Remarkably Easy~To~Make Gift Soaps.
Note: This project first appeared in our book, Frugal Luxuries, published by Bantam Books, NY, in 1997.
- 1 or more bars of inexpensive soap (we like to use Ivory)
- Optional: crumbled, dried herbs such as Rosemary (we used it in this project) mint, lavender and the like
- Mixing bowl
Grate the bar of soap into the bowl as you would a firm cheese. (If you are making a large batch we've found the shredding attachment on our food processor makes short work of the project.)
Add dried, crumbled herb bits.
Mush the soap shavings up with your hands and shape into little rounds. Be sure to pack the soap so that it is solid. Air bubbles will cause it to crumble once it's dried. If it seems too dry to shape, simply add a few drops of water to soften.
Allow to dry thoroughly (several hours or overnight). It will harden.
Make as many as you would enjoy using or giving. I often make several gift soaps at one time in order to stock our gift pantry. We collect a variety of soap dispensers (new and vintage) to use to display our simple soaps (as in photo above) and/or to give as gifts. (They make a great token gift or included as part of a larger gift basket.)
Note: If you like, you may tint your soaps by adding a small amount of food coloring when you're mixing them! Also, if you're using an unscented soap you may also want to add a drop or two of peppermint oil (or other scent) to your shaved soap...but not too much or it won't dry properly!!
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Just make a comment on any entry after 3/17/10 and your name will be entered into our random drawing! The more comments you make, the more chances there are to win!
We'll announce the winner next week...
and tell you about our new give~away for April!!
A Happy and Blessed Easter to all.
With love and good thoughts from,
Tracey and Family
P.S. I also wanted to tell you that I am linking up with Cindy from
My Romantic Home
Show and Tell Friday"!
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