As you may have noticed in my oil pulling posts, I struggle with some skin issues- dry skin, psoriasis, and occasional breakouts. So when I got the opportunity to partner up with Stephenson Personal Care, I jumped right on it. Knowing exactly what I’m putting on my skin seemed like a good idea, and making homemade soap? SO FUN. Seriously.
I decided to ease in to DIY soap making to get a feel for it before I get too fancy, so my first soap is pretty straightforward:
- I used this melt and pour base, chosen because it has all sorts of natural & organic ingredients
- 3 tablespoons of honey, bought at the local dairy farm and from a local town
- a handful of mint leaves, grown in my garden last summer then frozen
- soap mold and microwaveable container (something with a spout is particularly helpful
Putting it all together was a lot less intimidating then I thought it was going to be and only took a few minutes:
- I made 4 bars of soap, so I used half a container of Stephenson’s melt and pour
- Cut the soap base into 1 inch sections using a butter knife (serrated probably would have been easier though)
- Melt the soap in the microwave for a little over a minute, make sure to cover it in plastic wrap
- While it’s melting, grab your mint leaves and chop them up- we want them to go right down the drain during use, not clog it up
- Once the soap is melted pour in your honey and sprinkle in the mint leaves, then GENTLY wisk. We’re aiming for as few bubbles as possible here
- Pour SLOWLY into the soap base, and if you do have bubble spritz them with some rubbing alcohol, then pop in the fridge to harden
I wish the mint leaves were fresh so they’d be a nice green color, but you know- it’s April in New England and it snowed earlier this week. Freshly thawed will have to do!
Matt and I are out of town this week (in New Orleans!!) so I thought this would be the perfect thank you gift for the people we lined up to help take care of our pets.
I cut out the thank you tag on my Silhouette with some construction paper, then wrapped the soap in saran wrap and tissue paper. Super simple, but a nice touch to let people know they’re appreciated. Henry sure is happy someone’s stopping by to feed him all week :).
Have any questions? Suggestions? Leave them in the comments!