You Can DIY The Geode-Inspired Soaps Taking Over Your Instagram Feed

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If you've been on Instagram lately, you might have noticed that buried under all the black squares and political responses on your feed is another trend: gemstones and geodes. There's crystal lip art, stone-inspired nail polish and highlighters, and, perhaps our favorite, geode soap. It looks as magical and multifaceted as the real thing — and it's fancy as hell. When we heard that these beautiful suckers can actually be DIY'ed, as Allure recently reported, we immediately knew what we'd be doing for holiday gifts this season.

In a blog post, author and Mary Makes Good blogger Mary Helen Leonard walks us through how to craft amethyst gemstone soap from a glycerin base, essential oil, and mica. Is it easy? Not exactly — the process has about as many steps as a Korean skin-care regimen. But the payoff is major: Think of the satisfaction you’ll feel when your white-elephant present has everyone fighting over it. Find the step-by-step instructions for creating rock-candy soap, ahead.

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Step 1
Dice 1 1/2 lbs. of clear, glycerin soap base and melt in a double boiler on the stove top or in the microwave in 30-second increments until it's liquified.
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Step 2
Remove the boiler from the heat and let the melted soap stand for 30 seconds, then add 4 tsp. of lavender essential oil and stir it in slowly.
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Step 3
Pour the soap mixture into six circular soap molds, but don't fill them to the top. You've got three layers total, and each should contain about 1/3 of the mixture. Spritz the soap with rubbing alcohol that’s been decanted into a spray bottle, then let it stand for 2 to 4 minutes or until the top of the soap has formed a thick skin.
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Step 4
Pour about half of the remaining melted soap base into a heatproof measuring cup. Add a pinch of purple and silver mica. Stir well to blend. Pour the mixture into the soap molds, but again, not all the way to the top (about 2/3 of the way) — you've got one more thing coming. Spritz with rubbing alcohol and let stand for 2 to 4 minutes, or until the top has formed a thick skin.
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Step 5
Now add about 1/8 tsp. of purple and silver mica to the remaining melted soap base. Stir well, then pour into the molds to top them off. Spritz the soap with rubbing alcohol and let stand for 2 to 4 minutes, or until the top has formed a thick skin. Refrigerate soap for 30 minutes or until completely hardened.
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Step 6
Dispense the hardened soaps from the molds onto a clean cutting board. Use a sharp knife to slice the bars into 1/2-to-1-inch rectangles. Each rectangle should show three layers of color.
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Step 7
Form the crystals by slicing the tops of each rectangle at random angles to give them a faceted and pointed shape. Mince the remaining pieces into gem dust.
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Step 8
After cleaning the double boiler, dice the remaining soap base and add it to the pot to melt. Once melted, add the remaining essential oil and silver mica and stir well.
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Step 9
Pour the melted soap base into the six soap molds. Spritz with rubbing alcohol, then immediately begin stuffing the molds with soap crystals and gem dust. Be generous. The more crystals each soap contains, the more sturdy the finished soap will be.
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Step 10
After the soaps have cooled and hardened completely, remove them from the molds. Wrap them in airtight cello bags or Saran wrap.
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