Soap balls – easy short cut DIY

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This post is part of my Christmas planning in July series.

I really do love making my own handmade gifts for Christmas. This year I had it in my head that I would like to make soap. Something along the lines of my favourite soap from Est a gorgeous little shop in Auburn. You can also buy it from their online shop here.
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I looked online for tutorials to make soap and while completely gorgeous it seemed to take a lot of time and skill! Something I just didn’t think I could take on this year. So I came up with an easy short cut to make my own soap balls.

Soap balls – easy short cut DIY

Ingredients:
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Method:
1. Finely grate the soap. I used my food processor to do this. If you use your food processor my tips for cleaning it up are to give it a good wash with water asap, then use a combo of water, lemon and vinegar. Pulse the liquid combo in the food processor and let it sit for 5 – 10 minutes before rinsing and washing out further.
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2. Add the soap to a heatproof dish. This will go over a saucepan of water. You will need to add 1 part water to two parts soap. I had 382 grams grated soap and 191 grams water.
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3. Once water has boiled, reduce the heat to low and heat the soap until it makes a paste.
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4. Add 15 – 18 drops of essential oil blend and mix into the soap paste. Mix the paste into the soap to disperse the scent evenly.
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5. You could make the soap balls any size. I decided to go for a smaller size and make more soap balls. I used a little scoop so I could make the balls relatively even in size. Roll the paste into a firm ball.
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6. Place the soap balls onto a lined tray for them to harden. This mixture made 24 small soap balls.
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7. Once they have hardened you can then package them for giving.
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8. Cut the hessian to size, depending on how many soap balls you are packaging. I made packs of 6 soap balls.
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9. Cut ribbon to be twice the width of the hessian square to use to tie up the hessian.
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10. Pull up the four corners of the hessian.
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11. Then pinch up the remaining hessian.
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12. Then tie the ribbon in a bow and your gift is ready for giving.
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The soap balls smell beautiful and the goat’s milk soap is very gentle on the skin.

What do you plan to make for gifts this Christmas? Have you made a start yet?

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Comments

  1. Wagner Health says

    I bought the baby soap recently when we ran out of body wash. It’s so lovely and soft. I have that Jurlique oil too – looks like I have a project on my hands!