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DIY Christmas Soap – 3 Melt and Pour Holiday Soap Recipes

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These easy Christmas soaps will lather you up in delicious holiday scents! Crafted with melt and pour soap base and essential oils, these simple soap bars are easy to make and ideal for beginners. Read on to learn how to make 3 melt and pour soap recipes in decadent winter scents such as sugar cookie, orange spice, and peppermint hot cocoa.

DIY Christmas soap stacked on a plate with orange slices

When you’re strapped for time and ideas, handmade soap makes the perfect gift for Christmas and beyond.

However, you don’t need to be an expert soapmaker to make soap. It’s a thoughtful gift idea that comes together quickly with the right tools. Plus, there are endless ways to customize it for your intended recipient.

In this post, we share 3 easy Christmas soap recipes using melt and pour soap.

First, a holiday sugar cookie soap that looks like a real cookie, complete with soap icing and soap sprinkles. Then, a peppermint hot cocoa soap infused with real cocoa. Finally, we share an orange spice soap, a festive and wintery scent that is reminiscent of the holiday season.

Each recipe is scented with a blend of natural essential oils, not synthetic fragrance oils. Yes, even the sugar cookie variety, which is scented with our special cookie essential oil blend.

As well, each recipe includes detailed, step by step instructions that are simple to follow, even if you’ve never made soap before.

However, if you’re a more seasoned soapmaker, or if you’re looking for a traditional cold process Christmas soap, you may enjoy our lavender pine soap recipe for holiday gift giving. This detailed recipe is a guest post from Rebecca of Soap Deli News. She’s a consummate soapmaker, so you can trust that she knows what she’s doing when it comes to handling lye.

Now, let’s get into the recipes.

The best essential oils for Christmas soap

We created these Christmas soap recipes using materials from Simply Earth’s Essential Oil Recipe Box. It’s a monthly subscription box that contains all the essentials you need to make 6 toxin-free products.

We look forward to our box every month, and the December box did not disappoint! We received 4 full-size essential oils in our box: Cinnamon Leaf, Bergamot, Himalayan Cedarwood, and Winter Spice. Each high-quality oil can be blended to create lovely, seasonal scents for soap and more.

But the boxes don’t just include oils. Simply Earth also provides 6 recipes and materials to make them. For instance, December’s box included goats milk soap base and a soap mold, so you can start making homemade soap right away.

Bottles of Simply Earth essential oils for making homemade Christmas soap. From left to right: cinnamon leaf, winter spice, Himalayan cedarwood and bergamot
Essential oils from Simply Earth’s December 2020 Recipe Box

There are countless essential oil companies to choose from, and each claims to be the best. But we choose Simply Earth for many reasons.

First of all, they’re ethically sourced, with every batch of 100% pure essential oil sourced from small, ethical farms. As well, every oil is GC/MS tested for purity and composition, which means there’s no added fragrance or fillers.

Plus, they’re essential oils with a great cause, donating 13% of profits. All while being so much more affordable than the big essential oil companies!

The Simply Earth Box is only $39 plus free shipping in the USA. It’s an unbeatable value for high-quality essential oils, which is why we feel good about using Simply Earth oils ourselves and recommending them to our readers.

You can purchase the December box with all the essential oils mentioned above here. Plus, if you opt to sign up for their monthly box, you’ll receive the Big Bonus Box for FREE (a $44.84 value) with your subscription. More on the Bonus Box in this post

Additionally, if you subscribe for the first time using our link and coupon code, ALIFEADJACENTFREE, you will receive a $40 gift card with your initial subscription box and bonus box!

If you’d like to preview more boxes, you can also read our review of the June 2020 box and the November 2020 box here, which included candle recipes perfect for the holiday season.

Materials for making DIY Christmas soap

Melt and pour soap base

We used melt and pour soap base to create these Christmas soap recipes. As the name suggests, you simply melt the base, add your preferred ingredients, and pour the soap into molds. Homemade soap can truly be that easy!

Melt and pour also has the benefit of shorter curing time, unlike traditional soapmaking which requires weeks to cure. Additionally, since melt and pour soap is already saponified, there’s no need to handle lye.

