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DIY Handmade Shaving Soap in a Mug – Great Father’s Day Gift

May 21, 2012
Want to make a personalized gift for dad on Father’s Day? Then try your hand at crafting a handmade shaving soap mug! This craft project makes a great Father’s Day gift and even the kids can join in on this one!
Here’s what you’ll need:

Here’s what you do:

1. Grate your bar of handmade soap or leftover soap slivers into a saucepan.

2. Your grated soap should look like this. There’s no need to grate it as fine as possible. Stir in 3 Tablespoons of milk (alternately you may use distilled water, but I think milk works best) and put on medium heat.

3. Stir the soap occasionally until fully melted. Once melted stir in your choice of essential oils or fragrance oils and mix well. Sandalwood is a great choice for a masculine scented essential oil as is a combination of cedar and sage essential oils. Generally you’ll want to use about 2-4% of essential oil per your total soap weight or 4-8% in fragrance oils. But always refer to manufacturer guidelines on how much fragrance or essential oil should be used. I used a fragrance oil called Edward’s Temptation for this soap that is a blend of Bergamot, Rosemary, Moss, Sandalwood, Mint, and Amber.

4. Spoon the melted soap into your clean mug. Then allow to cool and harden. The soap is ready to be used as soon as it has hardened and all excess liquid has evaporated from the soap.

5. Pair your mug of shaving soap with a Shaving Brush and gift to your favorite man!

Alternately this method of soapmaking – which is commonly referred to as handmilling or rebatching – can be used with any leftover handmade soap to create new soaps with a fresh, new fragrance outside of a mug. Instead of pouring the soap into mugs, simply pour it into molds and remove once hardened. (The soap will shrink slightly as the excess liquid evaporates making them easier to remove from the molds.) Or, wait for the melted soap to cool and roll into soap balls. Gifting can be as easy as wrapping in waxed paper with a ribbon!

Looking for a homemade Father’s Day gift to buy? Try my Handmade Big Lick Salt Bar. Or follow my new Father’s Day Gift Ideas board on Pinterest for homemade gifts for dad that you can buy and diy!


  • Rebecca

    November 21, 2014 at 4:13 am

    Do you know the approximate shelf life this would have with the milk added? And also with the water? Thanks!

  • Elise

    December 10, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Wonder the same as above. I read about making oatmeal-infused water (boiling a lot of water and adding a little oatmeal, then straining), which may extend shelf life beyond the milk, but still offer that nourishment. I might try this- Just don’t want it to go rancid too quickly.

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      December 10, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      I’ve never had these go rancid. Just store them properly if you aren’t using them after they harden up and the excess water content evaporates.

  • Holly

    December 15, 2014 at 2:12 am

    Can you use goatsmilk instead of traditional cows milk?

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