Natural Homemade Neem Oil Soap Recipe

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DIY Natural Neem Oil Soap Recipe - This handmade cold process soap is perfect for those with skin issues like eczema, psoriasis and Homemade Neem Oil Soap Recipe for Eczema, Psoriasis and Seborrheic Dermatitis

I’ve been using a neem oil in a lot of my different diy skin care recipes lately and have loved the results. So I finally created a natural homemade neem oil soap recipe with neem oil as one of the key ingredients. This homemade neem oil soap recipe is formulated specifically for those with eczema and psoriasis as well as scalp conditions like dandruff and seborrhoeic dermatitis.

While this homemade neem oil soap recipe makes a great body bar, the argan oil, apricot kernel oil and wheat germ oil included within the recipe make it suitable as a shampoo bar as well. The lemongrass essential oil in this recipe tones down the natural odor of neem oil, however you can sub the lemongrass with lavender essential oil if you prefer.

Homemade Neem Oil Soap Recipe for Eczema, Psoriasis and Seborrheic Dermatitis

Natural Homemade Neem Oil Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

1.3 oz. cocoa butter
1.3 oz. shea butter
7.2 oz. palm kernel flakes
1.3 oz. wheat germ oil
3.6 oz. 76 degree melt point coconut oil
1.3 oz. argan oil
3.6 oz. apricot kernel oil
10.8 oz. grapeseed oil
4.6 oz. olive oil
1 oz. tamanu oil

4.9 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide
12 fluid oz. distilled water

At trace:
3.5 oz. neem oil
.5 oz. lemongrass essential oil (or lavender eo)

Instructions:

This soap recipe will fit inside one of my DIY wood loaf soapmaking molds and yield 10-12 bars of homemade soap weighing around 4 oz. each.

To create this soap you will need to follow my basic cold process soapmaking instructions. If you’ve never made soap before I recommend starting with a more basic recipe as found within my soapmaking tutorial as well as the books Soap Crafting Anne-Marie Faiola and The Soapmaker’s Companion by Susan Miller Cavitch.

Begin by lining your mold and taking all necessary safety precautions. Then measure out the distilled water into a large glass pyrex measuring cup or pitcher. Now, using a digital kitchen scale, weigh out the lye then slowly pour into the distilled water in a well ventilated area. Stir until all the lye has dissolved then set aside to cool. Weigh out the essential oils separately and set those aside as well.

Now weigh out the soapmaking oils and butters and combine in a large non-aluminum pot. Heat on the stove over medium heat until all ingredients have melted. Then remove from heat and allow to cool.

Once your lye-water and soapmaking oils have cooled to between 100 and 115 degrees, you can start making soap. Begin by slowly pouring the lye-water into the soapmaking oils and then mixing with a stick blender until you reach a light trace. Add the neem oil and lemongrass essential oil and mix thoroughly, then pour your soap into the prepared mold.

Cover and insulate for 24 hours. After this time you can unmold the soap and cut it into bars. {Learn how to make a soap cutting guide here.} Allow your homemade soaps to cure for 3-6 weeks, then wrap as desired with professional plastic food wrap film, Kraft paper, or even fabric, and label. If you’re making these to sell, you’ll need to include the weight of each bar of soap on your label.

Interested in other natural recipes with neem oil? My liquid neem oil soap recipe is great as a dog shampoo – especially for dogs with sensitive skin or that suffer from skin conditions. I keep making this recipe for friends of friends who hear about how well it has worked on their own dog. I used it myself on my dachshund and it completely cleared up his itchy, scaly spots.

I also have a natural homemade neem cream recipe for eczema and psoriasis. It’s also great for things like cold sores and athlete’s foot. And for severely dry or damaged skin, be sure to try my natural lanolin and neem salve recipe.

For more natural, homemade bath & body recipes, be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest!

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Homemade Peppermint Foaming Sugar Scrub Recipe

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Beauty DIY - Homemade Peppermint Foaming Sugar Scrub Recipe

Since posting my Homemade Foaming Salt Scrub Recipe, I’ve had multiple requests for an all natural version as well as a version with sugar instead of salt. While I created this recipe with sugar, for those of you who prefer salt you can substitute the sugar with fine sea salt.

