These days, "handmade" can mean unique, high-quality, and, often, expensive. But it
doesn't have to be. Teach your teen self-sufficiency by showing her how to create
her own products at home. Take your first plunge into handcrafting with this neat and
tidy soap recipe.
Don't worry, you're not actually making the soap from scratch, but by adding food
color and scents (called additives in the world of handcrafting) the process still
allows for creativity and hands-on fun. Experiment with herbs and scents from your
own home. Adding sugar or salt will create a natural exfoliant. Cinnamon gives your
soap a holiday smell. Honey is a great relaxant. Here's a creative tip from the pros:
Pack an exfoliant, such as oatmeal, onto the mold before you pour the soap and
you'll get a unique look.