Making Peppermint Candy Candy Soap has become a bit of a Christmas tradition in our house. What started of as a gift idea for school friends and teachers and has slowly spread to include family members and neighbours over the years. They look and smell wonderful and add and add an instant piece of Christmas style to bathrooms.
To Make Peppermint Candy Cane Soap Bars You will need
- Clear melt and pour soap base (UK Amazon, )
- White melt and pour soap base. I like to use a goats milk base. (UK Amazon)
- Peppermint essential oil (UK Amazon)
- Red liquid colour (UK Amazon)
- Wooden lolly sticks
- Paper cups
- Silicone bar/mini loaf moulds (UK Amazon)
- Rubbing solution (not essential)
- Clear cellophane bags
In case you didn’t know melt and pour soap base is a pre-made soap (the difficult soap-making part has been done for you). To use it you need to chop your chosen ‘base’ into small pieces and put them in a container to gently melt in the microwave. Heat the soap using a medium microwave setting using short bursts of 30 seconds. Keep heating and checking until all the soap has melted (I find paper cups are perfect for melting small batches of soap in). Once melted, you add your colour and scent and then pour into your mould.
Now, I don’t measure how much soap to melt or how thick the layers should be in my Peppermint Candy Cane Soaps … I’m a bit of a lazy soap maker and just eyeball it. If you like to be a bit more precise you could make a solid bar of soap in the mould, weigh it and divide by 5 to work out how much soap each layer is going to need(you need two red and one white). A cocktail stick could be used to mark the depth of each layer as well (5 cocktail stocks each with a mark)
My non technical approach is to fill one cup up to the top with white soap base and the other with clear soap base and melt as necessary adding more soap in between layers (you can use the same cup and you can reheat the soap again when it goes hard).
So first up you want to gently melt your white soap base in the microwave. Don’t be tempted to use a high setting as you can damage the soap base. When the soap has melted add 10-15 drops of peppermint essential oil to you cup and stir in carefully. Pour a small layer into each of your bar moulds so that it’s filled by approximately a fifth. If you have rubbing alcohol give the surface a quick spritz when it’s poured to burst away any bubbles that may form. You can also pop them with a cocktail stick.
Whilst your waiting for the white soap base to cool start gently melting the clear soap base. Once melted add a few drops of red liquid colour and gently stir trying to keep any bubbles to a minimum (I keep my soap bases on a radiator once they’ve melted). If you find it starts to harden before you’ve used it just gently reheat it again. You can add some peppermint oil to this soap as well if you want. I tend to leave it plain and just add the peppermint oil to the white soap base.
When the white melt and pour soap has cooled pour in a thin layer of red melt and pour soap.
Continue to build up the red and white soap layers so that you finish with a white layer. Don’t forget to add your peppermint oil!
In total you’ll have two red and three white layers.
Allow to cool over night or for a good few hours (you can pop in the fridge to speed this up). Don’t try and get them out of the mould until they are set sold and cool as you may damage them.
Now all you have to do is wrap up the Peppermint Candy Cane Soaps and give them to your friends and family.
I like to use small cellophane bags, natural twine (string) with a bit of our Christmas tree to it (we always buy a tree that’s way to big). It’s important to make sure they’re either in a sealed bag or wrapped in clingfilm as the essential oils slowly seep out over time forming little droplets on the outside of the soap. Once they’ve been opened and are being used they’re fine and will smell gorgeous all the way through to the end.
And don’t forget to make sure you have one left over to use yourself.