Exfoliants can help increase the lather in bar soaps – especially when used in Melt & Pour Base where big bubbles aren’t always abundant. As if this weren’t enticing enough alone, natural exfoliating ingredients, like our five newest additions, can also give soaps a gorgeous organic look.
For this project, we embedded a variety of natural exfoliants into our Clear Coconut Melt & Pour Base, creating a beautiful mosaic style soap that is fun to use and a pleasure to behold!
Try swapping out the exfoliants we’ve suggested here with colorful Fruit Seeds, Fruit Seed Powders, and exfoliating Grains or Nut Meals!
Pro Tip: The surface of these bars will have a varied texture. To create a bar with a smooth surface, pour a thin layer of plain melted base into each cavity, followed by a spritz of alcohol, before adding the chopped pieces of soap.
Exfoliating Mosaic Soap Bars
Makes 4 4-ounce bars
- 1 pound (454 grams) Ultra Clear Transparent Coconut Melt & Pour Base, divided
- 1 teaspoon Almond Shell Powder
- 1 teaspoon Apricot Seed Powder
- 1 teaspoon Cherry Seed Powder
- 1 teaspoon Olive Seed Powder
- 1 teaspoon Rice Husk Powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons (7.5 ml) Lavender Essential Oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoon (7.5 ml) Orange Essential Oil
- Cut 8 ounces Melt & Pour Base into cubes, then melt in double boiler over medium-high heat.
- Remove the base from heat, then mix in the Lavender Essential Oil.
- Pour 3 tablespoons (45 ml) base into small mixing vessel and add the Almond Shell Powder. Pour the base and seeds into a soap mold. Repeat this step with the remaining melted base and exfoliants.
- Cut the remaining 8 ounces of Melt & Pour Base into cubes, then melt in double boiler over medium-high heat.
- When the exfoliant soaps have hardened, remove them from the mold and cut into small slivers and chunks. Divide the cut pieces randomly between 4 4-ounce soap mold cavities.
- Remove the base from heat, then mix in the Orange Essential Oil. Pour the melted base into the 4 soap mold cavities.
- Allow the soaps to cool and harden completely before removing them from the molds.
Usage & Packaging
- Once cool, these soaps should be packaged in airtight plastic. Plastic wrap, shrink wrap, or cellophane bags are great choices.
- The finished bars can last up to one year, depending on how well they’ve been packaged and stored. Soaps should be kept in a cool, dry place for long-term storage.