Spicy plum soap is a wonderful and extravagant experience for the face, hands and body. This homemade gift soap feels silky-smooth and smells terrific.
8 oz. Unscented white soap, grated
4 oz. Milk
2 tsp. Plum fragrance oil
1/4 tsp. Cinnamon fragrance oil
1 tsp. Ground nutmeg
Brown food coloring
Gold mica dust
To Make This Homemade Gift Soap:
In the top of a double boiler, heat milk, along with the fragrance oil. Grind soap as fine as possible in a food processor (not absolutely necessary, but makes it easier). Put the ground soap in a bowl and add the nutmeg, food coloring, gold mica dust. Stir to distribute the color evenly. When milk and oils are hot, add soap and, stirring occasionally, allow the soap to soften to a creamy mass (then water in the bottom of the double boiler should be hot, but not boiling). It may take as much as 1/2 hour. After the soap is fully melted, press into a small bunt pan (or two, depending on the size). Present your homemade gift soap on a plate, sliced.
This homemade gift soap also makes a perfect gift. Your friends and family will appreciate a homemade gift soap that is a relaxing and unique bath and body product. That this gift came from the heart and your hands makes them even more special. Packaging and presentation play a predominant role in the gift-giving of your handmade gift soaps, salts and lotions. Below are several packaging ideas, but don’t let this brief list limit your creativity!
Sticky labels, round labels and heavyweight card stock can be used for labeling your plum soap.
Boxes and baskets are nice containers for homemade gift soaps, especially when you fill the boxes with other materials. You can fill the box or basket halfway with herbs, dried flowers or potpourri that matches the scent of your homemade gift soap. Gift basket fillings, other toiletries, washcloths or sponges also make great fillers in the basket with your spicy plum soap. Once you have added the filler and soap, wrap the box or basket in cellophane.
Coffee mugs also great "baskets." Add a filler to the cup and place your spicy plum soap in the center and wrap with cellophane or tulle. Small brown paper bags, cello type bags, wood crates and soap dishes are other containers you can use to package your soaps and salts.