Natural Homemade Neem Oil Soap Recipe

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DIY Natural Neem Oil Soap Recipe - This handmade cold process soap is perfect for those with skin issues like eczema, psoriasis and Homemade Neem Oil Soap Recipe for Eczema, Psoriasis and Seborrheic Dermatitis

I’ve been using a neem oil in a lot of my different diy skin care recipes lately and have loved the results. So I finally created a natural homemade neem oil soap recipe with neem oil as one of the key ingredients. This homemade neem oil soap recipe is formulated specifically for those with eczema and psoriasis as well as scalp conditions like dandruff and seborrhoeic dermatitis.

While this homemade neem oil soap recipe makes a great body bar, the argan oil, apricot kernel oil and wheat germ oil included within the recipe make it suitable as a shampoo bar as well. The lemongrass essential oil in this recipe tones down the natural odor of neem oil, however you can sub the lemongrass with lavender essential oil if you prefer.

Homemade Neem Oil Soap Recipe for Eczema, Psoriasis and Seborrheic Dermatitis

Natural Homemade Neem Oil Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

1.3 oz. cocoa butter
1.3 oz. shea butter
7.2 oz. palm kernel flakes
1.3 oz. wheat germ oil
3.6 oz. 76 degree melt point coconut oil
1.3 oz. argan oil
3.6 oz. apricot kernel oil
10.8 oz. grapeseed oil
4.6 oz. olive oil
1 oz. tamanu oil

4.9 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide
12 fluid oz. distilled water

At trace:
3.5 oz. neem oil
.5 oz. lemongrass essential oil (or lavender eo)

Instructions:

This soap recipe will fit inside one of my DIY wood loaf soapmaking molds and yield 10-12 bars of homemade soap weighing around 4 oz. each.

To create this soap you will need to follow my basic cold process soapmaking instructions. If you’ve never made soap before I recommend starting with a more basic recipe as found within my soapmaking tutorial as well as the books Soap Crafting Anne-Marie Faiola and The Soapmaker’s Companion by Susan Miller Cavitch.

Begin by lining your mold and taking all necessary safety precautions. Then measure out the distilled water into a large glass pyrex measuring cup or pitcher. Now, using a digital kitchen scale, weigh out the lye then slowly pour into the distilled water in a well ventilated area. Stir until all the lye has dissolved then set aside to cool. Weigh out the essential oils separately and set those aside as well.

Now weigh out the soapmaking oils and butters and combine in a large non-aluminum pot. Heat on the stove over medium heat until all ingredients have melted. Then remove from heat and allow to cool.

Once your lye-water and soapmaking oils have cooled to between 100 and 115 degrees, you can start making soap. Begin by slowly pouring the lye-water into the soapmaking oils and then mixing with a stick blender until you reach a light trace. Add the neem oil and lemongrass essential oil and mix thoroughly, then pour your soap into the prepared mold.

Cover and insulate for 24 hours. After this time you can unmold the soap and cut it into bars. {Learn how to make a soap cutting guide here.} Allow your homemade soaps to cure for 3-6 weeks, then wrap as desired with professional plastic food wrap film, Kraft paper, or even fabric, and label. If you’re making these to sell, you’ll need to include the weight of each bar of soap on your label.

Interested in other natural recipes with neem oil? My liquid neem oil soap recipe is great as a dog shampoo – especially for dogs with sensitive skin or that suffer from skin conditions. I keep making this recipe for friends of friends who hear about how well it has worked on their own dog. I used it myself on my dachshund and it completely cleared up his itchy, scaly spots.

I also have a natural homemade neem cream recipe for eczema and psoriasis. It’s also great for things like cold sores and athlete’s foot. And for severely dry or damaged skin, be sure to try my natural lanolin and neem salve recipe.

For more natural, homemade bath & body recipes, be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest!


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About Rebecca D. Dillon

Rebecca Dawn Dillon is a soapmaker, DIY-er and blogger whose life is controlled daily by a dachshund. You can find more of her amazing skin care recipes at The Nourished Life blog as well as right here on Soap Deli News. Or subscribe to Soap Deli News blog here in order to receive email updates.

Comments

  1. neem works always!

  2. Laurie Ann says:

    Hi Rebecca!
    Love the sound of this recipe. Can these batches be cut in half and still turn out? I would like to make 5-6 bars of the various soaps, but do not want to compromise the quality or “botch” the batch.
    Thank You So Much For Sharing!
    Sincerely,
    Laurie

    • You can re-size it. Be sure to run the new amounts back through the lye calc. Do not include the neem oil in the calculations for lye and water amounts and superfat at 6%.

  3. hello, i would like to know if anyone can help me with this recipe for dog soap. i plan to use a 1lb melt and pour base (dont want to seal with the lye) and add these essential oils to it: eucalyptus essential oil, tea tree essential oil, cedarwood essential oil. but im not sure how much of each essential oil i should use. i would appreciate the help. thanks

  4. Hi,neem oil is awesome, i have neurodermitis and it helps, im making soap bar/shampoo for my father, who has psoriasis on his scalp, and im wondering if it is possible to substitute argan oil and wheat germ oil with some other oils, (for example castor, hazelnut…) and still use it as a shampoo bar?

    Thank you 🙂

  5. Rosmarie Benedetto says:

    Hi Rebecca, can you please tell me what other oil I could use to replace the palm oil!
    I’m looking forward to try this soap.
    Thanks

    • There’s not really a straight up replacement for palm oil. You can experiment with another oil that makes a hard bar as one of its soapmaking properties but it’s likely to change the resulting soap and you’d have to run it back through a lye calc as the sap values will change.

  6. Hi! I would LOVE to try some of your soaps! they seem really interesting… We need more natural soaps.

  7. Hi, I’m wondering about the palm kernel oil flakes in this recipe, can it be substituted with regular palm oil? When I put them in the lye calculator there is a big difference between the two. I’d really like to try this but I only have palm oil and I don’t want to throw it off. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

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