RECIPE: Australian Tea Tree Melt and Pour Soap
Tea tree, also known as melaleuca, is well-known for its powerful antiseptic properties and ability to treat wounds. Thought to be Australia's natural antiseptic. We added additional Tea Tree Essential Oil to this Detergent Free Australian Tea Tree Soap for all the tea tree lovers out there!
Project Level: Easy
Estimated Time: 1/2 Hour
Yield: (9) Approx. 3.5 oz. Bars
INCI Ingredient Label: Sorbitol, Coconut Oil, Propylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Glycerin, Tea Tree Essential Oil, Bamboo Extract, Aloe Vera, Chromium Oxide, Sodium Cocoate, Sodium Stearate, Fluorphlogopite, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide.
NOTE: If you are making these products for sale, good manufacturing practices recommend you wear a hairnet, gloves and a mask. We also recommend a clean apron.
- In a plastic beaker, melt 1 oz. of soap with 0.25 oz. Dark Gold Shimmer Soap Color Bar. Stir once melted.
- Place silicone mold on jelly roll pan or cookie sheet. This gives stability if the mold needs to be moved.
- Using a plastic dropper, add color to the leaves of each cavity in the mold. It works best if the soap is a little hotter and thinner to pipe into the leaves.
- After filling the leaves of each tree, spritz with rubbing alcohol to release any air bubbles.
- Let soap completely harden. To quicken the process, place mold into freezer for about 10 minutes.
- In another plastic beaker, melt 1 oz. soap with 0.25 oz. Evergreen Green Mica Soap Color Bar. Heat just a little hotter to make it easier to pipe soap into mold cavities.
- Using a clear dropper, apply green color to branches, trunk and border. Spritz after each tree is filled to pop any air bubbles that formed.
- Let soap completely harden. Place in fridge if necessary to speed up process.
- Cut up remainder of Australian Tea Tree soap and place in large glass bowl. Heat in microwave until completely melted.
- Add 9.5 ml Tea Tree Essential Oil and mix into melted soap.
- Once melted soap temperature has cooled to 125° or lower, you can pour soap into mold. Before pouring, spritz the hardened soap very generously with alcohol. This will ensure the bottom layer of soap will adhere to the painted areas.
- Carefully pour all of the melted soap into mold. Spritz the top of soap again with alcohol to release any surface air bubbles. Set aside to completely set up, preferably overnight. If desired, soap can be placed in fridge for a few hours.
- To remove soap from mold, turn entire mold over and gently press on soap until it starts to release from mold. Once soap has been removed, cut on the scored lines until you have 9 bars of soap.
- Package as desired.
- Label product accordingly.
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