For the peppermint hot cocoa soap and the sugar cookie soap recipes, we used goat milk soap base. (This also came with our Simply Earth box.)

Goat’s milk is extremely moisturizing and perfect for those with dry or sensitive skin. It has a rich, creamy lather thanks to the natural milk sugars. As well, it makes a nice backdrop for your desired fragrances and colourants, since goat’s milk doesn’t impart any noticeable colour or scent.

Sugar cookie soaps made with melt and pour soap are arranged on a plate
Sugar cookie soap made with melt and pour soap base

However, if you’re vegan or can’t find goat’s milk soap, you can use any variety of white soap base. Cocoa butter is another good option and also has moisturizing properties.

For the orange winter spice soap, we used honey soap base to give the soaps a translucent orange colour. However, you can use any kind of translucent or clear soap base.

Essential oils

As previously mentioned, we used a combination of essential oils to fragrance each soap. Many of the oils we used came with our December Simply Earth box, and we also had some leftover from previous boxes.

Personally, we prefer to fragrance DIY products with essential oils over synthetic fragrance oils, as essential oils are less harmful to the environment and our overall health1.

To find out what oils we used, see the section on essential oil blends for Christmas soap.

Bars of peppermint hot cocoa Christmas soap
Peppermint hot cocoa soap with essential oils

Soap colourant

Mica’s fine particles make it the perfect natural soap colourant. As well, its shimmery quality is perfect for festive holiday soaps.

You can use any kind of mica you wish, but we always recommend trying to source one that is ethical. You can read more about ethical mica in our post on DIY shimmer spray.

We used pretty gold mica to colour the orange spice soap and the “cookie” base of the sugar cookie soap. Gold pairs well with honey soap base to create a light orange. And when mixed into goats milk soap, it resembles the creamy golden beige of a sugar cookie.

For the sugar cookie soap icing and sprinkles, we used pink mica. A light sprinkling was enough to give the frosting a soft pink tone. But we added a lot more for the vibrantly coloured soap sprinkles.

For the peppermint hot cocoa soap, no mica is needed, as its rich brown marbling comes from real cocoa and chocolate essential oil.

Dried orange slices

Dried orange slices are optional and used only in the orange spice soap. They add a pretty, decorative touch that’s especially nice when giving homemade soap as gifts.

They also add exfoliating properties to your soap. You can use the side with the orange slices to gently buff away dry skin as you cleanse.

Holiday soap equipment and tools

Aside from your ingredients, you will also need the following equipment to make your holiday soaps:

  • Soap molds: Silicone soap molds are easy to use and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. We used standard, bar-shaped soap molds and round molds, but you can use any size or shape that you wish. An oval silicone mold also comes with the December 2020 Simply Earth box.
  • Heat-proof measuring cup: We used glass Pyrex measuring cups to heat our soap base. They’re extremely versatile, and their lip makes for easy pouring.
  • Double boiler: Melting your soap base in the microwave is the fastest and easiest option. However, you can also use a double boiler. Or, create one by placing your measuring cup in a pan or pot filled with a few inches of water.
  • Silicone spatula or wooden spoon: To stir your soap during the melting process.
  • Cutting board and knife: You’ll need to chop your soap base into smaller pieces for easier melting. You can use a soap knife made specifically for this purpose, which you can purchase online or at your local soap supply store. However, you can also use a large, sharp kitchen knife.
  • Whisk: A whisk helps incorporate the mica into your soap base. You can use it to marble the cocoa peppermint soap, or you can use a flat spatula.
  • Small grater or zester: This is only for the Christmas cookie soap. You will need a small cheese grater or citrus zester to grate your soap sprinkles.
  • Spray bottle with alcohol: You’ll need a small amount of alcohol to create the marbled effect in the peppermint hot cocoa soap. As well, alcohol helps remove any bubbles that form on the soaps’ surface.

    Many soapmakers use rubbing alcohol for this step. However, since the smell of rubbing alcohol bothers our scent-sensitive household, we opt to use high-proof alcohol or spirits instead. If you’re Canadian, this 80% ethyl alcohol product is also a good substitute.

