Pine Tar Soap Recipe for Psoriasis, Eczema and Other Skin Issues

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Learn how to make homemade pine tar soap with this simple pine tar soap recipe. Traditionally, pine tar soap is used to treat problematic skin conditions that include psoriasis, eczema, dandruff and skin inflammation. It can also be used to soothe and treat symptoms of poison ivy, oak, and sumac and it helps to relieve itching caused by bug bites.

Learn how to make homemade pine tar soap with this simple pine tar soap recipe.

Traditionally, pine tar soap is used to treat problematic skin conditions that include psoriasis, eczema, dandruff and skin inflammation. It can also be used to soothe and treat symptoms of poison ivy, oak, and sumac and it helps to relieve itching caused by bug bites. I also found that using pine tar soap to bathe my dog calmed and soothed his flea dermatitis.

I was a little hesitant about making pine soap for the first time as I’d never worked with pine tar before and wasn’t sure what to expect. However, the pine tar was something like the consistency of real maple syrup and not at all difficult to use. I did make a small 12 oz. test batch first just to go through the process and get a feel for things. But it was absolutely not necessary. Just remember to allow your lye-water and oils to cool to around 80° F and hand stir with a spatula rather than a stick blender. It’s a pretty steady process with the soap batter gradually reaching trace in about the same amount of time a regular soap batch with a stick blender would. Nothing seized or went awry so you shouldn’t feel rushed to get the soap into the mold.

Since I created two batches of this soap – one 12 oz. batch and one 16 oz. batch – I figured I’d go ahead and share both of those recipes with you. On my test batch I threw some turquoise mica in a small amount of the soap batter and spread it on top just to see what it would do. The color held, though I don’t think the turquoise was particularly pretty against the natural brown color of the pine tar soap. However, if you’d like to color your pine tar soaps so they aren’t a drab brown, it is an option if you’re using mica.

I’ll share my 16 oz. pine tar soap recipe first followed by the smaller 12 oz. recipe. The 16 oz. recipe fits into this Ozera 6-Cavity Silicone Soap Mold quite nicely and will give you uniform bars that don’t need to be cut. The two recipes are incredibly similar. However, I like the 12 oz. recipe the best and found it hardened up much faster.

Learn how to make homemade pine tar soap with this simple pine tar soap recipe. Traditionally, pine tar soap is used to treat problematic skin conditions that include psoriasis, eczema, dandruff and skin inflammation. It can also be used to soothe and treat symptoms of poison ivy, oak, and sumac and it helps to relieve itching caused by bug bites.

Pine Tar Soap Recipe (16 oz. batch)

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

9.6 oz. olive oil
3.2 oz. coconut oil
.8 oz. castor oil
2.4 oz. pine tar

5 oz. distilled water
1.9 oz. sodium hydroxide/lye

1 Tablespoon (60% solution) sodium lactate
.15 oz. eucalyptus essential oil
.1 oz. tea tree oil

Learn how to make homemade pine tar soap with this simple pine tar soap recipe. Traditionally, pine tar soap is used to treat problematic skin conditions that include psoriasis, eczema, dandruff and skin inflammation. It can also be used to soothe and treat symptoms of poison ivy, oak, and sumac and it helps to relieve itching caused by bug bites. I also found that using pine tar soap to bathe my dog calmed and soothed his flea dermatitis.

Soap Notes:

Here’s my pine tar soap recipe from where I ran it through a lye calculator. This recipe doesn’t have any palm oil so you really need to add the sodium lactate to firm it up. It’s rather soft without it. Also I do recommend discounting the water a little further which is why my pine tar soap recipe differs slightly from the screenshot of what I initially came up with. If you don’t discount your water further or your soap doesn’t gel, it may need an extra day or two in the mold so it comes out clean.

If you’d like to start with a harder bar right off the bat, you can use around 30% sustainable palm oil in your pine tar recipe – though keep in mind palm oil does speed up trace a bit – or you can use lard. Of course there are many many other variations of oils and butters you can experiment with, but for the sake of creating a beginner recipe, I left it simple.

