Let’s get real here… I like to do crafty things. If you don’t roll that way, it’s okay! There are plenty of options out there for purchasing natural, handcrafted soaps (which are better for you, better for the environment and better for small business). I’ve been “going to” make soap for about six months now. Well, it’s a new year and that means its time “to”.
If you want to jump on the handcrafted soap bandwagon… Here’s how!
First, jump on over to Bramble Berry and purchase an Eco-Chic Soap Kit ($15.45). The kit includes: 2 lbs of Organic Melt and Pour Base, 1 ounce spirulina, 1 ounce cranberry seeds and two essential oils. You provide coffee grounds, oats, rubbing alcohol, and recycled containers of choice (think shape/texture- tofu containers, yogurt tubs, the bottom of a 20oz soda bottle, small milk cartons, etc…).
Once you’ve compiled all the tools and ingredients, use the Eco-Chic Soap Tutorial on the Soap Queen Blog to create your one of a kind soap. Skip the last step that recommends wrapping your soap in plastic wrap. We don’t like that stuff. Instead use parchment paper, corrugated (recycled) paperboard, fabric or place in a recycled tub (like a large cream cheese or margarine tub) or other sealed container.
The best part of this project is the simplicity, which means the kids can help. Let them experiment with other herbs and coarse ingredients, change up your molds by placing a flexible cookie cutter inside the container and filling it with the soap base, have fun! Remember to set the kids’ shower timers so they aren’t tempted to hang out a little longer enjoying their new concoctions!
Image from Bramble Berry
We make M&P (melt and pour) soap at our house on a regular basis. Bramble Berry has some really good stuff. M&P bases, essential oils, etc.
Making soap is a family activity and as long as there’s adult supervision, it’s a fun time. The fragrances are wonderful….and popping the soap out of the molds is a good time too!
Thanks for sharing,
Thanks for the shout out about our Eco Soap Kit. I really like the idea of recycling empty plastic containers for soap – even if it’s just one more extra use before you recycle it. Every little bit helps and counts.