Holiday essential oil blends for DIY Christmas soap

120 drops vanilla oleoresin
60 drops bitter almond essential oil
15 drops sweet orange essential oil
10 drops cinnamon leaf essential oil

This decadent essential oil blend is reminiscent of freshly baked holiday sugar cookies. Its secret ingredient is a very unique essential oil – bitter almond oil.

Sugar cookie soap with soap icing and sprinkles

Bitter almond essential oil gives this essential oil blend a marzipan-like aroma that will make your mouth water. We were the first to use bitter almond in our sugar cookie fragrance blend as we wanted to create an original and unique scent combination!

The bitter almond is mixed with a base of vanilla for extra sweetness, a dash of sweet orange, and a few drops of cinnamon leaf for a subtle hint of holiday spice. Together, they create the perfect sugar cookie soap fragrance.

We used the cinnamon leaf essential oil that came with our December Simply Earth box.

Safety tip: bitter almonds are very toxic, but the bitter almond essential oil (benzaldehyde) sold in stores for soapmaking purposes is safe for use in soap. However, it should not be ingested. As well, please make sure the bitter almond oil you purchase is rectified and safe for cosmetic purposes.

The only bitter almond essential oil that is safe for use on skin is rectified. This means the toxic prussic acid has been removed.

For more ways to use our original holiday sugar cookie fragrance blend with bitter almond essential oil, be sure to check our recipes below:

Our cookie body butter and soap would make the perfect pair for gifting!

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Essential Oil Blend

150 drops cacao absolute
50 drops peppermint essential oil

This essential oil blend smells just like a warm cup of peppermint hot cocoa. We used Simply Earth’s peppermint oil for its potent minty fragrance. Paired with rich cacao absolute, it’s the perfect blend for a Christmas soap.

If you didn’t already know, cacao absolute is chocolate essential oil. It adds a potent and decadent chocolate fragrance to homemade bath and body products. And if you’re a chocolate lover, it’s about to become your new favourite oil.

Note: those with sensitive skin may not be able to tolerate the peppermint oil in this soap recipe. In this case, we recommend avoiding it and making a plain hot cocoa soap instead. Even without the mint, hot cocoa is still a lovely scent for a Christmas soap.

If you can’t get enough peppermint hot cocoa, you may also enjoy our other recipes with this delicious blend:

For even more ways to use cacao absolute, check out our chocolate rose sugar scrub cubes or this chocolate orange body butter and body scrub duo from Soap Deli News.

Orange Spice Essential Oil Blend

40 drops bergamot essential oil
150 drops Winter Spice essential oil blend
10 drops cinnamon leaf essential oil

Homemade orange spice soap for Christmas

This essential oil blend is the perfect balance of citrus and spice, and creates a soap that smells like Christmas trees and spiced oranges. It’s made with a combination of uplifting bergamot, spicy cinnamon leaf, and Simply Earth’s Winter Spice essential oil blend.

Winter Spice is a festive blend of tangerine, fir needle, and balsam fir that smells just like a fresh evergreen tree. You can find it in the December 2020 box, along with the rest of the above oils.

Those who can’t tolerate cinnamon may opt to use cedarwood essential oil instead. This creates a citrusy, woodsy soap that may be more suited to those with sensitive skin.

Or, simply omit the cinnamon completely to create a Christmas orange soap without the spice.

As well, sweet orange essential oil can be substituted for bergamot if you have any concerns about skin photosensitivity. Bergamot oil is phototoxic, so you should not spend time in direct sunlight or a tanning bed after using it.

How to make DIY Christmas soap – 3 melt and pour holiday soap recipes

This festive soap looks and smells just like a frosted sugar cookie, completely with pink icing and sprinkles made from soap.

While it may look complicated, this Christmas soap is very easy to make and a perfect holiday activity to do with kids. Plus, they’ll love helping you place soap frosting and sprinkles onto each “cookie.”

