I had no idea how easy it is to make homemade soap until I read a great post over at Gluesticks. I decided to give it a go and make heart shaped soaps for my daughter’s pre-K class Valentine’s party. The most difficult part for me was choosing the fragrance because it had to work for the young noses of both boys and girls. After all, I was going against the lollipop grain and having her give out hand soap…yep, I’m that mom.
After some serious sniff-testing, my daughter and I went with the orange and jasmine fragrances. One of my favorite smells here in Arizona is the orange blossom tree in the spring time – clean, sweet and pure heaven – so that was our inspiration for this project.
The first batch we made included the two fragrances, poppy seeds for an exfoliant and orange rind for an extra natural scent. However, I thought it was a little much for 4-year-olds so we wrapped them up and gave those to her teachers and took it down a notch for the kiddos. The girls received the orange jasmine soap with pink soap colorant swirled on one side with a tooth pick and the boys received the same but with green colorant. The soaps were packaged in Valentine’s bags with a tag that says (idea came from here):
As a reference, we made 23 bars of soaps total. Here’s what you need for that quantity:
I purchased my silicon mold on Amazon for $6.50, but you can find them at craft stores as well. Silicon molds are the easiest to use as the soaps just pop right out without any non-stick spray.
Glass measuring cup
Small spatula or large popsicle sticks