How To Make Peppermint Candy Soap

11 Materials
6 Hours

What can be more fabulous than handmade soap to give as gifts! And a cute one at that!

The first step is to determine the amount of liquid the mold holds by filling a round mold with water and then pouring that amount into a measuring cup. Each soap cube equals 1oz. And each mold that I used contained 1/4 cup of liquid. 1/4c equals two fluid ounces. So two cubes melted equals 1/4 cup.

Next, cut the number of glycerine cubes needed and place into a microwave safe measuring cup. Microwave at 30 seconds, stir and then microwave at additional 10 second increments until soap is melted. Stir again.

Add in drops of peppermint soap fragrance and stir. I had trouble smelling the peppermint so I kept adding drops until I could easily smell it. Add red colorant next and stir. I added about 6 drops of color to get this shade. It didn't seem deep enough, at first. 

Pour the red liquid soap into the molds and . . .

lightly mist with alcohol to remove any air bubbles.

Next, cut the shea butter soap (white) into cubes, and melt in microwave following the same steps as before. Adding just the peppermint fragrance this time and stir together.

Pour the white soap into molds and lightly mist with alcohol to remove air bubbles

Let the soap cool at room temperature for a couple of hours. Soap can take from 30-90 minutes to harden, so don't be impatient. You can speed up the process by putting it in the refrigerator.

Once the soap is solid, remove from the molds by gently popping them out of the silicone. Be sure to clean and dry the molds. We'll need them later.Next, stack the red and white soap on top of one another and cut into pie shapes - first, in half . . .

then in quarters  .  .  . and finally, in eights.

To create the peppermint candy look: Melt three cubes of clear glycerine soap, first at 30 seconds, stir and then at additional 10 seconds intervals until soap is melted completely. Stir. Pour a thin layer of melted glycerine soap into the mold covering the bottom. Lightly spray the layer with alcohol. Spraying alcohol between layers will help them to adhere to one another. Place alternating slices of red and white soap into mold, forming the peppermint candy look.

Lightly spray with alcohol. Pour another thin layer of clear soap on top of the red and white soap and lightly spray with alcohol, again. 

Let dry for a few hours and remove from molds. Wrap each peppermint soap in cellophane to look like candy.

Secure ends with ribbon, tying in a bow. Cut off excess cellophane.

How cute is this! It's also a fun project to do with kids!

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  • Alyse Beninson Alyse Beninson on Dec 02, 2018

    First of all these are adorable and seem so easy to make! BUT once the clear soap is used off of them do they fall apart?

  • Peggy Clark Peggy Clark on Dec 02, 2018

    I just 💞 Love Love 💞 this Awesome Idea As A Gift.. I'm going Shopping tomorrow oh my gosh, just so excited. I have Family & Friends here every year for Christmas Eve. My most important thing to say & ask is:

    1) Something I've not ever done so I hope I don't ruin the whole idea!🙁🤔

    2) Where do I find all of the necessary items to get started? Hoping not to be too expensive to do this!! Is there something to do for the children and men. I'm cut sure what they would say about peppermint smell.

    I want to say ☆ Thank You ☆ In Advance, To Anyone That Is Able To Help This Anxious & Excited Lady Out!! 🙂

  • K K on Dec 15, 2018

    Thank you for sharing this! Does it matter what type of alcohol you use? (70% or 90%?)

    Thank you.

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  • Laura Laura on Nov 26, 2019

    Really cute idea

  • Gloria Gloria on Nov 26, 2019

    Definitely inspired to make these with my grandchildren. Just ordered all the supplies.. We're going to make them for their parents and relatives!

    • Gail@Purple Hues and Me Gail@Purple Hues and Me on Nov 27, 2019

      That's an awesome idea! I did this with my crafting class in a 55+ community and the ladies loved it! Have fun with your grands and thanks!