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Striped Soaps

Delight someone with a fresh-scented and boldly striped soap. Purchase clear and white glycerin soap at a crafts store. Use a mini loaf pan as a mold; each "loaf" of soap requires 2 cups of each soap and yields six bars of soap.

Photography: Lisa Hubbard

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2004




  • Glycerin

  • Peppermint oil

  • Glycerin

  • Plastic spoon


  1. Melt the glycerin according to the package instructions, using 1/4 cup at a time.

  2. Stir in a drop of peppermint oil (available at most health-food stores) with a plastic spoon; for the clear glycerin, add drops of red food coloring, stirring until you get the desired hue.

  3. Pour the 1/4 cup of melted soap into the loaf pan. Let cool for 20 minutes.

  4. Score the top with a fork. Repeat, alternating colors, until the pan is full.

  5. Let set for 4 hours. Pop soap out of pan, and slice into bars.

  6. Wrap each bar in cellophane; tape it shut, and tie with bakery string.

  7. Cut holly-leaf tags out of green construction paper.

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