Peppermint Patty Soap
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Yes, Peppermint Patty SOAP, not the yummy goodies you can eat. But these smell just like them. When I got done, my son came in and said, “Yea!” I told him it was soap and he looked so disappointed, ha ha. I guess I’ll have to make him some peppermint patties. I have a great recipe that I’ll have to post soon.
Here’s the peppermint patty soap recipe. For more detailed instructions on how to make soap see Soap Making 101.
Peppermint Patty Soap
- stainless steel pot
- 2 large stainless steel spoons (one for the oils, one for the lye)
- plastic container (or another pot) for lye
- plastic bag for lye
- Safety gear for dealing with lye (glasses, mask, gloves)
- 2 thermometers (one for the oils, one for the lye)
- whisk and/or stick blender or blender (with beaters that you will dedicate to soap making)
- bowls to measure all your ingredients in
- Soap Mold
- Old Blankets or towels
- 10 oz grass-fed beef tallow or lard
- 4 oz coconut oil
- 2 oz olive oil (hold one ounce to mix with cocoa)
- 2 oz lye
- 8 oz cool water
- 2 T cocoa powder
- .25 oz Peppermint Essential Oil
Measure and put your lard, coconut oil, and olive oil into your pot.
Measure the cocoa powder and olive oil and combine in a small bowl.
Measure the lye in the zip top bag and the water into a small container.
Melt fat and oils in the pot. Turn off and remove from heat.
Carefully, in a well ventilated place, mix lye into water (not water into lye).
Measure the temperature of the lye water and fat/oils. You want both at 100 degrees F. Use a water bath as necessary.
When both lye and fats are at 100 degrees F, pour the lye into the fats and mix with a whisk or blender on and off (every 5 minutes if using a blender, every 15 minutes if using a whisk). Using a blender will make the saponification process happen a bit faster which can be good if you are making soap during the winter and your temperatures are falling faster than they would otherwise. When soap reaches trace (mine only took about 5 minutes with the blender so watch carefully), pour 3/4 of the batch into your mold. Mix the cocoa and olive oil mixture into the remaining soap and then drizzle over soap already in the mold.
Carefully lay a sheet of wax paper over the top of the soap so that it doesn’t develop ash (a white powder on the surface that is usually shaved off later).
Wrap in towels and let it set for 48 hours. This is a softer soap at first so it needs the 48 hours instead of the 24.
I cut this into 6, 4oz bars. Now I have to wait for them to cure. In the mean time, I will leave it in my kitchen so I can keep smelling it.
Here’s the final product. You can buy some at my Etsy store.