This may seem a bit early for Christmas, but with soap’s minimum 3-week aging time, it’s actually a bit late. I made this soap the second week of November with my friend Jess to have it ready in time to give as Christmas gifts. It’s a great bar; seasonally coloured and scented with all my favourite Christmas smells. Cinnamon, cloves, oranges, and vanilla. Yum.

The recipe is pretty standard. I used oxides for the colours and vanilla flecks for a bit of texture and the vanilla scent. A bit of clay adds some slip and extra cleansing oomph, and unrefined shea butter (USA / Canada) adds some luxury.

Christmas Stripe Soap

40% olive oil (pomace)
30% refined coconut oil (USA / Canada)
10% unrefined shea butter (USA / Canada)
15% beef tallow
5% castor oil (USA / Canada)

30g essential oils of clove, cinnamon, and orange per 500g oils

2020 update: Given the irritation potential for this essential oil blend, I’d recommend using a Christmas spice fragrance oil rather than the essential oil blend. Please refer to supplier documentation for maximum usage rates for the particular fragrance oil you’re using when used in soap.

1 tbsp white white kaolin clay (USA / Canada) per 500g oils

2 tsp vanilla flecks per 500g oils

Red and green chromium oxides

Follow my basic soap making instructions, adding the clay, vanilla flecks, and essential oils at trace. You’ll want a good, thick trace so you can get distinct layers. Divide the soap into thirds. Colour one batch red, one green, and leave one for your white/neutral layer. Layer them in the mould with the neutral in the middle. Sharply rap the mould on the counter to knock out any air bubbles.