Holiday Foaming Hand Soap DIY

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This holiday foaming hand soap DIY lends a festive touch to your existing soap pumps. Or make your own peppermint scented foaming hand soap with just three simple ingredients! These make great homemade teacher gifts too!

This holiday foaming hand soap DIY lends a festive touch to your foaming hand soap pumps! Learn how to create festive holiday images for your foaming hand soap containers as well as how to make your own peppermint scented foaming hand soap. All you need are three simple, natural ingredients. Not only will these festive holiday soap pumps look great in your bathroom, but they also make great homemade teacher gifts too!

This holiday foaming hand soap DIY lends a festive touch to your foaming hand soap pumps! Learn how to create festive holiday images for your foaming hand soap containers as well as how to make your own peppermint scented foaming hand soap. All you need are three simple, natural ingredients. Not only will these festive holiday soap pumps look great in your bathroom, but they also make great homemade teacher gifts too!

Peppermint Foaming Hand Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

6.25 oz. liquid Castille soap
2.5 oz. distilled (or filtered water)
.05 oz. peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

This peppermint foaming hand soap recipe yields one bottle of soap. Increase the recipe as needed for different sized containers or to make multiples all at once.

Using a digital scale, weigh out all of the ingredients into a glass Pyrex measuring cup. Stir gently, then pour into your foaming soap pump bottle and screw on the lid. (Also be sure to try my rose & lavender body wash recipe in your foaming soap pump bottles too!)

I used 250 mL plastic PET bottles with white foamer pumps from SKS Bottle & Packaging.  (You can find these on their website here.)

Now you just need to print the image for your holiday foaming hand soap.

This holiday foaming hand soap DIY lends a festive touch to your foaming hand soap pumps! Learn how to create festive holiday images for your foaming hand soap containers as well as how to make your own peppermint scented foaming hand soap. All you need are three simple, natural ingredients. Not only will these festive holiday soap pumps look great in your bathroom, but they also make great homemade teacher gifts too!

 For the images on my holiday foaming hand soap container, I purchased this Christmas themed clip art from Kenna Sato Designs. (I also love her other cute Christmas clip art found here and here.)

Using a word program – I use OpenOffice which is free to download – create a new text document.

Now insert the image(s) you wish to use onto the document by going to Insert > Picture > From File. Resize the image to 3.5″ wide by clicking on the image, holding down shift then right clicking on the bottom right corner and dragging the image diagonally to the left until it’s the desired size.

Repeat with additional images if desired. (You can find a screenshot tutorial of this process here.)

Now print your page with the images onto a full size white glossy label (inkjet or laser depending on the type of printer you have.) I get my labels from WorldLabel.

Next, simply cut out your image(s), remove the backing, and adhere the image to the front center of your holiday foaming hand soap pump container(s).

Hand draw labels for your holiday foaming hand soap pump containers to give as homemade gifts!

Alternately, you can also draw your own labels!

To create your labels simply sketch out your drawing onto blank white matte sticker paper, using the bottle as a guide so you get the label size right. The color your drawing in with permanent markers or your other favorite medium. Cut out the label.

Now take a clear or crystal clear sticker label and cut the label so it’s slightly larger than your image. Remove the backing from the clear sticker label and place it on top of your image so the image is fully covered. Trim off the excess label. (Alternately, if your labels are small enough, you can also do the same thing with packing tape.) Now adhere the label you just created to your foaming soap pump bottle.

Looking for more homemade gift ideas for the holidays? Then be sure to check out this post for 50 unique holiday gift ideas you can make for friends and family.

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DIY Mix Tape Soap Favors

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These DIY mix tape soap favors make great party favors, stocking stuffers and even homemade holiday gifts for co-workers or other large groups!

These DIY mix tape soap favors make great party favors, stocking stuffers and even homemade holiday gifts for co-workers or other large groups! While there’s not a concise answer on whether they are mix tapes (mixtape?) or mixed tapes – I’m not even sure anymore and as a Gen-Xer I grew up on these things – these DIY mix tape soap favors are sure to have their recipients reminiscing over the past.

These DIY mix tape soap favors make great party favors, stocking stuffers and even homemade holiday gifts for co-workers or other large groups!