Ingredients

Sugar Cookie Soap Base

2/3 lb goat’s milk melt and pour soap
2 tsp gold mica

Essential oil blend

120 drops vanilla oleoresin
40 drops bitter almond essential oil
10 drops sweet orange essential oil
9 drops cinnamon leaf essential oil

Sugar Cookie Soap Icing

1/3 lb goat’s milk melt and pour soap
1/2 tsp pink mica

Essential oil blend

20 drops bitter almond essential oil
5 drops sweet orange essential oil
1 drops cinnamon leaf essential oil

Sugar Cookie Soap Sprinkles

2-3 small cubes goat’s milk melt and pour soap
Pink mica (or other colour of choice, such as red)

Christmas sugar cookie soap

How to make sugar cookie soap

To make the sugar cookie soap, divide your block of melt and pour soap into thirds. You will use one third for the icing and sprinkles, and two thirds for your cookie base.

Prepare your essential oil blends for both your icing and cookie base. Mix each blend into a small bottles and set aside. This step is optional, but it will save time later.

Chop your melt and pour soap base into approximately 1 inch cubes.

Create your soap sprinkles

Next, melt 2-3 cubes of melt and pour soap in a small heat safe cup with a spout to create the sprinkles. Preparing the sprinkles first gives the sprinkle soap bar time to harden while you prepare your cookie base. If using the microwave, be sure to melt the cubes for a short time (10-15 seconds or so), as this small amount of soap will melt quickly.

Once melted, slowly stir in pink mica until you achieve your desired colour of pink for your sprinkles. Once you are satisfied, pour the soap into a small mold and set aside to harden. The shape or size doesn’t matter, as you will be grating this soap bar to create the soap sprinkles.

Create your sugar cookie base

Next, melt the two thirds of chopped soap to create your cookie base. Again, place your soap cubes into a heat-safe measuring cup and heat in the microwave in 30 second increments. Still gently in between. You may need to heat in 3-4 increments until it’s fully liquified, but don’t overheat.

Once the sugar cookie soap base has melted, add the gold mica slowly to your soap base and whisk very gently to combine. Don’t add the mica all at once, or it may clump. The gold mica will turn your soap a light cookie beige. You can add a little more to achieve your desired colour. But keep in mind that the vanilla essential oil will also add more colour to your soap base.

After adding your mica, allow the soap to cool for a couple minutes. However, don’t wait too long. You want it to cool only slightly before adding the essential oils, but you don’t want it to begin to harden.

Add the sugar cookie essential oil blend and mix gently to incorporate. Your soap will deepen slightly in colour due to the vanilla essential oil. Your soap is now ready to be poured into your molds.

Carefully pour your soap base into round silicone soap molds. Place your mold on a tray so it’s easier to move later. Remember to only fill the molds approximately halfway. If you fill them too full, they’ll look like cakes, instead of cookies. Plus, you want to leave room for your soap frosting.

Set aside and allow your soap cookie base to cool until a skin forms and the temperature cools.

Create your soap frosting

Carefully unmold the sprinkle soap bar. Since it’s so thin and small, it shouldn’t take too long to harden. Grate it into fine shavings using a small grater or zester. Set the sprinkles aside in a small bowl.

Now, it’s time to create your soap icing. Use the remaining soap cubes you set aside and melt according to the directions above. After the soap is melted, add pink mica and stir gently to combine.

Allow the soap to cool for a couple minutes before adding the sugar cookie essential oil blend. However, remember to omit the vanilla in the icing portion, as you don’t want it to affect your frosting’s colour.

Allow your soap icing to cool for a couple more minutes. Stir gently every 30 seconds or so to avoid lumps. You want your icing to cool and thicken slightly so that it hardens quickly once it is poured. However, you don’t want it chunky, so don’t let it harden too much. But if this happens, you can simply re-melt it and start the process over again.

Assemble your sugar cookie soaps

Once your soap icing has thickened slightly, it’s time to frost your sugar cookie soaps. It helps to have two people for this process, as you will want to work quickly. If you have kids, this would be a good time to get them involved.

Pour the soap frosting very slowly onto the centre of each soap, allowing it pool on top. Don’t pour too much at once, as you don’t want your frosting to run too far and reach the end of the mold. You want to leave room around the edge. Otherwise, each soap will simply look like a layered soap, not a frosted cookie.

