Wednesday, December 17, 2014

homemade christmas {part 2}

At first I had no idea what to make Jon for his Christmas gift. After searching Pinterest and Google, I decided I would try my hand at homemade men's shave soap. Jon is into antique safety razors and goes the whole nine yards--he has a mug, badger brush, and uses soap when he shaves. I came upon this recipe and then decided to modify it based on what I was able to easily procure.

Men's Shave Soap Recipe:
1 lb. Hemp Oil Melt and Pour Soap Base
1 tbsp. shea butter
2 tsp. olive oil
6-7 liquid capsules of vitamin E
1/4 c. ground whole oats
Essential Oil for scent
glass jar (I used an old sauer kraut jar)
Pringles can (or soap mold)

On the lowest heat setting on your stove, place a pan with a few inches of water in it with the jar placed in the water bath. Cut the soap base into small chunks and add it into the glass jar, stirring occasionally with a plastic spoon. Grind the oatmeal into a fine powder. It needs to be a powder or it will all settle to the bottom of your mold--something I learned the hard way! Stir the olive oil and the liquid from the vitamin E capsules in a small bowl. I used scissors to cut open the capsules and ended up using 6 or 7 because I was only successfully getting about 1/3 of the liquid into the bowl. Next time I'll probably try using an Exacto knife to just cut a hole or slit in the capsules. When the soap base is entirely melted, turn off the heat and remove the glass jar from the water. Add the oatmeal, mixing thoroughly. Once that is evenly distributed, add the shea butter. I waited until that was melted completely to add the oil mixture. Then add the essential oils (if you'd like) last. When everything is mixed, pour the soap into your mold. The benefit to the Pringles can is you can just peel it away when you're done and cut the soap into rounds. If I continue to make this for Jon I will probably buy a mold that I saw at Hobby Lobby for a few dollars because it was a fluke that we actually had a Pringles can in our cupboard.
what the soap looked like when I peeled away the can - oatmeal all settled; air bubbles on top (remove both)
Because I can't wait to give gifts, I gave Jon his soap the same day. He used it and said it was probably the best shaving soap he's used--his skin didn't feel like it was drying out as he continued to shave. He kept reiterating that soap making needs to be my new hobby and it was actually pretty fun (not to mention easy) so I'm considering it. I also considered starting an Etsy shop but I think my hands are a little too full for that right now. I didn't take steps of the process but it was pretty self explanatory.

If you have any questions about any of the steps feel free to ask in the comments.

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