Free Ombre Melt & Pour Soap Tutorial


It’s so fun when a fashion trend translates perfectly into glycerin soap crafting! Like the “ombre” effect, which is a pretty color fade that is being used in everything from dip dyed shorts to hair color effects. Getting a perfect fade in soap might seem tricky, but with a simple technique you’ll get gorgeous results every time.

I see these soaps as a very elegant wedding or bridal shower favor, or a pretty way to add color to enhance your fragrance choice. This is also a handy technique to add to more complex designs!

Supplies: Makes 4 bars

  • 4 oz of clear soap base, cut roughly into 1” cubes
  • 12 oz of white soap base, cut up
  • Pastel mica colorant of your choice
  • Fragrance oil of your choice
  • 4 cavity soap mold (I used Milky Way guest rectangle)
  • Spray bottle with rubbing alcohol
  • Stir sticks, mini paper cups, 2 cup heat-proof measuring cup, microwave

ombre soap first step

First we will color a small amount of clear soap with mica powder. The powder must be dissolved before adding to soap or else it will clump. To do this, spray some alcohol in a small paper cup (about ½ teaspoon). Stir in a pinch of mica powder and stir well. Melt 1 oz of clear soap base. Pour into the cup of mica solution and stir well. For this effect, I suggest using less color than you think you should. A blush of color is what we’re going for.

ombre soap middle step

Now spray the inside of your mold with alcohol. Pour just enough colored soap to coat the surface.

Next quickly tilt your mold and prop it up on something like a book or magazine. Not more than 1/2” tall.

ombre soap last step

The colored layer is so thin that you must be super careful that your white soap is not too hot. Melt 12 oz of white soap base. Stir in 1 mL of fragrance oil per bar of soap you are making. Allow to cool in cup until thickened, spray hardened soap in mold with alcohol, and top off with white soap.

Allow soap to harden and unmold!

If you get a chance to make this project, we’d love to see pictures! If you like Debbie’s style, check out all the different projects from Soapylove.



5 Responses to Free Ombre Melt & Pour Soap Tutorial

  1. Diana Baker October 5, 2015 at 5:29 pm #

    Thank you for this easy to follow tutorial. It will come in handy during the holiday season.

  2. Lisa Thorstenson October 7, 2015 at 2:23 pm #

    I’ve never dabbled in melt + pour soap but have been tempted many times. Some of those soaps are like little works of art. This look like a very fun project. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Angela October 7, 2015 at 2:23 pm #

    I do melt and pour soap with elementary students. Thanks for a new project idea!

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