Make your own homemade snowflake soaps
By Caitlin Murray Giles
These homemade soaps make thoughtful and practical holiday gifts—ones kids proudly can say they helped create.
• 8 ounces melted clear or white soap base (available from Michaels or the online retailer Bramble Berry).
• About 1/2 tsp. of an essential oil of your choice
• Holiday-themed silicone soap/candy molds (available from craft or dollar stores)
• Small plastic bags, ribbon and gift cards (optional)
The traditional soap-making process uses fats, water and lye (a dangerous chemical). When working with kids, use the safer and easier melt-and-pour method instead.
1. Work together with your child to cut about 8 ounces of the soap base into small pieces.
2. Melt the pieces in a double boiler over low heat or in the microwave in a heat-proof bowl. If you are using a microwave, heat the base on a medium power in 30-second time intervals. Stir frequently. Supervise children closely because the base will get very hot.
3. Allow the melted soap to cool slightly.
4. Add in the essential oil scent of your choice and pour the mixture into the mold. Allow the soap to sit overnight and set in the molds. Carefully remove the soaps from the molds.
5. Package two hand soaps together in a small plastic bag tied with a pretty ribbon and include a note to the recipient.
Caitlin Murray Giles is a full-time mother of three and part-time freelance writer.