of Whole Milk
1/2 tsp. Rosemary pure Essential Oil (see EO caution below)
You'll need a one-foot length of PVC pipe with one end cap or other tube.

This is a wonderfully creamy soap to wake up to in the morning! And everyone LOVES the scent of pure Rosemary! Men even go nuts for it! Make sure you spray your mold with a vegetable spray. Pour all of the soap mixture into the mold. After a couple of hours, push it out of the mold and slice the soap into round soaps!

NOTE: Rosemary EO is not recommended for individuals with high blood pressure or epilepsy.

Soap Crafters Golden Soap
© Pamela Love at Soap Crafters Company
 1 lb. Soap Crafters Coconut/Palm Soap Base
1 Cup of Whole Milk
1 T. Beet Powder
2 tsp. Lemon Peel Granules
1/2 tsp. Lavender Pure Essential Oil
4 Romeo Heart Molds

For some odd reason, this recipe makes a deep gold colored soap which has multicolored freckles. This makes 4 heart shaped soaps with a little dollop left over.

Soap Crafters Sesame Dream
© Pamela Love at Soap Crafters Company
 1 lb. Soap Crafters Coconut/Palm Soap Base
1/2 Cup of Whole Milk
1 T. Whole Hulled Sesame Seeds
2 tsp. Sesame Seed Oil
You'll need three to four soap molds, depending on their size.

This is such a rich soap! You do need to cut back some on the milk in this recipe, due to adding another fat - the sesame oil. It will smell of sesame for a day or so but then it disappears. This is a real joy to bath with because of the added emollient properties of the sesame oil. The seeds are a very gentle exfoliant!

Sugared Plum Soap
© Trisha Walton at Homesong Handcrafted Soaps
(This recipe includes both of CP soap and M & P soap.)
 Your own Cold Pour soap recipe
Spicy Plum Fragrance Oil
Melt & Pour base
Melt & Pour base

1. Make enough of your usual CP recipe to fill your mold halfway or more depending on the affect you want. Scent it with Spicy Plum fragrance oil and color it if you like. You can leave it white or make it fancier by swirling in some purple soap. Cover you mold and insulate as usual.

2. The next step is to fill the remainder of your mold with M & P base. Start melting the M & P base after step #1 has been completed. The amount of base you will melt depends on how much is needed to fill your mold. For example, if you usually make #10 pounds of CP soap in your mold, but you only filled in halfway for this recipe, then you will need to prepare #5 of M & P base now.

Melt your base, add purple colorants, and scent with Spicy Plum fragrance oil. Uncover your CP soap and pour your M & P right on top of it. Your CP soap should be reasonably firm to the touch before you do this. One or two hours between pours works for me. Cover and insulate your mold again.

OPTIONAL: You can give a fancier look by sprinkling the top of the M & P with something that suggests "sprinkled sugar". If you work quickly, before there is a "skin" on you M & P, you can sprinkle sugar on the top of your poured soap. You have a little more time if you add a thin sprinkling of silver mica. If your mica doesn't land evenly, it can be dusted across the surface with a feather then rubbed evenly across the surface the next day.

3. Uncover your mold 24 hours later and cut as usual. Your CP soap will be topped with a layer of transparent, purple M & P that will dress it up for a festive holiday look. Yes, your layers will be stuck together.

Wheatgerm soap
 1 lb. M&P soap base
2 T. Wheatgerm (finely ground)
1 tsp. Sweet almond oil
3/4 tsp. Sandalwood fragrance oil

Melt soap base and add wheatgerm, oil and fragrance – pour into molds.

M&P Gardner's Soap
© Susan Hart []
 12 oz Clear M&P
.5 oz Grated Beeswax
1/2 T Castor Oil
1 T Grated Dried Lemon Peel
1 T Grated Dried Orange Peel
1/4 C Lightly Toasted Oatmeal
1/2 T Dried Rosemary
2 tsp. Orange EO
1 tsp. Tea tree EO
few drops of Rosemary EO

1. Slice M&P in small chunks. Add this, the grated beeswax and the
castor oil to a double boiler, cover, and let melt completely.
(Never let the temp get over 160 degrees.)

2. While all this is slowly melting put the oatmeal and dried rosemary
in a small food processor and grind to a medium course consistancy.
Add the grated lemon & orange peel and set aside. You should have just
slightly over 1/8th cup all together.

3. When the M&P & beeswax are fully melted remove from heat and transfer
to a 2-cup glass measuring cup--easier to pour into the molds with

4. Let mixture cool until fine skin appears then add EO's and stir in

5. Let mixture cool until skin forms again and then add the oatmeal &
herb mixture.

6. Keep stirring periodically as mixture cools. You will notice that
as the mixture cools the oatmeal & herbs start to stay more suspended
and don't sink to the bottom.

