DIY Wedding Soap Favors & Two Homemade Soap Recipes

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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. sustainable 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. sustainable 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.

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The New Makers on Pinterest and the Soap-making Pinterest Board

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Makers on Pinterest - A Community Board for DIY-ersRecently I was asked by a community manager at Pinterest if I’d like to become a part of their newest group boards, Makers on Pinterest. This collective community space is specifically for those of us who love to create and includes boards on woodworking, knitting, printmaking, and other DIY inspired crafts. Each board is managed by a “champion” who is skilled in the board they are asked to head. They can then invite up to twenty pinners to assist them in filling these boards with fun and fabulous DIY ideas and projects.

I was pleased as punch to be asked to head up the Soap-making board within this new Pinterest community. I’m still working on bringing a few other fabulous soapmakers into the fold, but in the meantime, I wanted to introduce two of the fine folks who have already accepted the challenge and will be helping me make the new Soap-making board extra fabulous.

Feto Soap - Handmade soap made from scratch with the cold process and hot process methods, glycerin soap, perfumes, lip balms and lotion bars.Lisa Chouinard is the woman behind Feto Soap. She’s been soaping for a decade in her hometown of Austin, TX and sells regularly at her local farmer’s market. Her work has been featured on HGTV, PBS and in numerous publications including Rare, Envy, Women’s Day, The Chicago Tribune, FHM, Penthouse, Maxim, Bust, the Austin Statesman & the Houston Chronicle. In Houston, Lisa spearheaded the Houston Craft Mafia and she was also a featured speaker at the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild in 2009.

In addition to soapmaking, Lisa is also handy with needles, makes candles, teaches soapmaking workshops and classes, and – if there’s time – she’s been known to find time to get her dance on. Her soap specialties include melt & pour glycerin soaps, cold process and hot process soaps – all of which you can discover for yourself at Fetosoap.com. You can also follow her on Pinterest.

Rain Glycerin Snowflake Soap from Spooky Grrrl Bath and BodyLori Gallagher is also helping to bring her great soapmaking finds to the board. She owns, operates and creates handmade soaps and other bath and body products for her business, Spooky Grrrl Bath and Body. With five years experience under her belt, Lori loves “turning lead into gold” and crafting extraordinary soap from simple ingredients and parts. Her specialty is melt and pour soapmaking with an emphasis on soaps shaped like bats and skulls. Experience the dark side of these fun products for yourself by visiting her shop online. You can also follow Lori on Pinterest.

Similar to this new community, Pinterest also has group boards for teachers called Teachers on Pinterest that preceded Makers on Pinterest. With over 50,000 followers, these boards offer a range of projects and ideas for teaching children at every age level from Preschool up and also include boards with specialties such as Montessori, Homeschooling, Classroom Management and Sensory Learning. You can check out all of the Teachers on Pinterest boards here.

And of course I hope you’ll follow the Makers on Pinterest boards and the Soap-making board for a steady dose of DIY pinspiration!

Truly Free Stock Photography for Bloggers from Lime Lane Photography

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I recently discovered a beautiful new free stock photography website aimed at bloggers called Lime Lane Photography. Created by a photographer and blogger from Australia, Kellie has made many of her stunning photographs available for use as stock photography at no charge to bloggers. While the selection is currently limited, Kellie has plans to add more photographs for use over time. Giving credit for these free stock photos is optional – though it’d be sweet to do so – and they fall under a creative commons license.
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So be sure to head on over to Kellie’s website, Lime Lane Photography, to see all of the terrific images she has to offer. Even if you don’t blog all of Kellie’s photographs are certainly worth a look. In addition Kellie also has a shop where she sells her other photographs. You can find an array of stunning prints, calendars, bookmarks, and even gift kits! Additionally you can follow Kellie on Twitter, Facebook, Google+Pinterest, and Flickr. You’ll also want to check out Kellie’s blog, 74 Lime Lane.
What are some of your favorite sources for free stock photography?

