DIY Wedding Soap Favors & Two Homemade Soap Recipes

Learn how to make DIY Wedding Soap Favors and unique DIY Save the Date Soaps plus two homemade soap recipes for mango & coconut milk soaps!

Want to make your own DIY wedding soap favors for your big day? Learn how with this tutorial for making your own DIY wedding soap favors or unique Save the Date Soaps! Plus there are two homemade soap recipes for making mango and coconut milk two different ways! Choose from a simple homemade soap recipe that won’t break your budget or a splurge worthy luxurious mango and coconut milk homemade soap recipe!

First thing first. Before you can create your DIY wedding soap favors you’ll first need to make your soaps. If you’re choosing to purchase your homemade soaps you can skip ahead to how to make your soap labels. Otherwise, you’ll need to get started on your favorite homemade soap recipe at least four to six weeks before the big event to give your homemade soaps times to cure and allow enough time to wrap and label your DIY wedding soap favors.

Learn how to make DIY Wedding Soap Favors and unique DIY Save the Date Soaps plus two homemade soap recipes for mango & coconut milk soaps!

Budget Mango & Coconut Milk Homemade Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

21.6 oz. palm oil
3.6 oz. palm kernel flakes
7.2 oz. 76° melt point refined coconut oil
7.2 oz. rice bran oil

8.8 fluid oz. distilled water
5 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

3 oz. pureed ripe mango
1/2 Cup coconut milk powder
2-2.25 oz. fragrance oil, optional

Soap Notes:

The water as percent of the oil weight is 33% with the water then discounted by the amount of mango used in this homemade soap recipe.

The mango accounts for approximately 8.3% of the total oil weight.

This mango & coconut milk soap recipe was calculated using 6% superfat.

You can use a fragrance for this cold process soap recipe. If desired use up to 2.25 oz. of your favorite body safe fragrance oil; half for essential oils. Although as your guests may have allergies you aren’t aware of you may want to leave this unscented.

This mango & coconut milk cold process soap recipe will yield 10-12 bars of soap approximately 4 oz. each depending on how they are cut and fits inside my DIY wooden loaf soap mold.

Skip over the next homemade soap recipe to the bottom for instructions.

Luxury Mango & Coconut Milk Homemade Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

5 oz. 76° melt point refined coconut oil
4 oz. palm kernel flakes
6 oz. safflower oil
6 oz. rice bran oil
6 oz. palm oil
5 oz. pomace olive oil
3 oz. cocoa butter
1 oz. castor oil

8.5 fluid oz. distilled water
4.9 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

3 oz. pureed ripe mango
1/2 Cup coconut milk powder
2-2.25oz. fragrance oil, optional

Soap Notes:

The water as percent of the oil weight is 32% with the water then discounted by the amount of mango used in this homemade soap recipe.

The mango accounts for approximately 8.3% of the total oil weight.

This mango & coconut milk soap recipe was calculated using 7% superfat.

You can use a fragrance for this cold process soap recipe. If desired use up to 2.25 oz. of your favorite body safe fragrance oil; half for essential oils. Although as your guests may have allergies you aren’t aware of you may want to leave this unscented.

You can use virgin olive oil in lieu of pomace olive oil in this soap recipe, however you’ll find that pomace is not only less expensive, it also traces faster.

This mango & coconut milk cold process soap recipe will yield 10-12 bars of soap approximately 4 oz. each depending on how they are cut and fits inside my DIY wooden loaf soap mold.

Instructions:

To make this mango & coconut milk cold process soap recipe, you’ll need to follow your basic cold process soapmaking method instructions. (If you’ve never made cold process soap before here’s a good, inexpensive beginner’s cold process soap recipe.) Be sure to take all proper safety precautions when working with lye including goggles and gloves.

Begin by measuring out the distilled water in fluid ounces. Pour into a heat safe pitcher. Next, using a digital scale weigh out the lye. Slowly pour the lye into the water in a well ventilated area and stir until all the lye has dissolved. Set aside to cool.

Now weigh out the soapmaking oils using a digital scale and combine in a stainless steel pot. Heat until melted, then remove from heat and set aside.

Next, dice the mango, weigh, and set aside. In a separate container using a measuring cup to measure out the coconut milk powder  and set aside. If using a fragrance oil, weigh out the oil at this time as well and set aside.

