Natural Gardeners Soap Recipe That’s Not Just for Gardeners

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It doesn’t have to be gardening season for you to enjoy this natural gardeners soap recipe. In fact, you don’t need to be a gardener at all! Formulated to quickly and easily wash away tough dirt and grime, you’ll find that this natural gardeners soap is also a great option for mechanics, artists and kindergarten teachers. So if you know how to get good and dirty, then this soap is for you.

Natural gardeners soap recipe that's not just for gardeners! It doesn't have to be gardening season for you to enjoy this natural gardeners soap recipe. In fact, you don't even need to be a gardener at all! Formulated to quickly and easily wash away tough dirt and grime, you'll find that this natural gardeners soap is also a great option for mechanics, artists and kindergarten teachers. So if you know how to get good and dirty, then this soap is for you.

One of my favorite things about spring is that sense of revival, hope and growth. I love strolling through our local farmer’s market and choosing plants for my garden or new flowers for my yard. This year however I won’t have the opportunity to grow a garden.

While I’m sure my roommate wouldn’t object to me putting a garden her yard, it’s simply not practical. Her home’s backyard is wooded and incredibly shady. The front yard on the other hand, while it does get full sun most of the day, is literally only about the size of small garden.

So this year I think I’ll create a container garden for growing herbs instead. With limited real estate, it makes more sense. And as we are always cooking with fresh herbs, it also has a positive impact on our grocery budget.

One of our favorite herbs is cilantro. Not only is it easy to grow, but it’s one of my favorite toppings for tacos. Luckily for me, I am not part of that percentage of the population that thinks cilantro tastes like soap. We’re also huge fans of fresh sage, basil, mint and thyme.

As such, I’ve found that this Indoor/Outdoor Herb Garden Kit is perfect for starting an herb container garden. It’s small size makes it perfect for apartment dwellers as well as anyone else, who like me, just doesn’t have the right conditions for a traditional outdoor garden.

Alternately, if you have woodworking tools, give this DIY indoor herb garden a try!  

Check out these spring gardening tips & tricks!

Whether you’re planning to grow a garden this year or not, my natural gardeners soap recipe is a must for your next weekend project. It’s made using a combination of naturally exfoliating ingredients like flax seed powder, shredded loofah, calendula flower powder, poppy seeds and fine ground pumice.

However, you don’t have to use the same exfoliants as I did for scrubbing power. If you’re on a budget, I recommend the Exfoliant Sampler from Bramble Berry. It contains 1 oz. each of eight different natural exfoliants for just $15.

Or simply sift through your own cache of soapmaking supplies to see what other ingredients you can use. (You can even make an inventory list while you’re at it so you know just what you have on hand and accidentally order supplies you already have.)

In addition to the exfoliants used to remove tough caked on dirt, paint or motor oil – dealer’s choice! – this homemade soap is highly cleansing to help rinse away stuck on grease, grime and sweat.

To balance out those cleansing suds, I did give my natural gardeners soap recipe a higher super fat. It also ranks pretty high as a conditioning soap as well due to the addition of baobab oil, mango butter and fractionated shea oil.

Finally, I rounded off my natural gardeners soap recipe with an earthy essential oil blend of ylang ylang, patchouli and blood orange. But feel free to swap out my essential oil blend recipe with your own favorite essential oil blend.

Get started with essential oils with classic essential oil kit!

Or try a garden themed fragrance oil for a more budget friendly scented option. I like this garden dirt fragrance oil. While garden mint is also another one of my favorite scents.

Natural gardeners soap recipe that's not just for gardeners! It doesn't have to be gardening season for you to enjoy this natural gardeners soap recipe. In fact, you don't even need to be a gardener at all! Formulated to quickly and easily wash away tough dirt and grime, you'll find that this natural gardeners soap is also a great option for mechanics, artists and kindergarten teachers. So if you know how to get good and dirty, then this soap is for you.

Natural Gardeners Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

.8 oz. baobab oil (5%)
.8 oz. castor oil (5%)
4.8 oz. refined coconut oil (30%)
1.6 oz. mango butter (10%)
3.2 oz. pomace olive oil (20%)
1.6 oz. safflower oil
3.2 oz. fractionated shea oil

4 fl. oz. distilled or filtered water
2.15 oz. sodium hydroxide/lye

1/2 teaspoon fine ground pumice
1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
1/2 teaspoon flax seed powder
1/2 teaspoon calendula flower powder
1/2 teaspoon shredded loofah
.35 oz. ylang ylang essential oil
.25 oz. patchouli essential oil
.15 oz. blood orange essential oil
.025 oz. bergamot essential oil
.025 oz. petitgrain essential oil
soap colorant, as desired

Soap Notes:

As my natural gardeners soap recipe yields a somewhat softer soap bars, I used a steep water discount. The water weight for this recipe is 25% of the oil weight. Additionally the super fat is 8%.

You can use this information, if desired, to resize my natural gardeners soap recipe using a lye calculator. It’s also useful if you’re wanting to make changes to the super fat or water percentage.

Learn more about using a lye calculator to adjust a homemade soap recipe or to craft your own custom cold process soap recipes with the information found in this tutorial.

For an extra, extra super scrubby soap, you can double the amount of exfoliants called for in the recipe to 1 teaspoon each.

My natural gardeners soap recipe yields six bars of handmade artisan soap when using this round silicone mold.

Natural gardeners soap recipe that's not just for gardeners! It doesn't have to be gardening season for you to enjoy this natural gardeners soap recipe. In fact, you don't even need to be a gardener at all! Formulated to quickly and easily wash away tough dirt and grime, you'll find that this natural gardeners soap is also a great option for mechanics, artists and kindergarten teachers. So if you know how to get good and dirty, then this soap is for you.

