Natural Calendula Soap Recipe for Healthy Looking Skin After 40

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This natural calendula soap recipe is handcrafted with skin nourishing ingredients that promote skin health. Calendula hydrosol, calendula powder and chia seed oil are key ingredients for healthy looking skin. Natural shredded loofah is also included for its gentle exfoliation that leads to brighter, smoother skin.

This natural calendula soap recipe is handcrafted with skin nourishing ingredients that promote skin health like calendula hydrosol, calendula powder and chia seed oil. Natural shredded loofah is then added for gentle exfoliation to brighten and smooth skin. #soap #soapmaking #soaprecipe #calendula #handmade #diy #crafts #skincare #beauty #natural #naturalskincare #giftideas #coldprocessoap #palmfreesoap

I had the unfortunate realization today, while reading an article on another blog, that I am a mid-lifer. I mean, mid-lifers are my parents right? Unfortunately, that is not the case. My parents, who are in fact baby boomers, are well into retirement. Which I guess means I am old awesome.

I remember being in high school thinking that my parents were terribly old. That middle age was something you shrunk away from rather than revered. And I had this insane misguided notion that I would die by 28, tragically perhaps, like a rockstar stolen from life in her prime. And I would never. Ever. Grow old.

These days I’m thrilled that I’ve made it to 42. And that all my body parts appear to still be intact. However, my body and mind are having quite the disagreement over how old I REALLY am. And if you’re over 40, then you know exactly what I mean.

While I’m still put together physically speaking, mechanically not everything is running quite as smoothly as it once did. And of course nothing looks quite the same either. My skin especially requires constant upkeep that wasn’t required during my youth.

Not only is my skin drier throughout the year (not just in the winter,) but there are of course those devilish fine lines, wrinkles and the occasional age spots. And skin tags. Maybe. (I exfoliate those suckers off with a hefty dose of scrubs and Retinol.)

So in addition to moisturizing my skin on a regular basis, I also use a low cleansing homemade soap. So instead of stripped my skin like commercial bar soap, it nourishes and replenishes it instead. But being a soapmaker, I hate to use the same soap over and over again. So I mix it up with new recipes one after another. (I’m convinced each bar is somehow in silent competition with the other while I sleep. However I love something unique about each one. They are my children after all.)

My natural calendula soap is the latest to be added to this series of soap recipes. Formulated to be both low cleansing and gentle, my natural calendula soap recipe also has high skin conditioning properties so it’s perfect for maturing and/or dry skin. (Now my only problem is to remember where I left it. And how the heck did my car keys end up in the refrigerator?!)

Homemade Calendula Soap! This natural calendula soap recipe is handcrafted with skin nourishing ingredients that promote skin health. Calendula hydrosol, calendula powder and chia seed oil are key ingredients for healthy looking skin. Natural shredded loofah is also included for its gentle exfoliation that leads to brighter, smoother skin.

Calendula Skin Care Benefits

Calendula, also known as pot marigold, is a popular herb that grows annually throughout most of the world. It is renowned for its anti-inflammatory properties as well as its antimicrobial and antiviral effects which help to promote healing.

When used in skin care applications, calendula can not only soothes sore, inflamed and itchy skin, but it also speeds healing time for minor wounds. Additionally, calendula infused oil works wonders for dry, chapped skin.

Not only does it moisture and soothe dry skin, but it’s also helpful when used on many problematic skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. (You can learn more about calendula here.)

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Natural Calendula Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

4 oz. refined coconut oil (25%)
6.4 oz. pomace olive oil (40%)
2.4 oz. safflower oil (15%)
1.6 oz. shea nut oil (10%)
1.6 oz. chia seed oil (10%)

4.8 fl. oz. calendula hydrosol
2.2 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

2 Tablespoons calendula flower powder
2 Tablespoons shredded loofah
.5 oz. essential oil (or 1 oz. fragrance oil)

Instructions:

Before you begin, you’ll need to make sure you take all necessary safety precautions when working with lye. This includes wearing eye protection and gloves as well as ensuring none of your containers or utensils are made from aluminum.

You will follow my cold process soapmaking tutorial in order to make this soap. (If you’ve never made homemade soap, I recommend starting with a beginner’s soap recipe which you can find here.)

My natural calendula soap recipe has a 30.5% water discount and 6% superfat. It will yield six homemade soap bars when using this rectangle silicone mold.

Begin my measuring out the calendula hydrosol in fluid ounces into a heat safe container. Then using a digital scale (I recommend this Bakers Math Scale) weigh out the lye. Slowly pour the lye into the hydrosol and stir until it has completely dissolved. Set aside to cool.

