Melt-and-pour soap making is a great afternoon craft. It’s relaxing and entertaining, always smells wonderful, and has pretty simple clean-up. It’s an excellent activity for all ages, and anyone will enjoy making this orange ginger soap.
I like the melt-and-pour method because I’m not brave enough to tackle cold process just yet (or maybe it’s because cold process soap making make me think of Fight Club and I start to feel sketchy). My sister’s done it, though. She got the lye, got covered from head to toe in protective gear, and bubbled it up in her chemistry lab/kitchen. Then, she had the patience to wait several weeks while it cured. Not me. With a little kid who wants to be involved–and limited time and money–this almost-instant gratification project is much more up my alley.
Orange ginger is one of my all-time favorite of smell combinations. Citrus makes me feel alive, and the ginger is a fun added kick. Bath and Body Works carries a range of orange ginger products in their aromatherapy line, and I fell in love with it a few years ago. I thought I’d have a go at making my own little energizing orange ginger soap with the same delightful aroma.
Orange Ginger Soap Supplies
1. Melt and pour soap base. Today I used about 10oz of shea butter suspension, and it yielded 4 bars. Find the base at your local craft store. I shop at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby and always use a 40% off coupon to save money.
2. Zest of an orange
3. Small piece of fresh ginger
4. Microplane to grate or fine grater for the above two items
5. Orange and ginger essential oils. I buy from Mountain Rose Herbs.
6. Carrier oils (optional). I used coconut and sweet almond oils. You can find these at your local heath food store.
7. Microwave safe bowl, or saucepan and double boiler.
8. Soap molds. I like silicone, and ordered this one from Amazon. But little silicone cupcake/muffin cups would work just as well, and you can buy those at a supermarket or Jo-Ann’s craft store.
Orange Ginger Soap Instructions
Chop up your soap base into little chunks and put it in a microwave safe bowl. Set aside.
Zest the orange and grate the ginger. Enjoy the smell on your hands and in the air. Mmmm. Isn’t it lovely?
Prepare your carrier oils. I used 1 TBS of coconut oil and 1/2 tsp sweet almond.
Put your soap base in the microwave for about 2 minutes, or until there are no more lumps in it. I gave mine a stir halfway through.
Add the carrier oils, your orange zest and grated ginger, and essential oils. Stir to combine.
Note: It’s up to you how many drops of essential oil you add. I’ve seen recipes that only call for about 15 drops, but I use much more. As well as Mountain Rose Herbs, I bought a much cheaper bottle of tangerine EO and it gave a lovely orange color.
Divide equally between soap molds and wait for it to set.
Once the soap has set, pop it out of the mold. Voila! Awakening orange ginger soap. Save it for yourself, or wrap it up pretty and gift it to friends.