Materials Candy Cane Soap
- Clear Melt and Pour Soap
- White Melt and Pour Soap
- Peppermint Essential Oil
- Brownie Pan Soap Mold
- Liquid Glycerin
- Perfect Red Color Block
- Microwave Safe Container
- Finishing Glitter
Materials for Gem Stone
- Silicone Gemstone Mold
- 5 oz. Clear Melt and Pour Soap Base
- About 1/16 tsp. Fine Silver Rainbow EcoGlitter
- 3 mL Jade Fragrance Oil
- Colorants Used (2-4 Mini Scoops per batch)
- Shamrock Green Mica
- Lavender Mica
- Caribbean Blue Mica
- Buttercup Mica
- Red Mica
- Rose Gold Mica
- Super Pearly White Mica
- .15 CC Scoop (for measuring colorant)
- Dropper (for measuring fragrance)
- 99% Isopropyl Alcohol in Spray Bottle
- "You're a Real Gem" Label Template
- Waterproof Labels
Directions for Candy Cane Soap
1) Melt 4 ounces of white melt and pour soap base in the microwave (in 30 second bursts). Add 1 ml of Peppermint Essential Oil and .5 ounces of liquid glycerin. Mix well. Pour the soap into the brownie pan and spritz with rubbing alcohol to eliminate bubbles. Let cool for about 10 minutes.
2) Melt 4 ounces of clear melt and pour base in the microwave (in 30 second bursts). Add 1 ml of Peppermint Essential Oil and .5 ounces of liquid glycerin. Mix well. To get our Santa Clause red color, add shavings of the Perfect Red Color Block. Once the red soap has cooled to 125 degrees, spritz the white layer of soap with rubbing alcohol (to make sure our layers stick together) and pour your second layer of soap. Let the layered soap cool for about 10 minutes.
3) Once the soap has cooled, remove it from the mold and place it on a cutting board. With a craft knife and ruler, cut the soap into thin strips (about ¼ inches or smaller).
4) Place two of your freshly cut soap strands on top of each other (so they look like a checkered board) and squish them together with your fingers.
5) Then gently twist the soap and curl the top so it looks like a candy cane.
Timing is everything! You need to work quickly. You’ll have about 5 minutes to do all of your twisting before the soap gets too hard to be pliable and just breaks in your hands. Work quickly, little santa’s helpers, quickly.
6) Are you ready for the dazzling finish? Melt 4 ounces of clear soap base and mix in some iridescent glitter. Then dip your candy canes in the sparkly soap and hang then on the “candy cane drying contraption”.
Candy Cane Contraption: We came up with a silly contraption to dry our candy canes and you will probably have the supplies in your home to make one too. We used 2 medium sized jars (or mugs), a ruler, a chopstick (or skewer) and salt to weight the jars so they don’t tip over.
Directions for Gem Stone
1) Chop 5 ounces of Clear Melt and Pour Soap Base into small even cubes. Place them in a small, heat-safe container and melt in the microwave using 10-20 second bursts. Because you're working with such a small amount of soap, be careful to not burn it.
2) Using the .15 CC Mini Scoops, add 2-4 scoops of mica into the melted soap. Some colorants require a little more to get a saturated color, so add 2 scoops at first and add more if you'd like more color. Use a spoon to mix it in. Because it's not dispersed it will be a little clumpy at first, but will disperse into the soap with a little extra stirring.
3) Stir in 3 mL of the Jade Fragrance Oil into the soap. Use a spoon to mix in.
4) Add about 1/16th of Fine Silver Rainbow Glitter and stir in. Feel free to add more glitter if you'd like!
5) Pour the soap into each cavity of the mold. It's best to pour the soap when its under 125 ° F, or the glitter may sink to the bottom. After each pour, spritz the top of the soap with 99% isopropyl alcohol to disperse any bubbles.
6) Allow the soap to fully cool and harden in the mold. This will take about an hour. Remove each gem from the mold. Repeat the process with a different color. Below is soap colored with the Red Mica. Keep repeating the process until you've made a variety of colors to place into your gift box. The variety of colors is completely up to you!
7) Once you've made all the soaps you want, print the "You're a Real Gem" label on label paper, and apply to your box. These gem soaps would also look great in a plastic bag, tied with a ribbon. The labels could easily be made into hang-tags for bags.