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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 quick and easy homemade soap. As it turns out, soap-making (with a couple of handy, kid-safe shortcuts) is the perfect way for littles to have some fun in the kitchen! 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, so we throw it in the mix. The whole project was SO EASY and worthwhile I had to share it here.
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.
For another natural DIY project your kids will have fun making, visit the tutorial for our “Pixie Dust” a DIY aromatherapy linen powder with magical powers (and a very special bottle). Or mix up a bottle of meditation with our magic zen jar tutorial (biodegradable glitter for the win!).
To make your own DIY honey goat’s milk soap you’ll need:
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- 1 lb Goat’s milk soap base (you can find it at a craft store or use the kind I did)
- 3 Tbsp. Manuka Honey (something like this or just whatever honey you have in the cabinet!)
- A Soap mold (soap/mini 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 like these non-toxic, natural Mica 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.
How to Make Honey Goat’s Milk Soap with Kids – DIY Instructions:
- Cut the soap base into cubes and melt
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.
- Pour the soap mixture into a mold and set it aside to harden
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.
- Pop your finished soaps out of the mold
Gently push your hardened soaps out of the mold. We cut small squares of tissue paper and folded them around the bars we weren’t going to use right away, then stacked them in a small storage container to keep under the sink. In a cool spot, they’ll last until you need them!
YAY! Soft and gentle soap for little faces and bodies. We specifically made ours fragrance-free – but even without aromatics and color, there is a lovely barely-there honey scent and warm off-white hue.
This was a great way to get in some pouring practice and introduce some basic kitchen utensils for the younger of the two little biscuits who joined in the soap-making process. And we ALL loved popping the soaps out of the molds to see what we had come up with.
My only regret was that I hadn’t planned ahead and ordered a couple of colorants – color-mixing would have been the perfect addition to this activity, and I’m already excited to try it with our next round.
More DIY soap ideas we love for making with kids…
Homemade soap is definitely having a moment and now that I’m on the bandwagon, I’ve found so many other soap-aspiration kids would enjoy…
- How gorgeous are these Soap Gem Stones? I’m loving the gem-like look, and the sizes and shapes are perfect for tiny hands.
- I love this idea so much…Lego Rescue Soap! What a wonderful incentive for kiddos to wash their little mitts, lather, rinse and repeat.
- When I was little, no bath was ever complete without a scribble on the tub. These Soap Bath Crayons are a great way to DIY your own.
- This clever and colorful DIY Confetti Soap looks like a party doesn’t it? If you’re excited to try LOTS of colors, you can mix them up with this fun process for beautiful results.
- Stop everything and check out this Goldfish in a Bag Soap – the cutest thing I’ve EVER seen. The look is SPOT ON and I can easily picture these being used for adorable school party favors.
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