Exfoliating Salt Scrub Bar Recipe

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This exfoliating salt scrub bar recipe is similar to traditional salt scrubs but in a convenient solid form. Use it in the shower after bathing for soft, smooth skin that feels moisturized and happy!

This exfoliating salt scrub bar recipe is similar to traditional salt scrubs but in a convenient solid form. Use it in the shower after bathing for soft, smooth skin that feels moisturized and happy!

This exfoliating salt scrub bar recipe is similar to traditional salt scrubs but in a convenient solid form. Use it in the shower after bathing for soft, smooth skin that feels moisturized and happy!

Exfoliating Salt Scrub Bar Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

11.25 oz. fine cosmetic sea salt
2.5 oz. sal butter
2.5 oz. cocoa butter
1 oz. cupuacu butter
.5 oz. sweet almond oil
.25 oz. fragrance oil, of choice

Instructions:

Using a digital scale, begin by weighing out the sal butter, cocoa butter and cupuacu butter into a large glass Pyrex measuring cup (or glass bowl). Heat in the microwave at 50% power until melted. (Alternately, you can also use a double boiler.)

Remove from heat. Weigh out the sweet almond oil and your skin safe fragrance oil of choice. Stir into the melted butters. (In warmer climates or areas that aren’t temperature controlled you should start with half the amount of sweet almond oil and adjust as necessary. If you prefer to use an essential oil for fragrance, use half the amount.)

In a separate container, weigh out the fine sea salt.

Slowly pour the sea salt into the melted oil and butters, mixing as you go until you’ve combined all of the salt with the liquid ingredients.

Pour the combined ingredients for this salt scrub bar recipe evenly into three cavities of a Crafters Choice™ Basic Round Silicone Soap Mold. Dust the tops of your salt scrub bars with pink Himalayan salt if desired.

Place your mold into the refrigerator until your salt scrub bars have fully solidified, then remove them from your mold.

This exfoliating salt scrub bar recipe is similar to traditional salt scrubs but in a convenient solid form. Use it in the shower after bathing for soft, smooth skin that feels moisturized and happy!

If desired, you can decorate the tops of your salt scrub bars like I chose to. Simply press a soap stamp into mica, then tap the stamp onto the top of each of your salt scrub bars using a mallet. (You can find quality pre-made and custom soap stamps from Custom Soap Stamps on Etsy here.)

Your salt scrub bars are now ready for use or for gifting!

To use simply massage your salt scrub bar onto wet skin in the shower after bathing. Then rinse and pat dry. Be sure to store your salt scrub bar in a cool, dry location between uses.

If you enjoyed this easy salt scrub bar recipe, then you may also like my other scrub recipes here. Also be sure to check out my other recipes that utilize the Crafters Choice™ Basic Round Silicone Soap Mold. They include the following: Melt & Pour Loofah Soap Recipe, Melt & Pour Polar Bear Soap Tutorial, Easy Melt & Pour Soap Crystals, Handmilled Coffee & Bourbon Vanilla Soap Recipe, and my Melt & Pour Watermelon Soap Recipe.

Don’t have time to make your salt scrub bar recipe? Buy them instead! One of my favorites is Etta + Billie’s Grapefruit Cardamom Salt Scrub Bar. Or browse more of my favorite handmade bath and body treats from products that indulge the senses and pumpkin spice favorites to coffee + chocolate themed delights.

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Natural Lavender Cream Deodorant Recipe with Bentonite Clay

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This natural lavender cream deodorant recipe is free of irritating baking soda and contains only natural ingredients like arrowroot powder, magnesium hydroxide and bacteria fighting neem oil. In addition, it can be used for other skin care issues. In addition to using this lavender cream deodorant under your arms to fight odor, also try it on your feet to keep them from sweating and stinking in hot shoes, on your face solo or underneath makeup to keep your face shine free and fight acne, or you can even use it as an acne fighting face mask! How's that for a four-in-one product?

This lavender cream deodorant recipe with bentonite clay won’t irritate sensitive skin. Plus three other ways to use this product for other skin care needs!