Like my homemade foaming salt scrub, this homemade peppermint foaming sugar scrub recipe is rich and thick and will lather up like a soap when massaged onto skin so there’s no need to wash with soap and water afterward. However, in contrast this homemade bath & body recipe is all natural except for the fragrance. If you prefer a completely natural product, simply substitute the fragrance oil with an essential oil at 1% of the recipe. You can also use any of your favorite fragrance or essential oils in place of the peppermint fragrance to suit your tastes.

These make really wonderful homemade Christmas gift ideas as well. Simply package in a decorative jar or container. I used a 16 oz. glass snowflake candy dish with a plastic lid for my peppermint scented sugar scrub that I found at our local Kroger (grocery store) for just $1.50. (And it was made in the USA!)

Homemade Peppermint Foaming Sugar Scrub Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

7 oz. white sugar
1.5 oz. unscented liquid Castille soap (like Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Unscented Baby-Mild Pure Castile Soap or Mountain Rose Herbs Organic Liquid Castille Soap)
1 oz. refined shea butter (or organic natural shea butter)
4 ml certified organic rosehip seed oil
.2 oz. Peppermint Stick fragrance oil (or .01 oz. organic peppermint essential oil)

Instructions:

If you want to layer or swirl your scrubs red and white, you will need to make two separate batches of this recipe. For the red batch simply add 5 drops of Matte Americana Liquid Red Pigment (made from natural glycerin and red iron oxide.) One batch will fill one 8 oz. container, while two batches layered or swirled will fit one 16 oz. container.

Start by weighing out the sugar using a digital kitchen scale in a large glass Pyrex measuring cup and set aside. Then weigh out the shea butter in a separate glass container and melt in the microwave. Add the shea butter to the sugar mixture followed by 1.5 oz. of liquid Castille soap by weight. Using plastic transfer pipette or glass dropper, add the rosehip seed oil. Mix well with a spatula. For the red layer, repeat this recipe in a separate container and using plastic transfer pipette or glass dropper add five drops of liquid pigment color, then mix well.

To layer the scrub in your container(s) pour the desired amount of one color into the bottom of your container and allow to set up slightly before adding the next layer. Repeat until desired effect is achieved. For a swirl, fill one side of the container with white scrub and the other side with the red tinted scrub and swirl with a butter knife or chopstick until you get the look you want.

Homemade Christmas Gift Idea - DIY Peppermint Scented Foaming Sugar Scrub Recipe

Now put the lid on your container and allow the scrub to fully set it. It will thicken as the shea butter reaches room temperature and cools. Then simply decorate your container of homemade sugar scrub for gift giving.

To use simple scoop out a desired amount and massage onto skin in the bath or shower. Because of the way this sugar scrub is formulated, it won’t leave your tub slippery like other sugar scrubs that are comprised mainly of sugar and oils. It also cleanses as it exfoliates and leaves your skin feeling the moisture rich benefits of the shea butter and rosehip seed oil once rinsed away.

For more DIY homemade Christmas gift ideas, be sure to follow my Unique DIY Christmas Gift Ideas board and my DIY Stocking Stuffer Sized Christmas Gifts board on Pinterest. Or for gifts you can buy this holiday season, visit my Christmas Stocking Stuffer Ideas board. You can also find more handmade DIY gift ideas on Soap Deli News here.

Will be making homemade gifts to give this holiday season?

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DIY Homemade Christmas Stocking Stuffer Gift Ideas

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The holiday season is fast approaching and Christmas is right around the corner. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hannakuh, something else, or even nothing at all, here are a few lovely homemade gift ideas that are just perfect for stuffing those stockings.  Or gift these small, inexpensive gifts to worthy friends and co-workers!

