You know who is one of the most amazing people I know?
My cousin — her name is Melissa — is probably the most selfless person I have ever met.
She is a super kind badass who wants to help women all across the world.
And she does some really cool shit to take care of women who are way less fortunate than you and I are, and I wanna help her help other people.
Melissa has been making her own soap for years. And she started a non-profit called The Nourish Collective.
The Nourish Collective “nourishes hope by cultivating life-giving solutions to poverty, poor health, and despair. Our programs focus on reducing preventable disease and restoring dignity.”
And one of the things Melissa does through the Nourish Collective is teach women in other countries how to make soap so that they can start earning an income for themselves and rise up out of poverty.
Here she is teaching women in Ethiopia:
This led to her starting a business called Soap Socials.
A soap social is a get together where you host a custom soap making party.
Soap Socials don’t just provide the people who purchase them with a fun activity and some really cool, all-natural soaps.
15% of each Soap Social purchase is donated the The Nourish Collective.
Proceeds from Soap Socials are used to make reusable feminine hygiene kits and to also teach soap training in developing and poverty-stricken areas.
Something we take for granted here in the US is made available to women who don’t otherwise have access to it. And they are also taught skills which give them the tools needed to rise out of poverty and in turn, hope.
It’s fun, easy, and my kids LOVED it!
I tried everything out a few weeks ago with my kids and a couple of Number 5’s friends, and they loved making their own soaps.
Everything you need is provided for you, and Number 7 (who is 7 years old) was easily able to do this.
So when you plan a party, you aren’t just giving your friends or your kids a fun time.
You are giving women who don’t have access to feminine hygiene products some dignity. And hope for a better quality of life.
Here is what you get in the mail:
It’s got everything you need inside of it.
The stuff you make the actual soap with, soap molds, natural dyes and scents, invitations to send out for your party, labels, a tablecloth to protect your table…
Making the soap is pretty simple.
You can melt the base in a double boiler or in a slow cooker.
I used my slow cooker.
In less than an hour, the base was melted and ready to go.
I had the kids decide what scents and colors they wanted to use for their soap before we started.
Once everyone had figured out what they wanted to do, they got to work.
Everyone mixed and poured their own soap.
Number 7 went with blue.
Number 4 made her soap purple.
Once you have it all mixed up, you just need to pour it into the mold.
There are little plastic figures included in the kit if you want to put them into your bar of soap, but the kids didn’t want to use them, so we left them out.
Then you just put a lid on it, and let it set for about an hour.
The kit comes with labels so nobody’s soap gets mixed up with anyone else’s. While the soaps are setting in the mold, you can make your labels.
Number 5 had invited a couple friends over, so they went and played when they were finished pouring and labeling their soap.
Here are the different soaps we made. Yellow:
The kids had a blast making them, and it was a fun thing for Number 5’s friends to take home when they left. Their soap was all cooled and hardened by the time their parents came to get them.
My kids LOVE their soaps! They use them every night in the bath!
(I had Number 7 use one of those bars to wash the strawberry juice off her face after I took this picture) 😉
This was a fun and easy activity to do with the kids. They love their soap.
I love knowing this is something that is helping out other women who are not so fortunate as I am.
If you are looking for a fun way to entertain kids at a party or you want to have some of your own friends over to do something different, and you also want to make a difference, host a Soap Social!
Everyone benefits, and the world becomes a little bit of a better place.