DIY Fruit and Herb Soap

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Are you stuck for gifts this Christmas?  Why not give your own homemade soap?!  I was nervous about making my own soap, but it ended up being really easy!!

You can mix fresh herbs with fresh fruit in any combination that you want.  I made three types of soap: grapefruit mint, strawberry rosemary, and lemon thyme.

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Supplies:

Soap molds or empty food containers
Cooking spray
Unscented glycerin soap base
Large heat-resistant glass measuring cup
Knife
Assorted citrus peels, berries, and herbs (I used lemon zest, grapefruit zest, strawberry, mint, thyme, and rosemary)

Melting Soap and Preparing Molds

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Find soap molds or empty food containers to set soap in.  I used one soap mold and an empty cottage cheese container.  Decide what types of soap your are going to make and which containers you are going to use to make each type.

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Find out how much glycerin soap base you will need for each type of soap by filling up your container with water and then pouring the water into your measuring cup.  Measure each type of soap separately.  Dry your measuring cup and molds after you measure.

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Cut up your glycerin soap base into little cubes following the grooves of the soap.

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Add enough soap cubes to make the first type of soap.

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Cover the measuring cup with paper towel and then microwave for 30 seconds.

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Add more cubes of soap base until you get the correct amount.

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Continue to microwave for 30 seconds at a time until soap is melted.

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Stir soap until smooth.

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Spray your molds with cooking spray.  This will help you remove the soap from the mold once they’ve set.

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If your soap mold is uneven like mine, prop up on two bowls.

Strawberry Rosemary Soap

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For one cup of soap, add one strawberry and the leaves from two rosemary sprigs.

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Mix on high in a food processor to make a pulp.

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Add fruit and herb pulp to melted glycerin and mix well.

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Pour mixture into the prepared mold.

Lemon Thyme Soap

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For one cup of soap, use the zest from half a lemon and the leaves of two sprigs of thyme.

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Mix on high in a food processor to make a pulp. If pulp is dry, add a couple of teaspoons of water to the mix a little at a time.

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Add fruit and herb pulp to melted glycerin and mix well.

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Pour mixture into the prepared mold.

Grapefruit Mint Soap

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For two cups of soap, add the zest from 1/4 of a grapefruit and about 10 mint leaves.

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Mix on high in a food processor to make a pulp.  If pulp is dry, add a couple of teaspoons of water to the mix a little at a time.

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Add fruit and herb pulp to melted glycerin.

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Mix well.

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Pour mixture into prepared mold.

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You can remove the layer of bubbles on the top if you wish.

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When the top bubbled layer solidifies, remove it.  It will stick to your fingers and will come off easily.

Final Steps

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Let soap harden at room temperature for one hour.

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Transfer molds to freezer for 2 hours.

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Take soap out of freezer.  Soap should remove easily from molds.

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Frozen soap will sweat while defrosting.

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Once thawed, trim edges as needed.

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Cut soap made from a food container into a square.

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Then slice into bars.

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Your beautiful and fragrant soap is ready to give as a gift!  Wrap soap in a plastic gift bag and add a ribbon!

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