I’ve been wanting to make a new patchouli soap recipe for a while. I had stopped making it some time back as the cost of patchouli essential oil had gotten so high. Now that it’s come back down, I decided to craft a homemade patchouli soap bar with a “hippy” theme. While the fragrance of patchouli essential oil is already the stereotypical “hippie” scent, I thought why not throw some granola in the mix as well? I also made this soap completely free of palm oil for those who are concerned about finding and/or using ethically sourced palm oil. What I ended up with is a soap I’ve named Patchouli Granola Crunch. It’s eco-conscious, filled with the goodness of rolled oats, and is scented with the rich, earthy fragrance of dark patchouli essential oil. It could just be the perfect soap for the modern hippie at heart!
Homemade Patchouli Granola Crunch Soap Recipe
Soap Ingredients (x2):
13 fl. oz. distilled water
4.9 oz. lye (sodium hydroxide)
Granola Crunch Layer of Ingredients:
fresh ground whole peppercorns
To make this soap, you’ll need to make two batches of the above soap ingredients in two separate non-aluminum pots following my basic cold process soapmaking instructions. For each batch, measure out the distilled water into a glass or plastic pitcher. Weight out the lye for each then stir into the water and set aside to cool. Next weigh out the soapmaking oils, butters and beeswax for each pot and melt on the stove over medium heat. Remove once the ingredients are fully melted and allow to cool to about 100 degrees F.
Make your first pot of soap by pouring one container of the lye-water into one of the pots with your soapmaking oils. Mix with and immersion blender until you reach a light trace, then add the patchouli essential and all of the ingredients for the Granola Crunch. (You’ll want to pre-prepare these by measuring them out with teaspoon and Tablespoon measurements.) Mix thoroughly and at medium to heavy trace pour evenly into the bottom of BOTH lined soap molds. Then, using a pepper grinder, grind peppercorns to lightly cover the top of the soap you just poured into the molds.
Next prepare your second batch of soap adding the patchouli essential oil at trace. Mix thoroughly then pour this soap evenly into the two soap molds on top of the soap with the “granola” ingredients you already poured.
Cover and insulate for twenty four hours. After twenty four hours, you can unmold the soap and cut into bars. Allow to cure for 3-4 before use. Then package and label. This batch will yield approximately 20-22 4.5-5oz. soap bars depending on how they are cut.
For printable cigar band labels for this soap, click here to download the labels (pdf file) in both black and white and color. There is also a printable version of the recipe. Print on regular paper to tape around bare bars of soap. Or wrap in cling wrap or paper, then print the labels sheets onto sticker paper wrap around the wrapped soaps. These make lovely homemade gifts!