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.

Free Vintage Poison Printable Halloween Apothecary Labels

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Printable Apothecary Bottle Vintage Poison Labels for Halloween

Next month is Halloween, which for me means either window shopping for that perfect costume early or getting started on a DIY Halloween costume. I’m a little past due. Last year my son went out as a super creepy clown. (I skipped out.) And the year before that my boyfriend went out as Prince which won him top prize at a costume contest, while I was basically a Ramones groupie for a tribute concert. I really only went all out in 2010 when I wore a handmade and gently used Renaissance Pirate costume I scored for around $75 on Etsy. This year, I’m just as clueless as I was the past two years. I keep threatening to go out as a plague doctor with the beak-y bird mask, but Scott is not real hip on that idea.

American Horror Story Inspired Preserved Organs DIY – Basement Horrors in Mason JarsRegardless, I’ve put together a few fun Free Vintage Poison Printable Halloween Apothecary Labels for you to help make your Halloween decor extra sinister. (Even if your costume isn’t.) You can put these on apothecary jars, mason jars, tins or even beer or wine bottles. Stage them with a few jars of preserved organs or aliens and you’ll have the kids scared to death of what’s hiding in the basement! {Find out how to make these jars here.}

Printable Halloween Labels - Vintage Apothecary Bottle Poison Labels

These Vintage Poison Printable Halloween Apothecary Labels come in three designs with four of each label to a page. I think they look rather authentic printed in black and white onto full size Kraft sticker label sheets. {I got my Kraft sticker labels from World Label.} Once you’ve printed them it’s only a matter of figuring out where to put them. {Download these labels in PDF format here.} Where will you stick yours?

Christmas Gift Wrap Ideas for Wrapping Last Minute Holiday Gifts

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Wrapping those Christmas gifts at the last minute but don’t want them to look like they were rushed? Here are a few stylish and pretty Christmas gift wrap ideas that will keep you at home and away from the malls on Christmas Eve! Plus links to free printable Christmas gifts wrap ideas for seasonal holiday gift tags and wrap!

DIY Last Minute Upcycled Tissue Box and Washi Tape Gift Tag

Easy DIY Christmas Gift Wrap Ideas

This first Christmas gift wrap idea is my own. I keep seeing tutorials for DIY upcycled cereal box and washi tape gift tags. The problem with that is the backs of the cereal boxes with are difficult to cover with washi tape. So I used a tissue box instead. (I certainly had plenty of empty ones with all the colds and sinus infections going around this year.)

DIY Handmade Gift Tags - Upcycled Tissue Box and Washi Tape Gift Tags

Tissue boxes already have pretty designs (pictured above) so the back of the tag is already perfect! Just add washi tape to the front! Then simply add a strip of washi tape around some plain wrapping paper and tie the gift tag on with baker’s twine for simple but elegant gift wrap.

Here are just a few other fun, DIY Christmas gift wrap ideas from around the blogosphere.

Pretty Handmade DIY Christmas Gift Wrap Ideas and Free Printables

More Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas to Try

1. Pretty Printable Tea Boxes for Individual Pyramid Tea Bags from My Little Fabric / 2. Printable Paper Reindeer Tag from Eat Drink Chic / 3. Festive Red & White Gift Wrapping Ideas from Better Homes & Gardens / 4. Free Printable Christmas Gift Tags from Sweet Living / 5. How to Gift Wrap with a Chalkboard Look from Nashville Wraps / 6. DIY Christmas Tree Present Topper from ‘a casarella / 7. DIY Stitched Gift Tags from Shimtokk / 8. Pretty Printable Holiday Gift Tags from Bubby & Bean

DIY Christmas Gift Wrap Ideas and Holiday Printable Gift Tags and Wrapping Paper

1. DIY Balsa Wood Gift Tags from Design Mom / 2. Christmas Envelope DIY from Lanalou Style / 3. Dark Colored Printable Christmas Gift Tags from Funkytime / 4. DIY Forage Gift Toppers from Stephmodo / 5. Creative Layers Stamping Gift Wrap from Ranger Ink / 6. Printable Chalk Board Gift Tags and Wrapping Paper from Hey Look / 7. DIY Polymer Clay Gift Tags from Poppytalk / 8. Free Printable Christmas Gift Tags from Kelli Murray

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End of the season peachy preservation.

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Alas, peach season is almost over. I’ve really enjoyed the local peaches at our farmer’s market this year. They’ve been sweet, juicy, and just down right delicious. Fortunately, there is a way to keep those peaches around through the winter. Homemade Peach Chutney is the perfect solution, and way less boring than plain old canned peaches.
Picking Peaches, originally uploaded by adwriter.
Make some for yourself and extra as gifts for the upcoming holidays. Then head on over to Sweet Preservation for printable tags for your newest creations. They offer a variety of free, printable labels for labeling your preserves, chutneys, and whatever else you might cook up. I especially like their Mark the Date labels, which allow you to keep track of just when you canned your fruit and veggies so you can keep your pantry organized. Additionally, you’ll also find Happy Holiday labels for turning your canned goods into a simple holiday gifts that are sure to get eaten!