I have also been considering, however, making this again and including neem oil in the recipe since it also helps with many of the same skin issues. I’d likely reduce the amount of pine tar to 10% and use 5% neem oil, although 15% pine tar and 5% neem oil could work as well.

This pine tar soap recipe, which is basically the same as my test best but with the addition of tea tree, is mild with a nice creamy lather just several days after unmolding. However, for the mildest bar possible and a harder bar that will help your soap last longer, I highly recommend resisting the urge to use these a week in and let these cure a full four to six weeks.

The essential oil of course are optional. But I added them for their skin and hair care properties. In regards to fragrance, the essential oils make very little difference in the scent of the soap. The final soaps still smelled very reminiscent of the pine tar in the can. my 16 oz. pine tar soap recipes yields six bars of soap when using the Ozera 6-Cavity Silicone Soap Mold.

Instructions:

To make your pine tar soap you’ll follow your basic cold process soapmaking instructions for the most part. Begin by making your lye-water. Measure out the amount of water needed into a heat proof container.

Then, using a digital scale, weigh out the lye. Slowly pour the lye into the water in a well ventilated area, stirring until the lye has dissolved completely. (You’ll want to take proper safety precautions when working with lye. Gloves and eye protection are recommended.)

Learn how to make homemade pine tar soap with this simple pine tar soap recipe. Traditionally, pine tar soap is used to treat problematic skin conditions that include psoriasis, eczema, dandruff and skin inflammation. It can also be used to soothe and treat symptoms of poison ivy, oak, and sumac and it helps to relieve itching caused by bug bites. I also found that using pine tar soap to bathe my dog calmed and soothed his flea dermatitis.

Next, use your digital scale to weigh out the olive, coconut and castor oils as well as the pine tar. (I specifically used the Bickmore Pine Tar which is creosote free.) Heat in a non-aluminum pot over medium to medium-low heat until your ingredients have melted completely. Alternately, you can heat this one rather quickly at 50% power in your microwave as well in a large glass Pyrex measuring cup. (Note that I did not heat my oils and pine tar in the Pyrex on the stove.)

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

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

Allow the lye-water and your oil and pine tar mixture to cool to room temperature or around 80°F.

Now measure out the sodium lactate and stir it into your lye-water.

Weigh out the essential oils, if you like to use them, and stir them into your melted oils and pine tar.

Placing your sold mold on a cutting board will make it easy to transport if needed prior to time to unmold your soaps.

Prepare you soap mold by placing it on a wooden cutting board or similar for easy transport in case it’s necessary to move your soap prior to it being ready to unmold.

Now slowly pour the lye-water into the melted oils and pine tar and stir by hand until you reach a medium-heavy trace.

Learn how to make homemade pine tar soap with this simple pine tar soap recipe. Traditionally, pine tar soap is used to treat problematic skin conditions that include psoriasis, eczema, dandruff and skin inflammation. It can also be used to soothe and treat symptoms of poison ivy, oak, and sumac and it helps to relieve itching caused by bug bites. I also found that using pine tar soap to bathe my dog calmed and soothed his flea dermatitis.

Pour the soap batter into your mold cavities.

Learn how to make homemade pine tar soap with this simple pine tar soap recipe. Traditionally, pine tar soap is used to treat problematic skin conditions that include psoriasis, eczema, dandruff and skin inflammation. It can also be used to soothe and treat symptoms of poison ivy, oak, and sumac and it helps to relieve itching caused by bug bites. I also found that using pine tar soap to bathe my dog calmed and soothed his flea dermatitis.

If desired, level the tops of the soap you just poured with your spatula or the back of a butter knife.

Set your soap aside in safe location where it won’t be disturbed. Wait at least 24 hours before attempting to unmold your soap. If after 24 hours your pine tar soap does not seem like it will come cleaning out of the mold, simply wait another day or two.

Unmold your pine tar soap and set aside in a cool dry location to cure for four to six weeks.

