Hello, I thought I would drop in and share with you my latest soap creation using a NEW and EXCLUSIVE melt-and-pour soap base by Stephenson Personal Care.
Made with carrot oil, cucumber seed oil, and Aloe Vera, Stephenson's Crystal CCA soap base really takes creative chemistry to the next level. Crystal CCA is a vegetable derived base rich in Omega-6 fatty acids, beta-carotene, Vitamins E, B1, C, and ProVitamin A. This clever combination of ingredients combines an excellent skin feel, antioxidant properties, and soothing Aloe Vera to create a soap base that is just plain great for the skin. Plus, it is PEG free, Paraben free, contains no SLS or SLES, and has a vibrant natural orange color derived from the beta carotene found in carrot oil.
What's not to love!?
To create your very own set of rustic carrot cucumber aloe soap bars, you will need:
- Stephenson Crystal CCA - Carrot, Cucumber Seed Oil & Aloe Vera soap base
- Fragrance oil of your choice
- Dried Botanicals
- A soap mold and slicer
First, melt down your Crystal CCA.
My Crystal CCA came in the new Stephenson Personal Care microwavable tub, so I popped that into the microwave and melted it down in 15 second intervals until my base turned to liquid. Melting your base down in these short intervals will help prevent the base from overflowing in your microwave, overheating and losing moisture, and from creating too many bubbles in your soap (bubbles can be pesky when your soap base isn't opaque!).
When your base is melted, it will look something like this:
Next, add your fragrance oil and stir well! Working quickly, pour your base into your soap mold (I used a small 1lb loaf mold) and add your dried botanicals. I used dried chrysanthemum flower petals purchased from my local naturals store, but calendula would be a great option as well.
Your dried botanicals can be mixed into the soap, sprinkled on top, or both. When I sprinkled my botanicals on top of my wet soap base, I gently pressed them into my base just a bit to be sure that they would stay stuck to the soap base when my soap had finished cooling.
Leave your mold out to air dry for 1-2 hours before attempting to remove the soap from your loaf mold. To help ease the soap from the mold, I have found that sticking it in the freezer for about 10 minutes really does the trick!
From there, all that is left to do is slice your soap into bars. I used a crinkle cutter to do this—I love the look it gives!
I hope you enjoyed this soap project! Stay tuned for more!