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!
9 thoughts on “DIY Coconut Peppermint Soap Bars”
I’m obsessed with bar soap! I just bought 4 bars from World Market’s black Friday sale of buy 1 get 1! I find that the really fragrant ones can be stored in sock drawers or cubby holes to freshen. Plus, I’m a packaging fiend so the pretty craft paper and designs always get me. I’ll be excited to see how you wrap them up for gifts!
Omgosh, the packaging always gets me too! If it’s pretty, I’ll buy it. I’ve never thought about putting soap in my drawers though! I will have to try that! I’ve always used fragrant votive candles for that sort of thing. I bet soap is much cheaper though.
I haven’t figured out how I’m going to package it yet. Any ideas?
I’ve seen some simple brown paper wrappers with an embellished ribbon, or white tissue paper with some artistic brown twain-like string and then a tiny silk flower for a rustic look. Pinterest has my back whenever I need wrapping ideas! I was thinking of stamping plain paper to be extra crafty too!
Oh those are all great ideas! What’s your Pinterest link? I’d love to check out your page! I’m such a Pinterest fanatic.
I am frithe13th on pinterest! It really is picture heaven :).
I’m going to find you. I love Pinterest. I could spend all day looking at that site.
I love to create with melt and pour soap base, adding essential oils, seeds, the different molds, oils, so on and so on. You first got me with coconut, then sealed the deal with mint. Will give this one a try!
Oh neat, I didn’t know that you made soap too! Have you ever tried making it from scratch? I’ve always wanted to but using lye freaks me out a bit.
Coconut and mint are my favorite scents in bath and body products. I really love it. Pretty much all of my lotion is coconut oil based. Let me know if you like it!
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