Monday, April 16, 2012

DIY Han Solo Soap

Oh blog, how I've missed you....*pets*

Luckily, my test is over! Unluckily, I'll probably have to retake it in October. It was so hard! Either way, I have at least six weeks to wait before the results come out. Glurgh. By the way, open letter to the proctor who gave me a hard time because my signature didn't exactly match the one on my driver's license: when you are newly married and signing the stupid card at the DMV, how are you supposed to predict how your signature is really going to turn out?! /vent

So! I have a lot to catch up on...How about we make some soap? Some Han Solo in carbonite soap!

Friend E bought us the super awesome Star Wars Han Solo ice cube tray for Christmas, and with a couple Michael's 40% off coupons, we picked up a 2 pound block of opaque glycerin and some essential oil.
Simply set up the trusty double-boiler pot-in-pot, and melt some soap! (We used three "segments" of our 2 pound box. Roughly 3 ounces.)
I bought the green tea cucumber essential oil, it smells so good! It reminds me of the cucumber melon scented body splash I had as a teen. So fun.

We put in three drops once the soap was melted.
Mix, and pour into the mold!
I read somewhere that spraying alcohol on the soap and mold helps take care of the bubbling, but I didn't try it this time. It didn't seem too bad, but it's not the most even either.

We left it to cool while we went grocery shopping, and popped them out easily once we returned (A half hour or so).  Silicone molds are heavenly.
So funny!

The little guys are too small to really be used as soap, but I had leftovers. I might melt them down again to make more of the big ones, though unfortunately I can only make one at a time! I think I should learn how to make my own molds while we're at it.
Sak thinks maybe I should add color to the soap to make the relief stand out more, but something about coppery, metal colored carbonite soap freaks me out.  Soap should look like it makes you cleaner, right?  If I added a little red just to the "Han" part of the soap, would that help? Or would it just look like a scary bloody man coming out of a door? Haha.
Anyway, the soap works pretty good, and leaves your hands smelling nice and cucumber-y afterwards! I plan to let them sit out for a day or so to sufficiently dry out and harden.  A perfect gift for May 4th, yeah? :)

Next I want to try making oatmeal soap, it's my favorite! Do you have a favorite soap type?

(Update!)  I tried again, this time mixing red, yellow, blue and green food coloring to get a brownish color.  It's not too unappealing, and actually makes the relief stand out much better!
diy han solo carbonite soap

han solo carbonite soap diy


  1. So fun! I watched SW for the first time as a kid and didn't understand the carbonite thing, I always just thought Han Solo got melted. So this is super funny to me. :)

  2. Coolest soap ever!!!! Glad to have you back!

  3. Awesome project! Where did you get your essential oil? I always think about making soap for gifts but don't really know where to get supplies. I'll keep my fingers crossed that you passed your test :)

    1. Michaels had them in the soap/candle making section..a bunch of different scents for 3.99 each (reg price). They scan phone coupons now, which is really convenient!

    2. Nice! Thanks for the tip :)

  4. Oh that's so awesome!! You need a SHOP up, stat!!! :)

  5. I had trouble signing my married name on my license, too!! It was on one of those awkward screen things with the terrible quality stylus, and I started running out of room for my new longer name that I wasn't used to signing yet. :-)

  6. This is awesome!! I agree, you need an Etsy shop or something!

  7. that is so cool. i love that carbonite hans solo smells of green tea cucumber.


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