Monday, December 12, 2011

making gifts today!

Today, I am making soap and candles. This soap recipe couldn't be easier, but packaged in a very pretty way, it looks like you spent a lot of time making it. {it's all in the packaging, I'm told!}

I used an olive oil suspension soap base {found at Michaels} home grown lavender flowers, purple soap coloring, lavender oil, a silicon cupcake pan and a spray bottle of alcohol.

You simply melt the soap base in a double boiler,{1 pound at a time} remove from heat and add: flowers, 2 t oil and 2 t color. Pour into mold and then spritz with alcohol, to prevent bubbles.

Let cool and remove! Viola! A beautiful gift.{I'll take pictures after all of the gifts have been made.}

I bought the soap with a 50% off coupon, I already had the essential oil, I found a 3 pack of soap coloring on clearance a few months ago, found the muffin pan for $1 at Goodwill and I grew the flowers. It really isn't an expensive gift to make. The pan, oil and coloring will last for a very long time.

Yes, I planned to have all of this made weeks ago. Oh well, the best laid plans.....


  1. It was so nice for you to visit. :-)

    I want to make soap SO bad but I'm intimidated! Maybe I'll have to give yours a try. I'd love to see a picture of the finished project. Do you have to let it set before you use it?

    I'm 'following' you. :-)

  2. Thank you for your posts! Yes, I let is sit for few hours to completely cool. It is so easy to make. You can also put gifts inside! Ive seen soap with a small bottle of nail polish inside. Once the soap is used, they get a bottle of nail polish. Its just basically melting stuff and letting it cool, in a mold. It's really fun and your kitchen smells soooo goood!