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Easy Goats Milk Soap Gift Baskets – Thrill Your Family & Friends

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What says I’m thinking of you more than a homemade gift?

This year make homemade goats milk soap gift baskets. Use HartNana’s Goat’s Milk Soap Recipe – so easy and so forgiving that even a novice can have terrific results. Of course HartNana will be there with you to help you out if you have problems or questions.

You can make goats milk soap gift baskets. Here is one gift basket I made a while back for the holiday and/or a baby shower gift. All you need to find is a basket, some “extra” goodies, some homemade soap, and a little creativity.

If you are wanting to give homemade soap as a Christmas gift now is the time to be making it. This recipe only needs about three weeks to cure.

We also have a super simple recipe for Goat’s Milk Lotion – Make it the same day you plan to ship it, as there is no lead time necessary (that’s a plus for last minute gifts right?)

Make Goats Milk Soap For Gifts – Putting It All Together

You can always make the lotion and put it in a cute container and don’t forget to use your imagination for wrapping your soap! Gift baskets are popular and easy to put together too.

All it takes is a basket, some cellophane wrap (you can get at the dollar store), some tissue paper, your soap, a container of lotion, and maybe a loofah sponge, a candle and a relaxing CD. Put it all in your basket after arranging the tissue paper, then wrap the whole thing in cellophane wrap and add a big bow.


Here is a video to give  you an idea about how to put it all together.



There you go super simple, super personal and quite frankly – lots of fun!!

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Goat Milk Soap Gift Baskets For Extra Holiday Cash

The gift basket featured above I made for a craft fair. In fact I made a bunch of them. You can do it too! Find interesting baskets (or dig through your stores), add your homemade soap – because truly that is the gift – then add a few odds n ends. Coffee, wine, candles, chocolate, tea, cookies all make great additions. And don’t forget the huge bow.

Here are Some From Amazon to Give You Ideas:

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Best DIY Mothers Day Gift Ideas-Cheap & Easy To Make

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The best DIY Mothers Day gift ideas are those designed to match your mom. Tailoring your mothers day gift to the things in life she enjoys will bring a smile to her face and joy to her heart.

While in my experience most moms love spa gift baskets, maybe your mom is different. Maybe your mom loves coffee or to cook or…CHOCOLATE. (Said with that slightly evil tone, under my breath. I LOVE chocolate, and coffee and cooking and spa gift baskets – and I’m a mom) So I feel qualified to give some advice here. Or at least some ideas to get you running.

DIY Mothers Day Gift Basket Ideas

When it comes to gift basket ideas, you don’t have to start with a traditional basket. Think outside the basket. I like to go to the thrift store and find cool containers. Sometimes I find metal boxes or trays to use as the container. Or you could start with an oversized coffee mug, picnic basket, mixing bowl, really the sky is the limit.

The goal is to find the basket/base that will match the feel of the rest of the “stuff” you are going to include. Here are some baskets already put together over on Amazon. Use them to get ideas to make yourself…


 


Easy DIY Mothers Day Gift Ideas

I like to use easy DIY mothers day gift ideas. Things like an interesting popcorn bowl with bags of microwave popcorn. Maybe a gift certificate to your local movie theater or a gift card to amazon for a movie rental or to. Perhaps you throw in some juju beans or what ever she loves in the candy department.

Wine, cheese and crackers or bread also make a great basket. Don’t forget some lovely stem ware. And maybe a couple cloth napkins and a candle? These could go in a picnic basket that you find at a local thrift store or garage sale foraging.

Homemade Soap Ideas

Homemade soap is my go to thing because I make it. Sometimes I will find interesting soap dishes and use that for the basket.

Don’t Forget Coffee

What mom doesn’t love coffee? Okay well I know a few who aren’t great fans, but I think they could be if they were allowed to indulge. This is an easy DIY mothers day gift to put together.

Find a great coffee blend. Add a funny or sentimental mug. maybe a few chocolates or biscotti – homemade is DaBomb. Voila, there you have it, a gift that will be treasured for sure! Maybe you nestle it in a new bathrobe?

