With Easter fast approaching it’s made me start thinking about chocolate and food themed body treats.
This Creme Brulee Melt & Pour Soap is fairly quick and easy to whip up, and my favourite thing about melt and pour soap is the fact that you don’t have to wait weeks to use it. These babies are going in my shower the day after I make them!
What You’ll Need:
Double Cavity Silicone Soap Mould
220g Shea Butter Melt & Pour Soap Base
40g Clear Melt & Pour Soap Base
4 mini scoops Yellow Oxide
1 mini scoop Chesnut Mica
1 mini scoop Bronze Mica
6ml Creme Brulee Fragrance Oil
Glycerin for colour prep (optional)
Epsom Salts (optional)
This step is optional, but it can help with avoiding clumps of oxide later in your soap. Use about 1/2 – 1tsp of glycerin and mix the 4 mini scoops of yellow oxide into a paste. Set aside for later use. Don’t worry about doing this for the mica, you’re using such a small amount it’s easy to incorporate into the soap base without getting clumps.
Chop the shea butter melt and pour base into chunks about 2cm in size. Melt in the microwave in 30 second bursts. The number of times it will take for your soap to melt depends on your microwave. Mine took 3 x 30s bursts. Be sure not to boil your soap. Melt it just to the point where the are a few little pieces still whole, which when stirred will melt via the heat from the rest of the soap. It was about 68C for those with a thermometer to check the temperature.
Add your yellow oxide and stir well until fully mixed and there are no clumps of powder. Add 5ml of Creme Brulee fragrance and fully incorporate.
Evenly pour the soap into the two cavities stopping about 5mm from the top. You can weigh this out to make sure each mould is getting exactly half the mix, but I just eye balled it. Set aside to cool. Don’t start on step four until you can see a skin forming on the top of the soap. Give the mould a very gentle jiggle to check.
Chop the clear soap base into chunks and melt in the microwave. Because you’re melting such a small amount of soap, use 10 second bursts. My microwave melted the soap in 2 x 10s bursts. Add both the Bronze and Chesnut micas along with the remaining 1ml of fragrance, stir well to combine.
Once your first layer of soap has cooled enough to form a solid top, spritz with isopropyl and very carefully pour the clear layer on top. Make sure the clear layer of soap is below 55C, or if you don’t have a thermometer, wait until the clear soap looks like it’s starting to form a skin. The important thing is that the clear soap isn’t so hot that it will melt through the bottom layer.
Once the clear layer is poured, spritz with isopropyl again to get rid of any bubbles, sprinkle with epsom salts for decoration if you like, then set aside to harden. This usually takes a couple of hours.
Unmould the soaps by pulling apart the sides of the mould to release the seal, the turn the mould upside down and gently press the soap from the bottom. Cut the soaps in half for cute little Creme Brulee Slices.