One of my most popular soaps is the Glacier soap. It is melt and pour and while some scoff at it not being real soap, I would have to disagree.
I had many people special order this soap or buy me out as soon as it was made. I could not keep up with the demand.
You’ll need a melt and pour glycerin soap base. You can order it anywhere. I always purchased mine from New Directions. I highly recommend this company. Great prices, fast service. You’ll also need Shea Butter, Coconut Butter and Sweet Almond Oil. I used a fresh scent for my soap but you can choose whatever you want. I also picked up a blue and an aqua Lab color. You will also need a bottle of Iceberg Vodka.
You will need two pounds white soap base and two pounds clear soap base. You will also need a spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol.
You will need to use a double boiler and have 2 pots handy. I had a special pot for my soap that was actually the inside of a deep fryer. It worked perfect and allowed me to melt a lot of soap at a time. The double boiler will be perfect though and will do for now. Boil the water on the stove and cut your soap into chunks. Some melt and pour soap bases come in big junks while some you can buy in 2 pound lots. You will need to work really fast with this soap.
Melt the clear first. Do not boil, just melt. Stir. Remove from the heat and start melting your white soap. While the white is melting, you need to start mixing up the clear. I use 1 ounce of shea butter. Just scoop it out and put it into the clear soap and mix away. Next add half an ounce of the coconut butter. Mix well. Add 2 teaspoons of sweet almond oil and 3 teaspoons of Iceberg vodka. Mix and mix and mix some more. Add your scent and color. I use 3 squirts of scent and 1 squirt each of the blue and the aqua coloring.
Take a look at the white soap melting in your pot. Give it a stir. Measure out the same amount of ingredients once again and have it put aside. Pour the clear soap which should now be a pretty sea blue color into a plastic or silicone container. You can buy your own molds. I like to use silicone bake ware.
As soon as you pour the clear soap, go get your pot of white and move quickly. Put all the ingredients in and mix away. Squirt the clear soap with rubbing alcohol. This will help the white soap to adhere. The clear soap should still be a liquid but a little firm. You will need to be careful not to scald yourself because this part often gets a little messy.
You need to pour the white soap into the blue. This will create the effect you see in the photo but you will need to pour it down hard. I normally pour the white soap into recycled glasses I can wash later to work with a small bit at the one time. (I have weak wrists after a childhood accident when I fell off the wharf but not into the water. I hung on for over an hour with my wrists bent back. It was not fun… I couldn’t swim and would have drowned if I hadn’t propelled myself in some gymnastic feat I would have won an Olympic medal for. I’m not sure how I accomplished the flip because I fell backward but ended up with my back against the wharf and my hands turned the other way. For the life of me I can’t even flip over my head..) Okay, back to soap.. See how carried away I get with telling stories? My Dad and I are alick alike.
Pour the soap as if you are at Hogwarts and you need to swish and flick. Pour another cup full of the white and do it again. I usually do four cups and aim for the corners. You will never have the same cake of soap looking alike but neither is an Iceberg the same from every direction. Give the soap a few more squirts of the rubbing alcohol and allow it to firm up. Once it firmed you can remove it from the molds and cut to your desired size.
Yes, you can make the melt and pour soap without all the extra ingredients. I add the extra because of all the wonderful benefits of shea butter, coconut butter and sweet almond oil have on your skin. I use the Iceberg Vodka as an astringent and it works well. Both women and men love the soap which was surprising to me because I had made it as a men’s soap.