Palm Free Soap Recipes

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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.Why Palm Free Soap Recipes?

Traditionally, one of the main ingredients of cold process soap has been palm oil. However, as the use of palm oil has increased primarily due to its cheap price and wide availability, there has been controversy within the soapmaking community regarding its use. Production of palm oil in Southeast Asia has resulted in not only the depletion of the rain forest which is being torn down to create palm plantations, but it also threatens endangered animals like orangutans and Sumatran tigers who call these rain forests home. Some soapmakers choose not to use palm oil at all because of this, while others choose to purchase only sustainable palm oil that is given oversight from state and third party environmental programs such as EcoSocial and the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil.

Because palm oil is so cheap, many commercial products are made using palm oil including soaps and stearic acid – a common ingredient in lotions. Shortening is also made with palm oil or a combination of palm oil and other oils. The popular brand, Crisco, now uses palm oil for its shortening in place of what was originally cottonseed oil.

As my goal with this blog is to provide information and recipes, I leave the decision of whether or not to use or not use palm oil up to you. However, should you choose to omit palm oil from your cold process soap recipes, I’m providing this collection of fifteen of my homemade cold process palm free soap recipes.

A collection of cold process palm free soap recipes for soapmakers who wish to make homemade cold process soaps without palm oil.

Homemade Palm Free Soap Recipes

1. Homemade Green Tea and Turmeric Soap Recipe – This homemade green tea & turmeric palm free soap recipe harnesses green tea’s anti-oxidant properties with turmeric’s anti-acne & skin lightening properties.

2. Homemade Peppermint & Patchouli Castile Soap Recipe – This homemade peppermint & patchouli Castile soap recipe lends a fun twist to a basic Castile soap recipe with Hawaiian alaea salt and midnight black clay.

3. Coconut Oil Facial Soap Recipe for Acne Prone Skin – This coconut oil facial soap recipe for acne prone skin combines ingredients known for their acne fighting properties to help skin acne free!

4. Spicy Pepper & Patchouli Palm Free Cold Process Soap Recipe – This cold process palm free soap recipe is scented with spicy pepper and patchouli, clove and cinnamon essential oils for a soap suitable for either sex.

A collection of cold process palm free soap recipes for soapmakers who wish to make homemade cold process soaps without palm oil.

5. Castile Soap Recipe with Bee Pollen Powder – This homemade Castile soap recipe is made with bee pollen powder which has skin soothing and anti-inflammatory properties.

6. Cold Process Wine Soap Recipe – This fun cold process wine soap recipe is a creative way to use up that leftover wine that’s sat in the fridge too long or simply wasn’t too your liking.

7. Homemade Bacon Soap Recipe for Men – This homemade bacon palm free soap recipe is made with real bacon fat and yields a hard, extra conditioning soap that can either smell like bacon or any other scent of your choice!

8. Nuts Over You Homemade Cold Process Soap Recipe – This nuts over you homemade cold process palm free soap reecipe is all about nut oils! And you’d be hard pressed to get a homemade soap bar any nuttier than this one!

A collection of cold process palm free soap recipes for soapmakers who wish to make homemade cold process soaps without palm oil.

9. Cold Process Macadamia Nut Salt Bar Soap Recipe – This fabulous homemade macadamia nut salt bar soap recipe is made with a generous percentage of moisturizing macadamia nut oil and natural sea salt.

10. Naughty Kitty Palm Free Cold Process Soap Recipe – My Naughty Kitty cold process palm free soap recipe is made using Australian Midnight Black Clay known for its detoxifying and conditioning properties.

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11. Green Tea & Agave Homemade Cold Process Soap Recipe – This green tea & agave homemade cold process palm free soap recipe is formulated with skin conditioning oils and boasts the anti-oxidant power of natural green tea.

12. Ginger and Lime Homemade Shampoo Bar Recipe with Silk – This homemade shampoo bar recipe is scented with a summery blend of lime & ginger and contains silk and hair nourishing argan, jojoba oils and shea butter!

13. Natural Handmade Activated Charcoal Facial Soap Recipe – This natural activated charcoal soap recipe contains activated charcoal to help detox skin and keep it blemish free. It also contains natural algae and lavender and tea tree essential oils.

14. Natural Homemade Patchouli Crunch Soap Recipe – This homemade patchouli soap recipe is perfect for the hippie in you! It contains a naturally exfoliating “granola crunch” and patchouli essential oil.

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

Looking for a simple beginner soap recipe too try? Then give my beginner’s cold process soap recipe a try. This homemade soap recipe contains just three inexpensive ingredients that can be easily sourced at most grocery stores. And, there’s both a palm and a palm free version. Find the recipe here. Or go here for my tutorial on how to make cold process soap from scratch. Or go here to learn how to use a lye calculator to create your own custom cold process soap recipe.

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Learn How to Make Soap: A Beginner’s Guide

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Learn how to make soap with this free soapmaking ebook designed for beginner soapmakers. This free soapmaking ebook contains information on how to make soap, using a lye calculator, how to formulate your own soap recipes, eight beginner soap recipes, creating custom soap labels and more.

