Homemade Marshmallow Mint and Cocoa Soap Recipe

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Homemade Cocoa and Marshmallow Mint Soap Recipe

The November issue of Handmade Magazine includes my Homemade Marshmallow Mint and Cocoa Soap Recipe! Formulated using easily attainable soapmaking oils and fragrances, this homemade cocoa soap recipe will remind you of cold winter days cuddled up on the couch with a warm blanket, a book, and a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows and peppermint!

This issue of Handmade Magazine from Wholesale Supplies Plus is all about holiday inspiration – things like winter peppermint, hot cocoa and stocking stuffers. Chock full of homemade bath and body recipes, it’s the perfect read for anyone interested in making homemade Christmas gifts this year.

Homemade Cocoa and Marshmallow Mint Soap Recipe

Currently you can buy the November issue of Handmade Magazine in print here. Or check out past issues in pdf format here at no cost. Also, while supplies last you can buy my limited edition Cocoa Marshmallow Mint Homemade Soap from Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen. You can also visit the DIY section of Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen for my entire collection of free homemade soap recipes as well as bath and beauty recipes, craft projects and free printables.

Discover even more by following my Pinterest boards. My DIY Bath and Body Pinterest Board and my group Soapmaking Pinterest Board may be of particular interest. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Blog Lovin’.

Lemongrass Mint Homemade Soap Recipe

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Lemon Mint Homemade Soap Recipe

This cold process homemade soap recipe is basic enough for the beginner soapmaker and yields approximately 10 – 12 basic homemade soap bars perfect for summer. The fresh fragrance blend of lemongrass, lemon verbena and spearmint makes for an extra refreshing and eye opening morning shower!

Lemongrass & Mint Homemade Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

13.5 oz. pomace olive oil
6.6 oz. sustainable palm oil
13 oz. 76° melt point coconut oil
2 oz. rice bran oil
1.5 oz. refined shea butter

5.1 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide
12 oz. distilled water

2 oz. Lemongrass Mint fragrance oil
1/8-1/4 teaspoon yellow iron oxide to suit
pinch to 1/4 teaspoon chromium green iron oxide to suit

Instructions:

To make this homemade soap recipe you’ll need to follow my basic cold process homemade soapmaking instructions. You will need a digital scale, a hand/stick blender, and a soapmaking mold. (Make your own DIY Wooden Loaf Soap Mold!)

Begin by weighing out the lye and water. Slowly pour the lye into the water and mix well until dissolved. Set aside to cool.

Now weigh out the soapmaking oils and combine in a large non-aluminum pot. I recommend stainless steel. Heat on the stovetop over medium heat until all the oils and shea butter have melted. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Once the soapmaking oils and lye-water have cooled to around 95°F-100°F pour the lye-water into the oils and add the yellow iron oxide. Mix until you achieve a light trace then add the fragrance oil. Once the soap is about the consistency of custard, pour half to 2/3 of the soap into your prepared mold. Now add the chromium green iron oxide to the remaining soap in the pot. Mix well until fully incorporated then pour the remaining soap onto the first layer you previously poured. Tap to remove any air bubbles, then cover and insulate for 24 hours.

After the insulation period has passed, unmold the soap loaf and cut into bars. (Make your own DIY Soap Cutter!) Allow to cure 3-6 weeks before use.

Discover more homemade soap recipes as well as bath and beauty DIY’s by following my DIY Bath and Body Board on Pinterest!

DIY Father’s Day Gift Idea – Homemade Handmilled Soap Recipe

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Homemade Father's Day Gift Idea - DIY Handmilled Seriously Sexy Soap Recipe

Need a homemade DIY Father’s Day gift idea for Dad? These scented homemade soap rounds are sure to help dad unwind in the shower! He might not tell you, but I’ve found that most men do care about their skin. However whether they’re willing to admit it or not can sometimes be an entirely different story. So treat him with these simple handmade handmilled soaps in his favorite fragrance! I scented these homemade soaps with a Very Sexy for Men fragrance oil dupe, but you can find dupes of almost every cologne – as well as bay rum – to meet your Dad’s individual taste.

Natural Homemade DIY Handmilled Soap for Men - Scented with a Designer Cologne Dupe!

Men’s Seriously Sexy Homemade Handmilled Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

23 oz.unscented cold process soap, grated
1 oz. deodorized and refined cocoa butter
1 oz. babassu oil
1 oz. grape seed oil
2.5 oz. distilled water
.85 oz. Very Sexy for Men fragrance oil*

Instructions:

I used my own unscented goat milk soap for this recipe that I grated two days after unmolding it. Fresher soap is easier to grate, however, the age of the soap isn’t super important. Using cold process handmade soap, however, is of upmost importance as typical commercial soaps aren’t really soap but are rather made of harsh foaming agents. These don’t rebatch quite the same way. (You can find my recipe for making an easy cold process goat milk soap here. To re-size the batch superfat at 6-7% with a 35% water discount.)

You’ll need a digital scale to weigh out the ingredients and a soap mold. I used the Crafters Choice™ Basic Round Silicone Soap Mold for this soap project. The final recipe will yield six round 5 oz. soap bars.

