Y’all. Do anyone else’s kids go through soap like it’s their job?
I honestly cannot figure out how on earth two little people are going through soap so incredibly fast. I feel like I literally just gave them new soap…and they informed me that “it’s all gone, mom.”
…I suspect that they’re just leaving the soap in the water while they’re in the bath.
Which is okay. The bar soaps they’ve been using have lasted way longer than the liquid body wash we tried before! Love DIY projects, check out my shampoo bar recipe too!
Thankfully, I still have some supplies left over from my last foray into soap making, so this should not be too hard.
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Homemade DIY Layered Massage Soaps
Ingredients for the DIY Layered Massage Soaps
- 1-pound glycerin soap base (I got mine on Amazon)
- 1 tablespoon organic coconut oil
- 10-15 drops ylang-ylang essential oil
- 10-15 drops geranium essential oil
- 10-15 drops lavender essential oil
- 3 complimentary mica coloring powders (I got mine on Amazon)
You’ll also need to gather a large microwave-safe bowl or measuring cup, 2 smaller glass bowls to separate your soap mixture to give your soap a “layered” effect, a spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol (to get rid of the bubbles), and a massage soap mold.
Directions for the DIY Layered Massage Soaps
Gather all of your supplies before you get started. Once you get going it’s much easier to knock these out if you’re not hunting down your mica powder (not that I would know anything about that…).
To start, cut your soap base into squares and place them into the microwave safe bowl or measuring cup. Heat the soap base on high for 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each time. Repeat the process in 30-second increments until your base is liquid.
You can also use a double boiler if you’d rather not use a microwave. I just didn’t have the patience for that.
Once the soap base is melted, add your coconut oil to the bowl, followed by the essential oils and stir to incorporate.
NOTE: The combo that I used for this soap has a nice floral scent, so if you aren’t into florals, you may want to sub something else like orange or cedarwood for the geranium.
Once you’ve got everything fully incorporated, evenly divide your soap mixture among your 3 bowls.
My mixture came out to be about 4 cups, so I used a quarter cup for each layer.
Add your mica coloring powder to the bowls of soap base. Blend well.
Spray your soap mold with the rubbing alcohol and pour a quarter cup of your first color mixture into each mold.
Spray the top of your soaps with the rubbing alcohol. (this prevents bubbles from forming).
Allow your first layer to harden for at least one hour.
Once you’re confident that your first layer has hardened, spray the mold and the first layer with a quick spritz of rubbing alcohol.
Next, add a quarter cup of your second color (you may need to pop it back in your double boiler or the microwave if it’s started to solidify), and spray it again with the rubbing alcohol to prevent bubbles.
Allow the second layer to harden for about an hour.
Once you’re confident that the layer is solid, gently warm up your final color.
Spray a bit of rubbing alcohol into the molds, and pour a quarter cup of soap base in.
Allow the soaps to solidify overnight.
Gently pop your layered massage soaps out of their mold.
Use immediately, or store in an airtight container or Ziploc bag until you’re ready to use them.