Pinterest – The Creative New Way to Bookmark and Plan Your, well, Everything!

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If you’re a regular reader of Soap Deli News, you know I’ve mentioned my boards on Pinterest in a few of my blog posts as places you can go to discover more topic related craft projects and recipes. But just what is Pinterest? Aside of being one of my new favorite finds, Pinterest is a new kind of social bookmarking that allows you to share your bookmarks as well as plan things like weddings and birthdays or even decorating your home, planning your wardrobe or keeping track of the books you want to read or have read and would like to share with others.

Described as a Virtual Pinboard, Pinterest is my favorite new way to bookmark and share any and everything I love on the web. As long as the web page has a photo, you can pin it!  (Though if there is no photo you can upload your own.) I like that it gives me an overall view at a glance of everything I have pinned with photo thumbnails. It makes it quick and easy to find things again and to organize my pins into categories for visual reference. This is especially handy when planning things like weddings and birthdays or decorating your home or restyling your closet. But I also like it for planning out blog articles or finding inspiration.
The trick to pinning, is to pin things you’ve found – that you like, of course! – to boards that you create. Each board is unique. While you are given a handful of blank boards to start with such as Products I Love, My Style Pinboard, Favorite Places and Spaces, and Books To Read, you can easily delete any boards you don’t need and create ones that you do! You can be as broad or as specific as you like with your boards so you can have general categories for DIY Craft Projects or create more specific boards such as DIY Paper Crafts. This is also great for recipes! You can categorize boards for desserts, dinner, lunch, and appetizers to find things easily the next time you refer to Pinterest for reference in case you need to say, plan for a last minute dinner party. You can also create wishlists of things you want to buy or that you’re looking for others to buy for you for holidays and events.
You can pin anything you find on the web with a photo. So whether it’s an ecommerce site that showcases those shoes you love or a blog with a home decorating idea or tip, you can save it for an organized pictorial reference later on. There are currently two ways to pin – or bookmark – your favorites. You can either visit the Add a Pin page under Add and manually insert the url you wish to bookmark. This also allows you to choose the board you wish to add it to – you can add boards under Add as well – and a description. If for any reason, the page you want to bookmark does not have a photo you can upload a photo from your computer with this option. Alternately – and this is my method of pinning my favorites – you can drag the Pin It link to your browser toolbar and easily pin any page you happen to be on without ever leaving the page by simply clicking the Pin It button on your toolbar. It allows you to choose a photo from the page, your category and add a description. When adding a pin, you also have the options of auto-tweeting or auto-sharing your pin on facebook.
In addition to collecting your pins, you can also share your pins with others by allowing others on Pinterest to follow you. You can also follow other Pinterest members’ boards that you find appealing and when you visit Pinterest you will see the latest pins from the boards you choose to follow. Alternately, you can also discover new pins by browsing their topics found under Everything – which is everything from Art + Architecture to Film + Music + Books to Fashion – or browse by Gifts. There’s also a terrific search function that shows you what you are looking for. Search results are shown with the latest pin in that topic first so you always see the freshest pins. For easier browsing, you can tag your pins with keywords by using a hash mark (#) before each word or designate products for sale by including the price with a dollar sign ($) before the price.
Pinterest is still relatively new so right now you can either sign up by requesting an invite or receiving an invite from someone you know. Once you have an invite you can easily join by manually creating a new account or signing up automatically through your facebook or twitter accounts. I hope you’ll consider visiting my boards on Pinterest and giving me a follow once you’ve signed up. You can find me here. Some of my boards include DIY Bath and Body, Jonesing for Crafts, Pretty Packaging, Printables, and Home & Office Organization. In total I currently have 24 boards and 1,070 pins. And that number somehow just keeps growing. Maybe because aside of being such a great tool, it’s also pretty addicting. And apparently I’m not the only one who feels this way. Pinterest gains millions of new pins every week from people all over the world. So be sure to check it out for yourself, request an invite and sign up! You’ll love it!