First, separate your desired amount of melt and pour soap cubes from the bar and place them into your Pyrex measuring cup. This particular doughnut mold used 3 1/2 cubes. You can use chopped up chunks of regular bar soap if you'd like, but you have to add water to it and watch it while it melts — it smells awful when it burns in the microwave.
Then, place the measuring cup into the microwave and heat for 30 seconds until all of the chunks have melted and your soap is smooth. You can heat the soap at additional 10-second increments if necessary. You will want to supervise this part to avoid your youngster being burned.
Now add in your fragrance, if desired, to your melted DIY soap and stir gently to avoid creating any bubbles. There are fragrances sold specifically for scenting soaps, and some even smell yummy enough to eat. As a general rule, 0.4 ounces of essential oil will sufficiently scent 1 pound of soap.
Or, use cocoa powder instead to color and scent your soap, adding 1/4 teaspoon at a time and stirring gently until you reach your desired hue.
Next, place your silicone doughnut mold on a flat surface and carefully pour your melted soap mixture into your mold. Let it set for 40 minutes to 1 hour in the fridge until firm.
Once hardened, gently flex your mold to release your doughnut-shaped soap and set it aside while you repeat the melting process with 1/4 soap cube for the "frosting."
Now, tint your "frosting" soap with food coloring 1 drop at a time, stirring gently until you reach your desired shade.
Finally, carefully pour your "frosting" soap onto a small plate and quickly dip the top of your doughnut soap face down into the wax and remove. Set it aside face up to dry and your DIY doughnut-shaped soap craft for kids is ready to give as a gift or use at home.
Tip: To give as a gift, you can add a few real sprinkles to the top for a little extra pizzazz before the "frosting" soap hardens.
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