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Decorative Soaps

Decorative Soaps for Fall and Winter

These DIY, vanilla and spruce scented, decorative soaps are beautiful and functional. Use them at home to impress your guests this holiday season!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Curing Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 8 soaps
Author Katie Vance



  1. Begin making your decorative soaps by placing a glass pyrex measuring cup in a small saucepan of water on low heat.

  2. Cut the melt and pour soap base into small pieces.

  3. Allow it to melt, stirring very gently, occasionally. Try not to stir very much as too much stirring can create bubbles in the soap.
  4. Once the soap is completely melted, remove the pyrex measuring cup from heat using a potholder.
  5. Measure in mica and stir well.
  6. Add in essential oils and stir well again.
  7. Pour into soap molds. This recipe made me eight (0.5 ounce) pine cone soaps.
  8. Allow soap to cool gently, about 1 hour. Place in the freezer to help soap cool faster and for easier unmolding.
  9. Unmold soap and allow to dry fully (about 24 hours).
  10. Store your decorative soaps in a cool, dry place until you are ready to use it.


I prefer my vanilla spruce soaps to be more on the "spruce" smelling side, but if you would rather have a sweeter smelling soap, you can always add 10 drops of vanilla oleoresin and 25 drops of black spruce essential oil. That will shift the balance to be sweeter and less coniferous.