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Peppermint Presents, Part Two

On our last blog we talked about how to make Peppermint Sugar Scrub.  I have really enjoyed using -mine and today's Peppermint Soap is the perfect accompaniment!

We first made soap back in October when we made it in Pumpkin Spice scent.  I enjoyed making it and using it so thoroughly, that I am afraid that I have picked up another little hobby- soap making!  Here's how to make the Peppermint version for the holidays.

Peppermint Soap

1 lb. of soap base (available at Michaels) 
Peppermint Essential Oil (NOT Peppermint Extract)
Red Soap Colorant (optional)

Chop soap into one inch blocks (or smaller). Place in a microwave-safe bowl with a pouring spout. (I used an old Pyrex measuring cup.) 

Microwave for 30 seconds, stir.  If not yet melted, microwave for 10 additional seconds, then stir again.  Repeat until completely melted.  Quickly add 5 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil.  Smell.  Add additional oil by two or three drops until desired scent is reached.  Pour into molds.  

If color is desired, drop about 4 separate drops of food coloring into the soap.  With a toothpick, swirl color around to mimic peppermint stripes.  Be sure to swirl to the bottom of the mold as this will be the top of the soap.  

I am sorry that I didn't take more pictures of the coloring process, but here is the end result. I think that next time I make the soap I am going to make it in layers- pour in white soap, wait for it to solidify, pour in a layer of red, wait for it to solidify, then add another layer or white- just like a candy cane!

Regardless of your coloring process, be sure to wait for the soap to set completely (about one hour). 

I enjoyed using ribbon, twine, paper and a little sprig of rosemary to decorate mine for little gifts.  The rosemary scent mixes so well with the peppermint- it smells just like Christmas! 

Paired with the Peppermint Sugar Scrub, it makes a perfect gift for a hostess, neighbor or teacher.  

I placed these in a clear party favor bag, but a little red basket or gift bag would be sweet as well. 

I hope that you are finding the time this busy holiday season to relax, spend some time on your favorite crafts, read a good book or whatever makes you happy! 

Thanks for stopping by today! 



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