Let’s be honest, most Christmas stockings are stuffed with candies and little knickknacks people never really use. Shopping for meaningful gifts that will also fit in a stocking can really be a pain in the you-know-what. Not to mention expensive. Why not give something that you know people of all ages will enjoy? That’s why today I’ll be showing you how to make a simple Peppermint Avocado Soap that people will love. You can even make a few batches and keep them on hand for last minute gifts. Display them in your bathroom or give them to your overnight guests. This project is really easy and will just take an afternoon to make.
Things you will need:
2 soap molds – You could use plastic storage containers, used tofu or milk cartons (washed of course), or molds made especially for soap. I’m using a Velveeta cardboard container as well as a small drawer organizer I picked up at our local Dollar Store.
1lbs of white melt and pour glycerin soap cut up into 1×1 cubes – I purchased mine from Brambleberry.com, but can purchase melt and pour soap at your local craft store or online.
1lb of clear melt and pour glycerin soap cut up into 1×1 cubes – I purchased mine from Brambleberry.com, but can purchase melt and pour soap at your local craft store or online.
A non-bleeding red soap dye – The non-bleeding part is important because many dyes may bleed color over time. The non-bleeding red promises clear crisp lines that won’t blur into the white. Please make sure you purchase soap safe dyes. Candle, food coloring, and crayons will not work. My red soap dye was purchased from TKBtrading.com, but you can find it at your local craft store or through other online shops.
2 tablespoons of avocado oil – Since it’s a winter soap, your skin will really love that extra oil. If you don’t have avocado oil on hand, feel free to use olive oil, coconut oil, or even grapeseed oil. But beware, do not exceed 1 tablespoon of oil per pound of soap. Anymore oil and the soap won’t bubble very much when you use it.
2 teaspoons of Peppermint Essential Oil – I purchased mine from Wholesalesuppliesplus.com, but you can find peppermint essential oil in your local health food store, or online at other soap supply websites.
A microwave safe bowl or measuring cup.
*optional – rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle
An easy way to figure out how much soap a container will hold is to look at the total ounces labeled on the packaging. Since my Velveeta is 32 ounces, I know that I can safely pour 2 lbs of melted soap into the container. If you have a mold that you don’t know the volume of, you can always fill the container with water and then pour the water into a measuring cup. Since my drawer organizer didn’t have the volume labeled, using the the water method, I was able to see that it was 16 ounces.
Because the Velveeta box is made of cardboard, I cut a large ziplock bag in half and placed it into the mold. This way the melted soap can be safely poured into the mold without leaking through. You definitely won’t need this step if you’re not using a cardboard mold.
Place the clear soap into your microwave safe container and microwave the soap until it has melted. Make sure you stop every 30 seconds to stir. You definitely don’t want the soap to burn. Mine took 3 minutes for it to fully melt.
Add 7 drops of the red dye into the soap and stir. If you’d like the soap to be more red, then add a few more drops. Just make sure you add the color 1 drop at a time and stir well in between.
Take the temperature. Make sure you are under 150°. Staying under 150° ensures that your Peppermint Essential Oil will not burn off.
Add 1 tablespoon of your avocado oil and 1 teaspoon of your peppermint oil and stir thoroughly.
Pour the soap into your mold. I love the look of the bubbles, but feel free to spray the top of the soap with a light layer of rubbing alcohol to pop them. This is totally optional of course.
My soap was set in about 1.5 hours.
To remove the soap, loosen the sides of the mold, turn it over, and push the middle of the mold with the palm of your hand.
Once it has popped out, make a few cuts creating various rectangles. Don’t worry about making them all the same size or shape.
Now that your red soap is ready, place your white soap into your microwave safe container and microwave until everything has melted. Don’t forget to stop every 30 seconds and stir. It took 3 minutes for my soap to fully melt.
Take the temperature of the soap.
Once the soap is under 150°, add 1 tablespoon of avocado oil, 1 teaspoon of peppermint essential oil, and stir.
Pour a thin layer of your white soap into your large mold.Place your red soap pieces into the mold. Pour in the rest of the white soap, making sure you get into every crevice.
If these bubbles bother you, you can lightly mist the top with rubbing alcohol. I always leave them because I think it makes everything look more handmade.
After 3 hours, my soap was cool. Just lift the soap out and peel off the plastic bag.
Slice the soap into any thickness you’d like.
Because glycerin soap will draw moisture from the air and make your soaps slippery, you must wrap them immediately to prevent it. Just take a regular piece of plastic wrap and bring down the top and bottom pieces….
Fold over the right side, fold over the left side and trim off any excess pieces and stick a label on to secure the ends.
Voila! You’ve just made a Peppermint Avocado Soap that would be perfect as a stocking stuffer. It smells amazing, it’s moisturizing, easy to make, and everyone will love it.
Jen Han is a professional photographer and soap maker based in Los Angeles, California. She’s taken her love of cooking, DIY, and travel, and has created her very own blog http://www.hiitsjen.com. Come along with her as she documents her travel experiences, cooking journey, as well simple DIY projects.