Soap inside soap - how to use embeds

by Liz Beavis

The best thing about making your own soap is having fun with different techniques.  Once you have mastered basic soap making, its very easy to play around with different ingredients to create unique soaps.  For example, embeds, which is just soap inside a soap, are very simple and effective method to make a soap a little be special. 


What is an embed?

An embed is just soap that you put into your soap batter before it sets, to create different shapes and colours within your soap.  You can buy special moulds to make small soaps for embeds - for example stars or hearts.  Some mould are long and thin to make one continuous embed (that you can cut into small pieces if required) and others are more like ice-cube trays to make several smaller individual embeds (which you can place end-to-end in a loaf soap if you want a continuous embed.  You can also just cut finished soap bars into different shapes - long and thin, chopped up confetti or even thin curls.



How to make embed soap?

You will need to make embed soap in two steps - first make the embeds, and when they are ready (hard enough) you can make the bulk of the soap and insert the embeds when the batter is still fluid.

The best effects come from using contrasting colours, so take some time to plan ahead what you want from the soap.  You can make the embed and bulk of the soap from the same recipe (with different colours) or different recipes, and you can use difference fragrances or leave the embeds unscented (then you can put them in a variety of different soaps without affecting the final result.

You can use embeds in loaf soaps as a surprise in the centre of each bar, or you can stick them into the top of loaves or single soap moulds (or both!).  

Embed are so easy to use and limited only to your imagination, so experiment with different shapes and colours to see what you can make.

The soap pictured above is my Black Magic soap (recipe available in eBook below) with stars made from two different moulds.  The orange is from annatto seed, made in a long thin star mould.  The green is indigo powder in individual star moulds (silicon ice-cube trays).


How can I find out more about Natural Handmade Soap?

If you want to make your own soap, I have an eBook with basic recipes to help you get started, including natural colours and fragrances.



Can I buy fancy Natural Handmade Soap with embeds?

Soaps with embeds, swirls and other fancy techniques are perfect for gifts, wedding favours, baby showers and other special occasions and they are lots of fun for me to make!  You can order them from me by special arrangement, so please contact me to discuss your requirements.





Have you tried make soap with embeds or any fancy techniques?  What is your favourite?


Other posts about soap:

How to avoid soaping mistakes
How to rebatch soap in a slow cooker
How to use water discount in soapmaking
Natural handmade soap with tallow
Natural handmade tallow soap recipe: big beer 
Natural handmade tallow soap recipe: black magic
Natural handmade tallow soap recipe: coffee grounds
Natural handmade tallow soap recipe: goat's milk and honey
Natural handmade tallow soap recipe: neem oil soap and salve
Natural handmade tallow soap recipe: pure tallow
Natural handmade tallow soap recipe: salt spa
Natural handmade tallow soap recipe: shaving bar
Natural handmade tallow soap recipes: bath soap and cleaning soap
Natural handmade tallow soap recipes: pink clay and greeen herb
Rendering beef tallow in a slow cooker
Soapmaking resources and books
Why use natural soaps and salves



  • JennyP

    Best wishes to you all for a wonderful Christmas and spectacular 2019

  • Liz (Eight Acres)

    Chel the main reason it took me so long to try embeds was just struggle to get organised and make the embeds in advance! But now I know how easy it is, you can have your embed mould ready to take any overflow from soaps that don’t fit in the mould and use them later :)

  • Chel

    Liz, I love the contrast of the embeds with the black soap. I must make some more embeds and experiment. You really do need to plan ahead I must say :-)

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