 

Unique Mothers Day Gift Ideas

Here is a list of unique mothers day gift ideas that you can adjust for your own mom.

Gift certificates for:

  • movies
  • dinner at her favorite restaurant
  • pedicure
  • manicure
  • massage
  • babysitting
  • cleaning service

Garden in a Pot

Put together a beautiful potted plant. Take care in selecting the pot and plants. This year I am getting a lemon/lime tree in a beautiful container that will move in and out of the house.

If your mom likes flowers you could get her a selection for her garden or a potted flower for her house to enjoy all year. Jasmines do well inside and out. And smell divine!

Final Thoughts On DIY Mothers Day Gift Ideas

Ultimately, anything you give your mom will be appreciated. Taking the time to find something that is personal is, as American Express puts it, priceless.

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Spa Gift Basket Ideas For Woman From The Heart

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What says I’m thinking of you more than a homemade gift?

HartNana’s Goat’s Milk Soap Recipe is so easy and so forgiving that even a novice can have terrific results – of course HartNana will be there with you to help you out if you have problems or questions.

You can make goats milk soap for gifts in a basket too. Here is one gift basket I made a while back for the holiday and/or a baby shower gift. All you need to find is a basket, some “extra” goodies, some homemade soap, and a little creativity.

If you are wanting to give homemade soap as a Christmas gift now is the time to be making it. This recipe only needs about three weeks to cure.

We also have a super simple recipe for Goat’s Milk Lotion – Make it the same day you plan to ship it, as there is no lead time necessary (that’s a plus for last minute gifts right?)

 

Make Goats Milk Soap For Gifts – Putting It All Together

You can always make the lotion and put it in a cute container and don’t forget to use your imagination for wrapping your soap! Gift baskets are popular and easy to put together too.

All it takes is a basket, some cellophane wrap (you can get at the dollar store), some tissue paper, your soap, a container of lotion, and maybe a loofa sponge, a candle and a relaxing CD. Put it all in your basket after arranging the tissue paper, then wrap the whole thing in cellophane wrap and add a big bow.


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Here is a video to give you an idea about how to put it all together.

There you go super simple, super personal.

Fun ideas of things to include in your cute spa gift basket:

  • Candles
  • Chocolate
  • Soap
  • Lotion
  • Bath Salts
  • Lofa
  • Hot chocolate, tea or wine
  • Neck Pillow for the bath.

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Epsom Bath Salt Recipe – Variety of Soaking Options

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The best epsom bath salt recipe is the one that makes you happy when you step in to soak right? Here is a small collection of epsom bath salt recipes to try for  your home or to give as gifts.

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Chamomile Lavender Oatmeal Epsom Bath Salt Recipe

One recipe makes about 1 1/2 cups of oatmeal milk bath.

  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup ground oats (put 1/2 cup oats in your food processor and process until finely ground)

You can add 1/4 cup of epsom bath salts to this to up the magnesium and boost your mood.

Stir dried milk, baking soda and ground oats together.  Add the lavender essential oil and stir together to break up any clumps.  Finally, stir in the dried chamomile flowers.  Divide oatmeal milk bath into your containers of choice.  I found the glass jars with wooden spoons at Hobby Lobby but you could of course, use mason jars!  Or if you prefer, use a coffee filter or bath tea bag to package individual sized portions of the oatmeal bath milk. To use, add about 1/2 cup of the oatmeal milk bath to warm water and stir to dissolve.

The chamomile flowers will soften a bit and float during the bath – remove them or crush them into small pieces before draining the bath tub.

Whole fat dry milk provides moisturizing and softening benefits for skin.

epsom bath salt recipeRosemary & Lemon Epsom Bath Salt Recipe

1 1/2 cups salt*
4 tablespoons of olive oil
Juice of 1-2 lemons
Zest of one lemon
2 sprigs of rosemary

*Lets start with salt. There are many different kinds of salt out there with various healing properties to them. For this recipe I recommend Epsom Salt or Magnesium Salt for the great health benefits of helping muscle and nerve function and reducing inflammation in the body. If you don’t have those lying around, rock salt or sea salt can substitute just fine.

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Honey & Oatmeal Epsom Bath Salt Recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup of oats
4 to 6 tablespoons of raw honey
1/3 cup Epsom salt
optional 4-8 drop essential oil

Directions:

1. Start by adding the cup of oats to your blender, grinder or food processor and breaking them down until they are a finer powder.  I made this pretty fine as it helps everything simply wash down the drain at the end of the bath and there is little to nothing to wipe or clean up after the bath.  You can certainly leave them whole or break down less if you prefer.
2. Leaving the oats or powdered oats in the blender start to add in the honey, I did a little bit at a time.  My goal was the balled up crumbly look that you see here in the fourth image (and not a paste).  I ended up adding 6 tablespoons, there was a big difference in appearance between the 3rd and 4th tablespoons to the 6th so just add as much as you like.
3. Once you hit this crumbled up stage with the oats and honey add in the Epsom salt and quickly pulse or turn on again for just a few seconds to mix everything together, you don’t really need to break down the salt and it looks pretty whole.  You can enjoy right away or store it in an air tight container until you’re ready to use it.

Pick your favorite epsom bath salt recipe to use in  your spa gift baskets to give as gifts this holiday season!

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Homemade Natural Soap Recipes Perfect For Gifts

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Homemade natural soap recipes for making that perfect and memorable gift. Nothing says, “I love you” like a bar of homemade soap.  Some of these homemade natural soap recipes are a little more advanced then the others. If you are just dipping your toe for the first time you might want to try Hartnana’s Easy Goat Milk Soap recipe. Hartnana’s recipe is a true homemade soap recipe using lye. A few of the following recipes use a base that  you melt so you don’t have to mess with the lye/oil mixing. You don’t even have to have goats or access to fresh goat’s milk to make Hartnana’s soap.

Once you have that super simple and forgiving soap recipe down you are ready to dip your toe into these more innovative and fun homemade natural soap recipes.

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What you will need to make this Honey Oatmeal Handmade Natural Soap Recipes

    • 2 tablespoons of honey
    • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon quick oats
    • 1/2 pound of goat’s milk soap ( this is measured by using 1/4 of the container of the goat’s milk suspension soap)

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  • measuring cup
  • knife
  • plastic spoon

How to make this:

  1. Use a coffee or spice  grinder to grind up the two tablespoons of oatmeal. It will become a fine powder.
  2. In the measuring cup, cut the soap suspension into cubes, using a knife. The soap cuts easily, like cold butter. It will be just a little more then a cup.
  3. Microwave in 30 second increments, and stir after each 30 seconds. If your house is warm it should take just a little over a minute to melt fully. Over heating will cause the soap to bubble up, so watch this carefully. ( NOT speaking from any experience or anything there) ahem..
  4. Stir well with the plastic spoon and make sure all the lumps of soap are melted.
  5. Remove from microwave and add in your ingredients, the ground oatmeal and the honey.
  6. Stir the mixture well. If you bought colorants, add in 6 drops of yellow and 2 drops of red to make a deep pale yellow color. It did bubble up a bit, but I didn’t mind that, especially when I saw how pretty it actually made the soap. Perfectly imperfect.
  7. Into the mold, sprinkle the teaspoon of whole oatmeal flakes all around two soap molds. Each cup of melted soap will make about 2 bar sized soaps.
  8. Pour in about half the mixture to one soap mold. Then pour the other side, trying to make the soaps even.
  9. Do not move the soap mold once you have poured the soap. If you need to, place the molds on a tray before beginning, so that you can move them later on.
  10. Allow the soap to set for at least 20 minutes. Then place in a cool spot to dry ( really to cool) for several hours.
  11. I removed my soap the next day- they just pop right out of those silicone molds- and I let them sit on a couple sheets of paper and dry out a bit. I also use this trick for the bar soap in our bathrooms. They make the room smell  nice and  it helps them to last longer in use.  Three or four days is a good amount of drying time.

