How To Make Glycerin Soap
People across the globe are saving money by making their own soaps from home. Follow Sally Hornsey as she walks you through the process of creating your own soaps.
Today, I am going to show you how to make glycerin soap. We are going to be using a glycerin base and rose fragrance, and rose petals. The glycerin soap base is a lovely soap base to use.
It usually comes as one very big block that needs to be cut up into small pieces to melt. I am going to be melting it in my glass jug which can go straight on the heat, but you can melt it in a saucepan or even in a plastic jug in the microwave. Now, the smaller I cut these pieces up, the quicker they will melt, but I could put in a large bit as well.
The soap is quite soft, but the end soap will be nice and hard. It's called a glycerin base because it is made up of lots of ingredients that create soap. It'll be bubbly, it'll be moisturizing, it'll feel nice on my skin, and the glycerin is very moisturizing for my skin.
Here we are. One last chunk and I can now put this on the heat to melt. And when it's nearly ready, I'll give it a stir just to make sure that every piece of soap has been melted.
Okay, that has melted. I've stirred it to make sure that it's all been incorporated into this liquid. Have to make sure we don't stir too hard and create - in case I create bubbles.
What I'm going to do now is to add some color and some smell. Now, I've got three hundred grams of soap base in here and I'm going to add one percent of our rose fragrance oil. So that's three grams of rose fragrance oil I need to add.
Okay, three and a half grams, give that a stir around and now, I'm going to add some color. I have chosen a violet purple color for mine. I'm just going to add one drop of color and stir it in and then we'll decide whether that's enough color or not.
Oh, I think that looks beautiful. We don't want it too dark because I'm going to pop a few rose petals in there and I want to be able to see through the soap to the rose petals. Pop it in my mold.
Now, the mold I am using is actually a baker's mold, something that you can cook little loaves of bread or cake in. But it works fine, the silicon molds for my soap. Very carefully pour the soap in so we don't include too many bubbles.
And I am just going to put a few rose petals in there, too. Just flake them on the surface and then push them in with a spoon. I think I've got enough soap to do three of these.
Smell's beautiful. Look's beautiful, too. That needs to just sit quietly for only about an hour whilst it sets and then I can take it out of the mold and it will be ready to use straight away.
Our glycerin soap has had time to set. You can see if I touch it, it's rock hard. So, now, we are going to take it out of the mold.
Using these silicon molds, my life is made so much easier because, literally, all I need to do is to peel the soap out of the mold. Here we are. Three beautiful looking soaps.
Three beautiful smelling soaps. All with rose petals floating around set inside the soap. And that's how you make glycerin soap. .