Make Homemade Soap
These days, "handmade" can mean unique, high-quality, and, often, expensive. But it doesn't have to be. Teach your teen self-sufficiency by showing her how to create her own products at home. Take your first plunge into handcrafting with this neat and tidy soap recipe.
Don't worry, you're not actually making the soap from scratch, but by adding food color and scents (called additives in the world of handcrafting) the process still allows for creativity and hands-on fun. Experiment with herbs and scents from your own home. Adding sugar or salt will create a natural exfoliant. Cinnamon gives your soap a holiday smell. Honey is a great relaxant. Here's a creative tip from the pros: Pack an exfoliant, such as oatmeal, onto the mold before you pour the soap and you'll get a unique look.
What You Need:
- 1 or more pounds of basic bar soap
- Water or milk
- 1/4-1/2 teaspoon assorted additives per pound of soap: sugar, salt, cinnamon, honey, or oatmeal all work well
- Soap molds or muffin tin