Look what I made! Homemade Soap for Christmas Gifts! :)
So trying to keep Christmas fun for my great nephews...I thought I'd try to make them homemade soap (melt & pour) and also to test out my 'craft-a-bilty-ness' LOL. I'm sooo not crafty!
It's definitely not as frugal as I'd like it to be and I'm going to end up with more HM soap bars then I anticipated but I figure others may end up receiving it as a gift as well. Kill more birds with one stone!
So far, it has been relatively simple. You buy the block of melt & pour glycerin soap and nuke it til it melts, not boil. Add in essential oils to help scent it and pour into molds and let set til firm.
What they don't tell you is that you should use a wooden skewer, popsicle stick or in my case - half of a pair of take out disposable chopsticks LOL. You need a firm stirring instrument. I figured with a spoon too much of the soap would stick to it and you'd end up with waste vs it in the molds. What they also don't suggest is that you use steel wool to scrub out the hardened soap in your bowl or measuring cup that you used to melt the soap! I also covered my cutting board with a piece of wax paper.
I've guesstimated the cost to be about $5/bar - YIKES!
But that's b/c my 2lb block of soap was $17 and that I spent about $20 in essential oils - 2 scents. I'm afraid of using fragrance oil that may cause an allergic reaction. I will have essential oil leftover for sure! I've also suspended a Hot Wheels car inside 3 of the bars. I figure I'll get 9 bars out of the entire 2 lb block - however I only have 6 molds.
I've attached some pics to share - but these are the pics of before and during...not after. I'll post those later once they've finished setting. (Sorry bout the quality - pics were taken on my cell phone)