How to make soap with mica powder – shimmering gold heart shaped soap infused with rose essential oil.
Hey crafty friends! Can you believe Valentine’s Day is less than a month way? I feel like this month is flying by. I don’t know about you but I get excited every time Target sets up a new holiday display. Even though I have more holiday supplies than I know what to do with, I’m always thrilled to see the new trends in the decor and candy to use for gift ideas. Now that the valentine’s day candy is out I’ve been working on a few printable gift ideas to share with you next week. I’m also having a hard time resisting eating it all. It’s not fair that they only give us a few weeks break from the holidays to Valentine’s Day candy. Did I mention I have zero willpower? So while I attempt to resist chocolate covered heart candies I’ll focus on making heart shaped soap! Did you know you can paint soap with mica powder? You can also use mica to color soap. Today I’m going to show you how to do both!
Mica is a natural forming mineral that is commonly used in makeup. You’ll find that just about every makeup product you see in store has been pigmented with mica powder. It’s what gives the color and shimmer in cosmetic products. While working with mica its best to work in small batches (this recipe only calls for about a teaspoon in the batch and another for the painting). You want to avoid inhaling the powder so working with small amounts will decrease the likeliness that it will float in the air. For this recipe I added a teaspoon into the melted soap. You can add more or less depending on the color you’d like to achieve. I’m also using white goat’s milk soap base. The color will be more vibrant if you use a clear soap base. And finally, you can add just about any essential oil you prefer. Since this is a Valentine’s Day inspired post I used rose essential oil. I’ve listed Amazon affiliate links to each product I used below.
DIY Shimmering Gold Soap
- 1 pound soap base
- 1 teaspoon carmine red mica powder
- 1 teaspoon gold mica powder
- 1 teaspoon almond oil
- 15-20 drops essential oil
- Over a double boiler melt soap base in a large pyrex cup.
- Once soap is completely melted stir in essential oil and red mica powder.
- Pour melted soap into soap mold and allow to set for at least 2 hours.
- Remove soap from mold and place on a covered work surface.
- In a small container combine almond oil and gold mica powder. Add a few drops of almond oil if needed.
- Paint gold mica on soap; allow to dry overnight.
Tip: Do you see those tiny bubbles? You can break the bubbles by lightly spraying rubbing alcohol on the mold and on top of the poured melted soap. I forgot this time around but since I’m keeping these for my guest bathroom I’m not too worried about them. :)
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