Whew. That was easy. Now here’s the test batch recipe.

Learn how to make homemade pine tar soap with this simple pine tar soap recipe. Traditionally, pine tar soap is used to treat problematic skin conditions that include psoriasis, eczema, dandruff and skin inflammation. It can also be used to soothe and treat symptoms of poison ivy, oak, and sumac and it helps to relieve itching caused by bug bites. I also found that using pine tar soap to bathe my dog calmed and soothed his flea dermatitis.

Pine Tar Soap Recipe (12 oz. batch)

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

7 oz. olive oil
2.6 oz. coconut oil
.6 oz. castor oil
1.8 oz. pine tar

3.9 oz. distilled water
1.45 oz. sodium hydroxide/lye

1 teaspoon (60% solution) sodium lactate
.15 oz. eucalyptus essential oil
turquoise mica, to suit

Learn how to make homemade pine tar soap with this simple pine tar soap recipe. Traditionally, pine tar soap is used to treat problematic skin conditions that include psoriasis, eczema, dandruff and skin inflammation. It can also be used to soothe and treat symptoms of poison ivy, oak, and sumac and it helps to relieve itching caused by bug bites. I also found that using pine tar soap to bathe my dog calmed and soothed his flea dermatitis.

Instructions:

Follow the same directions as with the previous pine tar soap recipe mixing the lye-water and oils at around 80°F. My 12 oz. recipe yields four bars of pine tar soap and will fill four of the Ozera 6-Cavity Silicone Soap Mold with a bit to spare.

Learn how to make homemade pine tar soap with this simple pine tar soap recipe. Traditionally, pine tar soap is used to treat problematic skin conditions that include psoriasis, eczema, dandruff and skin inflammation. It can also be used to soothe and treat symptoms of poison ivy, oak, and sumac and it helps to relieve itching caused by bug bites. I also found that using pine tar soap to bathe my dog calmed and soothed his flea dermatitis.

Once your soap reaches trace, pour it evenly into four of the mold cavities leaving a little room at the top if you want a colored top. Mix the mica to suit into the remaining soap batter, then fill the molds the rest of the way with the colored soap batter.

Unmold after 24 to 48 hours. Your soap is ready for use in four to six weeks.

I went a little heavy on the mica just to test the result I’d get. It did make the lather green, but it didn’t stain my skin or the tub. (This is also the version I used on my dog, Jasper, that calmed his skin. Neem oil soap also works well for this.)

Learn how to make homemade pine tar soap with this simple pine tar soap recipe. Traditionally, pine tar soap is used to treat problematic skin conditions that include psoriasis, eczema, dandruff and skin inflammation. It can also be used to soothe and treat symptoms of poison ivy, oak, and sumac and it helps to relieve itching caused by bug bites.

If you’re still not ready to make your own pine tar soap, you can buy it online here from The Village Soapsmith as well as from many other talented soapmakers on Etsy. For more handmade soaps and other bath and body products you can buy, be sure to visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen here.

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Honey, Oatmeal and Banana Homemade Soap Recipe

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Homemade Soap Recipe - Handmade Honey, Oatmeal and Banana Cold Process Soap Recipe with Goat Milk

Everyone loves homemade oatmeal, milk and honey soaps. But why not try it with a twist? My new homemade soap recipe for making cold process Honey, Oatmeal and Banana Soap combines raw local honey, whole oats and pureed banana in combination with goat milk powder for a sensational, homemade soap. An oatmeal stout fragrance oil offers a twist on the classic fragrance while still hinting at everyone’s favorite traditional oatmeal, milk and honey scent.

Homemade Soap Recipe - Handmade Honey, Oatmeal and Banana Cold Process Soap Recipe with Goat Milk

This cold process homemade soap recipe is palm free for the eco-conscious and made from a combination of babassu and hemp seed oils, cocoa and shea butters, and olive and sesame seed oils. Powdered goat milk, oatmeal, natural honey and pureed banana then add to this bar’s generous skin conditioning properties.

