Whip up a batch of this simple 3 ingredient swirled Shea butter DIY peppermint soap. It’s perfect for gift giving or an energizing treat for you!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas gift crafting has to be my all time fav… I love gifting a friend or family member a homemade creation and them subsequently exclaiming “you made this?!” Handmade gifts can sometimes be a lost art, don’t you think? My homemade bath and body products are always some of my most well received gifts that people ask for on repeat. Last year I made delightful peppermint sugar scrub cubes and just the smells from making them got me in the holiday spirit! To get me in that same spirit this year, I decided to make peppermint swirl shea butter soap. It’s invigorating and festive from the peppermint and comforting and nourishing from the shea butter (key for dry winter skin!) DIY peppermint soap is crazy easy to whip up, but your friends and family that you gift it to don’t have to know that. 😉 Just make sure to keep one to treat yourself!
Swirled DIY Peppermint Soap Supplies:
- Darice Shea Butter Soap Creations
- Red Soap Colorant
- Soap Molds
- Cocktail or Tooth Pick
- Peppermint Essential Oil
- Darice Red & White Metallic Baker’s Twine and Cellophane Treat Bags (optional)
Cut the shea butter soap base into 8 equal sized pieces (they’re scored so you can see where to cut to make them even).
Cut 2 of the pieces (½ pound) into small cubes and place into a microwave safe glass measuring cup.
Squirt a large drop of red soap colorant into the bottoms of the soap molds. Using a cocktail pick, drag the colorant around the bottom of the mold to make a swirl.
*Tip: if you’re using a plastic soap mold, smear a little bit of coconut oil on the sides and bottom of the mold to help the soap pop out easier.
Heat the soap cubes in 30 second intervals until all cubes are melted. Add in 5 – 10 drops of peppermint essential oil and mix. The quantity of oil depends on how potent the essential oil and how fragrant you’d like the soap to be.
Slowly pour in a small amount of the peppermint swirl shea butter soap into each mold (roughly ¼ of the way full). The object of the slow pour is to get the red colorant to swirl when the shea butter hits it. If you fill the mold all the way at this point, or pour the soap in quickly you will get pink soap. There’s nothing wrong with pink soap if you’d like a solid color, I was just going for the swirled effect of a peppermint candy here.
Allow to set up for about 30 seconds and pour in more soap (about ¾ of the way full). Add a large drop of the red soap colorant to the center of the soap and use the cocktail pick to swirl it around just a bit. Top off the soap molds (to just the rim) and repeat the red colorant swirl if you’d like.
For an adorable gift presentation, start by cutting the bottom off of a cellophane treat bag and then cut it lengthwise, followed by cutting it half lengthwise.
Wrap the shea butter DIY peppermint soap inside of the cellophane, twist the ends (like a peppermint candy!) and tie with red and white baker’s twine.
I’ve already given one as a gift and it got rave reviews! 🙂 Enjoy!
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Lydia is the creator of Lydi Out Loud, a lifestyle blog where she shares her passions in crafting, DIY, cooking and entertaining. She is a wife, fur baby mama and lover of paint, glue guns, vinyl and peanut butter. Lydia has been featured in Somerset Home magazine, GoodHousekeeping.com, CountryLiving.com and Buzz Feed.