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