You can quickly and easily make a set of fun and cute or elegant glycerin soaps. I am a chemistry teacher so I make them for my students to use to wash their hands after labs. Since I am using them in school I don't add any fragrance but I will explain how and when you can do that.

The equipment you need for the basic recipe includes:

A microwave
a microwave safe dish (I prefer glass for this)
A hot pad for handling the hot dish
a block of glycerin soap (you can get this at your local craft store or big box store)
Food coloring
Essential oils if you want scented soap (a little goes a long way)
A mold for the soap

The sky is the limit for your creative ideas. I have basic directions first, then several pages of different theme soaps to give you some ideas. Try your hand at soap making, it's good clean fun!

Step 1: Preparing the Soap Mix

Preparing the mix is very easy if you are making glycerin soap. Simply cut the block of glycerin into pieces that will fit into your microwave save container, then melt it in the microwave until the entire batch has melted.

Be sure to stir occasionally with a table knife or chopstick to see if there are any hidden lumps in the mix. Be very careful though as getting scalding hot melted soap on your hand is really quite painful. If you get some on your hand, run your hand under cold running water to cool it quickly and then peel the spilled soap off your hand.

If you are going to add fragrance and/or color, do this after you have finished heating the soap in the microwave.

A little fragrance goes a LONG way! Add tiny droplets at a time and do a test sniff before adding more. The first time I made soap I had to dilute it about 20 times until it was not too pungent to have in the same room. Coloring the soap is a little more forgiving, but still add slowly at first and stir thoroughly before adding additional. There are different color bases available in glycerin soap and this will make a big difference in the amount of coloring you use. Some of my example soaps are made with clear and some with white.
Nice soap
<p>I found these directions from 1833 on how to make soap. </p><p><a href="http://www.epic-soap.com/how-to-make-organic-soap-1833/" rel="nofollow">http://www.epic-soap.com/how-to-make-organic-soap-...</a></p>
Ps u got me vote
Awesomeness!! Where did u get the mold? Cause I got the soap but not the mold! Humph
What a fun teacher you must be to your students! I made lye soap with my kids years ago because they wanted to know how it was made. &nbsp;Strangly enough, when my mother mentioned it to her gardent club one afternoon, I begin to get orders for this old fashioned type soap. Some of the ladies wanted it for laundry purposes. It is supposed to get out stains really fast and safe. <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The venture became a kind of side business for us, garnishing a huge 200.00 (haha!) a month for about three years. &nbsp;Finally, with everyone growing up and getting involved in their own teen social lives, we stopped making soap. &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> That you make science fun for kids is amazing...that you share your love of it is a great gift.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> I am going to make soap and be happy that teachers such as yourself are out there-</div> <div> THX!</div>
Thanks so much for sharing! I am sure any kid would love to make soap! Have a splendorous day! <br>sunshiine
I tried making soap once and it did not work out at all! I'm going to try your method and see if it works!! You've got my vote, and please be sure to go check out my 'money does grow on trees' instructable on the make to create youth contest and tell me whatcha think!
Awesome! They would make AWESOME gifts! Thanks for sharing. I especially love the pi symbols.
I must say.......these look awesome :) voted for you in the contest
Thanks! They make great gifts are really are super easy to make. Everyone uses soap!

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