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These lightning-quick peppermint soaps are a fun DIY holiday gift idea for friends, neighbors, and teachers that can be whipped up in just ten minutes!

Quick and Easy DIY Peppermint Soap Holiday Gift Idea

10-Minute DIY Peppermint Soap

What You’ll Need:

How to Make Melt and Pour SoapThe large block of shea butter soap base is smooth and silky, and it cuts easily with a kitchen knife. Slice the soap base into cubes, place them inside the measuring cup, and melt in the microwave in 30-second increments. Stir well after each microwave session to ensure that the soap is completely melted. Add a few drops of peppermint oil (around 6-10 drops depending on the intensity of the fragrance) and mix well.

[Note: To make three peppermint soap bars, I used just over 1/2 lb of soap base, and it took a total of 60 seconds in the microwave to melt. The soap cools and sets up rather quickly, so work accordingly!]

Making Peppermint Swirled SoapPour the melted soap into the mold and top with a few drops of red soap colorant. Use a toothpick to swirl the white and red colors together, and allow to cool completely before removing the soap from the mold.

10 Minute DIY Peppermint Soap TutorialWrap a band of paper or ribbon around the stack of soap, and it’s ready for gifting!

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  1. hey Heidi!

    sorry to ask a silly question – is this the same as melt and pour soap? I keep seeing this come up a lot in my searches with soap making.


      1. Hi Amy, you can add either of those to the soap base; however, I would not recommend adding too much or else the soap may not set up properly. This may take a couple of test batches for you to find an appropriate ratio. I have never tried it myself, so I’m not 100% sure what the limit would be. If you try it, I’d love to hear how it works for you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Hi Heidi! I made a variation of the soap, using Lemongrass essential oil and peppermint. I used blue colorant, and I don’t love the shade. Can I remelt this and add additional colorant (yellow…to tone down the blue) or will it wreck the soap?

    1. Hi Kathleen! I have never attempted to re-melt the soap, but it should work. Let me know how it turns out! ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Hi Heidi! It came out great…The final color made me much happier! The gift recipients loved it, too!!

  3. is there any specific technique, pattern or anything you do when swirling the color onto the soap with the toothpick to make it come out super pretty?

    1. From my experience, food coloring will not work as well. It will color the soap, but it takes a large amount of food coloring for it to become saturated enough, and you run the risk of the dye transferring to your skin when the soap gets wet.

  4. Hi! My first grade students are going to be making a craft to sell to other students in our grade-wide economics sale. We are supposed to choose a craft that makes 250 of something. If I got a smaller size to make the soaps (I’m thinking like a mini muffin tin) how much soap base would I need? I just want to make sure this is affordable for me but I LOVE this idea!

    1. A quick Google search is telling me that a mini muffin cup is about 2 oz if you fill it full. The soap base comes in 16 oz. blocks. Since you’re looking to get so much of it, I’d highly suggest visiting a local craft store (Michaels, Joann, and Hobby Lobby all carry it) with your 40% off coupon in hand! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. How long will the soap keep? I want to make it this weekend and use as gifts through Thanksgiving and Christmas.

  6. Isn’t it nice we have such talented people who share such cute ideas! I love it and it seems simple enough. There again I guess I can change the color and fragrance to use for mother’s day just for those who may not receive a gift but have been gracious to us! There are so many ways we can brighten folks lives. Thanks for sharing.

  7. beautiful i’d love to make for christmas gifts but where would you find the shea butter base and more importantly the molds?

    1. Thank you! There are links in the “What You’ll Need” materials section that will direct you to the products on, and they are also available at most craft stores including Hobby Lobby, Michaels and Joann’s. ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. There are a number of websites to buy the soap base and the molds, and it’s cheaper than going to Michael’s or other craft shops. You can try Wholesale Supplies Plus, Bulk Apothecary, Peake Candle &Soap supplies, Wellington Fragrance, Bramble Berry or just type in Amazon or Ebay “soap making supplies. Also, the mold this person used, I believe, is a 5oz mold. I have the same one.

  8. I was wondering if the clear Glycerin soap base would work just as well? Or if you know if there are any other stores that offer this product! Thank you ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. I have only tried it with the white glycerin base, so I can’t say for sure. The clear should scent just as easily, but I’m not sure how well the swirled color will work. If you try it, please let me know! You can buy the soap base at Hobby Lobby or other local craft stores should carry it as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. You can melt the soap base on the stovetop in a double boiler. I have heard of varied success with melting soap in a crockpot on low as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. In the post I noted that I used just over 1/2 lb of the soap base along with 6-10 drops drops of the peppermint oil depending on how strong you’d like it to smell. For the mold that I used it yielded 3 bars of soap, but your yield will depend on the mold that you choose to use. Once you have a mold of choice it’s relatively easy to eyeball the amount of soap base that you will need, and you can adjust the amount of essential oil to your personal preference. Hope this helps! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Hi there,

    I am curious…can you use a cocoa butter soap base instead of the shea butter base?? Does the difference in consistency between those two bases make a difference in the final product given these measurements?!?



    1. Hi Jazzy,
      I have not tried the cocoa butter soap base myself, but I’ve used both the shea butter base and a straight white glycerin base with the same instructions and measurements. I would suppose that the cocoa butter base would work as well as long as it’s the melt-and-pour variety. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Regina,
      There are links in the post that will take you to the specified products on Amazon, or you can purchase the supplies at your local craft store. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Is the Shea soap base bars of soap you can buy off the shelf or is it a speciality thing. If it is a speciality thing where can I get it?

    1. The Shea soap base is different than soap you can buy off of the shelf. You can get it at Hobby Lobby or online at Amazon HERE. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Becky! In my experience, the red doesn’t come off on your hands. Once you swirl the colorant into the soap it is usually diluted enough that it won’t transfer. ๐Ÿ™‚