Eye catching beautiful layered soap actually can be easily DIY with using melt and pour method because it cools and hardens so quickly. With the helping of many single-cavity mold designs have allowed you to create layered, multicolor, custom designs easily. For example the mold design raised areas that lend themselves to pouring or piping in the melted soap with a plastic pipette. The key when piping the soap into the mold is to keep it hot and fluid, about 150°F (65.5°C).
Basic Layered Soaps with Piped-in Designs
- Melt 1 to 2 ounces (28 to 56 g) soap base in the microwave for about 30 seconds or double boiler on the stove. Then add a non-bleeding colorant or mica, if desired.
- With the soap still fluid, draw the soap into the pipette and pipe the soap into the desired section of the mold.
- Lightly spray the soap with rubbing alcohol in order to remove any bubbles.
- Let the piped soap sit for about 1 hour to harden.
- Melt the soap base for making the bottom of the soap and add in colorant, mix thoroughly.
- Spray the first piped soap gently with rubbing alcohol. This will help the layers adhere to each other better.
- When the second pour of blue color soap cools to about 130°F (54.5°C), pour it into the mold.
- Let the soap sit to cool and harden (about 2 hours) and gently release it from mold it. You can put the soap into freezer for 15 to 20 minutes that helps the soap release from the mold.
Melt-and-Pour Soap with Multiple Layers
Basically this soap applies the same layering technique as the piped-in design, but it is made in
multiple layers in a larger loaf-style mold. The sample of the soap we are going to make has five layers: one layer each of five colors.
- Melt 3 ounces (85 g) white soap base and add about ⅛ teaspoon blue mica. Stir gently to mix in the colorant thoroughly. Pour the first layer into the mold and sit for 20 to 30 minutes until cool and harden.
- Melt another 3 ounces (85 g) white soap base and add about ⅛ teaspoon pink mica. Lightly spray the first layer with rubbing alcohol and pour in the second layer. Temperature is important here. You want the second layer to be about 130°F (54.5°C)—warm enough to pour evenly, but cool enough not to melt the first layer. Repeat this step with the remaining color of soap.
- Repeat step 2 for the remaining layers until the mold is full.
- When the soap is completely cooled and hardened, release it from mold and slice it with a sharp knife to your preference size.
- With the given technique and base on your own preference and creativity, you could make many difference type of soaps that is unique from color, shape and smell. Sample of the layered soup: