These homemade soaps make thoughtful and practical holiday gifts-ones kids proudly can say they helped create.
- 8 ounces melted clear or white soap base (you can find a good
selection of melt-and-pour bases from the online retailer Bramble
- About 1/2 tsp. of an essential oil of your choice
- Holiday-themed silicone soap/candy molds (available from craft
or dollar stores)
- Small plastic bags, ribbon and gift cards (optional)
The traditional soap-making process uses fats, water and lye (a
dangerous chemical). When working with kids, use the safer and
easier melt-and-pour method instead.
- Work together with your child to cut about 8 ounces of the soap
base into small pieces.
- Melt the pieces in a double boiler over low heat or in the
microwave in a heat-proof bowl. If you are using a microwave, heat
the base on a medium power in 30-second time intervals. Stir
frequently. Supervise children closely because the base will get
- Allow the melted soap to cool slightly.
- Add in the essential oil scent of your choice and pour the
mixture into the mold. Allow the soap to sit overnight and set in
the molds. Carefully remove the soaps from the molds.
- Package two hand soaps together in a small plastic bag tied
with a pretty ribbon and include a note to the recipient.
Caitlin Murray Giles is a full-time mother of three and part-time freelance writer living in Wicker Park.
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