Things to Make – Candycane Soap

soap One of my friends surpasses Martha Stewart in her craftiness. She told me about making candy cane soap for an easy Xmas gift and I decided to try it. Once I purchased the materials the process was super easy with beautiful results. The idea of adding real candy canes came from this blog.

Here's the scoop:

You will need:

(1) a block of clear glycerin (such as clear glycerin block)

(2) a block of white glycerin (such as white glycerin block)

(3) peppermint essential oil (such as Peppermint)

(4) red food coloring or soap dye (such as Soap Dye)

(5) a mold to pour the hot glycerin into, I used small cake pans

(6) crushed candy canes (optional)

Heat the glycerin in the microwave for about 40 seconds. Continue to heat in 20 second intervals until melted. Mix red dye/food coloring with the clear glycerin. Add a few drops of the peppermint essential oil. Pour melted white glycerin into the mold or cake pan. Let sit for about two minutes, until the layer seems somewhat set. Then add a layer of the red-dyed glycerin. Continue to alternate layers every few minutes until you fill the mold. For added decoration, sprinkle crushed candy canes on the top layer. Once the brick of soap dries, remove from the mold and cut into bars. Easy peasy. On the downside, my kids keep asking to eat it.

Post by Darcy :

  • Lauren

    here is my question, have you tried this with food coloring?? my concern would be that they would use it and it would maybe die there skin red??

  • Darcy

    I asked the same question and my friend said it wasn’t a problem when she tried it. But if you’re nervous, you can buy the soap dye off amazon and it shouldn’t be a problem.

  • Ariel

    This is a really cool idea you have here! Kids would love the candy cane shape and color. I will be enjoying it probably, too. Always remember to put enough glycerine for your skin.

  • Brianna

    Approx how many bars does this make?

  • Tina

    These turned out great. I’m going to use them in my Christmas gift bags. Thank you.

  • Canna Mrs.

    Can you use liquid glycerin for this instead? And what would the amount be?

    • Honest to Nod

      We recommend only using blocks of glycerin for this craft.