Getting Started:

Begin by gathering the materials you’ll need for this soapmaking project. You will need a digital scale, a digital thermometer, an immersion blender and a 6-cavity round silicone soap mold.  (I used this mold for my natural gardeners soap recipe.) Additionally, you’ll also need aluminum free, heat safe containers and utensils for mixing your soap.

You should also take all necessary safety precautions when working with lye. If you are unfamiliar with making cold process soap from scratch, I recommend this soapmaking tutorial to get you started. I also offer several beginner soap recipes to try before attempting this soap including this beginner soap recipe and my palm free olive & babassu soap recipe.

Instructions:

Begin by preparing the lye solution for my natural gardeners soap recipe. To do this, measure out the distilled water into a heat safe container. In a separate container, weigh out the lye called for in the recipe. Then pour the lye into the water – I recommend a well ventilated area – and mix until the lye has completely dissolved. Now set the lye-water solution aside in a safe location to cool.

While the lye solution cools, weigh out the carrier oils and butters called for in the recipe. Combine in a stainless steel pot. Then gently heat the soapmaking oils on the stove over low heat just until the solids have melted.

Remove the soapmaking oils from heat and allow to cool.

In the meantime, if you’d like to color your natural gardener soaps, measure out the colorant. (The usage rate for micas is typically 1 teaspoon per pound.) Then weigh out the essential oils and combine in a small glass beaker.

Once the oils have reached 90°-95°F you are ready to make soap.

Check the temperature of both the soapmaking oils and the lye solution before you begin. Both of these ingredients should be within ten degrees of one another.

Discover more natural essential oil skin care recipes here.

Now add your choice of colorant, if using, to the soapmaking oils. Mix briefly with an immersion blender to incorporate the colorant throughout the oils.

Next, pour the lye solution into the soapmaking oils and mix with the immersion blender until you reach a light trace. You’ll know you’ve reached trace when you drag the blender through the soap batter and it leaves a visible trail behind. It’s a little like pudding.

Add the essential oils to the soap batter, then continue mixing until thoroughly combined.

Once you bring the soap to a medium trace, pour the soap evenly into six of the cavities of your round silicone mold. Then gently cover the soap with plastic wrap or parchment paper.

Natural gardeners soap recipe that's not just for gardeners! It doesn't have to be gardening season for you to enjoy this natural gardeners soap recipe. In fact, you don't even need to be a gardener at all! Formulated to quickly and easily wash away tough dirt and grime, you'll find that this natural gardeners soap is also a great option for mechanics, artists and kindergarten teachers. So if you know how to get good and dirty, then this soap is for you.

Set the soap aside for 24-48 hours. After this time you can unmold your natural gardeners soap bars.

Allow your soap to cure for four to six weeks in a cool, dry location. After that, your homemade soaps are ready to use.

Plantain Soap Recipe with Date Sugar & Frankincense! This natural soap recipe is handmade using the cold process soapmaking method. This natural plantain soap is perfect for dry or problem skin, this homemade soap recipe produces low cleansing, super nourishing soap bars with an exceptional lather. Discover this recipe for this palm free plantain soap recipe now at Soap Deli News blog. #soap #plantainsoap #soaprecipe #soapmaking #diy #crafts

More Natural Soap Recipes with Essential Oils

If you love my natural gardeners soap recipe, then you may want to also try these other natural soap recipes scented with natural essential oils.

Or find more homemade soap recipes by way of my DIY Bath & Body Pinterest board and my Simply Soapmaking Pinterest board. Alternately, you can explore all my cold process soap recipes here. Or, if you prefer melt and pour soapmaking, you can find my melt and pour soap recipes here.

Discover my favorite handmade artisan soaps on Etsy here.

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Summer Citrus Soap Recipe with a Natural Essential Oil Blend

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This homemade summer citrus soap recipe contains a citrus inspired natural essential oil blend of peppermint, orange and lemongrass. Formulated to be both cleansing and conditioning, this natural soap works great at tackling sweat and grime without over drying skin.

Summer Citrus Soap Recipe with a Natural Essential Oil Blend. This homemade summer citrus soap recipe contains a citrus inspired natural essential oil blend of peppermint, orange and lemongrass. Formulated to be both cleansing and conditioning, this natural soap works great at tackling sweat and grime without over drying skin.

Because I have hard water and dry skin throughout the winter months, I’ve been formulating a lot of high conditioning/low cleansing soap recipes. However with the arrival of spring and the heat of summer on the way, I thought I’d create a new soap recipe with extra cleansing power. After all, real women sweat – even if we don’t like people to know about it.

Recently I’ve been dating a guy originally from the deep South. His name is Greg. He found his way to Roanoke by way of Florida on to Georgia then South Carolina. Now he’s here. He’s a carpenter now by trade. So he tends to get dirty. As such, he was super psyched about me making a homemade soap that tackles tough grit, grime and sweat. Me? well I’m psyched he actually uses homemade soap and not some surfactant infused body wash. (If you’re a soapmaker then you understand my dilemma entirely.)

Summer Citrus Soap Recipe with a Natural Essential Oil Blend. This homemade summer citrus soap recipe contains a citrus inspired natural essential oil blend of peppermint, orange and lemongrass. Formulated to be both cleansing and conditioning, this natural soap works great at tackling sweat and grime without over drying skin.

Greg calls this homemade soap recipe the Florida Gators soap. To be quite frank, I don’t follow sports. And I have absolutely no idea what sport the Gators play. What I do know is that orange is their color. And seeing as how Florida is the sunshine state, Greg thought it fitting to scent this homemade soap with a blend of orange and citrus.

Where my sports education is lacking however, I was properly schooled on Jacksonville, where Greg attended college. The culture of which was all readily explained via a Katt Williams comedy show at the Florida Theater.

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But I digress. I made a sweet summer citrus soap recipe with natural essential oils – which is the point of this entire post. Greg helped me make it and rather enjoyed the process. (Hooray! It’s always nice to have a new partner in crime, isn’t it? Also my dog loves Greg and to me, that kind of says everything.)

