While at the Mister's family Christmas, we had a Yankee Swap! It was great fun, with 27 of the 33 individuals participating. I contributed six bars of a Christmas Soap I had made for that express purpose.
I also gave about a dozen bars to my local Stitch-and-Bitch group for a set of holiday gifts we made for the restaurant that hosts us.
Here's the Recipe:
Essentially, this batch is made using two separate batches of hot process soap. First, you make the green, and then the red.
- 6.5 oz water (x2)
- 2.5 oz lye - 9% superfat (x2)
- 8.25 oz olive oil (x2)
- 5 oz coconut oil (x2)
- 2 oz cocoa butter (x2)
- 2 oz shea butter (x2)
- 1.25 oz castor oil (x2)
- 1 oz jojoba oil (x2)
- green soap coloring
- red soap coloring
- Essential Oils (recommended): Pine, Treasure of the Season, Cinnamon Bark, Nutmeg, Christmas Spirit
- Crockpot, gloves, apple cider vinegar, scale, eye glasses, immersion blender, wax paper, pyrex baking dish, soap spoon, and glass tools/jars
- Measure out the oils and put the first set of oils in the crockpot to melt
- When the oils are mostly melted, add a dash of green soap coloring. Stir it in until mostly disolved.
- Measure out water and lye in separate glass dishes. Slowly add lye into water, stirring as you go to dissolve lye. Be sure to follow safety procedures.
- When the lye is dissolved and slightly cooled, add it to the oils, and blend with the immersion blender until the mixture reaches trace (about a minute).
- Put on cover and wait an hour or two for the cook.
- Stir in one teaspoon of Pine Essential Oil and one teaspoon of Treasure of the Season Essential Oil.
- Line a glass baking dish with wax paper and pour the first mixture into the mold. Place it in the oven at a low temperature to keep warm.
- Repeat steps 1-5 with the second set of oils and the red coloring.
- This time, add one teaspoon of Christmas Spirit Essential Oil and a half-teaspoon each of Nutmeg and Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil.
- Take the first batch out of the oven and pat down the soap mixture. Pour the second batch on top and stir/swirl the two together.
- Let the mixture sit for at least 24 hours before removing it from the mold and slicing it into delightful bars of soap!