 

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Goat Milk And Coffee Homemade Natural Soap Recipes

I use about 1 lb (or half of the block) of soap base at a time which makes four large 4-ounce soaps. The block of goats milk soap base cuts easily with a kitchen knife. I slice the soap base into cubes, place them inside a 4-cup Pyrex measuring cup, and melt in the microwave in 20-30 second increments, stirring well after each microwave session to ensure that the soap is completely melted. For 1 lb of soap, I generally microwave for 30 seconds, stir, microwave for another 30 seconds, stir again, and microwave a final time for 20 seconds.

When the soap base is completely melted, add the coffee grounds and 15 drops of coffee essential oil. You can use as much or as little of the coffee grounds as you prefer – they are mainly for exfoliation purposes as the majority of the soap’s fragrance comes from the coffee essential oil. Pour the mixture into the soap molds and allow to sit undisturbed until cool (about 30-60 minutes depending on temperature/humidity).

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Stacy from SixDollarFamily.com share links to 33 different homemade natural soap recipes here.

Most of these can be made either on the stove in a heavy bottomed pot or in a basic crockpot. I keep an extra pot and an extra crock pot that I picked up thrift store shopping on hand for making my soaps. It keeps my soap supplies separate from my cooking supplies so that there isn’t any chance of the two being cross contaminated. If you do need to use pots and things that you cook in, be sure to rinse them extremely well and to soak them in white vinegar to help remove any residues.

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Calendula Homemade Natural Soap Recipes

This is Jan’s recipe for Calendula Soap from Natural Soap Making

LIQUID & LYE PORTION

  • 4.17 oz (118 g) lye (6% superfat)
  • 9 oz (255 g) calendula tea

OIL PORTION (30 OUNCES TOTAL)

  • 15 oz (425 g) olive oil (50%)
  • 8 oz (227 g) coconut oil (27%)
  • 2.5 oz (71 g) castor oil (8%)
  • 4.5 oz (128 g) sunflower oil (15%)

She suggests substituting sweet almond oil for the sunflower oil, so that’s just what I did.  I used lye from Essential Depot but you can find it on Amazon.  You will also need dried calendula flowers for this recipe, to make the calendula tea.

 

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 To make the calendula Tea Do this:

The first step is the make the calendula tea.  This is pretty straightforward, just steep dried calendula flowers in boiling water, then strain.

How to Make the Calendula Soap for this Homemade Natural Soap Recipes:

  1. Then cool the tea completely so that it is at room temperature.  This is very important, so don’t be in too much of a hurry!  Then weigh out the tea into the heatproof plastic container.
  2. Put that in the sink (or outside, if that’s where you’ll be soaping), then carefully weigh out the lye, making sure you are taking all the necessary precautions with gloves, long sleeves and goggles if needed.  You absolutely do not want to come in contact with the lye at all.  Make sure there are no children or pets in the area.
  3. Next you pour the lye into the liquid (in this case, the calendula tea).  You always want to pour lye into liquid to avoid a volcano!  It will become very hot very fast, so be careful.  Stir well, but don’t breathe in the fumes.  Make sure there are open windows and fans blowing if needed, if you are indoors.  Once the lye is completely dissolved in the liquid, leave it be and weigh out the oils.
  4. Pour the oils into the big pot and gently warm them to about 100°F or so.  When both the liquid and lye mixture and the oils are around 100°F (+/- 20°F is ok), slowly drizzle the lye mixture into the oils.  Rinse the lye container with cold water and set aside.  Then use the immersion blender to mix the soap batter, alternating 30 seconds on and 30 seconds off.  You may have to tilt the pot a bit in order for the blender to be completely submerged.
  5. After a couple of minutes you will notice that the mixture will start to thicken.  What you are looking for is called “trace”.  This is when it is thick enough that the soap leaves a pattern on the surface before sinking back in.
  6. When you get to this point, it’s time to pour it into your parchment lined mold.
  7. Cover with something (I used a piece of cardboard) and wrap a few towels and blankets around it to keep it warm.  Check on it every hour or so for the first few hours to make sure it isn’t cracking.  If it is, take the towels and blankets off to let it cool quicker.
  8. Put all of your soap making equipment aside in a safe place to wash the following day (isn’t that great?).  It won’t be as harsh after it sits for a while, so it’s better to wait.
  9. Let the soap sit in the mold for 24-48 hours.  Here is what mine looked like when I took it out.
  10. You have to wait to use it for 3-4 weeks so that it can cure!  It will mellow with time, become harder and more gentle, so you gotta wait.  I know, it’s tough!  Lie them out on a parchment lined rack and flip every so often.

