While finishing my undergrad degree at the Ohio State University, I’m working part time as a cashier for CVS Pharmacy. It is very fulfilling and rewarding work. One of the very few perks of my job is occasional free stuff, including several bars of unscented Dove soap. It totally makes up for the low wages, lack of benefits and weekend/holiday hours.
Unscented soap smells amazingly awful. Like just SO bad. Like ‘How did anyone ever think it was a good idea to wash themselves with this?’ bad. This left me with three options. One: throw away free soap. What? It’s free. I’m totally keeping it. Two: wash dishes with free soap. But it comes in a bar. So inconvenient for dishwashing. Three: Transform free stinky soap into yummy smelling, fancy looking soap. That’s it!
In about thirty minutes of hands-on time, you can easily fancy up your run-of-the-mill unscented store bought soap. No double boiler, lye or silicone molds necessary. This version of Pimp My Soap features a relaxing blend of lavender and chamomile, as well as moisturizing coconut fat. More versions are soon to come. I have a lot of soap to improve!
By the way, another perk to this quick and easy soap upgrade, you can use it to pamper yourself and others! Handmade (ish) soap is a fun, unexpected gift for the upcoming holiday season. They are fairly cheap per unit and can be stored for months ahead of time. I wrapped my soaps in parchment paper and ribbon, labeling them with handwritten notes, before placing them in a small box with color coordinated tissue paper. I’m basically Martha Stewart.
Pimp My Soap in Soothing Lavender and Chamomile
8 oz unscented soap
¼ cup coconut milk liquid
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
1 tablespoon water
4 tablespoons dried lavender and chamomile flowers
40 drops lavender essential oil
Prepare the mold. You can use any container or pan lined with parchment paper. Silicone molds will work, too. If using parchment paper, smooth out all creases and leave an overhang.
Grate soap bars with a cheese grater.
Place in microwave safe bowl.
Add coconut oil, milk and water.
Microwave in 20-30 second intervals, stirring in between, until melted. This will take about 2-3 minutes. It will be creamy, not a liquid.
Once melted, add dried flowers and lavender oil.
Spoon mixture into parchment paper lined or silicone molds. Smooth top by pressing parchment paper overhang over it. You may also leave the top textured.
Place molds in freezer for 1 hour or let sit at room temperature overnight.
Remove from molds and cut/break into pieces, if necessary.
Wrap in parchment paper and store in a cool, dry place when not in use.