When the lye-water and soapmaking oils have cooled to around 90°-95°F you’re ready to make soap.

Add the mango chunks and the coconut milk powder to the pot of melted soapmaking oils. Use a stick blender to puree the mango into the oils and incorporate the coconut milk powder. Once the mango and coconut milk powder are fully incorporated in the oils with no chunks you are ready to mix in the lye-water.

Slowly pour the lye-water into the soapmaking oils. Mix with a stick blender until you reach trace. If you are using a fragrance add the fragrance oil at a light trace then mix fully until the fragrance is fully incorporated and you get a medium trace on the soap.

Pour the soap batter into your prepared soap mold and leave uncovered. (This soap gets very hot during saponification and the top will crack if you over insulate it.) Set aside for 24 hours.

After 24 hours your can unmold your homemade soap loaf and cut it into bars. Allow bars to cure at least four weeks then wrap with foodservice film and label.

Learn how to make DIY Wedding Soap Favors and unique DIY Save the Date Soaps plus two homemade soap recipes for mango & coconut milk soaps!

How to Make Custom Soap Labels

To create your soap labels for your DIY wedding soap favors you’ll need a word processing program. I use OpenOffice as it’s open source, free and works across all platforms. You’ll also need clipart for your image or images that suits your color scheme and wedding theme.

This Antler Clipart from The Dutch Lady Designs works beautifully when incorporated into labels for DIY wedding soap favors.

For my wedding favor soap labels I used this antler clipart with floral decoration (pictured above) from The Dutch Lady Designs on Etsy.

This Wedding Floral Clipart from The Lil' Cliparts works beautifully when incorporated into labels for DIY wedding soap favors.

I also really like this wedding floral clipart (pictured above) from The Lil’ Cliparts. And I’m also a huge fan of the clipart at Amanda Ilkov as well. I love her wedding bicycle clipart and floral wedding save the date clipart. However you can choose any clipart image(s) you prefer. After all, it is your big day!

Next determine the size you want your wedding favor soap bars to be. Full size bars that are approximately 3 1/4″ x 2 1/2″. But these bars can easily be cut in half to double the amount of bars you have and create more manageable guest sized soaps. Once you know what size your soaps will be you can then create your soap labels for your DIY wedding soap favors. You’ll need to create the labels slightly smaller than the size of the soap.

How to make your own labels for DIY wedding soap favors using the free open source program OpenOffice.

Begin by creating a new text document. File > New > Text Document

How to make your own labels for DIY wedding soap favors using the free open source program OpenOffice.

Next, create two columns. Format > Columns Click on the image with two columns. Change the spacing to at least .10″ then hit OK.

How to make your own labels for DIY wedding soap favors using the free open source program OpenOffice.

The numbers at the top of the page indicate the inches across the page. You can slide the little arrow guides into place so that they are the width you’d like your soap labels to be to ensure you make them the size you want them. There are also inches that run vertically down the side of the text document you stay within your height constraints.

How to make your own labels for DIY wedding soap favors using the free open source program OpenOffice.

Now import your image you want to use for the labels. Insert > Picture from file > Choose the image from your computer’s location. Right click on the image then choose Wrap > In Background

Right click on the image again and choose Arrange > Send to back

With the image selected – you’ll see the green boxes around the image when its selected – left click on your mouse and drag the image slightly down the page to allow room for text above it.

How to make your own labels for DIY wedding soap favors using the free open source program OpenOffice.

Now choose your font for your labels from the drop box at the top along with the size directly to the right.

How to make your own labels for DIY wedding soap favors using the free open source program OpenOffice.

Center the text – or choose left or right alignment based on how you want your soap labels for your DIY wedding soap favors to look – then type in your text. Choose whatever text you like based on whether you’re created wedding soap favors or save the date soaps.

How to make your own labels for DIY wedding soap favors using the free open source program OpenOffice.

If you’d like a frame around the label you can create one as well. Go to Insert > Frame then hit OK on the box that pops up. Right click on the frame and hit Wrap > In Background then right click again and choose Arrange > Send to back.

How to make your own labels for DIY wedding soap favors using the free open source program OpenOffice.

Now left click on your mouse over one of the green squares and drag the frame out around your image and text until its place where you’d like it.

How to make your own labels for DIY wedding soap favors using the free open source program OpenOffice.

Select the line style for your frame if desired from the drop down Line Style drop box.

