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Learn to make this easy chamomile shea butter soap recipe without lye. This soap makes a gentle bar, and is perfect for soap making beginners.
Melt and pour was the first soap making method I learned (and still think it’s the absolute best method for beginning soap makers to start with). When I started making cold process soap, melt and pour kinda fell by the wayside.
But now I’m rediscovering and loving melt and pour soap for it’s awesome simplicity.
Melt and pour soap is made with a premade base, no need to handle lye.
Back on our little Northern California homestead, our farmhouse was equipped with two (yes, TWO!) kitchens. One was my dedicated soaping room.
I had a sink, tiled countertops, and tons of cupboard space for all my soaping supplies. I could close the door to keep little ones out or hide the mess if I didn’t feel like cleaning up right away. It was bright and sunny and I looooooved it.
But then, we moved. My husband may or may not have had to drag me, clawing and crying, out of my soaping studio.
I do love our new farm here in Idaho, and it is perfect in every way… except it doesn’t have a soaping studio. I’m hanging my hopes on a soaping trailer one day. That may be kinda cool, don’t you think?
Now all of my soaping equipment and ingredients are housed in the cellar. It’s nice as far as cellars go. It’s not dank or dirty, and all four walls have sturdy shelves for storage.
But there’s no sink, no counter top, no bright sunny windows facing a flowering crab apple tree. Basically, a major downgrade from what I had before.
So, now to make cold process soap I have to go down to the cellar…
Carry up all my ingredients and equipment….
Banish everyone from the kitchen for a period of time…
Holler like a crazy person if anyone dares come in for a snack (because lye, you know)…
And then find a suitable place for my soap to set in the mold for a day or two where it can’t be poked at by tiny toddler fingers.
Needless to say, cold process soap has not been made since we moved here nine months ago.
For all of you soapers who make cold (or hot) process soap in your kitchens regularly: You. Are. Amazing. And dedicated. I’m impressed.
I’ve gone back to make soap making roots, so to speak, and making melt and pour soap again. Minimal ingredients and equipment needed, no lye to keep away from inquisitive little hands, and an entire batch is whipped up in less than 15 minutes. Fifteen minutes, friend!
Melt and pour soap takes just a few minutes to make, a few hours to set up, and is ready to use as soon as you unmold it.
This Chamomile Shea Butter Soap recipe is quickly becoming a family favorite (OK, so it’s MY favorite. I’m not even sure my family gives a goat’s bum about the different types of soap I make. All they care about is if it suds.)
But this soap is ultra-gentle and moisturizing, and looks sweet, rustic, and pretty. Even if you’ve never made a single bar of soap in your life, you can make this!
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RECIPE: Chamomile Shea Butter Soap
This recipe makes 4 (4 ounce) bars of soap. If your craft store doesn’t have shea butter soap base, no worries. You can use whatever they have;it will all work the same.
What You’ll Need:
1 lbs. shea butter melt and pour soap base (soap base comes in 2 lbs. blocks; use half for this recipe and save the rest for another project)
1 tablespoon chamomile powder (or contents of 3 chamomile tea bags)
Soap mold or silicone muffin pan (I thought the star molds were super cute for this, but use whatever mold you like)
Small spritz bottle full of rubbing alcohol
Cut the shea milk soap base into approximately 1 inch chunks. No need to be precise, just cut it up and toss the pieces into a small pot.
On low heat, warm the soap base gently until just melted.
When the soap base is completely melted, pour in the chamomile and stir gently until thoroughly mixed. Remove from heat.
Pour the melted soap base into the soap mold. Immediately spritz with rubbing alcohol to remove any air bubbles.
Let set undisturbed until soap is completely cooled. This takes several hours or overnight.
Pop from the molds. Your soap is ready to use!
HOW TO STORE:
Wrapped bars in plastic wrap or keep in a tightly sealed plastic bag.
Your soap has a shelf life of up to two years, so long as it is wrapped tightly and kept away from moisture.
Now make some cute products to coordinate with that awesome soap! Here are a few recipes that you’ll love:
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