DIY Gummy Bear Soaps: Encourage Kids to Wash Their Hands

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Learn how to make these fun DIY gummy bear soaps using a gummy bear soap mold and any other soap mold of your choice. This easy melt and pour soap recipe makes a fun family project when you’re stuck indoors. Plus it’s a great way to encourage kids to wash their hands.

So, my son bought me an awesome Boozy Bears gummy bears kit this past Christmas. It came with a gummy bear mold and mixes for making cocktail flavored gummy bears in margarita, mojito and martini flavors. While I’ve yet to buy the alcohol I need to actually make these – it’s a future project, I swear! – I did finally use the mold. After all, a silicone gummy bear mold is, in essence, a gummy bear soap mold!

For this project, I want to show you how to make individual DIY gummy bear soaps using a gummy bear soap mold. You can either use these soaps individually, or embed them into soaps. (Check that out further down.)

To fill an entire gummy bear soap mold (like  this one) you’ll need 1 oz. (by weight) of melt and pour soap. Alternately, .1 oz. of glycerin soap base makes 5 gummy bear soaps. Easy peasy.

In addition to the gummy bear soap mold, I also used this round silicone soap mold. Each individual cavity in this soap mold holds 3.25 oz. (by weight) of melt and pour soap. Therefore, to fill the entire mold, you will need 26 oz. of soap. Of course, if you are embedding the DIY gummy bear soap into the soap in this mold, you should deduct the weight of the number of the gummy bear soaps used from this total.

To make different colored gummy bear soaps, you’ll need to make each soap color in batches. Once you decide on a color, you’ll also need to figure out how many melt and pour gummy bear soaps you’d like to make. To fill the entire tray with one color, you would use 1 oz. of soap. Alternately, .1 oz. makes five soaps. 

Begin by cutting the clear soap base into chunks. Then weigh out the amount of soap you need to make the desired number of gummy bear shaped soaps.

Heat the soap base in the microwave in 20 second increments until melted. Stir the soap after each heating to help prevent overheating.

Once melted, add a tiny amount of the chosen soap colorant, per manufacturer’s guidelines. Mix well to evenly incorporate the color throughout the melted soap.

Now add the fragrance oil or essential oil you’ve chosen to scent your melt and pour soaps. If using a fragrance oil, refer to manufacturer’s guidelines for skin safe usage rates. You do not want to exceed the maximum amount.

Once combined, pour the soap into the cavities of your soap mold. Then, spritz the freshly poured soap with isopropyl alcohol.

Isopropyl alcohol, or rubbing alcohol, will help to remove any air bubbles that may appear. Generally, you want to choose a rubbing alcohol with the highest percentage of alcohol you can find. However, the lower concentration will also work.

Once the soap has fully hardened, remove your soaps from the mold.

Wash out the soap mold, then repeat the previous steps for the next color of your choice.

Continue making new soap colors until you have the desired number of colors and the amount of soap you’d like to use for soap embeds.

Once complete, you are ready to use your colored soaps as embeds in the melt and pour soap crafting projects of your choice. Alternately, you can also use these mini soaps as single use soaps.

I embedded my gummy bear soaps into a round silicone mold to give them a mini pool party.

I thought they turned out super cute. You can learn how to embed your DIY gummy bear soaps here using different sized molds to create your own one-of-a-kind soaps.

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