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Handmade Valentine’s Day Gift Guide – Lovely Homemade Gift Ideas You Can Craft or Buy

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Can you believe that Valentine’s Day is almost here? Don’t wait until the last minute to find that perfect Valentine’s Day gift. Here are a few creative and unique handmade Valentine’s Day gift ideas that you can purchase or make yourself!
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I am ridiculously in love with these super cute handmade mug cozies from Mug Sweater. You can have them customized in the color of your choice and even get them with a custom embroidered initial for just a buck more. (Maybe she’d also embroider them with a heart for Valentine’s Day?) They are so reasonably priced at just $16.50 each and would be perfect for Valentine’s Day paired with your sweetheart’s favorite coffee or tea – or even a handmade mug. Buy them here.
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If you find yourself scrambling for that last minute Valentine’s Day gift you can have a surprise gift box filled with handmade goodies from In a Pretty Box mailed directly to your special someone. Boxes are customized based on gender and may include jewelry, bath products, fashion accessories, gadgets, stationary, paper goods, and more!
You're My Favorite Boyfriend Valentine's Day Card from Julie Ann Art

Alternately, you can purchase handmade Valentine’s Day cards from Julie Ann Art. You can have her include a custom message inside any card and she’ll mail it directly to the recipient it’s intended for! Use coupon code: SOAPDELI10 through Valentine’s Day 2013 and receive 10% off your purchase. (Be sure to check out Julie’s blog too! She’s so sweet and such an inspiration!)

Need even more handmade gift ideas for Valentine’s Day. Then be sure to peruse my gift guides, Valentine’s Day gift ideas, and my Valentine’s boards on PinterestDIY Valentine’s Day Gifts, Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas and Printables.

DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Idea for Homemade Heart Shaped Soap

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This no-lye homemade heart shaped soap makes a lovely DIY Valentine's Day gift! Natural ingredients moisturize skin to combat the drying effects of winter.

Need a homemade Valentine’s Day gift idea? Then whip up this easy, no-lye required, homemade heart shaped soap for Valentine’s Day! It’s perfect for anyone who loves homemade bath and beauty products and is made with extra moisturizing oils for combating the drying effects of winter.

Valentine’s Day Homemade Heart Shaped Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

1 bar of cold process homemade soap (or at least 3 oz. by weight in soap slivers)
2 Tablespoons milk (coconut milk or water)
1 teaspoon wheat germ oil
2 teaspoons illipe butter (or cocoa butter) grated
1 teaspoon avocado oil
1 mL vitamin e oil
1/2 mL – 1 mL essential oil or fragrance oil of choice for scent, optional
pinch of colorant and/or mica, optional

Supplies:

Wilton 6-Cavity Silicone Heart Mold Pan
small pot
spoon or spatula
cheese grater
pretty packaging
Graduated Plastic Transfer Pipettes

Instructions:

I used a bar of unscented, handmade goat milk soap for this recipe, thus it was a light tan in color. You can use a whiter bar of soap if you’d like your colorant to pop more or use a bar of colored soap. If your soap already has a fragrance, there’s no need to add more. But you can re-scent a bar that has lost its scent or simply add fragrance to an unscented bar. Make sure you use a true soap. “Real” soaps are made from fat and alkali. Ivory is a true soap, however most other soaps are not. Rather they are comprised of commercial foaming agents that “act like” soap. Handmade soap is best, though not required, and should weight at least 3oz. Alternately, you can also used leftover soap slivers for this project.I chose the additives for this soap based on their skin conditioning properties with dry, winter skin in mind. They are as follows:

  • Wheat Germ Oil – This natural oil is high in Vitamin E, A, D, proteins, Lecithin, and Squalene. It is often used to help soothe rough skin as well as cracking and chafing and also to help reduce wrinkles.
  • Illipe Butter – This exotic butter adds regenerative and moisturizing properties to your handmade creations and is beneficial for treating various skin – and scalp – disorders. It is renowned for its superior moisturizing properties and its ability to restore elasticity to skin.
  • Avocado Oil – Rich in Vitamin A, B1, B2, D, and E, avocado oil also contains amino acids, sterols, pantothenic acid, lecithin, and other essential fatty acids. It’s excellent for treating skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, and other skin ailments and is gentle even for those with sensitive skin.
  • Vitamin e oil – This oil helps to prevent rancidity in cosmetics preparations and also acts as an anti-oxidant.
How to make handmilled soap - DIY Handmade Valentine's Day Soap and gift idea

To get started you will first need to grate your bar of soap. My son helped me with this as grating soap tends to make my hands cramp.

Your soap flakes will look like the above photo. If you are using more than a 3oz. bar of soap, you may weigh out 3oz. of soap flakes to make one bar of heart shaped soap. Or, you can use all of the soap flakes and roll the remaining soap into a soap ball for your own sink or shower! Alternately, you can use excess soap flakes to make your own homemade laundry detergent.

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Now combine your soap flakes in a pot on the stove top along with 2 Tablespoons of milk and 2 teaspoons of grated illipe butter. (Illipe butter is solid at room temperature and similar to cocoa butter. If you are unable to grate the illipe butter due to the container, simply scrape it out with a metal spoon, then measure out 2 level teaspoons.) Heat on med-low to medium heat stirring occasionally.

Valentine's Day Gift Idea DIY - Handmilled Heart Shaped Soap

Once, completely melted, your soap will look similar to the above picture. Once you reach this stage, stir in the remaining ingredients – the avocado oil, wheat germ oil, vitamin e, fragrance and colorant if desired. I used a small amount of Ultramarine Pink Pigment Powder as the colorant for my soap and rose and violet scented fragrance oil.

Handmade Valentine's Day Gift Idea DIY - Homemade Heart Shaped Handmilled Soap Recipe

Once you have thoroughly mixed all the ingredients, use a spoon or spatula to scoop the soap into your heart shaped mold. Once the mold has been filled, press the soap gently into the mold to be sure there are no air bubbles. After I filled my mold with soap, just for fun I dusted a small amount of shimmering pearl mica powder on the top of the soap. (Alternately you can mix mica powder throughout the soap for a shimmering effect throughout the entire soap bar.)

How to Make Handmilled Soap - Handmade DIY Valentine's Day Gift - Heart Shaped Valentine's Day Soap Gift

Next, pop the mold into the freezer for about 10-15 minutes. Finally, remove mold from the freezer, then gently press the soap out of the mold. Set aside in a cool, dry location to finish drying.

Once the soap has hardened fully, you can gift wrap and then deliver your present to the intended recipient! (Psst. Be sure to check out my free printable soap labels!) If you’d like to include a Valentine’s Day card with your gift, then check out my free printable love bird note cards! They are blank inside so you can include your own special message.

You can also print out my free heart inspired gift wrap (pictured above.) This free Valentine’s Day printable gift wrap includes paper and gift tags that feature hearts, heart carved stumps and dachshunds with decorative heart collars.

For more DIY Valentine’s Day gift idea, visit my DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts board on Pinterest!