I love making soaps that are great to wash with but have a novelty twist! This kit comes with eco paper straws and a mould that will make as many loaves of soapy 'drinks', both cold process and Melt & Pour. The kit has the written Instructions and this website mini tutorial is in addition.
Note: The graphics in this mini tute use multi coloured straws as I was testing colours and inks.
- Any relevant weights and measurements are on your kit flyer.
- Ensure you trim the straws to size prior to beginning to pour the soap.
- Read through the instructions fully before you begin so you know what the following steps are as the soap will set up quickly when pouring over the cubes.
- As you are melting the whole jug of soap at once you will need to cover and remelt between pours to ensure you have a nice easy pouring consistency.
- If you have a thermometer, though optional, I like to work around 60 - 65°C for this project - but this will vary a little from base to base, with the Palm Free Base having the highest melt point.
During our trials we found red straws were very unstable and bled badly if coloured with dyes. Our straws are coloured with inks and this seems to keep this issue to a minimum. However, the HOT BERRY straws do not like being sprayed with Isopropyl Alcohol, so it is best to protect them with a piece of paper or cardboard so that the spritz stays on the soap and doesn't hit the straws. If you are in doubt when making Melt and Pour projects we recommend you avoid making transparent soaps too far in advance. Cold Process Soap should be fine!
Okay, let's make Soap!
Step One: Dice a small amount of soap to make the 'peel' you will use for decoration.
You can use offcuts if you have some, otherwise, just colour the clear soap a deep, rich colour. Pour into a spare mould and set aside.
Step Two: Set up your workspace and measure the chosen FO or EO all ready to go.
Step Three: Dice the soap for the Ice Cubes - make sure they are approximately 2cm in size - if they are too small they will sit a little low in the soap.
Step Four: Check the straw height in the mould and trim 10 - 12 straws to size – you need 12 straws for thinner soap slices and 10 for thicker soap slices. I like to cut mine to approximately 14cm long.
Straw Anchoring Method 1: One way to set up the straws is to use a cube of Melt and Pour Soap as pictured.
You can use an ice cube from your pre-cut cubes, dig a hole in it and place the straw in the hole.
Ensure the hole is angled so that the straw is on the right angle when you
place the cube in the mould.
Straw Anchoring Method 2: Place the straws at approximately 2cm intervals along the side of the side of the mould.
Now place a ruler or similar (I use an old wooden ruler) along the length of the mould on the top edge.
Melt approximately ½ - ¾ cup of clear soap (around 150g or so), colour it a mid to dark colour and once melted carefully
pour it around the straws to anchor them. As it begins to set up move the ruler towards the centre of the mould
lifting the straws into an angled, but more vertical position.
Step Five: Now dice a full kilo of the soap base into a jug - take care if using the spout jug as it will be very close to the top if
you melt it in one batch. Cover the jug with a piece of cardboard or similar to avoid evaporation during
microwaving. Heat in short bursts on medium to medium/high. Stir occasionally.
Step Six: Now colour the soap in the jug a good, rich depth of colour - the ice cubes will make the colour
appear a little lighter once set and sliced. By now the small, dark yellow 'rind' piece of soap will
be fully set up. Slice this ready to embed in the final layers.
Step Seven: Spray the set up ice cubes with straws in, or the base layer if you used that method, with Isopropyl Alcohol.
Place a layer or two of cubes in and around the straws at all different angles. Spray the layers of cubes
with a generous amount of alcohol too! Now pour the soap along the length of the
mould to cover the ice cubes well.
Step Eight: Now repeat these steps until you are closer to the top - you can eyeball this so that you have one final
pour to go - this is to ensure that the cubes sit well out of the soap at the very top.
Step Nine: Place the final cubes and yellow pieces of rind in the top, spray generously with alcohol and
then pour over the last of the melted soap.Spritz with alcohol to finish and set aside to set up.
Unmould and then slice! If using our Cutter Guide, lay the loaf on its side to protect the straws during slicing.
Or, of course, you can slice with a suitable, non-serrated knife!
If you intendon shrink wrapping the soaps to protect from moisture, we found that cutting a tinsy hole to allow the straw through worked well.
DO NOT CUT THE HOLE LARGER THAN THE STRAW and keep the heat gun well away from this area when shrinking or the hole can tear away!
Alternatively pop the soap into a cello bag and tie with a ribbon or raffia!
Our cello bags are listed HERE
You can buy the complete kit to make this soap HERE