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Peony Melt & Pour Soap Recipe

I've been really into all things pink lately. This happens to me every year when the Valentine decorations start popping up in stores -- pink, white, red, and all things lacy and heart-shaped. So. Freaking. Pretty.

It's probably due to the fact that January is such a dreary month, and I'm desperately looking forward to spring. So I created a little bit of spring in a tiny, delicate soap bar that I adore. I knew I had to share it with yo.

It's a super simple recipe, and a great introduction to melt and pour soap making. Even brand new soap makers can do this. So try it. You'll love it.

Here's what you'll need:

1 lb. white melt and pour soap base

Red liquid soap colorant (food coloring works, too)

Red cosmetic glitter, optional

Peony fragrance oil (use only fragrance oils meant for soap making. I used  this one for this  recipe, but feel free to substitute whichever fragrance you like.)

Flower soap mold (or whatever soap mold you have. Silicon muffin pans work great too.)

Spritz bottle of rubbing alcohol

Step 1:  Cut your soap into approximately 1" chunks. Place in a pot and gently warm over low heat until the soap is completely melted.

Step 2:  Stir in 8 drops of red soap colorant. I was going for a pale pink for this soap, but feel free to use more or less colorant to get the exact shade of pink that excites you. If you're adding glitter, do it now.  Make sure you use cosmetic grade glitter, not craft glitter. It's too scratchy.

Step 3:  Remove from heat and stir in 2 teaspoons Peony fragrance oil. Stir until just mixed.

Step 4:  Pour into each of the cavities of your mold. Immediately spritz the surface of your soap with rubbing alcohol, to burst any air bubbles that formed on the surface.

Step 5:  Let set undisturbed until your soap is completely cooled and set. This takes a few hours.  Once the soap is cool, press firmly on the underside of your mold to release your bars. If your bars are sticking in the mold, let them set a couple more hours and try again. This usually does the trick.

Aren't they pretty?  Enjoy your lovely peony soaps!  I'm hoarding mine.

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