  How to make your own labels for DIY wedding soap favors using the free open source program OpenOffice.

You can also choose a color for your frame from the drop down Border Color drop box.

How to make your own labels for DIY wedding soap favors using the free open source program OpenOffice.

Now select the label you’ve just created using your mouse and then hit either CTL C (on Windows) or COMMAND C (on Mac) to copy the label.

How to make your own labels for DIY wedding soap favors using the free open source program OpenOffice.

Now hit enter under the label design to add two spaces under the image.

How to make your own labels for DIY wedding soap favors using the free open source program OpenOffice.

Hit CTL V (on Windows) or COMMAND V (on Mac) to paste a second label below the first.

How to make your own labels for DIY wedding soap favors using the free open source program OpenOffice.

Repeat until you’ve filled the page. Then simply print out your sheet of soap labels onto a full size label sheet. (WorldLabel has great prices on bulk labels.)

DIY Save the Date Soaps for your DIY Wedding - or make DIY wedding soap favors!

How to make your own labels for DIY wedding soap favors using the free open source program OpenOffice.

Finally cut out your labels and adhere to your wrapped bars of soap. And that’s it! Your wedding soap favors are now ready for your guests!

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For more of my homemade soap recipes as well as bath and beauty DIY’s be sure to visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen. You can also follow me on Pinterest for collections of not only my homemade soap recipes and beauty DIY’s but also some of my favorites from around the web.

Keep track of all my new homemade soap recipes and other DIY creations by following Soap Deli News blog via Blog Lovin’ and Tumblr. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, G+ and Instagram.


Blog posts may contain affiliate links for which I receive a small commission when you make a purchase. Full disclosure can be found here.

Natural Homemade Raspberry Cold Process Soap Recipe

This natural homemade raspberry cold process soap recipe is made with real ripe raspberries which are naturally rich in antioxidants which help to prevent and repair skin damage.

This natural homemade raspberry cold process soap recipe is made with ripe raspberries which are naturally rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants have been shown to help to prevent and repair skin damage caused by free radicals. In addition because antioxidants protect cells and encourage cell growth they are also believed to be helpful in an in fighting fine lines and wrinkles.

This natural homemade raspberry cold process soap recipe is made with ripe raspberries which are naturally rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants have been shown to help to prevent and repair skin damage caused by free radicals. In addition because antioxidants protect cells and encourage cell growth they are also believed to be helpful in an in fighting fine lines and wrinkles.

Natural Raspberry Cold Process Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

3.6 oz. refined (76° melt point) coconut oil
1.1 oz. castor oil
22.3 oz. pomace olive oil
5.4 oz. lard (pig tallow)
3.6 oz. palm kernel flakes

8 fluid oz. distilled water
4.9 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

3 oz. ripe raspberries
.5 oz. sodium lactate (60% solution)

Soap Notes:

The water discount was figured at around 30.6% as this raspberry cold process soap recipe has a high amount of olive oil which typically makes for a softer soap. (The steeper water discount and sodium lactate will help your soap harden faster so you can unmold the loaf and cut it into bars the next day.) The water then was again discounted by 3 oz. to account for the 3 oz. of raspberries used.

The raspberries account for approximately 8.3% of the total oil weight.

You can use virgin olive oil in lieu of pomace olive oil in this soap recipe, however you’ll find that pomace is not only less expensive, it also traces faster.

This raspberry cold process soap recipe was calculated using 6% super fat.

You can substitute palm kernel oil for the palm kernel flakes in this soap recipe without having to change the amount of lye needed. However, if you are resizing the recipe you should run the numbers back through a lye calculator.

You can use a fragrance for this cold process soap recipe. If desired use up to 2.25 oz. of your favorite body safe fragrance oil; half for essential oils.

This raspberry cold process soap recipe was formulated to be extra conditioning. Adding 1/2 Cup of powdered goat milk or coconut milk powder to the soapmaking oils just before adding the lye-water will add further skin conditioning benefits. Another fun alternative would be to add a small amount of coconut flakes to the batch when you add the raspberries.

This raspberry cold process soap recipe will yield 10-12 bars of soap approximately 4 oz. each depending on how they are cut and fits inside my DIY wooden loaf soap mold.

