Palm Free Olive and Babassu Soap Recipe

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This palm free olive and babassu soap recipe is easy enough for beginners and requires only three soapmaking oils! Formulated to be low cleansing and extra conditioning, this olive and babassu soap recipe is perfect for winter or year round for anyone who suffers from dry skin!

This palm free olive and babassu soap recipe is easy enough for beginners and requires only three soapmaking oils! Formulated to be low cleansing and extra conditioning, this olive and babassu soap recipe is perfect for winter or year round for anyone who suffers from dry skin. Plus, it’s simple enough that even beginning soapmakers can give this homemade soap recipe a whirl!

My boyfriend, James, recently wanted me to teach him to make soap. Let me begin by saying, I’m kind of a crappy teacher. The whole “instructing” thing makes me nervous which in turn makes me impatient and, as such, I come off a wee bit snippy. This is one of the primary reasons I “teach” via my blog. My friends, however, understand my quirks so it’s different with them. However, we are also kind of bad in that we let the wine flow freely while we’re crafting. So, well, um. That’s why I’m always smiling in those photos that may or may not be on instagram. Ha ha.

This palm free olive and babassu soap recipe is easy enough for beginners and requires only three soapmaking oils! Formulated to be low cleansing and extra conditioning, this olive and babassu soap recipe is perfect for winter or year round for anyone who suffers from dry skin. Plus, it's simple enough that even beginning soapmakers can give this homemade soap recipe a whirl!

James is wonderful, and super crazy smart, so I was able to rush through all of the explanations on the chemistry of this soap and not feel like a jerk. When we got to the part where he asked when he could actually USE the soap, however, is where things fell apart. He was rather miffed he had to wait four weeks. I told him that in the meantime he could just make me cookies. Luckily he stays super busy like me. Otherwise I’d have a constant soapmaking companion encouraging me to rush unmolding my soap loaves.

Anyhow, if you’ve never ever made cold process soap before, then you should first check out my tutorial on how to make cold process soap from scratch. You may even want to watch a few YouTube videos to give you a feel for the process, but it’s not necessary. Once you’re ready, here’s the recipe!

This palm free olive and babassu soap recipe is easy enough for beginners and requires only three soapmaking oils! Formulated to be low cleansing and extra conditioning, this olive and babassu soap recipe is perfect for winter or year round for anyone who suffers from dry skin. Plus, it's simple enough that even beginning soapmakers can give this homemade soap recipe a whirl!

Palm Free Olive and Babassu Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

2.4 oz. babassu oil
12.8 oz. olive oil
.8 oz. castor oil

4.8 oz. distilled water
2.1 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

1 teaspoon (60% solution) sodium lactate
1 teaspoon sugar
1/8th teaspoon ultramarine blue pigment powder, optional
1 oz. Sea Salt & Driftwood fragrance oil, optional

Soap Notes:

This palm free olive and babassu soap recipe is easy enough for beginners and requires only three soapmaking oils! Formulated to be low cleansing and extra conditioning, this olive and babassu soap recipe is perfect for winter or year round for anyone who suffers from dry skin.

For starters, or rather, here are some changes I would make a second time around… If you don’t let this soap recipe gel, it’s going to be soft for a bit and will take several days to unmold. I’d definitely either increase the sodium lactate to 1 Tablespoon and/or reduce the water as percent of the oil weight to 28%.

In addition, I have noted on the screenshot I took of my olive and babassu soap recipe (on SoapCalc) to use 1/4 teaspoon of pigment powder. I ended up using less as reflected in my recipe above. This gave my soap a nice baby blue color that I felt went will with the fragrance oil I chose.

The Sea Salt & Driftwood fragrance oil is a nice scent. James and I feel like it’s pretty unisex and it didn’t make me sneeze.

However, both the fragrance and the pigment powder are optional. The sugar is to help boost the bubbles a bit but you can omit it if you like.

You shouldn’t have any surprises with my olive and babassu soap recipe as indicated or with this specific fragrance oil even if you’re a beginner.

And then there’s the coarse sea salt on top…

This natural black clay and sea salt soap recipe is made using Australian black clay and fine sea salt for a luxurious spa like experience in the shower!

