Handmade Glacier Soap

Handmade Glacier Soap

One of my most popular soaps is the Glacier Soap. Inspired by my love for icebergs, I created a soap that not only looks like an iceberg but also provides great benefits for the skin.


  • 2 pounds white melt and pour glycerin soap base
  • 2 pounds clear melt and pour glycerin soap base
  • 1 ounce shea butter
  • 1/2 ounce coconut butter
  • 2 teaspoons sweet almond oil
  • 3 teaspoons Iceberg Vodka
  • Blue and aqua Lab colors
  • Fresh-scented fragrance oil (or your preferred scent)
  • Rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle

Note: I purchase my supplies from New Directions. They offer great prices and fast service.


  • Double boiler or a special pot for melting soap
  • Silicone molds or plastic containers
  • Two pots for melting soap


Step 1: Melt the Clear Soap Base

  1. Prepare the Double Boiler:
    • Boil water on the stove using a double boiler setup.
    • Cut the clear soap base into chunks for faster melting.
  2. Melt the Clear Soap Base:
    • Melt the clear soap base in the double boiler. Do not boil; just melt and stir until smooth.
    • Remove from heat once fully melted.

Step 2: Mix the Clear Soap Base

  1. Add Ingredients:
    • Stir in 1 ounce of shea butter until fully melted.
    • Add 1/2 ounce of coconut butter and mix well.
    • Incorporate 2 teaspoons of sweet almond oil and 3 teaspoons of Iceberg Vodka, mixing thoroughly.
    • Add 3 squirts of fragrance oil and 1 squirt each of blue and aqua Lab color. Mix until the color is uniform.
  2. Pour into Molds:
    • Pour the colored and fragranced clear soap base into silicone molds or a plastic container.
    • Spray the surface with rubbing alcohol to eliminate bubbles and help layers adhere.

Step 3: Melt the White Soap Base

  1. Prepare the White Soap Base:
    • While the clear soap is setting, melt the white soap base in the double boiler.
  2. Add Ingredients:
    • Once melted, add the same amounts of shea butter, coconut butter, sweet almond oil, and Iceberg Vodka as before.
    • Mix well and add fragrance if desired.

Step 4: Layer the Soap

  1. Pour the White Soap Base:
    • Quickly and carefully pour the white soap base into the blue clear soap base, ensuring the clear soap is still liquid but slightly firm. This helps create the layered iceberg effect.
    • Pour the white soap with a bit of force to help it integrate into the clear soap.
  2. Repeat Pouring:
    • Pour the white soap into several areas, aiming for corners or different sections to create a unique pattern.
    • Spray with rubbing alcohol between pours to help the layers adhere.

Step 5: Set and Cut

  1. Firm Up:
    • Spray the top with rubbing alcohol one last time and allow the soap to fully firm up.
    • Once set, remove from the molds.
  2. Slice and Enjoy:
    • Cut the soap into desired sizes and enjoy your Glacier Soap.

Additional Tips

  • Benefits: Adding shea butter, coconut butter, and sweet almond oil provides excellent moisturizing benefits for the skin.
  • Astringent: The Iceberg Vodka acts as an astringent, making this soap suitable for both men and women, even though it was originally intended as a men’s soap.