stuff for the troops abroad - ideas?

SoapMakingForum

Help Support SoapMakingForum:

dixiedragon

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 1, 2013
Messages
6,472
Reaction score
4,905
Location
Birmingham, Alabama, USA
My aunt's church is going to be making care packages for troops in Afghanistan and she wants me to make some stuff. I'm looking for ideas.

Scents - I am thinking on sticking with lavender, lemongrass, tea tree, peppermint and eucalyptus EOs. I have heard insects are bad there and I'm concerned that, say, Vanilla Nutmeg will attract more insects.

Lip balm and lotion bars - I'm worried about those melting in the heat. Does anybody happen to have a recipe they love that's been tested in desert conditions?
 

KristaY

Supporting Member
Joined
Mar 2, 2014
Messages
2,577
Reaction score
1,958
Location
Arizona, USA
Maybe add in some citronella for insect control? It would blend really nicely with the other EO's you've listed.

As far as desert condition lip balm and lotion bars the only thing I've found to help with LESS melting is increasing my butters - specifically cocoa and shea. In the hot, dry desert, everything melts except cement, rocks and cactus, lol. When I make something in summer for my sister (who lives in the Phoenix area) I never ship it. I wait and hand deliver it when I see her in person. So if you'll be shipping in say, January, it should make it to the Middle East before the extreme heat sets in. Once there, it'll be a crap shoot depending on their living conditions.
 

PuddinAndPeanuts

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jul 17, 2014
Messages
384
Reaction score
199
Maybe a body butter with high melt coconut, high melt shea, and some beeswax along with your oil of choice?
 

Susie

Supporting Member
Joined
Aug 1, 2013
Messages
9,715
Reaction score
9,222
Location
Texas
Way back in the war for Kuwait (Bush I), my nursing instructor got sent to a MASH unit. We sent care packages to her and the other nurses there. They said not to send Chapstick as it melted and made a mess in their uniforms. Everything needed to be in a seal-able tube. If I wanted to send hand made products, I would probably use something like these:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002WUVOBA/?tag=skimlinks_replacement-20
 
Last edited by a moderator:

Steve85569

Supporting Member
Joined
Oct 28, 2015
Messages
1,914
Reaction score
2,113
Location
North East Oregon, USA
120 F in the shade. There is no shade.
Nasties that you can hear crawling on the wall - they're BIG.
Bug repellent does not work on them.

Send anything that is from here (home) that won't melt.
 

rainycityjen

Well-Known Member
Joined
Dec 4, 2013
Messages
238
Reaction score
250
Mildly-scented liquid body wash might be better than bar soap, if you can swing it.
 

TBandCW

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 23, 2015
Messages
513
Reaction score
251
Location
Near beautiful Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Just asked my son who spent a yr in Iraq. He suggested baby wipes, lip balms, lotions, bug spray and soap. Maybe you could make some baby wipes with guy scents or lemongrass to repel bugs. The most popular thing I ever sent him were flip flops, or zories as we used to call them. Rite Aid had an end of summer sale on those cheap ones for $.25 cents each, I bought every one of them and as soon as he opened the pkg they were all taken!
 

JayJay

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 3, 2015
Messages
421
Reaction score
221
How about felted soap? It may be handy to have the washrag and soap in one?

I like the idea of bar soap with citronella.

Oh and how about shampoo bars. Or a body and hair bar in one. If they are pressed for time during their hygiene routine, having fewer steps my be appreciated.
 

RadarLuv

New Member
Joined
Dec 30, 2015
Messages
4
Reaction score
2
baby wipes, baby wipes, baby wipes, baby wipes, baby wipes, baby wipes! a million different uses and almost as valuable as currency.
 

newbie

Lifetime Supporter
Joined
Nov 6, 2010
Messages
6,117
Reaction score
5,377
Sounds like baby wipes and flip flops will make your recipients kings!! I had read about someone making neem oil soap for the troops with the idea that it helps repel insects and specifically the flies. I have no idea if there is truth in that but maybe flies dislike neem as much as most people do. This person made a 20-25% neem bar so it must have been pretty potent.

DeeAnna had made a post about making a lotion bar for bartenders because they can't have anything greasy on their hands, working with glass. It had a good percentage of beeswax in it, and maybe some coconut oil. She made discs that were wrapped in parchment paper and could be kept in tins, so they could keep them in their pockets and not melt. That might be a possibility.

Oops, it was beeswax and cocoa butter. HEre's the thread.
http://www.soapmakingforum.com/showthread.php?t=39838&highlight=bartenders+beeswax
 

Latest posts

Top