Here is one homemade gift idea that is easy, and is guaranteed to be loved by its recipient: Easy Easy Melt and Pour Soap Recipe of Lemon Poppy Seed. This soap is so pretty and it smells absolutely amazing. (you’ll have to tell everyone that it is soap so they don’t think its candy and eat it!) This surprisingly takes very little time and effort to make. Friends, neighbors, and teachers will just adore this homemade gift!
How to Make this Easy Melt and Pour Lemon Poppy Seed Soap Recipe:
What You’ll Need:
- 2 lb block of Shea Butter Soap Base (Goat’s Milk soap base is also just as great!) – this is enough for 12 bars
- Silicone Mold for bars or a Flower Silicone Mold for smaller shapes.
- Lemon Essential Oil
- Poppy Seeds
- Yellow Liquid Soap Color
- Microwave Safe Measuring Cup w/ Spout
- Decorative tape, burlap, and/or ribbon
Makes 12 bars
Lemon Poppy Seed Homemade Soap Recipe:
The large block of the soap base is smooth and silky, and it cuts easily with a kitchen knife. Slice the soap base into strips, then cubes, and place them inside the microwave safe measuring cup.
Melt in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring well in between to ensure that the soap is completely melted. It took a minute and 30 seconds for each batch to 100% melt. My pyrex measuring cup was only big enough to melt half of the soap at one time, so I ended up making 2 batches out of the 2 lbs of soap base.
Once the soap is completely melted, add 25-30 drops of lemon essential oil. You can add more if you want a stronger scent. Then add about 3 tablespoons full of poppy seeds. You can add more or less depending on how many you want for texture and exfoliation. You will also need about 20 drops of the yellow liquid soap color. Again, this amount varies depending on how bright you want your soap color to be.
Once all of that is stirred well, pour it into the soap mold and let sit for at least 45 minutes to cool. The 2 lbs of soap exactly fits to make 12 bars using this mold.
I found some burlap/lace ribbon that I had in my craft stash to wrap around the soap. You could also tie a gift tag to some twine around each bar as the final touch. This is great for Christmas, Mother’s Day, teacher gifts – so many possibilities with this! 🙂
I also have these free printable soap labels that you can download and print! Just fill out the form below and this will show up in your inbox where you can download and print! Cut them each out, wrap around your soap bars, and add a bit of twine if you’d like!
If you decide to make your own, I’d love to see some pictures and hear about your experience! This is a very versatile homemade soap recipe where you can add different scents and experiment with creating your own custom bar of soap! Also check out this Lavender Homemade Soap Recipe variety – this one too is just heavenly! It would be nice to have both varieties and wrap them up in a gift basket! (the lavender soap also has free printable soap labels!)