As my fragrance oil and color theme was kind of ocean-y, I figured I’d decorate the top with sea salt. I’ve done this many times in the past with cold process loaf soaps. For example, my natural black clay and sea salt soap recipe (pictured above.) However, it didn’t work so well for the type of mold I used this time and I had to get creative in the end. So you can either, a) omit the coarse sea salt on top for smooth, even bars or b) take your soap to art class. (I’ll tell you what I did to mine further down.)

I used this Ozera 6-Cavity Silicone Soap Mold for my olive and babassu soap recipe.

Instructions:

Taking all safety precautions you’ll follow your basic cold process soapmaking method to create my olive and babassu soap recipe.

Begin by measuring out the distilled water into a heat safe container.

Then, using a digital scale, weigh out the amount of lye needed.

Stir until the lye has dissolved completely, then set aside to cool.

Next, use your digital scale to weigh out the babassu, castor and olive oils. Heat in a non-aluminum pot over medium to medium-low heat on the stove until your ingredients have melted completely.

Once your ingredients have melted, remove from heat and set aside.

Allow the lye-water and your soapmaking oils to cool to between 90°F-100°F.

Once your ingredients have cooled, use a measuring spoon to measure out the sodium lactate as well as the sugar then stir into your lye water.

If you are using a pigment powder to color your soap, measure out the pigment and stir into the melted oils with a stick blender.

Now pour the lye-water into the soapmaking oils and mix until you reach a light trace. Add your fragrance oil at this point if you have chosen to scent your soap and mix again.

Once your soap traces again, pour the soap batter into all six of the rectangle cavities of your silicone soap mold. (If you think you’ll need to move your soap, be sure to place the mold on a cutting board before you pour your soap for easy transfer.)

This palm free olive and babassu soap recipe is easy enough for beginners and requires only three soapmaking oils! Formulated to be low cleansing and extra conditioning, this olive and babassu soap recipe is perfect for winter or year round for anyone who suffers from dry skin. Plus, it's simple enough that even beginning soapmakers can give this homemade soap recipe a whirl!

Set your soap aside to complete the saponification process. You can check the soap 24-48 hours later to see if it’s ready to be unmolded. If it’s not, simply wait another day or two. There’s no rush. I mean, because James will tell you, you have to wait FOUR WEEKS too use it anyway and apparently that’s just INSANE. Ha!

This palm free olive and babassu soap recipe is easy enough for beginners and requires only three soapmaking oils! Formulated to be low cleansing and extra conditioning, this olive and babassu soap recipe is perfect for winter or year round for anyone who suffers from dry skin. Plus, it's simple enough that even beginning soapmakers can give this homemade soap recipe a whirl!

Once you’ve unmolded your soaps, set them aside in a cool, dry location to finish curing four to six weeks.

This palm free olive and babassu soap recipe is easy enough for beginners and requires only three soapmaking oils! Formulated to be low cleansing and extra conditioning, this olive and babassu soap recipe is perfect for winter or year round for anyone who suffers from dry skin. Plus, it's simple enough that even beginning soapmakers can give this homemade soap recipe a whirl!

Now, if you did a crazy experiment on the tops of your soap bars, it’s highly likely it can be fixed. My coarse salt on the tops of my bars kept falling off. And if I took the salt, off the soap just looked bizarre. So I improvised.

This palm free olive and babassu soap recipe is easy enough for beginners and requires only three soapmaking oils! Formulated to be low cleansing and extra conditioning, this olive and babassu soap recipe is perfect for winter or year round for anyone who suffers from dry skin. Plus, it's simple enough that even beginning soapmakers can give this homemade soap recipe a whirl!

I simply sprinkled fine cosmetic glitter on top of my soap bars where the salt was. I then scented and tinted clear natural melt and pour soap base and drizzled over the tops of my bars, covering the salt. Not only does the salt now dissolve as you use the soap, but it kind of looks neat. Plus there’s no right or wrong way to do it. After all, they are YOUR art bars!

As a crafter and soapmaker, there are absolutely those days when an idea for a soap recipe you have in your head, does not execute the way you thought it would. This was one of those projects. However, with a little creativity, I was able to turn a #soapfail into a #soapsuccess! Learn how I turned my #soapfail around and find out how to make your own melt and pour tea tree and sea mud soaps!

