Pumpkin melt & pour soap is super easy to make with this fun recipe. These pumpkin soaps make the perfect fall decoration for your bathroom. Guests who come over this fall will love using these adorable soap bars. As a bonus, these pumpkins will look festive all season long, from Halloween through Thanksgiving! Follow along as we whip up this fun and easy fall soap project.
Yield: 3 soap bars (approx. 3.5 oz each)
Hands-On Time: 45 minutes
Total Time (including cooling time): 4 hours
Skill Level: Intermediate
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- 300 g Aloe & Olive Oil Melt & Pour soap base
- 8 g Pumpkin Cider fragrance oil
- 4-8 micro scoops Orange Mica Powder
- 2-3 micro scoops Sea Green Mica Powder (optional)
- Rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle (at least 91%)
- Pumpkin Soap Mold
- 2 1 oz Measuring Cups
- 2 Micro Scoops
- 2 Plastic Pipettes
- 3 oz Measuring Beaker
- 28 oz Funnel Pitcher
- Digital Scale
- Digital Thermometer
- EZ Grip Nylon Whisk
- Straight Edge Cutter
- Nitrile Gloves
- Face Mask
- Cutting Board
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Part 1: Making the Leaf Design
This pumpkin melt & pour soap tutorial includes optional instructions for making green leaves in the soap design. If you want to make your soap all one color instead, skip to Part 2. The only difference is that in Part 2, you will add all 300 grams of soap to your funnel pitcher rather than the remaining 280 grams as instructed.
If you want to see how we made the leaves for these soaps, check out the video on our YouTube Channel!
How to Prepare the Soap
- Wearing gloves, cut 300 grams of soap base into small cubes with your straight edge cutter.
- Add 20 grams of the soap to a 3 oz measuring beaker.
- Microwave the soap in 5-second intervals until melted. Remove as soon as it melts.
- In a 1 oz measuring beaker, combine 2-3 micro scoops of Sea Green mica with a small amount of rubbing alcohol. Stir with the handle of the micro scoop to blend.
- Finally, pour the green mica blend into the melted soap and stir.
How to Fill In the Leaves
Once the soap is melted & colored, you will use a pipette to transfer a small amount of the soap into the leaf portions of the mold. You’ll want to keep the soap within the grooves of the design. The technique can be a little difficult to master, but these tips can help:
- It helps to tip the mold so that the leaf design is parallel to your table. The soap will cool relatively quickly, making it possible to reposition the mold for each pumpkin as needed.
- Only deposit a small amount of soap at a time to create a thin layer.
- As the first layer of the soap hardens, apply another layer on top of it. Repeat this process until a thick enough layer of green soap is deposited into the leaf design.
- If you get too much soap onto the leaf design all at once, use the pipette to remove the excess (while the soap is still warm).
- The green soap may be thicker in the deeper portions of the mold – such as the stem and the bigger leaves. This won’t be noticeable in the final design.
- If any soap has spilled out of the design, it’s easy to scrape off with a toothpick once it’s hard. Do any cleanup before moving onto the next step.
Part 2: Making the Pumpkin Soaps
Once the leaves are cool, we will fill the rest of the mold with orange soap to make our pumpkins. If you didn’t make the leaves, simply melt all 300 grams of soap for step 1.
- Add the remaining 280 grams of soap to your 28 oz funnel pitcher. Microwave the soap in 30-second intervals until completely melted. Remove as soon as it is melted.
- In a clean 1 oz measuring cup, combine 4-8 micro scoops of orange mica with a small amount of rubbing alcohol. Stir with the handle of your micro scoop to blend the color.
- Next, pour the orange mica mixture into the melted soap and stir with a whisk.
- Add up to 8 grams (approx. 8 ml) of fragrance oil to the melted soap and stir with a whisk.
- Important: If you made the green leaves, spritz each cavity of the mold with rubbing alcohol. This will make the layers adhere together. If you don’t spray with rubbing alcohol, the leaf portion may stay stuck in the mold when you remove the soap.
- When the melted soap has cooled to 135 degrees F, pour it into each cavity of the mold.
- Immediately after pouring, spritz the top of each soap bar with rubbing alcohol to remove any bubbles.
- Let the soap cool and harden in the mold, then carefully remove it. It’s easier to remove if you pull the mold away from the soap around all the edges. This will create a thin layer of air. Once this is done, press slowly and gently on the back of the mold to help the air travel around the mold. Once the air has reached all portions of the design, the soap will pop easily out of the mold.
Make it Your Own!
This pumpkin melt & pour soap project would be fun to make with other colors of mica as well. White, dark orange, purple, or even black pumpkins for Halloween would all be cute design ideas! However, the creative possibilities are endless. For the pumpkins in the picture, I used Floral White, Orange, and Orange Red mica powders.
You can also swap out the fragrance oil for any other skin-safe fragrance that you like. We have tons of different pumpkin fragrances to choose from!
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