Sunflower Infused Melt & Pour Soap
This melt and pour soap is 100% naturally colored with sunflower petals!
Sunflowers are often added to body care products for their skin-conditioning properties, but they also add a gorgeous natural yellow color that will last for many months.
If you’re new to infusing melt and pour soap with fresh herbs and flowers, this is a perfect recipe to start with, since it’s easy and yields beautiful results.
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Recipe Notes & Tips
If fresh sunflower petals aren’t available, try using dried petals, or fresh or dried calendula, chamomile, goldenrod, dandelion, or forsythia flowers instead, for different shades of yellow soap.
In keeping with the sunshiny theme, these soaps are scented with a cheerful bright citrus blend, but you could use 2.45 g (about 1/2 + 1/8 teaspoon) of a single citrus essential oil, such as orange, lemon or grapefruit, if you’d like, or you could leave them unscented.
How to Make Sunflower Infused Melt & Pour Bars
Yield: three 2.6 ounce (74 g) oval soaps
Ingredients you’ll need:
- 1/4 cup fresh sunflower petals
- 2 tsp (10 ml) water
- 8 oz (227 g) clear soap base, cut into 1″ (2.5 cm) cubes
- 1 g (abt 1/4 tsp) orange essential oil
- 1 g (abt 1/4 tsp) grapefruit essential oil
- 0.45 g (abt 1/8 tsp) lemon essential oil
- Silicone mold (Silly Pops ellipse soap molds pictured)
- Rubbing alcohol, for spritzing
Directions to make:
In a heatproof jar or container, combine the sunflower petals, water and soap base. Cover it loosely with a canning lid or small heatproof saucer. Place the jar in a saucepan containing a few inches (at least 5 cm) of water, forming a makeshift double boiler.
Heat over medium-low heat until the soap is almost melted, 15 to 25 minutes. Lower the heat to low and infuse for an additional 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the soap takes on a golden yellow hue.
Remove the container from the heat and strain the hot soap through a fine mesh sieve into a clean container or jar. Add the essential oils and mix well.
If you notice a lot of air bubbles in the soap base, spritz a few sprays of alcohol into the jar or container and mix gently to dissolve the air bubbles.
Pour the soap into the molds and spray the tops with alcohol.
Keep the soap in the molds until they’re completely cooled and hardened, 2 to 3 hours, then unmold and wrap them tightly.
Store the soaps in a cool, dry place, out of direct sunlight.
Looking for more creative melt and pour soap ideas? Check out my print book, Easy Homemade Melt & Pour Soaps. It’s filled with helpful tutorials, natural colorant galleries, essential oil blends, plus 50 recipes with full color photos of each project!
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