Plus I screwed up way less on this soaping gaffe than I did when I made my tea tree and sea mud soap recipe. You won’t believe how horrendous this soap looked before the fix. (You can check out the before and after transformation here.)

If you liked my palm free olive and babassu soap recipe then be sure to check out my other cold process soap recipes here. In addition you can also find more of my homemade soap recipes on my Simply Soapmaking Pinterest board as well my DIY Bath and Body Pinterest board.

Not ready to make my olive and babassu soap recipe? Try a homemade babassu soap sample set from Elegant Rose Boutique on Etsy! Her babassu soaps are made using only babassu, castor, apricot kernel and jojoba oils. As they don’t contain any coconut, palm or olive oil, they are great for those with sensitivities. For more of my favorites on Etsy, check out my Etsy collections here.

Simple Natural Soapmaking by Jan Berry includes recipes for Blue Agave Soap, Wild Rosehips Soap, Double Mint Sage Soap and Dead Sea Mud Spa Bar. The recipes are in tune with today’s trends―such as vegan options, shampoo and shaving bars, seasonal soaps such as Pumpkin Spice Soap and soaps highlighting popular ingredients such as goat’s milk and sea salt―while still retaining a rustic, old-fashioned feel.

Also be sure to keep your eyes peeled for a new soapmaking book by Jan Berry in August! Jan, a fellow blogger, is the author of The Nerdy Farm Wife blog, as well as the book, 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home. Her new book, Simple Natural Soapmaking, will be released August 8th, and is available for pre-order now.

Sample recipes include Blue Agave Soap, Wild Rosehips Soap, Double Mint Sage Soap and Dead Sea Mud Spa Bar. The recipes are in tune with today’s trends―such as vegan options, shampoo and shaving bars, seasonal soaps such as Pumpkin Spice Soap and soaps highlighting popular ingredients such as goat’s milk and sea salt―while still retaining a rustic, old-fashioned feel.

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Men’s Body Wash Recipe for Dry or Sensitive Skin

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This men's body wash recipe is perfectly suited for men who aren't a fan of traditional bar soap or want a more moisturizing product that won't leave their skin feeling stripped and tight.

This men’s body wash recipe is perfectly suited for men who aren’t a fan of traditional bar soap or want a more moisturizing product that won’t leave their skin feeling stripped and tight. Because this men’s body wash recipe uses a simple, unscented Castile liquid soap as a base for the body wash, it’s incredibly quick and easy to make. The addition of aloe vera gel, glycerin and natural carrier oils help to keep moisture locked into skin while also nourishing what is the largest organ on the human body. This men’s body wash recipe also includes one of my favorite go to ingredients – neem oil – that while optional, helps to combat body acne and other skin issues.

This men's body wash recipe is perfectly suited for men who aren't a fan of traditional bar soap or want a more moisturizing product that won't leave their skin feeling stripped and tight.

Men’s Body Wash Recipe for Dry or Sensitive Skin

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

5 oz. organic liquid Castile soap
2.5 oz. aloe vera gel
1 oz. rosehip seed oil
.5 oz. liquid vegetable glycerin
.1 oz. neem oil
3 mL skin safe masculine scented fragrance oil of choice, optional
2mL Polysorbate 20, optional

Instructions:

Using a digital scale weigh out the liquid Castile soap, aloe vera gel, rosehip seed (or other carrier) oil, vegetable glycerin and neem oil. Combine in a large Pyrex measuring cup then stir gently to mix all the ingredients.

Next, using a graduated plastic transfer pipette, measure out your skin safe fragrance oil of choice – or optionally half the amount of essential oil – and stir into the body wash. (The fragrance oil will mask the scent of the neem oil in this men’s body wash recipe.)

Now use a clean graduated transfer pipette to measure out the Polysorbate 20. Stir into the body wash mixture. (While this ingredient is optional it will help to keep your fragrance and other ingredients evenly combined within the body wash.)

Finally, use a funnel to pour into an 8 oz. container of your choice and label as desired for personal use. Shake gently then use as you would a regular body wash! (Psst. You can find and print out the “handmade” labels featured in this post at Everything Etsy here. Bulk blank sticker labels are available for a great price at World Label.)

