I love making people gifts that are homemade, they are even cooler when they are homegrown too!
For Mother’s Day this year I made Lemon Rosemary Olive Oil Soap and Scrub Gifts using lemons and rosemary from my own back yard. This year I needed to send out 5 of these gifts, so these proportions actually make gifts for 6 people.
To make the soap, you’ll need:
- Olive oil glycerin soap base
- 2-3 tbsp lemon zest
- 2-3 tbsp finely chopped rosemary
- A box or soap molds
First, zest your lemon and chop the rosemary, so they are ready to be put in the soap.
Then chop up the block of olive oil glycerin soap and put it in a measuring cup. Heat the soap up in the microwave in 30 second intervals, mixing after each. It took about 6 minutes of 30 second intervals to completely melt the soap.
Once the soap has melted mix in the zest and rosemary, keep stirring them together for a couple of minutes. They longer you stir, the more color gets into the soap.
When you are happy with the mixed in ingredients, pour the soap into a cardboard box or soap molds. I like using an old box because I can throw away the mess when I’m done.
Let the soap cool in it’s mold for about an hour. Then place the soap in the freezer for another 0 minutes to allow it to cool more. Once it’s cold, the box will peal right off.
Then cut your soap to the desired shapes and sizes and package as gifts. You should note though, that after about 3 months, the fresh ingredients in the soap will no longer be that good, so it will be time to throw that soap away.
Next, lets make the lemon rosemary olive oil scrub.
What you’ll need to the scrub:
- 6 lbs epson salt
- 3 tbsp lemon zest
- 4 tbsp lemon Juice
- 1 cup olive oil
- 6 pint mason jars
In a large mixing bowl, dump the whole bag of epson salts. Then mix in the zest, juice, oil and rosemary. Let the mixture sit for a minute and drain off any of the liquid that surfaces to the top.
Then fill each jar. Done and SO EASY!
Like the soap, the scrub will go bad in 3 months, so label accordingly for gifts.
So being the designer that I am, I made labels for these gifts and have made them available for download, FOR FREE. All you need to do is print and cut! The soap label is a band wrapper for around a plastic wrapped soap. The label for the scrub is a tag, and on the inside it explains some of the health benefits of Olive Oil, Lemon and Rosemary.