Post # 1
Hey bees, so while surfing Pinterest (where else?) the other day, I saw someone passing out French Milled Soap wrapped in personalized wrappers as their wedding favor. Now that’s a little (ok, a lot) out of my budget, but I wondered how I couldn’t have thought of something like that before – especially since I make my own soap!
I’ve been making Castile soap at home for several months now – my batches usually yield about 10 bars of soap, and the cost per bar is about a dollar for each. It takes me about a hour and a half of work to make up the batch, and then a few days for it to sit, then maybe another 20 minutes to extract the soap and cut it up. So not a lot of work, and it would be pretty cheap for my 50-person reception. I’d personally make the labels and tie them up with a bit of twine.
I could start making them now for my October wedding as Castile soap cures wonderfully well, but the thing I’ve run into with my previous batches is that the scent fades after a month or so. So if unscented soap would be popular enough, I could knock that out now. If not, I’d have to increase the price per bar to buy some oils that would stick around in the soap for a while.
(I should add that Castile soap is soap made from Olive Oil and is extremely gentle and non-irritating. It’s great for people with skin sensitivites and has many practical uses besides being a cleanser. I use it as my daily face soap it is so gentle.)
If you would only wanted scented soaps, what scent should I consider?
Post # 3
wow at first when I read it I thought it said homemade “soup” and I thought…wow that is really odd, why would I want scented or unscented soup?? I’m an idiot. I would like some soap as a favor, you could make them to match your wedding colors. I think it’s a good idea as long as it’s not too expensive, time consuming, or will drive you crazy!
Edit: to answer you scent question, I like lemon, so clean!
Post # 4
I’d rather not have any favor, and we don’t use bar soap in my house. But if you put a cute tag on it that said it was “Handmade with love,” then I’d think that was really thoughtful and “Oh, isn’t she talented?”
I also like lemon scent. I’d be okay with scented or unscented though.
Post # 5
As someone with ridiculous allergies to bath products, I’m always leery of gifted bath products. Unscented castille soap would be ok, but it would probably be best if it was undyed as well.
Post # 6
@Lily_of_the_valley: Now that would be funny. “Thanks for coming, I know you’re full, but have some soup for the road!” Our colors will definitely consist of green and white/cream/ivory (one of those white shades) so I was thinking of leaving the soap naturally-colored – see pic – and having the wrapper in the green of our wedding.
(The flecks in the soap are pieces of thyme that I included in the last batch – I wouldn’t have any inclusions in the “wedding soap”)
Lemon would be a nice, gender-neutral scent!
Post # 7
I would like it. I prefer homemade bath products anyway! Much better than things loaded with chemicals. As long as you know what you’re doing, I’d enjoy it. If you want to do scented, can you just wait to do it a month before the wedding?
Post # 8
My immediate reaction was ‘no way’ – I have horrible sensitivities to bath products and have to be really careful. But if it’s unscented and undyed Castile soap, it would be alright, but you’ll probably want to say so on the label for any guests who are like me. On the other hand, I think a lot of people don’t really like unscented soap.
Maybe you could do two different kinds, like one scented and one unscented?
Post # 9
@NAvery: Thank you, that’s a very good idea – I think it would make a difference if there was a sign saying it was handmade.
@Eckle: I agree with you about keeping it as natural as possible – while I don’t know of anyone in my family with bad allergies to commercial bath products, that also isn’t the kind of information I think they’d go around sharing. There would definitely be merit in at least having some unscented soap, even if I do decide to scent some of them.
@kes18: I test all my batches on myself first, and these wouldn’t be any different! And I could of course make the soap the month before the wedding if I decided to go the scented route. It would just be less work in general to get started now. (And the longer the Castile soap cures, the more creamy and gentle it gets.)
Post # 10
Generally I would say no, but since that is something you actually do regularly, I love the personal touch, and I would happily take it!
Post # 11
@kittyface: I agree – it would probably also be reassuring to anyone with allergies to make a small sign saying that “this batch” was unscented and undyed if I do wind up making a scented batch as well.
Post # 12
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
I wouldn’t mind, but I actually prefer unscented.
Post # 13
I love homemade soaps. Even if some of your guests didn’t end up using them themselves, they would still love that you made the soaps yourself.
Post # 14
@Loribeth: That’s what I was thinking – even if they didn’t use it, I would! 😀
Post # 15
@Minnow: The people who don’t use them might set them out as guest soaps in their bathrooms. I like getting special soaps for that kind of thing, and your homemade soaps would definitely fit the bill.
Post # 16
I received home made soap as a wedding favor before. Love the idea and I was excited for it BUT the soap did not smell so pleasant :-/
I would make a test batch first =)