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Project

Homemade Grass Soap

Introduction

We used a pound of glycerin soap to make four to five bars of soap.

Materials

  • Scissors
  • Wheatgrass, health-food stores
  • Blotter paper
  • Flower press
  • Melt-and-pour glycerin soap base, thesage.com (regular soap base available at Pearl Paint)
  • Sharp knife
  • Glass measuring cup
  • Grass fragrance oil, naturesgardencandles.com
  • 4-inch mini loaf pan, broadwaypanhandler.com
  • Spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol
  • Waxed paper
  • Twine

Steps

  1. Step 1

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    Cut a 5-inch-square section from a flat of wheatgrass. Pull out individual blades with roots attached, and lay in a single layer on a sheet of blotter paper. Top with another piece of blotter paper. Sandwich between pages of a flower press. Let dry, two to three days. Cut glycerin soap (we used clear and white) into small pieces with a sharp knife. Fill measuring cup. Microwave on medium heat until melted. If desired, add a few drops of grass fragrance.

  2. Step 2

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    For a bar with long blades: Trim the dried grass to desired length, removing roots. Pour a thin layer of glycerin into a loaf pan. Lay five to seven blades on top, and let dry for 30 seconds. Spray with alcohol to eliminate bubbles, cover with more glycerin, and spray again with alcohol.

  3. Step 3

    For a bar with chopped grass: Mix cut dried grass into glycerin, and pour into pan; spray with alcohol. Let harden, 2 hours. Freeze 20 minutes; release from pan. For gifts, wrap stacked bars in waxed paper, and secure with twine.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, April 2006

Reviews (43)

  • MaartenGubbens 14 Dec, 2012

    Thanks for the recipe i must make it as soon as possible. I'll be back later for some great recipes..:)
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  • LoveRiot 2 Nov, 2011

    What about a debit card?

  • willowisp80 22 May, 2008

    Hi Charlene, I have the same problem, I live in an area where there is nothing and I, also, don't have credit cards (don't believe in them). I find a lot of things on ebay. But you have to watch for "paypal only". Even with those, a lot of times I write, and a cashier's check or MO is good with them.

  • MarekaEnya 9 May, 2008

    HI KIM SANDINMYTOES FROM DALLAS , WHERE DOES SOMEONE LIKE MYSELF BUY THESE ITEMS ; HEMP WASH CLOTHS, TEAK WOOD SOAP DISHES, WHEAT GRASS***(THE PICTURE SHOWS 3 DIFFERENT COLORS OF SOAP)GLYCERIN SOAP, GRASS FRAGRANCE, AND ESSENTIAL SOAP OILS . IN MY AREA. I DON'T HAVE A CREDIT CARD I PAY WITH CASH USUALLY OR MONEY ORDERS. I WOULD BE VERY GRATEFUL FOR ANY ONES HELP WITH THIS. I LOVE DOING CRAFTS. THANK-YOU , CHARLENE FROM PA.

  • sandinmytoes 2 May, 2008

    I made this soap yesterday with Lemon grass and it is such a beautiful soap! I also purchased hemp wash cloths and teak wood soap dishes, wrapped them all up pretty to give all the moms in my family for Mother's Day!

    Kim from Dallas

  • littledeer 29 Apr, 2008

    There are some really good books available for adventurous folks who want to make soap from scratch. I love the books Susan Miller Cavitch has written. I have tried this idea with pressed pansies, johnny-jump-ups, wild rose and marigold flowers. They look really lovely - soft and slightly mysterious - when placed on a very thin layer of white soap before adding the rest of the soap to the pan.

  • yoopergal13 28 Apr, 2008

    All homemade soap is glycerin soap. The transparent kind is 'distilled one step further with Alcohol' to make it transparent. this kind of soap is very hard on skin... especially dry skin. Bad as a gardeners soap where your skin is already dry. It is also why clear soap usually has a bad smell.

