These boutique soaps with vintage illustrations would make great bridal shower gifts or a fun addition to your bridesmaid gift tote bags. What girl doesn’t like being pampered with handmade soap? It literally takes you 5 minutes to do it all.
What you’ll need:
- Clear glycerin
- Transparency sheets (can be purchased by the sheet at stores such as Kinko’s) or water soluble paper (can be found at Amazon)
- Soap molds
- Essential Oil
To make the designs shown in the soap, print anything of your choosing (monograms, illustrations, etc) on transparency sheets. The engraved illustrations are from this site, which is a goldmine for beautiful vintage illustrations and maps – all free to download. After printed, trace your soap mold onto the sheets and cut your designs slightly smaller than the mold size so the edges of the sheet don’t stick out.
1. To make the soap, cut the bar of clear glycerin in smaller cubes. Add water in a large pot, and in a smaller pot, add the glycerin. Place the smaller pot in the larger one, to make the glycerin melt without burning. Add the scented oils of your choice and mix it with a wooden spoon until all chunks are melted.
2. With your designs in hand, pour a little bit of the melted glycerin into soap molds (we used old Ikea plastic containers – the small square ones) and then place the design facing the bottom of the mold. Immediately after, pour the other half of the soap. Let it cool for a few hours.
For the packaging, we used wrapping paper and printed “Thank You” and the scent name on each end of a belly band and cut one edge with pinking shears. We designated one design per scent.