This year, inspired by Junkaholique's amazing handmade Christmas presents, I am trying to make as many presents handmade as possible. I'm not doing too badly, with a few birthdays under my belt so far I have made a variety of things including some moisturiser and bath salts, but I've always had a bit of 'proper' present like a voucher or something as well. For Mother's Day I decided that I would just give homemade things so I made a selection of bits and pieces for my mum and my mother in law. I went with two different soaps, some bath milk and some chocolates....
For the soap I made two different scents - Rose & Vanilla and Jasmine & Rose Geranium. I had dried my Valentine's Day Roses in the oven and added them to the soap but they lost their lovely deep red colour. I bought translucent shea butter melt and pour soap so it should be nice and moisturising but I think I might try the opaque version the next time as I think it might look nicer! I wrapped each of the soaps in some greaseproof paper and then made a little card sleeve to go over the top.
For the Rose milk soak I used this recipe from Hello Natural, you were supposed to add red food colouring to make it a light pink colour but I could only find gel food colouring and it just didn't cut the mustard! I think it still looks pretty nice though. I got the little glass jars from the poundshop!
For the chocolates I used my new favourite truffle recipe! They are the same ones I made for my valentines day chocolate box and they were equally as delicious this time round.
A close up of the soap packaging. I was rather proud of this!
All in all I was pretty happy how it all turned out, I packaged it in a gift bag with some tissue paper and I think it looked lovely. There were no complaints from the mothers anyway!
I am now quite addicted to making homemade soap and bath things. It is incredibly fun and satisfying, I strongly recommend having a look at all the lovely recipes and ideas over at hello natural.