(I should start off by saying that I was going to try this out with my nine-year old; but as luck would have it, my 4 year old daughter saw it and INSISTED on crafting with Mommy. So, she was my test subject for this one!)
When I opened the kit, I found almost everything I needed to get started. The kit includes:
- White coconut soap base
- Clear glycerin soap base
- 3 soap colors- blue, red, yellow
- 2 soap fragrances (strawberry and melon)
- One mold that has 4 shapes
Following the included directions, we broke off some squares of white soap base (they are scored, so it’s easy to do) and melted the soap in the microwave for about 40 seconds. I
removed it from the microwave and allowed my little one to choose her color and fragrance- and then I helped her pour it into the molds. (I found through the process that I needed 2 or 3 containers to melt the soap in the microwave, and some craft sticks for stirring.)
One batch, and we were hooked! Soon my little one was saying “the next time, I want it to smell like strawberries and be BLUE, and put it in the square mold!” Even though this is a pretty basic kit, there are plenty of options as far as shape, mixing secondary colors, and fragrance.
I have to admit, we got so excited I pulled out some silicon baking molds I purchased from a big-box store and used it to make heart and star shaped soap inclusions!
All in all, for the price point, this is a lot of fun! It wasn’t even particularly messy- after all, we were making soap so the cleanup was easy, just using water. Our hands did get a little stained with the red dye, I’ll admit. However, we were able to make over a dozen soaps and my daughter is excited for our next soapmaking day!Google+