Choosing the perfect favour gift can not only be time consuming, but it can become a very expensive addition to add to your wedding planning list! Have you ever thought about making your own wedding favours? Our tutorial today will show you just how easy it can be to make your own mini soap favours at a cost-effective price (under 30p each!) whilst still adding a beautiful personal touch that makes your wedding truly unique and your own.
Wedding favours are a way of saying thank you, a small token to show appreciation to your guests for attending and sharing your big day with you. Wrap them along with a name tag, and they can also double up as your wedding place cards. So not only will you be saving money by making your own wedding favours but you will be able to automatically cross off table place cards from your to do list too! The best part? These can be made for under 30p per soap!
Jump into the tutorial by checking out the video above or read on to see our written step by step instructions.
We have packaged our favours in simple cello bags sealed with a black ribboned bow and a tiny sprig of pampas grass. Of course, these are fully customisable – choose a different colour ribbon to match your wedding palette or a different style tag to match your theme or add a small sprig of dried flowers, fresh flowers or greenery to make it truly your own.
Being able to offer a hand crafted gift will mean a lot more to your guests than a little pouch of sugared almonds! Nourishing Donkey Milk Soap Base with added Oatmeal and our truly stunning Wedding Day fragrance oil will be suitable for each and every guest, male or female, and will make their skin feel incredibly soft and smell great.
Makes: 16 Heart-Shaped Soaps (approximately 38g each)
* We recommend a fine oatmeal or if using oats such as porridge oats, they will need to be ground in a food processor. Whole rolled oats may be a little too scratchy so may not work well for this recipe.
- Microwave or double boiler
- Kitchen weighing scales
- Large heatproof jug
- Container for oats
- Suitable container for fragrance oil
- Sharp knife
- Spray bottle for Isopropyl Alcohol
- 2 x 8-cell geo heart moulds
Step 1- Measure out your ingredients
Weigh out 600g of soap base and cut into equal sized cubes. Place the soap pieces into the large heat proof jug. Weigh out 18g of Wedding Day fragrance oil and 30g of oats.
If you’re using porridge oats, you’ll need to ground these in a food processor first.
Step 2 – Heat the soap base
Place your cut up soap base into the microwave or double boiler and heat until it reaches approximately 65°C.
Spritz with isopropyl alcohol to disperse any bubbles that may have formed
Step 3 – Add the oats
Take your fine oats and add them to the melted soap base. Stir until fully combined.
Step 4 – Add the fragrance
Take your 18g of fragrance oil and add to the soap mixture.
Stir until fully combined.
Spritz with isopropyl alcohol to disperse any bubbles that may have formed.
Step 5 – prepare your moulds and pour in the mixture
Place your moulds on a flat surface and give the individual cells a spritz of isopropyl alcohol. This will help the soap reach all of the creases of the mould.
Pour the soap mixture into the moulds.
Spritz the tops with isopropyl alcohol to disperse any buttles that may have formed on the top
Step 6 – Let the soap set
Leave the soap to cool and set for at least 2-3 hours
Step 7 – Unmould and Wrap
Once the soaps have fully cooled, loosen the edges of the moulds and unmould the soap
The soaps will be ready to package (and use) straight away.
If you’re using these for favours, you’ll need to keep your soap in airtight packaging to prevent it from ‘sweating’. These small cellophane bags are perfect for this. Simply wrap up with a name tag of your guest, add a small sprig of dried flowers or fresh greenery and finish it off with a ribbon that compliments your wedding colour palette.
Why use donkey milk soap base and oats?
We love to work with all the lovely different soap bases here at Craftovator. Donkey milk has so many great skin benefits, it is a very powerful moisturiser and is full of healing, nutritional and rejuvenating properties. You can of course swap out this base for any of the opaque/white bases available here at Craftovator.
Oats have been used for their skin benefits for many many years. A great natural exfoliator that moisturises and cleanses the skin. It can help boost collagen production, improves your complexion and helps to reduce skin inflammation.
Looking for other wedding day ideas? Check out our post on How to Make Your First Candle for added ambiance or if you’re considering using reed diffusers for your tables, you’ll love our guide on How to Make a Reed Diffuser.
Looking for more soap packaging ideas? Our Creative Soap Packaging Ideas will take you through lots of different options available!