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You don't need to have a bubbling cauldron or a degree in chemistry to make your own soaps. Homemade soaps are made with natural ingredients and tools you may already have at home. Aside from being able to pronounce what you're putting on your skin, you can tailor homemade soaps to suit your personal preferences. For example, make lemon balm soap to moisturize your skin, help reduce stress and help you get to sleep. It's time to stop paying a fortune for skin care products that include chemicals and preservatives; tap into your inner enchantress and concoct soaps with a natural appeal.
Cut the melt & and pour glycerin soap base into 1/2-inch cubes. Don't worry about being exact, just try and make all of the cubes the same size so they'll melt the same. You'll need about 2 cups of the soap cubes to make a few bars of lemon balm soap. The yield depends on the size of the molds.
Chop 1/4 cup of fresh lemon balm into fine pieces. Again, don't worry about being a perfectionist, it's OK if some pieces are larger than others. Set the chopped lemon balm aside.
Place the cubed chunks of soap into a microwave-safe bowl or glass measuring cup. Cover the container with clingy plastic wrap; this will help keep the moisture from escaping.
Melt the soap base on high in the microwave for 40 seconds. Remove the container and stir the chunks. Continue to heat the soap base on high in the microwave for 10 second intervals until the chunks are completely melted. Remember to stir after each 10 second heating. When all the soap is melted, take it out of the microwave and remove the cover.
Add a few drops of lemon essential oil into the melted soap. You don't have to use lemon oil, but the lemon fragrance goes hand-in-hand with the lemon balm soap. It's your soap, so if you prefer lavender or some other fragrance, go for it.
Sprinkle in 1/4 cup of freshly chopped lemon balm into the melted soap. Add 1/4 tsp. of yellow soap dye into the mixture. The yellow dye is another "you choose" option. Color your lemon balm soap chartreuse if you like. Stir the soap until all the ingredients are blended well.
Pour the lemon balm soap mix into a soap mold, and let it sit for a few minutes. You should see bubbles rise to the top of each soap bar. Spritz the top of the soap mixture with rubbing alcohol to remove the bubbles. Let the soap get hard in the mold before you remove it. This can take up to two hours.
Pop the soap bars from the mold. Wrap each bar in clingy plastic wrap, and store them in a cool, dry spot.