Immediately after icing each soap, sprinkle with your soap sprinkles. This should be done quickly, otherwise the icing will harden and the sprinkles won’t stick. This is where getting someone else to help comes in handy – one person can pour the icing, and another can put on the sprinkles.

Repeat this process for each soap cookie.

Allow your soaps to set and cool for at approximately 20 minutes. Try not to move them until they’re set. When they seem slightly firm, move the tray with your soaps to an area where your soap can set for another 4-6 hours, or overnight.

Once hardened, carefully unmold each soap cookie. Allow to cure for 3 days to fully harden and dry out. Your sugar cookie soaps are then ready to use or give as holiday gifts.

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Soap Recipe

This chocolatey peppermint soap recipe is marbled with real cocoa, just like a mug of hot chocolate. It’s inspired by Simply Earth’s Cocoa Marble soap recipe, which is included in their December 2020 box. We added a dash of peppermint essential oil for a festive touch.

Ingredients

1 lb goat’s milk melt and pour soap base
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp high-proof alcohol or rubbing alcohol
Peppermint hot cocoa essential oil blend (see section above)

Hot cocoa soap

How to make peppermint hot cocoa soap

To make the cocoa peppermint soap, begin by preparing your essential oil blend. Mix it into a small bottle and set aside. This will save time later, as chocolate essential oil is viscous and may take a while to drip from the bottle.

Begin by chopping your melt and pour soap base into approximately 1 inch cubes.

Place it into your measuring cup and heat in the microwave in 30 second increments. Still gently in between each heating. You may need to heat it 3-4 times until fully liquified, but don’t overheat.

While the soap is melting, mix cocoa powder, chocolate essential oil and alcohol in a small bowl to create a paste.

Remove the soap from heat, and allow to cool until you notice it start to thicken slightly. It’s important to allow the soap to cool before adding the cocoa mixture. Otherwise, the cocoa will bleed and turn the whole soap brown. But if this doesn’t bother you, don’t worry about the temperature. They don’t need to be perfect. You will notice by the photos that our soaps vary in colour and are not perfectly marbled.

Once the soap has thickened and cooled slightly, add the peppermint essential oil and stir slowly.

Now, gently pour the cocoa paste mixture into the soap. Then, using a flat spatula, swirl to marble the cocoa mixture throughout the soap. Don’t over swirl, or you will lose the marbled effect.

Carefully pour the peppermint cocoa soap into the mold.

Allow your soaps to set and cool for at approximately 20 minutes. Try not to move them until they’re set. You can place the soap mold on a tray before pouring. This makes it easier to move the tray with your soaps to an area where your soap can set for another 4-6 hours, or overnight.

Once hardened, carefully unmold each soap. Allow to cure for 3 days to fully harden and dry out. Your soaps are then ready to use or gift.

Hot cocoa homemade melt and pour soap

Orange Spice Soap Recipe

This unique and festive soap recipe has notes of citrus, spice and Christmas trees. It’s the perfect combination of winter spice with a hint of brightness – like winter sunshine!

As well, this soap is embedded with dried orange slices for gentle exfoliation.

This soap is inspired by 2 recipes from Simply Earth’s December 2020 box: the Orange Grove soap and the Winter Sunshine diffuser blend. All essential oils come with the box.

If you prefer to omit the spice, you can also create a Christmas Orange soap by omitting the cinnamon leaf essential oil, and replacing the bergamot with sweet orange or tangerine essential oils.

Ingredients

1 lb honey melt and pour or another clear soap base
Orange spice essential oil blend (see section above)
1 1/2 tsp gold mica for colour
Dried orange slices for decoration

Orange spice homemade holiday soap

How to make orange spice soap

Before making your soap, prepare your orange slices and your essential oil blend. You can make your own by drying them in the oven. Or, buy pre-made dried orange slices.

Arrange your orange slices at the bottom of your soap mold. You can leave them whole, or cut them into smaller pieces before arranging.

To make the soap, begin by chopping your soap base into approximately 1 inch cubes. Place it into your measuring cup and heat in the microwave in 30 second increments. Still gently in between each heating. You may need to heat it 3-4 times until fully liquified, but don’t overheat.

