I grew up making homemade or handmade gifts with my mom for family and friends. Often gifts from the heart are the best gifts to get and receive. Once I became a mom, I found myself following in her footsteps. The kids and I enjoy making homemade gifts for others too.
Recently I started thinking of what we would give all the teachers and aides in our lives. We started gifting homemade soap at little brother’s first birthday party 5 years ago and I find myself coming back to this idea often. It is fun and easy to make with the kids, you can change up how you make it each time, and people love it. We love homemade soap too. It seems to be less harsh on our skin. So DIY Oatmeal and Cinnamon Soap it will be for gifts this year for our teachers!
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DIY Oatmeal and Cinnamon Soap
Soap making supplies:
- cinnamon bark essential oil
- oatmeal melt and pour soap base
- soap molds
- Pyrex measuring cup
How to Make Oatmeal and Cinnamon Soap
To start with homemade soap making you need to open the soap base. We use the melt and pour soap bases. They are so easy to use. For this soap we got an oatmeal soap base. Once open cut into smaller pieces with a knife. I do this part.
Add the cut up soap to a Pyrex measuring cup. Place in the microwave for 1 minute to start. Add an additional minute (if needed) until melted. The kids love putting the soap in the cup and helping with the microwave. CAUTION the measuring cup will be hot when you take it out. Grab a pot holder.
Once the soap is melted let the kids give it a stir with a spoon. And add the best part, the cinnamon essential oil. Then pour into the soap molds. Let sit until it hardens.
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Now that the soap is hard it is ready. We removed them from the soap molds and placed on the counter. I made some simple printable tags for the soap while it was hardening.
I wrapped the soap in ribbon. I used the hot glue gun to glue on the tags to the ribbon.
The soap smelled amazing! And the kids and I could not wait to try it out too. We had to keep a bar from this soap batch for ourselves. The kids went straight to the bathroom to wash their hands.
We look forward to gifting our homemade soap this year. And to making more homemade gifts together over the years!
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