Marbled Charcoal Goats Milk and Shea Butter Melt and Pour Soap Tutorial
If you’ve read our tutorial on Activated Charcoal and Tea Tree Oil Detoxifying Soap, then you know all the perks and benefits of using activated charcoal in your soap! Who doesn’t want to remove impurities, absorb oils, and eliminate black heads and acne? We sure do! But maybe you’re tired of the same boring old black colored soap, lets spice it up a bit!
This is our Marbled Activated Charcoal Goats Milk and Shea Butter Melt and Pour Soap. We love the way this turns out, totally cool looking – everyone always wants to know how its done so here’s how!
What you’ll need:
2 lbs of PureLux Goat’s Milk Melt and Pour Soap
¼ to ½ lb PureLux Shea Butter Melt and Pour Soap
1-2 Tbsp of Activated Charcoal
½ to 1 tsp of Peppermint Essential oil or Tea Tree Essential Oil
Microwave safe container
Silicone Soap Mold
Thermometer is helpful
Cut the Goats Milk soap base into evenly sized cubes, place in a microwave safe bowl and heat in 10-15 minute intervals, stirring in between. Heat and stir until its a nice, smooth liquid.
Add in the essential oil, stir thoroughly. You can adjust how much you'd like to suit your preference but alway start with a smaller amount and assess before adding more.
Now time to add the activated charcoal, this goes everywhere so be careful - this stuff leaves atomic bomb plumes of black dust. Carefully stir in the charcoal until its completely incorporated into the soap base. When mixing be sure to scoop from the bottom of the bowl because it tends to settle. Once you're done the liquid should be nice and dark black.
Take your silicone mold and carefully pour your Goat's Milk Charcoal mixture evenly into the molds.
Move quickly and melt the Shea Butter soap base next. Do it the same way you melted the Goat's Milk - cut into evenly sized cubes and microwave in increments, stirring in between. Depending on how much of a swirl you want in the soap, if you want a light swirl use 1/4 lb, if you want a heavier swirl melt 1/2 lb.
Note: I find it easiest to cut both the soap bases up into evenly sized cubes ahead of time so that they're ready to melt when you need to. Pre melting the Shea soap base while mixing the Goats Milk base may be helpful, this way it will only take several seconds to re liquify the Shea Butter.
Once the Goats Milk Charcoal soap has cooled to around 125-130 F and the Shea Butter base has also cooled to around 125-130 its time to swirl! Pour a small amount of the Shea Butter soap slowly into the Goats Milk/Charcoal Soap. Using a wooden skewer slowly swirl the Shea Butter soap around to create a marbled look. Try not to over swirl as it will just blend it into a gray color. Repeat the swirl in each soap mold or throughout the loaf if you are using a loaf mold.
Allow the soap to cool and harden for several hours before popping out! Package securely in clear wrap or cell bags and you're done! Yay!
- Hannah Straight