Pepperminty Bark Soap for the Holidays

It’s time to officially kick off the holiday season with our first Christmas tutorial of the year! Keep it clean this holiday with delicious smelling and realistic looking Peppermint Bark Soap.


Ingredients
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ONE: Melt 5 ounces of white soap base and pour it into the silicone tray mold and let cool. Then melt 5 ounces of clear soap base and mix in Non-Bleeding Red and Brick Red Oxide (2 parts Non-Bleeding Red and 1 part Brick Red Oxide makes a perfect candy cane red). Pour the red soap on top of the white soap and let cool.
Hint: Make a slurry with your red oxide by mixing it with a little rubbing alcohol before adding it to your soap. This will eliminate speckles.
TWO: Unmold the soap and cut into small, irregular pieces. These are going to be the peppermint crumbles on top so uneven cuts make them look super realistic.
THREE: Melt 16 ounces of clear soap and mix in ½ ounce of (delicious) Dark Rich Chocolate Fragrance Oil. To make the realistic chocolaty color, combine Liquid Brown Oxide with a skosh of Liquid Black Oxide. Let cool.
FOUR: Melt 16 ounces of white Goat Milk soap base and mix in ½ ounce of Peppermint 2nd Distillation Essential Oil. Let cool to 130 degrees, spritz the “chocolate” layer with rubbing alcohol and pour about 12-13 ounces of the goat milk soap, saving 3-4 ounces (you can totally eyeball the amount, just make sure to save a little bit).
FIVE: Once the soap has cooled, remelt the remaining 3-4 ounces of goat milk soap base to 130 degrees. Start spritzing your “peppermint” pieces with rubbing alcohol and get ready to sprinkle them on top of the final layer of soap. Spritz the top layer of soap and pour the remaining 3-4 ounces of goat milk soap then sprinkle on your “crushed candy cane” garnish.
SIX: Once the soap has cooled, cut the soap into triangles and trick your friends into taking a bite of delicious Chocolate Peppermint Bark.

 

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45 Comments

  1. Starry from Russia says

    Why red color? My association with pepermint is green, not red… Anyway – thanks for the tutorial, very well-done as always!

  2. Catherine Dreher says

    I love it! I have GOT to get that silicone tray mold. I see so many cute projects but that is always the one thing I’m lacking. Christmas wish list, perhaps??

  3. MP says

    Hi Anne-Marie,
    How long after pouring the final goatsmilk soap layer should we sprinkle the candy canes on top? I’ve done a project like this in the past and couldn’t figure out the right time. First the garnishes went right through the soap, and then another time it was already to hard.

    Thanks!

  4. Kcdelong says

    I just love the soap! But I have got to ask…a skosh…what is a skosh? LOL, you crack me up! I love watching your bloopers!

  5. Catherine Dreher says

    I already have goats milk and clear M&P. Do I NEED the white m&P or could I use my goats milk?

  6. Tonya says

    One tip, add the vanilla color stabilizer to the chocolate or the white turns yello after a few weeks.

  7. Anne-Marie says

    Thank you! We were trying to make it like the famous Williams and Sonoma bark. Yum yum …

  8. Anne-Marie says

    Oh definitely! It is my go-to mold for sure. You see how many of our projects use it. I just love it.

  9. Anne-Marie says

    In the US, there is an awesome company, Williams and Sonoma, that makes the best Peppermint Bark and their peppermint candy is red colored (not green) but the project would look equally cute with green =)

  10. Anne-Marie says

    Is that with the straight Peppermint that you’re getting? Ours is perfect white; we didn’t put chocolate in the white layer because we didn’t want any discoloration in our beautiful soap =)

  11. Anne-Marie says

    Skosh = little bit. I am told by my brilliant team (that uses the term far more frequently than me) that it’s Japanese (?) in origin. Always something new to learn …

  12. Anne-Marie says

    Thank you! It looks awfully rad in our studios (so good that our Marketing Gal doesn’t want to let the pieces go to Otion for a new Holiday display) =)

  13. Anne-Marie says

    Definitely use the Goatsmilk =) Just make sure they’re the same brands of Melt and Pour. The layers tend not to stick together well if they’re different brands.

