For my second batch of holiday soaps, I decided to use a fun gingerbread man mold. I started with a single batch of soap using a gingerbread fragrance – absolutely delicious! My house smells so good while these soaps are sitting on the rack to cure.
I went ahead and made a second batch using goat milk and a light honey and green tea fragrance. I did make a batch of these earlier and talked about them here, but needed a few more to fill out some baskets.
Gingerbread Holiday Soaps
For the final touch, I added some sparkly ribbon to dress up the gingerbread men!
I think these soaps will add the perfect accent to my holiday soap baskets.
I enjoy making cold process soap because it is a very creative process (much like quilting). I can control the additives including the fragrances and colorings. For the holiday, I’ve created a few batches of different soaps to give as gifts.
For this first batch, I used 2 different colors to swirl the tops. I used an ultramarine oxide for the purple color and some clay for the red color. I think the swirls are very pretty!
For the fragrance, I decided to go with one of my mom’s favorite ones – plumeria! It has a light, sweet scent that is not too overpowering and reminds you of gentle Hawaiian breezes.
Each batch of soap takes an hour or so to “cook” but then requires about 1 month to cure. The curing process really hardens the soap so that it will last much longer in the shower or bath.
Stay tuned for the second soap batch!
I made a batch of cold process soap for my mom recently, using a scent that she picked out called ‘red ginger.’ This fragrance is light, sweet, and fresh and just makes me smile!
I added a touch of Australian red clay to swirl onto the top section of the soap, and I think the red accent gives it a nice color contrast.
Red Ginger Cold Process Soap
I’m really delighted with how this soap turned out. I need to start working on creating some soap for Christmas gifts soon so the soap has time to cure. Cold process is really beneficial for your skin, and I encourage you to try some if you haven’t already. It has helped my sister tremendously with adult acne and has greatly reduced my dry, itchy, allergy-prone skin.
I blogged earlier about visiting some of Oregon’s wonderful lavender farms.
I made up a quick batch of cold process soap using some gorgeous dried lavender from the Lavender Thyme Herb Farm in Candy.
I used a very soothing blend of lavender and mint essential oils. I can’t wait for this soap to cure for several more weeks before trying it out!
The sweet scent is just perfect and delightful for everyday use.
Lavender Mint Soap with local Oregon lavender buds