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« on: November 29, 2008 07:47:06 PM »

Hello.

As money is tight for me this holiday season - and because I like to give "gifts from the heart," I had the idea of trying to make my own soap to give away this Christmas - and I wanted it to be frankincense and myrrh soap. =)

My questions are...

1.) How "difficult" is it to learn how to make soap? i.e. > would it make sense to attempt to make soap as Christmas presents if I've never even made soap before?

2.) Does anyone have any instructions for frankincense and myrrh soap?

3.) Are there any ways I could incorporate gold into the soap? Even if they weren't "useable"? For example, decorative gold coils or flakes that could be "placed inside" the soap? Or - could I find a fake gold coin to place inside each bar of soap?

Any instructions, advice, etc, etc, etc, would be greatly appreciated! Thanks for reading!
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« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2008 08:58:26 PM »

If you're talking about cold process soap (where you start from scratch) then it's probably a little too late. Soap generally needs to cure for 3-4 weeks after you make it, so assuming your first batch turned out okay, you'd be cutting it close! However it's never too late to learn a new craft! Even if it's not for Christmas this year, you can always pick up a few books and brush up for next year gifts! I always tell people to find a local CP class, or thoroughly read up on CP before launching right into it. Smiley

If you're talking about melt & pour soap (starting with a pre-made base), it's NEVER too late! You can absolutely get melt and pour base at craft stores, or order online and do all kinds of neat things. Bramble Berry has a lovely frankincense and myrrh fragrance oil that would be great for gifts. MP is also good for inserting things like fake gold coins. Lots of book on MP soap tell you how to do just such a thing. One year my friend commissioned me to make soaps for her family reunion which coincided with Chinese New Year. I did green tea scented soaps with fake Chinese coins in them. They turned out super cute. 

But that's just my two cents. (har! coins, cents? Okay, it's long past bedtime here...)
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« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2008 08:17:53 AM »

Nymeria:

Thank you so much for your response - I appreciate your "two cents." Wink

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« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2008 02:48:12 PM »

What Nymeria said! I make a "Gift of the Magi" soap with the frankincense and myrrh fragrance and add gold mica to it to make it shimmery.  I then wrap them in pretty red with gold mulberry paper and pretty ribbon.
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« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2008 04:14:45 PM »

What Nymeria said! I make a "Gift of the Magi" soap with the frankincense and myrrh fragrance and add gold mica to it to make it shimmery.  I then wrap them in pretty red with gold mulberry paper and pretty ribbon.

That sounds very, very nice. I would love to see pictures of such a thing!  Shocked
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« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2008 04:57:45 PM »

I think I have one left somewhere, I will try to dig it out! The fragrance turned it a nice dark tan so the gold shimmer was really pretty with it. I experimented one year with having my "regular" soap line and a "spa" line, and the spa bars were all larger sized and pretty fancy ingredient wise and I wrapped them fancy too. One was doublemint, with one layer of spearmint eo with green jojoba beads and one layer of wintergreen eo with blue jojoba beads. And I had some with clays, fancy exfoliants, etc.
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