If this isn’t the season to make fun (and good smelling) DIY present for your friends and family, then I don’t know what is. And as it is with us, we actually don’t give gifts as such to the adults – but because I am me and I like putting little smiles on peoples faces, I always make little take aways for our guest.
This year around I decided on making a fun soap, using my Matcha powder from Teami Blends, my Dotterra Essential Oils and a Shea Butter Pour and Melt soap base. Super easy, deliciously fragrant and can be whipped up in just under a day if you have the ingredients at hand. Follow me below to see how I did it.
STEP #1 Line up all your ingredients
To get a good work flow going, organize all your ingredients you’d like to add to your soap. I made a mix of two different soap mixes.
FOR BOTH MIXES:
Shea Butter Pour And Melt Base (I used this one from Hobbycraft)
MIX 1: Wild Orange Clove
Zest Of One Fresh Orange (I wanted to first place fresh orange slices in the soap but wasn’t sure how it would go once you start using it – will try another time)
20 Drops of Doterra’s Wild Orange Essential Oils
10 Drops of Doterra’s Clove Essential Oils
A Few Fresh Cloves, Crushed
MIX 2: Matchit Tea, Lemon & Tea Tree With Oats
2 Tbsp Matcha Tea Powder from Teami Blends
20 Drops of Doterra’s Lemongrass Essential Oil
10 Drops of Doterra’s Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Essential Oil
A Handful of Fresh Oats
STEP #2 Cut Up The Shea Butter Base & Microwave
I cut up my 2lb of Shea Butter base and just simply put it in the microwave to melt it down on medium heat. I know, I was first also like – what microwave? But yes, it’s actually made for that. A little side note. Since it’s butter use dishes that aren’t your favorites as it takes a little bit of patience getting it off at the end.
STEP #3 Start Mixing Your First Mix Layer
I simply poured half of the base into my silicon form (stabilized by a none silicone one), and then added my essential oils and mixed in the zest of orange and clove, mixed it through again with a spoon and added even more of the deliciously fragrant clove.
Now a little tip – if you want to create a crisp line between your two layers, let the first layer settle in the fridge or freezer for a while. I did not do this, therefore my layers have mixed a tad.
The second layer, my Matcha, Lemongrass and Tea Tree Oil one, I mixed in the bowl and then carefully spooned on top of the the first layer. To add some interest and more goodness, I added a handful of oats to the top.
STEP #4 Let It Rest And Settle Over Night
I let me soap-loaf sit in the fridge over night to set properly, however when I check in after a few hours it was already solid. But you know, just to be safe wait a little more.
STEP #5 Peal The Silicon Form Off & Cut Your Soap
That’s the beauty of silicon, you can just peal it right back, without having breaking your soap. To cut my soap I just used a big sharp knife (heat it under hot water and dry it off) to slice right through.
Don’t’ you just love the pattern, both mixtures created? I definitely swoon away.
STEP #6: Wrap Your Gift Soaps!
Most fun part? Decorate those soaps with whatever you have at hand to make them really a looker for anyone who is lucky enough to get one. I used strips of wrapping paper with left over Mistletoe leaf’s I had around from making Christmas wreaths.
To sum it all up, it’s such an easy and fun DIY that I seriously urge you to give it a go! And hey it’s still 12 days until Christmas, so why not make someone smile with a thoughtful gift?