Making your own homemade soap adds a unique, creative flair to anyone you’re giving a gift to. These homemade soaps include hemp, chocolate, and mango – there are five flavors to choose from.
Homemade soap is a particularly good gift for gardeners, who are always washing their hands and often worry about keeping their hands soft. Think Mother’s Day, or even Valentine’s Day…
If you’re giving soap to a gardener, here’s a quip to write in the card:
“Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity.” ~ Lindley Karstens.
Making soap isn’t as complicated or time consuming as you think! And as Ann Bramson writes in Soap: Making It, Enjoying It, “Where the hard pastel-colored bars sold at the drugstore are anonymous and indifferent, homemade soap has character. It charms…it smells good…feels good…is comforting in ways which manufactured soap can never be.”
If you like the idea of natural, organic, hand poured soap but don’t have time to make it, check out NaturOli’s Soap Nuts and Soapberries.
Homemade soap is a good gift for people who:
- Have to wash their hands often.
- Aren’t concerned about using a specific name brand soap.
- Like knowing where their products come from.
- Enjoy natural, organic homemade soaps.
- Have soap or skin allergies.
Whether you’re giving soap to a grandparent, gardener, mechanic, or soap connoisseur, your next step is to match the right type of homemade soap to the right person…
Honey Oatmeal Soap
A couple of months ago my mom sent me this homemade soap in the mail; I loved using it every morning in the shower. And, the oatmeal works as a great exfoliator. I’ve used it all up already! The easiest way to make homemade soap is with the “melt and pour” method. You will need one bar of natural plain lye soap, 1 cup of rough ground oatmeal, 1 teaspoon of honey and 5 tablespoons of water. Grate the bar of lye soap into small pieces then add the honey and water and cook until melted. Next, add the ground oatmeal to the melted soap and mix continuously until the oatmeal is evenly distributed. Pour it into any soap molder, paper cups or bowls and let it sit to cool. Place in in the fridge for 24 hours and presto! The next morning your soapy gift will be ready.
Shea Butter and Mango Soap
Shea butter is known for its healing and moisturizing properties. Mango smells great. Put them together and you get an excellent soap! For this recipe, use the same basic set of instructions as with the honey and oatmeal soap. But, add 2 tablespoons of Shea butter, 2 tablespoons of mango butter, 1 teaspoon of olive oil, and 1 teaspoon of coconut oil. You can also add drops of fragrance to your soap depending on how strongly you want it to smell. The same goes for synthetic dyes, which brighten up your homemade soap. But be careful — some people react to the ingredients in artificial colors.
To learn more about making soap, read Soap Maker’s Workshop: The Art and Craft of Natural Homemade Soap.
This homemade soap is perfect for chocoholics – or people who love chocolate, but can’t eat it. Use the basic instructions, but add 2 tablespoons of cocoa butter, 2 of Shea butter, 1 teaspoon of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder. This one works well with 2 tablespoons of chocolate fragrance oil — it makes this soap smell great.
Rose Petal Soap
For something that looks extra special and is also a great Valentine’s Day gift, add to the melted lye soap: 2 tablespoons of rose oil, red food coloring and chopped up fresh or dried rose petals. This homemade soap looks great wrapped in cellophane with red ribbon or a silk rose on top.
Hemp oil is known to moisturize, heal skin, and fight inflammations. It also has anti-aging properties so it’s a perfect ingredient for soap you make yourself! Add to your soap mix: 2 tablespoons of hemp oil, 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, 1 teaspoon of olive oil and your choice of essential oils (sweet orange or eucalyptus work well).
Add an extra special touch to your soapy gifts by wrapping the soap in some color coordinating gift-wrap and ribbon.
Also – if you’re giving a gift to someone who loves natural bath products, you might be interested in How to Make Homemade Facial Scrub.
Do you have questions or thoughts on making homemade soap as a gift? Comments welcome below…