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DIY soaps for your bridesmaids + our first giveaway!

March 23, 2009

And when we say “your bridesmaids” we mean YOUR bridesmaids. That’s where the giveaway thing comes in, but more on that later. Let’s do the project first because it’s so cute!


We are so so excited about our soaps. First, because it’s fun doing an afternoon project with friends. And second, because we learned that soap making is WAY more creative than we anticipated. We’re thinking this would be a really fun project to do at a bridal shower. Everyone likes an activity and making soap is so easy that anyone (no matter how old or young) can take part. The soaps can set while the bride is opening gifts and then guests get a little handmade favor to take away from the party.


Here’s what you need for the project:

Soap base (available at Michaels). We used the goat milk base for ours.
Soap molds (also from Michaels).
Herbs, oats, tea, essential oil, anything you want to use to flavor your soap.

The creative part was rummaging through Kristina’s garden and kitchen cupboards looking for fun combinations for our soaps. We decided to make three flavors:

Lavendar Oatmeal (fresh lavender flowers, lavender essential oil, oats)
Chai Tea (steeped tea for color and scent, plus dry loose tea for a little texture)
Chamomile Calendula (dried chamomile and calendula flowers)

Here’s what you do:

1. Melt soap base (stirring often over medium heat)
2. Add “seasonings”
3. Mix well and long enough for flavors to distribute evenly
4. Pour liquid soap into molds
5. Uncork champagne and enjoy the afternoon waiting for your soaps to set!


Once your soaps have set (overnight, or we found you can refrigerate them for a few hours), you have to package them in maximum cuteness. We wrapped ours in unbleached parchment paper (in the same way you’d wrap a gift), then added a band of vintage wallpaper for decoration. We made tags using a grocery bag and a 1 1/2 inch tag punch, and tied them on with baker’s twine.


Now the giveaway part. Yay! Over our WELL DESERVED glasses of champagne, we had a genius idea. Give our soaps away to one of our readers so she can give them to her maids! Tell us something unique you’re doing or did with your bridesmaids, (we don’t want to leave out any former brides out there), and we’ll pick a comment that we think provides great inspiration to our readers. We’ll announce our winner next Monday and send off the soaps shortly after.