Sweet Valentine’s Soaps
sizes: gift box, 6-1/2”x6-1/2”; heart soaps, 1-1/2”
- White melt-and-pour glycerin soap base, 1/4 lb.
- Unsweetened baking cocoa powder, 2-1/2 tsp
- Chocolate fragrance oil
- White cardboard shirt box
- White or gold gift box, 3-3/4”x3-3/4”x1”
- Gold foil wrap (available in cake-decorating section of craft store)
- Gold foil bonbon-size baking cups
- Red ribbon, 3/4”-wide, 40” length
- Red silk rose
scissors, ruler, metal spoon, measuring spoons, serrated knife
- Microwave oven
- Microwave-safe glass items: measuring cup, bowls, custard cup
- Heart-shaped candy mold
- Heart template, 6-1/2”x6-1/2”
- Adhesives: clear tape, glue gun and sticks
- 1. Although gift only requires four soaps, recipe makes approximately 15 guest soaps.
- 1. Use serrated knife to cut soap base into smaller chunks and place in one bowl. Melt in microwave for 30 seconds on high; stir. Continue heating soap at 10-second intervals until all soap is melted; stir.
- 2. Create a mini double boiler by nesting custard cup in bowl of hot water. Pour 2-3 tablespoons melted soap into custard cup. Add 2-1/2 teaspoons cocoa powder and 15 drops chocolate fragrance oil to custard cup. Blend until smooth, then add mixture back into soap in bowl; stir. Reheat if needed.
- 3. Pour soap into heart-shaped candy mold. Let cool for 20-40 minutes. Press soaps out of mold and place into gold foil baking cups.
- 4. To make candy box, cut 6-1/2”x6-1/2” heart out of shirt box. Place cardboard heart onto gold foil and trace 2” beyond heart edges. Cut out foil heart, wrap around cardboard heart, and tape at center. Repeat to create second foil-covered heart.
- 5. Center bottom of gift box on taped side of one gold heart; secure with glue gun. Place lid on gift box and apply hot glue to top. Quickly adhere second gold heart, taped side down, onto top of gift box. Be sure hearts align.
- 6. Remove heart lid and place soaps in gift box; replace lid.
- 7. Tie ribbon diagonally around heart box, tying ends in bow. Adhere rose to center of box with glue gun.
- 1. To make delightful “white chocolate” soaps, just substitute vanilla fragrance oil and leave out the cocoa powder.
by Jennifer & Kitty O’Neil