I have to start by telling you that I'm not a fan of smelly soaps, smelly candles. I don't even own perfume. This honeysuckle soap is perfect though...its mild smell reminds me of childhood summers, playing outside in the woods, drinking the lil drops of honeysuckle nectar pretending it was a real treat. Just about everyone I give this soap to has asked for the recipe. It's just that good!
1 bar of unscented, white soap (my favorite to use is Dove for sensitive skin)
1 1/2 cups boiling water
1/2 to 1 tsp honeysuckle oil (I buy mine at the Handworks Gallery in Winchester, Va.)
4 drops red food coloring
10 drops yellow food coloring
-cutting board and knife
-12 little jars and lids
-hot glue gun and glue (optional, to secure lids)
First, put the water on to boil. While waiting for the water to boil, cut your bar of soap up into small pieces.
Place the soap into your blender. (Have the lil kids help with that step!) Pour in the boiling (or nearly boiling) water. Add the honeysuckle oil and food coloring.
Blend for 15-30 seconds. Your blender will fill to the top with foamy, lotion-like soap.
Prepare your jars with a quick spray of cooking oil. Follow by wiping the spray around the inside of the jar briefly with a paper towel.
Carefully pour the soap concoction into each little jar. Set the jars aside for a few hours before putting the lids on. The soap will firm up a bit, but will continue to have a creamy, semi-soft texture. (Most canning jars come with the lids in two pieces. Just use a hot glue gun to secure the lids together if you like. Don't use super-glue or crazy glue!!! I made that mistake once and all the soap ended up smelling like toxic glue! Ick!)
Stick a little label on the lid; tie a ribbon or string around the jar and you have the perfect "anytime gift." Enjoy!