Leather Mandle DIY

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Learn how to make this leather scented mandle for Dad as a DIY Father's day gift! This mandle DIY is quick and easy and can be made and gifted in the same afternoon. What's a mandle? Why, a man candle of course!

Learn how to make this leather scented mandle DIY for Dad as a Father’s day gift! This leather mandle DIY is quick and easy and can be made and gifted in the same afternoon. What’s a mandle? Why, a man candle of course! Here’s how to make yours.

Leather Mandle DIY

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

4.7 oz. soy candle wax
.47 oz. leather fragrance oil

Tools & Materials:

medium wood wick
7.5 oz Clear Glass Square Candle Jar
Jolee’s Boutique Wild West Dimensional Stickers
metal utensil for stirring
microwave (or double boiler)
4 cup glass Pyrex measuring cup
digital scale

Instructions:

Using a digital scale, weigh out the soy wax into the glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat in the microwave at 50-60% power until the wax melts. (Alternately you can melt the wax in a double boiler.)

Now prepare your wood wick. Measure the height needed and cut the wick to fit. (It’s suggested that you double up the wood wicks when making candles using 100% soy wax for a better burn.) Place the wood wick(s) in the molten wax for ten minutes.

Learn how to make this leather scented mandle for Dad as a DIY Father's day gift! This mandle DIY is quick and easy and can be made and gifted in the same afternoon. What's a mandle? Why, a man candle of course!

Remove the wick(s) from the wax and place into a metal anchor. Dip the anchor into the wax and then place the wick in the center of your candle jar.

Continue to allow the melted wax to cool. When it starts to become cloudy, weigh out the fragrance oil and stir it into the melted wax.

Learn how to make this leather scented mandle for Dad as a DIY Father's day gift! This mandle DIY is quick and easy and can be made and gifted in the same afternoon. What's a mandle? Why, a man candle of course!

Now pour the wax into the candle jar and allow it to cool and harden completely. Don’t burn for at least 24 hours.

Learn how to make this leather scented mandle for Dad as a DIY Father's day gift! This mandle DIY is quick and easy and can be made and gifted in the same afternoon. What's a mandle? Why, a man candle of course!

Now add your choice of the wild west three dimensional stickers to the outside of your candle jar and it’s ready for gifting!

Ready to burn your candle? Be sure to cut the wick(s) to a quarter inch before lighting.

Learn how to make this leather scented mandle for Dad as a DIY Father's day gift! This mandle DIY is quick and easy and can be made and gifted in the same afternoon. What's a mandle? Why, a man candle of course!

Remember to never leave the candle unattended and don’t forget to blow it out when you’re done burning your new mandle!

Looking for more unique DIY Father’s day gifts? You can find out all of my Father’s day gift DIY’s here. You can also discover even more Father’s day gift ideas on my Father’s Day Gift Ideas board on Pinterest here.

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DIY Star Wars Melt and Pour Soaps

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Learn how to make your own DIY Star Wars inspired soaps with this DIY Star Wars melt and pour soap tutorial that creates fun Millennium Falcon and X-Wing Fighter shaped soaps soaring through the galaxy!

Learn how to make your own DIY Star Wars inspired soaps with this DIY Star Wars melt and pour soap tutorial that creates fun Millennium Falcon and X-Wing Fighter shaped soaps soaring through the galaxy!

Learn how to make your own DIY Star Wars inspired soaps with this DIY Star Wars melt and pour soap tutorial that creates fun Millennium Falcon and X-Wing Fighter shaped soaps soaring through the galaxy!

DIY Star Wars Melt & Pour Soap Tutorial

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

19.4 oz. Crafter’s Choice (or similar) clear basic melt and pour soap base
9.75 oz. Crafter’s Choice (or similar) white basic melt and pour soap base
1/2 teaspoon Australian Midnight Black Clay
.37 oz. skin safe fragrance oil, of choice
Crafter’s Choice (or similar) Neon Bikini Blue Soap Color Bar, 1/8th square
Crafter’s Choice (or similar) Neon Pink Pleasure Soap Color Bar, 1/8th square
Crafter’s Choice (or similar) Black Sparkle Soap Color Bar, 1 square
Super Sparkles mica powder or similar

Learn how to make your own DIY Star Wars inspired soaps with this DIY Star Wars melt and pour soap tutorial that creates fun Millennium Falcon and X-Wing Fighter shaped soaps soaring through the galaxy!