Recently WorldLabel asked if I’d create a downloadable ebook for their blog with a collection of my beginner soap recipes. I was happy to not only take on the task but to go one step further. My new soapmaking ebook – which you can find here – gives more than just the basics of how to make soap. In addition to an updated cold process soapmaking tutorial (my last soapmaking tutorial was written many years ago!) and eight beginner cold process soap recipes, I also provide information on the equipment and ingredients needed to make cold process soap, getting over your fear of lye, how to use a lye calculator, information on formulating your own cold process soap recipes, how to make a simple DIY wooden loaf soap mold, figuring out how much soap is needed for a mold of any size, a tutorial on how to create your own custom soap labels, and a collection of helpful resources and references including soapmaking suppliers, lye calculators and more.

If you’ve considered learning how to make soap – whether you’ve had reservations about working with lye or are simply ready to dive in -download my free soapmaking ebook at WorldLabel blog. This free soapmaking ebook is presented in a straight forward, down to earth manner to help you create your very first batch of cold process soap and get it right the first time. Then, once you’ve mastered a few basic soap recipes, there’s information to help you explore soapmaking even further with the basics of formulating your own cold process soap recipes. This includes practical information on how to figure out what percentages of oils and butters are recommended in cold process soap as well as information on how using a lye calculator can help you to create the perfect cold process soap recipe.

My hands on advice not only acts as a guide to into how to make soap but encourages you to look further and learn more on your own by offering specifics on how and where to search to broaden your soapmaking horizons. And, because it’s a PDF, you can download this free soapmaking ebook and take it with you anywhere to read and reference at your own leisure by either printing it out or simply saving it on your favorite device.

I hope you find my soapmaking ebook helpful and that it leads you into a exploring a fabulous new world!

{ Download my PDF soapmaking ebook, Making Cold Process Soap for the First Time? How to make soap & beginner soap recipes to get you started!, from WorldLabel blog here. }

This natural homemade coffee soap recipe is made using real brewed coffee and the cold process soapmaking method and is easy enough for beginners. The caffeine in this homemade coffee soap recipe acts as a natural anti-inflammatory and is believed to help with skin redness and other skin aliments.

Already know how to make soap? Then you may also be interested in my latest cold process soap recipe for making natural coffee soap along with twelve other cold process soap recipes that contain food as an ingredient with everything from blueberries and tomatoes to wine and beer! You can find those cold process soap recipes here.

In addition you can find my full collection of homemade soap recipes and bath and beauty DIY’s at Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen. Follow me on Pinterest for even more homemade soap recipes and beauty DIY’s from around the web or keep track of all my new homemade soap recipes and other DIY creations by following Soap Deli News blog via Blog Lovin’ or Tumblr. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, G+ and Instagram.


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How to Re-size a Cold Process Soap Recipe

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Learn How to Easily Re-size a Batch of Cold Process SoapI’ve had several people request a smaller sized cold process recipe for some of my most popular homemade soap recipes. However, as when I started making many of these specific soap recipes I had created, I always made larger batches to keep up with the demand from where I was selling at my local farmer’s market as well as Etsy. I’d never considered having to re-size a batch of cold process soap before. However, the solution is pretty simple.
How to Re-size a Cold Process Soap Recipe Using the Lye Calculator from Bramble Berry - Make a Large Batch Smaller and Vice Versa!

Bramble Berry’s lye calculator includes a tool that allows you to re-size any batch of soap. Simply plug in the existing recipe, choose the superfatting level and hit calculate. Then below the current batch label, simply choose re-size batch and enter in the size of batch you want to create! If you’re not sure what percentage the recipe was superfatted to, you can play around with the numbers until they’re close. (I typically use around 6% superfat.)

Pictured above is screen shot of the results from plugging in my Best Ever Big Lick Salt Bar Soap Recipe. This particular recipe fills three of my soap molds and yields approximately 30-36 bars depending on how large they are cut.

Re-sizing a Batch of Cold Process Soap - A Simple How To

As each one of my molds can hold a recipe with 36 oz. of oil, I plugged in 36 oz. under “resize batch” and then submitted the new information. It instantly converted the previous recipe to the smaller size with the new amounts needed. This new recipe will now fill just one of my soap molds instead of three and yield 10-12 bars of soap. (I tend to round up or round down the water amounts.) So for this recipe I would use 5 oz. of lye and 12 fluid ounces of water.

As this re-sized recipe is exactly one third of the larger sized batch, you would then divide the amounts for the fragrance oil and salt by 3. Therefore you end up using 2 oz. of fragrance oil. As the recipe calls for 1/2 cup of large sea salts, you would need to divide that by 3 as well. The easiest way to do this is to convert the 1/2 cup into Tablespoons. 16 Tablespoons equals one cup. So a half cup is the equivalent of 8 Tablespoons. 8 divided by 3 equals 2.6 Tablespoons. Therefore I would use 2 1/2 Tablespoons of salt. Or 2 Tablespoons and 1 1/2 teaspoons. (You can reference the original recipe and tutorial here.)

