Glitter Snowflake Soap Recipe with Peppermint Essential Oil

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I had planned this sparkly, glitter snowflake soap recipe to share with you all a bit closer to winter. However, with the realization that many of the Northern states are already enjoying that cloud of white falling from the sky, I decided not to wait. (Nor’easter anyone?)

Sparkly glitter snowflake soap recipe with natural essential oils. Crafted using natural melt and pour soap bases, peppermint essential oil and eco-friendly biodegradable glitter, this easy beginner soap recipe is perfect for natural winter skin care and DIY holiday gifts.

I know that many of my readers on Facebook have requested more melt and pour soap recipes. So I hope this instructional melt and pour soap tutorial helps to deliver just that. Not only is my glitter snowflake soap recipe easy to make, it’s also a joy to use. I mean, there’s GLITTER!

My homemade glitter snowflake soaps make great seasonal gifts throughout the winter holiday season. However, don’t you dare let anyone tell you that the homemade soaps you create are too pretty to use! My BFF gave me that line and I (not) yelled at her to use it anyway. After all, I can always make more.

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Which of course brings me around to a rather unsettling discovery a few years back. When I was shocked to find my “pretty” homemade soaps from ten plus years ago still stored in my parents’ bathroom closet… I know. Don’t get me started. (They don’t do it anymore though thankfully. Not after they tried switching back to commercial bar soap.)

Anyhow, if you’re a fan of glitter, then you’re really going to love my glitter snowflake soap recipe. Scented with peppermint essential oil and filled with shimmering biodegradable glitter, this glitter snowflake soap recipe is a must for your next weekend DIY project!

Ready to get your sparkle on? Then let’s do this!

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Glitter Snowflake Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

7.25 oz. clear natural melt and pour soap base
15.75 oz. white natural melt and pour soap base
.25 oz. peppermint essential oil
fine electric blue bio glitter, to suit
fine white bio glitter, to suit
fine silver bio glitter, to suit (optional)

Materials & Supplies:

6-cavity silicone snowflake mold
4-cup heat safe glass measuring cup like Pyrex
utensils for stirring
digital scale
spray bottle with rubbing alcohol
cutting board, optional

Instructions:

You’ll begin by making the glitter layer of your glitter snowflake soaps first. To do this, start by weighing out 7.25 oz. of the clear melt and pour soap base. Cut the soap base into chunks and place into a heat safe, glass measuring cup. Heat in the microwave in 30 second increments until melted.

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Remove the melted soap from the microwave using a folded tea towel as the glass may be hot. Now weigh out .1 oz. of the peppermint essential oil and stir into the melted soap base. Next, add your choice of biodegradable glitters in your colors of choice. Have fun with it, but be careful not to go overboard. Too much glitter can make your snowflake soaps feel scratchy!

Now stir well to combine so both the glitter and the peppermint essential oil are evenly distributed throughout the soap base. Allow the melted soap base to cool slightly.

Place your silicone snowflake mold on a cutting board. Then stir the melted soap again.

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Pour the glittery soap base evenly into each of the mold’s six cavities. Then spritz the tops of your soap with rubbing alcohol to remove any air bubbles. If desired, use the cutting board to carefully transport the mold to the refrigerator to hasten cooling times.

While the first layer of your glitter snowflake soap cools, you can get started on the next step.

Wash and dry the measuring cup you used to melt the clear soap base.

Next, weigh out 15.75 oz. of the white melt and pour soap base. Cut it into chunks. Then place the soap inside the measuring cup and heat until melted, in 30 second increments, stirring occasionally.

Once melted, weigh out and stir in .15 oz. of the peppermint essential oil.

DIY Glitter Snowflake Soap Recipe with Peppermint Essential Oil for DIY holiday gifts this winter.

Once the first layer of soap has fully hardened, spritz it with rubbing alcohol. Then pour the white peppermint scented soap based into the cavities of your mold on top of the first layer.

Spritz the tops of the soap with rubbing alcohol to remove any air bubbles. Then allow the soap to cool and harden. (Again, you can transfer your soap to the refrigerator to speed up the process.)

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Once your glitter snowflake soaps have hardened, carefully remove them from the mold.

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Then wrap your glitter snowflake soaps tightly in foodservice film for storage or gift giving.

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More DIY Winter Holiday Gift Ideas

If you like my glitter snowflake soap recipe, then you’ll love these other winter DIY holiday gift ideas!

