It’s that time of year for all things nice and Pumpkin Spice! As we get closer to the holidays, I start to think of homemade gift ideas that can be given out to family and friends, and soaps are a great option for gifts! Since most all of us go a little crazy for the pumpkin spice profile (for good reason if you ask me), an easy Pumpkin Spice soap seems the perfect way to go for a seasonal gift idea … and this recipe is so easy to make, too!Pumpkin Spice Soap, makes 4 bars (4 oz each)
1 pound of melt and pour soap
15-20 drops of cinnamon leaf essential oil (don’t use cinnamon bark oil on your skin—make sure it’s cinnamon leaf)
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, and 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
microwave safe container with a spout
printable soap labels (right click to download)
First, you’ll want to chop up your soap block with a knife so you have cubes that are a little smaller than 1″ in size.
Put as many soap chunks as you can into your microwaveable container and melt for 30 seconds at a time, stirring between each melting session, until all your soap is melted through. If all your soap didn’t fit into your container at first, just add the rest in once the original load gets melted down some and melt it all together.
Once your soap is melted, add in your spices and stir to combine. If you want super fine specks in your soap, I would sift your spices into the soap a little at a time while stirring the soap, but if you don’t mind larger specks, just put it all in at once and stir.
Add in your essential oil and stir well to combine.
Pour your soap into your molds and you should be able to fill up (4) 4-ounce molds to the top. You can spray the tops of the mold with some rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle if you want to minimize the bubbles that appear on the top of the soap. Allow the soap to totally cool and set before popping the soap out of the molds. Wash and enjoy the scent!
I decided to make some soap labels for these since these seem like the perfect fall and holiday gift idea. So download and print those if you want to make a few batches for an easy gift!
You may have noticed one odd thing about this recipe—it doesn’t actually contain pumpkin! However, I promise you that all you need is one quick whiff of these particular spices together and your brain will go straight to Pumpkin Spice Land. You can also add other complimentary oils like sweet orange to your mix if you like that cinnamon/orange profile (which I totally do!). These are a great gift idea for the holidays as well and I bet you know more than a few people who would love to get one of these this season! xo. Laura