Today’s DIY is combining two of my favorite things: soap + Peppermint Mocha.
I like to be clean & I like to drink coffee.
“So sue me.”
I imagine that a bunch of you will resonate with that. 🙂
This particular recipe makes for a perfect seasonal gift but there are so many ways to change up the flavor of your soap–so do be creative!
Now when you think of soap making you think of a kazillion ingredients like lye. And if you’re like me, you think “meh…I’ll just buy the pre-made stuff.”
But this series is about the most efficient, effective…and easy…DIY’s for your last minute gifting needs & this soap is nothing less.
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PEPPERMINT MOCHA SOAP
WHAT YOU NEED
GOAT’S MILK SOAP BASE
THIS is what makes this recipe so easy. A simple melt & pour base–no messing with lye or any other difficult ingredients. Purists will say that it isn’t true soap but whether it’s true or not, I don’t care for the hassle. This 2lb block perfectly made one batch in my mold. There are lots of “melt & pour” bases to choose from but I chose goat’s milk because…
It contains alpha-hydroxy acids that actively remove dead skin cells, making you super clean & soft
It is full of cream which takes your skin from dry to moisturized
It holds lots of minerals which helps to protect your skin
It is high in Vitamin A which helps to repair damaged skin & promotes healthier skin
SILICONE SOAP MOLD with CUTTERS
Now you definitely use any old pan or container that you deem sufficient to mold your soap. But if you’re planning on making a bunch, I would argue that this mold is worth your investment.
It’s only $20 for the mold & cutters, but still, every penny counts. 🙂
The silicone pops out the wood mold so that you can easily work the soap out after it’s gone through a metamorphosis.
The cutters are especially handy for effectively slicing the soap.
I drowned this soap in Peppermint oil because you can’t have Peppermint Mocha soap without Peppermint oil.
This also happens to be one of my favorite oils–one that I will always have on hand because it’s so useful in keeping us healthy & happy. But good grief, literally pick any other oil or oilS and you’ll make an awesome smelling soap.
You can read more on the benefits of EO & why I chose Young Living here.
This is totally optional but I love the element that it adds to the soap.
You have the soft soapy part & the scrubby exfoliating part. It’s a perfect marriage…if that’s even a thing.
There are lots of exfoliating options out there but for the purpose of this recipe, I used coffee.
Other alternatives include: chia seeds, oatmeal, baking soda, ground pumpkin seeds, salts, sugars, shredded loofah, poppy seeds, & strawberry seeds to name a few.
Just writing those out make me think of all sorts of fun combinations.
This is the fun part, adding in whatever other neat things you can find to make your recipe unique. Honey, dried florals, even food coloring. In this recipe I used cocoa powder to make that deliciously chocolate infused coffee smell.
Have fun with it & make it your own.
WHAT TO DO
Ok, chop your soap up into smaller chunks & squeeze them into a glass measuring cup or bowl (preferably with a spout). Then microwave 30 seconds, stir, 30 seconds, stir, 30 seconds, stir…and so on until it’s fully melted.
Once it’s melted, it’s time to toss in all the good stuff…essential oils, exfoliants, and add ins.
For this recipe, I added in roughly (and it is rough, because I’m big on estimating & following my creative notions):
one-fourth cup of cocoa powder
one-fourth cup of ground coffee
10-15 drops of Peppermint oil
Like I said, I follow my creative heart. So I just added in a little of this & a little of that until it smelled just like Starbucks brewing in my kitchen.
A quick word on the coffee (or any heavy exfoliant material). I wanted my coffee to rise to the top to create an exfoliant line rather than be scattered throughout the soap. However, if you want it to be more evenly disbursed–allow the soap to set a little until you add it in. If it’s a tad firm, the exfoliant can’t sink or rise to one end.
Once it’s all stirred together, pour the mixture into your mold.
Then I sprinkled a little extra coffee on the top to make it extra fancy.
Some will topple off later but that’s ok.
Allow it to set–I allowed mine to set over the weekend but it didn’t take more than a day or so to complete.
And take lots of pictures of that rich, chocolate brown edge.
Once it’s set through, pop it out of the silicone.
(of course, pausing to admire your “hard” work)
Then take up your cutter and slice off a piece–about an inch thick.
The cutters really do make this part so easy & smooth.
I ended up getting thirteen bars from this batch.
Which could easily take care of my Christmas list when paired with a few other fun bath or coffee items.
Perhaps those steamers from the other day…hmmm.
I wrapped my soap in some parchment paper & twine using a black pen to write the flavor & recipient on the outside.
Just like a cup of Starbucks. 🙂
Ugh. It smells so good that I have to stop myself from taking a bite.
Not food, Cheryl. Soap. Not food.
I may have to say a bad word just so that I can wash my mouth out. 😉
That’s a wrap on the sixth (delicious, amazing smelling) day of Christmas!
I’m taking a bit of break for Sunday funday–but I’ll be back on Monday to check in with the seventh, simple DIY in our series.
Enjoy the rest of your lovely, cozy weekend! xx