Fancy soaps can be expensive. Why buy them when you can get cheap soap instead and turn it into fancy soap? This project uses a cut-up bath scrubbie to add a built-in exfoliator to each bar, and it also gives them a fun and distinctive look.
- Bath puff, $1
- Lavender soap, $1 and up
- Plain soap, $1
- Olive oil, on hand
- Muffin tin, on hand or $1
- Embroidery thread, on hand
- Spray vegetable oil, on hand
- Lavender oil, on hand or $1 and up
Total: $3 and up
Take apart one of the puffs and cut into 6 pieces. Tie them back into smaller puffs and place them in to a muffin tin, sprayed generously with vegetable oil.
Grate the soaps and place in a sauce pan. Add about 1/2 cup of water, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and essential oil. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and cook until soap has melted. NOTE: If the soap starts sticking to the pan, add additional water 3 tablespoons at a time.
Spoon the soap mixture on top of the bath puffs into the muffin tins. Pick the tin up and carefully drop it on the counter several times to remove any air bubbles.
Let set until soap hardens, usually 24 hours. Turn the muffin tin over and drop it on the counter until the soap comes out. At this point, let the soap harden another 24 to 48 hours before using.