It’s been rainy all day today, and in a quest to find a fun, quick activity I ran across a recipe I had saved for a shortcut homemade soap and it turns out its the perfect kids DIY soap project! I had recently purchased a HUGE jar of Manuka honey (semi-accidentally) and thought I’d take advantage of its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and throw it in the mix. OMG – this was SO EASY to make I had to share. For kids (or adults) with sensitive skin, this is super soft and gentle, and I *swear* it is actually easier than shopping for a dye and fragrance-free soap that isn’t crazy expensive.
- 1 lb Goat’s Milk Soap base (you can find at a craft store or online)
- 3 Tbsp. Manuku Honey (or just whatever honey you have in the cabinet!)
- A Mold (Soap/Cake molds, wood or ice cube trays all work – I found Silicone molds are the easiest and used this adorbs Honeycomb mold to make many smaller soaps)
- Soap Colorants
- 3-4 Tbsp. Oatmeal
- Grated Lemon or Orange Peel
- Coconut, Olive, Palm or Avocado Oil
- Essential Oils to Scent
Yields: Roughly 4 average-sized bars of soap or 10 smaller.
Cut your base into 3″ x 3″ cubes (anything manageable really). Place the cubes into a microwave-safe container and alternate heating for 30 seconds and stirring for 30 seconds until all the cubes are melted. Stir in the honey, and any other colorants or oils. If you’d like to add grated peels, oatmeal or lavender, place those evenly into the bottom of the mold/molds before pouring.
Once you’ve evenly poured the soap mixture into the mold, the job is basically done! Put it aside and give it 2 hours to fully harden, then just pop them out of the molds. YAY! Soft and gentle soap for little faces and bodies. I specifically made mine fragrance-free – but even without aromatics and color, there is a lovely barely-there honey scent and warm off-white hue.
If you decide that soap-making is your favorite new thing, here are some other ideas we love…