Start with a basic melt-and-pour soap base and add in your choice of natural ingredients to customize your concoction. Good add-in options include essential oils, exfoliators or dried flowers. If you want to make this project a bit more playful, hide a small toy (such as a rubber ball or plastic animal) inside your homemade soap as a "reward" for kids who really wash up.
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