My natural lavender cream deodorant recipe is free of irritating baking soda and contains only natural ingredients like arrowroot powder, magnesium hydroxide and bacteria fighting neem oil. In addition, it can be used for other skin care issues. In addition to using this lavender cream deodorant under your arms to fight odor, also try it on your feet to keep them from sweating and stinking in hot shoes, on your face solo or underneath makeup to keep your face shine free and fight acne, or you can even use it as an acne fighting face mask! How’s that for a four-in-one product?

While my cream deodorant recipe has a light lavender scent, don’t feel boxed by my choice of essential oil. If you don’t like lavender, or if you’re looking for a masculine fragrance, you can substitute the lavender essential oil in my cream deodorant recipe with another essential oil of your choice like cedarwood, fir needle, rosemary or even patchouli! You’ll find my lavender cream deodorant recipe below. (And this one is by far my very favorite deodorant recipe ever!)

This natural lavender cream deodorant recipe is free of irritating baking soda and contains only natural ingredients like arrowroot powder, magnesium hydroxide and bacteria fighting neem oil. In addition, it can be used for other skin care issues. In addition to using this lavender cream deodorant under your arms to fight odor, also try it on your feet to keep them from sweating and stinking in hot shoes, on your face solo or underneath makeup to keep your face shine free and fight acne, or you can even use it as an acne fighting face mask! How's that for a four-in-one product?

Natural Lavender Cream Deodorant Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

1 oz. fractionated coconut oil
.5 oz. refined shea butter
.3 oz. neem oil
.05 oz. emulsifying wax
1.75 oz. arrowroot powder
.5 oz. bentonite clay
.5 oz. magnesium hydroxide
3 mL lavender essential oil
1 mL tea tree essential oil

Instructions:

You’ll want to note beforehand that this product, like many all natural products, is very temperature sensitive. It is the consistency of a cream that feels kind of like Play-doh and takes a minimum of 2-3 days to fully set up. It’s best kept in a temperature controlled setting. If you live in a cooler area you may find that my cream deodorant is a little thicker, especially in the winter.  If you live in a warmer area, it may be thinner. In this case, I’d advise adding a small amount more of emulsifying wax or arrowroot powder. If it’s too thick, add a small amount more of fractionated coconut oil.

You’ll need a digital scale to weigh all of the ingredients, except for the essential oils which are measured out using graduated transfer pipettes.

To make my lavender cream deodorant recipe, you’ll begin by weighing out the shea butter and emulsifying wax into a glass Pyrex measuring cup. Melt either in the microwave at 50% power – higher temps can cause your shea butter to become grainy – or in a double boiler.

Now weigh out the neem oil – you’ll need to use 100% neem oil for this recipe, not one that’s been diluted so it stays in a liquid state at lower temperatures – and the fractionated coconut oil. Stir into the melted shea butter and emulsifying wax. If needed, gently heat again then mix well to combine.

Using graduated transfer pipettes, measure out the lavender and tea tree essential oils and stir into the melted ingredients. You’ll want to use a new pipette for each essential oil in order to avoid cross contamination.

Now weigh out the arrowroot powder, bentonite clay, and magnesium hydroxide into a glass container. Mix well with a non-metal utensil until the powders are thoroughly combined.

Slowly pour the powder mixture into the melted wet ingredients mixing as you go until both wet and dry ingredients are mixed completely into one another.

Pour your cream deodorant into a 4 oz. glass salve jar or similar – I used the glass jars from Container and Packaging for this project – and screw on the lid.

This natural lavender cream deodorant recipe is free of irritating baking soda and contains only natural ingredients like arrowroot powder, magnesium hydroxide and bacteria fighting neem oil. In addition, it can be used for other skin care issues. In addition to using this lavender cream deodorant under your arms to fight odor, also try it on your feet to keep them from sweating and stinking in hot shoes, on your face solo or underneath makeup to keep your face shine free and fight acne, or you can even use it as an acne fighting face mask! How's that for a four-in-one product?

Allow your cream deodorant to thicken and set up fully. In most cases this will take about two days. However, in warmer climates it can take three. Mix once or twice a day until it fully sets up. The final deodorant will feel pillowy when you touch it and if you were to scoop all of it out of the jar, it would feel a lot like Play-doh, except it starts to thin out to a lotion like consistency when handled due to your body temperature.

I have not found that the refrigerator speeds up the process as the deodorant will go back to it’s previous state once it goes back to room temperature. You’ll want to keep the extra heat from where you melted the shea butter and emulsifying wax to help the arrowroot powder work as a thickener.