    Buy your essential oils online from reputable dealers. You will be sure you are getting the real thing and not just a drop or two mixed in a carrier oil.

  • savedone 28 Apr, 2008

    that was supposed to read " curved" shape!!

  • savedone 28 Apr, 2008

    thank you SO much for your help, I can't wait to try the micro' idea, I used to stick them to the new soap but now I use Dove they wont stick on for long [curven shape ], but again many thanks to you all, have a great day all.

  • redguide 28 Apr, 2008

    I use up all my leftover pieces of soap by making little net drawstring bags and putting all the wee bits inside. we have one hanging by the hose tap outside to wash your hands after gardening, also one in the basement, hanging by the laundry tubs . they last forever, and dry out in between because they are hanging free....

  • kid_valkyrie 28 Apr, 2008

    For gals in BC: check out a store called Voyageur Soap and Candle in Surrey. They sell everything to make soaps, from melt and pour to hot or cold process. they have a HUGE array of essential oils at GREAT prices too. perfect for this type of fun project! Can't wait to make this.

  • mitsya 28 Apr, 2008

    (con'td) ...and Body Works sometimes sells little bottles of their essential oils, too, so if you have a favorite BBW scent you can try to mimic it. Be sure to do a skin test with any oils or perfumes, though, as they can cause rather nasty irritation.

  • mitsya 28 Apr, 2008

    Cutie-- I don't care for the odd smell of the glycerine soap blocks, either. Most crafts stores have little bottles of perfume that cover it nicely, or I've had good luck with drops of essential oils-- especially geranium. Since oils are so easy to find at whole food/organic markets, it's fun experimenting with different blends. Bath

  • CutiePatootie 28 Apr, 2008

    Also, Is it just me or do the bricks of soap at craft stores have a smell that is almost impossible to cover up? Anyone else have this experience and/or know how get rid of the smell?

  • CutiePatootie 28 Apr, 2008

    Dear Savedone, You can melt the soap cubes in the microwave by following the directions on the package. They come in bricks that you can buy from craft stores. They might also have a boxed set that has a double boiler, scents, dyes, and additives like chamomile and they like.

  • eHomebody 28 Apr, 2008

    savedone: You may melt them in the microwave in a glass measuring cup with a bit of water or in a double boiler on top of the stove. Soap is mostly made of fat, so think of how you would melt solid fat. Go to http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf415429.tip.html for more ideas on how to use those bits of leftover soap. G'day!

  • craftyldy 27 Apr, 2008

    Why are you saving all those small pieces of soap? Wet the new soap while the small soap is still wet and soft. Then attach the small soap to the new soap and let it dry overnight. It become one big soap. No more wasted soap.

  • savedone 27 Apr, 2008

    I would love it if someone could tell me how to "melt" all those small pcs of soap that one is left with

  • squan 27 Apr, 2008

    thanks for the info about ikea.

  • Peggysta 27 Apr, 2008

    When I bought my soap making/crafting supplies at the store I felt that I was crafting a bar of soap. I like the look of "nature" in the clean clear glycerin soap

  • cherryskin 27 Apr, 2008

    To me it's like frosting a ready-made cake base -- not homemade/handmade/handcrafted, but it serves a purpose. It's pretty and if you go to the effort of making it for someone, then it's special. Melt

  • tracerace 27 Apr, 2008

    (cont'd)..and pour soaps are made with potassium hydroxide which is a detergent by definition. They also contain sulfates 9not such a great thing). Still, this is a cute and neat craft!

  • tracerace 27 Apr, 2008

    (cont'd)..and pour soaps are made with potassium hydroxide which is a detergent by definition. They also contain sulfates 9not such a great thing). Still, this is a cute and neat craft!

  • tracerace 27 Apr, 2008

    (cont'd)..and pour soaps are made with potassium hydroxide which is a detergent by definition. They also contain sulfates 9not such a great thing). Still, this is a cute and neat craft!

