How to make Holly Jolly Festive Soap

Ready for Christmas? It'll be here before you know it, so get ready with this festive recipe for yourself or as a great gift for family and friends.

HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

Step 1

Take your 1kg of Crystal ST out of its packaging and cut into microwavable chunks.

Cutting soap base
Soap base in the Container

Step 2

Place soap chunks in a heatproof container and heat at one-minute intervals until melted, stirring between each interval.

Melting soap base

Step 3

Now colour your base! We used just a bit of a lovely red shimmer mica, but feel free to use your favourite red mica. Add it to your base of approximate temperature of 65°C and mix thoroughly until even throughout. Dilute with some rubbing alcohol to reduce bubbles.

Preparing colours

Step 4

Spray your silicone moulds with rubbing alcohol, then add, approximately, a 3cm layer of your red base as a base layer in your small loaf mould, and then add a 1cm layer to the bottom of your flat mould. Spray both surfaces with the alcohol and set both aside to dry.

Pouring soap base into loaf
Pouring soap base into a flat loaf

Step 5

Now, cut your Crystal White ST base into microwavable chunks, and place in a heatproof container. Microwave at one-minute intervals until melted through, stirring between each interval.

Step 6

Add a few drops of Christmas Pudding fragrance and a few drops of Orange fragrance to the melted base, making sure not to add more than 2% of the whole solution.

Christmas Pudding oil
Add oil drops

Step 7

Make sure that your red layer in the larger mould has set, if so, spray it with rubbing alcohol and then add a 1cm layer of your fragranced Crystal White ST (for perfect layers make sure it is not higher than 65°C). Spray the surface with alcohol, and set aside to dry.

Pouring soap

Step 8

Separate your remaining White ST into two heatproof containers. Dissolve your green mica in alcohol to ensure even colour distribution. To one, add the green mica gradually, stirring thoroughly after each addition until you reach a bright green colour. Set aside the remaining white melted base for later.

Green Mica

Step 9

Test the red layer in your smaller silicone mould. If firm to the touch, spritz with rubbing alcohol and add around a 3cm layer of your green base. Spray again the surface with alcohol.

Pour soap base

Step 10

While the green layer sets, remove your red and white slab from your flat silicone mould and slice into your desired size. We went for a cube for a great ‘sweetie’ effect, but they could equally be chopped into small triangles, or grated into curls, creativity is yours. Once done, set aside for later use.

Soap base chunks

Step 11

Wait until your green layer has hardened, then spray again with alcohol. The remaining white soap may need to be popped in the microwave for a minute to re-melt any solidified parts. When melted throughout again, pour over the green layer, until the white layer is around 3cm from the surface of the mould- this is to ensure your toppings don’t cause an overflow.

Layering soap

Step 12

Working quickly, scatter the cubes across the surface of the white layer, making sure to push some of the cubes down into the surface before the top layer dries.

Adding soap chunks

Step 13

Leave to set for 12 hours, then remove from the silicone mould. Taking a soap cutter of your choice (we chose a festive wavy cutter), cut your soaps into slices from top to bottom, and enjoy!

Unmolding soap
Christmas soap bars
Christmas soap

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