The great thing about these DIY mix tape soap favors is that you don’t have to make your own soaps to create these. You can easily use any homemade or commercial bar soaps you’ve purchased. However, if you’d like to make your own homemade soaps for these soap favors, then be sure to check out my tutorial on how to make homemade soap from scratch. It includes not only a guide on how to make your own cold process soaps but also contains a collection of beginner soap recipes. (Alternately you could also make melt and pour soaps for these DIY mix tape soap favors.)

These DIY mix tape soap favors make great party favors, stocking stuffers and even homemade holiday gifts for co-workers or other large groups!

To create the labels for these DIY mix tape soap favors, I purchased and used the Mean Mixtapes Clipart Set from PepperStudio. (Re-pin this clipart collection here for later.) I also used the text editor from OpenOffice. I chose to use OpenOffice as it’s free, open source software and I realize not everyone may have access to Microsoft Word. However, if you own Word, then making the mix tape labels for your soaps would be similar to how they are made in OpenOffice. (You can download OpenOffice free here. I’ve been using this program for well over a decade.)

How to make Mix Tape labels for DIY soap favors.

To create the mix tape labels for your soap favors you’ll need to begin by creating a new text document.

How to make Mix Tape labels for DIY soap favors.

Now format your page by choosing Format > Page.

How to make Mix Tape labels for DIY soap favors.

From the pop up box, choose Page, then selection Landscape as the orientation.

How to make Mix Tape labels for DIY soap favors.

Now format your columns by clicking on Columns. Toggle up to 3 or type in 3 in the box under Columns. Choose the space by toggling up once to 0.10″. Then click OK at the bottom to save your changes.

How to make Mix Tape labels for DIY soap favors.

Your blank text document should now look like the screenshot of mine above.

How to make Mix Tape labels for DIY soap favors.

You can now begin to add your mix tape clipart images to the text document. To do this choose Insert > Picture > From File.

How to make Mix Tape labels for DIY soap favors.

This opens up a new window where you can select the image file from your computer. Click on the first image you want to use once and then click Open. (Alternately you can simply double click on the image.)

How to make Mix Tape labels for DIY soap favors.

This will add your first chosen image to the document. As my bar soaps are all around 3 1/4″ x 2 1/4″ I did not need to re-size my labels to fit the soap. If you need to re-size your labels to fit onto a smaller bar of soap, then you would simply hold down the shift key (to keep the image proportions the same) and left click on your mouse at the same time while holding your mouse arrow on the green box in bottom right hand corner. Move the mouse diagonally toward the next corner until it reaches the desired size. Use the scale at the top of your text document to know when you’re image reaches the desired size.

How to make Mix Tape labels for DIY soap favors.

Once you’ve posted the first image, hit the Return key on your keyboard once to apply a space before you post your next image.

How to make Mix Tape labels for DIY soap favors.

Now simply repeat the process of adding new images one at a time (re-scaling if needed) until your entire page is full. This page format will accommodate nine mix tape images.

Now simply repeat the process of adding new images one at a time (re-scaling if needed) until your entire page is full. This page format will accommodate nine mix tape images.

Now that you’ve prepared your page, you can print your images! Choose File > Print or CTRL P (windows) or COMMAND P (mac) to bring up your print dialogue box. Print your document onto a full sheet sticker label. (These can inexpensively be purchased in bulk from WorldLabel for a LOT cheaper than purchasing Avery labels at an office supply store.)

These DIY mix tape soap favors make great party favors, stocking stuffers and even homemade holiday gifts for co-workers or other large groups!

Using scissors, cut out each individual label. If desired, write in a message for your recipient(s).

These DIY mix tape soap favors make great party favors, stocking stuffers and even homemade holiday gifts for co-workers or other large groups!

Then remove the sticker paper backing and adhere the DIY mix tape labels to your wrapped soaps. And you’re done! Wasn’t that easy?

These DIY mix tape soap favors make great party favors, stocking stuffers and even homemade holiday gifts for co-workers or other large groups!

If you are on a super tight budget you can alternately print out this free download of mix tapes from Cart Before the Horse blog. (Re-pin this download here for later.) You won’t be able to resize them as they aren’t individual files without a little bit of work in an image editor such as Gimp (also free!) or Photoshop, but you can print them as is if desired. Left as is, however, they are the perfect size for guest soaps!

These DIY mix tape soap favors make great party favors, stocking stuffers and even homemade holiday gifts for co-workers or other large groups!

Simply click on the image at Cart Before the Horse then right click and choose Save Image As… Save the image to your desktop or other location where you can find it easily.

