Father’s Day

It’s Father’s Day soon, so get ready for some fun and easy, soapy projects and ideas to make for dad. There’s nothing that says I love you like a homemade gift! All the projects are suitable for younger kids under adult supervision. Older kids will be able to make these by themselves. Add a colourful label, and you’ll have the perfect Father’s Day gift!

You can use melt and pour soap to create all sorts of different kinds of soaps: layered, colourful or sparkly soaps, add a loofah to make a scrubby soap, carve some amazing soap crystals or make some funky looking stone soap block. Check out the tutorial on how to use melt and pour soap bases.

If your dad likes having baths, why not have the kids make some cool bath bombs for dad? All you need is baking soda, citric acid, food colouring and fragrance. Here’s the link to the basic bath bomb tutorial. Bath bombs are so easy and fun to make!

Is your dad a fisherman? How about making him a fish in the water jelly soap? A very useful soap is this Fisherman’s Soap, a  soap containing aniseed oil, which is a fish attractant and masks the scent of the fisherman. Do note that this is a cold process soap project, so it will need to cure for a few weeks before dad can use it.

And here’s another awesome tutorial: Creamy shaving soap

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Shaving soap

Essential oil blends for men

Pure Nature stocks an extensive range of essential oils. I’ve created the following essential oil blends that are particularly appealing to men. Use these in your soap projects or create a cologne for your dad (recipe below)!

Woodsy:  3 parts cypress, 2 parts fir, 2 parts juniper, 1 part black pepper

Herbaceous: 1 part basil, 2 parts lemongrass, and 1 part peppermint

Spice: 3 parts bay west indies, 2 parts sweet orange, 2 parts lime and 1 part clove

Citrus: 1 part eucalyptus, 2 parts grapefruit, 1 part lime

Sensual: 2 parts cardamom, 1 part vetiver, 1 part ylang ylang

Pure Nature also has some wonderful masculine and uni-sex fragrances that are safe to use on skin. Some of my favourite ones are Driftwood, Rosemary and Sage and Mediterranean Fig.


DIY Men’s Cologne

You can make your own men’s cologne using the essential oil blends above. Here are two quick and easy recipes for an oil-based and an alcohol-based cologne:

Alcohol-based cologne

  • 50 ml vodka
  • 40 drops essential oil blend
  • small glass spray bottle

Oil-based cologne

  • 30 ml grapeseed oil
  • 24 drops essential oil blend
  • 10 drops vitamin E
  • small glass bottle

So what will you be making for Father’s Day? Comment below!

 

 

Originally posted on 29/08/2017

3 Comments

    • Hi Donna! The chamomile soap would be the most suitable for infants, as it is made with chamomile and calendula infused oils and contains no fragrances or other (irritating) additives. Hope this helps!

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