Here is a fantastic easy DIY gift idea: Easy Melt and Pour Homemade Soap Recipes for Christmas with Pine & Frankincense Essential Oils
It’s time to plan ahead now for your DIY Christmas gifts you plan on making. A super easy DIY gift idea is this homemade soap recipe for Christmas!
You just need 4 ingredients and less than an hour of your time, you will get 12 homemade soap bars. They have a wonderful Christmas aroma combination of pine and frankincense – a glorious scent to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. 😉
What You’ll Need for your easy Homemade Soap Recipe for Christmas:
2 lb block of melt & pour Shea Butter soap base – this is enough for 12 bars
**FYI on soap base quality is that it is worth it to pay a bit more and get a natural version – like the Our Earth’s Secret brand. The natural soaps melt better and feel better on your skin. I’ve tried cheaper and it’s just not worth the savings in my opinion.
Pine Essential Oil
Frankincense Essential Oil
Red Jojoba beads that I ordered on Etsy. The specific seller I ordered from is now out of stock – so order what you can find.
2 cup glass measuring cup (Pyrex is my favorite)
Christmas ribbon for wrapping.
*Makes 12 bars
How do you make melt and pour soap?
You need to start by cutting up half of your 2lb block of soap into cubes. This soap is very easy to cut with a sharp knife. Place the cubes into your Pyrex measuring cup. I start with only half because only 1lb will fit in my Pyrex measuring cup at a time. If you have a larger glass container, you can go ahead and melt your soap all in one batch.
Microwave it in 30 second intervals, stirring each time. The picture above is what mine looked like after one minute. Continue heating and stirring until it is completely melted and smooth. It will be around 3 minutes.
An optional idea for this Christmas soap is to add a bit of fresh pine needles for a bit of color, texture, and authentic pine scent. I have a heavy iron herb chopper that I used to cut up the pine needles. Here is a similar herb chopper that would probably work even better.
Then add about 1 teaspoon of chopped pine needles and a tablespoon of red jojoba beads to the melted soap base.
*Note – you want to pull your melted soap out of the microwave as soon as it is melted. If the soap gets too hot, then the jojoba beads could melt, and we don’t want that to happen.
Which Essential Oils Do I use for Christmas Soap?
Then add 10-15 drops of both pine and frankincense essential oils. You can also experiment with balsam fir or any Christmas blend you have.
If you want a bolder scent, then I recommend doubling this amount.
Stir that together briefly and pour the soap into the mold. If you let the jojoba beads sit too long in the hot soap, they will melt, so the sooner you pour and it starts to cool, the better.
Let these bars sit for a few hours until they are completely cool before you pop them out of the mold.
If you want to wrap them with these free printable paper wraps, fill out the form below to get the PDF e-mailed to you and you can print, cut, and wrap each bar with them!
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I wrapped mine in some Christmas ribbon as a nice finishing touch before I add them to a Christmas gift basket!
If you want some more DIY bath and beauty products to add to a possible gift basket – then check out this Peppermint & Lavender foot lotion!