How to Make Homemade Soaps for Father's Day

6 Materials
1 Hour

If you're still looking for homemade Father's Day gift ideas, then you'll want to consider gifting these handmilled soaps for Father's Day. They can be made from any grated unscented cold process homemade soaps or from those left over soap slivers you have tucked away for future use. If you don't have homemade soap bars on hand, you can find grated cold process soap for rebatching online or you can make your own.

This homemade espresso coffee and bourbon vanilla soap recipe is made by rebatching or handmilling unscented cold process soap and then adding additional ingredients to give its skin conditioning properties a boost.

In lieu of using water in this handmilled soap recipe, I chose instead to use a strong brewed espresso coffee and then combined it with a bourbon vanilla fragrance oil making it a wonderful unisex scent choice for both men and women. Plus, shea and cocoa butters give dry skin that extra bit of love. Get the recipe here. Then follow the instructions below to make your soaps.

How to Make it: Begin by weighing out the unscented soap using a digital kitchen scale, then grate into a large bowl.

Weigh out the espresso coffee, shea butter, cocoa butter and fractionated coconut oil and combine with the grated soap in a stainless steel pot.

Place the pot on the stove over medium heat until the shea and cocoa butters have melted, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low and continue to stir until the soap looks like it has melted. Stir in the fragrance oil until fully incorporated then remove from heat.

Spoon the soap evenly into each of the six cavities of a Crafters Choice™ Basic Round Silicone Soap Mold - or your own molds of choice.

Once soaps have hardened completely, carefully push each soap bar out of the mold and then set aside to allow excess water to evaporate. This could take several days to a week or more depending on your humidity levels.

Now that your homemade soaps for Dad are ready all that’s left is to package them for gift giving! To create the bands around the sides of the soap you’ll need one full sized sheet of brown kraft sticker paper. Turn the sticker paper over so the white side is up and place a ruler lengthwise along the paper. Starting at the edge of the sticker paper, place the ruler on the paper and draw a line on the right side of the ruler. Place the ruler so the edge is at the new line and then draw another line on the other side. Repeat until you have six strips then cut out the strips with scissors. Turn the strips of brown kraft stickers over so they are brown side up and then place a strip of your favorite washi tape lengthwise along the sticker strip. Repeat for all six stickers. Now simply peel the backing off the sticker paper strips and place around the soap bars.

Suggested materials:

  • Grated soap
  • Shea butter
  • Cocoa butter
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1 question
    on Jan 24, 2016

    What does fractionated coconut oil mean?

    • Rebecca D. Dillon
      Rebecca D. Dillon
      on Jan 25, 2016

      @RIVER It's a type of coconut oil. You can find it on Amazon or through soapmaking suppliers. It's a type of coconut oil that is liquid at room temperature.

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    on Jan 27, 2016

    Thank u so much for replying :)

  • CAV
    on Feb 23, 2017

    Thank you, looking forward to trying this in the future.

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