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Melt & Pour Gingerbread Soaps

Prep Time5 mins
Active Time15 mins
Resting time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Yield: 24
Author: Anna
Cost: $6

Equipment

  • Double boiler, or one pan that fits inside another and can be used as a double boiler

Materials

Instructions

  • Chop the melt and pour soap base into small pieces, about half an inch square, or smaller.
  • Melt in a double boiler, over medium heat, stirring frequently.
  • Once the soap is fully melted, remove it from the heat. Allow it to sit for a few minutes to slightly cool before adding the essential oils.
    If you have a candy thermometer, you can use it to keep an eye on the temperature - when the temperature of the melted soap base dips below 140° F, you're ready to add the oils.
    If you don't have a candy thermometer, don't sweat it. Let your soap base sit for about 5 minutes after you remove it from the heat, and it'll be fine.
  • Add the cinnamon and essential oils to the soap base. Stir well until thoroughly mixed.
  • Pour soap mix into the cavities of the gingerbread people mold. I find it works best to just very slightly under-fill each cavity.
  • Allow to cool at room temperature until fully hardened - about one hour. If you'd like to speed things up, you can also cool your soaps in the fridge. They'll be ready to release in about 20 minutes.
  • Once the soaps are fully cool and hard, carefully pop them out of the mold one at a time.
  • Store in a cool, dry place, out of direct sunlight, until you're ready to use them.