frankincense and myrrh, with gold

The best selling Christmas soap ever!

The frankincense and myrrh soap recipe is scented with a pre-made fragrance oil blend.  The essential oil is available but very expensive, too expensive for soap perhaps. The gold part is gold glitter/mica that the one side of the soap is gently dipped in, then gently rubbed to get the excess off. Definitely one of the prettiest bars. I had a three pack deal at Christmas, it was the Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh, Christmas Spice, and Candy Cane. Christmas Spice was second best seller, with Candy Cane in last place.

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Gold mica or glitter on a melt and pour or glycerin soap, this would have been rubbed on with a cloth

The Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh soap recipe:

  • Basic #2 Recipe: (other recipes here)
    51.2 oz Olive Oil or Olive/Canola Oil blend
    6.2 oz Coconut Oil
    6.2 oz Palm Oil
    23.4 water
    8.6 oz lye crystals
  • for this scented bar, add:
  • 1 T frankincense and myrrh fragrance oil
  • colorant:
  • 1/2 tsp cocoa powder for the swirl, mix in 1 cup of base first.
  • other:
    gold glitter, a little goes a long way – for a Christmas theme bar

NOTE: This frankincense and myrrh soap recipe fragrance oil will try to seize on you. That’s what my brand did. This means that because of the alcohol content in this scent, when reacting with the lye water, will want to get thick in spots. Put the scent in last, stir quick, and pour. The worse case of seizing I had was with a lime fragrance oil, it got solid like oatmeal in the pot – almost instantly! Fragrance oils have been known to do this, so most suppliers will label what their scents are best suited for, to prevent things like this.

About the glitter or mica:

I preferred mica over glitter. Glitter is larger and less real gold-like, and the mica is a fine powder and added a nice shimmer to the bars. I did try to make a glitter swirl in this soap and it was a disaster. The glitter is a type of unnatural material that actually melted and became gummy in the soap, nor did it look shiny like glitter either.  As in the above image, that soap is melt and pour, so the caustic-ness of the soap is long gone, and just dipping this top into a small bowl of glitter and rubbing, you’ll get this effect. In the cold process soap method, the glitter or mica is added after the cure time. I used to apply mica to the face of the bars, then label.

The image below shows how nicely the mica sits in the grooves of the soap. This would be applied on the top of the bar, as these soaps were made flat, not in a log to be sliced.

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Here’s a mica rubbed into the grooves here as well, this shimmer looks good on other colors too. make christmas gifts, easy to make christmas gifts, making christmas crafts, make natural soap, making handmade soap


In the image below, mica would have been applied to the entire slab of soap, then cut into bars.

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Here is the other best selling Christmas Bar, Christmas Spice, which scent went my the name of Orange Spice the rest of the year.

This Christmas soap is Candy Cane, not as popular as the rest but still sold well at Christmas time.

Why gold, frankincense and myrrh? More about that here. 

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