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« on: September 25, 2007 08:42:56 AM »

  :DI really do love using all natural handmade or milled soaps. They really are fragrant and make nice gifts. Last year I made a wonderful coconut oil and oat soap that was a big hit!

I also really enjoy glycerin soaps they are gentle on the skin and guys really like them because for some reason they hold scent well and it transfers to the skin giving it a nice clean smell.

Bath oils and bath salts are also easy to make and really are a nice gift to give.

I'd like to share with you how I did my botanical gift presentation last Christmas. You know what they say Presentation is everything and it really made a huge impact on my recipients I got just as much good feed back about my wrappers as I did my handmade products.

First I created in a label program labels that were just about the size of a bar of soap. For lemon grass I used a really delicate picture of lemon grass in bloom and then I used a fancy font to type the name "lemon grass cleansing bar" In very small print I typed the ingredients. I choose a nice picture for each bar and designed each label differently

I then took freezer paper, some I left white and some I put a coating of very thin water color paint to tint the paper.

after it was completely dry I wrapped each bar very carefully in cellophane and then in the freezer paper like a little gift. I attached the label and then took a piece of raffia and tied it tight in a four way. Sometimes I left a fancy knot and other times I made a little bow. Raffia comes in all different colors so it was easy to mix and match the colors on the label and paper.

I had gone to the craft store and bought some little light, see through drawstring bags they were 4 for a dollar. I bought them in all different colors but made sure the colors kind of matched my soap "theme" yellow for lemon grass, purple for lavender, light green for green tea, tan for oat soap etc.

After wrapping each bar I put them individually in the shear drawstring bags.

I also had made some bath oil, bath salts and some small easy pour candles. I put ribbon on the bottles of bath oil (they were small bottles).

I made really easy cloth bags out of quilt squares and glue for the bath salts and I tied the top with a material ribbon. You can also put the salts in a small jar wide mouth jar that has cork put some beads on a piece of jewelry wire and insert into the cork.

For the oil and salts I made small tags out of card paper and printed what it was on them and how to use. I   punched holes in the handmade tags and attached with curly ribbon.

The candles like I said were easy pour and I wrapped them in nice tissue paper with curly ribbon and added a dollar violative candle holder that can be acquired at any craft store or department store.

I then went to the dollar store and thrift store and found a bunch of little baskets. I filled them with long shredded paper and then put in the botanicals, candle and candle holder.

 I attached a nice ribbon to the basket and wa-la! it makes a really nice gift and everyone loved them

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