In an effort to beat school holiday boredom, we have spent the morning making our own soap.
This is something we made last year with great success, but using solid soap instead of soap flakes.
While these are still setting, they seem pretty much the same, perhaps ever so slightly softer.
For the kids it has been a fun activity, teaching them about measuring and weighing, and although closely supervising them around the stove, they have felt that it was something they made all on their own.
Milk and Honey Soap
200g pure soap flakes
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup instant powdered milk
1/4 cup honey
Weigh soap flakes and place in a double saucepan with water.
Gradually heat until soap melts, about 20 minutes. Stir occasionally.
As the soap contains fats, it is important that it is closely watched because the last thing you want is a kitchen fire.
When soap is melted, add in powdered milk and stir until mixture becomes creamy. When well combined, add honey and continue to stir for another five minutes.
Pour into moulds and allow to set for several hours, or overnight, depending on room temperature.
For ease of removal, silicone moulds are great as they are very flexible. We also used a plastic bear mould, which was originally out of a sandcastle set.
This made four very large soaps.
With any luck, they will be super keen come bath time tonight!