Today we are going back in time to the good ol’ days.
The days of making mud pies & flower stew…
finger painting & crayon drawing…
imaginary voyages & playing like it was your job.
Being a kid was the best.
Primarily because of life without bills. What did that even feel like? And why did I not appreciate that more?
Anyway, back to the point: BATH CRAYONS.
Because who in their right mind would not want to play with bath crayons?
And what mom would not want their kids to play with bath crayons & make bath time a little easier?
Whether you need stocking stuffers for your own kiddos OR you have lots of nieces & nephews & friend’s kids & Sunday School kids & well, any other kid in your life–this makes a super fun & unique gift to give.
AND it only requires FOUR, good for you, ingredients & a little of your time.
Take that Crayola.
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SCENTED BATH CRAYONS
WHAT YOU NEED
For these crayons, I opted to use a Shea Butter soap base.
It’s a melt & pour base making this recipe really simple!
Shea Butter is…
high in Vitamin A
your skin easily absorbs it
& it really moisturizes that dry skin.
Essential oils make your crayons smell amazing.
But it’s also a fun & colorful way to get oils in your kiddo’s system.
In this recipe, I used Lavender & Cedarwood.
Lavender is really popular for kids–it’s calming, relaxing (among many other things), so it’s perfect for bedtime.
Cedarwood is also helpful for a million different things, but in this case, primarily promoting skin health.
You can read more on the benefits of EO & why I chose Young Living here.
Grab all the colors. The more the merrier!
I used Neon & Regular food coloring–just the standard stuff that I always have on hand for all of the fancy cookies that I never make.
I will say, regular old food coloring certainly does the job–but the colors are not as potent in the tub as if you were to use gel coloring. Gels are a bit more expensive but result in deeper colors.
It’s a toss-up.
Now there are a thousand different molds out there to choose from but I just about died when I found these lego molds.
I have never met a kid that doesn’t at least appreciate legos.
I mean, I was having giddy fits when I was popping these cute little guys out of their molds.
Can I play?
WHAT TO DO
Cube up your soap base.
Then grab a glass measuring cup (2 or 4 works best) and add a few cubes.
Now I had this down to a science by the end.
For each color, I used 3 cubes–which resulted in 3 or 4 lego blocks & a few little guys.
You don’t want to overdo the melting…because it WILL overflow.
Not that I know from experience or anything.
So hit the 30 second button. Give it a little stir. Then resume melting for another 15 seconds. For me, this produced a perfectly melted base without any spilling over that I’d have to clean up.
Now you have to work really quick because this stuff re-solidifies FAST–that’s the only not-so-fun part.
But once you get into the swing of things, it’s not bad.
This is another reason that I melt only 3 cubes at a time–because I have just enough time to mix one color and pour. If I try to melt a bunch & make multiple colors–I can’t get to them all quickly enough. And it’s a hot mess.
So, with your three cubes…add one drop of each oil & about 10 drops of color.
I don’t go easy on the color because if you go too light, the colors aren’t as strong when it dries through. No bueno.
Then quickly…stir, stir, stir.
Then just as quickly, pour your wonderfully & colorfully scented soap into the mold.
Then it’s just rinse & repeat with all of your other colors.
I also made a layered crayon with the extra colors that I had. Turned out pretty cool if you ask me.
I’ll call it…unicorn crayon.
The awesome thing about this project is that, as messy as it seems…it’s just soap. So with a little water and scrubbing, the mess is all gone.
Thankfully the waiting time on this project is slim to none.
Like I said, this soap dries fast–so I only waited an hour or two to pop mine out of the mold & that is probably excessive.
When it’s dried through, pop out your brand new crayons & admire them for a bit.
Maybe even play with a few.
Some of my crayons ended up a bit “bubbly” on the back because I was a little over eager with the stirring.
If you’re a touch OCD like me, you can use a mandolin slicer or knife to slice off the crappy backside OR you can choose not to care because they’re kids & it’s going to get messed up anyway. No judgment here.
I am OCD, so I did slice off the backs & melted the extras together to make black crayons.
From my 2 pound block, I was able to make all of this (and I might add that some of my “overflowing issues” cause some soap to be MIA). All that to say, with 2 pounds you’ll get at least this much.
I’m tossing mine into a mason jar–what else–to gift along with a cute bath towel or bubble bath.
Ok, now let’s just look at the pretty colors with our extra time.
Because dang it, that was easy.
You’ll have so much fun making these! If not for Christmas, perhaps the next rainy (or snowy) day that hits. Just sayin’.
Tomorrow we’re going a bit more practical with one of my favorite household necessities.
Thanks for dropping by & see you then! xx