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For more great gift worthy project ideas, check out my DIY Christmas Gift Ideas board on Pinterest.

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Homemade Holiday Peppermint Bath Bomb Recipe

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This homemade holiday Peppermint Bath Bomb Recipe makes a lovely and thoughtful homemade Christmas gift idea!

This homemade holiday peppermint bath bomb recipe is sure to please and they make wonderful homemade Christmas gifts for anyone who’s a fan of bath and beauty products! Not a fan of peppermint? Substitute with your favorite fragrance or essential oil instead!

This homemade peppermint bath bomb recipe makes lovely homemade Christmas gift for friends, family and teachers!

Peppermint Bath Bomb Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

1.8 oz. Epsom salt
11.25 oz. baking soda
3.85 oz. citric acid
2.4 oz. arrowroot powder
.75 oz. shea butter
.5 oz. cocoa butter
.45 oz. sweet almond oil
.6 oz. peppermint fragrance oil (or .3 oz. peppermint essential oil)

Instructions:

Using a digital scale begin by weighing out the dry ingredients in a large glass bowl or 4 cup or larger glass Pyrex measuring cup. Set aside.

In a separate container weigh out the cocoa and shea butters. Heat at reduced power in the microwave or in a double boiler until fully melted. Carefully remove from heat then weigh out the sweet almond oil and fragrance and stir into the melted butters.

Now slowly pour the melted oils and butters into the dry ingredients mixing with a fork until well blended.

You’re now ready to mold your homemade bath bombs! (I used clear plastic bath bomb molds like these. To do this take a large scoop of the mixture and place into one side of the mold. Add more until the bath bomb mixture is piled above the shape. DO NOT press any of the mixture into the mold at this point. Repeat with the other half of the mold. Now press the two sides of the mold firmly together and brush away any excess. (This keeps the two halves together. If you press the mixture into each side before putting it together the two halves will come apart.)

Like this homemade bath bomb recipe? Then also be sure to try my homemade pumpkin bath bomb recipe.

This homemade peppermint bath bomb recipe makes lovely homemade Christmas gift for friends, family and teachers!

Or pair your homemade peppermint bath bombs with my seasonally scented, non-greasy homemade body butter recipe!

For more homemade Christmas gifts you can craft, homemade soap recipes and DIY bath and body recipes be sure to follow my boards on Pinterest. You can also find me on G+, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or follow me on Blog Lovin’ and Tumblr.

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Guest Post: DIY Homemade Peppermint Mouthwash Recipe

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Hello Soap Deli News Readers!

Becca here, from The Dabblist. I blog about recipes, DIY tutorials, life hacks and all around inspiration to create a happy and healthy life.

DIY Natural Homemade Peppermint Mouthwash Recipe

When I figured out that I could make my own mouthwash, I felt so liberated. You mean I don’t have to guzzle down the bottle of bright blue alcoholic liquid every time I want to freshen my breath?

Conventional mouthwash actually contains a good deal of alcohol, which alters the natural pH of the mouth. It can also contain harsh detergents and sugars that your body struggles to process like sorbitol and saccharin. Not to mention synthetic colors, aroma, and flavorings that alter naturally occurring mouth flora. So liberate yourself from the big blue bottle by making your own antibacterial mouthwash at home.

How to Make Homemade Mouth Wash - Natural DIY Peppermint Mouthwash Recipe

Natural Homemade Peppermint Mouthwash Recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 c. aloe vera juice

1/4 c. water

1 tsp witch hazel

1 tsp baking soda

10 drops peppermint essential oil

Directions:

Combine the aloe vera juice, water, and witch hazel in a bottle. Gently add in the baking soda, being careful that a reaction doesn’t overflow. Add in your drops of peppermint essential oil, cover, and shake vigorously. Store in a cool, dark cupboard for up to 2 weeks.

Natural Peppermint Mouthwash Recipe - DIY Beauty and Lifestyle Recipe

Becca is the blogger behind The Dabblist – her manifesto to declare freedom from the taboo of being known as a “dabbler.” She has found that, through sharing our stories and creations with each other and not being afraid to get our hands dirty, we can remember what our great great great grandmothers once knew – that we can be the creators of our own joy.

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Natural Homemade Beauty Recipes for Summer Skin

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Peppermint isn’t just for candy canes and winter treats. It’s perfect for summer too! Not only does it offer a lovely cooling effect – I use it in my Natural Sore Muscle Salt Scrub Recipe – but peppermint essential oil also helps to repel those awful biting insects.