You can find my new homemade soap recipe in the July 2014 issue of Wholesale Supplies Plus’ eHandmade Magazine on page 23.

Interested in other handmade cold process soap recipes I’ve created for past issues of eHandmade Magazine? Here’s a list of past submissions I’ve contributed: Stars Forever Homemade Soap Recipe (June 2014), DIY Sunburn Relief Rescue Soap Recipe (May 2014), Honeysuckle & Rose Homemade Soap Recipe for Mother’s Day (April 2014), Spring Inspired Bamboo Scented Homemade Soap Recipe (March 2014), Deodorizing Cedarwood & Baking Soda Homemade Soap Recipe for Men (February 2014), Silk & Rose Clay Heart Shaped Soap Recipe (January 2014), Handmade Eucalyptus & Tea Tree Soap Recipe for Men (December 2013), and my Frosted Cranberry Scented Coconut Milk Soap Recipe (November 2013.)

For more homemade soap recipes as well as natural beauty DIY’s be sure to follow my DIY Bath & Body Board on Pinterest. Or keep up with all of my new projects and recipes by following me on Blog Lovin, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google + and Instagram!


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How to Make Homemade Goat Milk Soap the Easy Way

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How to Make Homemade Goat Milk Soap - The Easy Way to Make Handmade Cold Process Goat Milk Soaps - A Soapmaking DIYWant to make your own natural homemade goat milk soaps but confused – and maybe a little freaked out – about how exactly to go about it? There is a simple way to make handmade cold process goat milk soaps without having to worry about prepping your goat milk in the freezer first to get it to that slushy ice stage, worrying about it curdling or freaking out over the smell wondering if it will all turn out okay. This method is super easy and there’s no guesswork!

How to Make Handmade Goat Milk Soaps Using Powdered Goat Milk - An Easy Way to Make Your Own DIY Homemade Goat Milk SoapsGoats milk makes a fabulous addition to your handmade soap bars as it is a natural emollient. It contains protein and triglycerides as well as vitamin A, B6, B12, E and beta-casein which in combination help to hydrate and nourish dry skin. I also find it especially nice on sunburned skin and useful for those who suffer from various skin conditions such as eczema.

Ready to make your own homemade goat milk soaps? Rather than using fresh or canned goat milk for your homemade soaps, you’ll instead use goats milk powder. Goat milk powder retains all of the nutrients of liquid goat milk, but comes in a dry, powdered form. It is easily dispersal in both oil and water. While many recipes calling for goats milk instruct you to first reconstitute the goat milk powder in water then proceed with getting it slushy cold the same as regular, liquid goat milk, there is an easier way.

You can use this method with any handmade cold process soap recipe. Simply follow your natural cold process soapmaking instructions, preparing your lye-water as usual and melting your fats – oils and butters – into a non-aluminum pot then removing from heat to cool. Now determine the amount of goats milk powder you’ll need based on the amount of distilled water you used. (There are generally instructions on how much powdered goats milk is needed to reconstitute it into a liquid. If you can’t find instructions, I recommending using 1/2 cups of goats milk powder to 36 oz. of distilled water.) Once you’ve determined the amount of goats milk powder you’ll need, measure it out then set aside in a small bowl.

DIY Homemade Goats Milk Soap - How to Make Handmade Cold Process Goats Milk Soap the Easy WayYou will add your goats milk into the soapmaking process once your lye-water and soapmaking oils have cooled to the desired temperature to begin mixing. BEFORE you add your lye-water to your soapmaking oils, you will first add the goats milk powder to the cooled oils. Then using your immersion stick blender, mix the powdered goats milk soap into the oils until it is thoroughly incorporated into the oils and free of any clumps. Next, add your lye-water to the oils you’ve just mixed the goats milk powder into and proceed with the soapmaking process as usual. Simple as that. The results are beautiful dark tan goats milk soap bars with all the benefits of a traditionally made homemade goats milk soap but without all the fuss.

