Looking for a quick gift? I’m finding that soap making is so much fun and very rewarding because you’re making something that will actually be used. I feel like I make a lot of things for Rob but I have found the thing he definitely uses the most are soaps that I make. He especially loves the loofah soaps I made a while back.
And so since I made an online order for some new soap bases and a few neat looking molds I decided to get a very manly scent to use in soaps for Mr. Rob. What I made for him was a generic “ocean’s breeze” type of scent which is more gender neutral than man scented.
For this project you will need:
- Melt and pour soap base for suspension (I used this)
- Bar soap mold
- Rope trim (got mine at Hobby Lobby in the ribbon/fabric area)
- Tape, hot glue gun
- Fragrance oil
- Soap colorant
To keep the rope in the center of the soap I went with a soap that is specially formulated that you can suspend things in it.
Grab your rope and cut it to size for each soap. To prevent unnecessary fraying apply tape around the rope where you need to make the cut.
Once you remove the tape that business is going to start unraveling. To prevent that a little dab of hot glue all over the ends will make sure the rope stays as it is.
Now, a quick tip when you don’t know quite how much soap to melt for a new mold first fill it with water to see how much. For each bar I’ll need 3/4 cup of melted soap base.
Melt your soap down and add your choice of color and scent fragrance.
Add your rope bits to the soap, taking care that they are roughly in the center.
Allow the soap to set according to the directions on your base. Mine needed to set for 40 minutes.
When using a clear, hard mold, if you run into trouble un-molding, pop the soap into the freezer for just a few minutes. I forgot mine for, quite literally, hours. As such it decided to sweat for a very, very long time. But it still popped out lickety split!
If gifting a little paper bag makes the perfect wrapper.