Father’s Day week

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It’s Father’s Day week, 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 a sneak peek for tomorrow’s tutorial:

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Shaving soap

If you’re wanting to order the ingredients from Pure Nature in advance, this is what you’ll need for the shaving soap: white melt and pour soap base, bentonite clay, castor oil, fragrance or essential oils, 150g aluminium pot. Alternatively use a special Dad mug.

For the skin soothing shaving balm you will need: calendula infused oil, coconut oil, beeswax, sandalwood essential oil, peppermint essential oil, 150g aluminium pot.

Pure Nature has some wonderful masculine and uni-sex fragrances. Some of my favourite ones are Driftwood, Clean Cotton, Leather, Australian Sandalwood, and Ocean Breeze.

Essential oil blends

Pure Nature also 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


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!

Author: Jackie

Mum, blogger, soap maker, frequent flyer!

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