Today I’m going to show you how to make another melt & pour easy soap recipe: creamsicle scented orange soap.
If you’ve never tried making your own melt and pour soap making, you’ll be shocked at how easy it is. You can use natural and organic soap bases (some made with coconut oil, some with shea butter, some with cocoa butter, some with goats milk, etc.) so you know you are making toxic-free soap. These bars of soap make absolutely wonderful gifts! This pure essential oils scent smells good enough to eat (but don’t eat it 🙂 !) and these handmade soaps will be a unique addition to your bathroom toiletry supplies!
What You’ll Need to Make this Easy Melt & Pour Orange Creamsicle Scented Soap Recipe:
- 2 lb block of Goat’s Milk soap base
- 2 lb block of Organic Clear Glycerin Soap
- Silicone Mold for 12 bars (you can order a silicone mold that is the same size with 6 instead for a large bar.)
- Sweet Orange Essential Oil (if you want a citrus soap recipe, and lemon, lime, bergamot, and grapefruit essential oils to the mix as well!)
- Vanilla Extract (I did not use synthetic fragrances so I could keep this a natural soap recipe.)
- fresh orange for the orange peel (optional)
- tea infuser (although this one looks like it would work even better)
- Gold mica powder
- Microwave Safe Glass Measuring Cup w/ Spout (having 2 on hand is easier for this recipe)
- toothpicks or skewer
- small spray bottle filled with isopropyl alcohol
- Decorative tape, raffia, burlap, and/or ribbon (I used this gold leaf ribbon and some orange burlap ribbon)
This recipe is enough to make 24 bars.
How Do You Make Homemade Soap?
We are going to be making this soap in 2 different layers – one glycerin clear base layer and one goat’s milk soap layer. So we will melt and pour the glycerin layer first.
Start by cutting up the glycerin soap into smaller cubes and placing them in your microwave-safe glass measuring cup. My Pyrex cup can only hold one pound of soap at a time – (half of what you ordered) which is enough to make 12 bars.
When your soap is cut into cubes, place in the microwave for (3) 30-second intervals, stirring in between each interval. You may need a 4th time, depending on how full your cup is of soap. Just be sure the soap is completely melted.
This next step is optional, but I did want to add a bit of orange color to my glycerin soap.
I decided to zest an orange and add about a tablespoon of orange zest to my melted soap. Only do this if you know you will use your bars within a couple of months, or the orange peels zest could start to decompose. Don’t waste that orange! When you are done zesting, eat up those yummy orange slices or even make yourself some fresh-squeezed orange juice!
I will say that the bright orange color does fade a bit when it is actually in the soap, but it does give the soap an interesting texture in this layer!
Then add 20 drops of orange essential oil and stir well. 20 drops will give you a mild soap scent that is not overpowering.
If you’d like a stronger smell, then I’d add 30-40 drops.
This is the first layer of this easy soap recipe – orange-scented, melted and ready to pour into the mold.
If you want a splash of gold mica on the top of your soaps (and who wouldn’t, right?) 🙂 then you need to sprinkle the gold mica powder in your reusable mold before you pour in your soap. Be sure to sprinkle it on both the bottom and sides of the mold.
I found that placing the mica powder in a tea infuser works great to spread the powder out evenly.
I gently tapped the tea infuser on the side of the mold and the powder gently falls and you’ll get a nice even sprinkling of our “soap bling.”
In case you didn’t already know, mica powder is found in many beauty products, including eye shadow, blush, and face powders! It’s a safe mineral to add to your soap!
Take your melted orange-scented soap and pour soap base into each soap mold until you fill each one halfway. When you pour, try to aim the soap in the corner of the mold so you don’t disrupt too much of the gold powder that you want to shine on the top of the soap bars.
As the soap cools, you will want to use your skewer and create a bumpy surface. Probably wait about 5 minutes for the soap to cool and you can then move the soap around a bit to create this texture. This will help the goat’s milk layer to stick better when you pour that in next.
You can also experiment with stirring up the gold powder a bit as well. If you want more gold to be in the soap rather than just one top, then swirl the soap around a bit as it cools.
While you are waiting for the glycerin layer to cool and texturize, go ahead and start heating up your goat’s milk soap in 30-second intervals in the microwave. Again, stir each time in between and microwave it until it’s fully melted – about 1 minute and a half to 2 minutes total.
This is the goat’s milk soap about half melted. Be sure there are not hard soap lumps in it as you stir.
To this soap batch, add another 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract. Stir this until it is well blended.
Now it is ready to pour onto the orange layer.
Be sure the glycerin layer is cool enough so that when you pour in the goat’s milk layer, it won’t pour into a liquefied glycerin layer. Be sure there is a solid glycerin layer to pour on. Fill the rest of the soap mold cavities with the vanilla-scented goats milk soap layer.
If you notice any bubbles on the top after pouring, you can give it a quick spray of isopropyl alcohol and the bubbles disappear. That ensures a nice smooth bottom to your soap.
Let the bars fully cool before attempting to pop them out of the mold. I’d wait for a few hours.
The picture above shows some of the bars after they cooled – I just love the ivory-colored vanilla layer combined with the gold-orange layer! This looks like a very fancy bar of soap that was a super easy orange soap recipe to make!!!
It smells just like an orange creamsicle!
I used some gold leaf ribbon and orange burlap ribbon to tie around each orange soap bar. Now I have a great gift for a friend, or for my mom on Mother’s day.
You could even use these as favors for a baby or wedding shower!
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