Use rubbing alcohol to removes air bubbles, adhere layers to one another and to spray objects you want to embed in the soap to prevent air pockets. Soap bars will not have alcohol in them, since the alcohol evaporates from the heat of the soap.
The amount of color or fragrance added is based on personal preference. Add more color for a more dramatic affect and more fragrance for a more pungent soap bar.
When layering colors, allow a layer of skin to form on the poured soap to prevent layered colors from bleeding into each other. Test the layer with the tip of your finger by gently touching the soap ; it should not wiggle, shouldn’t be too hot and should feel slightly firm to completely firm.
Do not move molds until soap has begun to set or you can create wrinkles in your soap. If this happens, try to remove them by spraying rubbing alcohol over the wrinkle.
Soap sets up quicker when you put it in the refrigerator.
When removing soap from molds, apply steady pressure to the backside of the mold. If you look closely, you will see an air pocket slowly forming. Follow air pocket with thumbs.
Wrap finished soap in clear plastic wrap until you are ready to use soap. This will preserve the freshness of the soap bar.
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Last Update: 11/08/2011