If you like my men’s body wash recipe, you may also like my rose & lavender body wash recipe. Find it here. Or go here for even more men’s homemade skin care product recipes.

Also be sure to follow me on Pinterest for collections of not only my own homemade soap recipes and beauty DIY’s but also some of my favorites from around the web. You can also find me on Blog Lovin’Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, G+ and Instagram.


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Homemade Peppermint & Patchouli Castile Soap Recipe

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This homemade peppermint and patchouli Castile soap recipe lends a fun twist to a basic Castile soap.

This homemade peppermint and patchouli Castile soap recipe lends a fun twist to a basic Castile soap. Made using olive oil, this peppermint and patchouli Castile soap recipe also combines peppermint and patchouli essential oils for a fabulous unisex fragrance blend along with mineral rich Red Hawaiian Alaea Salt and a touch of Australian midnight black clay.

This homemade peppermint and patchouli Castile soap recipe lends a fun twist to a basic Castile soap.

Peppermint & Patchouli Castile Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

36 oz. virgin olive oil

4.5 oz. sodium hydroxide/lye
11 fl. oz. distilled water

.5 oz. sodium lactate (60% solution)
1 Tablespoon Australian midnight black clay
2 Tablespoons Red Hawaiian Alaea Salt
1.5 oz. patchouli essential oil
.25 oz. peppermint essential oil (or .5 oz. peppermint fragrance oil)

Soap Notes:

water as % of oils = 30.5%
6% superfat
essential oils used at 4.8% of oil weight

This homemade peppermint and patchouli Castile 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. Alternately, you can get nine 5.5 oz. round soaps using two Crafters Choice™ Basic Round Silicone Soap Molds or fifteen 3.3 oz. square soaps using three Tovolo King Silicone Ice Cube Trays.

Instructions:

You’ll need to follow my basic cold process soapmaking instructions for this homemade peppermint and patchouli Castile soap recipe.

(If you’ve never made cold process soap before here’s another good, inexpensive beginner’s cold process soap recipe. Or download my free beginner soapmaking ebook.) 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 olive oil using a digital scale and combine in a stainless steel pot. Heat until all the olive oil reaches around 95°F remove from heat. Prepare you essential oils by weighing them out into a glass Pyrex measuring cup and set aside.

When the lye-water has cooled to around 90°-95°F – you want the olive oil and lye-water to be about the same temperature – you’re ready to make soap.

Weigh out the sodium lactate and stir into the cooled lye-water.

Next, weigh and add the clay and salt to the olive oil. Mix with a stick blender until thoroughly combined.

Now slowly pour the lye-water into the olive oil/clay/salt mixture. Mix with a stick blender until you reach a light trace. Add the essential oils and combine with the stick blender until you reach a full trace.

Pour the soap into your prepared mold(s). Sprinkle with the red Hawaiian alaea salt if desired.

Level the top of the poured soap if needed. Leave uncovered so the soap doesn’t overheat or place in your refrigerator. Set aside for 48 hours.

After 48 hours your can unmold your peppermint and patchouli Castile soap. Unmold your soaps. If you made soap loaf and it’s hard enough, go ahead and cut it into bars when you unmold it. If it’s still a bit soft, wait an additional day then cut into bars.

Allow your homemade peppermint and patchouli Castile soaps to cure anywhere from 4 weeks to 6 months before use. The longer the cure the better the bar. Typically soaps created using a traditional Castile soap recipe are cured for 4 to 6 months for best results.

Once your Castile soaps have cured, wrap and label as desired. (Go here to learn how to make your own custom soap labels.)

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.

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Traditional Castile Soap Recipe

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This traditional Castile soap recipe is made using 100% olive oil and is scented with natural basil, lemongrass and rosemary essential oils.

This traditional Castile soap recipe is scented for spring with natural basil, lemongrass and rosemary essential oils. Unlike my Castile soap recipe with bee pollen powder I shared recently, this traditional Castile soap recipe is made using 100% olive oil. However, as 100% olive oil soaps tend to be a softer soap that takes months to harden, I added a small amount of sodium lactate to this traditional Castile soap recipe. I also used a steeper water discount than normal. This allows you to unmold this Castile soap after a day and cut it into bars within 24-48 hours. You can, however, omit the sodium lactate. Just keep in mind it may take a bit longer to harden up.

