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Peppermint & Tea Tree Swirl Cold Process Soap Recipe

In this detailed guide, you'll learn the art of making your own tea tree oil cold process soap recipe and cold process peppermint soap recipe. This DIY peppermint soap combines the refreshing essence of peppermint with the cleansing properties of tea tree oil, delivering a handcrafted soap that not only cleanses but invigorates the senses. Follow these instructions to create your very own tea tree and peppermint soap, mastering how to make tea tree oil soap and how to make peppermint soap with ease.

  • Level of Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Output: 10 Bars
Time Allocation
  • Preparation and Cleanup: 30 Minutes
  • Crafting Duration: 1 Hour, 30 Minutes
  • Total Time: 2 Hours (extend if utilizing gel phase, recommended)
  • Curing Period: 4-6 Weeks
Essential Equipment
  • Safety Goggles
  • Long Nitrile Gloves (found in the dishwashing aisle of most supermarkets)
  • Precision Digital Scale
  • Digital or Infrared Thermometer
  • Immersion Blender
  • Portable Mini Mixer
  • Two Quart-Sized Glass or Microwave-safe Plastic Bowls
  • Pair of Funnel Pitchers
  • Small Containers for Ingredient Storage
  • Dual Quart-Sized Zipper Freezer Bags (for color mixing)
  • Spatula
  • Two Essential Oil Pipettes
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Stainless Steel Fine Mesh Strainer
  • Paper Towels
  • Cling Film
  • 10-inch Silicone Loaf Mold
  • Hanger Swirl Tool (see our tutorial on crafting your own)
  • Skewer or Chopstick (for top designs)
  • Heating Pad (Optional)
  • Timer (Optional)
  • Cardboard Box (fits over mold, Optional)
  • Insulating Towels/Blankets (Optional)
  • Vegetable Peeler (Optional for beveling)
  • Olive Oil: 11.6 oz (35%) + an additional 1.5 oz for color mixing
  • Coconut Oil: 9.9 oz (30%)
  • Palm Oil (melted): 6.6 oz (20%)
  • Shea Butter: 3.3 oz (10%)
  • Castor Oil: 1.0 oz (3%)
  • Avocado Oil: 0.7 oz (2%)
  • White Kaolin Clay: 2 tsp (1t PPO)
  • Peppermint Essential Oil: 0.7 oz (Medium Strength)
  • Tea Tree Essential Oil: 0.7 oz (Medium Strength)
  • Titanium Dioxide: 1.5 tsp (Optional for color)
  • Smooth Coconut Carbon Powder: 0.5 tsp
  • Cold Distilled Water: 8.3 oz (25% Water as a percent of oil weight)
  • Sodium Lactate 60%: 2 tsp (Optional for easier mold release) (or a scant 1/4 tsp salt per pound of oils)
  • Sodium Hydroxide (Lye): 4.7 oz (6% Super Fat/Lye discount)


Step 1. Preparation: Ensure safety attire is worn and work in a ventilated area. Pre-measure all ingredients for efficiency, measuring cold water and coconut oil first, followed by essential oils and sodium hydroxide last.

Step 2. Lye Solution: Carefully mix the sodium hydroxide with water in increments, avoiding fumes, and cover with plastic wrap to cool.

Step 3. Oil Solution: Melt coconut oil and shea butter, then blend with olive, palm, castor, and avocado oils.

Step 4. Blend Essential Oils and Clay: Mix kaolin clay with peppermint and tea tree essential oils, then incorporate into the oil blend.

Step 5. Colorant Preparation: Mix coconut carbon powder and titanium dioxide (optional) separately with olive oil to eliminate clumps.

Step 6. Soap Formation: At temperatures between 85°-95°F, combine lye solution with oils, aiming for an emulsion. Divide batter for color layering.

Step 7. Pouring Technique: Follow a strategic pour and layering method for the soap, beginning with a portion of the white batter, then the black, and finishing with the remainder of the white batter.

Step 8. Swirling: Utilize a hanger tool for internal batter swirling, creating intricate designs within the soap.

Step 9. Top Design: Decorate the soap's surface with leftover batter, employing a skewer for detailed patterns.

Step 10. Gel Phase: Optionally, induce gel phase using a heating pad and insulation to enhance soap quality.

Step 11. Unmolding and Finishing: Once ready, unmold and slice the soap into bars. Optionally, bevel edges after a day. Cure the bars for 4-6 weeks before use.


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