This year I want to be all about making presents for people. It’s not because I don’t want to spend the money, in fact sometimes homemade can end up more expensive than shop bought. It’s just that I LOVE receiving a gift that someone has put time and effort into making and now that I have more time on my hands (for now) I want to be able to give my friends and family presents that are a bit more unique and personal … made with love I’d say!

So the first birthday of the year is that of my sister in law Danni. She has two kiddies, my niece and nephew Sienna and Reece, and I know that she could do with some ‘me time’ … as in ‘her time’ not time with me! haha! So I decided to make her a pamper package. The first thing that I made was handmade soap. I saw a few on Pinterest  and I thought I’d give a cheat version a go first by melting down a plain bar of soap and adding some yummy treasures to it! Here’s how I did it …

Stage 1 – I got a plain bar of Dove soap from Boots.com as I know its great for all skin types

photo 2-8I then cut the soap into smaller pieces so that it would melt quicker. It’s also great to use slithers of leftover soaps from around the home (but probably not for a gift to someone else!)

photo 1-7…and popped it in a saucepan along with some boiling water. I never do measurements but I put enough in to cover the soap, and that did the job!photo 5-2

Stage 2 – I then brought the mixture to a boil while stirring it constantly to avoid sticking. Once it reached bubbling point I took the heat down to a simmer and used a spoon to mash up the pieces into more of a smooth texture. I didn’t worry too much about getting all of the lumps out as it was going to harden again anyway!photo 4-3Next I added a tablespoon of oats to make the new soap an exfoliating onephoto 2-7…then added tablespoon of oil to make the soap extra soft and soothing!photo 3-3

Stage 3 – I wanted the soap to look pretty as well as feel great so I added in some dried rose petals <3photo 2-6photo 1-6Stage 4 – I then popped the mixture into 2 silicon cupcake cases. You can use anything like a cake baking tray, a tupperware pot, anything really depending on the shape that you want your soap to be. One Dove bar was enough for 2 average sized cupcake cases so bear that in mind when you decide how much to make.

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photo 3-4Lastly I popped them into the fridge to harden. They were hard after only a couple of hours but I left them in the fridge overnight to make doubly

and wallah!photo 1

I’m hooked on soap making now. It was so easy and I already have lots of great ideas for ingredients and shape! Have you guys made any scrummy handmade soaps or other beauty products?

 

xx