We had a fun activity accompanying our science curriculum: soap making!
The kids all know that we use parts of plants in skin care, but this was a fun project.
We first measured out the soap base.
Tori melted the soap down in a glass bowl over a pot of water.
We added oatmeal and vitamin E to the melted soap base.
Last, we added lavender essential oil to the soap.
Dad ladeled out the molten soap into the rose-shaped molds.
The soap set up pretty quickly on the counter. Our house is always cold!
We popped the finished soaps out of the mold after a couple hours, just to make sure they were all set.
The soaps turned out so pretty with the oatmeal and rose shapes. They smell great!
These are perfect presents for all sorts of occasions.
I chose to omit the use of lye since the children were completing this assignment. I’m sure the soap would be improved with its addition, but it is dangerous and I’m unfamiliar with it.
10 oz soap base (goat’s milk, glycerin, shea butter)
3 oz vitamin E
1/2 cup oatmeal
Optional add-ins: 20 drops essential oils, 3-4 oz honey, 1/4 cup dried flowers
Measure soap base with a kitchen scale.
Melt soap base in a double boiler. Remove from heat.
Stir in oatmeal, vitamin E, and any optional items.
Add essential oils, if using.
Pour or ladle into pretty soap molds.
Allow to cool for several hours or overnight.
Pop out of molds carefully.
Wrap with cellophane, ribbons, labels, and give as gifts!
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