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Handmade soap - a beautiful gift idea

Handmade soaps make a truly wonderful gift. You can often buy them locally if you're lucky but if not, there is a beautiful range that's available online. I buy them at our local farmers market often.

One of the best things about giving handmade soaps is that you know that your gift will be enjoyed and it's a luxury that only a few people would buy for themselves - they'll think of you every day when they use your very thoughtful present.

My family and friends all know that it's a perfect item for me and I've been lucky enough to receive it often.

Handmade soap isn't just valued for it's gorgeous smell and its practical use - they are also made without any weird and funky ingredients so can be used by all ages. If they're bought from a reliable company, you'll often find that organic ingredients are used and most handmade products offer great benefits to the skin, thanks to the luxurious yet pure ingredients.

Or why not buy some of these as a treat for yourself? They are very affordable and great value for money as they last for ages. I've included the 'buy' buttons below to make it easy for you to order online.



Lavender and jasmine


Oatmeal and Guinness!


Florida oranges


More about these beautiful handmade products

  • If you choose the Florida orange, one of the most important ingredients is mango butter - it's almost magical. It is brilliant for the skin in just about every way -it's even said to prevent stretch marks and sooth insect bites as well as treating almost any skin complaint or blemish.
  • Goats milk is another ingredient that can work wonders. Drinking goats milk can have an amazing effect when it comes to treating eczema and other skin problems. When used in this way, it's getting to work right where it's needed. In the goats milk and honey product, coconut milk is also used to give the most beneficial results.
  • The Guinness and oatmeal type is a great choice for a guy who doesn't want to use a product with a flowery perfume - although the Florida orange variety is great for guys too. The brewer's yeast has long been know to be effective in preventing acne and it has properties which fight bacteria of all types. And of course, the shea butter is another amazing ingredient for great skin care.
  • The company that produces these soaps (yes, they are all from the same cottage industry) make only very small batches at a time and are conscientious about using the finest ingredients. They also make their own wrappers for their products too so you won't need to worry about excessive and unnecessary packing.
  • The company consists of two partners, one a naturalist and one a cook! One of the owners likens making soap to creating fabulous meals. After all, both consist of mixing and blending the finest ingredients in the perfect proportions. The original recipes come from his partner's Brazilian grandmother.
  • When I get a new bar of handmade soap, I cut in in half or even into quarters if it's a large bar. One goes to live by the bathroom sink and the others go into my lingerie drawer! I use store them in the closet too because they give my clothes a wonderful smell.
  • I have a flat wooden dish in my bathroom which I've lined with pebbles. When I've used my homemade soap, I put it on the pebbles. This lets it dry out well without the bottom of the bar going soft and squishy.

Try a selection basket

If you can't decide which product to choose, I fully understand! They are all so lovely. The answer could well be a lovely selection basket - something I would love to receive! Here are some great ones.

Make your own

I imagine that these gorgeous images of these wonderful products have inspired you to make your own. I know I am. I love the idea of making soap which is personalized to my own tastes, don't you? It will also solve a lot of gift-giving dilemmas because I am making special items that I know will be loved by my family and friends - especially for them.

Photography credits

Al photographs from Amazon

Made with natural ingredients


See how to make the simplest soap

© 2013 Jackie Jackson

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Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on March 25, 2014:

@OUTFOXprevention1: Thank you!

OUTFOXprevention1 on March 25, 2014:

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I agree! Great lens.

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on January 26, 2014:

@Pam Irie: When you think about some of the ingredients, I'm not surprised :)

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on January 26, 2014:

@ecogranny: Thank you for visiting.Isn't it wonderful the way that they make the whole bathroom smell good?

Pam Irie from Land of Aloha on January 26, 2014:

These soaps look so good I almost want to eat them! :)

Kathryn Grace from San Francisco on January 26, 2014:

I love handmade soaps and have known a few soapmakers in my time. They feel good on the skin and smell wonderful. Beautiful page! Thank you for sharing this resource.

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on July 23, 2013:

@Ben Reed: Thank you!

Ben Reed from Redcar on July 23, 2013:

A great selection.

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on June 28, 2013:

@anonymous: Thank you! There's nothing like an ode to soap. Such a lovely product. Natural too which means a lot these days.

anonymous on June 28, 2013:

I must say I really enjoyed your ode to soap! These are lovely...

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on April 23, 2013:

@anonymous: They look good enough to eat, don't they?

anonymous on April 23, 2013:

These soaps look divine. Wouldn't mind a few for myself! I have tried my hand at soap making before and they came out well but didn't look so scrumptious!

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on April 21, 2013:

@WriterJanis2: That's so kind of you Janis, thanks!

WriterJanis2 on April 21, 2013:

What a wonderful gift basket these could make. Pinned.

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on April 19, 2013:

@lisln: Oh that's so nice of you - thank you so much!

LorLinda from Denver Colorado on April 19, 2013:

I nominated Brit hopefully it will be :) Have a good weekend!

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on April 19, 2013:

@lisln: What a lovely thing to say -thank you!

LorLinda from Denver Colorado on April 19, 2013:

This is a nice lens should be LOTD

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on April 11, 2013:

@Elastara: We used to get home made soap from a local farmers market but it closed so making soap is my next venture!

Elastara on April 11, 2013:

I have always wanted to learn how to make soap especially citrus soap cause it is refreshing and nice-smelling! Thanks for sharing this wonderful information!

Maribel Taleghani Asl from Philippines on March 18, 2013:

I always wanted to make my own soap gift. I have bought angel molds. I'll try what you have here. Thanks.

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on February 28, 2013:

@Auriel: Thank you for visiting!

anonymous on February 28, 2013:

great ideas of soap:-)

Auriel on February 27, 2013:

Great soap ideas.

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