DIY Gifts: Lavender Soap & Lemon Lip Balm

Turn ordinary items into extraordinary gifts by making them yourself and packaging them beautifully. Handcrafting thoughtful presents for your family and friends is a fun craft activity and great for the budget, especially over the festive season where excessive spending is almost unavoidable.

We came across these lavender soaps and lemon lip balms on the Homey Oh My blog and think that they make great stocking fillers, teachers gifts and party favours.

LAVENDER SOAP


MATERIALS
– shea butter soap
– soap mold
– lavender essential oil
– lavender
– soap stirrers
– heat safe container for melting soap

METHOD

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Step 1: Cut the soap into blocks and place into the heat safe container – four blocks at a time which makes about one bar of soap.

Step 2: Sprinkle a bit of lavender into each soap mold

Step 3: Microwave the soap for 30 seconds on high, then remove and stir the mixture.  Continue heating the mixture in 10 second intervals with stirring in between, making sure not to overheat it or it WILL boil over.  It’s much easier to monitor this in small portions than it is to do one giant batch, which is why I recommend heating the amount of one bar of soap at a time.

Step 4: Stir in the lavender essential oil,  about 15 drops per bar of soap.

Step 5: Let the soap cool a bit (less than 5 minutes) before pouring into the mold, or else if it’s too hot it will melt and warp the mold.  Be careful not to let it cool to the point where it thickens.  You still want it to be a liquid texture so that it pours into the mold evenly.

Step 6: Let the soap cool for at least 40 minutes before popping them out of the mold.

Bonus: Wrap each soap in kraft paper and string to make them extra adorable.

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LEMON LIP BALM


MATERIALS
– beeswax
– cheese grater (if your beeswax isn’t already in flakes)
– coconut oil
– essential oil (lemon is great)
– small containers
– mason jar/glass jar

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METHOD

Step 1: Grate the beeswax if it isn’t already in flakes/pellets.

Step 2: Add a 1:1 ratio of beeswax and coconut oil to your glass jar.

Step 3: Microwave the mixture in 20-30 second intervals until completely melted but not boiling.

Step 4: Stir in essential oil, about 15 drops.

Step 5: Pour into small containers and let cool at least overnight.

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Recipes and images as seen on homeyohmy.com


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