We’ve been inundating our customers with Peppermint recipes, we forgot about another favorite: Gingerbread. This is another flavor we all love this time of year, and Gingerbread soaps make FANTASTIC housewarming gifts for your holiday parties. The recipe below can be altered. You can use another fragrance or essential oil with the Gingerbread mold if you want it to look one way and smell another. As always, get creative! These are great for kids and stocking stuffers! 🙂
How to get started:
Buy a?melt and pour soap.
Your melt and pour soap can be one of many. ?All of Bulk Apothecary?s melt and pour soaps?are different. ?Low sweat refers to the way the final product reacts in water. ?Organic means that all of the ingredients are certified organic. ?All natural is free of harmful added chemicals. ?You can choose your color, decide between glycerin, oatmeal or olive oil bases. ?The possibilities are endless. ?I recommend if you?re creating soap for the first time, start with an SFIC clear glycerin. ?It is a basic base that will be easy to work with. ?Furthermore, if you want a wonderful natural coloring that will absorb the peppermint flavoring, I recommend the shea butter base.
Once you have your melt and pour base picked out, you will need either mitre box or soap cutter, or you can get one of the square/rectangle trays.
2-3 Drops Gingerbread Fragrance Oil. This can be purchased in the seasonal section of your craft/grocery store. You can substitute with other oils– use peppermint oil for a wonderful peppermint soap!
1. Cut melt and pour base into small cubes. ?Place in microwave safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds. ?Mix base, heat for another 30 seconds.
2. Once melted, add approximately 2-3 drops of gingerbread/other essential oil.
Note: This is the step where you would add colors if you wanted something more vibrant. Add a brown, a red, or split the base into two containers. ?Add brown colorant to one, and red to another. ?Then mix together for the swirl effect. ?Just be familiar with mixing so it doesn?t turn out muddy color. ?You can also skip the colorant and let the puree give the soap a simple, natural coloring.
3. Pour soap into gingerbread mold.
Note: Spray the top of the soap with rubbing alcohol to reduce bubbling.
4. Let sit for 3 hours.
Note— some people put the soap into the freezer to harden.
Now your soap is ready to use! It?s very simple to create your own soap, and you will find that you can get incredibly creative over time. ?More advanced soapmakers can add black and red colorants, and swirl for a wonderful swirling effect that looks GREAT with your other Christmas decorations. ?As stated above, if you want the entire soap to be all-natural, skip the colorants. ?It won?t be as vibrant, but it will be all-natural and still have some coloring. ?The shea butter soap base has a great natural coloring, and looks wonderful when mixed with things like cocoa powder. ?Either way, this soap will put you in the mood when you lather up in the mornings, or simply add a special holiday touch to your kitchen or bathroom!
**Due to the ingredients, the soap has a shorter shelf life. You will notice the product loses much of it?s scent after about 5 months or so. Be sure to get use out of it before the holidays are over!? 🙂