How to Make Desert Sage Soap
Brew a natural fragrance to scent your own soap with these step-by-step instructions.
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UNMOLDING, CUTTING AND STAMPING
Materials and Tools:
pencil and paper
goggles or safety glasses
wooden molds lined with cut-to-fit quilter's Mylar
large stainless-steel pot
various glass or plastic pitchers
mini wire whisks
large plastic pitcher for the lye water
stainless-steel spoon for stirring the lye water
alcohol and old socks for polishing cured soap
1. Remove the Mylar-covered soap log from the mold. It may have to be loosened slightly with a thin spatula.
2. Remove the Mylar strips and cut the soap into slices.
3. Gently bevel the edges of the soap with a potato peeler. (Soap that's been beveled has a more pleasing feel than soap that hasn't.)
4. Let dry on a rack for about a day.
5. Pour a bit of mica onto a piece of wax paper.
6. Dip the soap stamp into the mica and press it gently onto the soap.
7. Let the soap cure and harden for about four weeks.
8. Polish the soap bars with an old clean sock moistened with a bit of alcohol.