These DIY mix tape soap favors make great party favors, stocking stuffers and even homemade holiday gifts for co-workers or other large groups!

Now right click on the image from it’s location and choose Open With > OpenOffice.

These DIY mix tape soap favors make great party favors, stocking stuffers and even homemade holiday gifts for co-workers or other large groups!

This will open the collection of mix tape images onto a one page document in OpenOffice.

These DIY mix tape soap favors make great party favors, stocking stuffers and even homemade holiday gifts for co-workers or other large groups!

No choose File > Print or CTRL P (windows) or COMMAND P (mac) to bring up your print dialogue box. Print your document onto a full sheet sticker label.

These DIY mix tape soap favors make great party favors, stocking stuffers and even homemade holiday gifts for co-workers or other large groups!

Now cut out your mix tape labels and adhere to the front of your guest sized soap bars.

These DIY mix tape soap favors make great party favors, stocking stuffers and even homemade holiday gifts for co-workers or other large groups!

For more printable project ideas be sure to follow my Printables board on Pinterest as well as many of my other Pinterest boards for everything from homemade soap recipes and bath and beauty DIY’s to a slew of DIY projects and crafts. You may also find the following book titles interesting – Love is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time and Cassette from My Ex: Stories and Soundtracks of Lost Loves. Or better yet, try this YouTube video tutorial for making your own DIY USB Cassette Mixtape.

For my tutorial on making custom soap labels with text, visit my post on how to make DIY Wedding Soap Favors (with two homemade soap recipes) here.

Also don’t forget about your wedding registry! When you create an Amazon Wedding Registry you’ll receive a 10% off coupon for select items across Amazon after your wedding. Plus, with Amazon’s universal registry, you can even add items to your Wedding Registry from websites anywhere on the web.

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Homemade Soap Recipe for Men with Printable Gift Labels

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A fantastic & ferocious cold process homemade soap recipe for men with free printable gift labels with illustrations designed by Anna Dance of Hello Pants!

Coming up with unique homemade Christmas gift ideas can be a challenge – especially when you’re searching for gift ideas for men. So I thought I’d lend a helping hand. For this DIY project I collaborated with Anna Dance of Hello Pants. Anna is graphic artist and illustrator from Australia who creates fun and whimsical watercolor illustrations and digital drawings.

Printable Deer Holiday and Christmas Gift Tags and Labels

I created a homemade soap recipe for men and she created a drawing for the labels. There are several variations of printable labels that can be used for both your handmade soaps for men this holiday season as well as gift tags for everyone on your list. If you’d like to keep up Anna’s with work, I encourage you to follow her on Facebook and Pinterest. You’ll also find her on Etsy.

DIY Homemade Gift Idea for Men - Handmade Ferocious & Fantastic Soap Recipe with Printable Holiday Deer Labels and Gift Tags

Men’s Ferocious & Fantastic Homemade 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. 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 Earth Mist Mica

Instructions:

This 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.

Homemade Cold Process Soap Recipe for Men - DIY Ferocious & Fantastic Men's Soap with Printable Labels

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.

Printable Winter Deer Gift Labels and Tags Plus a Homemade Soap Recipe for Men

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 Homemade Cherry Bomb Soap Recipe with Printable Labels

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DIY Homemade Cold Process Cherry Bomb Soap Recipe with Printable Labels

With the holidays right around the corner I’ve been trying a few new seasonal fragrances, one of which is called Santa’s Pipe. This fragrance oil smells rather like a cherry cigar with more emphasis on the cherry than the cigar smoke, and is a pretty interesting fragrance. However, calling it Santa’s Pipe Soap made it seem like you’d only want to enjoy this homemade soap during the Christmas season, so I decided instead to call it Cherry Bomb Soap. Although I can’t take credit for the name as my boyfriend was the one who came up with it. The Santa’s Pipe fragrance is described as a cozy scent with notes of cherrywood, raspberry, vanilla and tobacco.

Additionally, I’ve been trying to craft homemade soap recipes that don’t use palm oil as I know there are a lot of soapers who choose to not use palm oil or cannot reasonably source sustainable palm oil. Therefore I use babussu oil in lieu of the palm oil in this recipe. The resulting bar, which I wanted to be superbly moisturizing to combat itchy, dry winter skin, also uses safflower oil, apricot kernel oil, grape seed oil, coconut milk powder and shea butter along with a few other choice ingredients. The result is a soap that leaves your skin feeling like you just put on lotion after stepping out of the shower.

