I love learning how to do new things, and after a series of cookery classes last year (sushi making, macaroons, pork pies.. the list is endless) I decided to branch out a little this year and take up some more crafting. I did a lot of different art-based GCSEs and I love saving money making things, so this year I have taught myself to make candles and gone to a bath bomb class - the next step was to try my hand at soap making.
It was far easier than I thought. I used a Hobbycraft kit, and the steps were fairly simple; melt the shea butter and coconut oil in the microwave, and then stir in with the dry ingredients. There’s a lot of stirring involved (about twenty minutes with intervals) and then you add the flavouring. The kit came with dried lavender and lemongrass oil, so I whacked them in and stirred a bit more.
You then pour the mixture into a pre cling filmed dish and leave it twenty four hours to set, before chopping into slices and leaving for a further four weeks. This is so that the acid neutralises, and no one wants burns from soap, do they?
In retrospect I think I added the lavender a little early, as when I came back to my soap to wrap it it had taken on a slightly rusty look. I have used the soap and its absolutely fine, but I think if I make it from scratch I will use rose petals or something a little larger than the lavender to make sure it looks a little prettier.
Now they are wrapped they are perfect gifts for grannies and aunties for Easter, and I’m planning on distributing them like a lovely, non-chocolate bringing Easter bunny!
Have you ever tried to make soap? Are you a crafter? Any tips on what I should tackle next?
The box I used was a Kirsty Alsopp Soap Making Kit from Hobbycraft, and I was kindly gifted the set.