How To Make SIMPLE FANCY SOAP
Petroleum jelly for greasing the soap molds
1 bar of pure white soap (such as Ivory or Pure and Natural; glycerin and Castile soaps work well too) grated – – approximately 1
1/4 cups 1 tablespoon of water
Lightly grease the inside of your soap mold using a small amount of petroleum jelly. Place the soap and water into the top part of a double boiler or in an oven proof dish in a saucepan of water and heat gently over medium heat.
Stir occasionally until all the soap is melted and resembles and smooth, fluffy white pudding. This may take up to 30 minutes. The soap will start out looking very dry and grainy, then turn thick and smooth. Do not allow the mixture to boil. When all the soap is melted, carefully spoon it into your prepared molds.
Overfill the molds just abit; the soap may settle, and you can always trim away any excess after it has cooled. You need to work quickly because the soap cools quickly. Tap the edge of your molds gently to remove any air bubbles.
Allow the molds to sit until the soap is completely cool. Tap the soap shapes from the bottom of the molds and place on a wire rack to dry. Let the soap sit for at least 24 hours on the rack. If your shapes seem a bit rough around the edges, you
can smooth them out with a sharp knife.
For gift-giving, wrap your soaps in pretty boxes, paper, fabric, or netting tied with ribbon. Don not use airtight containers because it’s important to let the soap breathe.