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Cookie Cutter Soaps

Melt and Pour soap base(opaque)
Scent (optional)
Color (must be liquid, like gels)
cookie sheet (must have at least a 1/2 in. edge on it) knife (to swirl your colors!)
cookie cutters
Melt down the soap base and scent. You can give the main base a color if you wish or leave it white.

Pour the base on the cookie sheet and add colors and swirl them all over – be creative! When this dries, pop the block of soap out of the cookie sheet. Use cookie cutters to cut up the soap.
There are lots of different things you can do with this… Some ideas:

Theme Ideas

Christmas Soap: Swirl red & green into white and use cookie cutters
Candy Cane Soap: Swirl red into white with peppermint scent and candy cane cutters
Easter/Spring: Swirl multiple pastels and find some fun cookie cutters
4th of July: Patriotic white soap with a beautiful red & blue swirl (find a nice star cutter!

colored bath saltsCustom – Scented Bath Salts

1 cup epsom salt
1 cup sea salt
2 cups baking soda
Essential oil(s)
10 drops food coloring (optional)

Combine the 1 cup epsom salt, 1 cup sea salt, 2 cups baking soda in a large bowl, then add 4 teaspoons of essential oil in any fragrance or combination.

Stir.

Add tint to the bath salts if you so desire by adding 10 drops of food coloring to the bowl after you add the essential oils.

Stir again.

Store bath salts in a tightly closed container for 2 to 3 days before using.

Options:

Divide the bath salts equally between 2 large bowls, tint them different colors, and then carefully pour them into a clear container, making what appears to be “sand art”.

Tint one red, and scent both containers with peppermint oil, then layer it in a clear container and wrap with red ribbon. This “peppermint stick” makes a great Christmas gift!

Geraldine Jensen

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