Once the soap base has melted, add the gold mica slowly and stir gently. Don’t add too much at once to avoid clumping.

Allow the soap to cool for a couple minutes until it begins to thicken. Then, add the essential oils and stir.

Carefully pour the soap into the mold. The orange slices will float to the top. You can use a small spatula to carefully arrange them or you can leave them as is.

Allow your soaps to set and cool for at approximately 20 minutes. Do not move them until they’re set. Next, move your soaps to an area where your soap can set for another 4-6 hours, or overnight.

Once hardened, carefully unmold each soap. Allow to cure for 3 days to fully harden and dry out. Your soaps are then ready to use or gift.

Tips for making homemade Christmas soap

  • Before pouring your soap, you can place your mold on a cookie sheet or large tray so that it’s easier to move later.
  • Always stir your soap gently, as stirring too vigorously will create bubbles in your soap.
  • If any bubbles appear on top of your soap after pouring, you can spritz the top gently with your bottle of alcohol to pop them.
  • Don’t worry if a little skin forms on the top of your soap during cooling. Simply dissolve it by mixing it into the rest of the soap.
  • If you overshoot the cooling time and your soap base solidifies too early, don’t worry. You can always reheat it by placing into the microwave for another 5-10 seconds or so.
  • Instead of the microwave, you can also melt the soap base in a double boiler, or create a water bath by placing your measuring cup in a shallow saucepan filled with a few inches of water. Stir the soap often and watch it closely, as it melts quite quickly.

Packaging homemade soap for Christmas gifts

We think these soap would make for lovely homemade gifts. They’d be perfect as hostess gifts, stocking stuffers or as a gift for anyone who would appreciate a handmade soap. 

DIY Christmas soap for gifts

To prepare your holiday soaps for gift gifting, you can wrap each soap individually in brown paper or Christmas wrapping paper. Then, tie each soap with pretty ribbon or raffia string.

If you prefer, you can also place your soaps in an air-tight jar or in a decorative holiday tin box. A pretty muslin bag works as well. We like to use muslin bags to gift bath bombs and tub tea.

For even more creative ways to package soap for holiday gifts, see this resource from Soap Deli News Blog.

How to prevent glycerin dew

Since melt and pour soap can be prone to glycerin dew (or sweating or beading), it’s often recommended that you wrap your DIY soaps in plastic wrap before wrapping them in paper, or before putting them in tins or jars.

Glycerin, a humectant, is added to melt and pour soap during the manufacturing process. Since humectants draw water from the surrounding environment, your handmade soaps can sweat when exposed to air, especially in humid climates.

To combat this issue, be sure to dry your soaps thoroughly before tightly wrapping in plastic wrap. While melt and pour soap doesn’t necessitate the long curing times associated with traditional soap making, we like to let our dry for approximately 3 days before wrapping them. 

Yield: 6 soaps

DIY Christmas Soap – 3 Melt and Pour Holiday Soap Recipes

DIY Christmas soap

Learn how to make 3 Christmas soap recipes in decadent winter scents such as holiday sugar cookie, orange spice, and peppermint hot cocoa. Crafted with melt and pour soap base and essential oils, these simple DIY soap bars are easy to make and ideal for beginners.

Active Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 3 days
Total Time 3 days 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $10

Materials

Sugar Cookie Soap Base

Sugar Cookie Essential Oil Blend

Sugar Cookie Soap Frosting

  • 1/3 lb goat's milk melt and pour soap
  • 1/2 tsp pink mica

Sugar Cookie Frosting Essential Oil Blend

  • 20 drops bitter almond essential oil
  • 5 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 1 drops cinnamon leaf essential oil

Sugar Cookie Soap Sprinkles

  • 2-3 small cubes goat's milk melt and pour soap
  • Pink mica

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Soap

  • 1 lb goat's milk melt and pour soap base
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp high-proof alcohol or rubbing alcohol

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Essential Oil Blend

Christmas Orange Spice Soap

Christmas Orange Spice Essential Oil Blend

Tools

Instructions

How to make sugar cookie soap

  1. To make the sugar cookie soap, divide your block of melt and pour soap into thirds. You will use one third for the icing and sprinkles, and two thirds for your cookie base.
  2. Prepare your essential oil blends for both your icing and cookie base. Mix each blend into a small bottles and set aside. This step is optional, but it will save time later.
  3. Chop your melt and pour soap base into approximately 1 inch cubes.
  4. Next, melt 2-3 cubes of melt and pour soap in a small heat safe cup with a spout to create the sprinkles.

