Men’s Soap Recipe & Holiday Gift Idea with Free Printable Gift Labels

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It’s often hard coming up with great holiday gift ideas for men. However, this homemade ferocious & fantastic men’s soap recipe is sure to be a hit!

Get a jump start on your holiday gifts with this homemade men's soap recipe and free printable gift tags and soap labels featuring artwork by Anna Dance. This handmade soaps make wonderful DIY Christmas gifts but can also be gifted year round. Plus free printable labels for women's gifts and soaps too! Find the tutorial to make this awesome soap now at Soap Deli News blog! #soap #gift #giftideas #printable #christmas #soapmaking #christmasgift #winter #crafts #diy

To tackle the tough challenge of coming up with unique homemade men’s Christmas gift ideas I enlisted some help from an artist I found through Etsy, Anna Dance. Anna Dance of Hello Pants is graphic artist and illustrator from Australia who creates fun and whimsical watercolor illustrations and digital drawings. Through this collaboration, Anna designed the graphics for the free printable gift labels while I created a ferocious & fantastic men’s soap recipe!

Men's Soap Recipe for the Holidays! Get a jump start on your holiday gifts with this homemade men's soap recipe and free printable gift tags and soap labels featuring artwork by Anna Dance. This handmade soaps make wonderful DIY Christmas gifts but can also be gifted year round. Plus free printable labels for women's gifts and soaps too! Find the tutorial to make this awesome soap now at Soap Deli News blog! #soap #gift #giftideas #printable #christmas #soapmaking #christmasgift #winter #crafts #diy

There are several variations of printable labels that can be used for the soaps you create from this men’s soap recipe. In addition there are also printable gift tags for women as well. So even if you aren’t making soap, you can still use these label sheets! Also please be sure to check out Anna’s other artwork! You can follow her on Facebook and Pinterest as well as shop with her online at Etsy.

Get a jump start on your holiday gifts with this homemade men's soap recipe and free printable gift tags and soap labels featuring artwork by Anna Dance. This handmade soaps make wonderful DIY Christmas gifts but can also be gifted year round. Plus free printable labels for women's gifts and soaps too! Find the tutorial to make this awesome soap now at Soap Deli News blog! #soap #gift #giftideas #printable #christmas #soapmaking #christmasgift #winter #crafts #diy

Ferocious & Fantastic Men’s Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

10.8 oz. pomace olive oil
7.2 oz. 76 degree F melt point refined coconut oil
1.8 oz. sweet almond oil
5.4 oz. sunflower oil
3.6 oz. sustainable palm oil
1.8 oz. shea butter
1.8 oz. cocoa butter
3.6 oz. castor oil

12 fl. oz. distilled water
4.8 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

2 oz. Ferocious Beast fragrance oil
1 oz. kaolin (white cosmetic) clay
1 Tablespoon rosehips powder
1 Tablespoon powdered loofah
pinch Chromium Oxide Green Pigment Powder
pinch Copper Mica

Instructions:

This men’s soap recipe will fit one of my DIY wooden loaf soap molds. Alternately you can use a silicone loaf mold or two 6-Cavity Silicone Mini Loaf Pans. If using a wooden mold, begin by lining your mold, then follow your basic cold process soapmaking instructions.

Start by measuring out the distilled water into a pitcher or a four cup or larger glass Pyrex measuring cup. Then, using a digital kitchen scale, weigh out the lye and pour into the water. Stir into the lye dissolves and set aside in a safe location to cool. Now weigh out the soapmaking oils and butters and place in a large non-aluminum pot. Heat over medium heat on the stove until fully melted, then remove from heat and allow to cool.

While your lye-water and soapmaking oils are cooling you can prepare the other ingredients in separate containers and set aside. If you can’t find loofah powder, you can run a dried loofah through a food processor to make your own.

Once the lye-water and oils have cooled to about 100 degrees F you are ready to make soap. Start by adding the kaolin clay and powdered loofah to the soapmaking oils. Then mix with a stick/immersion hand blender until the ingredients are fully incorporated. Now, slowly pour the lye-water into the soapmaking oils and mix until you reach a light trace. Add the fragrance oil and stir again until you reach a medium trace then pour a third of the soap into your prepared mold. Evenly dust this layer of soap with the powdered rose hips.

Now pour about 1/3 of the remaining soap into a measuring cup and set aside. With the soap left in the pot add a pinch of the green pigment and mix well with the stick blender until it’s thoroughly incorporated. Then pour this soap into your soap mold on top of the first layer of soap with the rosehips powder on top.

