Monday, March 21, 2011

Good, Clean Fun

Love scented soaps? Martha Stewart LIVING suggests you make your own version for just cents. These are a good fit for your kitchen and guest bath, or to give away to a hostess.
Start with a block of glycerin - available at any craft store. Pick up a soap mold, or use the bottom of a yogurt or milk container. Any small, plastic shape will do. Pick a few fragrant ingredients. Strawberries make a pretty purple bar, while the mint and lemon scents are particularly fragrant and fresh - great for your kitchen washing.
Start by processing your additive until it's finely chopped.

For a small bar, I used 4 blocks of glycerin. I cut them into small, 1/2 inch pieces and melted them in the microwave for 30 seconds, until they became a liquid.
I poured the liquid into the mold, then stirred in the fruit or herb blend. After setting for about 20 minutes, I threw the bar in the freezer for an hour.
After removing from the freezer, I sliced away the bubbles that had formed at the edges and popped the bar out of the plastic. Presto!


  1. OMG. Kate, you never cease to amaze me. I love this idea. Will totally do it when I get back to the States :)

    As always, thanks for the inspiration.


  2. Do you use fresh or dried herbs? I have a ton of orange mint, spicy globe basil and lemon thyme in my garden now.