Christmas soap in a few easy steps

During the holidays we love to decorate our homes and also want to send meaningful gifts to our loved ones. Many people love to send flowers for Christmas, as well as other beautiful gifts, such as potted plants and gift baskets. Another great gift you can send is homemade festive floral soap. You can package them as gifts and you can also use them in your home bathrooms.

You need:

  • Pressed or silk flowers
  • Clear melt and pour base (the base used to make soaps)
  • Essential oils to add fragrance to the soap. For one pound of melt and pour base, you will need 0.25 ounces of essential oil.
  • Spray bottle with rubbing alcohol
  • Glass bowl (microwave safe)
  • Soap molds
  • Plastic wrap
  • Tulle and ribbon or a pretty container

Steps to follow:

  • In a glass bowl, combine the melt and pour base.
  • Cover with plastic wrap.
  • Warm in the microwave for one minute.
  • Remove from the microwave and stir to help any solid pieces melt.
  • Add essential oils of your choice. You might like something like cinnamon and apple for Christmas soap designs.
  • The mixture should be clear when you are done.
  • Pour a thin layer of this mixture into the moulds aand lightly spray with rubbing alchol to remove air bubbles.
  • Allow them to stand for about 10 – 15 minutes so that it hardens slightly.
  • Place your festive flowers on top of this layer.
  • Add more of the liquid mixture over the top of the mould.
  • Spray again with rubbing alcohol and allow the soap to set completely.
  • Remove your soaps from the moulds and place them in cute containers or wrap with tulle and ribbon.

Remember, if you plan to use fresh flowers, you will need to use your Christmas soap as soon as possible. Fresh plant materials will perish and lose their visual appeal. This is why so many people choose to use artificial flowers. If you use silk flowers, you can prepare a batch of floral soaps in advance so you can focus on other pressing matters leading up to the holidays. You can also add colorant to the soap if you want, but be careful not to add too much. Dyes tend to leave marks on towels and clothes.