Tools & Supplies:

Millennium Falcon & X-Wing Star Wars Silicone Mold
Ozera 6-Cavity Silicone Soap Mold
spray bottle with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol
large glass Pyrex measuring cup
cutting board
utensils for stirring
Chef’s knife
digital scale
microwave

Instructions:

This DIY Star Wars melt and pour soap tutorial will yield six soap bars. It is important to note I used a basic, rather than a natural soap base, as the natural soap base tended to cool too quickly for neatly made soaps. However, you can experiment with other bases if you’d like and it’s quite likely you may have more patience and a steadier hand than me. Also important to note is that with a natural soap base, the clay will not sink to the bottom – which will become the top of your DIY Star Wars soap embeds – as it does in the basic soap base so the final appearance will differ.

 Learn how to make your own DIY Star Wars inspired soaps with this DIY Star Wars melt and pour soap tutorial that creates fun Millennium Falcon and X-Wing Fighter shaped soaps soaring through the galaxy!

To make your DIY Star Wars soaps, you’ll begin by making the Millennium Falcon and X-Wing soap embeds.

We will make the X-Wing soap embeds first. To do this, use a digital scale to weigh out 4.95 oz. of white melt and pour soap base. Using a Chef’s knife, cut it into chunks and place inside a Pyrex measuring cup. Heat for 30 seconds in the microwave. Remove the soap from the microwave using towel to grasp the handle of the measuring cup in case it’s hot, stir and add 1/8th chunk of one square of the pink pleasure soap color bar. Heat an additional 20-30 seconds until the soap is melted completely, watching to make sure it does not boil, then remove from the microwave and stir again until all of the color has dissolved and is evenly distributed. Now measure out and add 1/4 teaspoon of Australian Midnight Black Clay and stir well.

Allow the soap to cool slightly, then weigh out .01 oz. of the fragrance oil you’ve chosen to use. Add the fragrance oil to the melted soap base and stir well.

Set your Star Wars silicone mold onto a cutting board. Now slowly pour the melted soap evenly into all three of the Star Wars X-Wing mold cavities.

Next, spritz the top of the soaps you just poured with alcohol to remove any air bubbles.

Learn how to make your own DIY Star Wars inspired soaps with this DIY Star Wars melt and pour soap tutorial that creates fun Millennium Falcon and X-Wing Fighter shaped soaps soaring through the galaxy!

You will now make the Millennium Falcon soap embeds.

To do this, use a digital scale to weigh out 4.8 oz. of white melt and pour soap base. Using a Chef’s knife, cut it into chunks and place inside a Pyrex measuring cup. Heat for 30 seconds in the microwave. Remove the soap from the microwave using towel to grasp the handle of the measuring cup in case it’s hot, stir and add 1/8th chunk of one square of the neon bikini blue soap color bar. Heat an additional 20-30 seconds until the soap is melted completely, watching to make sure it does not boil, then remove from the microwave and stir again until all of the color has dissolved and is evenly distributed. Now measure out and add 1/4 teaspoon of Australian Midnight Black Clay and stir well.

Allow the soap to cool slightly, then weigh out .01 oz. of the fragrance oil you’ve chosen to use. Add the fragrance oil to the melted soap base and stir well.

Now slowly pour the melted soap evenly into the remaining three Star Wars Millennium Falcon mold cavities.

Next, spritz the top of the soaps you just poured with alcohol to remove any air bubbles, then using the cutting board for transport, transfer your soap filled mold into the refrigerator.

You will now start on the base for your DIY Star Wars melt and pour soaps. To do this, begin by placing the 6-cavity rectangular mold onto a cutting board or small cookie sheet, then begin preparing the soap for this mold.

Weigh out 19.4 oz. of the clear melt and pour soap base. Using a Chef’s knife, cut it into chunks and place inside a Pyrex measuring cup. Heat for 30 seconds in the microwave. Remove and stir. Repeat until the soap is almost completely melted then add one square of the black sparkle soap color bar. Stir well, then continue heating in 30 second increments, stirring in between heatings, until the soap is melted completely.

