Melt and pour soap with sweet orange and cinnamon oil adds a nice cozy feel to any room. Great for showers, weddings, hostess and helper gifts.
Who doesn’t love the smell of oranges and cinnamon? They help give your home a nice cozy feel. That’s why I decided to make a soap with this homey fragrance combination. Since I’m using melt and pour soap, the process is simple. In fact, what you are really doing it taking the soap base, and dressing it up with fragrance, color and other additives. A super fun creative project, that’s easy enough for the kids to join in on.
Melt and Pour Soap
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Aren’t these orange peels fun? All you need to do is take a garnish tool and peel the rind around the orange. They will curl up while drying, and you can let the oranges dry out too, to use in another project. Just make sure the orange has lots of air flow or it may start to rot.
Here’s the soap base. It’s soft enough to cut with a knife and melt in the microwave. Start with 30 seconds and stir. Repeat until melted. This batch took me about 4 times at 30 seconds, or 2 minutes. However, everyone’s microwave is different, so yours may take longer or less time. You can also create a double boiler, by placing this Pyrex glass in another pot of simmering water on the stove, and melt it that way.
By the way, one pound of soap filled this mold with enough leftover to make a couple more bars.
Once the soap is melted, let it cool for a couple of minutes before adding fragrance. I used essential oils but you could use fragrance oils too. Here’s a handy chart from my friend Jan Berry who makes amazing soaps, on how much to add: Essential Oil for Soap Making Chart
Here, I tried to place some of the orange peels in the bottom of the mold first, however, they floated to the top. If you really them to stay on the bottom, then I suggest you place your orange peel in the bottom and add just a little bit of soap to cover. Wait for a while, maybe an hour, before adding any more soap. I didn’t mind the look of the peels floating, so I let it go, and added some ground clove and cinnamon to the top.
Let the soap dry for 24 hours before removing them from the mold.
Then you can have fun decorating them with pieces of cinnamon sticks and more of your dried orange peel.
Of course this would work with many other great scents and botanicals. Lavender, roses, and other citrus scents come to mind. Make it your own and have fun creating these little fragrant beauties.
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