I don't know about you, but my grandparents used soap bars, and a lot of them. Not only did they use the bar soaps, they collected them like crazy. When my grandmother passed away recently, my mom found bags and bags of hotel soaps, new bars, and scraps from used bars. I have been experimenting with soaps lately, so these soaps have been great to work with.
While I've been experimenting, I came up with these Han Solo Soaps (Still looking for a great stocking stuffer??). These are so fun and you can pick your scent too.
1. Make sure to organize the soaps by color and scent (if applicable). If you mix different colors of soaps, you'll end up with a grey soap bar that isn't too appealing.
4. You'll want to add water and also oils and/or butters. Most of the soaps I re-melted are enhanced with cocoa butter, shea butter, aloe, coconut oil, apricot oil, or a combination. Just make sure not to add to much oil, as your soap will turn out too soft to really use. If you find that your soap isn't melting very well (some small lumps are normal, but if you have large lumps, but that is probably because you didn't chop the soap small enough), adding boiling water helps to melt them down. Pull the soap off the heat when you add your scents/essential oils, because they cook out super fast.
7. Wrap up and add a nice label. Now you have some great gifts to give for Christmas!