A bit of a belated post, really I should have put this up before Christmas. Unfortunately I couldn’t as it’s actually a gift idea which needed to be secret.
Making people presents can be a bit hit and miss…..some are well….more desirable than others……Despite that I decided to make soaps and inflict them on my unsuspecting family as a Christmas gift. I actually think they turned out quite well, plus it was really easy to do. Hence I am documenting it here.
I bought the elements from a specialist site but you could easily assemble your ingredients separately.
The basic soap.
Dye and fragrance
I made two types – rose and lavender.
The process is very easy. First you chop and gently melt the soap using a bain marie.
Then allow it to cool slightly before mixing in the dye and ingredients. I found that it was best to add quite small amounts as it was easy to overdo it.
Then you gently pour them into moulds. I did buy some specialist moulds but I also tried some cup cake moulds I already had and they were far better. A couple went wrong, for example not filling the mould enough or adding too many ingredients which all just settled at the bottom. Those I gently re-melted, amended the mixtures and allowed to set again.
I let them set overnight before popping them out.
Then I wrapped them in some festive paper and basically that’s it. Very very easy.