There’s no question that melt-and-pour soap making is the easiest way to create fun soaps for gifts or for your own use at home. With no caustic lye involved, many people feel more comfortable starting with melt-and-pour soap – myself included.
Most of the standard, less-expensive bar soaps that you might find in a store tend to have heavy perfume scents. I’m not a fan. By taking a melt-and-pour soap base and adding my own essential oils, I’m able to pick out the scents that I really like. Plus, it doesn’t have to cost any more than the standard bars on the store shelf. In fact, the recipe for Rosemary Eucalyptus Goat’s Milk Soap that I’m going to share with you today only cost me about $0.30 per ounce.
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How to Make Rosemary Eucalyptus Melt-and-Pour Goat’s Milk Soap
You will notice that I didn’t put a lot of extra ingredients in this soap. It’s very simple – nothing fancy. The main reason for this is that the more oils and additives you put into a melt-and-pour base, the less lather you will get. The general rule of thumb is to add no more than 1 tablespoon of added oil per pound of soap base. For this recipe, I used a melt-and-pour soap base with goat’s milk already mixed in. Because goat’s milk soap base is already a creamier base than a standard white soap base, I kept the additive oil down to 2 teaspoons per pound.
Melt-and-pour soap bases typically come in 1-pound blocks. For the following recipe, I cut a block in half before cutting it into cubes so that it only made two 4-ounce bars, which is all I really need to keep on hand. But, the recipe can easily be doubled to use the entire soap base block.
- 1/2 pound of goat’s milk melt-and-pour soap base
- 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil (note: the vitamin E oil used in this recipe is a blend of skin-beneficial oils plus vitamin E)
- 10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
- 15 drops of rosemary essential oil
- Cut the soap base into cubes and melt them using a double boiler, makeshift double boiler or in a glass measuring cup in the microwave in 30-second intervals.
- Stir in the 1/2 teaspoon of vitamin E oil.
- Remove from the heat and wait 2 to 3 minutes before stirring in the essential oils.
- Pour the mixture into your desired soap mold.
- Spritz with rubbing alcohol to remove bubbles.
- Let it sit for at least 4 hours before removing from the mold.
Using Rosemary Eucalyptus Melt-and-Pour Goat’s Milk Soap
Because of the added vitamin E oil, this homemade soap makes a terrific moisturizing, skin-softening bar soap that can be used daily without irritating the skin.
Looking for more melt-and-pour soap inspiration? Bramble Berry has an extensive catalog of melt-and-pour soap recipes.