This traditional Castile soap recipe is made using 100% olive oil and is scented with natural basil, lemongrass and rosemary essential oils.

Traditional Castile Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

36 oz. pomace olive oil

4.5 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide
11 fluid oz. distilled water

.5 oz. sodium lactate (60% solution)
.35 oz. basil essential oil
.35 oz. rosemary essential oil
.35 oz. lemongrass essential oil

Soap Notes:

water as % of oils = 30.5%
6% superfat
+/- .5 oz. essential oil per pound of oils

This cold process Castile 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.

Instructions:

You’ll need to follow my basic cold process soapmaking instructions for this traditional Castile soap recipe. You can substitute virgin olive oil for the pomace olive, however keep in mind it’s likely to take longer to reach trace.

(If you’ve never made cold process soap before here’s another 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 olive oil using a digital scale and combine in a stainless steel pot. Heat to about 90°-95°F then remove from heat. Prepare you essential oils by weighing them out into a glass Pyrex measuring cup and set aside.

When the lye-water has cooled to around 90°-95°F – you want the olive oil and lye-water to be about the same temperature – you’re ready to make soap.

Weigh out the sodium lactate and stir into the cooled lye-water. Now slowly pour the lye-water into the olive oil. Mix with a stick blender until you reach a light trace. Add the essential oils and combine with the stick blender until you reach a full trace.

Pour the soap into your prepared mold.

Level the top of the poured soap with needed. Leave uncovered so the soap doesn’t overheat. Set aside for 24 hours.

After 24 hours your can unmold your Castile soap loaf. If it’s hard enough, cut it into bars when you unmold it. If it’s still a bit soft, wait an additional day then cut into bars. Allow bars to cure anywhere from 4 weeks to 6 months before use. The longer the cure the better the bar. Typically soaps created using a traditional Castile soap recipe are cured for 4 to 6 months for best results.

This traditional Castile soap recipe is made using 100% olive oil and is scented with natural basil, lemongrass and rosemary essential oils.

Once your Castile soaps have cured, wrap and label as desired. I added butterfly stickers to mine that I found here and simply printed onto blank sticker paper.

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.

Keep track of all my new homemade soap recipes and other DIY creations by following Soap Deli News blog via Blog Lovin’ and Tumblr. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, G+ and Instagram.


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Castile Soap Recipe with Bee Pollen Powder

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This homemade Castile soap recipe is made with bee pollen powder which has skin soothing and anti-inflammatory properties.

While a traditional, pure Castile soap recipe is made using 100% olive oil, a modern Castile soap recipe may contain additional oils so long as olive oil is part of the Castile soap recipe and it consists of all vegetable oils. However Dictionary.com offers a looser definition defining Castile soap as any hard soap made from fats and oils, often partly from olive oil. While Merriman-Webster defines it as fine hard bland soap made from olive oil and sodium hydroxide; also : any of various similar soaps. An example of a modern, non-traditional Castile soap would include Dr. Bronner’s well known liquid Castile soaps.

However some soapmakers prefer to make a distinction between a traditional Castile soap with 100% olive versus an all vegetable soap with olive oil and would call this a Bastille soap instead. Regardless of your preference, as there are discrepancies across the cottage soapmaking industry in what one considers Castile, I recommend labeling your soaps with a full ingredient list if you are selling this soap so consumers are aware that this is not a 100% Castile soap bar.

My homemade Castile soap recipe is made using 50% olive oil combined with palm oil and coconut oil to create a Castile soap that’s both harder and lathers better than a traditional Castile soap bar.

In addition I’ve also added bee pollen powder to my Castile soap recipe. Bee pollen has skin soothing and anti-inflammatory properties and is often used in skin care products to help calm inflammatory conditions and common skin irritations such as psoriasis or eczema. Further, the amino acids and vitamins naturally found in bee pollen are believed to help protect skin as well as aid in cell regeneration.

As my family and I tend to suffer from dry skin in the winter I also added a small amount of lanolin to this Castile soap recipe for it’s moisturizing properties. However, the lanolin is optional and can be omitted if you prefer not to use it to keep to a true to an all vegetable soap. I just thought I’d offer it as an option for those who enjoy the feel lanolin adds to soap like I do. (It’s one of those “I started out with an idea and then I had another idea I threw in a the end because I just couldn’t resist” sort of things.) Alternately you could also increase the amount of superfat in this soap and run the numbers back through a lye calculator to get the new amount of lye needed with your changes.

