How to make a Valentine’s Day handmade soap gift

Stephenson’s soap inserts come in range of designs, from cupcakes to dinosaurs to what we’ll be using today: hearts! These inserts don’t bleed color and are designed to be used with Stephenson’s Crystal melt-and-pour soaps. For toady’s project I used a classic favorite: Crystal WST soap

Step 1. To get started with your soap making, first slice Crystal WST soap base into smaller cubes and melt it down in the microwave at 15-30 second intervals, stirring between each interval. 

Step 2. While your soap base is melting, cut your soap inserts down to size, if need be. Stephenson’s soap inserts are about 11 inches (28cm) long, so they’ll fit great length-wise in a standard-sized loaf mold. The loaf mold that I use to make soap bars is a bit smaller, measuring only about 5 inches long, so I cut down the inserts with a soap slicer. I found I got the cleanest cut by laying the heart top-down on the cutting board and cutting it from the bottom of the heart to the top. 


Step 3. This is where you need to work quickly! I needed both hands so I wasn’t able to get photos of the process, but fortunately it is a simple one. Begin by stirring your soap until it cools just a bit. It will still be very wet, but it will be slightly less thin than when it first came out of the microwave. Allowing the base to cool ever so slightly will allow it to thicken a bit, making it easier for your inserts to be suspended in the soap.

While continuing to stir gently, begin pouring your soap base into your mold until you have a good-sized layer at the bottom, a layer that is about as deep as the height of one of your heart inserts. Lay your heart insert into the mold, using a toothpick or butter knife to hold the heart upright until it stays well enough on its own (you won’t need to do this long; I only needed about 30 seconds or less). Keep gently stirring your leftover base as you’re waiting. 

Step 4. While stirring, pour more soap base on top of your first layer, and repeat step 3 with more soap inserts until your mold is full. Allow your soap to dry completely before attempting to slice it or remove it from the mold. 

And that’s it! You’ll have beautiful soap bars in no time! Soap inserts are a great, easy way to jazz up a plain soap bar, so if you haven’t given them a try yet, you should!

I hope you enjoyed this soap tutorial! Be sure to stay tuned for more!

Gabby is a creative lifestyle blogger located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. She blogs over atEssentially Eclectic.

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