I always see little gift bags of cute mini soaps in boutique shops and think of what a great gift they’d make. But they are so expensive! With this super simple soap “recipe,” you can make personalized soaps with stuff you probably already have on hand! Plus, this craft is so easy, the kids can get involved too. These would make the perfect gift for teachers or tutors!


– Ivory (or dial) soap

– Food coloring

– Essential oil

– Water

– Microwave or double broiler


If using microwave

Place one bar of soap on parchment paper, and microwave on high for 1 minute.

Take the “cloud” out of the microwave, let cool 1-2 minutes.

Place in a big bowl, and crumble the cloud into a fine soapy powder.

Add a few drops of water, 5-10 drops of essential oils (if not using, just add more water), and a few drops of food coloring (or liquid watercolors) until a uniform dough is formed. ** Be careful not to add too much liquid. This will make the dough too gooey, and it will be hard to mold, and take forever to dry.**

Roll out the soap dough, and cut out desired shapes with cookie cutters. Allow soap to fully dry overnight.

If using double broiler

Chop Ivory soap into small pieces, and place in double broiler.

Add a small amount of water and 5-10 drops of essential oil, stirring constantly while heating up.

Add food coloring, continue stirring.

When soap is the consistency of dough, scrape out of bowl, onto wax paper, and roll out.

Cut desired shapes out with cookie cutters. Allow soap to fully dry overnight.