  • tracerace 27 Apr, 2008

    Melt and pour soaps are detergent based (not saying they aren't safe, just clarifying). The definition of "soap" is sodium hydroxide(lye) protien liquid. Melt

  • ElComer 27 Apr, 2008

    I love the ease of "making" soap this way. I'm not up to lye, :) I save little plastic scrap from other products and use them for molds. Pringles singles, containers are my favorite at the moment.

  • Lavid 27 Apr, 2008

    http://www.wheatgrasskits.com/40pointsofwheatgrass.htm is just one sample of many other sources that explain the myriad of benefits of wheat grass. i personally can't wait to make it! i love fresh cut grass and this just looks beautiful to me. and yes, it is probably healthier soap that some of the commercial soaps you use every day.

  • Volsfan 27 Apr, 2008

    Agreed. People if it is not appealing to you do not make it! Jeez! it's a spring craft!

  • Ninaed 27 Apr, 2008

    Are you people kidding me? What is happening? Operating on half a brain? What is going on with this world.............?

  • spwishy 27 Apr, 2008

    If you're looking for cuter (but smaller) molds, Ikea carries silicone heart, star, rectangle, puzzle piece, triangle and bottle shaped ice trays: enter "Plastis" in the Ikea search engine. Great for presents!

  • LMDC 27 Apr, 2008

    Get a grip! It's just soap and is a wash off product. I'm sure this is still much safer to use than commercial DETERGENT based 'soaps.' I think it's a nice Springy idea - though of course, needs to be used rather soon so the grass doesn't brown.

  • Donna89 27 Apr, 2008

    With so many allergies that people have , I would question whether this wheat grass is safe enough for sensitive skin.

  • JellyBelly 27 Apr, 2008

    Wheat grass is not anything like what grows as your lawn. Wheat grass is actually young wheat. It is edible and people ingest it for it's anti oxidants, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and amino acids. I'm certain this is safe and will try making this. I love the way it looks.

  • smmanns 27 Apr, 2008

    It's questionable as to what that grass might actually do when t comes in contact with your skin, wash cloths etc. I personally could thing ofso many more appealing and beneficial things to use in the soap whether I was starting from scratch or "cheating" with purchased gylcerin bars. Lemon balm, bergamot, lavender, cammomile, rose petals, mint, etc, but grass I don't think I'll be making grass soap anytime soon.

  • wduke2 27 Apr, 2008

    It's pretty but I'm not sure what the grass does for your skin??? Lavender has a smell, oatmeal scrubs, but the grass is only for looks I guess. I just don't think I want grass rubbing my skin. It's homemade to me. If it starts out as something and ends up as something different it's homemade.

  • bluestormsnow 27 Apr, 2008

    I like the whole idea of this, homemade or not it's a good start. I will be making this soap soon.

  • Tanyamom 27 Apr, 2008

    Sometimes it is nice to be able to 'cut to the chase', as it were.

  • Auntsadie 27 Apr, 2008

    I think its lovely. Much easier than making soap! I'm all for easy.

  • vikkiv 27 Apr, 2008

    I have always wanted to do this - I need to find some cheap glycerine soap. A few years ago the MSL magazine showed how you can use yoghurt and margarine tubs as moulds.

  • LindenBlossom 27 Apr, 2008

    Okay, strictly speaking it's not homemade soap - but then if I knitted a jumper myself I'd still call it homemade even if I hadn't spun the wool! Dried lavender could be another nice addition - can you mix in essential oils? These would make a lovely homemade gift.

  • sewlady003 27 Apr, 2008

    I'm very disappointed to see this called 'homemade' soap. This is purchased soap that is melted and re-formed, not homemade.

  • mhereld 27 Apr, 2008

    Watch out for possible allergies. My daughter is highly allergic. Beautiful Soap though

  • omajulieann 27 Apr, 2008

    homemade soap