DIY Stocking Stuffers: Homemade Soaps

DIY Stocking Stuffers: Homemade Soaps - Candy Coated Culinista

DIY Stocking Stuffers: Homemade Soaps – Candy Coated Culinista

This year for stocking stuffers I decided to make some homemade soap for my friends. I enjoy soap-making so much I thought this would be a great stocking stuffer that was made with love. I don’t have any recipes yet as these are all experimentation for me at the moment. The smell of the Sandalwood Vanilla Chia Scrub soap was so relaxing and I hope that the Chia seeds do having the exfoliating effect to them that I desire. I found an amazing mold and wanted to see if I could make a soap that didn’t look like a soap and I think it came out quite well.

Sandlewood Vanilla Chia Scrub Soap
Ingredients
• Double Butter Soap
• Sandalwood Oil
• Vanilla Oil
• Purple colorant
• Green colorant
• Chia Seeds
• Sparkly soap glitter

Vanilla Coconut Biscuit Cookie Soap
Ingredients
• Double Butter Soap
• Orange colorant
• Coconut Oil
• Vanilla Oil

DIY Stocking Stuffers: Homemade Soaps - Candy Coated Culinista

DIY Stocking Stuffers: Homemade Soaps – Candy Coated Culinista

DIY Stocking Stuffers: Homemade Soaps - Candy Coated Culinista

DIY Stocking Stuffers: Homemade Soaps – Candy Coated Culinista

DIY Stocking Stuffers: Homemade Soaps - Candy Coated Culinista

DIY Stocking Stuffers: Homemade Soaps – Candy Coated Culinista

DIY Soap-Making – Tri-Layered Orchid Blossom Heart Soap with Tuberose

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After taking a soap-making class I have officially caught to soap-making bug. I spent a couple hours making my first unsupervised handmade soap at home. I am no stranger to handcrafted soap, as I am in love with Demo Soap in Toronto and I strictly use their soaps. I have seen many types and patterns of soap and decided to not take it slow and easy on my first attempt. My end result was a lovely scented Tri-Layered Orchid Blossom heart soap with Tuberose. The Peach coloured heart was Orchid Blossom scented and made from Olive Oil Glycerin Soap. The pink and white portion was made with Double Butter Soap – enriched with mango & Shea butters soap. I used a purple colorant, but the soap was so dense it seems that the soap on turned a pink colour. I also left a layer of white and sprinkled some gold glitter on the soap. I enjoyed making this soap so much and I really didn’t have a design planned out, I just played and experimented and look how lovely the soap turned out.

Ingredients
• Olive Oil Glycerin Soap
• Double Butter Soap
• Orchid Blossom oil
• Tuberose oil
• Purple colorant
• Gold soap glitter

DIY Soap-Making - Tri-Layered Orchid Blossom Heart Soap with Tuberose - Candy Coated Culinista

DIY Soap-Making – Tri-Layered Orchid Blossom Heart Soap with Tuberose – Candy Coated Culinista

Soap-Making Party

Soap Making Party - Candy Coated Culinista

Soap Making Party – Candy Coated Culinista

What’s a soap-making party you ask? Students get to make soap and use all the teachers’ products and pay for the soap you carry home by the pound. As soon as I got the invite I was all in; as I had too much fun at the soap-making workshop to pass it up. There were a must for the soap making party: anything culinary related and of course skulls. So I sat down and got to work and made my soaps and to us girls there it was fun play time.

This day I made three soap skulls, a strawberry chocolate doughnut, Margarita Chapman’s Rocket (Chapman’s Rockets are my favourite Popsicle from my childhood), strawberry smoothie Jello pie with hidden fruit inside and lastly a peach mango mini cupcake with soap buttercream and pearls.

My thoughts
I feel quite Zen-like with I am creating soaps. This seems to be my happy place, where I can be creative and have fun. There’s no rushing soap-making, things need time to set and I like that, and I am therefore forced to slow down and relax, as this isn’t my way normally. Today was my second attempt using a proper piping bag and this time it was piping buttercream soap onto a soap cupcake, and it turned out quite well. A fun time was had by all, and I left a couple of ladies still creating more soaps and mixing colours.

Soap-Making Workshop

Soap Making Workshop - Candy Coated Culinista

Soap Making Workshop – Candy Coated Culinista

I’m the type of person who get super antsy, meaning I am constantly changing my hair highlights and style; or I get that feeling that I just need to try something new whether it’s revamping my wardrobe or switching up my go to meals. I love the one of a kind show and have been visiting twice a year for almost 10 years now. These artisans have so much creativity and every time I go to the show I think about how much I’d love to do this if I had the guts. I am addicted to handmade soaps from Demo Soap; so much so that when the owner, Thomas sees me coming he tells the associate to open a big bag as I’m stocking piling enough for a year. When I first started going to this show there was maybe two homemade soap artisans, but now everyone is doing it, soaps, body care, lotions and scrubs; and I have even tried it here at Candy Coated Culinista. Consumers are into natural and organic products so much more now than 10 years ago, and I thought I need to learn how to make my own soap. I will never stop buying soap from Thomas but making my own for presents and testing and satiating my crafty appetite is in need.

I went to a workshop by Mellemee Soap & Cosmetics Crafts and learned how to make soap. In the two hour workshop I made: Layered Hawaiian Plumeria, Mango Madness & Pineapple soap with shredded soap and soap nibs; Green apple Glycerin Jello moulds with shredded soap and soap nibs, a Green Tea & White Pear Glycerin fruit tarts and heart tarts and finally Chocolate Ice Cream Cone. I didn’t expect to leave with the amount I did, but I learned a new technique, and I had a chance to be creative. Homemade soaps are more organic than mass-produced soaps which I why I swear by Demo Soap. It’s gentle, doesn’t stripe away my skins natural moisture and my skin thanks me for that.

After this class I was bitten by the soap-making bug and have been amassing the supplies I need to make my own soap. My teacher said I was very good and creative which made me very happy.

I am saving my soaps I made in class even though my teacher said I must use them. To me they are too cute to use and I like to have the memories of my first attempt at a new skill. I don’t want my first works going down the drain quite literally as I worked hard and put al lot of creativity into it.

My thoughts Overall this was a lot of fun and well worth the money. I will definitely do this again. Even when I become proficient I will always go back to learn something new techniques.

Soap Making Workshop - Candy Coated Culinista

Soap Making Workshop – Candy Coated Culinista

Soap Making Workshop - Candy Coated Culinista

Soap Making Workshop – Candy Coated Culinista

Soap Making Workshop - Candy Coated Culinista

Soap Making Workshop – Candy Coated Culinista

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