    Preparing the sprinkles first gives the sprinkle soap bar time to harden while you prepare your cookie base. If using the microwave, be sure to melt the cubes for a short time (10-15 seconds or so), as this small amount of soap will melt quickly.
  5. Once melted, slowly stir in pink mica until you achieve your desired colour of pink for your sprinkles. Once you are satisfied, pour the soap into a small mold and set aside to harden. The shape or size doesn't matter, as you will be grating this soap bar to create the soap sprinkles.
  6. Next, melt the two thirds of chopped soap to create your cookie base. Again, place your soap cubes into a heat-safe measuring cup and heat in the microwave in 30 second increments. Still gently in between. You may need to heat in 3-4 increments until it's fully liquified, but don't overheat.
  7. Once the sugar cookie soap base has melted, add the gold mica slowly to your soap base and whisk very gently to combine. Don't add the mica all at once, or it may clump. The gold mica will turn your soap a light cookie beige. You can add a little more to achieve your desired colour. But keep in mind that the vanilla essential oil will also add more colour to your soap base.
  8. After adding your mica, allow the soap to cool for a couple minutes. However, don't wait too long. You want it to cool only slightly before adding the essential oils, but you don't want it to begin to harden.
  9. Add the sugar cookie essential oil blend and mix gently to incorporate. Your soap will deepen slightly in colour due to the vanilla essential oil. Your soap is now ready to be poured into your molds.
  10. Carefully pour your soap base into round silicone soap molds. Place your mold on a tray so it's easier to move later. Remember to only fill the molds approximately halfway. If you fill them too full, they'll look like cakes instead of cookies. Plus, you want to leave room for your soap frosting.
  11. Set aside and allow your soap cookie base to cool until a skin forms and the temperature cools.
  12. Carefully unmold the sprinkle soap bar. Since it's so thin and small, it shouldn't take too long to harden. Grate it into fine shavings using a small grater or zester. Set the sprinkles aside in a small bowl.
  13. Now, it's time to create your soap icing. Use the remaining soap cubes you set aside and melt according to the directions above. After the soap is melted, add pink mica and stir gently to combine.
  14. Allow the soap to cool for a couple minutes before adding the sugar cookie essential oil blend. However, remember to omit the vanilla in the icing portion, as you don't want it to affect your frosting's colour.
  15. Allow your soap icing to cool for a couple more minutes. Stir gently every 30 seconds or so to avoid lumps. You want your icing to cool and thicken slightly so that it hardens quickly once it is poured. However, you don't want it chunky, so don't let it harden too much. But if this happens, you can simply re-melt it and start the process over again.
  16. Once your soap icing has thickened slightly, it's time to frost your sugar cookie soaps. It helps to have two people for this process, as you will want to work quickly. If you have kids, this would be a good time to get them involved.
  17. Pour the soap frosting very slowly onto the centre of each soap, allowing it pool on top. Don't pour too much at once, as you don't want your frosting to run too far and reach the end of the mold. You want to leave room around the edge. Otherwise, each soap will simply look like a layered soap, not a frosted cookie.
  18. Immediately after icing each soap, sprinkle with your soap sprinkles. This should be done quickly, otherwise the icing will harden and the sprinkles won't stick. This is where getting someone else to help comes in handy – one person can pour the icing, and another can put on the sprinkles.
  19. Repeat this process for each soap cookie.
  20. Allow your soaps to set and cool for at approximately 20 minutes. Try not to move them until they're set. When they seem slightly firm, move the tray with your soaps to an area where your soap can set for another 4-6 hours, or overnight.
  21. Once hardened, carefully unmold each soap cookie. Allow to cure for 3 days to fully harden and dry out. Your sugar cookie soaps are then ready to use or give as holiday gifts.

