DIY

Lil’ Man’s Lab: Easy DIY Melt and Pour Star Wars Soap

Today we are showing you how to make your own Star Wars soap!  If you’ve been following our blog and/or YouTube channel for a while now, then you know I have a kid who LOVES soap.  He enjoys going to Bath and Body Works, Lush, and Basin.  He often ends up using excessive amounts of foaming hand soap, and he also loves the speciality bars and bath bombs from Lush and Basin.  Even I like the cute little Mickey Mouse themed soaps we pick up in Disney Springs.  I just don’t love the price, and since Basin charges by the pound those bars can get pretty expensive.

I have absolutely no complaints about having a child who likes to be clean.  I can’t tell you how many grimy little hands I had to inspect for evidence of washing in the course of my teaching career.  But even with our 15% DVC discount at Basin in Disney Springs, Lil’ Man’s soap obsession can really add up for us.  Thus we have entered the world of soap making.     DIY Star Wars Soap

Since Lil’ Man helps me with many of our DIYs, (or in the case of this tutorial video, I’m assisting him), I needed to find a safe method for making soap.  If you are unfamiliar with how soap is made, it is produced through the cold process using a fatty acid (oil) and a base (lye/sodium hydroxide).  Together, a chemical reaction known as saponification occurs to create soap (salt).

–>Learn more about saponification. <–

Since soap making is a chemical process, my sophomore chemistry teacher thought it would be a great idea to have the class make soap through the cold process.  It was not a great idea…it was a terrible idea.  To this day, Adrian describes this project as “an experience.”  The lye, also known as caustic soda, gets used up in the chemical process.  At least it is supposed to.  Somehow, everyone in our class failed at making soap.  All the finished products burned when touched!  I even remember that mine was a crumbly mess like the cheap powdered soap they used to use in public school restrooms.  I’m ashamed to admit that we were the Honors Chemistry class.

We will not be using the cold process in this house after that “experience,” especially with a young child present.  Instead, we are using the melt and pour method which is very easy to work with and even the most novice of crafters can make soap with this product!

Things You Will Need

In the video I use ArtMinds melt and pour soap base (shea butter and glycerin) that I picked up at Michaels for $5 for 2 lbs. after using a 50% off coupon.  These soaps do contain sulfates.  If you want something sulfate free, I recently purchased Our Earth’s Secret organic soap base from Amazon.  We made a test bar with it last night using a mica to color it and we love finished product!  Know that you will pay more per pound for this product on Amazon than if you shop directly from a retailer like Bramble Berry who sells this product in bulk.

Organic Soap Base
Test Bar:  Made from Our Earth’s Secret  Shea Butter Base and Nurture Soap’s Love Poem mica and Cucumber Melon fragrance.  We like the variation in the coloring and couldn’t help but notice that it is the same color as our begonias!

*You can also use micas to color soap.  I ordered a few from Nurture Soap and we love how our test bar came out.  The mica is a very fine powder, so be sure to have any children stand away as you scoop it out to avoid inhaling it.  We also ordered several of their paraben free soap fragrances and love all of them.  Nurture soap provides a fragrance calculator to help you determine the amount of fragrance needed for your recipe.  Since I don’t have a scale, I used Google to convert grams to teaspoons.  

**The essential oils used in this video are from PlantTherapy.com.  All of their Kid Safe products are safe to use on skin when diluted.  Be careful when using essential oils as not all are meant for topical use.

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