So, as they like to say, without further ado, here is my summer citrus soap recipe for your soapmaking pleasure. I hope you enjoy it!

Summer Citrus Soap Recipe with a Natural Essential Oil Blend. This homemade summer citrus soap recipe contains a citrus inspired natural essential oil blend of peppermint, orange and lemongrass. Formulated to be both cleansing and conditioning, this natural soap works great at tackling sweat and grime without over drying skin.

Summer Citrus Soap Recipe with Natural Essential Oils

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

.8 oz. castor oil (5%)
4.8 oz. refined coconut oil (30%)
2.4 oz. jojoba oil (15%)
2.4 oz. mango butter (15%)
5.6 oz. pomace olive oil (35%)

4 fl. oz. distilled (or filtered) water
2 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

1/4 teaspoon red iron oxide powder
1/4 teaspoon yellow oxide powder
.15 oz. peppermint essential oil
.15 oz. 5-fold orange essential oil
.25 oz. blood orange essential oil
.35 oz. lemongrass essential oil
Dash of petitgrain essential oil

Soap Notes:

As my summer citrus soap recipe doesn’t yield a particularly hard bar, I used a steep water discount. The water weight for this recipe is 25% of the oil weight. Additionally the super fat is 6%. While the essential oil weight is 5% of the oil weight in this recipe (based on recommended usage for these essential oils in cold process soap.)

You can use this information, if desired, to resize my summer citrus soap recipe using a lye calculator. Or to make changes to the super fat or water percentage. Learn more about using a lye calculator to adjust a homemade soap recipe or to craft your own custom homemade soap recipes with the information found in this tutorial.

Getting Started:

Begin by gathering the materials you’ll need for this soapmaking project. You will need a digital scale, a digital thermometer, an immersion blender and this 6-cavity silicone mold.  Additionally, you’ll also need aluminum free, heat safe containers and utensils for mixing your soap.

You should also take necessary safety precautions when working with lye. If you are unfamiliar with making cold process soap, I recommend this soapmaking tutorial to get you started. I also offer several beginner soap recipes to try before attempting this soap including this beginner soap recipe and my palm free olive & babassu soap recipe.

Instructions:

Begin by preparing the lye solution for my summer citrus soap recipe. To do this, measure out the distilled water into a heat safe container. In a separate container, weigh out the lye called for in the recipe. Then pour the lye into the water – I recommend a well ventilated area – and mix until the lye has completely dissolved. Now set the lye-water solution aside in a safe location to cool.

While the lye solution cools, weigh out the soapmaking oils and the mango butter. Combine in a stainless steel pot. Then gently heat the oils and mango butter on the stove over low heat just until the mango butter has melted.

Remove the soapmaking oils from heat and allow to cool.

In the meantime, measure out the colorants for my summer citrus soap recipe. Then weigh out the essential oils and combine in a small glass beaker.

Once the oils have reached 90°-95°F you are ready to make soap.

Check the temperature of both the soapmaking oils and the lye solution before you begin. Both of these ingredients should be within ten degrees of one another.

Now add the red iron and yellow oxide colorants to the soapmaking oils. Mix briefly with an immersion blender to incorporate the colorant throughout the oils.

Next, pour the lye solution into the soapmaking oils and mix with the immersion blender until you reach a light trace. You’ll know you’ve reached trace when you drag the blender through the soap batter and it leaves a visible trail behind. It’s a little like pudding.

Add the essential oils to the soap batter, then continue mixing until thoroughly combined.

Once you bring the soap to a medium trace, pour the soap into each of the cavities of your mold. Then gently cover the soap with plastic wrap or parchment paper.

Set the soap aside for 24-48 hours. After this time you can unmold your summer citrus soap bars.

Allow your soap to cure for four to six weeks in a cool, dry location. After that, your homemade soaps are ready to use.

Summer Citrus Soap Recipe with a Natural Essential Oil Blend. This homemade summer citrus soap recipe contains a citrus inspired natural essential oil blend of peppermint, orange and lemongrass. Formulated to be both cleansing and conditioning, this natural soap works great at tackling sweat and grime without over drying skin.

Get Creative with My Summer Citrus Soap Recipe

Once your cold process summer citrus soaps have cured, you can get creative! I was able to use one bar of my summer citrus soap to make three round orange slice soaps.

To create your own round soaps that resemble orange slices, cut one bar of the summer citrus soap in half lengthwise. Then cut each half into triangles. Set aside.

Now cut a block of clear melt and pour soap base into chunks. (The amount you use will depend on how many soaps you plan to make as well as the size of your mold’s cavities.) Combine in a Pyrex measuring cup or another heat safe container. Melt in the microwave in 20-30 second increments, stirring after each heating.

Once the clear soap base has completely melted, add a yellow liquid soap colorant to the base until you reach the desired color. (Or you could also use a liquid blue soap colorant. Go Gators!)

If desired, add a fragrance or essential oil of your choice. (I used blood orange essential oil for this step at 2% of the soap weight.) Then stir the soap to incorporate the fragrance evenly throughout the soap.

Now pour a small amount of the melt and pour soap into three cavities of a round silicone mold. Then spray the soap with isopropyl alcohol to remove any air bubbles.

Next, place the triangle soap embeds you made from the summer citrus soap into the soap you just poured. Arrange the embeds as desired.

Once the melt and pour soap base is firm – you don’t want your embeds to shift – spray the soap again with isopropyl alcohol. Then pour the remaining melt and pour soap base into the same three cavities of the mold. Fill the cavities to the top of the mold, then spray again with isopropyl alcohol to remove any air bubbles.

Once the soap has fully hardened, remove the soap slices from the mold. Then, if desired, you can bevel the edges of the soap using a potato peeler. Now simply wrap your soaps tightly in food service film to store until use.

Natural Blood Orange Soap Recipe for Summer. This blood orange soap recipe is made with orange powder and blood orange essential oil which has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial properties making it a great homemade soap for acne prone and combination skin.

