Mother’s Day is only two days away, so you still have plenty of time to whip up a gift that’ll make your mom feel like a queen. And I’ve got just the thing: handmade soap that’s personalized just for her. This old-fashioned recipe for soapy dough can be easily shaped into balls that make a thoughtful gift. And they’re so easy to whip up, even kids can get in on the act.
Mix 2 cups of grated Ivory® soap with ¼ to ½ cup of water to form a smooth paste. For lighter, fluffier soap dough, use an electric mixer. Add more water or soap as needed until the mixture is smooth. Stir in a few drops of food coloring, then blend in a few drops of scented oil and mix well. Lightly coat your hands with some vegetable oil and form the mixture into small balls. Place the soap balls on a sheet of wax paper and let them harden for several hours.
Let the lucky recipient of your homemade soap know that you made it just for her by adding a personal touch to the balls. Use your mom’s favorite color, or add different exfoliants, like oatmeal, coffee grounds, or sugar. There are plenty of ways to personalize the soap, and the gifts will be appreciated that much more.
To give the soap as gifts, wrap the balls individually in colored tissue paper, or leave them unwrapped and put them into a decorative bowl, tin, or basket.