8 DIY Soap Recipes, From the Easy to Advanced

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DIY soap dots from Soapylove
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Floating Dot Soap

But you don't have to be a kid to tap the melt-and-poor method. For this chic mod dot soap that would fit right in next to an Eames chair, we turn to Debbie Chialtas, owner of Soapylove.

This is an excerpt from her book Soapylove: Squeaky Clean Projects Using Melt and Pour Soap.


  • 2 cup microwave safe glass measuring cup
  • 3 lbs clear glycerin soap base, cut into 1/2" - 3/4" cubes
  • blue, yellow, and orange nonbleeding liquid colorants
  • 8" or 9" square silicone brownie pan with shiny inner surface
  • cutting board
  • circular fondant cutter, approximately 1" in diameter
  • 3 bowls
  • rubbing alcohol in spray bottle (fragrance is not used since the oil would cloud or discolor the clear soap)

1. Begin making dots. Using the glass cup, melt 6 oz of clear soap base in the microwave on high power for 20 seconds. Color with 2-3 drops of yellow colorant until you have a color that is bright but not opaque. Pour soap into brownie pan, spray with alcohol to pop any surface bubbles. Allow to harden. Unmold the soap by bending back a corner of the pan and pulling the soap out with your fingers. Repeat, creating blue and orange soap sheets.

2. Cut out dots. Using your cutting board and fondant cutter, cut lots of dots from each soap sheet.

3. Begin dot layer. Mix the colored soap dots and divide them evenly into your 3 bowls. Melt 8 oz of clear soap base, allow to cool to 120 degrees. Pour the melted soap into the brownie pan. Spray the soap with alcohol to pop any bubbles. Quickly place the dots from one bowl into the soap, creating a random pattern. Spray soap again to remove any bubbles.

4. Add 2 more dot layers. Allow the soap in the pan to form a thick skin. It does not need to set up completely. Spray the surface of the soap with alcohol and repeat step 3 to create two more layers of dots. Scatter the pattern so dots overlap randomly. Melt any remaining soap base, and cover the layers with a final layer of clear.

5. Unmold and cut into bars. Allow the entire pan of soap to harden. Unmold the soap by flipping it over onto your hand and peeling the pan away. Cut into bars with a non-serrated kitchen knife, or use deep cookie cutters to create shapes.

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