Wedding favours are a great way to thank your guests for sharing your special day, but they’re also often a headache for couples. You want something memorable and personal, but that doesn’t explode your budget. I’ve always thought that handmade soaps were a great idea, but only recently found out that you don’t have to have a chemistry degree to make them. Using a simple “melt and pour” base and a few ingredients, you can make unique soaps for your guests. The process itself is very fast, you just need to make be prepared that it can get a bit messy.
Since the nearest craft stores were fairly far away from me, I just bought everything off of Amazon (my Prime subscription came in really handy).
- 500g of melt and pour goat milk soap base
- 10 drops of lavender essential oil
- 5 drops of lemon essential oil
- ½ lemon zest
- 25ml of honey
- 25ml of lavender buds
- 1 ladle
- 1 wooden spoon
- 1 large bowl
- 1 silicon soap mould
Once your soap base melts, things happen pretty quickly, so you’ll want to prepare all the ingredients ahead of time. I like to sprinkle a few lavender buds at the bottom of the mould so that both sides of the soap have visible lavender.
Cut the soap base into small 3cm cubes so that they melt faster and put into a bowl. You can either microwave them for 30 seconds, stirring often and making sure the soap base doesn’t boil. I used a bain marie, which was almost as fast and allowed me to stir constantly (ensuring that the soap base didn’t boil).
Take the bowl out of the bain marie or microwave. This is where this speed up. Add the essential oils, then honey, then lavender buds and lemon zest. Mix them into the liquid soap base.
Using the ladle, pour the soap into the mould. The soap hardens extremely quickly so move fast!
Let it sit for one hour. Do not put it in the refrigerator. If you need the mould to make another batch, take out the soap (this is where a silicon mould is magic) and put it on a flat, dry surface for another few hours.