Fruit Soap Packaging
Looking for some good, clean fun? Try making these colorful, fragrant soaps. You already have most of the ingredients in your kitchen or garden.
Because of their fresh ingredients, some of these soaps have a shelf life of several weeks, so plan to use them soon after making them. (But with soaps this appealing, that will hardly be a problem.) Use our easy wrapping ideas to give the soaps as gifts, or just add a splash of color to your hand-washing routine.
Stack soaps (these get their pretty colors from pureed berries) in a clear cylinder and add a tag to make a useful gift.
Clear round diameter tubes, 2 3/4", glerup.com
Tangerine's pretty peel exudes a powerfully astringent essential oil. This soap was molded in a juice container; as the soap set, the color -- from pureed zest -- became more intense at the top and bottom.
The cleansing star of the citrus family, this zesty natural deodorizer has antiseptic elements in the oil of its peel, making it a great soap for the kitchen.
Lemon Soap Packaging
Sunny slices of lemon-tinged soap on a soap dish make a beautiful (and practical) gift. Add a glassine band and waxed-twine tie. For the lemony tag, cut a circle of yellow glassine, and embellish it with a white gel pen.
Aromatherapists use grapefruit's invigorating scent to induce positive feelings; its oil is often found in skin toners. The pigment in pink grapefruits is lycopene, the same antioxidant in tomatoes.
This aromatic plant is much more than a component of a bouquet garni. Its little leaves contain oil long believed to be soothing to skin and muscles. Use the leaves whole, not pureed.
Its familiar, evocative scent is used in aromatherapy and perfumes. The longer the prepared leaves are steeped in the melted soap, the deeper the color of the finished bars will be.
Since the days of ancient Egypt, people have valued mint for its invigorating menthol scent and its health benefits. Today the herb is used to relieve painful or itchy skin.
Its botanical name is Salvia, from the Latin salvus, meaning "health" or "soundness." When pureed, the large, soft leaves become very fine, creating a delightfully speckled bar.
Sage Soap Packaging
A clear square box shows off a sage-flecked soap beautifully. For a gift tag, trace a real sage leaf onto green paper; cut out, and crease down the center. Tie two leaves onto the box with waxed twine.
Clear square box, 4"-by-4"-by-4", glerup.com.
Packed with antioxidants, this little berry turns the soap surprising shades of greenish blue.
This vitamin-rich, acidic fruit has been used as an astringent for eons. Its seeds are a natural exfoliant.
This is the most fragrant of the berry soaps and, like all of them, it will have lovely variations in color from batch to batch.