Oatmeal Apricot Glycerin Soaps: Sweet cinnamon scented glycerin soaps made with a Melt & Pour soap base and accented with a whimsical apricot design.
One of the coolest things about working with Melt & Pour Soap is being able to create fun designs in bread pans. This technique involves strategically placing logs of different colored soap in a melted base. The designs created by layering the soaps are revealed when the bars of soap are sliced. While this technique can also be used in cold soap making, the flexible and predictable nature of Melt & Pour soap makes it very easy to plan and execute.
Our Glycerin Oatmeal Apricot Soap Bars are inspired by cold winter mornings with a favorite hot breakfast treat. The mild aroma of our herbal apricot scent oil is paired with a hint of hot and spicy cinnamon, making the soap bars smell like a hearty bowl of oatmeal. Speaking of which, each bar is filled with soothing whole oatmeal and a pinch of whole oats, adding extra scrubbing power to the mix. The brown color comes from a dusting of powdered cinnamon.
Try swapping out the dyes and flavorings used in this recipe to make a different type of fruit or flower soap. For example, pink circles would make beautiful roses! Or, leave out the cinnamon for a brighter white background and scent the soap with orange essential oil instead.
About the ingredients
This ready to use glycerin soap melts easily and can be easily colored and molded. Unlike cold or hot soaps, the melt-and-pour soap base does not require lye handling or extremely precise measurements. This makes soap melt and pour a great method of introducing soap.
Oats are a classic ingredient to soothe and calm sensitive or irritated skin. Often used in milk baths and scrubs, oatmeal can also be incorporated into more complex formulations such as lotions, soaps, cleansers or bath bombs. Oatmeal can also act as a thickening agent or binder in complex formulations such as emulsions or liquid soaps.
The sweet and warm aroma of cinnamon brings a spicy note to aromatherapy blends and (when well diluted) to soaps and skin care products. This intensely aromatic essential oil should be used in small doses and is recommended for a dilution of 0.07% or less in skincare formulations. Aromatherapists use cinnamon oil to encourage energy and a positive attitude.
Our range of herbal scent oils use components derived from natural essential oils and plant isolates and extracts. Our carefully curated selection of herbal fragrance oils offers an exciting variety of scents, including inspired blends of fruits, flowers and spices.
Pearl micas are used to add color and shine to beauty, cosmetic and personal care products. They are mainly used in the formulation of lipsticks, blushers and eye shadows. They are also widely incorporated in bulk mineral makeup since colors can be combined to create virtually any shade. Micas are also used to color a wide variety of cosmetic products, including lip balms, bath products, lotions, soaps, and body powders.
Oxides are a mineral-based colorant which disperses in oil. Oxides can impart a rich, matte color to soaps and cosmetics. They are often used to tint mineral makeup, lipstick, eye shadow, and other makeup products.
Oatmeal Apricot Glycerin Soaps
Makes approximately twelve 100 gram (3.5 ounce) bars
- 40 oz silicone loaf pan
- 10 '' Silicone Circular Log Mold
- Water bath
- Kitchen knife
- Dice the soap base and measure into three sections; 450 grams (16 ounces), 140 grams (5 ounces), 315 grams (11 ounces).
- Melt the 450 gram batch of soap base in a double boiler. Meanwhile, mix 10 ml of apricot-based scented oil and mandarin mica in a small container. Stir well to break up any lumps.
- Remove the melted soap from the heat and let stand for 2 minutes. Stir to distribute the remaining heat, then add the mixture of mica and scent oil. Stir well to distribute the ingredients.
- Carefully pour the melted soap base into long cylindrical molds to create a round tube. Cool the tube in the refrigerator or freezer, if possible, to speed hardening. When the soap has completely cooled and hardened, remove it from the mold and repeat the process with the rest of the melted soap base.
- Clean the double boiler and reset it on the stove for the next batch of soap. Add the 140 gram batch of soap to the double boiler and heat until completely melted. Meanwhile, mix the remaining 5 ml of apricot-based perfume oil with the chromium oxide in a small container. Stir well to break up any lumps.
- Remove the melted soap from the heat and let sit for 1 minute. Stir to distribute the remaining heat, then add the mixture of mica and scent oil. Stir well to distribute the ingredients. Pour the melted base into the bottom of a loaf pan, coat the bottom to create a thin layer of soap. Allow this soap to cool and harden at room temperature while you prepare the next batch of soap.
- Clean the double boiler and return it to the stove for the last batch of soap. Add the 315 gram batch of soap to the double boiler and heat until completely melted. Meanwhile, combine the oatmeal, titanium dioxide and ground cinnamon in a small container and mix well.
- Remove the melted soap from the heat. Sift the oatmeal mixture down to the melted soap base followed by the whole oats and stir well to distribute the ingredients. Return the mixture to the double boiler with heat over low heat or completely turned off.
- Remove the orange and green soap blocks from their molds. Using a sharp knife, cut each block to match the length of your loaf pan. A tight fit is ideal.
- Slice the green layer of soap into three long strips, then bevel the edges to give the strips a diamond shape (as shown below).
- Pour a thin layer of melted soap into the bottom of the loaf pan, then place two orange blocks inside. Cover the blocks with more melted soap, then place two green diamonds next to them, gently pushing them into the melted soap. Where you place these green pieces will determine the placement of the "leaves" in your final design.
- Pour the rest of the melted soap into the mold, then place the last orange and green pieces, letting them hang over the top of the bar. You may want to push them in a bit to make sure they are deep enough in the melted soap to stay well connected.
- Allow the soap to cool until it is completely hardened. It can take up to an hour or two depending on the room temperature and the temperature of the soap when it was poured.
Use and packaging
- When the soap is completely cold, remove it from the mold, cut it into bars, and immediately wrap in airtight plastic to prevent sweating. Our Small cello bags are great for wrapping glycerin soaps.
- To use it, simply moisten with water and scrub for a rich lather. Wash rinse. Repeat.
Shelf life and stability: Please note that formulations shown here on The Natural Beauty Workshop have not been tested for stability or shelf life and may not be suitable for commercial use as is. For more information on the shelf life, stability and use of preservatives, see the following article in our information library.
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