Monday, December 30, 2013

Peppermint Wake-Up Soap

peppermint wake-up handmade soap
Peppermint Wake-Up Soap
I made this soap with some help from one of my nieces while they were here for Christmas.  I started with the same recipe that I used for the Peppermint Stripe.  Of course, before I could start making soap I had to gather all of my supplies from the shed and my bedroom.  All of my soap making oils were put in the shed which at this time of year means that the olive oil had solidified and the coconut oil was extremely hard. The olive oil liquefied fairly quickly.  However I had to soften the coconut oil in the microwave.

swirls on top of handmade peppermint soap
Top swirls
I started by brewing peppermint tea.  Then I added the tea to my pitcher for my water and then I added enough ice and water to make my soap.  After measuring the lye I added it to my liquids.  It surprised me by turning orange.  I measured out my oils then added the lye water to my oils.  Of course, since my lye water was orange it made my soap mixture somewhat orange as well.  Since I was looking for white and green, this didn't really suit my plans.  I poured off a little less than half of my soap and added zinc oxide mixed with oil to the smaller half.  To the large half I added a little extra comfrey infused oil.  When this did not help turn the larger half any more green I added just a little bit of green pigment mixed with a little oil to the mixture.
side view peppermint wake-up handmade soap
side view

Once I had everything mixed so that there were no noticeable lumps.  I started by filling my sample mold.  I do this first so that I know that all of the remaining soap can go toward filling my mold.  I started with a layer of green, then white, then green, then white, then green, then white.  Next I used a skewer to vertically mix the layers.  After I was satisfied with the swirl, I layered another layer of green then white.  After that I let it sit for about 30 minutes in order to thicken up before swirling the top with a spoon.

I let the soap sit for about 20 hours to set up and finish saponifying.  When I pulled the soap out of the mold, I was very pleased with the colors and the swirl that I found.  I think that my customers will be pleased as well.

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  1. The smell of peppermint soap would surely wake me up in the morning! Thanks for sharing this at Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop!

  2. The soap looks beautiful and I'll bet the smell is wonderful! I love using soaps such as this to decorate a bathroom! Not only are they pretty, but you don't need a room deodorizer! Thanks!

  3. Peppermint would definitely wake you up and the colors of the soap and swirls are gorgeous. You are right your customers are really going to like this.
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  4. Holy Moly. I love peppermint scented anything! I think it's so neatthat you make your own soaps!
    Stopping by from Tatertots & Jello:)

  5. Looks wonderful!!
    Thanks for sharing at the HomeAcre Hop!

  6. I love anything peppermint. How fun to make your own soaps. Thanks for linking up to Tickled Pink Times Two. Make it a pink day :)


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