Have you ever seen those adorable little soaps in the shape of a flower, or a star, or some other cute little shape? I have! One of my favorite gifts to make is little soaps. They’re so easy to make and they don’t require many supplies. I love to add flowers to add a touch of color, and they also add health benefits! Lavender is used in aromatherapy and aids in relaxation. Roses are often used for their conditioning effects on the skin. Both have lovely aromas and the colors are beautiful! These gifts are the perfect way to pamper yourself. And, since my friends and I all enjoy a bit of pampering, it’s a nice gift to give for such an occasion!
Here’s what we’ll need:
- soap bars – I used Ivory soap bars (pack of 3 for $1.24 at Wal-Mart)
- silicone mold – these can be found on Amazon, but I got mine at a thrift shop ($2.99)
- optional – flowers (I chose roses – $.59/oz).
- optional – oil (I chose an olive oil and sunflower oil blend – $1 at the dollar store)
We’ll also need:
- microwave safe container (I’m using a large glass measuring cup)
- cutting board
- measuring spoons
- something to stir with (I used a rubber spatula and a popsicle stick)
Total: $4.23 (no options or tax); prices go up to $4.82 – $5.82 with options
If you’re not sure where to get the items on this list, this blog post is a great place to get ideas on where to shop!
Here’s what we do: optional steps in blue
- Cut your soap bar(s) into cubes – they don’t need to be very small, but just smaller than the huge block it comes in
- Place your cubes of soap into your microwave safe container – melt them down in 10-15 second increments in the microwave until the cubes are completely melted and/or smooth. Note: Watch your soap very carefully! If you’re having trouble melting your soap into a more liquid state, add a little bit of water to help it get smooth. I ended up having to use this method with my Ivory brand soap, but you may not have to.
BEFORE being melted AFTER being melted
- Once melted, add 2-3 teaspoons of your flowers and stir
- Add 1-2 tablespoons of your oil and stir
- Pour (or press) soap mixture into silicone mold – let it sit overnight to harden. If you want them to be extra stiff, place them in the fridge or freezer. If you have to press them into the mold, the bottoms may look kind of rugged. You can trim the soaps once they harden completely by running your knife along the edges
- Once the soap has dried, turn silicone mold over and press lightly on the back of each soap mold to release it. Be careful with this step – you don’t want to break your soap
- Place soap(s) into baggie – since mine are going to be pretty small, everyone is getting two little soaps. The size of the soaps all depends on the mold you use. I’m making two small soaps per baggie – one bag has an extra one because I made an odd number of soaps
- Cut one piece of ribbon to tie the baggie shut. You can add more ribbon for decoration, if you’d like
- Run edge of knife or scissors along ribbon to make it curl
All you’ve gotta do now is give the soap to your friends! Yay! This is a cute gift to give for any occasion, and it’s suitable for all ages!
How’d yours turn out? Did you choose to use flowers, oil, or both? What kind of flowers and/or oil did you use? Let me know how yours turned out!
Thanks for reading!