Embedded Carnation Melt and Pour Soap Bars

Embedding smaller soap bars within bigger soap bars is an easy way to make a truly impressive bar of soap. You’ll be surprised when you learn how simple it actually is to do.

embedded carnation melt and pour soap bars

Take these stunning embedded carnation melt and pour soap bars for example. All that is required is a couple of soap moulds, some melt and pour soap base, and a little bit of patience.


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What You Need to Make Embedded Carnation Melt and Pour Soap Bars

Melt and Pour Soap Base

Melt and pour soap is sold as large blocks that you can cut up and then weigh out the amount of soap you need.  You will need two types of melt and pour soap base to make embedded carnation melt and pour soap bars, a clear base and a white base.

For this project, I used 100g of clear melt and pour soap base and 25g of white melt and pour soap base to make 1 bar of soap that weighed approximately 110g.  The quantities listed above includes ~5% wastage.

Soap Moulds

To make an embedded melt and pour soap project you need at least two soap moulds – one for the embed and one for the main soap bar.

I used this deluxe Carnation Silicone Mould for the flower embed and a Hexagon Silicone Mould for the main bar, but you can use any flower or geomectric-shaped moulds as long as the embed will fit within the main bar of soap.

Soap Colouring

Technically you could make this bar of soap without any colouring, a white flower and a clear background would suffice. However I think the carnation flower stands out much better on a coloured background, so I used coloured mica to tint a thin background layer of soap.

Essential Oils or Fragrance Oils

Scenting your soap is optional, but most of us prefer a pretty smelling soap bar.

Some fragrance and essential oils can cause clear soap bases to go ‘coudy’ which means you may not be able to clearly see the carnation embed once your embedded carnation melt and pour soap bar has set.

For this reason you may want to leave your clear base unscented and only add fragrance to the flower embed and the coloured background layer.

For this project, I used a blend of Bergamot, Patchouli and Geranium essential oils at a ratio of 3:3:1, but you can feel free to use your favourite combination of essential oils or your preferred fragrance oil.

If you are looking for ideas, check out my list of perfect essential oil soap scents.

a blue hexagonal soap bar with a white carnation embedded in the centre

Small Glass Beaker

When attempting a project that requires only small amounts of soap base to be melted, it’s important to have the proper tools.  I don’t recommend trying to melt 25g of soap base in a 500ml or 16oz jug.  The soap will be spread too thin and will probably set before you are able to pour it, or even worse, burn.  You can melt larger quantities to avoid this, but you will need to be able to pour it into another mould or it will end up going to waste.

So if you need to find a smaller vessel, a small sauce dish or pinch bowl can work, but a 50ml or 100ml glass beaker is better. 

A small glass beaker allows you to melt small amounts of soap base without a large amount of wastage, plus beakers have a pouring spout which will give you more control over your pour than any small vessel without a spout.

Rubbing Alcohol or Vodka in a Small Spray Bottle

Spraying the soap with alcohol once it’s poured will remove any bubbles sitting on the soap’s surface. Spraying alcohol between soap layers helps them adhere together.

Additional Items Required

Kitchen Scales – I’ve used grams in this recipe because the amounts are easier to manage compared with ounces.  Most kitchen scales these days are interchangeable between grams and ounces.  Check your scale’s instruction booklet for how to change you scale to measure in grams and then change it back when finished. 

Glass Measuring Jug – You will need a larger (500ml/16oz) measuring jug to melt the white clear melt and pour soap base.  I have a separate glass measuring jug dedicated to creative projects (soap making, lotion bars, lip balm etc) to avoid any cross-contamination of non-ingestible ingredients with food.  I recommend you do the same. 

Metal or Bamboo Skewer – Skewers are super handy for stirring and can be easily cleaned or disposed of.  A wooden popsicle stick or disposable spoon will also suffice. 

Paper Towel – Make sure you have some paper towel on hand for cleaning up (there may be drips) and for resting your skewers on after stirring.