More Homemade Soap Recipes

If you like my summer citrus soap recipe with natural essential oils, then you may also want to try my homemade blood orange soap recipe. Made using blood orange essential oil and orange powder, this summer inspired soap is painted with mica for a fun, fresh appearance.

Some of my other favorite homemade soap recipes include the following:

Learn how to make this homemade green apple soap recipe! Crafted using the cold process soapmaking method, this green apple soap recipe is made using real apple powder rich in alpha-hydroxy acids that can help to improve skin texture. In addition to rejuvenating skin and promoting skin elasticity, apple powder also has moisturizing properties that make it suitable for even dry or mature skin.

Or simply explore all my cold process soap recipes here. Alternately, you can find my melt and pour soap recipes here.

You can also find more homemade soap recipes by way of my DIY Bath & Body Pinterest board and my Simply Soapmaking Pinterest board. Or, if you’d rather purchase handmade soaps, you can discover a collection of my favorite handmade artisan soaps on Etsy here.

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Sea Salt Shampoo Bar Recipe with Milk & Egg

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Free of sulfates and surfactants, this sea salt shampoo bar recipe is made with simple ingredients for a healthy, natural hair care solution.

Sea Salt Shampoo Bar Recipe with Milk & Egg! Free of sulfates and surfactants, this sea salt shampoo bar recipe is made with simple ingredients for a healthy, natural hair care solution. Formulated using coconut oil for strong, shiny hair, this natural sea salt shampoo bar recipe also contains milk and egg to moisturize and condition hair. While ginger essential oil and sea kelp are also added for their hair care benefits. #shampoo #shampoobar #saltbar #soap #soapmaking #soaprecipe #haircare

I first discovered and used a salt shampoo from Etsy many many years back. While that particular shop is no longer in business, I always loved the extra volume and texture it gave my hair. Having fine, typically limp hair, the salt brought out my hair’s natural waves that I’d forgotten I have, and made it more lush, thick and luxurious.

I recently rediscovered salt shampoo with Pacifica’s Salty Waves hair care line. This in turn inspired me to create my own milk and egg sea salt shampoo bar infused with ginger and sea kelp.

Formulated using coconut oil for strong, shiny hair, this natural sea salt shampoo bar recipe also contains milk and egg to moisturize and condition hair. In addition I also added ginger essential oil and sea kelp for their hair care benefits.

Sea Salt Shampoo Bar Recipe with Milk & Egg! Free of sulfates and surfactants, this sea salt shampoo bar recipe is made with simple ingredients for a healthy, natural hair care solution. Formulated using coconut oil for strong, shiny hair, this natural sea salt shampoo bar recipe also contains milk and egg to moisturize and condition hair. While ginger essential oil and sea kelp are also added for their hair care benefits. #shampoo #shampoobar #saltbar #soap #soapmaking #soaprecipe #haircare #diy #natural #essentialoils #milksoap #eggsoap

Sea kelp, which is a natural source of iodine, treats dandruff while also strengthening and nourishing both your hair and scalp. Like sea kelp, ginger essential oil also treats dandruff. Additionally, ginger essential oil can boost hair growth and diminish hair loss. It also makes hair soft and shiny. (Not to mention it smells AMAZING!)

Not only will your hair love the combination of ingredients found in my natural sea salt shampoo bar recipe, but you’ll also love how long it lasts! Just one bar should last about the same amount of time as two to three bottles of a similar shampoo in liquid form.

My sea salt shampoo bar recipe contains 75% sea salt and 30% superfat. While salt bars typically make incredibly hard bars of soap, I reduced the water to 30% of the oil in this recipe to compensate for the addition of the egg. You can use either one whole egg for my salt shampoo bar or two egg yolks as desired.

Learn more about the benefits of egg soap here.

Sea Salt Shampoo Bar Recipe with Milk & Egg! Learn how to make your own sea salt shampoo bars from scratch with this volume boosting natural milk & honey natural sea salt shampoo bar recipe with sea kelp and ginger essential oil. #shampoo #shampoobar #saltbar #soap #soapmaking #soaprecipe #haircare #diy #natural #essentialoils #milksoap #eggsoap

Milk & Egg Sea Salt Shampoo Bar Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

14 oz. coconut oil

4.2 fl. oz. half and half
1.8 oz. sodium hydroxide/lye

10.5 oz. fine sea salt
one egg (or two egg yolks)
1 Tablespoon kelp powder
.5 oz. fresh ginger essential oil
1 teaspoon alpine green mica (optional)

Instructions:

My sea salt shampoo bar recipe yields six soap bars weighing about 5 oz. each. I used this silicone chrysanthemum mold for this soap recipe.

Begin by measuring out the half and half in fluid ounces. Place the half and half in your freezer until it is slushy with a thin layer of ice on top. In the meantime, remove the egg (or eggs) from the refrigerator and bring to room temperature.

While you are waiting, collect all of the other ingredients and equipment you’ll need for making my sea salt shampoo bar recipe. This includes proper eye protection, long sleeved clothing and gloves.

You should also double check any containers you are using to be sure they are heat safe. None of your containers or your utensils used for soapmaking should be aluminum. Stick to stainless steel, Type 5 polypropylene plastic and tempered glass to avoid a potential disaster.

If you’ve never made homemade soap before, I recommend reviewing my cold process soapmaking tutorial before getting started. This will help you gain a better understanding of the process as well as help you determine if my milk & egg sea salt shampoo bar recipe is the best recipe to start with.

Once your egg or egg yolks reach room temperature and your half and half is icy cold, you are ready to get started!

Using a digital scale weigh out the coconut oil into a heat safe container. Then, depending on the container used, either heat the coconut oil until melted at reduced power in the microwave, in a double boiler or over medium-low heat on the stovetop. Once melted, remove the coconut oil from heat, then set aside to cool.

