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I love giving homemade gifts! Don’t you? I also enjoy receiving homemade gifts. Don’t get me wrong, I am appreciative of every gift I receive, but the older I get, the more I kind of hate the idea of getting gifts, just to get gifts. I don’t want my loved ones spending their hard earned money on gifts, just because they think it is expected of them. I find the gift of their presence the best gift of all, but I truly enjoy every homemade gift I have ever received, whether it is a blanket, a meal, a handmade keychain, etc. With that said, yes, my goal here at Thrifty NW Family is to help you live your best life while still staying on track with your budget. I do think though that budgets don’t always need to mean everything is generic and you must use the cheapest option possible. I mean, sure you can go buy a cheap bar of soap for a quarter, but very few people want to give a bar of Ivory as a gift, right?
Homemade soap though? Now that is a gift that I love to give! It’s beautiful, it’s healthier than most store bought soaps and whoever you are gifting the soap to, will know that you spent your time making it for them.
I love making homemade soaps and this Melt And Pour Holiday Sunrise Goat Milk Soap Recipe is perfect for wrapping in cute Christmas ribbon and giving as gifts in little holiday gift baskets.
Melt And Pour Holiday Sunrise Goat Milk Soap Recipe
- 1/2 pound shea butter soap base
- 1/2 pound goat milk soap base
- 2 Tablespoons Himalayan Pink Salt, powdered
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1 teaspoon Sweet Almond Oil
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essential oil*
- 1/2 teaspoon lavender essential oil
- 1/2 teaspoon rose essential oil*
- 1/2 teaspoon ylang ylang essential oil
- 1/2 teaspoon frankincense essential oil
- 1/2 teaspoon geranium essential oil
- 1/8 teaspoon pink mica powder
- 1/8 teaspoon gold mica powder
- Combine the essential oils in a glass container and set them aside.
- Measure both melt and pour soap bases and put them in a soap melting pot or double boiler to melt.
- Once the soap bases are melted, remove them from the heat and stir to combine them.
- Stir in the Himalayan Pink Salt.
- Separate the soap into three containers. Glass measuring cups work perfectly for this.
- Add the pink mica powder to one glass measuring cup and the gold mica powder to a second glass measuring cup.
- Stir to combine.
- Allow the soap to cool slightly and then add in the essential oils.
- Stir to incorporate the essential oils into the soap.
- Pour a layer of white soap in the bottom of the soap mold, reserving just enough to make one more thin layer in the mold.
- Pour the pink soap on top of the white soap.
- Add the rest of the white soap to the top of the pink soap.
- Scrap out any remaining pink soap from the glass measuring cups and add it on top of the white soap.
- Top it all off with the gold soap, reserving just a little bit of the gold soap.
- Let the soap sit for a couple of minutes then drizzle the rest of the gold soap on top. If the soap has set long enough, the soap you drizzle with not completely sink into the soap, but rather sit on top of it which is how the rough surface on the top of the soap is made.
- Set the soap mold aside and let it dry overnight.
- Once the soap is cooled and fully hardened, place your hand over the top of the soap mold and turn it upside down over a sink. The soap will come out.
- Set the soap on freezer paper and cut it into bars.
- Set the bars aside, on freezer paper, and allow them to cure for at least two weeks. I like to cure mine for six months and then wrap them in Saran Wrap to store.
*most vanilla and rose essential oils are pre- mixed with an oil and this is ok.