Monday, September 9, 2013

Make Apple Pie Soap Squares

Apple Pie Soap Squares

These apple pie soap squares are super easy and fun to make. Gather up the kids so they can help too!

This project makes 9 bars, 100 g (3.5 oz) each.

You need:
- 1 lb Crafter's Choice Basic White Soap Base
- 1 lb Crafter's Choice Basic Clear Soap Base
- 1 Cube of Brown Sparkle Mica Colour
- 30 mL Apple Pie Fragrance Oil
- 1 Milky Way Basic Square Tray Mold

- Medium Sized Microwave Safe Glass Measure Cup
- Measuring Spoons
- Wooden Mixing Sticks (or you could just use a spoon)
- Soap Cutter or Knife (does not have to be sharp)
- Spray Bottle of Rubbing Alcohol (for spritzing to break surface bubbles.. you can usually find these at the dollar store.  Go for the highest percentage of alcohol available)
- Microwave

Let's get started!

1. Cut the 1 lb of White M&P soap base in half.  Set one half aside and cut the other half into small triangle bits (about 1/2 to 1" in size.. feel free to vary sizes but stay close to these approximates).  These will be your apple pieces.  Put aside for now.

2. Cut 1 lb of Clear M&P soap into chunks or cubes (chunks make for a quick, even melt), and heat in microwave until melted.  Start with 1 minute, check and stir, and heat and stir thereafter at 20 second intervals.  You want it completely melted but not too hot.  It takes about 2-2.5 minutes, depending on your microwave.

3. Add 15 mL (.5 oz) of Apple Pie Fragrance Oil to your melted clear base.  Stir.  Add a few shavings of the colour cube (shave off bits with knife or peeler). You don't need much but you can add as much as you like to achieve desired colour. Stir well. Pour this base into your soap mold now. Give the surface a spritz of alcohol.

4. Working quickly, spritz your apple pieces with the alcohol and begin arranging them into the melted soap base in the mold.  Arrange them as you like and add as many as you like (be creative!).  It's ok if some of the bits are sticking out of the base a bit as shown below.  We'll be adding a second layer and that will cover them up. If you have not used all of your triangles (and you probably didn't), that's ok.  You will add them to your white base when you're ready.  Once you're done adding triangles, give the surface a spritz to pop any bubbles that may have formed.

5. Set the soap in the mold to cool and harden a bit (about a half an hour)

6. When your clear base is set, cut the other half of the white soap base into chunks (about .5-1" square) and add any left over triangle bits.  Put in a medium sized microwave safe measuring cup and heat in microwave until melted.  Heat initially for 1 minute, check and stir, and heat at 20 second intervals, checking and stirring until completely melted. This may take 1.5-2 minutes in total.

7. Add remaining 15 mL (.5 oz)  Apple Pie Fragrance Oil. Stir. Add a few slivers of the colour cube until desired colour is achieved for the 'crust' portion of the pie. Stir. Add 3 Tbsp of Brown Sugar.  Stir well.  Pour over top of the hardened clear soap.  Set aside to cool for about an hour or so.  When the soap is cool and hard, unmold carefully.  If the soap will not release from the mold don't force it. Put it in the freezer for about an hour and it should pop out easily.  Cut into 9 bars.  Wrap each bar tightly in plastic (cling) wrap.

Variations to this recipe:
There are too many too list!!  But for now..

- If you prefer more of a matte look to the apple 'sauce' in the pie instead of sparkly mica, try some Brown Oxide mixed with a bit of Glycerin to produce a matte colour. 
- You can certainly use less Fragrance Oil in the recipe if you prefer a softer scent.
- Try different shapes in the pie.
- The Brown Sugar in this recipe gives the 'crust' side exfoliating qualities.  You could also try ground oatmeal, soy scrub, or salts.
- Use different colours that match a different scent that you may be interested in. 

Tip: If you have trouble cutting though the bars, heat your soap cutter under hot water.  Dry the cutter and cut with ease.

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