Sea Salt Shampoo Bar Recipe with Milk & Egg! Learn how to make your own sea salt shampoo bars from scratch with this volume boosting natural milk & honey natural sea salt shampoo bar recipe with sea kelp and ginger essential oil. #shampoo #shampoobar #saltbar #soap #soapmaking #soaprecipe #haircare #diy #natural #essentialoils #milksoap #eggsoap

In a separate container, weigh out the lye called for in the recipe. Pour the lye into the half and half and then stir until all the lye has dissolved. Set aside.

In the interim, measure out the kelp powder and mica (for color if desired) and weigh out the ginger essential oil and sea salt.

Once your coconut oil has cooled to around 90°F, remove about a cup of the oil from the container. Add the egg (to temper it so you don’t end up with scrambled eggs) and whisk until combined.

Now slowly pour the half and half and lye mixture into the main container of melted coconut oil. Mix briefly using an immersion blender, then add the remaining coconut oil and egg.

Mix again using the immersion blender until combined, then add the salt, kelp powder, essential oil and mica. Continue mixing until you reach trace, then pour evenly into each of your mold’s six cavities.

Sea Salt Shampoo Bar Recipe with Milk & Egg! Free of sulfates and surfactants, this sea salt shampoo bar recipe is made with simple ingredients for a healthy, natural hair care solution. Formulated using coconut oil for strong, shiny hair, this natural sea salt shampoo bar recipe also contains milk and egg to moisturize and condition hair. While ginger essential oil and sea kelp are also added for their hair care benefits. #shampoo #shampoobar #saltbar #soap #soapmaking #soaprecipe #haircare #diy #natural #essentialoils #milksoap #eggsoap

Lightly cover the mold with parchment paper or foodservice film and set aside overnight. You can unmold your sea salt shampoo bars the next day.

All that’s left now is to allow your shampoo bars to cure for four to six weeks prior to use. Once cured, simply massage your shampoo bar onto your wet hair and scalp as desired. Then rinse out and follow with an apple cider vinegar rinse or my homemade scalp tonic recipe.

This homemade coffee and cocoa soap recipe is made with fresh strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and an entire egg for a luxurious feeling soap with a rich, thick lather. Plus it's palm free! Learn how to make it now at Soap Deli News blog.

More Natural Soap Recipes to Try

If you like my sea salt shampoo bar recipe, then you may also enjoy some of my other homemade soap recipes.

Rosemary Honey Beer Shampoo Bar from Chloe Mason Soap Company. This handmade artisan Coconut Oil Soap is formulated to promote a healthy scalp, boost volume for thin hair, stimulate hair growth and cleanse oily hair. It’s made with 100% natural ingredients including the best hair loving oils and essential oil PLUS honey to condition and prevent breakage, as well as strengthen hair follicles and sooth scalp. #shampoobar #soap #shampoo #artisansoap #beersoap

Not Quite Ready to Tackle This DIY?

If you’re not quite ready to give my milk & egg sea salt shampoo bar recipe a try but still want to experiment with salt shampoo, here are some of my favorite handmade salty shampoos from Etsy artisans.

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Homemade Apple Donut Soaps for Natural Anti-Aging Skin Care

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Donuts continue to be on trend. And while your waistline may not agree with this particular trend, you can enjoy my homemade apple donut soaps without worry.

Homemade Apple Donut Soap Recipe! These homemade apple donut soaps are made with natural apple powder. Naturally rich in malic acid, apple powder works to gently exfoliate and rejuvenate skin to reduce the visible signs of aging as well as promote skin hydration and keep acne in check! Learn how to make your own donut soaps now with the soapmaking tutorial at Soap Deli News blog. #soap #diy #donuts #soapmaking

Naturally sugar free, these DIY donut soaps are made with natural apple powder to gently exfoliate and rejuvenate skin. All without any calories for your waist to worry about.

In addition, this homemade soap recipe also contains moisture rich kokum butter and shea oil making these homemade apple donut soaps a must have staple for your morning skin care routine.

Why Use Apple Powder?

Apples are naturally rich in alpha-hydroxy acids. Specifically, apples contain malic acid. Used in skin care products to reduce the visible signs of aging, malic acid exfoliates skin to remove dead skin cells, promotes skin hydration and helps keep skin clear and acne free.

Additionally, some studies suggest that using a skin care product containing both malic acid and vitamin C can help with hyperpigmentation that also comes with aging. (Source.)

I also used French green clay in the recipe for my homemade apple donut soaps in addition to the apple powder. French green clay not only gives this homemade soap its natural color, but it’s also rich in nutrients. It’s believed that this natural clay can also tone and detox skin. Clay also adds an extra creaminess to the lather.

Because aging skin tends to be dry, I carefully formulated this soap recipe so that it won’t strip your skin of all its natural oils. As it’s a low cleansing and high conditioning soap, your skin won’t feel tight or dry after use.

However you can add an extra layer of moisture to your skin after you shower if desired. If you have exceedingly dry skin I recommend applying my soothing moisture whip after bathing. (You can find my favorite moisturizer recipe here.)

If my homemade apple donut soaps sound like something your skin can benefit from, keep reading to learn how to make them yourself!

Homemade Apple Donut Soap Recipe! These homemade apple donut soaps are made with natural apple powder. Naturally rich in malic acid, apple powder works to gently exfoliate and rejuvenate skin to reduce the visible signs of aging as well as promote skin hydration and keep acne in check! Learn how to make your own donut soaps now with the soapmaking tutorial at Soap Deli News blog. #soap #diy #donuts #soapmaking

Homemade Apple Donut Soaps

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

.8 oz. castor oil (5%)
3.2 oz. refined coconut oil (20%)
1.6 oz. kokum butter (10%)
6.4 oz. pomace olive oil (40%)
1.6 oz. safflower oil (10%)
2.4 oz. shea nut oil (15%)

4.8 fl. oz. distilled water
2.15 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

2 Tablespoons apple powder
1 Tablespoon French green clay
1 teaspoon alpine green mica, optional
1 oz. donut or apple fragrance oil (optional) or .5 oz. essential oil of choice

Getting Started:

You’ll need to take safety precautions when making my homemade apple donut soaps. This includes wearing proper eye protection, long sleeve clothing and gloves.