This technique for making your homemade goats milk soaps can also be applied to other powdered milk bases as well including coconut milk powder, soy milk powder, buttermilk powder and regular powdered cows milk.

Not yet ready to delve into cold process soapmaking making? You can instead use a natural goats milk melt and pour soap base. The goat milk is already mixed in as part of the product, so all you need to do is add your fragrance if desired.

For more soapmaking tips and recipes – including my upcoming best ever goat milk soap recipe – be sure to follow Soap Deli News on Blog Lovin’ or sign up to receive the once monthly newsletter. I also share my recipes on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, G+ and my new Google+ community, Soapmaking with Rebecca. And if you’re new to soapmaking also be sure to check out my tutorials on how to make wooden loaf soap molds with an accompanying handmade soap cutter. If you aren’t quite ready for crafting DIY soap molds, then try out a silicone loaf soap mold or a twelve cavity silicone soap mold that creates perfectly uniform bars for either cold process soaps or melt and pour glycerin soaps in a jiffy!


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Goat Milk Soap Great For Problem Skin by Cari Dunn

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Goat milk soap is made with goat’s milk and not water. Many small handmade soap companies offer this type of soap, and some commercially made soap has goat’s milk. Using milk instead of water helps heal and soothe problem skin, but it can be beneficial even if you do not have any skin conditions.
 Benefits Of Goat’s Milk
Fat is an essential ingredient when making soap. Goat’s milk naturally has fat that gives the soap moisturizing properties. This fat helps soothe damaged skin and prevent dry skin. Goat’s milk is high alpha-hydroxy acids, such as lactic acid.  Lactic acid helps slough dead skin cells from your skin to reveal smoother, younger-looking skin. Lactic acid is especially beneficial for  keratosis pilaris.  Water-based soaps must use a chemical to break the bond that holds dead skin cells together, and these chemicals can irritate your skin.
Goat’s milk has a high mineral content, particularly selenium. Selenium helps stop free radicals from damaging your skin. Free radicals can lead to diseases such as cancer or heart disease. Goat milk soap is also high in Vitamin A, a vitamin responsible for healing skin and keeping your skin healthy. Vitamin A has been proven in clinical studies to reduce fine lines, treat acne, and offer relief for psoriasis symptoms.
Where To Buy Goat Milk Soap
Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen offers many soaps containing goat’s milk. For very sensitive skin, I recommend an unscented bar because fragrance can irritate your skin.
About the Author: Cari Dunn is a freelance writer for Daily Glow, Everyday Health, and What to Expect to name a few sites.  When she isn’t writing, she is creating new products for her Etsy shop.

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New Handmade Soaps in the Works!

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I’m making new handmade soaps today! Earlier in the week I cut out some Red Currant scented, cold process shea butter soaps into hearts with heart shaped cookie cutters.
Today, I’m making some Red Velvet Cake cold process soap to use with those hearts. I’ll be embedding my heart shaped soaps inside of the Red Velvet Cake Soaps. The Red Velvet Cake soap will turn a dark brown. So when I cut my soap loaf into slices, you’ll see a red shaped heart inside every bar surrounded by a deliciously scented, brown colored cake soap. These soaps will be available in the New Year and are definitely love inspired for Valentine’s Day! Also for Valentine’s Day, I have a pink and brown White Chocolate Raspberry Soap on my curing rack.

Additionally I’m also making a new cold process gardener’s soap today for you early spring gardeners! My gardener’s soap is being made with the same great, handmade goat milk soap recipe as my bestselling Unscented Goat Milk Soap so it’s gentle and non-drying no matter how many times you wash your hands during the day to get rid of garden dirt and grime. It’s scented with a fresh fragrance blend of lettuce, rain and spearmint.

It contains fine ground pumice, apricot kernel meal, and calendula petals for tough exfoliation. Don’t just use this one after getting dirty in the garden though. It’s also a great soap for artists and mechanics! Look for both of these fabulous new soaps in the New Year at Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen!


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