I absolutely love making soaps, scrubs, nail polish, and really any beauty DIY item so I’m super jazzed about these gorgeous gemstone soaps we’re making today! They are SO easy and the perfect intro to soap making, please don’t let their look fool you. You can create them in any color and use any fragrance oil your heart desires, which means you will be able to perfectly make them fit the theme of your bridal shower or bachelorette party. These cuties would also make terrific little extra bridal party gifts or a nice in-room hotel welcome for your bridesmaids. No matter what you choose to make these gems for, the recipeients will definitely be impressed!
Any Color, Any Scent
These soaps can be made in ANY color combined with ANY fragrance oil… so the sky is the limit! Pink, violet, magenta, gray, white… obviously I had to make blues and turquoises. Looking for extra sparkle? Add glitter!
- Clear Melt & Pour Soap Base
- Gemstone Ice Cube Tray
- Mica Colorant
- Fragrance Oil
- Rubbing Alcohol + Spray Bottle
- Glass Mixing Jar
- Chopstick For Stirring
- Crinkle Soap Cutter
- Eye Dropper
- Little Spoon
- Favor Boxes
Cut Up The Soap
This awesome melt + pour soap base from BrambleBerry comes in 1 pound blocks, and this exact gemstone mold will hold 1/2 pound. So using a soap cutter, cut the soap block in half and then slice into smaller pieces for melting. Add to your glass mixing jar.
Melt The Soap
Place the glass mixing jar with soap pieces in the microwave and heat on 30 second bursts until fully melted, stirring in between each. Mine took 3 rounds.
Add The Color
This is my favorite part. Mica is a naturally mined colorant that all beauty products are tinted with, so the same goes for your soap! Start with a Tablespoon of rubbing alcohol in a small glass dish, then add your choice of mica and stir. Mixing the mica with the alcohol first will fully disperse the color in your soap, if you don’t do this step, you’ll just have chunks of powdered color here and there. A typical ratio of alcohol to mica would be 1 Tablespoon alcohol -to- 1 teaspoon mica, however the less mica you add the lighter and more transparent your soaps will be. The more mica you add, the more saturated and opaque your soaps will be!
The mica I used for these soaps was: Mermaid Blue, Stormy Blue, Light Gold, Gold Sparkle, and Fine Iridescent Glitter.
Add The Fragrance
Add your choice of fragrance oil to the melted soap mixture. 3 mL of fragrance oil to the 1/2 pound soap mixture will be perfect. If you’d prefer not to have scent, feel free to not add it!
The fragrance oils I used here are from the Summer Collection Sampler, but you can use any fragrance that sounds good to you! Sampler kits are a great way to purchase the most popular scents.
Pour Your Gems
I found this awesome gemstone ice cube tray on Amazon and thought it would be perfect for these soaps! Pour the melted soap mixture into each mold cavity and then spray with rubbing alcohol, which eliminates all the bubbles from pouring. Let set until fully cool, could be 2-4 hours.
Release Your Gems
Turn the mold upside down and gently release your gorgeous new gemstone soaps from their mold! Way easier than they look, right!?
Everyone Likes Gems
I found these awesome, high quality favor boxes on Etsy and they fit two gemstone soaps perfectly. A great way to package up these lovely gems and gift them to your bridal shower guests or friends!
As with all our DIY tutorials, if you create one of our projects please send us a picture – We Love Seeing Your Creativity! If you use Instagram or Twitter please use the hashtag #SomethingTurquoiseDIY and it will show up on our Get Social page. Happy Crafting!
DIY Tutorial Credits
Photography + DIY Tutorial: Jen Carreiro of Something Turquoise // All soap supplies: courtesy of BrambleBerry.com // Favor Boxes: In The Clear via Etsy // Gemstone Ice Cube Tray Mold: Amazon // Nail Polish: OPI – Withstands the Test of Thyme
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