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DIY Jojoba Bead Layered Soap
This fancy soap is a relatively easy DIY project. Make this Jojoba Bead Layered Soap for yourself or to give as a gift! You can customize this recipe with your preferred colors and scent.
True story: When I was in 8th grade, our social studies curriculum included a unit on Colonial America. For our end-of-unit project, we had to choose some sort of “colonial” craft from a list of options provided by our teacher. I remember skipping over the crafts that I deemed “boring” and landing on one that sounded a little more interesting: homemade soap. The teacher provided a basic instruction sheet for this soapy concoction.
Typical me – I procrastinated. I remember having to scramble at the last minute to round up supplies to make this soap. I was only in 8th grade, so I couldn’t drive and had to rely on my parents to get me to the store. I very distinctly remember that the soap recipe on the handout from the teacher listed lye as a critical ingredient and therefore, very necessary. My dad went to the grocery store and there was no lye to be found. Keep in mind, this area was still fairly rural and undeveloped back then. Only a handful of grocery stores, no Target, no Walmart, certainly no Amazon.
When he asked the grocery store manager where he might be able to purchase some lye, the guy said he wasn’t sure, as many stores had stopped selling it. Apparently lye is a pretty wicked chemical that can cause skin burns, blindness, and even death. Makes all of those slime recipes with borax look pretty tame, huh?
I don’t remember the particulars, but I do know that after several stores and a lot of grumbling from my dad, we did end up finding lye somewhere and I did make the soap and I didn’t die or lose my sight. That was, however, the last time I have even thought about making soap until now.
Apparently Soap Making Supplies Have Improved
You can now walk into just about any craft store or big box store in the country and buy some soap-making supplies that aren’t as hazardous as lye.
This soap is actually pretty easy to make and you can customize the color, scent and shape to your liking! Soap makes an awesome gift and is also a really fun and inexpensive away to change the decor in your bathroom or kitchen. Check out the process below for making this fun Jojoba Bead Layered Soap!
Jojoba Bead Layered Soap Supplies
1 pound clear suspension melt and pour soap, cut into cubes
1/2 pound goats milk melt and pour soap, cut into cubes
1.5 teaspoons lilac scented oil
Dark and light blue soap dye
Blue jojoba beads
Mini bundt silicone mold
Spray bottle of rubbing alcohol
3 measuring cups
How to Make Jojoba Bead Layered Soap
This recipe will make approximately EIGHT 3.75 oz bars of soap.
1. Divide 28-30 cubes (each cube is approximately .8 oz) evenly between two measuring cups.
2. Add 1/2 teaspoon of the lilac scented oil to each of the measuring cups containing soap cubes.
3. Melt the soap in the microwave at 30 second bursts until soap is completely melted.
4. Add 15-17 cubes of the goats milk soap base into the remaining measuring cup.
5. Add 1/2 teaspoon of the lilac scented oil to the measuring cup of goats milk soap base cubes. Melt the soap in the microwave at 30 second bursts until soap is completely melted.
6. Add 1 drop of the darker blue soap dye to one of the measuring cups with the suspension soap and 1 drop of the lighter blue soap dye to the other suspension soap measuring cup and mix well. You don’t want to use too much color or you won’t be able to see your jojoba beads floating in the soaps.
7. Add jojoba beads to each measuring cup and mix in gently.
8. Spray your soap mold with the rubbing alcohol. This prevents bubbles from forming.
9. Pour about 1.4 ounces of the darker soap mixture into each of your molds.
10. Spray top of mixture with rubbing alcohol to prevent bubbles. Allow to harden completely.
11. Spray top of darker blue soap mixture with rubbing alcohol. This helps the layers adhere to each other.
12. Pour about an ounce of the white soap mixture and spray your white soap layer with the rubbing alcohol.
13. Allow to harden at least 30-45 minutes.
* You know you can pour the next layer if you blow on the soap and it doesn’t ripple.
14. Spray top of white soap mixture with rubbing alcohol.
15. Pour the lighter blue soap mixture into each cavity, filling each to the top.
16. Spray with the rubbing alcohol. Allow to dry overnight.
17. Gently pop soaps from the mold and store in an airtight container or Ziploc bag until ready to use.
Soap Making is a Great Group Activity!
How cool does that soap look?! I just love it! Like I said earlier, the sky is really the limit when it comes to color, shape and scent for your soap. You can choose these elements based on the holiday, the room you plan to put the soap in, or the personal preferences of the person you will gift the soap to.
My mind is spinning with the possibilities!
This activity would also be a lot of fun for a kid’s birthday party, Girl Scout craft, Mom’s Night Out, etc. The supplies are relatively budget-friendly and if you were hosting this activity as part of a craft event, you could charge each attendee a few dollars to offset the cost of the supplies.
Be creative with this craft and think about how you could pair seasonal scents and colors for some fantastic combinations. Pine scent with green for the holidays, rose scent with pink for Mother’s Day, clove scent with orange for the fall… the possibilities are endless!
Keep in mind, the soap needs to harden overnight, so you will need multiple silicone molds if crafting with a crowd. Your guests will need to pick up their soap another day or take the mold home with them since the soap needs to sit overnight.
What color/shape/scent combination would you love to try with this DIY Jojoba Bead Layered Soap recipe? If you decide to give it a try, make sure you leave me a comment and let me know how it went!
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