Tray or Bread Board – Positioning your soap moulds on a tray or bread board allows for easy transportation while the soap is still setting if necessary.

Microwave or Double Boiler – Melt your soap base in either a microwave or a double boiler.

three coloured (blue, purple, orange) hexagonal soap bars with white carnation centres

How to Make Embedded Carnation Melt and Pour Soap Bars

Weigh out your 25g of white soap base and cut it up into small cubes. Put it in a small glass beaker in a microwave or double boiler.

Position the carnation mould ready to be filled. Putting it on a tray or breadboard allows for easy transportation while the soap is still setting.

a 50ml glass beaker filled with small cubes of white melt and pour soap base sitting on a bamboo board next to a carnation soap mould and a wooden popsicle stick

Melt your soap base as per the instructions. Add the soap scent (if applicable) and mix well.

Carefully pour your soap base into the carnation cavity. To limit air bubbles in your soap, bring the pouring spout down to touch the edge of the cavity so the soap runs down the wall of the cavity and slowly fills the mould.

Spray the surface of the soap with alcohol to get rid of surface bubbles.

Let the soap set overnight (12hrs) and then peel back the silicone mould to release the carnation soap.

Weigh out 80g of clear soap base and cut it up into small cubes. Put it in a microwave safe jug or double boiler.

Position the hexagonal mould on a tray or breadboard, ready to be filled.

Melt your soap base as per the instructions. Add the soap scent (if applicable) and mix well.

NOTE: Some fragrance and essential oils can cause clear soap bases to go ‘coudy’ which means you may not be able to clearly see the carnation embed once your embedded carnation melt and pour soap bar has set. For this reason you may want to leave your clear base unscented.

Pour your melted soap base into the hexagonal mould. Spray the surface of the soap with alcohol to get rid of surface bubbles.

Allow the soap to cool for a minute or two, and then carefully place the carnation soap bar upside down in the centre of the hexagonal mould. Ensure the the carnation is sitting level with the layer of clear soap.

Set the soap aside to cool until the clear soap base has set solid (3hrs).

Weigh out the remaining 20g of clear soap base and cut it up into small cubes. Put it in a small glass beaker in a microwave or double boiler.

Position the hexagonal mould containing the clear soap base and the carnation embed on a tray or bread board, ready to be filled.

Melt your soap base as per the instructions. Add the soap colouring and soap scent (if applicable) and mix well.

Spray the surface of the existing solid soap in the hexagonal mould with alcohol. This will help the next layer you are about to pour adhere to the existing solid layer.

Pour the coloured, melted soap base into the hexagonal mould to the very rim. Avoid letting it overflow. Spray the surface of the soap with alcohol to get rid of surface bubbles.

Set the soap aside for 24hours to set and harden.

Once set, peel back the hexagonal silicone mould to reveal you beautiful embedded carnation melt and pour soap bar.

Recipe Variations

Why not try a different shaped mould or a different colour combination like these pink and orange carnations set against a white background in a circular mould.

two round soap bars with a carnation embedded in the centre, one pink, one orange.

Printable Tutorial for Embedded Carnation Melt and Pour Soap Bars

embedded carnation melt and pour soap bars

Embedded Carnation Melt and Pour Soap Bars

Time to level-up your soaping skills with this tutorial for embedded carnation melt and pour soap bars.
Cook Time 30 mins
Setting Time 1 d 15 hrs
Total Time 1 d 6 hrs 30 mins
Skill Level Intermediate
Category Melt and Pour Soap
Servings 1 Soap Bar

Equipment

  • Small Glass Beaker (25-100ml)
  • Glass Measuring Jug
  • Kitchen Scales
  • Bamboo or Metal Skewer
  • Alcohol in a Small Spray Bottle (rubbing alcohol, isopropyl or vodka)
  • Paper Towel
  • Tray or Bread Board
  • Double Boiler or Microwave

