Monday, December 15, 2014

DIY Pink Salt Shea Butter Soaps | Gift Idea

Everyone uses soap, and these handmade soap squares are a little extra something for a nice shower or bath. They're nourishing for the skin, detoxifying, and smell like sweet oranges. Best of all, they're totally customizable and really easy to make at home!

You'll need:
  • Shea butter melt and pour soap base
  • Himalayan pink sea salts
  • Sweet orange essential oil
  • A silicone ice cube tray or candy mold to the size of your preference
  • A microwave-safe container or measuring cup
  • A knife to cut the soap base
  • Something to mix the soap base with

First of all, you'll want to cut part of the soap base into smaller pieces. This will make it easier for them to melt down.

Then, prepare your mold before you melt the soap base... the soap will start to harden once melted, so you won't have time to prepare the mold afterwards. All you need to do is make sure that your mold is clean and dry, then sprinkle some himalayan pink sea salt into the bottom of each cavity.

Put the little chunks of soap base into a microwave-safe container, and put it in the microwave for about 50 seconds or until it's all melted. Be sure to keep an eye on it though, if you overheat it, it can overflow! Alternately, you could use a double-boiler, but that method requires strenuous dish-washing afterward.

Once the soap base has melted, go ahead and pour a thin layer on top of the salts in each cavity. Let this layer dry. This is so that the pink salts stay at the top of your soaps, creating a pretty effect and slightly exfoliating surface.

To the rest of the soap base (cut up and melt some more if you need), add a few drops of sweet orange essential oil, and mix it well.

Then, once the thin layer of soap at the bottom of each cavity is fairly solid, fill the cavities to the desired height with the scented soap base.

Let the soaps sit in the molds overnight, and then plop them out of the molds the next day. Voila, you've got pretty little fancy soaps!

Stay tuned for a post about how I packaged and decorated all of my bath and body gifts so far... It's coming soon!

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