Candy Cane Soap

The kids and I made homemade glycerin soap over the summer and it was a lot of fun. I used some of our extra white glycerin blocks to create this soap to go with what I am putting together for Christmas gifts to the boys’ teachers this year.
I guess I can’t really say that I “made” soap. What I did was buy a bag of glycerin chunks at the craft store, melt them down, add color and a scent, then re-shape them into molds. But it still transformed them into something different and heavenly scented.
I’m no expert when it comes to soap. As you can see the lines aren’t perfect. If I knew what I was doing, the lines would be solid. But I’m not sure how to do that and have the layers stay together when it is done. I was afraid if I let each layer dry before adding another that the layers would separate when I went to slice the soap into bars.  So I didn’t let each layer set up before adding the next one. I just waited until it just started to set up then poured the next color. So there is a mixture of stripes and swirls, but the soap is nice and solid. Perfect for a novice like me.
 Right after I poured the last layer I sprinkled the top with a layer of crushed candy canes. I let it sit for an hour, then ran a knife along the edges of my mold (a small loaf pan) and the soap popped right out. I then sliced it into bars with a kitchen knife.
For those wondering about the candy canes: It is merely for decorative purposes and washed off the soap after the first couple of uses. You don’t need it, but it looks pretty. It doesn’t make your hands sticky either since you are already washing them. Kind of cancels it all out.
Each parchment package has 2 small bars of soap. It really does make your hands smell like candy canes!
If you would like to see how to melt, add scents and colors, and mold glycerin, see our post here. I used red soap coloring (food coloring would work too) and peppermint extract. About 1/8 tsp. for each white layer.
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Oh how I love my readers! Here is a tip from Michelle on how to create perfect layers when making soap like this:
“Don’t worry about your layers they are great! These look good enough to eat.I have played with melt and pour soap before, for distinctive layer just spray some alcohol on the first layer, let it harden, spray again then add your next layer.But again these look divine, so pretty and a great handmade gift.”
Thanks Michelle!

Comments

  1. Oh I LOOOVE this! I’ve been thinking about making soap lately but have too many other projects to do. I want to make this for myself all year long!!

  2. I actually love how it’s not “perfect.” What a nice festive gift for the teachers. I’m sure they’ll love it.

  3. These are beautiful! I love the colors in it – soft shades of red and pink! So cute :-)

    I bet it smells nice too!!!

  4. These are SOOOO pretty! My daughter and I like them and I plan on pinning it! :)

  5. Thses are wonderful! And I agree with Nicole: if they were “perfect,” they’d look machine-made. Imperfections add charm to handmade things.

  6. These look good enough to eat :) Visiting from TGIF link party!

  7. These look amazing! So cute & I bet they smell delicious too! What a great idea. Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Don’t forget to grab the TGIF button for your linked up post or sidebar so that others can find the party & link up too. Thanks & See you next week,
    Beth =-)

  8. These do look good enough to eat! What great gifts.

  9. I love to make melt & pour soap too and this is a great idea and looks so good!! Would love if you linked it to my Craftastic party:)

  10. This is GORGEOUS! Found you through Someday Crafts.
    Angela
    bingecrafter.blogspot.com

  11. These look gorgeous! Good enough to eat!

  12. these are stunning almost too pretty to use I’d love you to link this up to my what we wore party over at http://raegunwear.blogspot.com

  13. I wish I could smell these. I’m sure they smell as great as they look!

  14. I love this!

    I would love for you to share it at my link party…

    http://www.the36thavenue.com

  15. Usually I’m not a fan of scented soaps since I’m allergic to most scents… but this one, sounds wonderful and looks wonderful too!

  16. Lovely! I want to make these for my daughter that will be coming home for the holidays. A fun little something that makes her know she is special.

  17. Love! They look just darling ~ thanks for sharing!! xo

  18. I wouldn’t worry about how “perfect” the layers came out. I think it’s amazing! How creative of you to come up with a quick diy for soap that you personalize!

  19. I pinned it!

  20. Don’t worry about your layers they are great! These look good enough to eat.

    I have played with melt and pour soap before, for distinctive layer just spray some alcohol on the first layer, let it harden, spray again then add your next layer.

    But again these look divine, so pretty and a great handmade gift.

  21. These would be super cute for gifts!!! what a fun craft for the kids too!! new visitor :)

  22. These are lovely – such a fun and bright idea I love them! You have done an amazing job on these – i want to make some for Christmas!
    Visiting from Tip Junkie
    Lowri
    http://papervinenz.blogspot.com/

  23. Oh my – these are simply beautiful :)

    Love for you to share it at my linky party here: http://www.jaqsstudio.com/2011/12/made-by-me-10-linky-party-and-features.html

  24. These are beautiful soaps! I’m pinning it!

  25. OHHHHHH that soap looks good enough to eat!
    I would love for you to link up on Blog Stalking Thursday! http://thecraftyblogstalker.blogspot.com/2011/12/blog-stalking-thursday-19.html

  26. I just wanted to let you know I featured this at this week’s linky party – http://livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/2011/12/tgif-linky-party-9.html – So pop on over, grab your Featured Button & don’t forget to link up this week!! Thanks again for sharing your creativity with the rest of us!!
    Beth =-)

  27. How lovely! My daughter would like to make homemade soap someday. She would love something like this. Beautiful! Stopping by from TGIF!

