I’ve been having so much fun making different varieties of easy DIY homemade melt and pour soaps and am sharing with you my newest scent – peppermint soap with cedarwood with a goat’s milk soap base.
If you’ve never tried making your own melt and pour soap making, you’ll be shocked at how easy it is. You can use natural and organic soap bases so you know you are making toxic-free soap. You won’t need extra ingredients like organic jojoba oil, organic coconut oil, palm oil, organic hemp oil, or aloe vera. You won’t need harsh chemicals like potassium hydroxide, sodium hydroxide or lye. We are not making cold process soap here – we are strictly using the natural unscented goat’s milk soap base. All we do is melt it, add our favorite natural scent, and create a body bar that can also be used on your face. You can make as many as 12 in just one hour. These make absolutely wonderful gifts!
What is peppermint soap good for?
Peppermint essential oil, when added to skin soaps, works as an antiseptic skin cleanser can be used to treat urticaria and pruitis. Your soap can act as a refreshing skin tonic and can cool down inflammation caused by skin blemishes and acne.
Why are we adding cedarwood essential oil to this homemade peppermint soap recipe?
Cedarwood oil has anti-inflammatory properties that make this essential oil beneficial for skin conditions such as acne and reducing stubborn breakouts.
If you want to use this soap to help fight acne, a third essential oil I’d recommend adding is tea tree oil. The combination of goat’s milk and these essential oils can also help soothe dry skin.
What You’ll Need to Make this Easy Easy Melt & Pour Soap Recipe of Peppermint & Cedarwood Goat’s Milk:
- 2 lb soap blocks of Goat’s Milk soap base
- Silicone Mold for 12 bars (this size of silicone mold makes 12 smaller bars. If you want larger bars, I’d get this mold instead.)
- Peppermint Essential Oil
- Cedarwood Essential Oil
- Red Jojoba beads that I ordered on Etsy. The specific seller I ordered from is now out of stock – so order what you can find.
- Gold mica powder
- Microwave Safe Glass Measuring Cup w/ Spout (having 2 on hand is easier for this recipe)
- toothpicks or skewer
- small spray bottle filled with isopropyl alcohol
- Decorative tape, raffia, burlap, and/or ribbon and be sure to get your free soap labels below!
This recipe makes about 12 bars. You can always use this recipe to make small batches of 12, or double it if you want to produce even more to sell or give as gifts.
- Start by cutting up the goat’s milk soap base into smaller cubes and placing them in your microwave safe glass measuring cup. My Pyrex cup can only hold one pound of soap at a time – (half of what you ordered) which means you either need 2 pyrex measuring cups or make 2 batches to make your 12 bars total.
- When your soap is cut into cubes, place in the microwave for (3) 30 second intervals, stirring in between each interval. You may need a 4th time, depending on how full your cup is of soap. Just be sure the soap is completely melted.
3. Then add 20 drops of cedarwood essential oil and stir well. If you want to add tea tree oil, go ahead and add 20 drops of that now as well.
4. Then add 20 drops of peppermint essential oil and stir well. If you want a peppermint burst scent to really stand out, then add 40 drops of this popular scent.
5. Now for a bit of sparkle and texture to add to your homemade soap, add 1 teaspoon of gold mica powder. Mica is a natural mineral and is in most cosmetics. This is still an item that is considered natural ingredients, but if you have sensitive skin, you can choose to leave this step out. It is only there to help the soap have a shimmer effect and make it look prettier.
6.Then add one tablespoon of red jojoba beads. Stir well. The jojoba beads are also for a pop of color and a bit of an exfoliant. They are made out of jojoba oil, making them completely natural. They do dissolve and are not microbeads that were banned in 2017 for polluting our waterways. I chose not to use any soap colorant in this recipe, but if you wanted your bars to look more “peppermint” like, then add a few drops of red for a pink-colored soap.
7. One thing to note, is that if your melted soap is too hot, the jojoba beads will melt too. So you want to heat up your soap until it’s just melted. Otherwise, the soap gets too hot, the beads melt, and it looks terrible. Yes I’ve learned the hard way on this one!
8. Pour soap base into the silicone mold.
If you notice any bubbles on the top after pouring, you can give it a quick spray of isopropyl alcohol and the bubbles disappear. That ensures a nice smooth bottom to your soap bars.
9. Let the bars fully cool before attempting to pop them out of the mold. I’d wait a few hours. Then if you’d like, wrap them in soap labels for gift giving!
I have FREE printable soap labels that you can print and wrap around each bar! Just fill out the form below and they will be sent to your inbox for printing!
This goat’s milk soap has a smooth lather and is the best soap for personal care. The essential oils will give you a cooling sensation and the scents of the essential oils will wake you up and help you feel refreshed. You could always create a soothing body rub with sugar, coconut oil, and the same essential oils you used here. That would make the perfect combination for absolute cleanliness and enjoyment in the shower!
If you are looking for more melt and pour soap ideas – check out these other easy tutorials I have for you: