This was supposed to be a Valentine’s Day Craft.
I had the idea all ready in my head, all of the ingredients in my stash.
I only needed 1 more thing: a flexible mold of about 5 inches.
Turns out nobody bakes 5 inch cakes.
I looked in every store I could think of, both offline and online. No flexible mini cake molds to be found.
Not wanting to accept my defeat I decided to improvise. And as it happened the lid of my tub of Shea butter had exactly the right size!
Everything seemed to work out exactly like I wanted. Until the point where the massage bar had to come out of the rigid mold. Every single time the emoji cracked into pieces. Over and over again.
After what felt like a million attempts I decided to give it 1 more go. And I’m glad I did. After the massage bar had cooled down a miracle happened.
It. fell. right. out.
So because love should be celebrated all year round I decided to share this amazing craft anyways!
What I used:
Different colors of mica
This recipe makes 1 massage bar. If you want to make more you can easily double or triple this recipe!
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For the Eyes
To make the heart shaped eyes I used 1 tablespoon of cocoa butter, 1 teaspoon of Shea butter and a dash of pink Mica.
Melt the cocoa butter and Shea butter in the microwave or in a double boiler. Make sure the mixture is completely melted but not piping hot.
Add a pinch of pink or red mica. I tried other things like food coloring, soap coloring and even beet root powder but mica worked best in the end.
I really recommend investing in a small bag of pink mica, it’s great to make tinted lip balms and lip gloss!
I divided the mixture to make several small hearts. To stop the mica from sinking to the bottom I put them in the freezer to cool down.
For the Mouth
To make the smile of the emoji I used 1 tbsp. of cocoa butter and 1 tsp. of Shea butter again. I didn’t have any dark colored mica so for this one I used a pinch of dark cocoa powder and it worked great!
For the round shape of the mouth I filled a flexible cupcake mold with the mixture and put it in the freezer to harden. Once it was ready I cut the circle in half.
For the Face
As the base for this lotion massage bar you need to make the face.
For this I used 3 tablespoons of cocoa butter and 1 tablespoon of Shea butter. Depending on the size of your mold you can double the ingredients.
The cocoa butter already has a yellow color but to make it brighter I added a pinch of gold mica. Stir well and set the mixture aside.
Make sure the base mixture is completely melted but not hot. Otherwise the colors of the eyes and mouth can start to bleed.
When the hearts and mouth are cooled down place them into your mold. I really recommend using a round flexible mold for this! See life lessons above Put 2 hearts for the eyes and 1 smile in the middle.
Carefully pour the yellow mixture in between the eyes and mouth until the entire mold is covered.
Don’t move it until it starts to cool. Once it looks half done move it to the fridge to make sure both sides cool evenly for the best effect.
Once it looks hard pop it out of its mold!