I hope this helps those of you just getting started out and in need of a little assistance. Math skills come in super handy when making soap. I’m constantly figuring percentages of oils I want to use in my new soap recipes. For more help with soapmaking as well as creating your own unique soap recipes, I highly recommend Susan Miller Cavitch’s book, The Soapmaker’s Companion. It was the first soapmaking book I ever purchased and the information has been invaluable.

For more great homemade soap recipes as well as bath and beauty DIY’s, be sure to follow my boards on Pinterest! You can also follow my blog on Blog Lovin‘.


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Natural Lanolin Shaving Soap Recipe

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This lanolin shaving soap recipe combines moisturizing ingredients to help prevent dry skin and a rich, creamy lather to help prevent nicks and razor burn.In my previous post I shared a natural homemade lanolin salve recipe and explained the benefits of using lanolin due to its moisturizing properties. As a natural humectant able to attract and retain water, it’s also valuable in soapmaking when creating natural shaving soaps. (Learn more about lanolin.) This natural lanolin shaving soap recipe combines natural moisturizing ingredients to help prevent skin from drying out even with repeated shavings while at the same time giving you a rich, creamy lather to help prevent nicks and razor burn. The end result of this recipe is a nice, hard bar of soap that is lightly scented with a slightly spicy unisex fragrance created from a combination of natural essential oils perfectly suited for everyday shaving. For this recipe I used lanolin acquired from Nature’s Garden.

DIY Natural Cold Process Lanolin Shaving Soap Recipe - This lanolin shaving soap recipe combines moisturizing ingredients to help prevent dry skin and a rich, creamy lather to help prevent nicks and razor burn.Natural Homemade Lanolin Shaving Soap Recipe

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Ingredients:

.75 oz. kokum butter
2 oz. pure lanolin
2 oz. refined shea butter
10.5 oz. 76° melt point (refined) coconut oil
7 oz. palm kernel flakes
10 oz. rice bran oil
3 oz. cold pressed organic wheat germ oil
1.15 oz. avocado oil
1 oz. cold pressed virgin pumpkin seed oil

5.2 oz. lye (sodium hydroxide)
12 fluid oz. distilled water

At trace:

1 oz. aloe vera gel
1 teaspoon chamomile extract
1 teaspoon marshmallow root powder
5 grams bergamot essential oil
2 grams pine essential oil
4 grams frankincense essential oil
4 grams dark patchouli essential oil
5 grams lavender spike essential oil

Instructions:

For this homemade lanolin shaving soap recipe, you will need to follow my basic cold process soapmaking instructions mixing the lye-water into the soapmaking oils at between 110°  – 115° F. This recipe fits inside one of my wooden loaf soap molds and will yield approximately 10 bars weighing around 4.8 oz. – 5 oz. each.

Start by lining your soap mold. Next prepare your lye water by measuring out 12 fluid ounces of distilled water then stirring in  5.2 oz. of lye weighed out using a digital kitchen scale. Set aside to cool.

Prepare your soapmaking oils, butters, and lanolin next. Weigh out the kokum butter, shea butter, lanolin, coconut oil, palm kernel flakes, rice bran oil, wheat germ oil, avocado oil and pumpkin seed oil and combine in a large non-aluminum pot. Place the post on the stove and heat over medium heat until all of the ingredients have melted, then remove from heat.

While the lye-water and oils are cooling, prepare the ingredients to be added at trace by measuring out a level teaspoon measure each of chamomile extract and marshmallow root powder. Set aside. Next weigh out the aloe and essential oils and set aside.

When the temps of your oils and lye-water reach between 110°  – 115° F stir the chamomile extract and marshmallow root powder into the oils using a stick (or immersion) blender. Then slowly pour the lye-water into the oils and stir with the stick blender until trace is achieved. At trace stir in the aloe and essential oils until well blended then pour into your prepared, lined mold, cover and then insulate for 24 hours.  After the insulation period, unmold your loaf of soap, cut into bars of your desired size, and allow to cure for 3-6 weeks before use. Then wrap, label, gift or enjoy!

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Homemade Soap Scented with Pink Berry Mimosa Fragrance

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A fabulous new limited edition handmade soap will be making it’s way into my shop, Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen, in three short weeks. Each of these pretty pink homemade soap bars are hand stamped with shimmering mica and have the same luscious scent as my newest best selling Pink Berry Mimosa Scented Solid Sugar Scrub Cubes! This new soap is the result of a brand new cold process soap recipe that combines skin loving avocado, hemp seed, sweet almond, grape seed, coconut, soybean, and olive oils as well as shea and cocoa butters to make a bar you just can’t resist. Further, I’ll also be sharing the homemade soap recipe for this pink delight on my blog, Soap Deli News, very soon. So keep your eyes peeled and follow along via bloglovin’.

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