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How to lovingly make adorable soaps everyone will love

How to lovingly make adorable soaps everyone will love

Now is the time to lovingly make these adorable gift soaps everyone will love!

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Making soaps and lotions.2015

Thanksgiving is fast approaching which means Christmas is only around the corner. I remember it was last year around this time that my millennial children descended upon us.  They were lovingly doting and warming up our empty nest.  There was so much excitement that we got to spend the precious next several days together.  Oh what to do? There’s hiking, late harvesting of herbs and fruit, peeling apples for pies, and all the prepping that goes into the “to die for” gravy, stuffing, “Aunt Gertrude” Corn Pudding, sweet potatoes, fresh cranberry, and all that entails with cooking Thanksgiving feast together. I could already smell all the ingredients and the rich turkey aroma wafting in the air. And of course, let us not forget the one of our most treasured times making candles, soaps, lotions and potions together with my daughter.

My husband and I raised the kids with the love for the outdoors and make things from natural ingredients to enhance our quality of lives. Since the kids were young, three years old on up, I’ve involved them in helping with baking, cooking, how to “finger knit”, roll beeswax candles, paint, making pottery with clay. As they got older, I involved them in tasks to match their finer motor skills like peeling carrots, measuring ingredients, collecting and cracking fresh eggs, hand stitching, knitting, pouring soaps and candles. 

Soaps and lotions making

So it was natural that we went hiking the morning after their arrival and when we came home, it was soaps and lotions making time! This was one of the most treasured and enjoyable time together, as the four of us gathered in the kitchen, the girls making soaps and the boys prepping ingredients for Thanksgiving dinner.

I brought out my arsenal of beeswax beads, essential oils, emulsifiers, sheya and cocoa butters, tins for lotions, tubes for lip balms, molds for soaps.  We made many items to last us the whole year as well as hostess gifts.

Hands down though, this recipe to make Sweet Almond Honey Oatmeal is the best one, and it love has only a few ingredients (we found on Pinterest by essentiallyeclectic.com.)

Sweet Almond Honey Oatmeal Soap

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INGREDIENTS:

1. Goat Milk Soap Base 10 ounces - (that comes in a block that can be easily cut into small cubes for melting makes the soap wholesome)

2. Vitamin E - 2 pills for moisturizer

3. Honey - 2 Tablespoons for antimicrobial, antioxidant and humectant

4. Raw Oats - about a 1/4 cup (Exfoliator)

lovely soaps in the making

DIRECTIONS:

  • Instead of using a double boiler which I didn’t have, I used a Quart size Mason Jar to melt the soap base. I simply put the chunks into the jar and immersed it into a pan, at almost boiling point, filled with water half way to the jar (Note: water in the pan NOT in the jar with the soap base). 
  • Alternatively, you can melt it in a bowl covered with a paper towel and set it for 20 to 30 seconds intervals, checking and stirring in between. 
  • I sacrificed my plastic chopsticks to stir and they remained in my soap making toolkit. That’s the reason I prefer using my Mason jar because it stays in my supply kit as well and can be re-used the next time I make soaps.  This way I don’t have to worry about cleaning additional tools and equipment each time. 

Adding Oats:

  • Add the oats to the amount of your preference
  • Stir evenly

Adding Vitamin E:

  • Cut the capsules with a scissor and pour in the oil
  • Mix thoroughly

Pour the "batter" into either purchased soap molds or different sizes of disposable tupperware types. We experimented with the small Tupperware and it turned out unexpectedly beautiful, like a nice rounded soap bar you buy in the shops. (See picture)

VARIATIONS: We made three different variations of this recipe, Sweet Almond with Oats, Lavender, and Rose. Each time using the same soap base, adding different essential oils and toppings.  See below.

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Sweet Almond Oil with Oats. Follow instruction

Lavender Oil (In addition to the Vitamin E Oil, substitute the Almond for Lavender essential oil, and substitute the oats with Lavender flower seeds)

Rose Oil (Used Rose essential oil with dried rose petals instead of the Almond oil and Oats)

  • At this point, you can do different variations like I’ve shared earlier. Keep the vitamin E oil, just substitute the Almond oil and the Oats for the variations that you like to try, either Rose or Lavender.

Soaps from molds

Cooling and Dislodging from molds:

Using Tupperware as molds

  • If you have room in the refrigerator, place the mold flat to speed up the solidifying process, if not, place it on a cool and flat surface to dry, and out of the way of pets and children
  • Dislodging: When the soaps are solid, turn the molds upside down over a rack lined with wax paper and twist the mold to release the soaps. This is the moment of your glory!

PACKAGING:

This is the funnest part for me! I waited till the soaps are completely dried the next day and wrapped them in a variety of ways that you can see from the pictures.

  • Brown baking wax paper and tied it with fabric ribbons, twine, or raffia
  • Wrapped with wool and this can be used with the soap as well

I give some of these soaps to my grown children, keep some for our use, and have given them away as Hostess gifts. Almost a year later, after my 3 batches of soaps, I still have 3 left in my inventory. They are overwhelmingly lovely to use at the kitchen and at the bathroom sinks. 

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Hope you’ll try and make these for your use. I’m sure you’ll love them as much as I do. This is a great time to make some and give them away as gifts!

Get these adorable FREE hand-designed and printable gift tags to go with your adorable Oat Milk Soaps here: http://eepurl.com/clK9nj

How are you making soaps now and do you have any tips or recipes you's like to share? Good luck on trying this recipe and let me know how it works out. 

Bonus!

Here is a bonus video on how to roll your beeswax candles for year round or holidays tables.

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1. Beeswax Sheets: 1 sheet of beeswax makes 2 column or tampered candles

2. Candle wick: 1/2 yard of wick for 2 candles

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