Next, weigh out the soapmaking oils and combine in a stainless steel pot or heat safe container. Heat on the stove top or at reduced power in a microwave or crock pot until melted. Remove from heat, then set aside to cool.

Once the lye-hydrosol and soapmaking oils reach about 90°-95°F, you’re ready to make soap!

Measure out the calendula flower powder and shredded loofah, then mix them into the soapmaking oils using an immersion or stick blender.

Then slowly pour the lye-hydrosol into the soapmaking oils and mix with your stick blender until you reach a light trace.

Weigh out the essential oil (or fragrance oil) of your choice and add to the soap batter. Then continue mixing to fully incorporate the scent. Once you reach a medium trace, pour the soap batter into your soap mold.

Cover the mold with plastic cling wrap if desired, then set aside in a safe location where it won’t be disturbed.

Your natural calendula soaps should be ready to unmold 24-48 hours later.

Once you’ve unmolded your homemade soaps, set them aside in a cool location for a minimum of four weeks to cure. Then wrap and label as desired for personal use of gifting.

More Natural Skin Care Recipes

Use this natural herbal calendula balm recipe to help promote healing with the power of calendula when used on minor cuts, bruises & insect stings.

Did you enjoy my natural calendula soap recipe? Then you’ll also love my natural calendula herbal balm recipe. This natural skin care recipe promotes healing with the power of calendula when used on minor cuts, bruises & insect stings. Find the recipe here.

Homemade Calendula Soap! This natural calendula soap recipe is handcrafted with skin nourishing ingredients that promote skin health. Calendula hydrosol, calendula powder and chia seed oil are key ingredients for healthy looking skin. Natural shredded loofah is also included for its gentle exfoliation that leads to brighter, smoother skin.

Like my natural calendula soap recipe, my soothing moisture whip recipe is another great skin care product for nourishing and moisturizing dry or mature skin.

Crafted using natural ingredients, this ultra luxe moisturizer has a fluffy, cloud like texture that melts instantly into skin when applied. Skin soothing butters, aloe vera and witch hazel extract offer rich moisture that promotes skin health while a calming essential oil blend lends its aromatherapeutic properties. Get the recipe here.

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Naturally Clean Your Home Not Just Your Skin

Looking for more affordable, convenient and natural ways to clean your home? Then you must check out Grove Collaborative! I recently became a member and have been super impressed with their service, natural products selections, prices and shipping times. Plus their products help to make it easier for families to make the switch to healthy, non-toxic home and personal care products.

Right now you can receive a free Mrs. Meyer’s Trio + Grove Walnut Scrubber Sponges when you sign up for the Grove Collaborative! They’re currently in gear for spring and are putting together some of the cleanest and greenest sets dedicated to making your home healthy and beautiful! I promise you will absolutely LOVE them! Learn more here.

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Chamomile Calendula Bath Salts Recipe

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 This relaxing chamomile calendula bath salts recipe is made using a simple combination of ingredients - natural salts, botanicals and coconut oil - that helps to relieve stress, condition and detoxify skin, and ease sore muscles and joint pain.

This relaxing chamomile calendula bath salts recipe is made using a simple combination of ingredients – natural salts, botanicals and coconut oil – that helps to relieve stress, condition and detoxify skin, and ease sore muscles and joint pain.

 This relaxing chamomile calendula bath salts recipe is made using a simple combination of ingredients - natural salts, botanicals and coconut oil - that helps to relieve stress, condition and detoxify skin, and ease sore muscles and joint pain.

Chamomile Calendula Bath Salts Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

8 oz. dead sea salt
4 oz. Epsom salt
1 Tablespoon chamomile flowers
1 Tablespoon calendula petals
.4 oz. fractionated coconut oil

Instructions:

Using a digital scale, weigh out the dead sea salt and Epsom salt into a large glass bowl. Mix to combine.

Next, weigh out the fractionated coconut oil and drizzle into the salts, mixing as you do so, until the coconut oil has lighted coated all of the salts. (If you’d like to use an essential oil to scent your chamomile calendula bath salts recipe, you may add it at the same time as the fractionated coconut oil. I recommend around 15 drops.)

This relaxing chamomile calendula bath salts recipe is made using a simple combination of ingredients - natural salts, botanicals and coconut oil - that helps to relieve stress, condition and detoxify skin, and ease sore muscles and joint pain.

Now measure out the botanicals using a Tablespoon measure and mix into the bath salts.

Package your bath salts as desired. I used a large glass apothecary jar from Infinity Jars for mine. (These jars are pretty awesome. They have a heavy glass-on-glass lid that only require the most gentle twist to lock a watertight seal and they also block UV light.)

