Prep 30 mins
Cook 0 mins
Another "fun" soap recipe. These soaps have the natural look and its a lovely soap to use. I buy bars of cream soap which I grate in my food processor, its really hard to this by hand. For this recipe you need about 2 bars of soap, the last bit of soap does not grate in the machine and slips through most of the time, remove it and try to brake it up by hand. Will look nice in your bathroom and they make a nice gift again.
- 8 ounces grated bath soap or 8 ounces bath soap, flakes
- 2 tablespoons powdered milk (that can be skimmed, goats or buttermilk)
- 3 -4 tablespoons bran flakes
- 30 -40 drops essential oils (optional)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil or 1 tablespoon avocado oil or 1 tablespoon almond oil
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 5 tablespoons distilled water or 5 tablespoons bottled water
- In a large glass or ceramic bowl mix the grated soap with the milk powder, bran, essential oil (if using) and the olive oil.
- In a small glass bowl, heat together the water and the honey, 40/50 seconds in the microwave.
- Add this to the soap mix, mix it quickly with a spoon or fork, then use your hands and knead into a pliable dough.
- If you have done that and it feels sticky use some oil on your hands for the next step.
- Divide this mix into 3 or 4 pieces.
- You can now make them simply into soap balls, or flattened balls, like little hamburger patties, the latter are easier in using then the balls.
- The third option is to use a cookie cutter, round or heart shape is nice.
- Evenly fill the cutter with a soap portion, using the palm of your hand to smooth it out and pressing the soap down, then gently push it through the cookie cutter, do this on a piece of parchment paper.
- You can oil the inside rim of the cutter with some oil if needed.
- Let your soaps dry in a warm airy space on parchment paper for several days, turning them over every day.
- They are usually dry and ready to use in 3/4 days, but drying them a bit longer improves them.
- When drying they will shrink and don't make them too thin or they will curl up, use deep/high cookie cutters.
These little soaps smell wonderful. I did use my favourite Palmolive creamy soap bars(these I grated by hand and I want to thank U for a fantastic much-needed exercise), Nido milk powder, oat bran flakes, regular cooking oil, honey, distilled water and grapefuit oil(as the essential oil) to make these. If you make these into round balls like I did(5 of them), they resemble semolina ladoos(a very popular Indian delicacy). This resemblance had my dad and bro. fooled(both of them love Semolina ladoos') and I caught them just in time when they were about to pop these soaps into their mouths! LOL. I had to scream my head out saying, "WAIT WAIT THAT'S NOT LADOOS, THAT'S SOAP!!" It's a good thing it's not April 1st today, or they wouldn't have believed me! ZOIKS! HaHaHa!! Then I shifted these into my terrace where my birdies'(several pigeons) got fooled thinking I've got some new food for them to eat. HAHAHA! I can't tell you how much we've all laughed ever since that happened today afternoon. This was a real fun recipe!!! The next time I make these, I'll use my heart-shaped cookie cutter. These will look really good as little hearts plus nobody will get fooled into eating 'em! LOL. This is a wonderful recipe and I'm going to add it to my collection. What a wonderful gift also this would make! Thank you for sharing this, Pets, and thank YOU for all the laughs we've had with this! This is really an enjoyable recipe and I hope you get many pleasant reviews for this one! Update: I used one of these soaps today! My skin feels soft, silky and fresh! I really liked the soap, but, the only problem was the round shape that made it a little difficult to handle in the shower. Next time, I'll make these soaps flat, probably, like the soaps available in the market, so that then it would be easy to handle in the shower:)
I used this recipe for a Christmas in July class and it was a big hit with the ladies. We added 1 vit.E capsule and instead of EO we used our DH's cologne. It turned out great. Thanks for sharing.
These really were fun to make! I used vanilla essence instead of essential oils & they smelled delicious ~ almost good enough to eat! The bran added a "roughness" that's good for exfoliating the skin.