I personally love the beach and ocean. Having my toes in the warm sand, while listening to the waves crash in and the seagulls overhead is my idea of paradise. Since I won't be getting to the beach or ocean anytime soon I thought it would be fun to make an ocean inspired soap. These are two of my favorite things so why not combine them into one?
For this soap we will be using two different melt and pour bases. A clear suspension base and a goat's milk base. I chose eucalyptus and rosemary essential oils to scent this soap. Both of these oils invoke a spa like feel and the two combined remind me of the smell of the salty ocean air. To bring in a beach elemental and some exfoliation, I am using walnut shell powder in my sand layer. If you have a nut allergy, you could use apricot seed powder or if you are looking for something more gentle, collodial oats can help with getting the appearance of sand in your soap. Then to bring in the ocean element we will be using both a clear and goats milk melt and pour base to add some dimension to our water.
For this recipe you will need:
10 ounces Goat's Milk Melt & Pour Base or white melt and pour base of choice
.168 ounces Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Blue Soap Colorant
Green Soap Colorant
Gold Soap Colorant
For the beach layer take 8oz of the Goat's Milk Melt and Pour, add in your gold soap colorant and microwave in 30 second intervals until melted. You could also use a double boiler to melt your soap base.
Next stir in your walnut shell powder and half of your essential oils.
Now pour the mixture into your silicone mold filling the cavities 1/3 to 1/2 of the way full.
You will want to let this layer cool until you can touch the top without breaking through before starting your next layer.
For the water layer place your remaining Goat's Milk Melt and Pour in a container with some green soap colorant and then in a second container add your Clear Suspension Melt and Pour along with your blue soap colorant. Heat in 30 second intervals until completely melted.
Now add your remaining essential oils to the blue container and stir both containers thoroughly to combine.
Allow to cool slightly.
Spritz the top of your first layer with isopropyl alcohol to help it adhere to the second layer then begin to pour your blue soap colorant on top of the beach layer using about half of the blue base.
Next trickle in some of the green soap colorant. You don't want this to be a solid layer but more waves or droplets.
Lastly pour on your remaining blue soap base. Spritz the top of each bar with isopropyl alcohol to remove any air bubbles that may have formed. This recipe will make four 4oz bars of soap.
Allow to cool completely before removing your soap from the mold. This will take around 3-4 hours.
Wrap soap in shrink wrap if you will not be using it immediately and store in a cool dry location.
I hope you give making this ocean inspired soap a try. If you do, leave a comment on how the soap turned out for you:)
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