If you love using Tsuga Essential Oil, then you will surely like this easy project I will share with you. Tsuga Essential Oils, also known as Spruce oil, are often used for its health benefits.
With the Tsuga Essential Oil’s benefits in mind, creating a soap infused with it seems like a great idea. There is a simple way to create Tsuga Essential Oil soaps within the comfort of your home, and once you are done making your own, you can use it for yourself or give it as a gift to friends and family.
What You’ll Need
Tsuga Essential Oil
For this project, you will need a couple of drops of Tsuga Essential Oil. You can get your Tsuga Essential Oil from your local grocery store or Essential Oils store. Take note, the amount of oil you will need will heavily depend on how much soap you are planning to make.
One small bar of soap would only require about 10 drops of Tsuga Essential Oil. You may use any brand you prefer, just make sure that you are using an undiluted Tsuga Essential Oil
You can use other scented essential oils for this project as well. There is no specific type needed, which means you may use any type of essential oil you prefer. I personally prefer using Eucalyptus and Lavender essential oils because I like their scent.
Once again, the amount of oil you will need will heavily depend on how much soap you are using. If you don’t plan to make much soap at all, you will do fine with a small bottle of essential oil. You should also avoid adding too many essential
oils. You should only use about 3 different types of oils for this project so that your soap wouldn’t have an over stimulating scent.
You will need a microwavable container for this project in order to completely melt your soap. Now there is no specific size needed for this project, having a medium sized microwavable container will do you just fine.
I personally recommend using a glass or porcelain instead of a plastic microwavable container. A plastic microwavable container heats up pretty fast, and is a bit flimsy to handle, while a glass or porcelain one is harder and easier to handle.
For this project, you won’t be needing a specific brand of soap. You can get any type of soap you prefer from your local grocery store or marketplace. However, you should get an unscented
bar of soap rather than a scented one so that your soap will end up smelling like the oils you have chosen.
You can also choose any color of soap you want, I personally prefer using white soaps because it makes it easier to see when the soap mixture is completely clean.
You can buy and choose molds in your local grocery store. For this project, you don’t need a specifically shaped mold. You can choose whichever mold you would like. It can be plastic, aluminum, or silicone. As long as the mold you are choosing can hold hot liquids, you will do just fine.
I would however, recommend that you use silicone molds instead of plastic or aluminum molds because the flexibility of silicone molds makes it a lot easier to take out whatever you’re molding in it. If you want to have fun looking soaps, I suggest you use unique shaped cookie or candy molds you can find in the baking goods area of your grocery.
Let’s Get Started!
Step 1: Preparing the Essential Oil
To start creating your own Tsuga Essential Oil soap, you must prepare your essential oils at least one week ahead of time. If you are making your soap with more than one type of essential oil, you must mix all of the essential oils you are using, and store it in an airtight jar.
Once you have thoroughly mixed all the oils and have stored it inside your airtight jar, you must store it in a cool, dry, and dark place, such as a cupboard or drawer, away from sunlight for at least a week.
Step 2: Melting the Soap
After storing the essential oils you will use for a week, the next thing you should do is melt your soap. You can do so by cutting up your soap into smaller chunks, and placing it inside your microwavable container. I have found that the soap melts faster if you cut it up in thinly sliced chunks that are about five millimeters in width.
Once you have smaller bits of soap, you should put your container into your oven at medium heat. You can start melting the soap for 30 seconds at a time. Always check how the soap looks at 30 second intervals. Do this until you have a smooth melted liquid without any soap bumps left. You can also gently stir the melted soap every 30 seconds to make sure that there are no soap bumps left in the mix.
Step 3: Mixing the Oil
Once your soap has been completely melted, it is now time to add the essential oils you have stored for a week. One medium sized bar of soap that can fit the palm of your hand will need about 10 to 15 drops of your essential oil mixture.
While the soap is still in a complete liquid form, gently add drops of your essential oil to the soap while stirring it simultaneously. Be careful when stirring the melted soap, it can be really hot and you wouldn’t want any to spill on your skin.
Now what you are aiming for here, is to have a thoroughly mixed, and completely smooth mixture of melted soap and essential oils without any lumps and bubbles.
Step 4: Molding the Soap
When you are done mixing the melted soap with your essential oil mixture, you can now start putting your melted soap into your molds. But first, you must spread some oil around the mold so that the soap will be removed easily once it hardens.
You can use the excess essential oils you have to add to your molds. If you no longer have any essential oils left, you can use a small amount of cooking oil to spread around the mold.
Once your melted soap has settled into your mold, cover your mold with a clean piece of cloth so that no dust would get in, and you may leave it at rest for an hour. If an hour has already passed and your soap is still a bit soft, you may leave it in the fridge until it completely hardens.
Step 5: Removing the Soap
Once your soap has completely become completely hardened, you may now remove it from your mold. Removing hard soap from your mold can be hard sometimes, and if you scrape it out the mold too hard you might damage the shape of your soap.
You can use a toothpick to pick out your soap from the mold if you are having a hard time getting it out, the small size of the toothpick will ensure that your soap’s shape will not be deformed.
Once you have successfully removed your soap from the mold, you can now start using it on your skin. If you plan to store your soap for later use, or if you are planning on giving it to someone else, you should wrap your soap with a clean piece of cloth or some plastic wrap to keep it from getting dirty.
Mixing Melted Soap
When you are mixing melted soap with other ingredients, you should stir the melted soap as you add your other ingredients. But take note, you should stir the melted soap slowly to avoid the formation of bubbles. If bubbles do form in your melted soap, you may simply spray some rubbing alcohol to the bubbles. Doing so will make the bubbles disappear immediately.
Storing Essential Oils
When you are storing away your stash of essential oils, you should always keep in mind that essential oils evaporate really quick, this means in order to make your essential oils last longer, you must store them in a dark and cool place away from sunlight. If you do not have a drawer or cupboard available, you may cover your essential oil with a thick dark piece of cloth to keep the heat from getting to it.
Who would have thought that making your own soap would be that easy? Take note that you can also use the procedures I mentioned above to create other essential oil infused soaps other than this Tsuga essential oil soap.
If you enjoyed reading and following the instructions on this article, or if you would like to read about more how to tutorials like how to make essential oil candles or what are the different types of essential oils, please leave us your feedback in the comment box below. Until next time, enjoy!