Begin by grating the unscented soap bars or loaf. Weigh out 23 oz. of soap using a digital scale and combine in a large stainless steel pot on the stove. Weigh out the water and add to the grated soap. Do the same with both the babassu oil, grape seed oil and cocoa butter. Set the heat on medium and mix, stirring occasionally.

Once the babassu oil and cocoa butter have melted, reduce the heat to warm-low and allow the soap to “cook” for a short time until it looks like it’s melting. Turn off the heat and weigh out the fragrance oil. Stir the fragrance oil into the soap until thoroughly combined then spoon the soap into your mold.

Once the soap has hardened completely, unmold the bars. If you used fresh soap allow your soap to finish curing for 3-6 weeks. If your soap was already cured, you can start using your new homemade facial soap whenever you like, however you may want to allow them to air dry for several days to a week to allow the excess water to evaporate.

Now that your homemade soaps for Dad are ready all that’s left is to package them for gift giving! Wrap each bar in foodservice film first if desired. To create the bands around the sides of the soap you’ll need one full sized sheet of brown kraft sticker paper. Turn the sticker paper over so the white side is up and place a ruler lengthwise along the paper. Starting at the edge of the sticker paper, place the ruler on the paper and draw a line on the right side of the ruler. Place the ruler so the edge is at the new line and then draw another line on the other side. Repeat until you have six strips then cut out the strips with scissors.

Turn the strips of brown kraft stickers over so they are brown side up and then place a strip of your favorite washi tape lengthwise along the sticker strip. Repeat for all six stickers.

Now simply peel the backing off the sticker paper strips and place around the soap bars.

For more great homemade DIY Father’s Day gift ideas you can buy and DIY, follow my Father’s Day Gift Ideas board on Pinterest. Or discover more homemade soap recipes as well as other DIY beauty, bath and skin care projects on my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest. Or keep up with all of my new projects and recipes by following me on Blog Lovin, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google + and Instagram!

*Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen and Soap Deli News are not affiliated or associated with Victoria Secret.

Madagascar Black Pepper Soap Recipe for Men

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This homemade black pepper soap recipe makes a unique homemade gift idea for men and combines both cold process soapmaking with melt and pour soapmaking.

Looking for a homemade gift idea for men? This homemade black pepper soap recipe is just your ticket! Created using both cold process soap and melt & pour glycerin soap, these homemade black pepper soaps are scented with a Madagascar black pepper fragrance oil. The top and bottom layers are made from a cold process black pepper soap recipe that contains flecks of ground black pepper while the center layer is made from a translucent soap base and contains organic whole black peppercorns.

My boyfriend says that this homemade black pepper soap bar reminds him of Southern biscuits & gravy because of both the way it looks as well as the peppery scent. You’ll find this Madagascar black pepper soap recipe below.

This homemade black pepper soap recipe makes a unique homemade gift idea for men and combines both cold process soapmaking with melt and pour soapmaking.

Madagascar Black Pepper Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients for Cold Process Soap Layers:

6 oz. sustainable palm oil
4 oz. 76 degree melt point  (refined) coconut oil
3 oz. sesame oil
2 oz. castor oil
4 oz. sunflower oil
1 oz. cocoa butter

6 oz. distilled water
2.7 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

1.2 oz. Madagascar Black Pepper fragrance oil
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Ingredients for Melt & Pour Soap Layer:

12 oz. Crafter’s Choice crystal clear soap base
.3 oz. Madagascar Black Pepper fragrance oil
2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns

Supplies:

digital kitchen scale
measuring spoons
spatula and utensils for stirring
loaf soap mold
glass pyrex measuring cup(s) and/or pitcher
stainless steel pot
stick/immersion hand blender
office trash bag and masking tape to line mold
rubbing alcohol in spray bottle

Instructions:

This homemade black pepper soap recipe fits inside my DIY wooden loaf soap mold, although a slightly smaller sized mold can accommodate this recipe as well. If you have never made cold process soap before, I recommend starting with a basic cold process soap recipe until you are familiar with the process as the fragrance oil will cause soap to seize if the temperatures are too hot.

Start by lining the soap mold with plastic. I used an office garbage bag as shown within this tutorial as it’s quick and easy. You’ll be making the center layer of melt & pour soap first and you need to easily be able to remove the soap from the mold.

Once the mold is lined, weigh out the clear melt & pour soap base using a digital kitchen scale, cut into cubes and place in a microwave safe dish like a large Pyrex measuring cup. Melt in 30 second increments until base is melted, then weigh out .3 oz. of fragrance oil and stir into the base. Next, measure out the whole peppercorns and stir into the liquified soap, then pour the soap into the mold.

Once the glycerin soap has set up, remove from the mold and peel off the plastic. Set aside.

Now make your cold process soap for the top and bottom layers of the soap. You will use the same mold for this so that the glycerin soap fits into it. Line your mold then begin making the remainder of the soap.

Measure out the distilled water into a pitcher or large glass Pyrex measuring cup. Then weigh out the lye and mix into the water in a well ventilated area. Set aside to cool.