Additionally, you should double check any containers you are using to be sure they are heat safe. And none of your containers or your utensils used for soapmaking should be aluminum. Stick to stainless steel, Type 5 polypropylene plastic and tempered glass to avoid a potential disaster. Also be sure to check your soapmaking equipment regularly for signs of wear and etching and replace as needed.

My recipe for homemade apple donut soaps is made using the cold process soapmaking method. If you’ve never made cold process soap, please check out my tutorial on how to make cold process soap. If this recipe then seems a little daunting to you, then I strongly encourage you to start with a beginner’s cold process soap recipe.

Instructions:

Homemade Apple Donut Soap Recipe! These homemade apple donut soaps are made with natural apple powder. Naturally rich in malic acid, apple powder works to gently exfoliate and rejuvenate skin to reduce the visible signs of aging as well as promote skin hydration and keep acne in check! Learn how to make your own donut soaps now with the soapmaking tutorial at Soap Deli News blog. #soap #diy #donuts #soapmaking

Begin by preparing the lye solution for your homemade apple soap donuts. To do this, measure out the distilled water in fluid ounces into a heat safe, non-aluminum container. Then, in a separate container, use a digital scale to weigh out the lye. Pour the lye into the container of water then mix until all of the lye has dissolved. Set aside.

Homemade Apple Donut Soap Recipe! These homemade apple donut soaps are made with natural apple powder. Naturally rich in malic acid, apple powder works to gently exfoliate and rejuvenate skin to reduce the visible signs of aging as well as promote skin hydration and keep acne in check! Learn how to make your own donut soaps now with the soapmaking tutorial at Soap Deli News blog. #soap #diy #donuts #soapmaking

Next, weigh out the carrier oils and kokum butter. Combine in a separate heat safe container or stainless steel pot. Heat either in the microwave (for non-metal containers) at 50% power or over medium-low to medium heat on the stove top. Once melted remove the soapmaking oils from heat and set aside to cool.

Homemade Apple Donut Soap Recipe! These homemade apple donut soaps are made with natural apple powder. Naturally rich in malic acid, apple powder works to gently exfoliate and rejuvenate skin to reduce the visible signs of aging as well as promote skin hydration and keep acne in check! Learn how to make your own donut soaps now with the soapmaking tutorial at Soap Deli News blog. #soap #diy #donuts #soapmaking

While you are waiting for the lye-water and the soapmaking oils for your homemade apple donut soaps to cool, weigh out the (optional) fragrance or essential oil and set aside. You should also use a measuring spoon to measure out the apple powder, French green clay and (optional) green mica powder.

When both the lye-water and the soapmaking oils have cooled to around 90°-95°F, you’re ready to make soap.

Homemade Apple Donut Soap Recipe! These homemade apple donut soaps are made with natural apple powder. Naturally rich in malic acid, apple powder works to gently exfoliate and rejuvenate skin to reduce the visible signs of aging as well as promote skin hydration and keep acne in check! Learn how to make your own donut soaps now with the soapmaking tutorial at Soap Deli News blog. #soap #diy #donuts #soapmaking

Start by adding the apple powder, clay and mica to the soapmaking oils. Mix briefly with an immersion blender until the powders are evenly distributed throughout the oils.

Homemade Apple Donut Soap Recipe! These homemade apple donut soaps are made with natural apple powder. Naturally rich in malic acid, apple powder works to gently exfoliate and rejuvenate skin to reduce the visible signs of aging as well as promote skin hydration and keep acne in check! Learn how to make your own donut soaps now with the soapmaking tutorial at Soap Deli News blog. #soap #diy #donuts #soapmaking

Then carefully pour the lye-water into the soapmaking oils. Mix with with your immersion blender until the soap reaches a light trace. Then add the fragrance oil. Continue mixing until the fragrance oil is fully incorporated into the soap batter.

Homemade Apple Donut Soap Recipe! These homemade apple donut soaps are made with natural apple powder. Naturally rich in malic acid, apple powder works to gently exfoliate and rejuvenate skin to reduce the visible signs of aging as well as promote skin hydration and keep acne in check! Learn how to make your own donut soaps now with the soapmaking tutorial at Soap Deli News blog. #soap #diy #donuts #soapmaking

Once the soap has again reached a light to medium trace, pour the soap into a donut silicone mold.

Homemade Apple Donut Soap Recipe! These homemade apple donut soaps are made with natural apple powder. Naturally rich in malic acid, apple powder works to gently exfoliate and rejuvenate skin to reduce the visible signs of aging as well as promote skin hydration and keep acne in check! Learn how to make your own donut soaps now with the soapmaking tutorial at Soap Deli News blog. #soap #diy #donuts #soapmaking

Cover the mold with plastic cling wrap or parchment paper if desired, then set aside in a safe location where it won’t be disturbed. Your homemade apple donut soaps should be ready to unmold 24-48 hours later.

Once removed from the mold, allow your soaps to cure for four weeks. After your homemade donut apples soaps have cured, you can add the melt and pour soap “icing.”

Adding Icing to Your Homemade Apple Donut Soaps

Now that your homemade apple donut soaps have cured and the excess moisture has evaporated you can add the decorative icing! For the icing I used a combination of both clear and white melt and pour soap bases. However, you can use one or the other as it suits you.

To achieve the look of my iced homemade apple donut soaps, you will need both a clear and white melt and pour soap basesparkle pink mica and a mauvey gem or purple mica powder. You will also need a container of rainbow nonpareils candy sprinkles.