Remove the melted soap carefully from the microwave and allow the soap to cool slightly. Now weigh out .35 oz. of fragrance oil and stir into the melted soap base.

You’ll now pour the melted soap evenly into each of the six mold cavities so each mold cavity is about halfway full. (DON’T fill the molds all the way up!)

Now spritz the top of the soaps you just poured with alcohol to remove any air bubbles and use the cutting board for transport to place your soap filled mold into the refrigerator.

Once the refrigerated soap has solidified and cooled completely, remove both of the molds from the refrigerator.

Carefully remove all of the X-Wing and Millennium Falcon Star Wars soap embeds from the mold and set on a flat surface.

Using your finger as a brush, “paint” the tops of each of the soaps with the Diamond Dust mica until the tops are covered. They do not need to be evenly covered. This will make the tops look like metal. Gently blow the tops of the soap to remove any excess mica.

Now set each of your Star Wars soap embeds into each of the six cavities of your rectangular mold so that one edge of each of the X-Wing soap embeds and the Millennium Falcon soap embeds are set outside of the mold cavity and on top of the edge of the mold.

Re-heat the remaining black tinted soap base from earlier just until it is smooth and fully melted again. If you overheat the soap, allow it to cool slightly. Otherwise the soap may cause the Star Wars soap embeds to bleed.

Now pour all of the remaining black tinted soap into the six rectangular mold cavities that contain the Star Wars ships until they are full.

Spritz the top of the soaps you just poured with alcohol to remove any air bubbles and again use the cutting board for transport to place your soap filled mold into the refrigerator.

Once your DIY Star Wars melt and pour soaps have solidified and cooled completely they are ready!

Simply remove them from the silicone mold.

If your DIY Star Wars melt and pour soaps have fingerprints where you removed them, simply spritz the outside of the finished soaps with rubbing alcohol and allow to dry. This will give them a glossy finish and remove any fingerprints. It will also add to the metallic look of the ships.

Now wrap your finished soaps in food service film and gift to your friends and family!

Learn how to make your own DIY Star Wars inspired soaps with this DIY Star Wars melt and pour soap tutorial that creates fun Millennium Falcon and X-Wing Fighter shaped soaps soaring through the galaxy!

If you liked this DIY Star Wars soap project, then you may also want to consider this collection of seven silicone Star Wars soap molds here. Not only will this save you money by purchasing them as a set, but it will also give you more options for creating your own DIY Star Wars soaps. You can buy this collection of Star Wars soap molds from Amazon here. (Shipping is free if you’re an Amazon Prime member. If you’re not an Amazon Prime member you can sign up here.)

To figure out how much soap you need for your new Star Wars soap molds, simply melt down some of your melt and pour soap base and pour it into one cavity of the new mold. You’ll then use your digital scale to weigh out the amount of soap that cavity will hold. From there you’d use simple math to determine how much base to use for the number of DIY Star Wars soaps you’d like to make. Fragrance oil is typically used at about 2% of the soap weight. Therefore to determine the amount of fragrance oil you’d need simply multiply the weight of your soap base by 2% or .02.

This Star Wars Jelly Soap Recipe features miniature Millennium Falcons and heart shaped jelly soaps. These make wonderful DIY Valentine's Day gifts for any Star Wars fan! Plus they're really easy to make and require minimal ingredients.

If you liked this DIY Star Wars melt and pour soap tutorial you may also like my DIY Star Wars jelly soap recipe. My Star Wars jelly soap recipe features miniature Millennium Falcons – that use the same mold as this project – and heart shaped jelly soaps that jiggle just like Jell-O. These make wonderful DIY Valentine’s Day gifts for any Star Wars fan! Plus they’re really easy to make and require minimal ingredients. You can find my jelly soap recipe here.

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Homemade Bacon Soap Recipe for Men

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This homemade bacon soap recipe makes a great DIY Valentine's Day gift idea for men! Made with real bacon fat this homemade soap recipe yields a hard, extra conditioning soap that can either smell like bacon or any other scent of your choice!

This homemade bacon soap recipe is the perfect DIY gift idea for men who love bacon! And with Valentine’s Day right around the corner what better way to say “I love you” than with a bar of heart shaped bacon soap? Made using real bacon (rendered) fat, this homemade bacon soap recipe yields nine hard, extra conditioning homemade soap bars perfect for the shower! So there are plenty to go around to all of your bacon loving friends. Scent this homemade bacon soap with a bacon fragrance oil or your sweetheart’s favorite scent – your choice!

