Soapmaking Gift Ideas
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Soapmaking Gift Ideas


Luscious soaps, bath salts, shower gel, and body lotion make great favors or the perfect handmade gifts for someone special. But don’t forget to keep some to indulge yourself!
Designed by Life of the Party
Craft Time: 60+ minutes
 
 
 
 
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Material List

  • General Supplies for All Projects
  • Life of the Party Liquid Soap Colorant of choice
  • Life of the Party Soap Fragrance of choice
  • Basket or other Decorative Container of choice
  • Paper Fill
  • Styrofoam®
  • Decorative or Scrapbook Paper (optional)
  • ¼-inch wide Ribbon (optional)
  • Labels/Stickers (optional)

  • Around the House
  • Microwave
  • Wooden Craft Sticks or Spoon (for stirring)
  • Cutting Board
  • Glass Measuring Cups
  • Kitchen Knife
  • Rubbing Alcohol in a Spray Bottle
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Scissors
  • Tape

  • Additional Soapmaking Supplies
  • Life of the Party 4-Shape Bar Mold, or other mold of choice
  • Life of the Party Brand Glycerin Soap Bricks: 2# Clear, 2# White

  • Additional Bath Salts Supplies
  • Life of the Party Bath Salt Tins
  • Life of the Party Bath Salt Blend, 16 ounce

  • Additional Shower Gel/ Body Lotion Supplies
  • Life of the Party Body Lotion, 16 ounce
  • Life of the Party Shower Gel, 16 ounce
  • Life of the Party 3 Pack Bottles, 4 ounce
 

Project Instructions

Step: 1

Basic Melting Instructions
Read through project instructions to familiarize yourself and determine whether you will melt clear or white first, and how much soap to melt.


Step: 2

Depending on project, cut desired amount of soap brick into cubes, and place into a microwave-safe measuring cup or double boiler.


Step: 3

Place microwave-safe measuring cup into microwave and heat for 30 seconds, then in 10-second intervals until soap is completely melted. Stir between melting intervals. Be careful - melted soap is very hot!


Step: 4

Add fragrance/color to soap as indicated in project instructions.


Step: 5

Unmolding Instructions
Once mold cavities are filled, let soap set, approximately 30-40 minutes. Note: Do not move mold until it has cooled.


Step: 6

Release bars from mold by applying constant, even pressure with thumbs to the back of the mold. You may need to gently pull side of mold away from the soap bar to break air seal, and apply even pressure to back.


Step: 7

Wrap finished soap in clear plastic wrap until you are ready to use soap. This will preserve the freshness of the soap bar.


Step: 8

Note: Scrapbook or decorative paper tied just around the width of your bar and ribbon or raffia are great finishing touches to your pieces.


Step: 9

Layers of Color Soap Bar
Choose the liquid colorant and mold design you would like to use.


Step: 10

You will need approximately 3 oz. of melted clear soap and 1 oz. of melted white soap for a two color layered soap bar.


Step: 11

Add a few drops of fragrance to melted soap and stir with spoon or craft stick until well incorporated.


Step: 12

Add colorant a drop at a time until desired color is reached.


Step: 13

Pour soap into mold filling it approximately 1/3 full.


Step: 14

Let cool approximately 10 minutes or until soap layer develops a thick “skin”. Tip: To avoid layer separation, spray cooling layer lightly with rubbing alcohol before pouring the second layer.


Step: 15

Repeat steps 2-4 to prepare the white soap for the next layer.


Step: 16

Pour this layer so that the mold is 2/3 full and let set as you did the first layer.


Step: 17

Repeat step 6 and then fill the mold the rest of the way with the first color you used.


Step: 18

Spray cooled layer with rubbing alcohol and pour melted soap filling the mold.


Step: 19

Let set completely and unmold per Unmolding Instructions above.


Step: 20

Marbleized Soap Bars
Choose the liquid colorant and mold design you would like to use.


Step: 21

For this project you will use white soap. You will need approximately 2 oz. of two different colors per bar. Prepare both colors simultaneously, or leave white soap uncolored.


Step: 22

Add a few drops of fragrance to each of the measuring cups of melted soap, and stir with spoon or craft stick until well incorporated.


Step: 23

Add colorant a drop at a time to each of the bases until desired color is reached.


Step: 24

Pour both bases into the mold at the same time, being careful to pour slowly and evenly so that the colors do not blend together.


Step: 25

Let set completely and unmold per Unmolding Instructions above.


Step: 26

Tie Dyed Soap Bars
Choose the liquid colorant and mold design you would like to use.


Step: 27

Squeeze 2-3 drops of color directly into the mold, scattering along the bottom. Hint: Try two colors for a unique effect.


Step: 28

Prepare white melted soap. You will need approximately 3-4 ounces of melted soap base.


Step: 29

Add a few drops of fragrance to the melted soap, and stir with spoon or craft stick until well incorporated.


Step: 30

Pour the white soap into the mold, filling it to the top.


Step: 31

Immediately spray the melted soap with rubbing alcohol. This will get rid of all air bubbles and help the color diffuse throughout the soap bar.


Step: 32

Let set completely and unmold per Unmolding Instructions above.


Step: 33

Bath Salt Tins
Empty bath salts into a glass measuring cup. Each tin holds approximately 4 oz.


Step: 34

Add fragrance, a couple drops at a time, mixing after each addition, until desired fragrance intensity has been reached.


Step: 35

Add liquid colorant a few drops at a time, mixing after each addition, until desired color has been reached. Tip: Using more than one color to tint the bath salts gives you a dramatic finished effect.


Step: 36

Using a spoon, scoop salts into decorative tin.


Step: 37

Optional: Decorate with your choice of ribbons, stickers, decorative papers, etc.


Step: 38

Shower Gel/Body Lotion
Fill one of the small empty bottles about half full with either shower gel or lotion.


Step: 39

Add a few drops of fragrance and color of your choice.


Step: 40

Put lid onto bottle and shake until desired effect has been achieved. Make the color slightly darker than you like so you won’t need to add color later when you fill the bottle.


Step: 41

Pour additional shower gel or lotion into bottle until container is almost full, and shake well. (You can add more color and fragrance if necessary, but we recommend adding most of the color into the bottle before it is completely full because you don’t want the concentrated color getting hung up on the lid.)


Step: 42

Optional: Decorate with your choice of ribbons, stickers, decorative papers, etc.


Step: 43

Layered Shower Gel/Lotion
You can make a great effect by layering different colors in the bottle. To make a bottle with two-tone shades, make two complete bottles of two different colors. Get a clean bottle and pour ¼, 1/3, or ½ (depending on how many layers you desire) full with one color. Then pour another layer with second color. Repeat steps until bottle is full.


Tips

Use photo as a guide and follow manufacturer’s instructions for all products used.

Mix and match all products using a basket or container of your choosing. Fill with your choice of product for beautiful handmade gifts.