With the remaining soap you set aside, add a pinch of earthen mist mica and mix well with the stick blender then pour on top of the first two layers of soap. Level the soap as much as possible so the final size of your bars will be consistent. I generally level out the top of my soap using a butter knife. I run a butter knife back and forth along the width of the mold to evenly distribute the soap, then run it back and forth along the length. However, you can use whatever method works best for you. Now cover the soap and insulate for at least twenty-four hours.

Get a jump start on your holiday gifts with this homemade men's soap recipe and free printable gift tags and soap labels featuring artwork by Anna Dance. This handmade soaps make wonderful DIY Christmas gifts but can also be gifted year round. Plus free printable labels for women's gifts and soaps too! Find the tutorial to make this awesome soap now at Soap Deli News blog! #soap #gift #giftideas #printable #christmas #soapmaking #christmasgift #winter #crafts #diy

Once the soap has completed the saponification process, you can unmold the soap and cut it into bars. {Learn how to make a soap cutting guide here.} Allow soaps to cure for 3-6 weeks, then wrap and label. I use professional plastic food wrap film to wrap my homemade soaps as it works GREAT and is MUCH cheaper than buying small containers of cling wrap. For my labels, I used full size white label sticker sheets from WorldLabel.

Get a jump start on your holiday gifts with this homemade men's soap recipe and free printable gift tags and soap labels featuring artwork by Anna Dance. This handmade soaps make wonderful DIY Christmas gifts but can also be gifted year round. Plus free printable labels for women's gifts and soaps too! Find the tutorial to make this awesome soap now at Soap Deli News blog! #soap #gift #giftideas #printable #christmas #soapmaking #christmasgift #winter #crafts #diy

There are several fantastic versions of labels to choose from. You can download a printable version of this soap recipe and Rebecca’s version of the printable soap labels and gift tags here. You can also download Anna’s version of super cute printable woodland deer soap labels here.  Anna’s version also includes a version of soap labels for women with a sweet doe in a winter scarf and hat carrying a basket of flowers! (All labels are for personal use only.) To print your labels, simply choose your favorite label or gift tag design and print only that page onto a sticker label sheet.

Looking for more printable holiday gift tags? Download and print my Printable Kawaii Inspired Holiday Gift Tags and Cute Holiday Printable Gift Tags. Or browse my Printables board on Pinterest.

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DIY Frosted Cranberry Coconut Milk Soap Recipe

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DIY Festive Holiday Frosted Cranberry Coconut Milk Soap Recipe

This is that time of year that I start thinking ahead to the holidays. The leaves are starting to turn and fall. The night air is crisp and cool, and aside of the seasonal allergies, it’s one of my favorite times of the year. (Not to mention my favorite look for fall always involves a turtleneck sweater.) It also means I get to help all of my lovely readers come up with some fabulous homemade gift ideas for the holiday season.

I had a blast creating this homemade coconut milk soap recipe for the Christmas season/winter holidays. It’s a fun festive holiday soap scented with a frosted cranberry fragrance and made with rich, luxurious butters and moisturizing coconut milk. You will need to make these early on as they take a minimum of three weeks to cure. Four weeks if you’re not crunched for time.

Homemade Christmas Gift Idea - DIY Handmade Deer Silhoutte Frosted Cranberry Soaps - Super Cute as Stocking Stuffers

Homemade Moisture Rich Frosted Cranberry Coconut Milk Soap Recipe:

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

.25 oz. mango butter
1.5 oz. cocoa butter
1.5 oz. shea butter
4 oz. palm kernel flakes
2 oz. castor oil
10 oz. olive oil
6 oz. rice bran oil
1 oz. apricot kernel oil

3.5 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide
9 fluid ounces distilled water

1.5 oz. Frosted Cranberry fragrance oil
.6 oz. coconut milk powder
.6 oz. colloidal oatmeal
.1 oz. red orange oil locking mica shimmer powder

Supplies & Tools:

digital kitchen scale
spatula and mixing utensils
large non-aluminum pot
stick/immersion hand blender
glass pyrex measuring cups
deer silhouette hand carved stamp from extase
Diamond Dust mica
Earthen Mist mica colorant

Instructions:

For this cold process coconut milk soap recipe, you’ll want to follow my basic soapmaking instructions on how to make cold process soap. If you’ve never made homemade soaps with lye from scratch before, I recommend starting out with a basic recipe first before delving into a recipe that calls for more expensive ingredients. This recipe will easily fit into one of my wooden soap molds – learn how to make your own for next to nothing here – and will yield approximately eleven bars of soap weighing approximately 3.3 oz. each. (For fewer and larger soap bars, simply use a smaller mold.) You can also use a silicone loaf mold although it may take two of these depending on what size you choose to purchase.

Follow all safety precautions when making soap including wearing gloves and protective eye wear. Keep vinegar on hand to neutralize accidental spills.

This project will take about one hour to make.