Alternately, you can also package your chamomile calendula bath salts in High Barrier Kraft Paper Stand up Zipper Pouch Bags.

This relaxing chamomile calendula bath salts recipe is made using a simple combination of ingredients - natural salts, botanicals and coconut oil - that helps to relieve stress, condition and detoxify skin, and ease sore muscles and joint pain.

To use, simply add desired amount to running bath water and stir to dissolve. Then relax in your bath for ten to twenty minutes to soak in the benefits.

Want an easy alternative? You can also try this bath salts recipe with lavender flowers and mint leaves in place of the chamomile and calendula!

Organic Bath Salts from Barefoot Apothecary

If you don’t have time to make my chamomile calendula bath salts recipe, then be sure to check out some of my favorites on Etsy, including these organic bath salts (pictured) from Barefoot Apothecary.

I also love the goat milk, oats and calendula bath salts for itchy skin/eczema from 7 Chakras Soap, the chamomile calendula bath salts from Wild Raven Soap in Australia, the Good Karma bath salts from Wonderland Bath & Beauty, the calendula bath salts scented with frankincense and myrrh essential oils from The Savvy Soap, and the Mimosa Luxe Epsom salt bath soak from Lovely Body.

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Spicy Pepper & Patchouli Palm Free Cold Process Soap Recipe

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This palm free cold process soap recipe is scented with spicy pepper and patchouli, clove and cinnamon essential oils. Learn how to make this homemade soap using the cold process soapmaking method.

This palm free cold process soap recipe is scented with a pepper fragrance oil that’s been blended with patchouli, clove and cinnamon essential oils. The spicy fragrance blend of this palm free cold process soap recipe makes it suitable for either sex due to it’s unisex scent. However, as both pepper fragrance oils and pepper essential oil both  accelerate trace and can quickly cause cold process soap to seize, this palm free cold process soap recipe is recommended for soapmakers with some experience under their belt. If you’re new to soapmaking but still want to give this homemade palm free cold process soap recipe a try, simply omit the pepper fragrance oil from the recipe.

In addition to the other ingredients in this palm free cold process soap recipe, I also included calendula flower powder. Calendula flowers are traditionally used in skin care products to help support healthy skin and assist with minor wounds. It is a common ingredient in many herbal oils, salves and lip balm recipes. Alternately you can also infuse the olive oil in this palm free cold process soap recipe with whole calendula flowers prior to creating this homemade soap.

This palm free cold process soap recipe is scented with a pepper fragrance oil that's also blended with patchouli, clove and cinnamon essential oils. The spicy fragrance blend of this palm free cold process soap recipe makes it suitable for either sex due to it's unisex scent.

Spicy Pepper & Patchouli Palm Free Cold Process Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

7.2 oz. lard (pig tallow)
11.52 oz. pomace olive oil
5.4 oz. rice bran oil
7.2 oz. 76° melt point (refined) coconut oil
1.8 oz. castor oil
2.88 oz. sunflower oil

11.8 fluid oz. distilled water
4.8 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

.5 oz. sodium lactate (60% solution)
1 oz. patchouli essential oil
.3 oz. Madagascar pepper fragrance oil (or .15 oz. black pepper essential oil)
.15 oz. cinnamon leaf essential oil
.05 oz. clove bud essential oil
.5 oz. calendula flower powder
whole black peppercorns, to suit (optional)

Soap Notes:

Water as % of oils = 33%
8% superfat

This palm free cold process soap recipe yields 10-12 bars of soap that will weigh around 4 oz. each depending on how they are cut and fits inside my DIY wooden loaf soap mold.

If you do not want to use tallow, palm oil is the closet alternative. You won’t need to recalculate the lye for this substitution unless you are changing the batch size or superfat for this palm free cold process soap recipe. However, by using palm, this homemade soap recipe will obviously no longer be palm free. Rice bran oil can easily be substituted with olive oil or grapeseed oil and sunflower oil with safflower oil. However you will want to run the numbers back through a lye calculator just to be safe.

If you like this palm free cold process soap recipe but prefer a different scent, simply substitute the fragrance oil and essential oils with up to 2-2.25 oz. of your fragrance oil of choice. (Or up to 1 oz. per pound of oils.) To substitute essential oils for this homemade soap recipe use 1-3% of the total oil weight in your choice of essential oil(s). However, defer to manufacturer’s usage recommendations if they vary from typical rates of usage.

Instructions:

To create this spicy pepper & patchouli palm free cold process 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 a good, inexpensive beginner’s cold process soap recipe.) 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 lard along with the olive, rice bran, coconut, castor and sunflower oils using a digital scale and combine in a stainless steel pot. Heat until all the ingredients have melted, then remove from heat. Prepare your fragrance and essential oils by weighing them out into a glass Pyrex measuring cup and set aside. Do the same with the sodium lactate and calendula flower powder.

