Today we’re making a speckled wild berry soap using a suspending soap base.
Ever try to make soap with add-ins for a pretty visual effect only for all of the added details to sink to the bottom? It’s great if that’s what you’re wanting to happen- to create a soap with one side for exfoliation and one side for smooth lathering. But if you want added detail, like botanicals, seeds, or glitter floating evenly throughout the soap, you need to use a different type of base, like we do in this speckled wild berry soap:
Suspending Melt and Pour Soap Base
1 lb. Suspending Melt and Pour Soap Base, cubed
1 teaspoon Blueberry Seeds
1 teaspoon Wildberry Fragrance Oil
I used 1 teaspoon for a soft, berry scent. Feel free to adjust this amount for your liking. A little more will yield a stronger fragrance.
Seeds are a wonderful way to add interest and detail to a clear soap base. They also can act as a soft exfoliator if you add a substantial amount. For this recipe I used only a small amount for a pretty visual effect.
This soap base melts a little differently than regular melt and pour bases. Usually, I save myself some time and heat my bases in the microwave, but this one requires constant stirring since a film tends to form on the surface, so I heated the cubed base with a double boiler set-up and stirred over medium heat.
Also, you’ll notice this base seeming a little stickier as it melts. Just keep on stirring over the heat until every bit of the base has melted into liquid. After the base has completely melted, you need to work fairly fast to get your fragrance and seeds stirred in before the soap starts to set.
Stir in the fragrance oil and then the seeds.
Voila! You will see how the seeds just hang throughout the mixture. Perfect for a fun, speckled look.
Next, carefully pour the mixture into your soap molds and allow to cool. Here, I used the silicone muffin soap mold. I LOVE it. It’s so easy to work with and makes the perfect size soaps. I left my soap for several hours before taking out of the molds. Once they’re completely set, they’re ready for use! No curing time required.
Have you tried suspending soap base yet? What did you make with it?