Melt and Pour Soap – Rich Orange Cinnamon Scent

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

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.

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Materials 

(for 1 pound of soap)
Melt & Pour Soap Base 
Sweet Orange Essential Oil
Cinnamon Essential Oil
Silicone Mold
Orange Peel & Cinnamon Sticks (decoration)

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.

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.

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.

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

 

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.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.

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.

Let the soap dry for 24 hours before removing them from the mold.

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.

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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About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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Comments

  1. For those of us who have never done this before can you explain further about adding the oils and spices (how much, when to add, etc.) ?

    • Hi Donna,

      Thank you for this comment. I don’t know what I was thinking when I wrote this post. I’m going to update the post but for now, here’s the information. I used essential oils but you could use fragrance oils. Wait a minute or two to let the melted soap cool before adding the oils. I used 3 teaspoons of the orange oil and only 25 drops of the cinnamon oil. This is because cinnamon oil is very strong. I found a handy guide that you can use from a fellow blogger who is an expert in soap making. Here’s her link: https://thenerdyfarmwife.com/essential-oils-for-soapmaking-chart/ For the spices, I used them more for decorative purposes so it’s just a sprinkle and whatever you feel looks good.
      Hope that helps, and let me know if you have any other questions.

  2. The garnishes are perfect you need to open a shop. Take all these neat projects to the marketplace!!
    Cinnamon and orange is a favorite here just so refreshing.

  3. Thank you Patti

    You are a star for sharing these amazing ideas.

    Mary

  4. So nice of you to share your fantastic ideas (i.e recipes)

    Mary

  5. I love your recipes and appreciate the work you do. Just wish the recipes had a prinatble format to make it easier to print out for use. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Linda,

      I just added a “Printer Friendly” button at the top of the post just under the title.

      You should be able to click on it and print the entire article.

      Let me know it you have any problems.

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