Next, weigh out the soapmaking oils and cocoa butter using your scale and combine in a stainless steel pot on the stove. Heat over medium heat until melted then remove from heat and allow to cool.

While the soapmaking oils and lye/water are cooling, grind a teaspoon of pepper and weigh out 1.2 oz. of the black pepper fragrance oil.

When your ingredients have cooled down start by mixing the ground pepper into the oils with a stick blender. Then slowly pour the lye/water into the oils and mix until you reach a light trace. Now add the fragrance oil and combine thoroughly. Keep in mind that this fragrance will accelerate trace.

Working quickly pour half of the soap into the mold and spritz with alcohol (optional.) Then press the pre-prepared melt and pour soap onto the layer of cold process soap. Spritz the layer of glycerin soap with alcohol, then pour the remaining cold process soap on top. Smooth out the top if desired.

Should your soap seize from the fragrance oil – mine did and it’s likely yours will too – you can save the soap. I got the first layer in before the top layer and the top layer seized into solid soap in the pot. Wearing heavy gloves I scooped out the remaining soap and mashed it onto the top layer until it started to gel, then covered and insulated as usual.

This homemade black pepper soap recipe makes a unique homemade gift idea for men and combines both cold process soapmaking with melt and pour soapmaking.

After 24 hours you can unmold your soap loaf and cut it into bars. Allow to cure for 3 – 6 weeks before use, then wrap and label if desired. I recommend wrapping this one in plastic food wrap film because of the middle layer of glycerin soap.

For more homemade soap recipes and ideas including other handmade soap recipes for men, be sure to visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen as well as my DIY Bath & Body board on Pinterest. Also be sure to check out my post with 32 DIY Homemade Gift Ideas for Men That Don’t Suck.

Patchouli Rose Melt and Pour Complexion Soap Recipe

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Homemade Gift Idea for Her - DIY Patchouli Rose Complexion Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

These heart shaped soaps were inspired by a recent melt & pour soap recipe at Soap Queen blog that included both Rose Kaolin Clay and Activated Charcoal for natural color and detoxifying properties. I switched the recipe up a bit and used a six cavity heart shaped mold silicone mold for my melt and pour complexion soap recipe. I also scented mine with a rosewood blend and patchouli essential oils instead of the much more expensive rose absolute and sandalwood essential oil.

The resulting homemade soaps are perfect for giving your face that bit of extra love to help keep it clean and clear regardless of your skin type. Or you can gift these to a sweetheart or loved one. They also make a lovely homemade gift for Valentine’s Day if you’re one to plan ahead.

Homemade Gift Idea - DIY Patchouli & Rose Complexion Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

Natural Patchouli & Rose Complexion Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

22 oz. natural white melt & pour shea butter soap base
2 Tablespoons activated charcoal powder
1 teaspoon rose kaolin clay
1 ml patchouli essential oil
1 ml rosewood essential oil blend

Tools & Supplies:

Quart sized Pyrex Measuring Cup
stick/immerson hand blender
digital kitchen scale
Wilton 6-Cavity Silicone Heart Mold Pan
Graduated Plastic Transfer Pipettes
cutting board (optional)
professional plastic food wrap film
alcohol in spray bottle
measuring spoons

Instructions:

To create this homemade complexion soap recipe you’ll begin by using a digital scale to weigh out 12 oz. of the melt & pour soap base. Cut into cubes and place in the Pyrex measuring cup. Melt in the microwave in 30 second increments.

Measure out 2 Tablespoons of activated charcoal powder and using the stick blender, mix into the soap base into fully incorporated.

Now measure out the patchouli essential oil with a pipette and stir into the base. Place the mold on a cutting board for easy transport, then evenly pour the melted base into all six of the heart shaped mold. Spritz with alcohol.

Set the mold aside and allow it to set up. Clean out the measuring cup for the next layer.

Once the first layer of soap has set you can prepare your second layer. Measure out 10 oz. of the soap base, cut into cubes and melt.

Measure out the rose kaolin clay and add to the soap base. Use the stick blender to fully incorporate the clay into the base.

Then use a transfer pipette to measure our the rosewood essential oil blend and stir into the base. Spritz the existing soap in your mold with alcohol, then pour the soap with the clay into the six cavity mold on top of the first layer.

Allow soaps to harden completely then remove from the molds and wrap tightly in plastic food film. I highly recommend using professional plastic food wrap film – it’s what I use – as it wraps tightly to prevent sweating and stays wrapped. Label if desired.

Handmade Heart Shaped Soap Recipes for Gifting

Other homemade bath and body recipes that utilize this mold include: Handmade Triple Butter Solid Sugar Scrub Hearts, Handmade Heart Shaped Handmilled Soap, Homemade 4th of July Red White & Blue Soap, Handmilled Lavender & Dead Sea Salt Milk Soap, and Valentine’s Day Solid Lotion Bars. You can also find more homemade soap recipes by visiting Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen as well as by following my DIY Bath & Body Board on Pinterest!

Want to learn how to make cold process soap – or lye soap – from scratch? Then be sure to check out my cold process soapmaking tutorial as well as the books The Soapmaker’s Companion, Soap Crafting, and Advanced Soap Making: Removing the Mystery.