If you read my golden Menorah post, you might have noted that I am a BIG fan of the Evergreen Pine fragrance. BIG FAN. I decided to try mixing it with a few different scents for a fast and easy stocking stuffer for Christmas. I experimented with several homemade soap recipes and combinations and am excited to share my results with you! Today we are going to make 3 homemade soap recipes: Peppermint Pine marbled soap, a Lavender Pine & Oatmeal Soap in Jello Molds and bars of Oatmeal Spice & Pine Soap. Can you guess which I liked the best? I wonder if it will be YOUR choice as well! Let’s dive in, shall we?
- Peppermint Fragrance Oil
- Evergreen Pine Fragrance Oil
- Cinnamon Fragrance Oil
- Goat Milk Soap Base
- Oatmeal Soap Base
- Microwave and Microwave Safe Bowl
- Wilton Gel Food Coloring (for marbled soap)
- Dry Lavender (for lavender soap only)
Optional decorative supplies:
First up in the homemade soap recipes: Peppermint Pine. It is fresh and very “Christmasey.”
Step 1: Melt cubes of white Goat’s Milk Soap Base in a microwave safe bowl. Melt in 10-30 second increments and do not let soap boil.
Step 3: For the marbling effect, dip a fork into Wilton food gel coloring.
Step 6: Cut soap into bars and tie with cute little pine pipe cleaners.
Step 1: Melt oatmeal soap base in a microwave-safe bowl in 10-30 second increments.
Step 2: Add in 20 drops of Evergreen Pine fragrance and fresh or dry lavender flowers. I harvested mine from my garden, but you can purchase them at your local garden store or herbist.
Step 3: Pour mixture carefully into molds sprayed with non-stick spray. Allow to harden then pop out from molds, using a butter knife on the edges if needed.
Last on the homemade soap recipes list, but my personal favorite (!!!!!) are the Pine and Spice Oatmeal bars. They sound like something to EAT, don’t they?
Step 2: Add 10 drops of Evergreen Pine and 20 drops of Cinnamon Spice Fragrance. Mix.
Step 3: Pour mixture into a glass or non-stick bread loaf pan sprayed with non-stick spray. Allow to harden.
Step 4: Pry the entire block out of the loaf pan and cut into rectangles with a SHARP knife for clean edges. (Serrated knives make ridges and a butter knife isn’t strong enough for soap this thick.)
SO. Drumroll please……
Which of the homemade soap recipes was my favorite?
#1 The Oatmeal Pine and Spice Bars
#2 The Lavender and Pine Jello Mold Soaps
#3 Peppermint Pine Soaps
All 3 homemade soap recipes are fun and interesting mixes, but I loved the oatmeal-based soaps for winter even more than the peppermint in goat’s milk — though I LOVE me some peppermint around the holidays. What would YOUR choice be?