Here’s another craft I’d been meaning to try for a while: Soap!
I’ve always liked the idea of making soap, but I was self-discouraged thinking it was too complicated, plus I needed to buy all the supplies, … But when these DIY Disney kits came to my hands, I knew I had no excuse not to try them.
The Toy Story kit includes some box templates for you to store or give away your soapy creations. The Princess one only has the glycerin, the mold and a little bag of “shimmering powder” (not in the picture because I’ve lost it…). The Toy Story kit comes with transparent glycerin, and the Princess kit comes with translucent glycerin.
The process is not as difficult as I thought. I’ve made oil based soap before and that was much worse because you need to use caustic soda, so you had to pay attention to many potentially dangerous things like vapors, acid burns and so on. It was a big responsibility…
The glycerin soap bases, on the other side, have already been through the saponification process, so all you have to do is melt and pour. That’s why this is called the “melt and pour technique”. 🙂
The books include many ideas to personalized your soaps but… I don’t know. Some of them just look really dirty to me…
I mean… almond, nutmeg and turmeric? Do you really want to wash your hands with THAT?
Oh, plants and herbs, how nice… but, are you going to let all that strain through your drain?
And these two I just don’t get them. At least with the coin I guess the kids get a reward for washing their hands? 🙂
***I want to mention also that the Toy Story book is more honest, because the pictures of the finished soaps are real. And that’s why the soaps look uglier or less defined. If you compare the Toy Story soap pictures with the Princess soap pictures of the examples above, you’ll see what I mean. In the Princess book, the pictures of the finished soaps are a 3D recreation of the supposed final product. They look perfect. But they are not true. I hate it when craft books do that, because it’s false advertising. This should be forbidden, specially when the book is addressed to kids, because their creations will never look as perfect as the ones in the book.***
Well, back to what I was saying: the process is not difficult, but it’s messy. I was surprised on how fast they solidify! I almost didn’t time have to pour!
This is the process for the green ones:
50 mg transparent glycerin.
3 small cubes of yellow and a little bit less of blue.
Melted for 10 seconds in the microwave + 10 more.
I poured it on the dinosaur.
Then, I though about adding lemon and salt before pouring the rest on the alien mould. Too late, it was starting to solidify. BIG FAIL.
So, I had to melt back the alien and pour it again.
I don’t know why the green soap is so foamy. I think maybe I stirred it too much…
For the Ariel soap I also added salt. (I thought it made sense, being from the ocean and all that), but for the rest I decided to stop experimenting and focus only on the soap.
As I told you before, the Toy Story kit comes with cute little boxes so you can use your soaps as presents. Well thought! Too bad the boxes are TOO SMALL and the soaps don’t fit in them… (?????)
Important things to have in mind:
Oil you molds. There are silicon molds that may not need it, but if you are using plastic molds like the ones in this kit, spread some vegetable oil on them and then wipe off any excess oil before using them.
Melt at small intervals. We don’t want the glycerin to boil. Apparently, if it boils, it looses its humidity and then your soap will “sweat” (I believe the term is “glycerin dew”). The book recommends 10 seconds in the microwave, then stir and keep adding 5 seconds intervals until it’s completely melted.
Let solidify for at least an hour before demoulding. I found that the ones containing salt were the hardest to demould. But maybe it’s just a coincidence.
How to store your soaps: I’m no expert, but for what I have read, the best way to store them is wrapped in plastic film, in an air tight container and in a dry place. I really don’t know because I gave them all away 🙂
So, another new thing tried! SOAP = CHECK!
What’s next? 🙂