Alternately, you can also try heating the ingredients continuously in a double boiler until all the ingredients have been combined prior to pouring into your jar to shave some time off the process. However, I’ve not tested making my deodorant cream recipe this way, therefore I don’t know if it affects the final consistency of the product or not.

Once your lavender cream deodorant is ready, simply scoop out a small amount and rub onto your armpits. It should melt nicely into your skin and won’t leave your skin feeling sticky or greasy. Yay!

To use on your feet, simply massage a small amount onto the bottoms your feet – and your toenails if they’re prone to fungus – prior to applying socks and/or shoes.

To mattify your face, keep your complexion shine free and to help prevent acne breakouts, massage a tiny pea sized amount of deodorant onto your face after your moisturizer and under makeup. Concentrate the deodorant cream in areas that are most prone to oil. For me, that’s my T-zone.

Or, to use as a face mask, scoop out a generous amount of deodorant and apply to clean skin in the same way you would a regular clay mask. Once dry, gently rinse off then follow with your favorite toner and moisturizer.

My natural lavender deodorant cream recipe makes enough deodorant to fill one 4 oz. jar. For best results, use within six months. If you are shipping your product and it melts, simply stir then pop it in the refrigerator until it thickens back up. Stir again and use as normal.

If you are making my lavender cream deodorant to sell, you’ll need to label your jar(s) appropriately to meet state and federal laws. If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding labeling cosmetics, I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale. You may also want to consider a natural preservative.

Don’t have time to make your own cream deodorant? Try one of these baking soda free cream deodorants from one of these amazing sellers on Etsy.

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Sunday Spotlight: Unicorn Poop, Rainbows & Sparkles

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Unicorns, Unicorn Poop, Rainbows & Sparkles // Who doesn’t love unicorns? I mean, heck. They poop RAINBOWS. Here are some of my favorite handmade unicorn inspired products from unicorn poop to rainbow sparkles all created to delight the senses and remind you that there really is a little magic in the world.

Sunday Spotlight: Unicorn Poop, Rainbows & Sparkles

Who doesn’t love unicorns? I mean, heck. They poop RAINBOWS. Here are some of my favorite handmade unicorn inspired products from unicorn poop to rainbow sparkles all created to delight the senses and remind you that there really is a little magic in the world.

Unicorns, Unicorn Poop, Rainbows & Sparkles // Who doesn’t love unicorns? I mean, heck. They poop RAINBOWS. Here are some of my favorite handmade unicorn inspired products from unicorn poop to rainbow sparkles all created to delight the senses and remind you that there really is a little magic in the world.

Unicorn Poop Wax Melts by Scent Circus // Unicorn Poop Bath Bomb by Southern Beauty Skin // Unicorn Poop Kawaii Plush Keychain by Cindy Makes // Magical Unicorn Whipped Soap by Rose Garden Apothecary

Unicorns, Unicorn Poop, Rainbows & Sparkles // Who doesn’t love unicorns? I mean, heck. They poop RAINBOWS. Here are some of my favorite handmade unicorn inspired products from unicorn poop to rainbow sparkles all created to delight the senses and remind you that there really is a little magic in the world.

Unicorn Poop Rainbow Highlighter Shimmer by Kizzlish Beauty // Unicorn Poop Rainbow Meringue Cookies by Lil Doves Confections // Rainbow Sprinkles Waffle Bath Bomb by Sugar Milk Co. // Unicorn Temporary Tattoo by Nice Coco

Unicorns, Unicorn Poop, Rainbows & Sparkles // Who doesn’t love unicorns? I mean, heck. They poop RAINBOWS. Here are some of my favorite handmade unicorn inspired products from unicorn poop to rainbow sparkles all created to delight the senses and remind you that there really is a little magic in the world.

Unicorn Poop Soap by Laporte Soaps // Unicorn Poop Bubble Scoop by Persephone Soaps // Unicorn Burps Whipped Soap by Bubble Girl Soap Co. // Honey Calendula Unicorn Soap by Tammy Lane Soaps

Unicorns, Unicorn Poop, Rainbows & Sparkles // Who doesn’t love unicorns? I mean, heck. They poop RAINBOWS. Here are some of my favorite handmade unicorn inspired products from unicorn poop to rainbow sparkles all created to delight the senses and remind you that there really is a little magic in the world.

