Indulge in a moisturizing, yet exfoliating handmade soap with a hint of Ylang Ylang. I did it! My first melt and pour soap, and it was relatively easy to make.
I decided to try the melt and pour soaps first to see if this is something I really wanted to continue with. Also, I am just a bit afraid of using lye due to its dangerous properties. Chemicals and I just don’t mix well.
While researching, I found there wasn’t much in the way of books on homemade melt and pour soaps; most books leaned towards cold processed. I was much more successful on YouTube and watched videos from the Soap Queen TV by Bramble Berry and Dean Wilson to get an idea of what I was getting into.
I loved the idea that one side of the soap is moisturizing while the other side is exfoliating. The softness and moisturizing properties come from using a shea melt and pour base. The exfoliating comes from the pink Himalayan salt, which sinks so it is only on one side of the bar, allowing you to scrub, flip and then soothe. I used my .25 oz sampler of Ylang Ylang essential oil instead and found the scent to be just right.
I finally accomplished my goal of making handmade soaps; it has been on my list for a very long while. I enjoyed this project and can’t wait to try out some other recipes to see what other fun soaps I can make.
Pink salt and shea bath bar recipe: http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/melt-and-pour-soap/home-spa-pink-salt-shea-bath-bar/