We love all this talk about host and hostess gifts for those folks kind enough to invite us into their homes this holiday season. So, we're making sure to take everyone who hosts us a small gift: a bottle of wine with a handmade tag, a soy candle, and now this: pretty soap bars that can be made at home, without lye.
The Mother Nature Network spotlighted this article about making hand-milled (or reprocessed) soaps. Instead of using lye at home to make bars of soap, you start with gentle, unscented bars and add things to it like essential oils and coconut milk.
But you have to plan ahead: curing the soaps can take up to three weeks—so if you're hoping to give these for the slew of December holidays, make them after your turkey-induced food coma this weekend!
We think handmade soaps (from your hands or someone else's) are a beautiful gift. And we've already pointed out that bar soaps tend to be just a little greener. Wrap them up in compostable or recyclable packaging, or gift them with a small bamboo soap holder, and you've got yourself one very eco-friendly gift.