Tap into the sweet benefits of homemade aromatherapy products with these step-by-step instructions.
Scented soaps can be made simply by microwaving unscented glycerin, adding a dash of food coloring and a few drops of your favorite essential oil, and pouring into molds. Soap molds can be purchased or you can use what you have handy: a Popsicle tray, Jell-O molds, a milk carton or tuna fish can. Let soap harden for a few hours.
For layered soap, pour in one color/fragrance, let harden slightly, top off mold with a second color/scent. For texture, sprinkle in dried lavender, calendula or rosebuds right after or before pouring the mixture.
Carol Duvall and Kelly Reno, of Victorian Essence, cooked up these soap recipes:
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