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Making Soap

 

 

Merry meet.

We all need a bit more magic these days, and soap is one way to add magic to your life without it being noticed.

I never liked messing with lye, so I found two easy options. Briefly, one is to grate bars of soap, melt, add ingredients and pour into molds. The second way is to buy the soap base from craft stores, melt, add ingredients, pour into molds. It’s that easy.

 


(image: soap with oatmeal)

 

Directions for the latter are on the package, so I’ll step through the first lazy method.

[1] If you choose to use botanicals, sprinkle some in the bottom of each soap mold, then spray with 90% rubbing alcohol to give the top a smooth finish. Non-toxic, plant-based biodegradable glitter, a bit of oatmeal or other ingredients can also be added to the mold before spraying. In addition to soap molds, you can use cupcake tins, or silicone baking molds.

[2] Using a grater, grate several bars of an unscented soap – the more natural the better.

[3] Heat the chips in a crock pot, microwave or double boiler until the soap melts.

[4] Allow it to cool slightly, then add coloring, essential oils and other ingredients.

[5] Stir and pour into molds. Using a measuring cup helps.

[6] Spray top of soaps with more alcohol.

[7] Let harden before removing.

 

About the only difference with the soap base is you don’t have to grate it. Those are the mundane steps to which you can add your magic in many ways.

  • Have an intention in mind when making the soap – it could be anything from attraction to protection.
  • Select botanicals and scents to match that intention.
  • Choose a special time to make your soap, such as a phase of the moon, sabbat, or a day associated with a particular deity.
  • Focus on what you wish to accomplish, stirring the soap mixture deosil to invoke and widdershins to banish something.
  • If you plan to tint your soap, choose a color that aligns with your intention.
  • Each detail will amplify the magic infused into the soap.

 

(image: soap with coffee)

 

The soaps pictured were made using a shea butter soap base on a full moon – with coffee to invigorate, and oatmeal to nurture and heal.

Because heat compromises the integrity of essential oils, add them as late as possible.

In addition to being able to clean your physical body, the magic you add can help cleanse your energetic and spiritual bodies. Use it to wash off all the icky sticky negative stuff and watch it wash down the drain and out of your life.

The type of magic you put into your soap can be pretty much anything. For self confidence, you might consider some combination of orange, jasmine, bergamot, and cedarwood, oils and botanicals. Tinting it a bright pink will encourage self confidence, while red adds strength and grounding.

Lavender flowers and oil – alone or with chamomile – reduces stress.

Coloring the soap blue would offer serenity.

To lift your spirits, yellow is a great color for soap. Oils and botanicals to add to the mix can be one or more of the following: lemon, peppermint, frankincense, cinnamon, ylang-ylang, and rose.

When you want to connect more with your intuition, purple is your color choice. White sage, rosemary, lavender, cedarwood, clary sage, patchouli, frankincense and myrrh all work as oils and powders.

As a final note, sometime between pouring the mixture and using the soap, you might say something along these lines, which were inspired by those used by Sandra Kynes in her book on essential oils:

By water, earth, air, and fire, may this soap bring my desire.

By north, south, east, and west, may its purpose by you be blessed.

May these ingredients work for me, so mote this intention come to be.

 

 

Merry part. And merry meet again.

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About the Author:

Lynn Woike

thewitchonwheels.com

All my life I have known magic was real. As a child, I played with the fae, established relationships with trees and “just knew things.” In my maiden years I discovered witchcraft and dabbled in the black-candles-and-cemeteries-at-midnight-on-a-fullmoon magick just enough to realize I did not understand its power. I went on to explore many practices including Zen, astrology, color therapy, native traditions, tarot, herbs, candle magic, gems, and, as I moved into my mother years, Buddhism, the Kabbalah and Reiki. The first man I dated after my divorce was a witch who reintroduced me to the Craft, this time by way of the Goddess. For 11 years I was in a coven, but with retirement, I have returned to an eclectic solitary practice. When accepting the mantle of crone, I pledged to serve and teach. This is what I do from my skoolie – a 30-year-old school bus converted into a tiny house on wheels that I am driving around the country, following 72-degree weather, emerging myself into nature, and sharing magic with those I meet. Find me at thewitchonwheels.com, Facebook and Instagram.