Chunky Unicorn Face Glitter by KARIZMA // Unicorn Handmade Soap by ZAJA Natural // Unicorn Bubble Bars by Pure Poetry Cosmetics // Good Vibes Rainbow Illuminator Blush by Glam & Grace Makeup

Unicorns, Unicorn Poop, Rainbows & Sparkles // Who doesn’t love unicorns? I mean, heck. They poop RAINBOWS. Here are some of my favorite handmade unicorn inspired products from unicorn poop to rainbow sparkles all created to delight the senses and remind you that there really is a little magic in the world.

Rainbow In The Dark Soap by Leeloo Soap // “In Unicorn We Trust” Mug by Sobi Graphie // Yeticorn Doll by Yetis & Friends // Unicorn Stickers by The Watercolorie

Make your own shimmering unicorn balm!

Learn how to make your own fabulous DIY unicorn balm! This tri-color balm leaves just a hint of shimmer on your skin and can be scented with your favorite fragrance!

Or learn how to make your own shimmering DIY unicorn balm!

Learn how to make your own fabulous DIY unicorn balm! This tri-color DIY unicorn balm leaves just a hint of shimmer on your skin and can be scented with your favorite fragrance! Plus it makes a great homemade gift idea for anyone who loves unicorns - or simply wants sparkle like one for the day!

This tri-color DIY unicorn balm leaves just a hint of shimmer on your skin and can be scented with your favorite fragrance! Plus it makes a great homemade gift idea for anyone who loves unicorns – or simply wants sparkle like one for the day! You can find the tutorial and recipe for this project here.

For even more of my handmade unicorn inspired favorites, be sure to check out more of my sparkly unicorn favorites on Etsy here.

Or for more of my handmade bath and body favorites, be sure to check out last week’s Sunday Spotlight featuring four unique artisan bath and body shops here.

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Orange & Chamomile Exfoliating Foaming Cleanser Recipe

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Inspired by Suki's Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser, my exfoliating foaming cleanser recipe gently exfoliates your face with natural sugar while also helping to purify pores, remove dry skin, even skin tone and smooth and soften your complexion.

Inspired by Suki’s Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser, my orange & chamomile exfoliating foaming cleanser recipe gently exfoliates your face with natural sugar while also helping to purify pores, remove dry skin, even skin tone and smooth and soften your complexion.

This all natural foaming facial cleanser lathers as you massage it onto damp or wet skin to wash away excess dirt and makeup, while sweet almond oil – a mild, hypoallergenic oil – helps to protect skin against UV radiation damage as well as aid in keeping skin soft and supple.

Sweet almond oil is especially suited for sensitive skin and is easily absorbed by skin. Due to its high vitamin A content, it can also help to prevent acne. In addition it aids in relieving inflammation, itchiness and redness that may be caused by eczema or psoriasis. (If you suffer from eczema or psoriasis, be sure to also check out my homemade pine tar soap recipe.)

Blood orange essential oil is also wonderful for helping to reduce skin inflammation as well as flushing out toxins, while chamomile has also long been praised for its anti-inflammatory properties in skin care.

Inspired by Suki's Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser, my exfoliating foaming cleanser recipe gently exfoliates your face with natural sugar while also helping to purify pores, remove dry skin, even skin tone and smooth and soften your complexion.

Orange & Chamomile Exfoliating Foaming Cleanser Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

7 oz. white granulated sugar
.8 oz. Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild Unscented Hemp Liquid Castile Soap
.25 oz. sweet almond oil
.05 oz. castor oil
1 Tablespoon chamomile flowers, ground or chamomile flower powder
1 mL blood orange essential oil

Instructions:

Using a digital scale, begin by weighing out the liquid Castile soap, sweet almond oil and castor oil into a glass container.

Using a graduated transfer pipette, measure out the blood orange essential oil and add to the soap and oil mixture.

How to make an exfoliating foaming cleanser recipe for your face!

Whisk well to combine thoroughly. The mixture will kind of resemble scrambled eggs with a bit of butter. (Weird, right?)

Weigh out the sugar into a separate container.

Then measure out the ground chamomile flowers using a measuring spoon and whisk into the sugar.

Slowly pour the sugar and chamomile flower mixture into the container with the liquid mixture, stirring as you go.