This homemade Castile soap recipe is made with bee pollen powder which has skin soothing and anti-inflammatory properties.

Bee Pollen Castile Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

18 oz. pomace olive oil
10.8 oz. palm oil
7.2 oz. refined (76° melt point) coconut oil
.5 oz. lanolin, optional (for a non-Castile bar)

11.8 oz. distilled water
4.9 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

2 – 2.5 oz. fragrance oil, optional (for a non-Castile bar)
3 Tablespoon bee pollen powder

Soap Notes:

Water as % of oils = 33%
6% superfat
1 oz. fragrance oil per pound

The lanolin is not figured into the SAP value for this Castile soap recipe so omitting the lanolin or changing the amount of lanolin used will not affect the amount of lye needed for this recipe.

The oils were used at the following percentages: Olive oil=50%, Coconut oil=20% and Palm oil at 30%.

If you prefer not to use palm oil you can easily sub lard for the palm oil which has a similar SAP value and soapmaking properties without having to recalculate the lye. However, if you are resizing this soap recipe and subbing the palm oil with lard you’ll want to run it back through a lye calc just to be sure.

I used a Sandalwood Patchouli fragrance oil from Wholesale Supplies Plus for this Castile soap recipe. As this fragrance has 5% vanilla content it did turn the soap a light brown. Also as this fragrance is a bit on the stronger side I used only 2 oz. of fragrance oil. However in keeping with not having any artificial ingredients in a Castile soap recipe, you can use half the amount in essential oils instead if desired or leave it unscented.

This cold process Castile 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.

Instructions:

You’ll need to follow your basic cold process soapmaking instructions to make this Castile soap recipe. (If you’ve never made cold process soap before here’s another 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 soapmaking oils and lanolin, if desired, using a digital scale and combine in a stainless steel pot. Heat over medium heat until melted then remove from heat and set a side to cool.

When both the lye-water and oils have cooled to 90°-95°F you’re ready to make soap. Begin by measuring out the bee pollen powder with a measuring spoon and add to the soapmaking oils. Mix with a stick blender until fully incorporated.

Now, pour the lye-water into the oils. Mix using a stick blender until you reach a light trace. Add fragrance oil if you’re using one and then mix again until well blended and soap is at a medium-heavy trace.

Pour the soap into your prepared mold.

How to make homemade soap with a honeycomb textured top.

If you’d like a “honeycomb” textured top on your bars of homemade soap, cut a piece of bubble wrap to fit the size of your mold and press it onto the top of the freshly poured soap. Otherwise lightly cover the soap and allow to set for 24 hours. (Discover more behind the scenes pics like this one by following me on Instagram!)

This homemade Castile soap recipe is made with 50% olive oil and bee pollen powder which has skin soothing and anti-inflammatory properties.

After 24 hours remove the bubble wrap from the top of your soap loaf and unmold the soap.

This homemade Castile soap recipe is made with 50% olive oil and bee pollen powder which has skin soothing and anti-inflammatory properties.

Now cut your soap into bars and allow the soap to cure 4-6 weeks before use. Wrap and label as desired.

Now try out my traditional Castile soap recipe found here.

If you liked my Castile soap recipe be sure to also try my Neem Oil & Bee Pollen Skin Cream Recipe. This natural neem oil and bee pollen skin cream recipe combines the healing power of neem oil with the skin soothing, anti-inflammatory properties of bee pollen to help improve problem skin issues including acne, shingles, cold sores, minor cuts and abrasions, athlete’s foot, eczema and psoriasis. Feedback I’ve received via my Facebook page include the following: “I tried this recipe and it healed a cold sore in record time.” and “I shared a little jar with my co-worker who had surgery recently and she told me that it’s healing her up and softening her keloid scarring as well. That is a bonus!Learn how to make it here.

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.

Keep track of all my new homemade soap recipes and other DIY creations by following Soap Deli News blog via Blog Lovin’ and Tumblr. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, G+ and Instagram.


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