Handmade Seashore Soap

Handmade Seashore Soap

This soap reminds me of sitting on the wharf with my feet dangling into the water, watching the waves crash around the shore. The sea foam clung to the rocks as I scanned the area for broken shells, hoping for a dolphin to swim into the harbour. It was a magical time back then. To recreate that memory, I came up with the idea for Seashore Soap.


  • 1 pound white soap base
  • 2 pounds clear soap base
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Poppy seeds
  • Aqua and blue Lab colors
  • Fresh-scented fragrance oil
  • 1 tablespoon coconut butter
  • 3 tablespoons shea butter

Note: I purchase my supplies from New Directions.


Step 1: Prepare the White Soap Base

  1. Melt the White Soap Base:
    • Use a double boiler to melt the white soap base. Be careful not to boil it.
    • Once melted, add 1 tablespoon of coconut butter and 2 tablespoons of shea butter.
  2. Add Color and Fragrance:
    • Add 1 drop of blue Lab color and 2 drops of aqua Lab color to the melted soap.
    • Add a squirt of your chosen fragrance oil.
    • Mix well and pour into a mold.

Step 2: Prepare the Clear Soap Base

  1. Melt the Clear Soap Base:
    • While the white base is setting, cut the clear soap base into small cubes to melt it faster.
    • Melt the clear soap base in a double boiler.
  2. Add Ingredients to Clear Soap Base:
    • Once melted, add 1 ounce of shea butter and 3 tablespoons of coconut butter.
    • Mix in 1 drop of blue Lab color and 3 squirts of fragrance oil.
    • Pour the clear soap base into a cup.

Step 3: Combine and Layer

  1. Prepare for Pouring:
    • Spray the set white soap layer in the mold with rubbing alcohol. This helps the layers adhere.
  2. Pour the Clear Soap Base:
    • Perform a hard pour of the clear soap base over the white soap layer. Don’t be gentle; ensure it adheres properly.
    • Add 1 squirt of aqua Lab color to the remaining clear soap and stir well.
  3. Final Pour and Finish:
    • Spray the soap in the mold again with rubbing alcohol.
    • Pour the remaining colored clear soap over the first layer.
    • Sprinkle poppy seeds on top.

Step 4: Set and Slice

  1. Allow to Firm:
    • Let the soap fully set and firm up.
  2. Slice and Enjoy:
    • Once firm, slice the soap into bars.