Instructions:

To make this raspberry cold process soap recipe, you’ll need to follow your basic cold process soapmaking method instructions. (If you’ve never made cold process soap before here’s a good, inexpensive beginner’s cold process soap recipe.) Be sure to take all proper safety precautions when working with lye including goggles and gloves.

Begin by measuring out the distilled water in fluid ounces. Pour into a heat safe pitcher. Next, using a digital scale weigh out the lye. Slowly pour the lye into the water in a well ventilated area and stir until all the lye has dissolved. Set aside to cool.

Now weigh out the coconut, castor, and olive oils along with the palm kernel flakes and lard using a digital scale and combine in a stainless steel pot. Heat until melted, then remove from heat and set aside.

Next, weigh out the sodium lactate and raspberries separately and set aside.

When the lye-water and soapmaking oils have cooled to around 90°-95°F you’re ready to make soap.

You can puree your raspberries prior to making soap if desired using a food processor. However, I simply added my raspberries directly to the melted soapmaking oils and pureed them in the pot using my stick blender. Once the raspberries were fully incorporated in the oils with no chunks, I then added the sodium lactate to the cooled lye-water and stirred.

Now slowly pour the lye-water mixture with the sodium lactate into the soapmaking oils with the pureed raspberries. Mix with a stick blender until you reach trace. If you are using a fragrance add the fragrance at a light trace then mix fully until the fragrance is fully incorporated and you get a medium trace on the soap.

Pour the soap into your prepared soap mold and leave uncovered. (This soap gets very hot during saponification and the top will crack if you over insulate it.) Set aside for 24 hours.

This natural homemade raspberry cold process soap recipe is made with ripe raspberries which are naturally rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants have been shown to help to prevent and repair skin damage caused by free radicals. In addition because antioxidants protect cells and encourage cell growth they are also believed to be helpful in an in fighting fine lines and wrinkles.

After 24 hours your can unmold your homemade soap loaf and cut it into bars. Allow bars to cure 4-6 weeks before use, then wrap and label as desired.

For more of my homemade soap recipes as well as bath and beauty DIY’s be sure to visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen. You can also follow me on Pinterest for collections of not only my homemade soap recipes and beauty DIY’s but also some of my favorites from around the web.

Keep track of all my new homemade soap recipes and other DIY creations by following Soap Deli News blog via Blog Lovin’ and Tumblr. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, G+ and Instagram.


Blog posts may contain affiliate links for which I receive a small commission when you make a purchase. Full disclosure can be found here.

Homemade Hair Oil Recipe for Dry Hair

These natural hair care recipes are just what your hair ordered! Easy to make hair oil recipe for dry hair and a hair mask recipe for dry, damage and frizzy hair.

Dry, damaged or frizzy hair? These natural hair care recipes are just what your hair ordered! Learn how to make your own super effective hair oil recipe for dry hair suitable for daily use as well as a homemade hair mask recipe for intense conditioning weekly or monthly based on your hair’s needs.

Both of these natural hair care recipes are made using ingredients prized for their beneficial properties in hair care including coconut oil, hemp seed oil, and neem oil.

Coconut oil works beautifully as a hair conditioner and helps to prevent breakage as well as keep hair looking soft and shiny. The fatty acids in coconut oil are also helpful in preventing dandruff. And coconut oil is also believed to help prevent hair loss and premature graying.

Hemp seed oil contains gamma-linoleic acid which contributes to keratin formation. This helps to make hair stronger and healthier, improving the overall condition of your hair. The natural lipids, vitamin E and fatty acids found in hemp seed oil help to improve hair’s elasticity, volume and shine while also protecting hair from moisture loss. Because hemp seed oil is a dry oil, it doesn’t leave hair feeling greasy or weighed down.

Dry, damaged or frizzy hair? These natural hair care recipes are just what your hair ordered! Learn how to make your own super effective hair oil recipe for dry hair suitable for daily use as well as a homemade hair mask recipe for intense conditioning weekly or monthly based on your hair's needs.

Neem oil is wonderful at helping to prevent dandruff, eczema and other irritating scalp conditions. It also helps to prevent hair loss and promotes hair growth.

The other carrier oil used in these natural hair care recipes I’ve left up to you. My favorite choices are argan, jojoba and macadamia nut oils. All of these oils help to strengthen hair’s elasticity, maintain moisture, soften tresses, increase shine and tackle tough frizz. Simply choose your favorite based on the additional benefits they offer.

