Published on December 14th, 2015 | by Kristen Swain4
Handmade Peppermint Soap
First off, let me say that I adore giving Handmade gifts at Christmas. It’s like giving friends and family a piece of me, since crafting is such a big part of my life. You may feel the same, or maybe just a little bit less, but if you are here, then you probably enjoy crafting a little bit!
So today I have a fun and holiday inspired soap to make, these Handmade Peppermint Soaps. Here is my disclaimer. I am not using an essential oil. Reason one- they are expensive and I don’t sell or have access to sell them. You may chose to buy essential oil, it would make a lovely scented soap, but my intention is to use very readily available items, but also items you might already have in your pantry ( apart from the soap suspension). If you are buying soap suspension, feel free to buy essential peppermint oil as well. Reason two- I have already said it, I am using items easily found in the house or kitchen at a low cost. Those are my reasons, and I have no objection if you want to use essential oils, no preference of brand either. But for this fun and fast craft, I am simply using peppermint flavoring or extract.
That’s right, Peppermint Flavoring or extract. It smells lovely! And it gives you a nice burst of peppermint scent when you are using this soap.
To make this soap, you will need
Goats Milk Suspension- 2lbs
knife, glass cup, silicone mold, plastic spoon
2 tablespoons peppermint flavoring/extract
red soap coloring
Cut the large 2 lb block of soap into 4 pieces, each piece will create two soaps in a bar mold such as the one I am using.
Cube the soap and add to a glass measuring cup. I donated this old one to my soap making, as well as the knife. The soap cuts like cold butter, not hard at all.
Melt the soap at 30 second increments until the soap is melted and there are no lumps.
Stir in the two tablespoons of peppermint extract. It doesn’t change the color or consistency at all.
Pour the soap into the mold. Then add droplets of the red coloring to your soap. I used the handle of my plastic spoon to stir the soap coloring into the soap.
This is where I took my last photo. But I ended up stirring in a little too much, and most of my soap was just pink. NO WORRIES!!! Add a few more drops of the red and stir it in again. You will have a pink soap with red swirls instead of a white soap with pink/red swirls. Just make sure to get any big spots of red integrated into the soap, or your hands might end up pink tinged.
Allow to cool/dry about 20 minutes in a cool spot. Pop out of the mold, they are ready to package.
I simply wrapped mine in velvet paper and ribbon. Putting them in plastic would be a great way to gift them.
They are perfect Christmas/Holiday gifts!