There is nothing more refreshing than a slice of cold watermelon on a hot summer afternoon and now you can treat your family to the same refreshment in mini-sliced watermelon scented hand soaps. I’ve made these realistic watermelon-looking and smelling hand soaps as gifts tied-up inside sheer organza bags. You will be able to make about 30 hand soaps from a few ingredients, all available at Michael’s Craft Stores.
Watermelon Soap Making Supplies
1 – Cylindrical (half-roll) Plastic Soap Mold, approximately 5″x 10″
1 – tub White Microwaveable Soap Cubes, about 20 soap cubes
1 – tub Clear Microwaveable Soap Cubes, about 20 soap cubes
1 – small bottle Melon Soap Scent
1 – each small bottles of Green and Red Soap Colorant
3 – plastic microwaveable containers, 1 small, 1 medium, 1 large (throw-away containers to melt soap cubes in)
10 – apple seeds
Watermelon Soap Directions
Lightly oil the inside of the Cylinder Soap Mold before beginning and set aside. In the medium microwaveable container melt 2/3 of the White Soap Cubes in your microwave with several drops of Green Colorant and Melon Soap Scent added, according to directions on the soap tub, colorant and scent bottles. Be careful not to burn yourself with the hot melted soaps, and allow to cool slightly before pouring into the cylinder.
Rock the cool melted green soap inside the cylinder rolling side-to-side, allowing it to stick onto the curved sides of the cylinder. Roll until the green soap creates an even coating which will become the watermelon rind. Allow the green rind to cool and harden completely before progressing to the next step.
Next melt the balance of the White Soap Cubes with a few drops of melon scent and allow to cool slightly. When cooled enough to pour out thickly over the green rind, pour and roll back-and-forth to distribute an even coating of the white inner-rind.
The last melting step is the Clear Soap Cubes in the large microwaveable container, mixed with a few drops of Red Colorant and the melon scent. After melting, cool slightly and pour into the soap mold over the white rind, filling completely to the top of the mold.
Prop the entire mold in an upright position under two spaced casserole dishes or pans, to maintain that position until completely cooled over night. When the red soap begins to set slightly, push the apple seeds down along the entire length of the canister staggered for a more natural look.
The next morning your watermelon soap block will be completely cooled, hard and ready to push out of the soap mold when turned upside down onto a flat surface. Carefully peel back the plastic form until it separates and lifts off the soap block. Leaving it flat-side-down cut 1″ thick slices with a large kitchen knife and then cut each slice into thirds creating triangular wedges which can be cut into smaller wedges if you like.
You will end up with at least 30 individual wedges of delightful smelling watermelon hand soap ready to use or give out as gifts. When gift giving toss each soap into a small sheer organza tie-bag or circle of bridal netting drawn up and tied with ribbons for an extra special homemade gift.