Chunky Cinnamon Soap Loaves
- Glycerin Soap Brick – Honey
- Glycerin Soap Brick, Suspension Formulation – Double Butter
- Loaf Mold, Heavy Duty
- Soap Fragrance – Vanilla
- Microwave or Soap Kettle
- Cutting Board
- Large Glass Measuring Cups, Large (4 cup)
- Kitchen Knife
- Rubbing Alcohol in a Spray Bottle
- Plastic Wrap – Clear
This is an easy technique that takes a little extra time since it is a two- step process, but the finished look has the feel of beautiful stained glass. Before you get started, first determine how many colors you want to create in your finished bar. I wanted to have a warm, cozy feel to my finished bar so I went with two colors….brown and beige. To help the layers stay together, you should have a spray bottle of alcohol on hand.
Step 1 To assemble loaf, place one of the long grooved sides flat on the table with the groove facing up. Place the two short grooved pieces into the wide grooves on either end of the longer piece on the table with the grooves facing in. Slide the solid bottom of the mold into the grooves, taking care that the bottom is snugly in place. Take the other long side and place it on top making sure the grooved side is facing down. Place the screws into the slots and slowly tighten them so that the mold is held together snugly. Be careful not to tighten the screws too much or the mold will bend out of shape and leak.
Step 2 To make the chunks you will actually make a layered loaf first by following the instructions below.
Step 3 For layer one, melt, fragrance and color about three cups of honey soap according to melting instructions. (For the sample shown, 30 drops of vanilla fragrance and about one teaspoon of cinnamon to color the soap where used). Be sure to mix well. Pour into the loaf mold and let set approximately one hour. If you see bubbles, no worries, just spritz with alcohol and the bubbles will disappear.
Step 4 For the second layer, melt, fragrance and color about three cups of honey soap according to melting instructions. (For the sample shown, 30 drops of vanilla fragrance and about ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon to color the soap where used). Use just enough cinnamon to tint the soap a bit so it is a light shade of beige. Be sure to mix well. Pour into the loaf mold and let set approximately one more hour. If you see bubbles, just spritz with alcohol.
Step 5 Disassemble the mold and cut the soap into chunks of various shapes and sizes. Set aside while you prepare the soap to finish the loaf.
Step 6 Melt, color and fragrance approximately four cups of the double butter white soap base according to the melting instructions. (For the sample shown, 40 drops of vanilla fragrance and about 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon to shade the white soap a bit and mix really well). While the soap is melting you want to reassemble the loaf mold so it is ready when you have finished preparing the white soap. Pour a small amount of melted white soap into the bottom of the loaf mold.
Step 7 Begin sprinkling the chunks into the loaf mold, filling the mold all the way with chunks. Immediately pour the melted white soap over the top, filling the mold completely. If you have air bubbles, spritz with alcohol and the bubbles will dissipate.
Step 8 Be sure to let the soap set really well. Wait about an hour or two and then disassemble the loaf mold.
Step 9 Slice the loaf into bars of your desired thickness.
Step 10 Wrap with clear plastic wrap to preserve the freshness of the bar until ready to use it.
Optional: See project titled “Beautiful Packaging for Handmade Soaps” for wrapping ideas to use for gift giving.
There should be enough chunks left over to make another soap loaf. Follow Steps 7-12 for using the remaining chunks.