Before I get into this, I want to apologize. I was doing so well keeping up with a few posts a week and then I fell off the face of the earth after my last tutorial. With the holidays, I really didn’t want to do anything, as I imagine you didn’t. Soooo I’m coming back with a good tutorial for you this week: DIY coconut peppermint soap bars. Two of my favorite smells. Now, I’m not big into soap in bar form. I prefer body wash. But I do enjoy these because they don’t make my skin feel as dry as the typical bars. Possibly because it doesn’t have a ton of additives in it.
I’ve always wanted to make my own soap but was on the fence about it because of using lye. So, when I found ready-melt soap, I was ecstatic!
These soap bars are made with real oatmeal, peppermint oil, and coconut oil. The only thing I’m unsure about is the coloring I used. But it was designed for soap, so I gave it a shot. These would be a great gift Christmas gifts for your girlfriends or family members.
Things You Will Need
Glass measuring cup
Peppermint essential oil
Oatmeal ready-melt soap block
You can find all of these materials at your local craft store except the essential oil and coconut oil. You can get a bottle of peppermint oil on Amazon but honestly, I would buy the intro kit. It’s cheaper and you get more. You can get the coconut oil at your local grocery store.
Chop up your soap into little pieces. I started with about a cup of the cubes but decided to double it later on. Glad I did, because I wouldn’t have had enough to fill the molds if I hadn’t.
Microwave the soap cubes in 15 second intervals, stirring in between each session.
When all of your soap is melted, add in a tablespoon of coconut oil and between 5-10 drops of peppermint oil. Stir well.
You’ll also want to add in coloring at this point. I used red coloring but it turned out more pink. I think because the oatmeal base is a brownish milky color. So add in whatever color you like a few drops at a time. Stir it up. Add more if you’d like.
When you have a color you like, stir it one more time and pour it into the mold. As you can see, I went overboard on the coconut oil. Don’t worry though, I recommended that you use way less than I did.
Let your mixture sit for about 3 hours.
When you have solid soap bars, go ahead and pop them out of the mold.
If you have trouble getting them out, let them sit in the freezer for a few minutes and try again.
Go ahead and wrap them up or store them in a container. They’re ready to use. They don’t suds as much as soap you would buy in the store, but it’s definitely refreshing!
Hope you liked this one! I will be testing out some other soap recipes in the upcoming weeks and will let you know if I come up with anything good.
This was actually my first time making soap, so I’d love to hear about your experiences with the process.
Happy soap making!