You don’t have to decorate your own Cherry Bomb Soap like mine, however, you should be aware that the fragrance oil will turn this soap a dark brown due to the vanilla content. I decided to play this up by adding shimmery black as well as some red colored soap chunks from a previous batch of soap.

Homemade Cold Process Soap Recipe - DIY Cherry Bomb Soap with Printable Labels

Handmade Cherry Bomb Cold Process Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

7.2 oz. babassu oil
3.6 oz. castor oil
7.2 oz. fractionated coconut oil
3.6 oz. apricot kernel oil
3.6 oz. refined shea butter
1.8 oz. safflower oil
5.4 oz. sunflower oil
3.6 oz. grape seed oil

5.4 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide
12 fluid ounces distilled water

1.5 oz. (or 2 oz. for stronger fragrance) Santa’s Pipe fragrance oil
1 oz. coconut milk powder
.1 oz. jet black glitter
1 Tablespoon activated charcoal
2 Tablespoons Diamond Dust mica
red colored soap chunks

Instructions:

This homemade soap recipe will fit neatly inside one of my wood loaf soap molds. {Learn how to make one here.} Alternately, you can also use silicone loaf soap molds of your choice. The advantage of silicone soap molds is that they don’t need to be lined. Be sure to follow the basic cold process soapmaking instructions to create this soap and take all necessary safety precautions. If this is your first go ’round making old fashioned lye soap, I recommend starting with a basic handmade soap recipe.

Start by measuring out the distilled water, then adding 5.4 oz. of lye – by weight – to the water. Then stir into the lye has dissolved completely. Set aside in a well ventilated area to cool.

Now, using a digital kitchen scale, weigh out the soapmaking oils –  the babassu, castor, fractionated coconut, apricot kernel, safflower, sunflower, and grape seed oil – and  the shea butter and combine in a large non-aluminum pot. Place the pot on the stove over medium heat until all of the oils have melted, then remove from heat.

Once your soapmaking oils have cooled to about 100 degrees F, weigh out and add 1 oz. coconut milk powder to the oils along with one Tablespoon of Diamond Dust mica and mix well using a stick/immersion hand blender. Then slowly pour the lye-water into the oils and mix with the stick blender until you reach a light trace.

Next weigh out the fragrance oil – I initially used 2 oz. of fragrance but this one is pretty potent so you can tone down the fragrance by using less – and stir into the soap until thorough mixed. Pour 1/3 to 1/2 of the soap mixture into your prepared mold then evenly layer the other Tablespoon of Diamond Dust mica on top of the soap you just poured.

With the remaining soap, mix in the jet black glitter and activated charcoal with the stick blender. Then add your red soap chunks to suit and mix into the soap with a spatula. Finally pour the remaining soap on top of the first layer. 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.

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. You can download a printable version of this handmade soap recipe along with the cherry bomb soap labels – in both color and black & white – here.

The final bars will have a thin lather – as they won’t strip skin of natural oils so vital to dry skin – with a lotion like smoothness. To boost the lather simply use with a bath pouf or soap saver.

Looking for more DIY bath and body projects with printable labels? Check out my new Natural Homemade Tomato & Basil Cold Process Soap Recipe or my DIY Pumpkin Massage Candles. Or try your hand at stamping soaps and craft my seasonal festival holiday DIY Frosted Cranberry Scented Coconut Milk Soaps! They also make great homemade gifts! For more categorized ideas, inspiration and projects, visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen and follow my DIY Boards on Pinterest!


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Natural Homemade Tomato Soap Recipe with Printable Labels

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DIY Natural Homemade Tomato and Basil Cold Process Soap Recipe with Printable LabelsOver spaghetti sauce? Use up those overripe tomatoes to make this homemade tomato soap recipe!

If you’re like me and had a garden this past summer, then you know how somehow you always end up with too much of one thing and not enough of another. For me, I ended up with too many peppers as they were the only plants that fared well this year. In fact, I still have six plants that are producing and a crisper packed to the top.

