Today I attempted at making both foaming hand soap AND bar soap. The bar soap turned out nicely (details on that below.) The foaming hand soap wasn't as successful...apparently just because a soap dispenser looks like it should be of the foaming variety doesn't mean that it actually is. Whoops. (Note: just placed an amazon order for some actual foaming pumps. Hopefully I'll just be able to dump [from the already made non-foam pump] and pump).
The regular soap was VERY simple. I used artminds white glycerine soap base, artminds molds, and essential oils. That's it. Super easy.
First, I chunked off 6 blocks (each block is an ounce) of the soap base and microwaved it in 30-second intervals (I think it was a total of 1 1/2 minutes).
After the soap base was melted all the way through, I added my essential oils. I used lemongrass, rosemary, and peppermint (all three of these oils help wake me up in the morning!) I use three or four drops of oil per bar (so for this recipe I used 2 drops of each oil).
After mixing the essential oils into the soap base, I poured the liquid soap into my molds. I made sure to have the molds on a plate (you could you a cutting board or baking tray, too) so that you can easily move them without disrupting the settling of the soap.
Once the soap has been poured into the molds, I let it set in the refrigerator for about an hour. They easily popped out of the molds and I can't wait to use them!
This was ridiculously easy! And the best part? I know exactly what I'm putting on my skin! No harsh chemicals or toxins! The essential oils actually help to keep my skin moisturized and healthy.
You can go here to find out more about essential oils. If you're interested in getting some high quality essential oils of your own, I would recommend looking into the premium starter kit from Young Living. If you have any questions about my soap-making adventures or essential oils in general, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below! Happy DIY-ing!