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Imagine waking up on Easter morning and finding a basket full of bath and body goodies. To add the finishing touch to this basket, they added their own Easter Egg Soaps.
The process is easy and it is a great craft to do as a family. Be careful around the hot water and melted soap. Place them in a small basket by the bathroom sink for a touch of color.
For the complete directions with photos, see below.
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|You will need bulk glycerin soap clear or white (available at craft stores and online), soap dyes, essential oils for fragrance (if desired), a double boiler or heat safe boils that can be immersed in water, plastic Easter eggs, ear syringe (available at drug stores), strong tape (we found that electrical tape works the best), an egg carton, and a drill or dremmel.|
|Drill a small hole in one end of plastic Easter eggs, a little larger than the end of the ear syringe. Put egg halves back together and tape securely (soap mixture is hot and may leak). In a large sauce pan, put enough water to come up the sides but not over the top of the small bowls. Heat the water until simmering.|
|Cut the bulk soap up into small, sugar cube sized chucks, and place them in the bowl. Each egg requires about half a cup. We had some left over chunks from a different project and remelted it.|
|Add dyes and fragrances. We used toothpicks to stir the soap so it would melt evenly. As for the fragrances, a little oil goes a long way, so be careful. Note - the clear glycerin soap will make transparent colored eggs, the white soap make opaque pastel colored eggs. You only need about one drop of dye for each bowl.|
|With egg-mold securely in place on egg carton or other support, very carefully suck up a syringe-full of soap and transfer to plastic egg.|
|With the eggs and syringe we used, it took about three to four syringe-fulls to fill each egg. The soap is warm, but does not burn through the syringe, but be careful of the boiling water. If using different colors or oils, clean the syringe in hot water after each use. Overfill each egg. The soap will contract while cooling and this makes the shape more perfect.|
|Cool eggs in refrigerator for about an hour. Once cooled, place each egg in hot water for a few minutes, then untape and remove soap from mold. Any blemishes or seams can be smoothed out with a pairing knife and 3M scouring pads. Arrange in a basket with candles, bath oils, lotions, loofahs, and other relaxing bath items.|