Handmade Soap Recipes & Small Giveaway

This Giveaway is now CLOSED!

As part of Michael’s Random Acts of Kindness week, I was asked to make a fun craft and then “Craft it Forward.  So I whipped up some different and fun handmade soap recipes.  I shared the basic recipe for making handmade soaps earlier this week.  I shared my Lavender Soap Recipe as well.  Today I want to share with you a couple of other soaps we came up with.

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My three girls had a great time helping and wanted to come up with some fun Valentine’s Soap for their friends.  So we made some pink heart soaps that they scented with peppermint oil and dyed pink using some drops of red soap colorant which we bought at Michael’s Craft.

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We poured the pink soap into a rubber heart mold and let them harden.  Then we melted our white soap base and poured it into our rectangle soap molds also found at Michael’s.  When that soap had hardened we sprayed it with rubbing alcohol and added another thin layer of white soap and then placed a pink soap heart in it and let it harden completely.

*Find the full soap making recipe and instructions here.

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Then we wrapped them up and tied them with a colorful bow so that we could give them away as part of the “Craft it Forward” campaign.

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We also experimented with some different flavors of soap.  I LOVE citrusy and FRESH scents.  So we thought it would be fun to add some Lemon essential oil along with some fresh lemon zest to our soaps.  YUMMO!

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We did the same with Lime.  But I did not have a lime oil so I used doTerra’s Citrus Bliss oil…which is awesome, and then added some fresh lime zest to the soap base.  I imagine these soaps will have to be used fairly quickly so that it stays as fresh as possible.

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Shannon, one of my readers, left a comment about Lavender Lemonade on my Lavender Soap post.  Lavender Lemonade!!  I have not heard of that.  But I am dying to try it.  It will be the next one I try.  Sounds amazing right?

But we did make a Pink Lemonade Soap by simple creating a double layer soap.  Pour the first layer and let it harden completely.  Then add a second layer by spritzing the top (where you will add the layer) with rubbing alcohol and then pouring your second color on.  We added lemon essential oil and some lemon zest in the white layer.

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And in the spirit of Valentine’s Day and Random Acts of Kindness Week, we delivered our soaps to some of our friends and neighbors.  Each of them were given one of our handmade soaps and a $5 gift card to Michael’s.  Aren’t they the cutest…our friends that is? We are so blessed to be surrounded by good people.

I have one more Michaels gift card to deliver…  If you want to win a $5 gift card to Michael’s and have me send it out to you, simply leave a comment here.  Any comment will do!

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Michaels is participating in Random Acts of Kindness Week, Feb. 11-17, by asking customers to share their own random acts of kindness on the Michaels Facebook page and to use the hashtag #RAOKDIY when sharing on Twitter and Instagram.


In celebration of the holiday on Sunday, Feb. 17, Michaels hopes to inspire customers to participate by giving away more than $100,000 in gift cards at its nearly 1,100 U.S. and Canada stores. Gift card recipients will be encouraged to “craft it forward” and exhibit their own random act of kindness towards another person.

Customers who want to “craft it forward” can find inspiration for Random Acts of Kindness projects to give to others on the Michaels Random Acts of Crafting Pinterest board.


Amy Huntley is the owner/author of The Idea Room. A mother of five, who enjoys sharing her love of all things creative in hopes of inspiring other women and families. Connect with her on Google+, or read more of her posts.


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    I could always used $5 for Michaels! I’d love to do something little & kind for someone else with it too :)

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    Hey, $5 is $5, right? Have a project in mind getting ready (way early) for Teacher Appreciation Week. Thanks!

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    hey, any amount works. thanks for the opportunity to win!

  4. 4

    What a fun giveaway!

  5. 5

    Love these soaps!! Great ideas!

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    thanks for the giveaway!

  7. 7

    Those soaps are gorgeous!! I love them all!

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    Those look so fun and yummy, Amy! One question, maybe I missed it, but why do you spray them with rubbing alcohol? Thanks!

  9. 10

    These look so fun!! I pinned for later! :)

  10. 11

    The soaps look really fun to make AND use! And I can always use an extra $5 to spend at Michaels!

  11. 12

    I love the lemon soap, would look so cute in my barroom I just redid

  12. 13

    Love the lemon and lime soap! How refreshing!

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    Rachael Werth says:

    Sounds great to me!

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    Those soaps look so good I almost want to eat them,but that is gross,but smell at least?!

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    carrie eastman says:

    Great Idea on the soaps!!

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    Haha, I was wondering where this cute soap came from and then I saw my mom’s picture up there. You are so nice to do this, I bet it made her day!

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    Jo Lynn King says:

    love the soap….learned new fact about spraying alcohol between layers…thanks, jlk

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    domestic diva says:

    Lovely! THanks for the chance.

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    These look amazing! I am so excited to try this!

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    Michelle J. says:

    I’d love to craft it forward!

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    Have to say I love citrus soaps.

