{ eleventh hour handmade }


It is a holiday tradition of mine that something be handmade in the gift department. I used to have the time for everything to have a handmade touch. This year, I supported many other crafters on Etsy for the few gifts that I purchased ... and my little project was handmade soap! With the melt & pour bases and kits they have these days it was really easy once I got the hang of it and I'm impressed with how nicely it turned out. So, if you're still in need of crossing some things off your list, here's the scoop:

  • Melt & Pour Soap Base {Such as goat's milk and aloe vera glycerin base}

  • Clay Powder {I had French Green Clay, Morrocan Red Clay & Kaolin Clay, these are optional}

  • Inclusions/Exfoliants {I used Crushed Grape Seeds & Cranberry Seeds, you could also embed little surprise trinkets}

  • Essential Oils {Try Lavender, Rosemary, Chamomile}

  • Plastic Molds

  • Petroleum Jelly

  • Food Coloring {optional, a little goes a LONG way}

  • Pyrex Measuring Cup

  • Spoon & Knife

{1}Go to Michael's/Hobby Lobby/Your local craft store and Whole Foods/Your local natural grocery, pick up these items and clear the kitchen counter.  {2}Coat the molds with petroleum jelly & wipe out excess.  {3}Cut soap base into one-inch chunks and place in a microwave-safe measuring cup. Cover with paper towel and heat on medium in 30-second intervals, until melted, stirring periodically.   {4}Once melted, stir in clay, reheating in 15-sec intervals if needed. {5}Next add fragrance (and coloring) and a few pinches of exfoliant and stir. {6}Skim bubbles and remove lumps and pour into mold. {7}Let harden for at least two hours, invert mold and pop out your handmade soap!

Of course there are limitless combinations, and hundreds of recipes - experiment and have fun!