Simple Almond Soap Balls
I have been wanting to make homemade soap since last winter. One chilly day in December, I found myself in a fancy shop perusing the handmade soaps with their exotic fragrances and ingredients like lemongrass, coconut, sage, mint, and lavender. When I turned a bar over for a look at the price tag, I nearly choked.
I am all for fresh herbs and botanicals in personal care items, but let’s be honest about the inflated prices…you’re literally washing the money down the drain…
It was then that I first thought about making my own soap, but I quickly forgot about the idea. It popped back into my head during an afternoon tea with a good friend of mine about two months ago. This friend had a soap making book, molds, the whole nine yards…I was intrigued.
Yesterday, I remembered a great little book that came with a spa gift set I was given several years ago by one of my dearest friends. I dug the book out today and stumbled across a simple recipe for creating soap balls at home with very little effort, and so I did!
◊ Simple Almond Soap Balls ◊
Makes 6 small balls.
This recipe is adapted from “Lavender Soap Balls” from the book Home Spa by Greta Breedlove. More information on the original publication is available on the Resources page.
I tweaked the recipe to suit my tastes, but it has also been halved from the original: the original recipe yields 12 small, soap balls. Just double the recipe for more soap!
1 bar of natural, unscented soap
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1 tablespoon almond bath oil
1 tablespoon jojoba oil
1/8 cup warm water
stainless steel bowl
baking sheet covered with wax paper
Begin by grating the bar soap into the bowl.
Next prepare the almonds. I measured the almonds out and put them into a plastic food storage bag. Then I attacked them with my rolling pin to crush them.
Add the almonds to the bowl. Add the jojoba oil and almond bath oil. Finally, add the warm water.
Use your hands to combine the ingredients into a workable paste:
Divide the mixture into sixths and roll 1/6 of the almond paste into a ball. Repeat with the rest of the paste.
Place the balls onto wax paper and allow them to dry in the open air for two days.
I will post updated pictures here once the soap balls have dried completely. Be sure to check back in two days!
→ UPDATE: You can really see how dry the soap balls get when you compare the close-up photos (above) to this one:
Side-note: I would highly recommend the book Home Spa for its recipes and instructions for creating everything from hair treatments, to sunscreen and massage oils. It’s a wonderful resource.
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