Making small gift items as favors for people is a great way to show you love them. These little mini-soaps are perfect for just that! You can make a bunch and put them together in a cute upcycled jar, or you can give them individually or bundle a couple together in a cute bag for gifts this Valentine’s Day.
The base in these is a natural and goof for you, and with the addition of the essential oils, they smell amazing. Give them to your spouse and call them a “spicy” gift if you like.
If you would like the cinnamon less mild, just add another 2 or 3 drops, but this version is not too hot at all, mainly it’s just there for the scent.
What you will need:
6 blocks of Shea Butter soap base (I use the this kind called “suspension form” and it comes in blocks, ready to use)
1 tbsp. Sweet almond oil
12 drops orange essential oil
4 drops cinnamon essential oil
Silicone ice cube trays or mini soap forms (like these here)
Food coloring if you’d like to make them red or pink – just a couple drops
Makes about a dozen, depending on the size of your molds.
The beauty of this shea butter base is it is microwaveable, and it takes very little time to use it.
You will need to first cut up your blocks and place them in a safe glass measuring dish or bowl. Now, run them in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Remove and stir with a scraper and put back in in intervals of 15 to 20 seconds until the base is nice and smooth, with no lumps.
Once it’s smooth, it will tend to set back up quickly, so go ahead and move swiftly as possible to keep that from happening. If it does, pop it back in the microwave again for about 20 seconds.
Add in your almond oil and stir well, and then add in your essential oils.
Microwave for 20 seconds and stir well.
Now, go ahead and pour into your molds. You want them to be full, so the form comes out nicely, but don’t overfill them.
Once they are all full, leave them to sit at room temperature to cool. After about 45 minutes, they should be totally cooled off. To make sure before popping them out, feel the bottom centers of the molds. If they are still warm, give them a bit longer.
You can then pop them out of the molds carefully.
Now all that’s left to do is to place into whatever containers you choose and make them look cute!
To use: Wet your hands and lather just like regular soap!
They look perfect beside the sink in a soap dish, or a jar.