Homemade Apple Donut Soap Recipe! These homemade apple donut soaps are made with natural apple powder. Naturally rich in malic acid, apple powder works to gently exfoliate and rejuvenate skin to reduce the visible signs of aging as well as promote skin hydration and keep acne in check! Learn how to make your own donut soaps now with the soapmaking tutorial at Soap Deli News blog. #soap #diy #donuts #soapmaking

Cut a large chunk of both the clear and melt and pour soap bases into smaller cubes. Then place the clear melt and pour soap base into a 2-cup glass measuring cup and the white melt and pour soap base into a 1-cup glass measuring cup. Heat each base separately in the microwave in 20-30 second increments until melted. Then remove from heat.

Stir the sparkle pink mica to suit into the clear melt and pour soap base. Then stir the purple mica to suit into the white melt and pour soap base (for a pastel accent.) Allow to cool. When the soap starts to form a skin on the top, restir.

Homemade Apple Donut Soap Recipe! These homemade apple donut soaps are made with natural apple powder. Naturally rich in malic acid, apple powder works to gently exfoliate and rejuvenate skin to reduce the visible signs of aging as well as promote skin hydration and keep acne in check! Learn how to make your own donut soaps now with the soapmaking tutorial at Soap Deli News blog. #soap #diy #donuts #soapmaking

Now turn each of the homemade apple donut soaps upside down and dip the tops into the pink melt and pour soap base one at a time. If the color of the icing isn’t dark enough, you can add a bit more mica and/or dip the soaps into the melted soap a second time until desired look is achieved.

Homemade Apple Donut Soap Recipe! These homemade apple donut soaps are made with natural apple powder. Naturally rich in malic acid, apple powder works to gently exfoliate and rejuvenate skin to reduce the visible signs of aging as well as promote skin hydration and keep acne in check! Learn how to make your own donut soaps now with the soapmaking tutorial at Soap Deli News blog. #soap #diy #donuts #soapmaking

Once all of the soaps have pink icing, you can add a drizzle of purple icing and candies to your soaps. Simply remix the purple melt and pour soap and drizzle over the top of each of your homemade apple donut soaps.

After drizzling purple soap onto each of your donut soaps, sprinkle the rainbow nonpareils candy sprinkles into the freshly poured soap before it cools completely.

Homemade Apple Donut Soap Recipe! These homemade apple donut soaps are made with natural apple powder. Naturally rich in malic acid, apple powder works to gently exfoliate and rejuvenate skin to reduce the visible signs of aging as well as promote skin hydration and keep acne in check! Learn how to make your own donut soaps now with the soapmaking tutorial at Soap Deli News blog. #soap #diy #donuts #soapmaking
Once the melt and pour soap has cooled completely your homemade apple donut soaps are complete! Simply wrap each of your homemade soaps tightly in foodservice film for personal use or gifting.

If you enjoyed my soapmaking tutorial for crafting your own homemade apple donut soaps, then you may also like my other skin care recipes for making my homemade green apple soaps with apricot kernel oil, my homemade donut soaps with watermelon powder and my solid salt scrub donuts.

Or check out this collection of 22 homemade soap recipes you can make and gift via Pinterest! (Don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest here.)

Apple Donut Bath Bomb handmade by Wick and Lather on Etsy! Shop a collection of artisan donut soaps and bath bombs or learn how to make your own homemade apple donut soaps with the step-by-step photo soapmaking tutorial at Soap Deli News blog!

Buy Homemade Donut Soaps & Bath Bombs

Not 100% certain about making my homemade apple donut soaps? No worries. There are a lot of wonderful artisan soapmakers you can purchase both homemade donut soaps and bath bombs from on Etsy. Following is a collection of my favorite donut bath and body products.

Mermaid Bath Donut from Happy Hippie Soul on Etsy. Shop a collection of artisan donut soaps and bath bombs or learn how to make your own homemade apple donut soaps with the step-by-step photo soapmaking tutorial at Soap Deli News blog!

Love natural beauty recipes? Then you must try these DIY bath melts from Lia Griffith! This luxe but easy to craft homemade bath melts recipe is perfect for hydrating dry skin and is scented with natural essential oils for the perfect aromatherapeutic spa experience at home! They make great homemade gift ideas too!

More Bath & Beauty Recipes You May Enjoy

DIY Facial Toner! This hydrating facial toner recipe via Lia Griffith is perfect for dry skin! Handcrafted with aloe, witch hazel, a vitamin C serum and other natural ingredients, this is the best beauty product to bring your skin out of its funk! Use it after cleansing your face or any time you need a little pick-me-up throughout the day.

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Natural Shaving Soap Recipe for an Eco-friendly Shave

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Many modern day shaving creams don’t deliver a close shave like traditional shaving soaps. Even worse, their aerosol based packaging is bad for the environment. Making the switch to a homemade shaving soap is a more environmentally friendly choice. My natural shaving soap recipe is not only a great green alternative, but it’s also budget conscience so you save money in the long run over purchasing a commercial product.

Natural Shaving Soap Recipe with Hydrating Lanolin and Neem Oil to Promote Skin Health! Making the switch to a natural shaving soap is a more environmentally friendly choice. This homemade shaving soap recipe with lanolin and neem oil is not only a great green alternative, but it's also budget conscience so you save money in the long run over purchasing a commercial product.

Shaving soaps have been around since the 1800’s and, of course, were exclusively used by men. However, as conventions changed and women began shaving as well, we were eventually introduced to shaving creams.

Why Use a Homemade Shaving Soap?

While traditional shaving soaps are still used by a smaller part of the population, they are making a comeback. And with good reason. Not only do shaving soaps allow for increased hydration and a closer shave, they are also more environmentally friendly than shaving cream. So if you’re ready to start making greener changes to your lifestyle, homemade shaving soaps are an easy adjustment and a great way to make a small, but cumulative difference.

