This almond-vanilla melt and pour soap recipe is an easy beginner soap recipe that doesn’t require a lot of materials. It’s a great way to try out soap making without a lot of investment.
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I have long wanted to get into soap making (I even bought the supplies so long ago they’re from Hobby Lobby, where I haven’t shopped for YEARS), but I’ve never done it more than a couple of times. But it’s a lot of fun, and there’s something cool about being self-sufficient enough to make your own soap.
Of course I’m not out there using lye and animal fat to make soap. I’m all about ease, which is why I do melt and pour soap making (OK, that’s not very self-sufficient. But still.)
One of my fears even with this simple kind of soap making is that somehow I’m going to mess it up by putting too much stuff in it or doing something weird that won’t work out. So I haven’t branched out much into making my own soap recipes.
Until the other day when the girl said she loved the smell of almonds.
Then I decided I needed to make her some special soaps, so this almond-vanilla melt and pour soap recipe was born.
- clear glycerine soap base (the kind I used was actually in small blocks, but you can also cut blocks from a base)
- almond oil
- vanilla essential oil
- purple soap dye (or food coloring)
- soap molds (I used adorable insect/butterfly molds like these, though mine is plastic not silicone)
- bowl, spoon and microwave
Almond-Vanilla Melt and Pour Soap Recipe
Melt about 7 ounces of glycerine soap base in a heat-safe bowl in the microwave. Do this by setting it for 30-second intervals and stirring between until all is melted.
Add 1 teaspoon almond oil, 6 drops or so of vanilla and 4 drops of soap dye. Stir well.
Pour into molds and let sit for at least an hour before removing.
These little soaps are SO cute and the girl was really attracted to the shapes. Maybe they’ll get her excited about washing her hands a little more frequently through the end of cold season.
They remind me a little of Easter and springtime so I had to break out the Easter basket for the photoshoot.
Have you ever made soap before? I’d love to hear about your favorite additives.