Homemade gifts are perfect for occasions like housewarmings or as get well soon gifts when you want to cheer someone. Hand soaps can be easily made at home and these DIY soaps are a chemical-free alternative to the soaps available in the market. To make natural soaps for gifting you will need molds of different shapes and sizes. You may use non-stick baking pans and molds, which are easily available. Coat them with petroleum jelly or natural oils for easy release.
The main ingredient of DIY hand soaps is glycerin. It is a natural humectant that softens the skin. Glycerin is available online and it comes in two types, clear and white glycerin. The soap making process is simple, melt glycerin, mix essential oils and colors and pour into molds. The glycerin can be melted in the microwave or a double boiler and shaped with the help of different baking molds. Use a sharp knife to cut the glycerin into half-inch chunks so it’s easy to make small batches of soap.
When you make DIY natural soaps for gifting, you can add essential oils and food colors to them to create unique and customized soaps for the recipient. If the receiver has a favorite scent, you can use a particular essential oil or add natural aroma oils. Food colors made from natural plant extracts are perfect for tinting your hand soaps. Choose colors based on the recipient or the occasion such as pink-hued soap for Valentine’s Day.
Ingredients such as crushed rose petals, wheatgrass blades or fine walnut shell powder also make excellent addition to natural soaps. These ingredients add their natural goodness to the soaps and are sure to delight the recipient. These hand soaps can be made with a simple two-step process. Pour a thin layer of glycerin, sprinkle rose petals, wheatgrass or any other ingredient you wish and let it dry before adding more glycerin. You can continue this process till you get the desired size of soap.
The last step for making natural soaps for gifting is beautiful packaging. Decorative tissue paper or vintage wallpaper makes the perfect wrapping for handmade soap. Cut a square from the wrapping paper and place the soap in the center. Fold all four corners around the soap and seal with a sticker.
Authors Profile: Gibson Jones is a certified interior designer and runs his own interior decoration consultancy. Gibson especially loves decorating a home in wooden furniture and believes that nothing gives a home as warm and cozy a touch as all-wood furniture and decor.
Gibson loves reading up on new design ideas, and has a special interest in space saving techniques. Here Gibson writes about Natural Soaps and Hand Soaps.