Natural Shaving Soap Recipe with Hydrating Lanolin and Neem Oil to Promote Skin Health! Making the switch to a natural shaving soap is a more environmentally friendly choice. This homemade shaving soap recipe with lanolin and neem oil is not only a great green alternative, but it's also budget conscience so you save money in the long run over purchasing a commercial product.

In addition to reducing packaging and aerosols, my natural shaving soap recipe is eco-friendly in another way. Because this natural shaving soap recipe is palm free, it doesn’t contribute to the deforestation of the rainforests. In addition to the environmental effects this has on the earth, it also threatens the habitats of endangered animals like orangutans and Sumatran tigers.

Learn more about the use of palm oil in soapmaking.

Ingredients that I do include in my homemade shaving soap recipe are lanolin and neem oil. I use lanolin for its moisturizing properties. Not only does lanolin prevent skin from drying out with repeated shavings, it also lends to a rich, creamy lather that helps prevent knicks and razor burn.

Learn more about the benefits of lanolin in skin care.

Neem oil on the other hand helps to promote skin health and speed up healing times should irritation or knicks occur.

Learn about the skin care benefits of neem oil.

Ready to give my natural shaving soap a try to see the difference it can make for your skin? Find my cold process soap recipe and instructions below!

Natural Shaving Soap Recipe with Hydrating Lanolin and Neem Oil to Promote Skin Health! Making the switch to a natural shaving soap is a more environmentally friendly choice. This homemade shaving soap recipe with lanolin and neem oil is not only a great green alternative, but it's also budget conscience so you save money in the long run over purchasing a commercial product.

Natural Shaving Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

.8 oz. castor oil (5%)
4.8 oz. refined coconut oil (30%)
.8 oz. lanolin (5%)
6.4 oz. pomace olive oil (40%)
1.6 oz. shea butter (10%)
1.6 oz. neem oil (10%)

4.8 fl. oz. distilled water
2.15 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

1 oz. patchouli essential oil
.5 oz. lavender essential oil

Instructions:

You’ll need to take safety precautions when making my natural shaving soap recipe. This includes wearing proper eye protection and gloves as well as long sleeves. Additionally, you should use only heat safe containers. None of your containers or your utensils used for soapmaking should be aluminum as when aluminum comes into contact with lye it produces a toxic gas.

My natural shaving soap recipe is made using the cold process soapmaking method. If you’ve never made cold process soap, be sure to check out my tutorial on how to make cold process soap. If this recipe then seems a little daunting to you, then I encourage you to start with a beginner’s cold process soap recipe.

Natural Shaving Soap Recipe with Hydrating Lanolin and Neem Oil to Promote Skin Health! Making the switch to a natural shaving soap is a more environmentally friendly choice. This homemade shaving soap recipe with lanolin and neem oil is not only a great green alternative, but it's also budget conscience so you save money in the long run over purchasing a commercial product.

Begin by preparing your lye solution. To do this, measure out the distilled water in fluid ounces into a heat safe, non-aluminum container. Then, in a separate container, use a digital scale to weigh out the lye. Pour the lye into the container of water then mix until all of the lye has dissolved. Set aside.

Natural Shaving Soap Recipe with Hydrating Lanolin and Neem Oil to Promote Skin Health! Making the switch to a natural shaving soap is a more environmentally friendly choice. This homemade shaving soap recipe with lanolin and neem oil is not only a great green alternative, but it's also budget conscience so you save money in the long run over purchasing a commercial product.

Next, weigh out the carrier oils, lanolin and shea butter and combine in a separate heat safe container or stainless steel pot. Heat either in the microwave (for non-metal containers) at 50% power or over medium-low to medium heat on the stove top. Alternately you may also use a crockpot. Once melted remove the soapmaking oils from heat and set aside to cool.

Natural Shaving Soap Recipe with Hydrating Lanolin and Neem Oil to Promote Skin Health! Making the switch to a natural shaving soap is a more environmentally friendly choice. This homemade shaving soap recipe with lanolin and neem oil is not only a great green alternative, but it's also budget conscience so you save money in the long run over purchasing a commercial product.

While you are waiting for the lye-water and the soapmaking oils for this natural shaving soap recipe to cool, weigh out the (optional) essential oils and set aside.

When both the aloe-lye mixture and the soapmaking oils have cooled to around 90°-95°F, you’re ready to make soap!

Pour the lye-water into the soapmaking oils then mix with an immersion blender until the soap reaches a light trace. Add the essential oils, then continue mixing until the essential oils are fully incorporated into the soap batter.

Then, once the soap has again reached a light to medium trace, pour the soap into a round silicone soap mold of your choice. Cover the mold with plastic cling wrap or parchment paper if desired, then set aside in a safe location where it won’t be disturbed.

Your natural shaving soap should be ready to unmold 24-48 hours later. Once removed from the mold, allow your shaving soaps to cure for 4-6 weeks prior to use.

Aloe Vera Soap Recipe with Neem Oil! If you commonly turn to aloe vera to soothe and moisturize your skin, then add this soap recipe to your weekend to do list now! Formulated using natural ingredients, my cold process aloe vera soap recipe uses aloe vera gel in place of the water for its natural skin care properties. #aloevera #soap #soapmaking #soaprecipe #palmfree #vegan #diy #crafts #neemoil

More Natural Soap Recipes

If you like my natural shaving soap recipe, then you may also enjoy some of my other natural – and palm free! – cold process soap recipes that focus on promoting skin health. Here are some of my favorites.

Homemade Shaving Cream Recipe with Skin Soothing Witch Hazel & Natural Shaving Soap Recipe with Moisturizing Lanolin and Neem Oil for Skin Health

Alternately, you may also want try my homemade shaving cream recipe with skin soothing witch hazel. I created this natural shaving cream recipe as a guest post for The Nourished Life blog. You can learn how to make it here.

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Also, don’t forget. If you make homemade soaps or bath & body products I’d love to see them! Simply add the hashtag #soapdelishowoff to your instagram posts!