Easter is late again this year, but that gives you plenty of time to make these darling homemade Easter inspired Peeps shaped soaps! Even last minute these cute, pastel colored and scented Peeps soaps can be made in a very short amount of time on a free afternoon. Plus they are super easy to craft and look absolutely darling in Easter baskets!
The Peeps mold I used was not an “official” Peeps mold. I saw a yellow silicone mold that made twelve “Peeps” on an end cap at Target last week and snatched it up. It was just under $10, unfortunately I was careless and tossed the packaging before grabbing the company name. If you have a different mold, no worries. I’ll tell you how to adjust your recipe! I did see that Michael’s sells an official Peeps mold, but it’s much smaller and includes both chicks and bunnies. Alternately, Wilton makes a bunny silicone mold.
DIY Easter Peeps Soap Recipe
2.65 oz. natural (detergent free) white melt & pour glycerin soap base
1 ml fragrance oil
2-3 drops liquid melt & pour soap colorant
For the eyes:
.25 oz. natural (detergent free) clear melt & pour glycerin soap base
1-2 drops black melt & pour soap colorant
This recipe makes one chick shaped Peep so you can individually customize each Peep a different scent and color. To make multiple Peeps that are all the same color and fragrance simply multiply the recipe by the number of Peeps you want to make up to the number of cavities in your mold. (You don’t need to multiply the soap for the eyes.)
I made my Peeps in different colors and fragrances for a fun mix. The orange chick is scented with lemongrass mint, the pink chick is scented with pink berry mimosa, and the yellow chicks are scented with a Be Delicious Blossom type fragrance oil.
Start by weighing out the amount of melt and pour soap base needed for the number of Peeps you are making with a digital kitchen scale, then cut into chunks and melt in the microwave. Add the fragrance oil using a graduated plastic transfer pipette to measure out the correct amount. Add 2-3 drops of colorant to suit and stir well, than pour into the mold cavity. Allow to cool and harden completely – do not freeze – then carefully turn out of the silicone mold.
Once you’ve made all of the chicks desired you can make the eyes. If you can’t find a liquid black colorant, you can mix red, blue and yellow liquid soap colorants together to make brown. Alternately, you can use a touch of activated charcoal or Australian midnight black clay to color the clear soap base.
Melt a small chunk of the clear soap base in the microwave, then add the colorant and mix well. Allow to cool slightly – but not too much or the eyes won’t stick correctly! – then using the tip of a dull pencil dip the pencil into the soap then dot onto one side of the chick. Blow to harden the soap, then repeat on the opposite side for the second eye. Repeat with all of the chicks you made.
Now simply package your Peeps as desired and they are ready for gifting in friends’ and family’s Easter baskets! If you are making these to sell, keep in mind that Peeps is a registered trademark and you cannot use it in your descriptions! However, if you are making these as gifts or giving them away you can call them whatever you like!
If you are using a different mold than I am, then here’s how to determine amounts needed for each Peep. Melt about 3 oz. of soap base in the microwave then pour into one cavity of the mold until full. Allow to harden completely then remove from the mold. Weigh the Peep on a digital scale. This is the amount of soap you need in ounces. For smaller Peeps, you’ll use one to two drops of colorant. For larger Peeps use two to three drops of colorant. For the amount of fragrance needed take the weight of the Peep and multiply it by .02 or 2%. Google “how many ml in an ounce” then plug in the amount you got by multiplying the soap base by .02 into the US oz. spot to convert to ml. This is how many ml of fragrance you can use maximum. (For my recipe you can use up to 1 1/2 ml but I chose to use less fragrance as I didn’t want my Peeps overwhelmingly scented.) For essential oils, use half the amount or 1/2 – 1% of the soap base weight.
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