When the lye-water and soapmaking oils have cooled to around 85°-90°F you’re ready to make soap.

Add the sodium lactate to the cooled lye-water and stir.

Add the calendula flower powder to the soapmaking oils and mix with a stick blender until evenly distributed.

Now slowly pour the lye-water into the soapmaking oils. Mix with a stick blender until you reach a very light trace. Add the fragrance and essential oils and continue mixing either with the stick blender on the lowest setting or by hand. The soap will will thicken very quickly. It will also very likely seize. Don’t panic. Simply pour or spoon the soap into your prepared mold. If it solidifies on you simply put on gloves and press the soap into the mold. As it begins to gel – this also happens very quickly – it will mush into place for you. Push the soap evenly down into the mold.

If desired add whole black peppercorns to the top of the soap and gently press into the top of the soap using gloved hands.

Leave the soap uncovered and set aside for 24 hours.

After 24 hours your can unmold your homemade soap loaf and cut it into bars. Allow bars to cure 4-6 weeks before use, then wrap and label as desired.

For more of my homemade soap recipes as well as bath and beauty DIY’s be sure to visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen. You can also follow me on Pinterest for collections of not only my homemade soap recipes and beauty DIY’s but also some of my favorites from around the web. Or, for more palm free cold process soap recipes go here.

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Calendula & Goat Milk Facial Scrub Recipe for Sensitive Skin

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This natural facial scrub recipe for sensitive skin is made with calendula, colloidal oatmeal and goat milk! It gently exfoliates & helps calm inflammation.

Looking for a gentle and all natural facial scrub recipe for sensitive skin? Then give this calendula and goat milk facial scrub recipe a try. You’ll love the results!

This natural, exfoliating facial scrub recipe for sensitive skin contains goat milk and colloidal oatmeal known for their skin soothing and nourishing properties. There’s also baking soda which helps to cleanse your face while apricot kernel meal and finely ground calendula petals gently exfoliate skin. Plus, it’s unscented so there’s no need to worry about irritating fragrances!

This natural facial scrub recipe for sensitive skin is made with calendula, colloidal oatmeal and goat milk! It gently exfoliates & helps calm inflammation.

Calendula & Goat Milk Facial Scrub Recipe for Sensitive Skin

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

2.5 oz. goat milk powder
2.5 oz. colloidal oatmeal
2.5 oz. baking soda
1 oz. apricot kernel meal
.2 oz. calendula petals, finely ground

Directions:

You can typically find powdered goat milk in the baking section of your grocery store. Colloidal oatmeal is typically in the pharmacy section.

To create this natural facial scrub recipe for sensitive skin you’ll need to begin by weighing out the calendula petals using a digital scale. Next, grind the calendula petals in a coffee grinder or food processor.

Now weigh out all of the remaining ingredients using a scale and combine with the ground calendula petals in a large bowl. Mix well. Then spoon into air tight containers for storage.

To use your homemade facial scrub, simply remove a small amount of the scrub from the container and mix with just enough water, honey or favorite carrier oil (up to one Tablespoon) to form a paste. (For extra dry or mature skin, try mixing this scrub with shea nut oil or rosehip seed oil.) Then apply to facial skin in a circular motion for up to one minute. Alternately, you can use this scrub as a mask by applying and letting set for 5-10 minutes. Rinse with water to remove and pat dry. Store your scrub in a cool dry location.

If you liked this natural calendula and goat milk facial scrub recipe for sensitive skin, then be sure to check out my DIY Bath & Body board on Pinterest. Or visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen for a full collection of my skin care and homemade soap recipes.

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Calendula Ointment Recipe

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Create a healing salve with a calendula infusion, essential oils and butters. Calendula is known for it’s skin care properties and is widely used to soothe inflammation, control bleeding and heal damaged skin tissue making it perfect for use in ointments and salves.

DIY Calendula Salve Recipe - Healing Salve Skin Care Recipe calendula salve, orginally uploaded by latisha (herbmother)

Calendula Ointment Recipe

Ingredients:

1 oz. of olive oil and 1 oz. of sweet almond oil (infused with calendula petals heated at 170 degrees for 20 mins, then let sit till cool)
3 oz. coconut oil
1 oz. beeswax
1/2 oz. mango butter
1/2 oz. shea butter
15 drops chamomile essential oil
30 drops lavender essential oil
30 drops tea tree essential oil
1 tsp vitamin E

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients and heat to melt. Stir and pour into containers.

Ingredients can be acquired from Mountain Rose Herbs.

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