Dry, damaged or frizzy hair? These natural hair care recipes are just what your hair ordered! Learn how to make your own super effective hair oil recipe for dry hair suitable for daily use as well as a homemade hair mask recipe for intense conditioning weekly or monthly based on your hair's needs.

Homemade Hair Oil Recipe for Dry Hair

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

.25 oz. refined or virgin coconut oil
.45 oz. hemp seed oil
.3 oz. macadamia nut, argan or jojoba oil
.05 oz. 100% organic neem oil
12 drops rosemary essential oil
3 drops rosemary antioxidant extract, optional

Instructions:

Using a digital scale weigh out the coconut oil into a small glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat briefly in the microwave just until melted then weigh out the other carrier oils and stir into the hair oil. Using a dropper or transfer pipette add the rosemary essential oil and, if desired, the rosemary extract. (I recommend the rosemary extract to help lengthen the shelf life of the hemp seed oil. Otherwise you can keep this hair oil recipe for dry hair refrigerated for longevity.)

If you’re not a fan of rosemary essential oil you can substitute this essential oil with one of your favorite essential oil based on your hair type. Lavender, rosemary, lemon, geranium, cedarwood, thyme and clary sage essential oils are suitable for normal hair. Lavender, rosemary, sandalwood and geranium essential oils are great for dry hair and lavender, rosemary, lemon, peppermint and cyprus essential oils are suitable for oily hair.

This hair oil recipe for dry hair yields about 1 oz. of product and will fit inside a 1 oz. glass bottle or plastic container. A little goes a long way!

To use simply pour a small amount into the palm of your hand then rub your hands together. Apply the hair oil to the ends of your hair first, then lightly rub your hands over the rest of your hair, then massage in. (Psst. You can also try this on beards as a natural homemade beard oil!)

I was inspired to create this particular hair oil recipe for dry hair after sampling the Obliphica Treatment Hair Serum. While my recipe doesn’t have sea buckthorn fruit in it, you can add 5-10 drops of sea buckthorn oil if you like. I loved that this added shine and tamed frizz without weighing it down or making it look greasy.

If your hair is super damaged from winter weather or pool chlorine, dependent on the time of year of course, then you’ll also want to try my homemade hair mask recipe for dry hair. In addition to the oils used for my hair oil recipe for dry hair it also contains cocoa butter for its superior moisturizing properties as well as its effectiveness against dry, itchy scalp.

Homemade Hair Mask Recipe for Dry Hair

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

.5 oz. refined or virgin coconut oil
.25 oz. argan, jojoba or macadamia nut oil
.25 oz. hemp seed oil
.1 oz. 100% organic neem oil
.4 oz. cocoa butter
18 drops rosemary essential oil
6 drops rosemary antioxidant extract, optional

Instructions:

To create this hair mask recipe for dry hair begin by using a digital scale to weigh out the cocoa butter. Melt in the microwave at reduced power or in a double boiler, then weigh out and add the remaining carrier oils. Use a dropper or transfer pipette to add the essential oil and rosemary extract.

Allow the hair mask to thicken, you can pop this in the fridge to speed up the process.

To use apply the hair mask evenly to hair concentrating on the ends first then working your way up. Leave the hair mask in for 10 minutes to overnight, then shampoo and condition as usual.

If you’re looking to switch to sulfate free shampoos to a cleansing conditioner, I highly recommend both Renpure Solutions Rosemary Mint Cleansing Conditioner for normal to dry hair and Macadamia Oil Flawless Cleansing Conditioner for super dry, damaged hair. My hair stays so much healthier and shiny since I switched to using a cleansing conditioner over traditional shampoo.

If you like this homemade hair mask recipe for dry hair, you may also like my Winter Mint Homemade Moisturizing Hair Mask Recipe as well as my Natural Hair Mask Recipe formulated with shea butter, avocado and coconut oils.

For more of my natural hair care recipes, bath and beauty DIY’s and my homemade soap recipes be sure to visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen. You can also follow me on Pinterest for collections of my favorite bath and beauty recipes from around the web.

Keep track of all my new natural hair care recipes and other DIY creations by following Soap Deli News blog via Blog Lovin’ and Tumblr. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, G+ and Instagram.


Blog posts may contain affiliate links for which I receive a small commission when you make a purchase. Full disclosure can be found here.