Ingredients
  

  • 25 g White Melt and Pour Soap Base
  • 100 g Clear Melt and Pour Soap Base
  • Soap Colouring (I used Mica Powder)
  • Soap Fragrance or Essential Oils (optional)
  • Carnation Soap Mould
  • Hexagon Soap Mould

Instructions
 

  • Weigh out your 25g of white soap base and cut it up into small cubes. Put it in a small glass beaker in a microwave or double boiler.
  • Position the carnation mould ready to be filled. Putting it on a tray or breadboard allows for easy transportation while the soap is still setting.
    a 50ml glass beaker filled with small cubes of white melt and pour soap base sitting on a bamboo board next to a carnation soap mould and a wooden popsicle stick
  • Melt your soap base as per the instructions. Add the soap scent (if applicable) and mix well.
    a 50ml glass beaker filled with melted white soap base and a bamboo skewer sitting on a bamboo board next to a carnation soap mould and a wooden popsicle stick
  • Carefully pour your soap base into the carnation mould cavity. To limit air bubbles in your soap, bring the pouring spout down to touch the edge of the cavity so the soap runs down the wall of the cavity and slowly fills the mould.
  • Spray the surface of the soap with alcohol to get rid of surface bubbles.
    an empty glass beaker sitting on a bamboo board next to a bottle of isopropyl alcohol and a carnation silicone mould full of white soap
  • Let the soap set overnight (12hrs) and then peel back the silicone mould to release the carnation soap.
    a silicone mould filled to the brim with white melt and pour soap base
  • Weigh out 80g of clear soap base and cut it up into small cubes. Put it in a microwave safe jug or double boiler.
  • Position the hexagonal mould on a tray or breadboard, ready to be filled.
    a glass measuring jug filled with cubes of clear melt and pour soap base sitting on a bamboo board next to a hexagonal silicone mould and a white soap carnation
  • Melt your soap base as per the instructions. Add the soap scent (if applicable) and mix well.
  • Pour your melted soap base into the hexagonal mould. Spray the surface of the soap with alcohol to get rid of surface bubbles.
    a glass measuring jug filled with melted clear melt and pour soap base sitting on a bamboo board next to a hexagonal silicone mould, a bottle of isopropyl alcohol, and a white soap carnation
  • Allow the soap to cool for a minute, and then carefully place the carnation soap bar upside down in the centre of the hexagonal mould. Ensure the the carnation is sitting level with the layer of clear soap.
  • Set the soap aside to cool until the clear soap base has set solid (3hrs).
    a hexagonal soap mould filled with clear melt and pour soap base with an upside down white carnation soap positioned in the middle
  • Weigh out the remaining 20g of clear soap base and cut it up into small cubes. Put it in a small glass beaker in a microwave or double boiler.
  • Position the hexagonal mould containing the clear soap base and the carnation embed on a tray or bread board, ready to be filled.
    a small glass beaker of clear melt and pour soap base sitting on a bamboo board with a container of orange mica, a bottle of isopropyl alcohol, and a hexagonal soap mould filled with clear melt and pour soap base with an upside down white carnation soap positioned in the middle
  • Melt your soap base as per the instructions. Add the soap colouring and soap scent (if applicable) and mix well.
  • Spray the surface of the existing solid soap in the hexagonal mould with alcohol. This will help the next layer you are about to pour adhere to the existing solid layer.
  • Pour the coloured, melted soap base into the hexagonal mould to the very rim. Avoid letting it overflow. Spray the surface of the soap with alcohol to get rid of surface bubbles.
    a hexagonal soap mould filled to the brim, the dop layer is orange
  • Set the soap aside for 24hours to set and harden.
  • Once set, peel back the hexagonal silicone mould to reveal you beautiful embedded carnation melt and pour soap bar.

Notes

Some fragrance and essential oils can cause clear soap bases to go ‘coudy’ which means you may not be able to clearly see the carnation embed once your embedded carnation melt and pour soap bar has set. For this reason you may want to leave your clear base unscented.
Tag melt and pour soap
three coloured (blue, purple, orange) hexagonal soap bars with white carnation centres

Enjoy!

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