DIY Soap for Gifts

Posted by bridalbuds on Jun 02, 2009

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I have really enjoyed making simple soap this winter.  Here is a soap that I made to give to the organizers of my bridal showers.

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Goat's milk soap with lavender flowers and oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • Goat’s milk soap suspension formula (about $15/block from Michaels)
  • Lavender flowers (I got mine at Michaels, but you can find these in many other places)
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Soap colouring (not sure if it’s the same as food colouring…seems that way!)
  • Oats (from the kitchen!)

Equipement:

  • Microwave-safe bowl
  • Silicon baking mould.  I used a bread mould which had a decorative pattern on the bottom.

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1: Melt soap

2: Add flowers, essential oils, colour and oats

3: Pour into mould

4: If you want to prevent bubbles on the soap surface, spritz with a spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol (I never do this…lazy)

5: Once hardened (2 hours approx), cut into bars

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With these soaps, even though I was using a suspension formula, I found the oats went to the bottom and the flowers went to the top (reversed when you flip the soap over).  I liked this look…made it a bit more ‘home made’ looking.

For packaging, I wrapped a few layers of nice handmade paper around each bar, and tied with raffia.  Before wrapping the soap with paper, I wrapped it in a light plastic wrap.  I would have rather not used the plastic wrap, but was worried that the soap would leave oil stains on the paper (possible).

I can’t wait to give these little soaps to anyone helping out with my wedding plans and parties.  Give it a try!