  28. These are gorgeous! I’ve done some soap making and am a bit of a novice myself. You did a great job! I love the idea of putting crushed candy canes on top of the soap.

    Cheers,
    Tracy Screaming Sardine

  29. Gorgeous SOAP.. I would even use them.. so pretty!!!!

    Thanks for linking this up, Brandy!
    I’m featuring this project of yours tonight.. ;) Join us tomorrow for another awesome party! ;)

    Thanks,
    Angie form A Little Inspiration
    http://www.littleinspiration.com

  30. This is perfection…thank you for inspiring…xo
    Lucy

  31. I made herbal soap this summer and think I have some soap leftover and definitely would love to try this. I’m a teacher and would be thrilled with a gift like this!

  32. Just stopping by to let you know that I have featured your project on Fun Family Crafts! You can see it here
    http://funfamilycrafts.com/candy-cane-soap-bars/

    If you have other kid friendly crafts, I’d love it if you would submit them :) If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above.

  33. Love this idea! Super cute, and love your blog! I’m having a linky party on my blog too! I would love it if you would link up to it! Here is the link http://www.thesouthernproductqueen.com/2011/12/20/linky-party-2/

  34. This is such an awesome idea! I’m pinning it for next year!

  35. I made these as gifts & linked to your post: http://sewcando.blogspot.com/2011/12/last-minute-gifts-101-candy-cane-soaps.html

    I give some tips on how to get the stripes nice and smooth too. Thanks for the great idea!!

  36. I can’t wait to try this! What a great Christmas idea! And I also love that your lines aren’t ‘perfect’. It shows that the soap was homemade and done with love – not store-bought. Thanks for sharing this! I’m going to use this with my goat’s milk soap base!

  37. When you do layers with regular soap-from-scratch and want layers you let it set up a bit them spritz with alcohol before pouring the next layer. I’ve never tried m&p so I’m not sure if it would work or not. Actually, I LIKE the uneven layers and can almost smell the peppermint LOL

  38. These look fantastic! If you’re looking for even more fun and easy recipes, look up the Soap Queen,

  39. Just curious what and where you bought the parchment paper from? It looks Velum instead of kitchen parchment paper. Awesome project. We are making some at our family gathering.

  40. Love this! My sister in-laws & I are making this for a girly craft day. Question: the parchment paper doesn’t look like kitchen paper. What did you use & where did you?

  41. I bought the items to make your craft. I love the crushed candy idea but when used diss it make you sticky? Or what does the candy do? Thanks

  42. I bought the items to make your craft. I love the crushed candy idea but when used diss it make you sticky? Or what does the candy do? Thanks

  43. I am very excited to make these as Christmas presents – thanks for sharing! Does the candycane make your hands sticky when you use the soap? I was wondering if the soap is functional or just for looks/smells …. Thanks!

  44. Terina and AmandaB_ak,

    The candy cane is kind of a wash when it comes to the soap. It gets sticky, but you are washing your hands anyways so it comes right off. I didn’t notice any stickiness AT ALL from it afterwards. So it is pretty, smells nice, and comes right off. Doesn’t really have a functional purpose.

    Hope this helps! :)

    Brandy
    Gluesticks

  45. Thank you, Brandy! I just noticed that Terina asked the same question right around the same time as me … odd that it hadn’t come up and then it did twice at once! haha! Everyone is making their Christmas presents now :) I’m really excited to make it, and thanks for the info, Brandy!

  46. I just wanted to let you know that I am featuring this soap on HammockTracks today.

  47. Hello, I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy reading your blog & have become a soap newbie as well. These are just lovely as a holiday gifts! How did you create the linings for this soap though?

  48. This makes me want to try making soap! Beautiful!

  49. This is such a wonderful idea for the holiday season. After doing some research I was able to find all the ingredients and the mold needed at http://www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com. They offer free shipping which sold me on purchasing form them. I just wanted to share my great find since you shared this with us.

  50. I actually like the blurred stripes but in case anyone hasnt said it yet: in order to keep the layers from falling apart, just spray the set layer with rubbing alcohol. Also, if you spray each unset layer it will prevent bubbles.

  51. First, I just love your soap, it is so attractive, and who make wonderful gifts at the holiday season. But please help me with one question. Putting crushed candy canes into the soap, how does that wash up? Are there any stickiness from the sugar in the candy? Thank you for sharing this idea. I love it.

    • Hi Patsy! The candy cane is a decorative feature that washes off after the first few times you use it. It doesn’t make your hands too sticky since you are already washing them. You can totally leave it off and it will still smell and work great with the other scents in the layers. Hope that helps!! :)

      • Thanks, Will most likely try it step by step, if you don’t seem to notice any problem with the candy, then why not put it in. Thanks for sharing.

  52. I’m excited about trying this very soon!

  53. I have to agree, I think it looks like the layers are just how you planned it. I agree you don’t have to tell your mistakes gal. They look great.

  54. Love this! Looks so pretty and such a great gift. If you get a chance, please link up to my link party: http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/2013/11/sunday-linky-36.html

  55. Jennifer Lathrop says:

    These look awesome!! Question for you though – to make the “white” did you get the white glycerin bars or the clear? I have the clear, but I’m afraid it won’t look white!

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