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06 December 2016

Pine Soaps for Christmas

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If you read my golden mercury glass Menorah post, you might have noted that I am a BIG fan of the Evergreen Pine fragrance.  BIG FAN.  I decided to try mixing it with a few different scents for a fast and easy stocking stuffer for Christmas.  I experimented with several combinations and am excited to share my results with you!  Today we are going to make a Peppermint Pine marbled soap, a Lavender Pine & Oatmeal Soap in Jello Molds and bars of Oatmeal Spice & Pine Soap.  Can you guess which I liked the best?  I wonder if it will be YOUR choice as well!  Let's dive in, shall we?

Create Crafting With Nature Pine Soap Stocking Stuffers of Hostess Gifts for Christmas Handmade 2016 at A Nest for All Seasons with Amy Renea

Supplies:

Instructions:


Peppermint Pine Stack of Soap

Let's start with the Peppermint Pine.  It is fresh and very "Christmasey".
STEP 1: Melt cubes of white Goat's Milk Soap Base in a microwave safe bowl.  Melt in 10-30 second increments and do not let soap boil.

Evergreen Pine Fragrance

STEP 2: When the soap base is melted add 10 drops of peppermint oil and 30 drops of pine.  
Adjust based on how strong you would like the scent to be.

STEP 3: For the marbling effect, dip a fork into Wilton food gel coloring.

Peppermint Pine Soap Food Coloring

STEP 4: Swirl the fork around the melted soap just a few times.  
For full colored soap, keep swirling until the mix is a solid color.  
For marbling, just do a few swipes, then get on out of there!

Create Crafting With Nature Pine Soap Stocking Stuffers of Hostess Gifts for Christmas Handmade 2016 at A Nest for All Seasons with Amy Renea Peppermint Pine Soap marbling

STEP 5: Pour soap into a flat baking pan sprayed with non-stick spray and allow it to fully harden.

STEP 6: Cut soap into bars and tie with cute little pine pipe cleaners.

Next on my list are these pretty little Oatmeal Lavender and Pine soaps made in vintage Jello molds. 

Lavender Pine Oatmeal Soap

I found mine at a thrift store, but HERE are some on Amazon.  They are cheap and make great molds!

Vintage Jello Mold for Soap

STEP 1: Melt Oatmeal Soap Base in a microwave-safe bowl in 10-30 second increments.

STEP 2: Add in 20 drops of Evergreen Pine Fragrance and fresh or dry lavender flowers.  
I harvested mine from my garden, but you can purchase them HERE or your local garden store or herbist.

STEP 3: Pour mixture carefully into molds sprayed with non-stick spray.  Allow to harden them pop out from molds, using a butter knife on the edges if needed.

Oatmeal Spice and Pine Soap Mold

NOTE: Sometimes the oil spray will leave a residue on the soaps.  Simply wipe off with a paper towel or with a bit of water if needed.  
Getting them out of the molds without some oil is very difficult!

Create Crafting With Nature Pine Soap Stocking Stuffers of Hostess Gifts for Christmas Handmade 2016 at A Nest for All Seasons with Amy Renea

See the cute little JELLO letters on the bottom?  Subtle, but I think that it is a fun vintage touch!

Last on the list, but my personal favorite (!!!!!) are the Pine and Spice Oatmeal bars. 
 They sound like something to EAT, don't they?  

Oatmeal Spice and Pine Bars

STEP 1: Melt a whole block of oatmeal base in a microwave-safe bowl in 10-30 second increments.

STEP 2: Add 10 drops of Evergreen Pine and 20 drops of Cinnamon Spice Fragrance.  Mix.

STEP 3: Pour mixture into a glass or non-stick bread loaf pan sprayed with non-stick spray.  Allow to harden.

STEP 4: Pry the entire block out of the loaf pan and cut into rectangles with a SHARP knife for clean edges. 
(Serrated knives make ridges and a butter knife isn't strong enough for soap this thick).


Soap making in the Microwave

SO. Drumroll please......

What was my favorite combination?

#1 The Oatmeal Pine and Spice Bars

#2 The Lavender and Pine Jello Mold Soaps

#3 Peppermint Pine Soaps


All 3 are fun and interesting mixes, but I loved the oatmeal-based soaps for winter even more than the peppermint. Merry Christmas!

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Make your own coconut oil.
Gather your own sea salt.
Grow your own grapevines for wreaths.
Give gifts naturally grown and crafted from your backyard garden.

Each chapter focuses on a plant or groups of plants and how to grow them in your home garden.  Then, gather up those natural ingredients and get crafting! From lavender wreaths and hypertufa planters to lambsear angels and pickled tomatoes, there are projects for beginners on up!

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