• Tatum Williams

DIY Christmas soaps

Christmas foods exude delectable smells that fill your kitchens, and gingerbread candles add a little more spirit to your living room and dining room. What I wish to do is add a little more Christmas spirit to other aspects of your home, like your bathrooms or any space with a sink.

Soaps are something everyone uses throughout the day and night, and with the Christmas season finally here, you have a chance to add a festive-like decor to any sink around your house. These hand soaps listed below are two cute and jolly ways to add that small touch that could really bring that joyful spirit around.

The first hand soap I'm introducing is from apumpkinandaprincess.com and is peppermint-scented and designed. The cute and jubilant soap is a subtle way of expressing your holiday cheer.

Ingredients:

  • goats milk or shea butter soap base

  • soap molds

  • red soap colorant

  • Peppermint Oil

Directions:

  • Step 1: melt 1 pound of soap base at a time. I like to use a double boiler method with a large pyrex measuring cup. You can also melt soap in the microwave by stirring every 30 seconds.

  • Step 2: add 15-20 drops peppermint essential oil into melted soap; stir well."

  • Step 3: Pour soap into molds. Add a few drops of red soap colorant; use a toothpick or stirrer to gently mix the color with melted soap. Allow soap to harden for at least 2 hours or place in refrigerator for 15 minutes. Tip: sometimes I have trouble releasing the soap from plastic molds, I like to lightly grease the mold with coconut oil beforehand.

The second hand soap I'm introducing is from happinessishomemade.net. These little guys will give anyone that happy and bubbly feeling only the lighthearted warmth of Christmas can bring.

Ingredients:

  • Goat’s Milk Soap Base

  • Gingerbread Man Silicone Mold

  • Gingerbread Fragrance

  • OilBrown Soap

  • ColorantFine

  • Mist Spray Bottle with 99% Isopropyl Alcohol

  • Acrylic Craft Paint

  • 4-Cup Pyrex Measuring Cup

Directions:

  • Slice the soap base into small cubes (it cuts easily with a kitchen knife)

  • Place them inside a 4-cup Pyrex measuring cup, and melt in the microwave in 20-30 second increments, stirring well after each to ensure that the soap is completely melted.

  • When the soap base is completely melted, add the brown soap colorant (I used about half of the bottle) and gingerbread fragrance oil (about 10-15 drops).

  • Stir until well mixed, and carefully pour into the silicone gingerbread man mold.

  • Spray the top of each soap with a couple of spritzes of 99% isopropyl alcohol to remove any bubbles.

  • Allow the soap molds to sit undisturbed until completely cool.

  • When the soaps are cool and firm, carefully unmold and use acrylic craft paint to add color and detail, if desired. This small amount of painted detail is perfectly safe against your skin and will rub off after the first few times of using the soap.