This Handmade Lavender Soap is wonderful for homemade gifts this holiday season. Melt and pour soap is super easy and versatile. Instead of gift cards or trinkets, give friends and family a handmade gift.
How To Make Easy Homemade Soap Without Lye
The older I get the less presents I buy for Christmas. I used to go cuckoo-crazy around the holidays and buy way too much stuff. Don’t feel too bad for my daughter, I still get her several presents that she really wants. It’s the adults in my life that get the homemade gifts
I’m always on the lookout for Homemade Gift Ideas. For years I thought about making soap at home but I was always a bit intimidated. But then I learned that I could make homemade soap without lye. Thanks to melt and pour soap bases handmade soap is quick, easy and fun!
While I mostly stick to recipes, homemade gifts are often similar to cooking. In the past I made beauty products like these scrubs: Grapefruit Sea Salt Body Scrub, Coffee Body Scrub, Vanilla Coconut Scrub and Lavender Sugar Body Scrub.
Where Do You Buy Soap Making Ingredients?
I bought most of my ingredients on a site called Brambleberry. This Melt & Pour Sampler is great for beginners because you can try all the soap bases and decide which ones you like best.
I also bought an Essential Oil Sampler Kit, rectangle soap molds and some colorants.
But, you can also find most Soap Supplies on Amazon.
Making melt and pour soap is pretty easy. You will want to set up all of your supplies before beginning because you’ll want to get through the process as quickly as possible so the soap base doesn’t seize up on you.
But, after you make a couple batches of soap you will get your own flow and figure out what works best for you.
- 1 Lb White Shea Soap Base, - cut into 1" cubes
- 2 Tablespoons Dried Lavender Buds
- 6 Rectangle Silicone Mold
- Spray Bottle with 99% Isopropyl Alcohol
- Purple Soap Color Block
- Lavender Essential Oil (cosmetic grade)
- Pepare all supplies before beginning.
- Place soap mold on a baking sheet (this will make it easy to move if needed)
- Divide dried lavender between the soap molds.
- In a large glass measuring cup, melt half of the soap base in the microwave. This will take between 30-60 seconds.
- Once base is stirred and melted, gently pour into soap molds (divide between the 6 molds). Spray with alcohol to prevent bubbles. Allow to cool and set.
- Melt remaining soap base then immediately stir in colorant until it reaches desired color. Then add essential oil. 15-20 drops will give you a lightly scented soap.
- Spray the top layer of soap again with alcohol. Carefully pour the second layer of soap base over the top of each soap. Spray with alcohol then allow to cool and set completely before removing from soap molds.
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