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Rosemary and Tea Tree Oil Homemade Natural Soap Recipes

Here’s what you will need to make this homemade natural soap recipes:

*1 lb. of Organic Goats milk soap base- Where to buy
*1 oz of Beeswax- where to buy
*A few sprigs of Rosemary- Grind leaves till fine in a coffee grinder till it makes about 1tsp- we have some growing in our yard but you could get some at the grocery store or your local nursery
*2Tbs. honey- we of course use our own raw honey;)
*2Tbs. Almond oil- Where to buy
*1Tbs. Vitamin E oil-Where to buy
*15 drops of Rosemary oil- where to buy
*15 drops of Tea Tree oil- where to buy
*a few drops of lavender oil if desired
*Pyrex 2 cup measuring cup- where to buy
*Soap mold- where to buy
*Kitchen scale- optional- where to buy

Fill a pot with water and place a heat proof bowl on top that fits to make a double boiler. Keep on low. Should be simmering not boiling. Cut up soap base and place in bowl. Add beeswax. Mix until melted. Add Almond  and Vitamin E oil and Rosemary. Remove from heat and add essential oils. Transfer to Pyrex measuring cup and pour into molds. Then keep on a flat surface until it hardens or place in freezer for quicker results. I usually make it in batches and make enough to last for at least a couple of months.

Not only are these great practical gifts to give but they are so easy to make. All you need is a little time to melt the ingredients and let them harden.

So there you go a whole bunch of different easy to make homemade natural soap recipes that would be perfect gifts or for using at home with your own family.

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Goat Milk Soap Gift Baskets – A Luxurious Bathing Experience

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There is nothing that beats the feeling of sliding into a nice warm bath, scented with just the perfect essential oil to help a tired body recuperate or simply to prepare for another day’s adventure. HartNana’s goat milk soap gift baskets come in a variety of “flavors” designed to match your mood.

I have decided not to stock these gift baskets any longer. If you wish to special order a basket, let me know and I’ll see what we can work out. In the mean time here are a couple alternatives.

Lavender Goat Milk Soap Gift Basket

lavender goat milk soap gift basketThe Lavender Goat Milk Soap Gift Basket has been created to encourage a good night’s sleep. Lavender relaxes sore muscles, perfect for calming anxiety and stress.

About the Product
  • Soaps are sold in 4.5 oz. bars Neatly Packaged with a Handcrafted wooden soap dish and small plastic bowl. (Pictured Exactly as Shipped)
  • Made with 100% RAW Goat Milk (No Water Added)
  • Bars are all hand poured and hand cut
  • Lasts 4 to 6 weeks depending on usage
  • Made using Lavender essential oils. Made with Sustainable Organic Palm Oil

 

 

Honey Oatmeal Goat Milk Soap Gift Basket

honey n oatmealHoney and oatmeal together give an added punch to the already nourishing properties of goat’s milk soap. The little bits of oatmeal work as an exfoliant, gently removing dead skin cells while stimulating new ones to replace the tired and worn out cells. Honey has anti bacterial properties that protect your skin.

About the Product
  • GOATS MILK & HONEY is delightfully unscented, soothingly hydrating and well suited to all skin types.
  • Scent: Contains no added scent, but this bar naturally has the subtle scent similar to graham crackers.
  • Color: Brown.
  • Texture: Smooth
  • SIMPLICI artisan crafted, natural bar soaps are long-lasting and have a great lather. Hand cut bars average 5.0 ounces per bar. Each Value Bag contains six bars of soap packaged in a lined, labeled and resealable bag; Value Bag bars are not individually wrapped or labeled.