Nothing says “I’ve got my shit together” quite like having custom soaps in your bathrooms.
Back in December, I did a post for Bustle about making some awesome, handmade Star Wars soaps to stock your bathroom with for any holiday guests to use. I mean, how thrilled would your fellow geeks be to see they could use the Millennium Falcon to wash their hands? You can actually buy some of the soaps I made in my Etsy store, but I’ve been looking to make some more for another holiday occasion.We recently started getting Lootcrate — which is a real bargain and a special treat every month — and one of the items for the May box was a Marvel Ice Cube Tray. Since I’d used rubber ice cube trays to make the Star Wars soaps, I knew I had to bust some Marvel-themed soaps out, too.
And what better holiday to celebrate America’s most popular superhero team than the Fourth of July? These soaps only take about an hour total to make, so you’ll definitely be able to make and display these before “Born in the USA” comes on the stereo.
What You’ll Need:
Note: I got most of my materials from an all-in-one soap making kit from Michael’s, but you can shop around to find your perfect mixtures, colors, and scents too.
- Melt-and-Pour Soap Base
- Fragrant Scents
- Colored Dyes and/or Pigment Augmenters
- Coffee Mug (preferably one with a insulated handle for easy holding and pouring)
- Cutting Board
Step 1: Cut the Soap Base into Squares
Most soap making kits will come with a pre-sectioned base, and you can buy them this way too. It took four squares of the glycerin base I had to fill three of the molds. You may have to do some trial and error depending on the size of your mold, so don’t be afraid to be conservative at first.
Step 2: Microwave the Soap
Place the pieces in the coffee mug (or any microwavable container), and set it for 30 seconds on high heat. This should be enough to melt the soap completely, but if it needs a bit more time, stir it and put it back in for 5-10 seconds. Obviously, the more squares you have, the longer it will take to melt and visa versa.
Step 3: Add the Fragrances/Coloring and Pour
I like to switch up which fragrance I used for each soap so that you have a little variety. Once you know which one you’d like, drop three to six drops into the melted soap base, and add the coloring.
For this mold, I went with red with sparkles for Iron Man and one Captain America shield, blue for the other Cap shield (and Thing, though I have no idea what he was doing in an Avengers mold), and purple for Hulk’s hands as an homage to his magical shorts.
Step 4: Let the Mold Set
Now you wait. It takes about 30 minutes for the soap to completely set, so break out a book or catch up on your favorite show!
Step 5: Remove the Soap
After the mold has set, you can remove it from the mold. The rubber molds I used made it super easy to get the soaps out, but hard plastic ones are a bit more difficult. Just be careful not to snap your lovely little soaps while wrestling them out, and you’ll be fine. Here’s how mine turned out!
Step 6: Wrap Up the Soap
Unless you plan to use the soaps right quick wrap them in some plastic wrap so they don’t lose any of their moisture. I’m also keeping mine in the fridge until I’m ready to set them out or they get purchased.
Step 7: Assemble Those Beezies
Yo, we just made some kick-ass soaps! And don’t worry, if you’re not really into soap making, but you are into soap buying, I’ll have some of these available in my Etsy store after I get back from vacation.
Excelsior and Happy July 4th!