Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Rubber Ducky, You're The One

Okay, Fox asked, and I am going to post it here for everyone to see.

For easy glycerine soap go to your local graft store and purchase melt and pour glycerine soap ($10 for about 7 lbs), a mold ($1), fragrance ($1) and color if you want. Melt in a microwave for 30 -60 seconds and pour in mold, let cool one hour. You can get fancy stuff going if you add chamomile or lavendar bits to it. Even a cut up loofah sponge.

For the bath salts, mix 2 cups baking soda, 1 cup epsom salt ($1 for 3-4 lbs) and 1 cup sea salt (water softener salt works the same and is cheaper-about $3 for 25 lbs.) in a bowl. Add 8-10 drops of frangrance and color to your liking (I use soap dye, but food coloring is fine, it doesn't come off on your skin) Put in an airtight container, I use canning jars, for 24 hours. Voila!

Its a lot of fun and it looks really difficult, but it isn't.

I can dig out my bath bomb recipe if you want me to. Its more complicated, though. You have to be able to find citric acid, and I had a hell of a time doing that. I ended up at a health food store.

These are great for holiday gifts, because once you purchse the smells, the salts and the dye, you have enough for 20 or so gifts. (I buy baking soda in bulk for $5 for 15 lbs) You can make all the women or metrosexual guys in your group a gift for one price.

There are also lots of great jars and lids and soap holders at craft stores for $1-5 a peice. They are what I usually spend the most money on.

If you guys have any questions, let me know, and Iwill answer them for you.


HistoryGeek said...

I made soap for people last year and it was a huge hit. You don't have to make it from scratch (i.e. lye, etc), but people are just impressed that you add scent and colors. Maybe this year, I'll whip up some bath salts. I've got the scents and colors already.

I'm amazed at how quickly you've written this book, woman!

Alecya G said...

they make super gifts. If they like pepermint at all, its fun to color half red and half white and make cany cae striped ones.

The best part is it works for een really sensitive skin, like my Beloved's (she's alergic to glycerine even) so it can be given to anyone.

Plus, if you use canning jars, you can make little tops and tie them with raffia. I am very crafty. I love that kind of thing.

Mystery is teaching me to crochet, so everone gets scarves and hats next year ;)