How to make peppermint hot cocoa soap

  1. To make the cocoa peppermint soap, begin by preparing your essential oil blend. Mix it into a small bottle and set aside. This will save time later, as chocolate essential oil is viscous and may take a while to drip from the bottle.
  2. Begin by chopping your melt and pour soap base into approximately 1 inch cubes.
  3. Place it into your measuring cup and heat in the microwave in 30 second increments. Still gently in between each heating. You may need to heat it 3-4 times until fully liquified, but don't overheat.
  4. While the soap is melting, mix cocoa powder, chocolate essential oil and alcohol in a small bowl to create a paste.
  5. Remove the soap from heat, and allow to cool until you notice it start to thicken slightly. It's important to allow the soap to cool before adding the cocoa mixture. Otherwise, the cocoa will bleed and turn the whole soap brown. But if this doesn't bother you, don't worry about the temperature. They don't need to be perfect. You will notice by the photos that our soaps vary in colour and are not perfectly marbled.
  6. Once the soap has thickened and cooled slightly, add the peppermint essential oil and stir slowly.
  7. Now, gently pour the cocoa paste mixture into the soap. Then, using a flat spatula, swirl to marble the cocoa mixture throughout the soap. Don't over swirl, or you will lose the marbled effect.
  8. Carefully pour the peppermint cocoa soap into the mold.
  9. Allow your soaps to set and cool for at approximately 20 minutes. Try not to move them until they're set. You can place the soap mold on a tray before pouring. This makes it easier to move the tray with your soaps to an area where your soap can set for another 4-6 hours, or overnight.
  10. Once hardened, carefully unmold each soap. Allow to cure for 3 days to fully harden and dry out. Your soaps are then ready to use or gift.

How to make orange spice soap

  1. Before making your soap, prepare your orange slices and your essential oil blend. You can make your own by drying them in the oven. Or, buy pre-made dried orange slices.
  2. Arrange your orange slices at the bottom of your soap mold. You can leave them whole, or cut them into smaller pieces before arranging.
  3. To make the soap, begin by chopping your soap base into approximately 1 inch cubes. Place it into your measuring cup and heat in the microwave in 30 second increments. Still gently in between each heating. You may need to heat it 3-4 times until fully liquified, but don't overheat.
  4. Once the soap base has melted, add the gold mica slowly and stir gently. Don't add too much at once to avoid clumping.
  5. Allow the soap to cool for a couple minutes until it begins to thicken. Then, add the essential oils and stir.
  6. Carefully pour the soap into the mold. The orange slices will float to the top. You can use a small spatula to carefully arrange them or you can leave them as is.
  7. Allow your soaps to set and cool for at approximately 20 minutes. Do not move them until they're set. Next, move your soaps to an area where your soap can set for another 4-6 hours, or overnight.
  8. Once hardened, carefully unmold each soap. Allow to cure for 3 days to fully harden and dry out. Your soaps are then ready to use or gift.

Notes

Tips for making Christmas soap

  • Before pouring your soap, you can place your mold on a cookie sheet or large tray so that it's easier to move later.
  • Always stir your soap gently, as stirring too vigorously will create bubbles in your soap.
  • If any bubbles appear on top of your soap after pouring, you can spritz the top gently with your bottle of alcohol to pop them.
  • Don't worry if a little skin forms on the top of your soap during cooling. Simply dissolve it by mixing it into the rest of the soap.
  • If you overshoot the cooling time and your soap base solidifies too early, don't worry. You can always reheat it by placing into the microwave for another 5-10 seconds or so.
  • Instead of the microwave, you can also melt the soap base in a double boiler, or create a water bath by placing your measuring cup in a shallow saucepan filled with a few inches of water. Stir the soap often and watch it closely, as it melts quite quickly.

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References

1 Steinemann, Anne. “Fragranced consumer products: exposures and effects from emissions.” Air quality, atmosphere, & health vol. 9,8 (2016): 861-866. doi:10.1007/s11869-016-0442-z

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