7. When your satisfied that the majority of the herbs are staying
suspended pour into molds.

8. Immediatly put mold into the freezer for 15 minutes then remove.

9. When the soap gets to room temp. pop out of molds and package
as you usually do.

1 Three cavity (4 oz) Fancy Milky Way Mold sheet.

Orange Peel Oatmeal MP Soap
© Ardy Nelson
 4 ounces Clear Melt and Pour Soap
1 T.Old Fashioned Oatmeal
1/4 t. grated orange peal
1/4 t. orange colorant
4-5 drops grapefruit seed extract
1/8 tsp sweet orange EO
2 drops vitamin E

Grind oatmeal with a coffee grinder into a very fine powder before starting the soap. Add colorant, grapefruit seed extract and vitamin E to hot soap, after some what cooled add fragrance and ground oatmeal and orange peel. Stir to get the oatmeal disbursed evenly. Just before the soap is to set up pour into your mold. If done correctly the oatmeal will not float to the top but should float within the soap. This soap is very nice using a peach gel colorant.

Fresh Scent Soap
 Dried lavender
Dried camomile
Dried orange peel
White melt & pour soap squares
Fresh Rain fragrance oil

Grind lavender, camomile & orange peel into a fine powder. Melt soap. Add herbal powder and 10 drops oil. Pour into desired mold. The more powder you add, the more grainy it will appear. Also, you can add more fragrance oil to make the scent stronger, but it's suppose to be light and fresh.

Cucumber Melon Cornmeal
© Andrea Blessing
 3oz. Clear M&P base
1oz. opaque M&P base
1 T Cornmeal
Cucumber melon fragrance oil, green dye
1 t castor oil

Melt soap bases together, let cool slightly and add oils. Wait a few minutes before adding cornmeal. Keep stirring so it doesn't sink to bottom. Great exfoliation.

Orange Peppermint Acne Relief Soap
© SIMPLY MADE -Candles, Soaps & Gifts
 16 oz orange oil or clear m&p soap
1 tsp sweet orange oil
1 tsp dried crushed peppermint leaves
1 tsp ground orange peel
1 tbl aloe vera gel
5 drops orange soap color or 3 drops red and 2 drops yellow food color

Melt soap base in microwave on medium for 2 minutes or stovetop method in double-boiler.
Add all ingredients stirring until smooth. Pour into olive oil coated molds or small loaf pan. Let harden completely and slice or remove from mold. Let air dry 24 hours before packaging. Great for oily skin or minor acne breakouts. (My 3 teenaged children love it and it smells nice too!) ***WARNING***Limit exposure to sunlight immediately after bathing with soap!! May irritate skin. This is a big seller in my store

Oatmeal, Milk & Honey Soap
© SIMPLY MADE -Candles, Soaps & Gifts
 16 oz. goatsmilk or opaque m&p soap
1/4 cup finely ground oatmeal
1/4 cup finely ground powdered milk
3 tbls natural honey
1 tbl melted beeswax
1 tbl vanilla fragrance oil (Lavender EO or Peppermint EO may be substitute

Makes 4-4 oz bars

Melt soap base in microwave on medium for 3 minutes in glass microwave safe container or on stovetop double-boiler method.
Add all other ingredients, stirring constantly until smooth. As soap base cools, it will thicken to a pudding consistancy. Pour into olive oil coated molds or small loaf pan. Let completely harden and slice or remove from molds. Let air dry 24 hours before packaging. Great for dry winter skin. Wrap with corrigated cardboard and raffia for a nice gift idea.

Coconut Citrus Soap
© Melondy West
 M&P Coconut Milk Base Soap
1 T Real Lemon Juice
1 T sugar
10-20 drops of Mango, Orange & Peach fragrance
2 vitamin E gel pills
1 tbsp of olive oil

Melt soap in 30 second intervals, add vitamin E pills during the melting process, once melted add lemon juice, sugar, fragrance & olive oil. Lubricate molds with olive oil before pouring soup mixture into molds for easy release.

Butter Bar
© Marie Browning “Melt & Pour Soapmaking”
 4oz. rectangular soap mold
4oz. white coconut oil soap base
1 Tbsp. shea butter
1Tbsp cocoa butter
10 drops buttery maple fragrance oil (vanilla or cocnut or fragrance of cho
3 drops yellow colorant

Cut up and melt soap base & add melted shea & cocoa butter as well as the fragrance & color. Pour melted soap into mold & package. Once you start using this you won't want to be without.

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