It is difficult for me to tell you exact amounts of oils to use because I do it by scent, but if you tell me how much soap you are using in ounces or pounds and what oils, I can help
Here is my class handout:
Scent, color, and shape soap using: pure essential oils, herbs, and spices.
1.Melt your MP soap base in a double boiler or in a microwave.
2.Mix small amount of coloring agent with small amount of melted soap and/or small amount of hot water. Mix well then add to the rest of the soap. Add more if needed.
a.Natural coloring agents for soap
i.Spices and herbal powders including: Cinnamon, Clove, Tumeric, Red Henna, Beet Powder, Powdered Basil and Parsley etc. Experiment with different herbs, spices, and amounts. They must be ground finely in order to blend well.
i.This varies in amount quite drastically depending on the pure essential oils you use. Some oils, such as Rose, are very strong. I would start with a few drops, mix well, and smell it. Go by your own preference, you can always add more! Other oils, such as Sweet Orange, are very subtle and you can easily add quite a bit before reaching a desired concentration. This is where blended scents come in very useful. If you are new to essential oils, I recommend buying the Aura Cacia pre-blended scents to get started. If you are already familiar with oils, some nice blends are:
1.Lavender Clary Blend-Relaxing: 3 parts Lavender to 1 part Clary Sage
2.Romantic Blend: 1 part Rose to 1 part Sandalwood
3.Fresh Citrus Blend: 2 parts Orange to 1 part Lemon to 1 part Tangerine
Some oils can be harsh on the skin if used in too high of a concentration, so please read the warning indications and test a small sample of your product before using or giving as gifts. Be especially aware using oils if you are pregnant, suffer health problems, have allergies, or if you are using oils such as Peppermint or Eucalyptus (both of which are very strong and should be used in small concentrations)
Once your soap is stirred well, and meets the scent strength you desire (assuming it is still melted at this point, if not, re-apply just enough heat to re-melt) Then it is time to shape the soap with molds.
i.Soap molds can be purchased from local craft stores, or found within your home!
ii.Use what you have! Old Tupperware containers work well if they are shallow enough to break the soap out with a little bend. You can use long containers and cut the soap once it is hardened , or individual containers as well. Use your imagination!
iii.Decorative hand soaps for single use: Try dipping a silk flower petal or leaf into some clear Melt and Pour soap base. Let it dry, and layer several of these on a plate to display next to your sink. Your guest will love the individual soaps (they are intended for one use in the shower) or as decoration.
iv.Let the soap harden most of the way, then hand pack it into circles. This creates a very homemade look, but your timing must be just right to mold it without creating a mess. ƒº
d.Wrapping soaps: These melt and pour soaps should be wrapped/packaged to prevent the glycerin moisture from escaping.
i.To give the soap as a gift, try wrapping it in clear wrap first, then sticking a homemade label onto the wrap. Hand made or computer printed, it will be charming!
ii.A piece of fabric over the plastic wrap is another lovely touch to decorate a soap. Tie it with a ribbon or raffia, and you have a rustic looking homemade gift.
iii.Get creative! Look for ways to give your soap as a fun gift! Give soap in soap dishes, in wooden crates, in re-usable containers etc.