This base’s vibrant golden color is naturally derived from the Argan oil used to produce it. It is SLSand SLES free, rich in Vitamin E, and all vegetable based. While its color might suggest an odor, the soap base has a neutral scent (perfect for adding your own fragrance) and a high glycerine content. I think you’re going to love it!
To make your Argan Oil Calendula soap, you will need:
- Stephenson’s Argan Oil soap base
- Calendula flower petals
- A glass bowl for melting your base (preferably something with a handle)
- A fragrance oil of your choice
- A loaf soap mold
- Recommended (but optional): A spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol
Step 1. In a small bowl, prepare your Calendula flower petals. Depending on where you purchased your flower petals (I purchased mine from my local naturals store, but they can also be purchased online), you may need to remove the petals from the flower itself, and doing so can take a bit of time.
Step 2. Take your Argan Oil soap base and cut it into small easy-to-melt cubes. You’ll notice the base is fairly opaque at this point: Note that it will melt clear! Microwave your soap base in 15-30 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until your base is completely melted. Be sure to not overheat the soap by melting it longer than necessary, as this will cause your soap to lose its moisture when it hardens and can make your soap base boil over.
Step 3. Once your base is melted, add your fragrance oil, stir thoroughly, and pour your base into your loaf soap mold. You may want to utilize oven mits, as your glass bowl may be hot!
Step 4 (optional). Once your liquid base is poured into your mold, I recommend taking a spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol and spray the top of your soap with 1-2 squirts. Since this soap base is clear, bubbles in your soap base can look a bit unsightly, and this alcohol trick helps dissolve away may of the bubbles that have probably formed at the top of your soap. I’ve notice these bubbles tend to happen more often (or perhaps are just more noticeable) with clear soap bases.
Step 5. Before your soap starts to dry (you will see a thin film of dried soap slowly start to form on top of your soap loaf if you wait too long), sprinkle your dried calendula flower petals over the top of the loaf mold, gently and carefully pressing down to ensure your flower petals stick to the top of the soap. The petals should float, but if a few sink to the bottom, no harm done. Since your soap base is clear, it will have a nice effect anyway!
Step 6. Allow your soap base to dry thoroughly before attempting to slice it into soap bars! This process can take several hours depending on the size and depth of your soap loaf, and slicing your soap too early can ruin the beautiful look of your soap.
I hope you enjoyed this soap making tutorial! Stay tuned for more!
Gabby Whitaker is a DIY & lifestyle blogger from Phoenix, Arizona in the United States. You can check out her blog Essentially Eclectic here.