Continue mixing until all of the ingredients for your exfoliating foaming cleanser are thoroughly combined.

Inspired by Suki's Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser, my orange & chamomile exfoliating foaming cleanser recipe gently exfoliates your face with natural sugar while also helping to purify pores, remove dry skin, even skin tone and smooth and soften your complexion.

Now spoon your orange & chamomile exfoliating foaming cleanser into two 4 oz. glass salve jars. I used the glass jars from Container and Packaging for this project. Screw on the lids of your choice, then label as desired for personal use or gifting.

If you are making this exfoliating foaming cleanser to sell, you’ll need to label appropriately to meet state and federal laws. If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding labeling cosmetics, I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale. You may also want to consider a natural preservative.

To use your orange & chamomile exfoliating foaming cleanser, simply scoop out the desired amount then massage onto your wet face in circular motion. Rinse, then pat dry and follow with your favorite toner and moisturizer.

This homemade coffee scrub recipe without coconut oil is inspired by the Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub. Scented with a fresh blend of orange, coconut and cardamom, my coffee scrub recipe contains naturally emollient sweet almond oil, mineral rich pink Himalayan salt, anti-inflammatory blood orange essential oil, brown sugar, and ground coffee to exfoliate, smooth and brighten dull, aging or acne prone skin. Plus there are free printable labels for gifting!

If you like my recipe for my orange & chamomile exfoliating foaming cleanser, then you may also like my orange & coconut coffee scrub recipe. Inspired by the Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub, my coffee scrub recipe is scented with a fresh blend of orange, coconut and cardamom and also contains naturally emollient sweet almond oil, mineral rich pink Himalayan salt, anti-inflammatory blood orange essential oil, brown sugar, and ground coffee to exfoliate, smooth and brighten dull, aging or acne prone skin.

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Pine Tar Soap Recipe for Psoriasis, Eczema and Other Skin Issues

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Learn how to make homemade pine tar soap with this simple pine tar soap recipe. Traditionally, pine tar soap is used to treat problematic skin conditions that include psoriasis, eczema, dandruff and skin inflammation. It can also be used to soothe and treat symptoms of poison ivy, oak, and sumac and it helps to relieve itching caused by bug bites.

Learn how to make homemade pine tar soap with this simple pine tar soap recipe.

Traditionally, pine tar soap is used to treat problematic skin conditions that include psoriasis, eczema, dandruff and skin inflammation. It can also be used to soothe and treat symptoms of poison ivy, oak, and sumac and it helps to relieve itching caused by bug bites. I also found that using pine tar soap to bathe my dog calmed and soothed his flea dermatitis.

I was a little hesitant about making pine soap for the first time as I’d never worked with pine tar before and wasn’t sure what to expect. However, the pine tar was something like the consistency of real maple syrup and not at all difficult to use. I did make a small 12 oz. test batch first just to go through the process and get a feel for things. But it was absolutely not necessary. Just remember to allow your lye-water and oils to cool to around 80° F and hand stir with a spatula rather than a stick blender. It’s a pretty steady process with the soap batter gradually reaching trace in about the same amount of time a regular soap batch with a stick blender would. Nothing seized or went awry so you shouldn’t feel rushed to get the soap into the mold.

Since I created two batches of this soap – one 12 oz. batch and one 16 oz. batch – I figured I’d go ahead and share both of those recipes with you. On my test batch I threw some turquoise mica in a small amount of the soap batter and spread it on top just to see what it would do. The color held, though I don’t think the turquoise was particularly pretty against the natural brown color of the pine tar soap. However, if you’d like to color your pine tar soaps so they aren’t a drab brown, it is an option if you’re using mica.

I’ll share my 16 oz. pine tar soap recipe first followed by the smaller 12 oz. recipe. The 16 oz. recipe fits into this Ozera 6-Cavity Silicone Soap Mold quite nicely and will give you uniform bars that don’t need to be cut. The two recipes are incredibly similar. However, I like the 12 oz. recipe the best and found it hardened up much faster.

Learn how to make homemade pine tar soap with this simple pine tar soap recipe. Traditionally, pine tar soap is used to treat problematic skin conditions that include psoriasis, eczema, dandruff and skin inflammation. It can also be used to soothe and treat symptoms of poison ivy, oak, and sumac and it helps to relieve itching caused by bug bites.

