Makes 24 small soaps
- Silicone ice cube tray (floral)
- Heatproof container
- 0.5 kg / 1 lbs oatmeal melt and pour soap base
- red soap dye
- 1/8 tsp lavender essential oil
- 1/8 tsp ylang ylang essential oil
- 1/4 tsp orange essential oil
The melt and pour soap base should come as a 2lb block, but you only need 1lb to make this recipe. Use the other half for another project or double this batch to use the whole block.
Use a sharp knife to cut your soap base into 1-inch cubes or smaller. Put the cubes in a heatproof container like a Pyrex measuring cup and put that in the microwave.
Melt the soap base on medium-high in the microwave for 3 to 4 minutes. Stop the microwave occasionally and check the soap base. It should be melting, but not steaming. Take the soap base out of the microwave before it’s completely melted and use a metal spoon to stir it until it has no lumps.
Add just a few drops of soap dye to get a pink color and stir well. Add essential oils.
Stir the ingredients well and pour the soap into silicone molds. Instant cherry blossom soap!
Spray the top of the soap with isopropyl alcohol to remove any bubbles from the surface.
When the cherry blossom soap has completely hardened, pop it out of the mold and wrap in a small box to give as gifts. Or set a few in a soap dish for a pretty floral pick-me-up.
If if you live in Vancouver and want to celebrate the beginning of Spring and the meaning of cherry blossoms, check out the Sakura Days Japan Fair at Van Dusen Garden or the list of other community events and bloom maps that can be found at the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival website.