This homemade bacon soap recipe makes a great DIY gift idea for men! Made with real bacon fat this homemade soap recipe yields a hard, extra conditioning soap that can either smell like bacon or any other scent of your choice!

Homemade Bacon Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

8.75 oz. bacon fat, rendered (lard, pig tallow in soap calc)
5 oz. 76° melt point refined coconut oil
3.75 oz. castor oil
7.5 oz. pomace olive oil, (virgin olive oil is ok too!)

8.25 fluid oz. distilled water
3.5 oz. sodium hydroxide/lye

1.5 oz. fragrance oil

Soap notes (in case you want to resize the batch):

water as % of oils – 33%
fragrance oil used at 1 oz. per pound
8% superfat

Instructions:

You’ll need to begin by rendering your bacon fat. Basically all this means is you’ll need to cook up a bunch of bacon and save the grease that’s left at the end. I saved up my bacon grease over many weekend morning breakfasts in cups in the fridge. Once you have the necessary amount you can either strain out the tiny bits of bacon that may have snuck in or leave them in just for fun. (I totally left mine in.)

For the rest of the bacon soap recipe you’ll need to follow your basic cold process soapmaking instructions. You’ll also need two Wilton 6-Cavity Silicone Heart Molds.

Begin by preparing the lye-water. Measure out the distilled water into a pitcher. Then, using a digital scale, weigh out the lye. Slowly pour the lye into the water in a well ventilated area and stir until the lye has fully dissolved. Set aside to cool.

Now prepare the soapmaking oils by weighing out the bacon fat, coconut oil, castor oil and olive oil into a large stainless steel pot. Heat on the stove over medium heat until all of the oils have melted then remove from heat and set aside.

While you are waiting for the oils and lye-water to cool you can go ahead and weigh out the fragrance oil. For this particular homemade soap recipe I used Nature’s Garden Cracklin Birch fragrance oil as my boyfriend really liked this scent. It does accelerate trace a bit but nothing too crazy and it stills smells great once it goes through the soap’s saponification process. Alternately Nature’s Garden also sells a Bacon fragrance oil if you’re looking for an authentic bacon scented soap.

Once the lye-water and oils have cooled to around 95°-100°F you’re ready to make soap. Slowly pour the lye-water into the soapmaking oils and mix with a stick blender until you reach a light trace. Add the fragrance oil and mix thoroughly until you reach about a medium trace. You don’t want the soap to thicken too much or you’ll have trouble filling your mold cavities so there are no air bubbles or pockets.

Now pour the soap evenly into nine of the mold cavities. This will fill one mold completely and half of the second mold. Cover the mold with cling wrap or foodservice film.

My homemade bacon soaps were ready to unmold the next day. However if you live in a particularly humid area you may want to wait an additional day before unmolding to ensure your soaps come out of the molds cleanly.

This homemade bacon soap recipe makes a great DIY Valentine's Day gift idea for men! Made with real bacon fat this homemade soap recipe yields a hard, extra conditioning soap that can either smell like bacon or any other scent of your choice!

Once you’ve unmolded your heart shaped bacon soaps set them aside to cure for 4-6 weeks. Then wrap and label as desired for gifting.

For more DIY Valentine’s Day gift ideas be sure to follow my DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts Pinterest board. Or get inspired by any one of my other creative DIY boards on Pinterest.

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Natural Patchouli & Fir Needle Homemade Hand Cream Recipe

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Patchouli and Fir Scented Homemade Hand Cream Recipe

This richly moisturizing homemade hand cream recipe is naturally scented with patchouli and fir needle essential oils and contains skin conditioning safflower and evening primrose oils plus a touch of agave syrup! Don’t reserve this amazing homemade hand cream for hands alone though! Also try it on feet or anywhere skin needs a little extra love! It’s great for eczema too.

Natural Homemade Hand Cream Recipe with Patchouli and Fir Needle Essential Oils

Patchouli & Fir Needle Homemade Hand Cream Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

.25 oz. beeswax
.25 oz. 76° melt point coconut oil
.35 oz. safflower oil
.75 oz. evening primrose oil
.25 oz. shea butter
.1 oz. stearic acid
.1 oz. light agave syrup
15 drops fir needle essential oil
9 drops patchouli essential oil

Instructions:

Using a digital scale weigh out the shea butter and stearic acid then melt either at reduced power in the microwave or in a double boiler.

