candy cane soap

Make candy cane soap easily at home for Christmas! I made a 3-pack of Christmas soaps for the holiday season, and those were a huge seller. The most popular soap was the Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh, followed by the Christmas Spice, and finally the Candy Cane, but the trio sold well for the season. Some of the trios were wrapped in a pretty little wood box.

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Candy Cane soap made in layers with soapy candy bits on top

Candy Cane soap is easy in that it is one scent, an all natural scent, and one color. The appearance of the bar is all up to how much effort you want to put in. Some will be easier than others, but I’m sure it will be pretty, even if you mess up your lines.

Make Candy Cane soap recipe:

  • Basic #1 recipe:
    51.2 oz Olive/Canola blended oils
    6.2 oz Coconut oil
    6.2 oz Palm oil
    23.4 oz water
    8.6 oz lye crystals
  • for this scented bar, add:
  •  3 T of peppermint essential oil
  • colorant:
  • 1 – 2 tsp of liquid red color, amount will depend on how much of your soap you will want red
  • put aside a portion of the soap base for the red part.

The soap at the top of the page with the bright red and white strips, would have had to be done with a a thickened (slightly cooled) soap base (this may be a melt and pour base) in order to keep the lines that straight and not running into each other. If using melt and pour, you would pour each line separately, awaiting about an hour in between for the next layer. And the top looks like little bits of cut up red melt and pour soap.

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a candy cane soap that is maybe more pink than red but still very pretty, maybe prettier than just red

The soap just above, which is a little more pink than red, appears to be a cold process soap like we are doing here. It looks like red and white poured together, then a layer of red, then red and white poured together again, white layer on the top, then sprinkling of crushed real candy cane. Very pretty.


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You can make candy cane soap with melt and pour, these two examples above are definitely melt and pour or glycerin soap. The top one is already white when purchased, and a red layer of soap, curled up, would have been previously made. The bottom one is done with clear melt and pour soap base – make sure is it really clear, some are very cloudy and low budget. It is unique to see the curls of soap inside.

Check out the best selling Christmas soap: Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh

You could grow your own peppermint indoors, easy to do, read more here at apartment therapy.
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