The varied hues, stimulating textures, and refreshing scents of our mix-and-match soaps rejuvenate the senses and wash away winter doldrums. The soaps are glycerin based, but pantry staples such as ginger and oatmeal can add spice and texture. Essential oils -- such as balsam (redolent of Christmas greenery), bergamot (with a woodsy scent), peppermint (tingly on the skin), orange (a zesty aroma), and eucalyptus (known for its healing qualities) -- add fragrance.
Show off your gifts in pretty little patterned dishes, secured with a strip of glassine or waxed paper and tied with a satin ribbon. Baking molds and cutters make the most interesting shapes.