Thanks to Stephanie Blogger @ Henry Happened I am sharing a great ( and easy ) soap tutorial using the herbs growing in your garden. Great gift idea for kids to give to there mothers this upcoming Mothers Day. I know myself I personally love getting things my boys make me over store bought gifts.
Glycerin soap (sold at craft stores)
Assorted herbs & citrus – Stephanie used basil, mint, rosemary, orange and lemon
Glass bowl or measuring cup
Plastic spoon or scraper
Soaps molds – any plastic or cardboard container will do
1. Melt Soap
2. Prepare Additives
While melting, puree the herbs and squeeze out excess water in a paper towel. For citrus, zest the peel. You’ll need about 1 tablespoon of additives for each cup.
FYI – Orange + basil = an unattractive muddy green brown color. I like the combination of Lemon & Rosemary , Lemon & Mint or just plain Orange Zest by itself.
3. Get Mould Containers Ready
You can buy cute moulds at the craft store, but any plastic container will work, even your Ziploc containers. Though you might want to use something you can just pitch in the recycle bin when finished rather than trying to clean. Use old milk cartons or even yogurt cups. Spray with cooking spray and wipe out excess.
4. Add Purees
Once glycerin is melted, let it stand & cool for a few minutes. Before it sets too much, add the additives. Keep stirring to ensure they don’t all float to the bottom. When you have the color you want (more time stirring = darker color) pour into container.
5. Setting The Mould
Let the soap sit on the counter for about an hour to completely set. Then put in the freezer for another hour or so. Then it should pop right out. Slice with knife, give to someone you love and use within 3 months.
6. Gift wrap
By Nellie Lee Luhrmann