I LOVE Bramble Berry’s round sphere soap mold. I think it makes the most adorable round soaps that perfectly fit in your hands. I love using the sphere soap in the shower because it massages my muscles, giving me a deep tissue massage as I use it. (Date night idea!  😉 ) This recipe is for a cranberry soap design perfect for the upcoming holidays.

This is an updated blog post from four years ago – originally posted here. It has always been one of my favorite soaps to make.

Check out these adorable felted Christmas sweater ball soaps by Holly Port. Wouldn’t these make adorable gifts for the holidays!?

For more holiday soap designs, check out my eBook 10 Holiday Inspired Cold Process Soap Design Projects eBook.

Cranberry Fig Soap Recipe

This recipe fits two of the sphere molds from BB.

Apricot kernel oil – 2 oz
Avocado oil – 2 oz
Coconut oil – 8 oz
Olive oil – 9 oz
Shea butter – 1 oz

Lye – 3.17 oz
Water – 4 oz

Cranberry Fig FO – 1.2 oz
Fuchsia LabColor (diluted) – 15 drops

Safety Warning: This recipe is for soapmakers who have a basic knowledge of the soapmaking process and know the correct safety procedures to use when handling lye. If you are new to soapmaking, visit our free soap making guide or check out our Basic Soapmaking eBook. Be sure to wear safety goggles and gloves while soaping.

Step 1 – Create your lye solution and set aside to cool.

Step 2 – Weigh and melt the coconut oil and shea butter.

Step 3 – Add the liquid oils to the melted oils. This helps to cool the temperature of your base oils down.

Step 4 – Add your fragrance or essential oils to the base oils. Add the fuchsia lab color.

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Step 5 – Once your lye solution and oil mixture are down to 90° F, bring your soap to trace.

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Step 6 – Pour into your molds.

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Step 7 – Let them sit overnight. I wanted mine to gel so I put them onto a heating pad and covered with a towel until they gelled.

Step 8 – After 24 hours, remove them from the molds.

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Step 9 – They can require a bit of cleanup.  Simply take a knife and cut off the nub.  You can then smooth it down with your finger.

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Aren’t they adorable! You could twist these soaps in tissue paper like an old fashioned candy to give as gifts.

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Happy Soaping!

-Amanda Gail