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    Since Christmas is almost upon is, we thought we would share with you how to make some Christmas-themed soaps using Stephenson’s amazing soap bases!

    How to make Christmas Tree Soap

    Hello Friends!

    Today’s project utilizes Stephenson’s Crystal WSLES & SLS free soap base and their Crystal SLES & SLS free base.

    What is Crystal SLES & SLS free base, you ask? This perhaps lesser known Stephenson base is used to make transparent soap bars, but it doesn’t contain Sodium Laureth Sulfate or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, which are surfactants often found in soap bases that can sometimes irritate very sensitive skin, so keeping with the theme, we also decided to use the opaque version of the same soap base WSLES & SLS free 

    Now although I don’t have sensitive skin, I thought we would showcase this base anyway since it produces such beautifully transparent soap bars, and just in case you’ve been on the lookout for an SLES and SLS free soap base!


    • Stephenson’s Crystal WLES & SLS free soap base
    • Stephenson’s Crystal SLES & SLS free soap base (or alternatively you could use Stephenson’s Crystal HCVS soap base, as its also beautifully clear)
    • Christmas tree silicone mold for making soap inserts (coming soon to Candle Supply)
    • Bar soap mold
    • Glass bowl with spout/handle
    • Soap colour
    • Mixing wooden stirrer
    • Isopropyl Alcohol

    STEP 1

    Melt down your Crystal WLES & SES free (white opaque) soap base.


    To figure out how much base you’ll need to fill your Christmas tree insert mold or your soap bar mold (later), you can fill your mold with water, and then pour that water into a measuring cup to see how much liquid base will be needed to fill each one, given the number of bars you want to make.

    Cut your base into cubes, toss them in a glass bowl and melt them in the microwave at 15-30 second intervals, stirring between each interval, until your base has melted. Pour your melted base into your Christmas tree mold, allowing them to solidify:

    STEP 2

    Melt down your clear soap base just as you melted down your white soap base. Cut it into cubes and microwave at 15-30 second intervals, stirring between each interval.

    STEP 3

    Colour your clear soap base! I did this in two batches; my first batch I made my clear base green and my second batch I made red. Adding more or less colour will give you a deeper green and red.

    STEP 4

    Working one bar at a time, pour a bit of clear soap base into the bottom of your mold before then placing your Christmas tree insert into the mold face down. This ensures that you have a nice layer of soap filling the front of the bar. Allow your bars to cool. Then finish pouring your clear base into the mold until the tree is covered. You can spray Isopropyl alcohol over the backs of the bars to remove those tiny little bubbles that form.

    EXPERT TIP: Recommend soap colour that is not water based so that the colors do not bleed. However, when putting a white insert into a colour clear soap base, the bleeding is minimal–or possibly doesn’t happen at all.

    I made both red and green soap bars.

    Thanks for visiting today! Stay tuned for some more great soap projects!