Alex & Eliza Blog Tour Stop: Soap Making DIY!
Welcome, friends and followers, to the Alex & Eliza blog tour hosted by Penguin Young Readers! Inspired by the love story of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler, this historical fiction novel is a swoon-worthy romance of two individuals against the backdrop of the fight for American independence. You can find my review of Alex & Eliza and its sequel, Love & War over in my Reviews!
I thought I'd switch things up a bit this time with a fun DIY tutorial! Have you ever wondered how to make soaps in the comfort of your own home, with ingredients you can pronounce, and fun, customizable fragrances? I certainly have, but I was always daunted by the prospect of using lye- mostly because of that scene in Fight Club where Brad Pitt demonstrates the chemical's flesh-eating properties. Nope. No thanks.
But no worries! There is a method of soap-making called "melt and pour" that is surprisingly easy and is a fun project for the whole family. You'll just need a few ingredients and you can whip up a batch of soap in less than fifteen minutes! This recipe is inspired by Alex & Eliza, but you could certainly customize the ingredients and additives to your own preference or favorite literary characters.
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1. Cut your soap base into smaller chunks and put inside a microwave-safe bowl or measuring cup. For this DIY, I only used 1 lb of soap base, which created four bars of soap. I separated my chunks of soap into two microwave-safe pitchers because I planned on making different batches for Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler.
2. You'll microwave your soap first at 30 seconds, stir, and then in 10-second increments until all of the soap is fully melted. You want to heat your soap base in increments so that it doesn't burn.
3. Act fast here! Your soap will harden quickly depending on the temperature of the room that you're working in. Color your soap by adding a few drops of skin-safe coloring. Since the soap base is white, your colors will come out a bit pastel unless you add a ton of coloring, so keep this in mind. I went with five drops of blue coloring for Alex's soap and five drops of pink coloring for Eliza's.
4. Now, add your oils and fragrances. The rule of thumb is that you should use 1oz fragrance oil for every 1 lb of soap base. I first added castor and fractionated coconut oil to my soap base for added skin benefits. Then, I added a few drops of Night Air and Amber fragrance oils for Alex's blue soap. The combination smells so calming, with just a dash of masculinity. Alexander Hamilton was such a smooth talker and incredibly charming, so I think this scent combination suits him. For Eliza's soap, I added lavender essential oil and vanilla fragrance for a touch of sweetness. She is headstrong and tomboyish, but also undeniably beautiful and "best of wives and best of women."
Stir. Depending on your preference, you can add your herbs and flowers here as well. If you choose to mix your flowers in your soap base, it'll give a nice fragrance throughout the entire bar of soap and act as exfoliants as well! Personally, I'm going to add them to the tops of my soap as decoration instead.
5. Pour your melted soap into the mold. I prefer silicone molds because the soaps pop out very easily. Tap your mold to get rid of any bubbles.
6. Add flowers, herbs, and any other additives to the tops of your soaps.
7. Let the soap sit for about 30 minutes and they should be ready to pop out of your mold and ready to use!
And there you have it: a quick and easy craft that you can customize for any of your book fandoms and favorite scents! The bars are quite large and will last you several weeks as long as you make sure to keep it in a soap dish that drains easily.
Need more Alex & Eliza goodness? Be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour and these other amazing bloggers hosting tour stops:
ALEX & ELIZA: A LOVE STORY
4/2 – Quite the Novel Idea – Creative: Hand-lettering Piece
4/3 – Lo’s Lo-Down on Books – Spotlight
4/4 – Bette’s Pages – Creative DIY – Alexa & Eliza Inspired Soaps
4/5 – The Gypsy Road – Review
4/9 – Booklovers for Life – Spotlight + Review
4/10 – Just Reading It – Spotlight
4/11 – The Heart of a Book Blogger – Book Aesthetics
LOVE & WAR: AN ALEX & ELIZA LOVE STORY
4/16 – The Blonde Bookworm Reads – Review + Spotlight
4/17 – The Clockwork Bibliophile – Review + Insta Post
4/18 – Reading with Wrin – Review
4/19 – A Page with a View – Favorite Historical Fiction Reads
4/20 – BookishNel – Creative Photos + Mini Review
4/23 – Librariel Book Reviews – Review
4/24 – Teachers Who Read – Review
4/25 – The Plot Bunny – Creative
4/26 – Fiktshun – My Top 10 Favorite Things about Love and War