Guest post | Seaweed soap tutorial

by contributor on January 21, 2012

in Guest Blogger, Home+Decor

Seaweed Soap Tutorial by Lisa Maliga

Lisa Maliga has been crafting soap since 1998. She’s the author of the e-book The Joy of Melt and Pour Soap Crafting. More information about soap, bath & body products and ingredients can be found at her blog.

Seaweed Soap is fun and easy to make. This recipe was created due to loving anything oceanic! Dried seaweed contains lots of minerals so it’s good for you. It can be found at any Asian market. Nourishing extra virgin olive oil is suitable for all skin types. Lavender and lemon essential oils add a touch of zest and make this soap smell clean and fresh!

Ingredients:

  • 32 ounces clear soap base
  • Dash of green mica
  • 6-8 pieces dried seaweed
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1.5 teaspoons lemon essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon lavender essential oil

Equipment:

  • Double boiler OR two cooking vats. The larger one will be on the bottom and contain the water and of course the smaller one will be used to melt the soap.
  • You can also use a saucepan and a glass measuring cup.
  • Kitchen scale
  • Teaspoons
  • Cutting board
  • Large knife
  • Paring knife
  • Wax paper
  • Cling wrap
  • Wooden spoon OR chopstick
  • Alcohol in a spray mister
  • Wavy edge soap cutter
  • Mold: 3 part Ziploc divided rectangle mold

Instructions:

  1. Place broken up pieces of seaweed into mold.
  2. Slice the soap base into small cubes.
  3. Just before the soap is almost fully melted, add the green mica.
  4. Add extra virgin olive oil.
  5. Add essential oils. Make sure all the ingredients are well mixed.
  6. Pour slowly into molds.
  7. Spritz away bubbles with rubbing alcohol.
  8. Allow soap to harden in fridge, freezer, or remain at room temperature.
  9. Remove from molds and place on sheet of waxed paper.
  10. Make sure soap is at room temperature before cutting and wrapping.
  11. You may want to cut the largest chunk of finished soap into 2 to 4 slices. A wavy edge soap cutter is recommended.
  12. Wrap in cling wrap and label.
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1 Seanna Lea January 21, 2012 at 4:47 pm

I used to make a lot of melt and pour soaps. I never thought about putting seaweed in it. Is the seaweed used from sheets of nori?

2 Lisa Maliga January 22, 2012 at 11:44 am

Seanna Lea,
I used dried pieces of seaweed but you can definitely use nori.

Happy Soaping!
Lisa

3 Mike January 22, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Thanks for the tutorial. This looks great. I love the green color…and the addition of the olive oil is something I’ve never thought of using in melt-and-pour soap. I’ll have to try it.

4 Cassie January 23, 2012 at 6:32 am

oh i want to try this!! thanks for sharing xx

5 Hometipster.com January 26, 2012 at 2:37 am

I have to admit I would never have thought about making soap out of seaweed. Interesting.

6 Stella July 4, 2012 at 12:27 am

It’s very pretty soap and I’m inspired to do some more soap making soon from looking here tonight.

7 lydza February 17, 2013 at 12:20 pm

hye there, can u tell me the benefit of this seaweed soap and how long can we use this soap?

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