This simple homemade nut free soap recipe contains zero nut oils so even those with nut allergies can enjoy this classically scented lemon poppyseed soap. While coconut oil traditionally boosts lather in homemade cold process soap recipes, this nut free soap recipe instead uses palm kernel flakes which has similar lather boosting properties. In addition it also incorporates less costly ingredients for those who are soaping on a budget.
Lemon & Poppyseed Nut Free Soap Recipe
11.8 oz. distilled water
4.9 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide
Water as % of oils=33%
This nut free soap recipe will yield 10-12 bars of soap approximately 4 oz. each depending on how they are cut and fits inside my DIY wooden loaf soap mold.
You can substitute palm kernel oil for the palm kernel flakes in this homemade soap recipe without having to make adjustments to the amount of lye needed. You can also substitute pomace olive oil for all or half of the rice bran oil if desired. You won’t need to run this nut free soap recipe back through a lye calculator if you aren’t resizing the batch or changing it in anyway. However, if you are resizing the batch for any reason, be sure to run the numbers back through a lye calculator.
The turmeric powder in this homemade soap recipe is used for a natural color to give the soap more of a yellow pop of color. It is optional. The lemongrass essential oil does make this soap yellow on it’s own, it’s just not as deep of a yellow color.
To make this natural lemon and poppyseed nut free soap recipe, you’ll need to follow your basic cold process soapmaking method instructions. (If you’ve never made cold process soap before here’s another good, inexpensive beginner’s cold process soap recipe you can try.) Be sure to take all proper safety precautions when working with lye including goggles and gloves.
Begin by measuring out the distilled water in fluid ounces. Pour into a heat safe pitcher. Next, using a digital scale weigh out the lye. Slowly pour the lye into the water in a well ventilated area and stir until all the lye has dissolved. Set aside to cool.
Now weigh out the palm kernel flakes, palm oil, rice bran oil and castor oil using a digital scale and combine in a stainless steel pot. Heat until melted, then remove from heat and set aside.
Next weigh out the lemongrass essential oil and set aside. Use a measuring spoon to measure out the turmeric powder and poppy seeds and set these aside as well until you’re ready to make your soap.
Once the lye-water and soapmaking oils have cooled to around 90°-95°F you’re ready to make this nut free soap recipe.
Add the turmeric powder to the soapmaking oils and mix with a stick blender until fully incorporated.
Now you’ll slowly pour the lye-water into the soapmaking oils. Mix with a stick blender until you reach a light trace, then add the essential oil and poppy seeds. Mix again until the soap starts to thicken again and all ingredients are fully blended into the soap, then pour the soap into your prepared mold.
Palm oil tends to trace quickly as well as heat up a lot, so I didn’t cover this soap once it was poured into the mold.
After 24 hours your can unmold your homemade nut free soap loaf and cut it into bars. Allow your soaps to cure 4-6 weeks before use, then wrap and label as desired.
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