If you’re looking for a quick and easy homemade gift, soap is a great solution. I made these lavender soap for my bridesmaids to include in the gift bags I gave them the night before the wedding. It’s so easy to make, but makes an excellent gift because it’s home made, which I think always gives a gift a special touch.
You will need:
Goat’s Milk Soap Base (2lbs or more)
Soap Mold (any shape, I chose a simple rectangle)
Bunch Dried Lavender (mine came from my wedding florists’ shop!)
Double Boiler (I don’t have an actual double boiler, I just created one by resting a bowl inside of a pot with very little water in it)
Soap Colorant (optional)
Cut your soap into small cubes and melt it over medium-low heat in a double boiler. Once the soap has melted completely, remove from heat and stir in your colorant (optional), dried lavender (I used about a handful/maybe two tablespoons worth), and lavender essential oil (about 4 drops), and stir. Pour the soap mixture into your molds and let them cool completely. Once the soap has hardened completely in the mold, just press the mold and the soap should come right out. *It is normal for the dried lavender to float to the top of the soap.
I used the colorant for some of the bars, for others I did not (one I even did half and half). I also wrapped the bars tightly in plastic wrap to keep them fresh until I was ready to gift them. However, because of the organic ingredients (lavender) the soap won’t keep forever, so use or gift it sooner, rather than later.
Sometimes I think if I could quit everything and make soap, I would (although I say that about a lot of crafty things). I don’t think Radar would mind.
Let me know if you try making your own soap!