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    Anne Marie says:

    Lovely soap and yes I would love a Michaels card!!!

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    Love the idea of using citrus zest.

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    The pink lemonade layer soap is great! Thanks for all the great ideas.

  25. 26

    Love the soaps!

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    Melissa P. says:

    Love the Pink Lemonade Soap. Soaps like this can be so expensive. I’d love to try making some for myself. Thank you!

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    I love your soap ideas. I am a big fan of homemade soaps but haven’t tried making them yet

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    Love those lovely soap ideas! Pink lemonade soap is my favorite one — trying this soon!! Thanks for the great ideas!

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    I love making soaps from Michaels! Mint is a family favorite.

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    Jennifer Smith says:

    Thank you for sharing these soap recipes! I hope to try one soon!
    Have a blessed weekend!

  31. 32

    I really enjoy my email subscription and follow you closely on Pinterest. Thanks so much for the Giveaways you offer here… they are fun! :)

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    I am currently putting up all my spring decor and Easter stuff…could use a Micheals giftcard to get some last minute finishing touches!

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    Mary Stewart says:

    I’ve love home made soaps…just didn’t have a clue as to how to make them or how easy it was. Thanks for the tutorials!

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    I’ve never been so impressed at homemade soaps! You have done a fabulous job – each one is so perfect! They would make a great gift, for a church fair, hostess gift, etc. I’d like to make these!! I luv Michael’s!!! I’m so excited when I can go there (I have no car so when someone will take me I feel as giddy as a 3-yr old)!!!

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    Love all your soaps…especially the pink lemonade”

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    I love handmade soaps. Buy all the time

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    Thank you for the opportunity to win! ANYTHING off @ Michael’s helps because I spend quite a bit of cash there!! I make handmade sopas. Initially I THOUGHT if I could master it, idsell them. However, I ended up always giving them away!! Your soaps look great & I’m sure smell & lather great! Love YOUR blog!!

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    Phaedra Johnson says:

    I love these soaps! I am thinking about making some. I would also love a Michaels gift card!

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    New to your blog. Can’t wait to check it out!

  40. 41

    Those soaps are adorable! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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    first time I have read your blog! I really like the homemade soaps!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win a Michaels gift card!

  42. 43

    These are lovely handmade soaps! What a sweet and kind giveaway!

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    Super sweet! Everything! :)

  44. 45

    I wish I could smell the soaps through the computer screen.

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    Michelle Laulu says:

    The lime soap sounds amazing! I love Michaels. :)

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    Kathy Kornacki says:

    My granddaughter would love the soap with the heart. Can’t wait to try it!

  47. 48

    Love the soaps, I’m going to try to make some. Thanks!

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    Thanks for all the great ideas.

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    You have inspired me to make my own soaps with your simple tutorial and fun variations. Thanks!

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    mary fanara coleman says:

    These soaps are so cute…and love Michael’s.

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    Susan Seeley says:

    Someday, I’m going to try soap making – these look great!

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    ~ Michelle S. says:

    My girls would love to try this craft. Thanks for sharing!

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    I love the special fragrance hand made soaps.

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    rosemariee says:

    i love the pink lemonade soap!

  55. 56

    Wow! Very great post! This gave me great gift ideas. I even want to make one for myself. It would feel like I am making a milk shake. Yum! I love the lemon soap because it’s not only refreshing but got great benefits to the skin as well. I’ll be sure to craft it forward and maybe even experiment a few soaps of my own using other ingredients. Thank you for the giveaways as well! They just made my day!

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    Nicole Stone says:

    I’m always looking for small projects to do inbetween my bigger projects, and this is so sweet! I just love to GIVE crafty goodness away, and what a perfect way to do it! Thanks for sharing!

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    I’m going to make the pink lemonade soap. One question, did you add fragrance to the pink portion & what fragrance was used (or) just the coloring? Such a cute idea! Bravo! I know what the Mom’s in my family are getting for Mother’s Day, well in addition to other goodies as well.

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    I love the citrus idea and pink lemonade. I plan to make them both! great ideas for a new soap maker. Maybe I can keep hubby from spending so much buying them online when we can make them at home :)
    Thanks again!

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    Those soaps u made look cool!! Good job!! I just startex doing soaps!! I did a clear olive oul glycerin soap w pieces of oats for exfoliation n some honey it !! I got re ipe off of a site http://naturesabundance.wordpress.com/2012/04/28/make-your-own-oatmeal-glycerin-soap/t sit for 24 hrs in fridge!! Trued it yesterday n it came out great!!

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    Do you know of a way to make soap for sensitive skin?

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    Elvira Durflinger says:

    Love your soaps can’t wait to try your recipes!

  63. 66

    cool giveaway!!!
    I guess I’m too late though

  64. 67

    I’ve always wanted to try making soap and you have made it look so easy! Thank you! Looking forward to trying it out!

  65. 68

    I just found this website. I love it!


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