It’s one of the things that every single one of your friends and family members use: soap. If you know someone who doesn’t use soap, I bet you wish they did, hehe. Regardless, you know people who know people who use soap.
It feels like I’m feeding you all a really bad pickup line that I need to recovery (quickly) from.
Also in this post: the awkward announcement that everyone I know will be receiving homemade soap for Xmas this year (hi mom! hi dad! dirty much?)
Allow me to redeem myself.
I sat on the couch a few nights ago reading through a copy of Flea Market Style Magazine. In the magazine, there was mention of a company that stopped making an exfoliating soap that apparently everyone loved. Included was a quick DIY recipe that caught my attention. There were so few ingredients, I was shocked. I had no idea making soap was so easy.
On Black Friday I set out to Hobby Lobby to pick up the essential ingredients and although I didn’t find everything I was looking for, I was able to to make a few substitutions. Just like that, I had all the necessary tools to make my own soap at home. A moisturizing shea butter base and a soap mold are the only two ingredients that are mandatory in your soap making, the additives are all optional but allow you to completely customize your soap. I purchased a cheap, plastic soap mold because it was all that was available at Hobby Lobby but I have since then ordered a few silicone molds that make removing the soap from the mold easier. I’ll have to say that I am pretty impressed with the cheap soap molds though, they got the job done! I chose the shea butter soap base because of it’s moisturizing properties and because it works well with the honey and oats that I decided to use in my soap.
In my soap, I added two high-quality ingredients. // My dad recently had a shipment of fresh, recently-harvested honey sent to me from his girlfriends family. Complete with a portion of the honeycomb intact, IT IS AMAZING in color, purity, and flavor, and was a perfect addition to my soap. Honey is naturally antibacterial, full of antioxidants, and it is extremely moisturizing and soothing, which makes it just as good for the skin as it is for the tastebuds. I’m already begging for a second shipment of that honey by the way….
In addition to the honey, I used organic rolled oats that offer a mild exfoliation when the soap is used directly on the skin, and has anti-inflammatory properties which will soothe dry, irritated skin (what’s up Colorado).
- 2 lbs.shea butter soap base
- ½ cup honey
- ¼ cup rolled oats
- With a sharp knife, cut the shea butter soap base into large chunks and put it in a microwave safe measuring cup (something with a handle).
- Microwave the soap base in 30 second increments until it is melted.
- While your soap base is melting, line the soap molds with 3-4 tablespoons of the oats.
- Stir the honey in to the melted soap base and then pour in to the molds (over the oats).
- Allow your soap to set overnight then pop them out of the molds.
The scent of your soap will be determined by the type of honey that you use so choose wisely. I would recommend using a honey that is high-quality and locally sourced.
This recipe will make approximately 4 1/2 lb. bars of soap depending on the type of mold that you choose to use. If you don’t have a proper mold, you can use an old butter container or an empty coffee creamer container. I made a big soap bar for myself in an old coffee creamer container, it’s boss.
Several of my friends have tested my homemade soap and have mentioned how smooth, soft, and moisturized their skin feels with this rich formula. Colorado winter, bring it on. I’m sure your friends will say the same if you hook them up with a bar.
To finish off your soap before gifting, tear small sheets of parchment paper and tape them around the soap. Use twine or ribbon for decorating.