Hi! I'm Heidi.

Hi! I'm Heidi, and here is my Homestead Journey.....

Hi! I'm Heidi, and here is my Homestead Journey.....

 

Hi! I'm Heidi--I'm a modern-day homesteader starting out in middle age! I'm all about plant medicine, raising animals for love & food, preparedness, traditional food practices, and being a natural health rebel for life! Join me on this journey!

I'm Heidi, and this is Ranger.  He has been with me for over ten years, and I love him dearly.  

I'm Heidi, and this is Ranger.  He has been with me for over ten years, and I love him dearly.  

Peppermint:  Handmade Hot Process Essential Oil Soap Recipe

Peppermint: Handmade Hot Process Essential Oil Soap Recipe

I absolutely LOVE Peppermint!  I love the smell of peppermint!  I love the color!  I love the way peppermint wakes me up! I love the way peppermint makes my skin tingle!  Therefore, I love making my own Peppermint Essential Oil Hot Process Soap!  This was supposed to be an article for holiday gift giving, and here I am a bit late!  However, I'm posting this anyway because you can make this soap ANY time!  It's especially great in the summer because it's so refreshing!  The Peppermint essential oil wakes you up, gives you mental clarity, and just smells sooooo delicious! 

Here is a three pound block all cut up!  I used Nettle leaves I ground into a powder to make this emerald green color.  If you like green, I can't say enough about Nettle as a natural soap colorant!

Here is a three pound block all cut up!  I used Nettle leaves I ground into a powder to make this emerald green color.  If you like green, I can't say enough about Nettle as a natural soap colorant!

Ingredients for Peppermint Essential Oil Soap

The Lye Solution:

15 ounces distilled water

7.2 ounces sodium hydroxide also known as lye! 

The Oil Blend:

15 ounces Organic Olive Oil (The best prices I've found for EVOO is at Costco.)

15 ounces Coconut Oil

12 ounces Almond Oil

6 ounces Shea Butter

1.5 ounces Castor Oil

NOTE:  The above are Amazon links, and their prices are great plus fast shipping. For oils, butters, essential oils (for soap making) and other natural ingredients, (especially if you plan to make a few batches of soap) I recommend Bulk Apothecary.  For some of the oils, you have to make a bit of a larger purchase (but not for all), and the prices are super! They also ship quickly. 

My other favorite place for herbs (colorants) and essential oils for soap making is Starwest Botanicals.  

Natural Color:

This is a three pound soap recipe.  Therefore, for the natural color, grind Nettle leaves into a fine powder.  I use about 1  to 1 1/2 tablespoons of Nettle powder for this soap.

Natural Scent:

1.5 ounces of peppermint essential oil

.5 ounce of Patchouli essential oil

 Starwest and Bulk Apothecary  have Nettle herb and the essential oils you'll need!  

Tools for Making Hot Process Soap:

Kitchen Scale

Crock Pot

Hand Blender

Heat Resistant Measuring Pitchers

Measuring Cups

Wooden Spoons

Soap Mold

Sharp Knife or Soap Cutter

Learn everything you need to know to make your own natural hot process soaps with confidence, and customize them the way YOU want in my new eBook!

Learn everything you need to know to make your own natural hot process soaps with confidence, and customize them the way YOU want in my new eBook!

How to Make Hot Process Peppermint Soap:

(If you prefer Cold Process soap, this recipe will work just fine.  Just follow your usual steps for cold process.)  

NOTE:  For detailed and complete picture tutorial, please visit:  Make Your Own Hot Process Soap and How to Make Hot Process Soap.  Both of these articles have detailed step-by-step directions and include pictures.  

ALWAYS FOLLOW SAFETY PRECAUTIONS WHEN USING LYE!  

Wear Safety Glasses & Gloves---You can buy these at your local hardware store.  I like to wear a long sleeve shirt too.  If you happen to get lye on your skin, just rinse with vinegar.  Vinegar, being an acid, reverses lye's alkalinity.  See a doctor of course if you happen to burn! 

1.  Set your crock pot to low.  Place your oils into the crock pot (except for essential oils--they go in very last!)

2.  Now get your lye solution going.  Pour the lye beads into the water.  Please don't ever pour water into lye beads---that could create a volcano effect and burn you!  Stir until dissolved.  I like to do this part outside because the fumes can be pretty bad.  Always keep your pets and children in mind and keep this solution far away from them.

3.  Get your essential oils blended and set aside. 

4.  Pour your Nettle powder into the oil blend in the crock pot with your oils. 

5. Once the oils are liquid, gently pour in your lye solution. 

6. Mix up using your handy dandy and completely necessary hand blender until soft peaks like pudding form.  This is called "trace."

7. Put your lid on the crock pot and let it "cook."  You will see the oil/lye blend change!  See the articles noted above for pictures and descriptions! 

8. It's ready to go when it reaches translucency.  This will be a waxy translucent color, and here is where you perform the "zap" test. Take a bit on your finger (blow first---it's hot!), place it on your tongue.  If you don't feel a "zap" then it's done.  It will also just taste like soap.  Actually, once you get to know your soap, you can just tell when it's ready to go.  

9. Turn off the crock pot. Let sit for a few minutes, then stir, stir, stir in your essential oil blend! 

10. Scoop it into your soap mold. Let cool completely.  

11. If you want a clean top, cut off the top before unmolding the soap. 

12.  Remove the soap from the mold.  If you want to cut it all up, that's great! Or, you can just leave it in a block and cut it as needed...   Oh! The beauty of hot process soap! 

Use it right away if you want!  :-)    

Do you make your own hot process soap?  I'd love to know your thoughts! Let me know if you give this a try!

Hugs & Self-Reliance!

Heidi

Affiliate disclosure:  There are affiliate links in this post, and that simply means if you click through one and make any kind of purchase (not even the item clicked through), I will make a very small commission at no extra cost to you.  I thank you so much for supporting my blogging habit!  Heidi

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