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On a white background with a glittery turquoise foil strip sits two soaps with a dark base, blue middle, and white frothy waves with a shark cresting out of the waves. Overlay text says DIY Shark Soaps Shark Week Activity

DIY Shark Soaps

Create adorable soaps that look like sharks cresting out of the waves of the ocean.

Servings 6 soaps

Supplies

  • 1.25 lbs clear melt and pour soap Cut into cubes
  • 2 tsp barrier reef scented oil
  • 1 tsp blue mica soap dye
  • 1 tbsp biodegradeable cosmetic glitter optional
  • 2 tbsp dried orange peel
  • 1 cup whipped soap base
  • 2 tbsp liquid vegetable glycerin
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch

Instructions

  1. Add 1/4 pound of the clear melt and pour soap to a measuring cup. Melt in the microwave in 30 second bursts, stirring and repeating until completely melted. Mix in the dried orange peel.

  2. Spray the molds with rubbing alcohol to prevent bubbles forming, then pour the orange peel soap mixture evenly into each of the 6 cavities. Spray the top of the soap with rubbing alcohol. Let it dry for at least 30 minutes or until completely hardened.

  3. Add remainder of the clear melt and pour soap (1 pound) to a measuring cup. Melt in the microwave in 30 second bursts, stirring and repeating until completely melted. Set aside a 1/4 cup of the soap. Mix in the barrier reef scented oil, blue mica and blue cosmetic glitter.

  4. Spray the top of the orange peel soap layer with the rubbing alcohol to prevent bubbles and to help the layers adhere to one another. Pour the soap mixture into your mold, evenly into each of the cavities. Spray top of mixture with rubbing alcohol to prevent bubbles on the top of the soap. Allow it to harden for at least 3 hours or until completely firm.

  5. Carefully remove the soaps from the mold. Set out on your work surface. I like to cover the area with parchment paper or wax paper while working.

  6. Making and using the whipped soap topping required that you work quickly. Have everything laid out and ready to ensure you are able to work efficiently. Start by adding whipped soap base and glycerin to a mixing bowl for your mixer. A mixer is best, but in a pinch you can use a hand mixer. Mix for 1 minute.

  7. Fold cornstarch into the mixture to avoid it dusting up when you use the mixer. Add the remaining 1/4 cup of melted clear soap base to the mixture. Mix again for 1 minute.

  8. Continue to beat the soap until the mixture forms peaks, like when you make a meringue. If your frosting is not stiff enough, add a bit more cornstarch and mix in. Repeat until the mixture is fairly stiff.

  9. Add the whipped frosting to your piping bag. Spray the soaps with rubbing alcohol. Now pipe frosting onto your soap is wave like patterns. You must work quickly as the frosting will begin to harden after about 5 minutes.

  10. As soon as the whipped soap topping is added, place your shark in the waves. Let sit for 30 minutes. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.