Pine Tar Soap Recipe (16 oz. batch)

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

9.6 oz. olive oil
3.2 oz. coconut oil
.8 oz. castor oil
2.4 oz. pine tar

5 oz. distilled water
1.9 oz. sodium hydroxide/lye

1 Tablespoon (60% solution) sodium lactate
.15 oz. eucalyptus essential oil
.1 oz. tea tree oil

Learn how to make homemade pine tar soap with this simple pine tar soap recipe. Traditionally, pine tar soap is used to treat problematic skin conditions that include psoriasis, eczema, dandruff and skin inflammation. It can also be used to soothe and treat symptoms of poison ivy, oak, and sumac and it helps to relieve itching caused by bug bites. I also found that using pine tar soap to bathe my dog calmed and soothed his flea dermatitis.

Soap Notes:

Here’s my pine tar soap recipe from where I ran it through a lye calculator. This recipe doesn’t have any palm oil so you really need to add the sodium lactate to firm it up. It’s rather soft without it. Also I do recommend discounting the water a little further which is why my pine tar soap recipe differs slightly from the screenshot of what I initially came up with. If you don’t discount your water further or your soap doesn’t gel, it may need an extra day or two in the mold so it comes out clean.

If you’d like to start with a harder bar right off the bat, you can use around 30% sustainable palm oil in your pine tar recipe – though keep in mind palm oil does speed up trace a bit – or you can use lard. Of course there are many many other variations of oils and butters you can experiment with, but for the sake of creating a beginner recipe, I left it simple.

I have also been considering, however, making this again and including neem oil in the recipe since it also helps with many of the same skin issues. I’d likely reduce the amount of pine tar to 10% and use 5% neem oil, although 15% pine tar and 5% neem oil could work as well.

This pine tar soap recipe, which is basically the same as my test best but with the addition of tea tree, is mild with a nice creamy lather just several days after unmolding. However, for the mildest bar possible and a harder bar that will help your soap last longer, I highly recommend resisting the urge to use these a week in and let these cure a full four to six weeks.

The essential oil of course are optional. But I added them for their skin and hair care properties. In regards to fragrance, the essential oils make very little difference in the scent of the soap. The final soaps still smelled very reminiscent of the pine tar in the can. my 16 oz. pine tar soap recipes yields six bars of soap when using the Ozera 6-Cavity Silicone Soap Mold.

Instructions:

To make your pine tar soap you’ll follow your basic cold process soapmaking instructions for the most part. Begin by making your lye-water. Measure out the amount of water needed into a heat proof container.

Then, using a digital scale, weigh out the lye. Slowly pour the lye into the water in a well ventilated area, stirring until the lye has dissolved completely. (You’ll want to take proper safety precautions when working with lye. Gloves and eye protection are recommended.)

Learn how to make homemade pine tar soap with this simple pine tar soap recipe. Traditionally, pine tar soap is used to treat problematic skin conditions that include psoriasis, eczema, dandruff and skin inflammation. It can also be used to soothe and treat symptoms of poison ivy, oak, and sumac and it helps to relieve itching caused by bug bites. I also found that using pine tar soap to bathe my dog calmed and soothed his flea dermatitis.

Next, use your digital scale to weigh out the olive, coconut and castor oils as well as the pine tar. (I specifically used the Bickmore Pine Tar which is creosote free.) Heat in a non-aluminum pot over medium to medium-low heat until your ingredients have melted completely. Alternately, you can heat this one rather quickly at 50% power in your microwave as well in a large glass Pyrex measuring cup. (Note that I did not heat my oils and pine tar in the Pyrex on the stove.)

Once your ingredients have melted, remove from heat and set aside.

Once your ingredients have melted, remove from heat and set aside.

Allow the lye-water and your oil and pine tar mixture to cool to room temperature or around 80°F.

Now measure out the sodium lactate and stir it into your lye-water.

Weigh out the essential oils, if you like to use them, and stir them into your melted oils and pine tar.

Placing your sold mold on a cutting board will make it easy to transport if needed prior to time to unmold your soaps.

Prepare you soap mold by placing it on a wooden cutting board or similar for easy transport in case it’s necessary to move your soap prior to it being ready to unmold.

