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These DIY peppermint swirl soap bars are perfect for the holiday season but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be used all year round.
What do you need to make Peppermint swirl soap bars:
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400g Melt & pour soap, I use this fabulous Shea butter soap found on Amazon.
Soap colourant, you can use whichever colours you wish but for mine I have used red mica powder.
Peppermint Essential oil or your own preferred fragrance if you wish.
Small stick or spatula
Other useful tools to make peppermint swirl soap bars:
Double boiler or equivalent. I personally use a heat proof plastic jug placed in a saucepan of water. You can also use a microwavable dish and melt the soap in the microwave if you prefer.
Rubbing alcohol to help the the soap stick together and eliminate bubbles.
Sharp knife to cut up the soap block.
How to make peppermint swirl soap bars:
This recipe and instructions below are enough to make around 6 peppermint swirl soap bars depending on the size of the moulds used.
Start off by cutting up the soap into smaller chunks and then split into 2 x 200g batches.
Carefully melt both batches either using the double boiler technique or by heating in a microwave. If using a microwave make sure you only heat in short 30 second bursts and stir between each interval.
Once both batches have melted add in the colourant and fragrance to the first batch and just the fragrance to the other.
You should now have 2 pots of melted soap, one red and one white.
Tip: In the next few steps you need to work as fast as you can as the soap will start to harden quite quickly after pouring into the moulds.
Next, carefully fill the moulds with both colours. Use 2 small jugs to pour both the soap mixes into the mould at the same time. Run the red down one side of the mould and the white down the other.
The moulds should then look half red and half white, don’t worry though if it’s not precise.
After all the moulds are filled, grab a small stick or spatula and make some swirls from one colour to the next until you reach the desired effect.
Tip: To make sure the swirls are consistent throughout the soap keep the stick at the bottom of the mould as you swirl through the entire soap.
Once filled, spray with rubbing alcohol and leave to set for a couple of hours. Once hardened, gently ease the soap out the moulds and the soap is ready to use.
How to store homemade soap
Melt and pour soap contains glycerin which acts as a great moisturiser for the skin, however, if not stored correctly it can start to sweat. The best way to store melt and pour soap is to wrap immediately after de-moulding in cling film and store in a cool, dry place until ready to use.
Giving homemade soap as gifts
These homemade peppermint swirl soap bars also make great DIY gifts. Just wrap in a clear plastic bag and tie with some fancy ribbon and add a gift tag.
If you prefer to make your own gift tags I recommend using Avery Design & Print. You can design all your own gift tags or labels with their free templates and software. You can then download for free and print on your home printer.
Hope you have enjoyed this post and that it’s inspired you to make your own DIY peppermint swirl soap bars. If so, let me know in the comments below.
If you love these peppermint soap bars then why not try making my citrus and mint loofah soap bars as well.
Thanks for reading,
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