You can combine it with a blend of several of these essential oils – Citronella, Clove, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Cajeput, Eucalyptus, Cedarwood, Catnip, and Lavender – along with some witch hazel to make a homemade natural bug repellent. (You can buy trusted organic essential oils here.)

Natural DIY Peppermint Foot Scrub Recipe and Other Essential Oils and Skin Care Recipes Perfect for Summer and Keeping Biting Insects at Bay

So naturally I’m happy to recommend this easy all natural recipe via Blah Blah Magazine for crafting your own Homemade Peppermint Foot Scrub. Just combine three simple ingredients – I’d opt for the Epsom salts over the sugar since it never fails that I get bit by swarms of insects in the summer the sweeter I am – and in under five minutes you’re ready to get your feet into tip top shape for those new sandals you’ve been dying to wear. Follow up at night with Cybele’s Handmade Peppermint Foot Cream Recipe followed by a pair of socks overnight and say bye bye to dry, cracked feet.

And just in case you want to cover all of your bases – or rather your body – Blah Blah Magazine (Yes! This is an amazing blog!) also has a recipe for a Homemade Zesty Lime and Coconut Whipped Body Butter and a Homemade Cuticle Oil Recipe scented with a summery blend of lemon and lavender essential oils. (Don’t just reserve that lime essential oil for the bath though. It’s great for making homemade non-toxic cleaning products too!)

Homemade Soap Recipe - Coconut Citrus Melt and Pour Glycerin Soap Recipe

For more fun with summer citrus, give these luscious Homemade Citrus Coconut Soaps via Petit Elefant a try. It’s made from a natural, detergent free shea butter soap base, fresh citrus zest, shaved coconut and sweet orange essential oil. Or try an avocado and banana hair mask, lavender hand & foot wash, and pumpkin & papaya facial mask with natural beauty recipes courtesy of Brunch at Saks. Or give our fine feathered friends some love by drying sliced oranges and apples in the oven and crafting a tasty, edible birdhouse with fruits, nuts and seed.

Grow your own lavender or just simply in love with the benefits lavender offers? Visit Live in Art to learn how to craft your own Natural Homemade Lavender Salve from a lavender blossom oil infusion, beeswax, and vitamin E oil. For more fun summer bath and beauty recipes and projects, be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body Board on Pinterest!

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My Memorial Day Weekend

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Scott Watering the GardenScott is watering the garden again today. He’s been faithfully watering the garden by buckets since there’s no hose or outside water faucet on the days the ground gets dry. Luckily we’ve had some good rain so far this spring and it’s supposed to be a rather wet summer since this can get a little tedious and I seem to keep having him add an extra row here and there. Right now we have tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, and cucumbers planted. I also have a row of organic Summer Bibb Lettuce seeds from Cubits planted in the ground and in a large pot along with some Basil and Calendula. Scott still has one more row to sow so I can plant my mix of organic Heirloom carrot seeds from Cubits.

I spent a lot of time outdoors yesterday cleaning up both the front and back yards. We rent and this is only the start of our second year here – and our first with any sort of extra income – so we’re just now getting the yard to our liking. I don’t have hedge trimmers yet – I spent money on a weed eater and an a/c unit – so I trimmed trees with my hands and a pair of craft scissors – which was surprisingly effective. I also spent a lot of time pulling up Virginia creeper out of the ground and off the fence. While it looks a lot better, it did send my allergies into overdrive so I’m nursing a sore throat today.

If you’re allergies are giving you fits as well – even with medication like mine – there are some natural home remedies that can help. One of my favorites since I have a variety of herbs planted out front is to drink peppermint tea. The peppermint oil acts as a natural decongestant. Simply add 1/2 ounce of dried organic peppermint leaves to a one quart jar then fill two-thirds of the jar with boiling water. Steep for five minutes, sweeten if desired and enjoy.

And since we’re on the topic of gardens, dirt and mud, I am offering 50% off my new Rose Body & Facial Mud for Memorial Day weekend! Just enter coupon code: FLASHMUD at checkout and receive half off every jar of Rose Body & Facial Mud you purchase from Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen through Memorial Day. (Coupon code expires 5/27/13 at 11:59pm EST.)

I hope everyone enjoys the holiday weekend. Scott and I will be going out to buy a small charcoal grill today so we can enjoy some grilled bratwurst and burgers purchased on the market this weekend from a local farmer.

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