Now slowly pour the lye-water into the melted oils and pine tar and stir by hand until you reach a medium-heavy trace.

Learn how to make homemade pine tar soap with this simple pine tar soap recipe. Traditionally, pine tar soap is used to treat problematic skin conditions that include psoriasis, eczema, dandruff and skin inflammation. It can also be used to soothe and treat symptoms of poison ivy, oak, and sumac and it helps to relieve itching caused by bug bites. I also found that using pine tar soap to bathe my dog calmed and soothed his flea dermatitis.

Pour the soap batter into your mold cavities.

Learn how to make homemade pine tar soap with this simple pine tar soap recipe. Traditionally, pine tar soap is used to treat problematic skin conditions that include psoriasis, eczema, dandruff and skin inflammation. It can also be used to soothe and treat symptoms of poison ivy, oak, and sumac and it helps to relieve itching caused by bug bites. I also found that using pine tar soap to bathe my dog calmed and soothed his flea dermatitis.

If desired, level the tops of the soap you just poured with your spatula or the back of a butter knife.

Set your soap aside in safe location where it won’t be disturbed. Wait at least 24 hours before attempting to unmold your soap. If after 24 hours your pine tar soap does not seem like it will come cleaning out of the mold, simply wait another day or two.

Unmold your pine tar soap and set aside in a cool dry location to cure for four to six weeks.

Whew. That was easy. Now here’s the test batch recipe.

Learn how to make homemade pine tar soap with this simple pine tar soap recipe. Traditionally, pine tar soap is used to treat problematic skin conditions that include psoriasis, eczema, dandruff and skin inflammation. It can also be used to soothe and treat symptoms of poison ivy, oak, and sumac and it helps to relieve itching caused by bug bites. I also found that using pine tar soap to bathe my dog calmed and soothed his flea dermatitis.

Pine Tar Soap Recipe (12 oz. batch)

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

7 oz. olive oil
2.6 oz. coconut oil
.6 oz. castor oil
1.8 oz. pine tar

3.9 oz. distilled water
1.45 oz. sodium hydroxide/lye

1 teaspoon (60% solution) sodium lactate
.15 oz. eucalyptus essential oil
turquoise mica, to suit

Learn how to make homemade pine tar soap with this simple pine tar soap recipe. Traditionally, pine tar soap is used to treat problematic skin conditions that include psoriasis, eczema, dandruff and skin inflammation. It can also be used to soothe and treat symptoms of poison ivy, oak, and sumac and it helps to relieve itching caused by bug bites. I also found that using pine tar soap to bathe my dog calmed and soothed his flea dermatitis.

Instructions:

Follow the same directions as with the previous pine tar soap recipe mixing the lye-water and oils at around 80°F. My 12 oz. recipe yields four bars of pine tar soap and will fill four of the Ozera 6-Cavity Silicone Soap Mold with a bit to spare.

Learn how to make homemade pine tar soap with this simple pine tar soap recipe. Traditionally, pine tar soap is used to treat problematic skin conditions that include psoriasis, eczema, dandruff and skin inflammation. It can also be used to soothe and treat symptoms of poison ivy, oak, and sumac and it helps to relieve itching caused by bug bites. I also found that using pine tar soap to bathe my dog calmed and soothed his flea dermatitis.

Once your soap reaches trace, pour it evenly into four of the mold cavities leaving a little room at the top if you want a colored top. Mix the mica to suit into the remaining soap batter, then fill the molds the rest of the way with the colored soap batter.

Unmold after 24 to 48 hours. Your soap is ready for use in four to six weeks.

I went a little heavy on the mica just to test the result I’d get. It did make the lather green, but it didn’t stain my skin or the tub. (This is also the version I used on my dog, Jasper, that calmed his skin. Neem oil soap also works well for this.)

Learn how to make homemade pine tar soap with this simple pine tar soap recipe. Traditionally, pine tar soap is used to treat problematic skin conditions that include psoriasis, eczema, dandruff and skin inflammation. It can also be used to soothe and treat symptoms of poison ivy, oak, and sumac and it helps to relieve itching caused by bug bites.

If you’re still not ready to make your own pine tar soap, you can buy it online here from The Village Soapsmith as well as from many other talented soapmakers on Etsy. For more handmade soaps and other bath and body products you can buy, be sure to visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen here.

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