Once melted, weigh out the shea butter and coconut oil and stir in. Gently heat again if needed if shea butter and coconut oil don’t melt fully after stirring.

Now weigh out the safflower and evening primrose oils and agave syrup and stir into the cream mixture. Follow with the essential oils mixing well, then pour into a 2 oz. glass jar or tin of choice and allow to set up fully before use.

To use simply apply to skin as desired and massage in.

For more homemade skin care recipes visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen and be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body Pinterest Board. You can also keep up with all my new posts and recipes by following Soap Deli News on Blog Lovin’, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Men’s Homemade Tobacco Caramel & Whiskey Soap Recipe

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DIY Men's Homemade Tobacco Caramel and Whiskey Soap Recipe made using real whiskey!

I’ve had a homemade whiskey soap recipe on my to do list for quite some time but it took me a while to decided how to execute it. In the end I settled on using real whiskey in a hand milled soap recipe rather than attempting mixing lye with a high percentage of alcohol for safety reasons. Combined with a tobacco caramel fragrance oil, this men’s whiskey soap recipe creates a very masculine scented homemade soap. The scent reminds me of a grandfather’s aftershave and definitely of bygone days. It’s also perfectly suited for any gentleman with dry or maturing skin.

This hand milled whiskey soap recipe is quite simple to create and is ready almost immediately making it a wonderful homemade gift idea for Christmas and Father’s Day. (Yes, I’m always thinking ahead.) In fact I’ll be gifting some of these to my own dad. Here’s the recipe.

DIY Whiskey and Tobacco Caramel Hand Milled Soap Recipe for Men

Hand Milled Caramel Tobacco & Whiskey Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

24 oz. unscented cold process soap, grated
1 oz. shea butter
1 oz. cocoa butter
1 oz. walnut oil
2.25 oz. whiskey
.85 oz. Tobacco Caramel fragrance oil
.25 oz. pumpkin seed oil
1 Tablespoon marshmallow root powder
1 Tablespoon bronze mica powder, or less if starting with white soap (optional)

Instructions:

I used my own unscented goat milk soap for the cold process soap that is called for in this recipe. If you’d like to use the same soap as I did you can find that homemade goat milk soap recipe here. I also used the same basic round silicone soap mold that I’ve used for many of my other recipes. However you can use your own existing molds. The final recipe yields approximately six 5 oz. bars.

Begin by using a digital scale to weigh out the grated soap, shea butter, cocoa butter and whiskey. Combine in a large pot over low heat on the stove. Mix occasionally until all ingredients are melted together then allow to “simmer” a bit longer to burn off all of the alcohol from the whiskey.

Now weigh out the walnut and pumpkin seed oils and stir into the mixture.

Next, use measuring spoons to measure out the marshmallow root powder and bronze mica. Stir into the soap until completely incorporated.

Finally, weigh out the fragrance and stir into the melted soap. Remove from heat and quickly spoon the soap into all of the mold cavities and set aside to cool.

Once the soaps have hardened gently remove them from the mold and allow to air dry for a few days so they may harden a bit further, then wrap – I wrapped mine in plastic food service film – and label as desired.

Printable Mountain Range Soap Label

If you like this homemade men’s soap recipe, be sure to try my other homemade soap recipes designed just for men: Seriously Sexy Hand Milled Soap Recipe, Hand Milled Coffee & Bourbon Vanilla Soap RecipeGame on Soap Recipe for Men, Men’s Ferocious & Fantastic Soap Recipe with Printable Labels, Natural Mountain Man Detox Soap Recipe with Printable Labels, Deodorizing Cedarwood & Baking Soda Soap Recipe, Eucalyptus & Tea Tree Soap Recipe and Patchouli Granola Crunch Soap Recipe.

For even more homemade soap recipes and other diy skin care products for men that you can make yourself, be sure to follow my DIY Bath & Body and Father’s Day Gift Ideas Pinterest boards. To keep up with all of my new posts and recipes you can follow Soap Deli News via Blog Lovin’, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.