If using a wooden soap mold, you’ll want to start by lining your mold. (This isn’t necessary for silicone molds as they will pop right out.) Then make your lye-water by first measuring out the distilled water into a large glass pyrex measuring cup. Then, using a digital scale, weigh out your lye and stir into the water. Set aside in a well ventilated area to cool.

Now weigh out the soapmaking oils and butters – mango butter, cocoa butter, shea butter, palm kernel flakes, castor oil, olive oil, rice bran oil, and apricot kernel oil – and combine into your soapmaking pot. Place the pot on the stove on medium heat until all of the oils have melted (about 10-12 minutes) then remove from heat and set aside to cool to about 100 degrees F. (I allowed my oils to cool for about 25 minutes.)

While your oils are cooling you can prepare the coconut milk powder and colloidal oatmeal by weighing these out into a container and setting aside. Weigh out the fragrance oil and red orange oil locking mica shimmer powder as well into separate containers and set aside.

Once your oils have cooled, add the coconut milk powder and colloidal oatmeal to the oils and mix until thoroughly incorporated with the stick blender. Now slowly pour the lye-water into the oils and blend until you reach a light trace. Now stir in the fragrance oil and blend well until a moderate trace is acheived. Now slowly and evenly pour 1/3 of the soap into your mold.

Next, add the mica shimmer to the soap remaining in the pot and use the stick blender to mix the mica into the soap until fully incorporated. Then pour the remaining two thirds of soap on top of the soap you previously poured into the mold.

If necessary, even out the top of the soap using a butter knife. I run a butter knife back and forth along the width of the mold to evenly distribute the soap, then run it back and forth along the length. For a “frosty” look on top of your soap, lightly dust the top of the soap with additional coconut milk powder.

Now cover your mold with a lid – a piece of cardboard will work! – and a towel to insulate.

After a twenty-four hour period your soap is ready to unmold. Remove your soap from the mold, then cut into bars  of your desired size by eye or using a soap cutter as a guide. Lay the cut bars out flat onto a wax or parchment paper covered surface.

Place a small amount of diamond dust mica into a shallow bowl or plate, then lightly dip your deer silhouette stamp into the mica and then firmly press onto your soap bar. Repeat with each bar until all bars have been stamped. Then, if desired, flick a small amount of both the diamond dust mica and earthen mist mica onto the front of each bar to achieve your desired look. Allow bars to cure in a cool, dry location for 3-6 weeks then wrap and label as desired.

If you’re giving these as gifts there’s no reason to hide your pretty image. Simply wrap in cheap plastic food film- the kind that sticks to itself – or restaurant food service film. These would look especially sweet, I think, as part of a homemade gift basket.

For more homemade gift ideas for the holidays as well as handmade soap recipes and bath and beauty recipes, be sure to follow my boards on Pinterest!

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Fabulous Handmade Knit Fall Fashion Accessories

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I love love love fall! In fact, now that the nights have been dipping down into the 60’s I’m even more excited for fall to arrive. I even pulled out my box of hand knit hats and fingerless gloves to see what I have and what I might need. Okay, so I really don’t “need” anything new. But I do really want to add to my collection. So I’ve been browsing for some fun new hand knit accessories for fall. Following are a few of my favorites that I found.

Hand knit fantastic fox hat for fall
Handmade Fantastic Fox Hat from awberry – Fine. I admit I bought this one. But at just $25 with free shipping I couldn’t resist. I tried. Really. Just not very hard. *wink*

Hand Knit Burnt Orange Fingerless Gloves for Fall

Hand Knit Burnt Orange Wool Fingerless Gloves from reflectionsbyds – These would dashing with the fox hat, don’t you think?

DIY Knit Hat Pattern - Deer with Antlers for Fall

Deer with Antlers Hat Knitting Pattern from Tiny Owl’s Magic Attic – I absolutely adore this hat and if it wasn’t a pattern I would have purchased it already. Unfortunately I don’t know how to knit. Maybe if I buy the pattern I can find a volunteer who will swap their knitting skills for soap. What do you think?

Hand Knit Charcoal Leaf and Flower Scarf for Fall - Fun Fashion Accessory

Hand Knit Leaf and Flower Charcoal Colored Scarf from Leafy Design – I’m thinking there would be some scarf envy going on among friends if I wore this scarf out and about!

Cream Colored Hand Knit Fall Fashion Accessories

1. Luxurious Organic Merino Wool Knit Cream Colored Scarflette from Tickled Pink Knits | 2. Handmade Cream Merino Knit Fingerless Gloves from Cozy Knittings | 3. Off White Handmade Knit Purse with Wooden Handles from Zago Craft Novelties

What is your favorite staple in your fall wardrobe?

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