Though this is a DoubleMint Soap Loaf, I personally like to take the edge off the Peppermint, so you’ll see I have included some Lavender Essential Oil. This is actually optional (though included in the trolley items), and you can use up to the full 10ml bottle, or only half. I like to put the peppermints into a glass beaker (or use another ceramic vessel – take care not to leave it near coffee mugs), and then add 5ml Lavender Essential Oil, mix, set aside while I prepare the lye water and oils, and then have a small wafting sniff, and then decide if I want to put the whole 10ml in. This is personal preference – you may prefer the strong DoubleMint blend.
I used a full teaspoon of dried mint leaves. You can dry your own and crumble them ready to use (well in advance or fresh leaves will go mouldy), or use the commercially prepared ones in the pantry as I did as I had no mint above ground when I made this soap. I think I prefer ½ to ¾ teaspoon, but again personal preference.
*Make another batch of soap with identical amounts of Sodium Hydroxide and water and other fragrances or essential oils with the remaining half of the oils pouch
All your regular Cold Process Soap making equipment and Safety Gear including Goggles and Gloves
2 x Tablespoons
Small beaker to hold the Essential Oils - helpful, not essential
Isopropyl Alcohol and Sprtizer Bottle – optional – to prevent soda ash if you decide on a textured top
Now to make the soap!
This is a beginner level Cold Process Soap Loaf Recipe – in fact half the work is done as you are using HALF the contents of our Pre-Mix Cold Process Soap Kit Oil Pouch.
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU MELT THE ENTIRE CONTENTS OF THE POUCH, AND GIVE THE OILS A BIT OF A SWISH AROUND TO ENSURE YOU HAVE A GOOD BLEND.
The instructions below are edited down, as full instructions which MUST BE READ FOR SAFETY, are on these links: see our Cold Process Soapmaking Instructions. You can also watch Soap Queen's YouTube Series on Cold Process Soapmaking.
- With a BLUNT bread and butter knife, carefully remove the driploators from the Essential Oil Bottles.
- Pour both the Peppermint and Spearmint Essential Oils into the small beaker, and then either half or all of the Lavender Essential Oil.
- Set aside.
- Wearing your safety gear, add the Sodium Lactate to the cooled lye water and then combine with the warmed oils.
- Bring the soap to medium trace, a little thicker than usual.
- Add the dried mint leaves and give them a quick burst with the stick blender to mix through.
- Now it’s time for the Essential Oils – NOTE – as these volatile oils hit the warm soap, they will give off a BIG whoosh of the essential oil scents and it can be a bit overwhelming, so it’s a good idea to stand back until you have stirred them in a little.
- Stick blend the soap until it is at medium to heavy trace, a little like thick condensed milk, or light Greek yoghurt.
- Now pour or spoon the soap into the loaf mould.
- Time for a little texture on the top.
- I like my soap with an even spread of mint throughout, but you can of course texture the top with a fork, and then sprinkle some dried mint down one side of the surface.
- Now it’s time to put it to bed, and saponification will begin! I use a cardboard “A Frame” to protect my top, and if it’s cold in your soap zone, put a heat mat under the mould, or a wheat pack works well too for a loaf mould. I use one of the kid’s old sleeping bags doubled over to insulate and encourage gel.
- Keep an eye on the soap, and check for a hot gel phase - mine was very hot, if this is what your soap looks like after 30 minutes or more, whip off the A frame and insulation and allow it to come down from gel.
- Leave for at least 3 days before attempting to unmould.
- Pull the sides of the mould away from the soap to break the airlock and then invert the mould and the soap will begin to come away from the base of the mould too. I like to leave this for another week before cutting it.
- Slice and then leave another 5 weeks to cure and dry out. The longer you leave it to dry out, the harder the soap will be.
Note: You need to purchasee distilled water and dried mint from the supermarket.