One of my favorite things about the holidays (well, winter in general) is all of the pine-scented things. You know how people go crazy about pumpkin spice in the fall? I’m that way about pine in the winter. That’s why I’m super excited to share a fun pine craft you can make to enjoy yourself or give as gifts: Homemade Pine Scented Soap!
Before you jump into making this super cute soap, I know you have some questions which I will try to answer.
What type of soap making process is used?
This is a melt and pour soap. There are actually four different methods of making soap: melt and pour, cold process, hot process, and rebatch. While each method has its own pros and cons (working with lye can get tricky), melt and pour is considered to be a great place to start for those who are first time soap makers. It is quick to make and it cures quickly as well, so it is great for those of us with a need for instant gratification as it does not need an extended cure time.
Is this a child-friendly project?
There is no need to use any special safety equipment with melt and pour which also makes it a great project to do with children. Clean up is also very easy with this soap making method.
What supplies are needed to make Pine Scented Soap?
- ¾ lb glycerin melt and pour soap base
- 10 drops Forest Pine fragrance oil or pure Pine essential oil (my preference is to use the essential oil).
- Tiny amount of Dark Green mica powder, less than ⅛ teaspoon – too much will make it too green and you won’t see the pine sprig
- 4 sprigs of pine (fresh works great!)
- Wooden craft stick for stirring
- Large microwave safe spouted measuring cup
- Soap mold
What are the steps to make Pine Spring Soap?
Cut the soap base into one inch cubes and dump into the measuring cup.
Heat soap in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each heating session, until soap is fully melted.
Add fragrance oil and stir well.
Add mica powder, just a tiny amount, and stir well.
Pour a small amount of soap base into the mold cavities to just fill the bottom about ⅛ inch.
Set a pine sprig into each mold cavity, gently pushing it into the soap layer.
Pour soap base to fill each mold cavity, covering the pine sprigs.
Allow soap to set for 1-2 hours, then remove from mold.
These beautiful and seasonal-smelling soaps will look beautiful in your powder room for when holiday guests visit. You can also wrap them in butcher block paper, fasten with another pine sprig and give as hostess or holiday gifts!