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Here's how to make your own glycerin soap. First, you will need to gather a few supplies. Some will need to be purchased. These items should be available at any medium to large craft store or outlet. Others you can also buy, or improvise with items right from your kitchen. Many people with whom I have discussed this soap recipe call for a double boiler to melt the blocks. It's just as easy and effective, though, to melt the blocks in the microwave. The only downfall to this is once you use a container for this purpose, do not use it for anything related to food after. While the glycerin blocks are non-toxic, the soap when melted seems to adhere to the plastic and you will never be able to fully rid the containers of the soa'ps natural scent.

Supplies Needed

Clear Glycerin Melt and Pour Blocks
(White and pre-colored are available)

Microwave-safe sturdy plastic container
(Square shape recommended so you have a corner for pouring)

Molds

Fragrance
(Cosmetic grade)

Colorant

Wooden spoon for stirring and mixing
(Wood works best but any long handled utensil can be used)

Potholders

For fun, you will want some small items to sink into the middle of your soap. One-piece baby toys work well; also, dried flowers, small cars, almost anything you can think of. While smaller items that can be totally covered are perfect for this, a medium size works well, too.

Start with one block of melt and pour. One block equals 1/4 lb. Place in your microwave-safe sturdy plastic container; using a setting of medium to high, melt for approximately 45 seconds. Each microwave is different, so it is important that you closely watch the melt and pour as you do this step. Your goal is to melt the block; DO NOT BOIL. This is very important. While it will not render the soap unusable, it seems to lose the soap's natural lathering abilities if boiled.

Remove melt and pour from the microwave with mitts. Add fragrance first. Only a cosmetic grade fragrance should be used. If soap is going to be used on a young child, no scent need even be added, as the melt and pour has a natural fresh scent of its own.

If coloring is being added, add it at this point in the process. There are many different products for coloring available on the market. Some are cream based, which seem to work best. Powder-based coloring is another option. There are many variations of powder-based coloring, even coloring with mica that makes the soap glitter. Again, though, this is an optional step; and if you are going to add items to the soap, clear really is best.

Next, it is time to pour the mixture into your molds. Purchased molds are fine, but many items right from your own kitchen will work equally well. Small Tupperware or Rubbermaid containers work well for single bars of soap. After pouring, submerge items of your choosing in the soap. A spoon should be used so as not to burn yourself. Tall, cardboard potato chip cans will make a long tube of soap. Once set, tear away the tube and slice the soap into desired thickness. Larger Tupperware or Rubbermaid containers can be filled one layer at a time, resulting in a block of soap that when sliced gives a rainbow effect. Finally, a bit of advice: experiment with the process. Use your creativity to make different shapes, sizes, and colors. Enjoy!