If you’re looking for a funny–but very useful idea for a stocking stuffer, this lump of coal soap recipe is hilarious. Plus, making this piece of coal soap is really easy and fast!
Lump of Coal Soap Recipe
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we are on a mission to bring the funny to stocking stuffers this year. It started with the idea to make DIY bath bombs, but now it’s grown into making soaps and, specifically, this awesome lump of coal soap.
Now, I know not everybody is into gag gifts, but this little DIY gift idea is more than just a joke. There’s real purpose behind this soap. Because of the charcoal, it makes a great heavy-duty soap for anytime you’ve gotten oil on your hands or paint, or anything. So, it’s not just a joke, but it’s useful–cool! If you’re ready to get your stocking stuffers made, let’s get started.
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Tips to Make Coal Soap
- Allow your coal soap to harden fully before you pull them out of the mold. That could be as little as 1-2 hours, but it’s best if you follow the directions on your melt-and-pour soap. I like to leave mine overnight just to make sure. If you’re in a hurry, you can test the lump of coal soap by blowing on it. If it forms ripples, it’s not hard yet and should not be removed from the mold.
- To package these for dropping in a stocking, I plan to wrap mine in some tissue paper. But you could just drop them in with nothing around them, or add a little note. They’re your stocking stuffers so you can do anything!
- Store your coal soaps in an airtight container until you’re ready to use them. They’re not going to de-fizzy-fy like bath bombs, but there’s no need to let all the yummy smells escape.
How Do I Make this DIY Soap Recipe?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial. If you have any questions, use the comments section below.
- 1/2 pound clear melt and pour soap (I recommend that you cut into cubes to help it melt quicker)
- 10-20 drops each of frankincense and myrrh essential oils
- Activated charcoal powder
- Black Cosmetic Glitter
- Coal mold
- Spray bottle of rubbing alcohol
- Medium sized microwave safe bowl or measuring cup
- Add 10 cubes of the soap base to a microwave safe bowl or measuring cup. Melt in 30 second intervals, stirring between each interval until soap is melted.
- Add essential oils, 1 teaspoon of activated charcoal powder and the glitter to the bowl. Just be aware that the charcoal powder is very fine and can get on everything. If you're having little ones help, you might do this part and the mixing.
- Mix all the ingredients together until fully incorporated.
- Spray the bottom of the molds with rubbing alcohol, then carefully pour the soap into the molds.
- Spray the top of the soap with the rubbing alcohol to prevent bubbles from forming.
- Allow the soap to harden for at least 2-4 hours. To tell, blow on it and if it ripples, it's not hard. I like to leave it overnight to be extra safe.
- Once you are sure the soap is set, carefully pop the lumps of coal from the mold. Store the soaps in an airtight container until ready to use.
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