On the other hand, I had almost no tomatoes as we got way too much rain this year. Seriously, we were averaging more rain than Seattle at one point. So our tomatoes sort of bit the dust. Since the peppers keep I’m still trying to figure out what to do with them all. But tomatoes, they don’t keep for nearly as long. And while my tomato plants bit the dust, my co-worker’s plants did not and I ended up with a lot of his extras. Some of which were too ripe to slice without water exploding everywhere. And since I’m far from being a chef I didn’t think spaghetti sauce or salsa. I thought soap. So I created a homemade tomato soap recipe that used a few of the ripe tomatoes I had and didn’t know what to do with. (Plus I think Scott was over eating tomato sandwiches everyday. I’m not the biggest fan.)

I’ve made homemade soaps in the past that incorporated ripe bananas in the recipe and they turned out way better than my banana bread ever did. So I figured why not throw some tomatoes into a batch. As it turns out, you can actually sub tomatoes for your entire water content in a tomato soap recipe. I wasn’t sure how to mix the lye into an entire mess of tomatoes though. Nor was I sure exactly how it would react. So instead I used a little bit of distilled water to dissolve the lye and smashed up tomatoes separately for the rest of the liquid. I also used some basil powder and basil essential oil for a natural scent. Here’s the tomato soap recipe I came up with. (And the printable labels too!)

DIY Natural Homemade Tomato and Basil Cold Process Soap Recipe with Printable Labels

Natural Basil and Tomato Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

1.8 oz. cocoa butter
2.6 oz. shea butter
9 oz. palm oil
7.2 oz. 76 degree melt point coconut oil
11.8 oz. pomace olive oil
3.6 oz. castor oil

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

1 Tablespoon basil powder
.75 oz. basil essential oil
8.5 oz. pureed ripe tomatoes
1 Tablespoon walnut shell powder

Instructions:

You’ll need to follow your basic cold process soapmaking instructions for this homemade tomato recipe. This soap will fit into one of my diy wood loaf soap molds and will yield approximately 10-11 4.5 oz. soap bars. Take all necessary safety precautions.

Start by measuring out the distilled water, then weigh out the lye using a digital kitchen scale and stir into the distilled water. Set aside to cool in a well ventilated area.

Now weigh out all of the soapmaking oils – cocoa butter, shea butter, palm oil, coconut oil, olive oil and castor oil – and place in large non-aluminum pot. Heat over medium heat on the stove until all of the oils have melted, then remove from heat and set aside to cool.

While the soapmaking oils and lye-water are cooling, line your soap mold and prepare the other ingredients. Weight out the ripe tomatoes and remove stems and leaves, then mash with a fork or similar utensil. If your tomatoes are super ripe you won’t need to use anything else. Set aside. Using separate containers for each ingredient, weigh out the basil essential oil, and measure out the basil and walnut shell powders. Set aside.

Once your ingredients have cooled to between 95 and 110 degrees, pour the pureed tomatoes into the soapmaking oils and mix well with an immersion/stick hand blender. Then slowly pour the lye-water into the soap oils and tomato puree and mix until you reach trace.

Now pour 1/3 of the soap into your mold and tap to level. Evenly sprinkle the walnut shell powder across the poured soap.

Now add the basil powder and basil essential oil to the remaining soap in the pot and mix well with the blender. Once thoroughly combined, slowly pour the remaining soap on top of the first layer of soap and the walnut shell powder. 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.

Now cover and insulate your mold for twenty-four hours. After the inuslation period your soap is ready to unmold. Remove your soap from the mold and cut into bars. You can use soap cutter as a guide for evenly sized bars. Set the cut bar onto a wax or parchment paper covered surface – or a cooling rack – and allow to cure for at least three weeks before use.

DIY Natural Homemade Tomato and Basil Cold Process Soap Recipe with Printable Labels

Once your tomato soaps have cured, you can use them immediately or package them. For my soaps, I wrapped them in professional plastic food wrap film– this stuff works GREAT for wrapping soaps and is MUCH cheaper than buying small containers of cling wrap – and then label. I printed out my labels onto blank full page Kraft sticker label sheets and then colored in select areas with permanent color markers. However, they look great in black and white too! {Download my Natural Tomato & Basil Soap Recipe and Printable Soap Labels here.}

For more of my homemade soap recipes be sure to visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen. You can also more of my favorite homemade soap recipes from around the web along with bath and beauty DIY’s by following my boards on Pinterest. Or simply keep up with all of my new blog posts and recipes by following me on Blog Lovin’ and Tumblr as well as on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and G+.


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