For a calorie-free treat this Easter season, forget the candy and give out these pretty egg-shaped soaps.
For the upcoming holiday, get a little creative with what you put in your Easter baskets. DIY colorful Easter egg soaps can be made using a variety of pretty colors and even fragrances, with inexpensive, plastic Easter eggs for your molds. Add these to the baskets of all the good eggs in your life. They’ll love these sweet (calorie-free) treats.
Glycerin soap is super-moisturizing and if you find the right type, it can be all-natural without any harsh or man-made ingredients. I found a bag of all-natural glycerin pieces at a local craft store. To create these egg soaps, I added a vibrant essential oil to the mix (think lemon or rosemary), but that’s an optional step. You’ll also need food coloring to give these soaps their pretty tints.
When you’re finished, package them as you’d like, but I think they’re cute presented in a small basket. If you’re giving them as gifts, don’t forget to let your recipients know about the pins used to secure the ribbon.
DIY colorful Easter egg soaps
Makes 6 egg soaps
What you’ll need:
- 6 (2-ounce) plastic Easter eggs that separate in half
- 12 ounces pure solid glycerin pieces
- Food coloring
- Essential oil (optional)
- Microwave-safe glass bowl (small)
- Plastic spoons (1 for each color you’re using)
- Styrofoam cups (1 for each color you’re using)
- Mini muffin tin to hold the egg halves
- Decorative ribbon
- Several straight pins
- Place the plastic egg halves in the mini muffin tin, close to where you’ll be working. This will help hold your eggs in place as the glycerin forms. Be sure you can keep them in this same spot, undisturbed, for 15 to 20 minutes or a bit more.
- Work with 2 egg halves at a time in mind. Add 1 to 2 glycerin pieces, cut into smaller chunks, to the small bowl. Microwave in increments of about 10 to 20 seconds depending on your microwave.
- Remove the melted glycerin and use a spoon to stir any small pieces that didn’t melt.
- Once completely melted, let it sit for a few seconds, then transfer it to 1 of the cups. Drop in your desired food color (I used 1 to 2 drops per egg), and a few drops of your essential oil (again, I used 1 to 2 drops), if using.
- Mix with the spoon, then pour the mixture into both the smaller and larger egg halves in the muffin tin.
- Repeat the process using a separate cup and spoon for each color.
- When the glycerin is solid but still very slightly warm and pliable, hold the egg halves in your hand with the open side facing up. Use your fingers to slightly bend all around the opening to help loosen the soap. You’ll need to do this for several turns. You may also need to bang the open half on a solid surface to help loosen it.
- When each half is removed, hold them together and place a ribbon around the center where they meet. Secure the ribbon in 1 spot using 2 straight pins, 1 for each end of the ribbon, to hold it in place.
- Package the soaps as you’d like.