  14. Anne-Marie says

    Great question. As long as you make sure the final thin layer has cooled to at least 130 degrees, you can immediately start adding the “peppermint” pieces. This layer also prevents the pieces from sinking to the bottom (handy little trick)!

  15. Jean says

    Last year, I made some latte soap using Turkish Mocha (a discoloring fragrance) for the coffee part and unfragranced white for the foam layer. After a month or so, the white had turned light tan due to the discoloration from the Turkish Mocha bleeding through the white layer. I think that is the effect that Tonya is talking about.

  16. Cassie says

    Is it ok to use that peppermint eo in soap? The bottle says not to use on sensitive areas……and how long is it good for? I bought a bottle about a year ago for another project and never opened it. TIA

  17. Anne-Marie says

    Essential Oils “last” indefinitely – meaning, they don’t grow mold or
    anything like that. But, they start to smell different and lose different
    aromatherapeutic benefits after a year so I’d use that bottle soon.

    Peppermint EO is safe to use in soap at .25 oz. per pound for MP and .5 oz.
    per pound for CP soap. It does have natural menthol in it so it will tingle
    and cool “nether regions.”

    It is NOT good in any sort of LEAVE-ON product that is intended for
    sensitive areas. For example, if you were making a nipple balm for a newly
    nursing mother, this would be an exceedingly poor essential oil to put into
    it. Because of the menthol in it, it makes a great sore muscle rub though!
    =)

  18. Dturnin says

    how much of the ingredients do i need to order, when i cllick the buy ingredients button its already had the quantities of each item. it say 2 silicone molds can i cut the order in half instead of whats already there?

  19. Anne-Marie says

    The 2 silicone molds just make to the soap faster so you can be making the red/white at the same time you’re making the base but it’s totally fine to change the quantities on anything in your cart to make it fit what you’re looking for. You can definitely do the project with just 1 silicone mold =))

  20. Rweir06 says

    Gosh…
    You gals/guys are worse than thought i ever could be… Someone’s brain out there in WA never stops! But it’s great because this is totally awesome and we absolutely love it!
    T

  21. Anne-Marie says

    Oh that is so true; we live and breathe soap. It’s both fun and slightly zany/pathetic at the same time. LOL!

  22. Lfinch8 says

    HELP! I’m panicking. I just clicked “Buy it Now” for this project and BB is showing out of stock for the Non-bleeding Red Colorant. Is there a back up red that will both look red and not bleed? I see Liquid Red Oxide on the site, but I’m afraid it will look to orange-y. Any advise or suggestions? Thanks in advance!

  23. Cindy says

    I loved a peppermint soap I purchased at a local “health-food/organic” shop. I think it was from California actually, but I have wanted to make my own. I don’t have any materials but really want to know how many bars or trays of soap I willl be making with the quantities of “buy it now” products.

  24. Anne-Marie says

    The kit comes with 1 pound of white, 1 pound of goatsmilk and 2 pounds of clear. This much soap will make one perfect loaf and you’ll have left over clear and white (since you only use 5 ounces of each). The colorants should last you a couple of batches so you’ll just need to add more fragrance and soap base to the shopping cart! Good luck with your Pepperminty Bark =)

  25. Melanie says

    Actually, most peppermint candy here in the US is red and white, whether it’s cheap candy or expensive. Green can be found, but it’s pretty uncommon.

  26. Lisa WESENBERG says

    I made the peppermint bark soap last year for gifts and sent them off for Christmas. My brothers girls friend didn’t realize what I was sending and took a bite of it. It really does look good enough to eat :) I have had more requests for it this year. This is my favorite holiday soap to make–looks so festive :)