Homemade Bath, Beauty, Home & Lifestyle Gift Ideas

Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas You Can DIY - Perfect for Homemade Stocking Stuffers

1. DIY Frosted Cranberry Massage Candle / 2. DIY Snow Globe Necklace (via Tatertots & Jello) / 3. DIY Gingerbread Men Snow Globe Soaps

Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas and Stocking Stuffers for Bath, Beauty and Home

1. DIY Reusable Crochet Face Scrubbies (via Dabbles & Babbles) / 2. DIY Retro Fawn Softie (via Craftside) / 3. DIY Gingerbread Brown Sugar Scrub (via Wallflower Girl)

Handmade Christmas Gift Ideas with Printable Labels

1. DIY 2-in-1 Lip & Cheek Stain / 2. DIY Ferocious & Fantastic Soap with Printable Labels / 3. DIY Mulling Spices in a Jar with Printable Labels

Homemade Bath and Body Christmas Gift Ideas for Women

1. DIY Frosted Cranberry Scented Coconut Milk Soap / 2. DIY Red Velvet Cake Perfume Oil / 3. DIY Red Velvet Cake Goat Milk Lotion

DIY Homemade Herbal Gift Ideas for the Holidays

1. DIY Herbal Teas / 2. DIY Rose Milk Bath (via Henry Happened) / 3. DIY Rosewater (via Hello Home Blogge)

(While the Homemade Rosewater may be a stretch for some depending on your climate, my roses in Southwest Virginia are actually blooming again since cutting them back at the beginning of October – even with the cold nights. If you want to make rose water but lack the roses, you can buy organic rose petals from Mountain Rose Herbs. They also sell rose water (hydrosol) with the work already done for you!)

For more fantastic DIY homemade Christmas gift ideas follow my Unique DIY Christmas Gift Ideas board and my DIY Stocking Stuffer Sized Christmas Gifts board on Pinterest. Or for gifts you can buy this holiday season, visit my Christmas Stocking Stuffer Ideas board. You can also find more handmade DIY gift ideas on Soap Deli News here.

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Homemade Strawberry Preserves Soap Recipe

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DIY Homemade Strawberry Preserves Cold Process Soap Recipe

Ever wondered about this homemade soap (above) featured within my DIY Soapmaking Tutorial? It’s actually a deliciously scented strawberry preserves soap recipe that I used to sell on my local farmer’s market years ago. I haven’t made this soap in a long time, but when digging through some old books and loose recipes yesterday, I actually discovered I not only still have the recipe for making this sweet scented handmade cold process soap, but that the original fragrance oil I used to create it is still available from the same supplier.

I call this my homemade Strawberry Preserves Soap Recipe as I’ve accented it with exfoliating poppy seeds to make it look more like preserves, while the scent is an edible blend of strawberries, vanilla sugar and sweet syrup. But whatever you decided to call yours, you’ll love the lather and the fragrance guaranteed!

Homemade Strawberry Preserves Soap Recipe

Homemade Strawberry Preserves Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

12.8 oz. 76° melt point (refined) coconut oil
6.5 oz. sustainable palm oil
6.6 oz. pomace olive oil
6.6 oz. canola oil
2 oz. rice bran oil
1.5 oz. refined shea butter

5.1 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide
11 fluid ounces distilled water

At trace:

2 oz. Strawberry Jam fragrance oil
2 Tablespoons poppy seeds
4 Tablespoons rolled oats, ground
1/4 teaspoon red iron oxide pigment powder

Instructions:

To craft this homemade strawberry preserves soap recipe simply follow your basic cold process soapmaking instructions. Add the red iron oxide to the soapmaking oils once they have cooled and right before you add the lye-water. Stir well using a stick or immersion hand blender. This will ensure the color gets mixed evenly throughout the soap. Then add the lye-water to the oils and stir until trace at which point you would blend in the fragrance, ground oatmeal and poppy seeds. Mix well to thoroughly incorporate all ingredients, then pour into your lined mold and insulate for 24 hours before unmolding and cutting into individual bars.

How to Make Homemade Soap - DIY Strawberry Preserves Cold Process Soap Recipe

This batch will yield approximately 10 – 12 bars (or a 3lb. batch) and will fit inside one of my DIY wooden loaf soap molds.

Allow bars to cure for 3 – 6 weeks after unmolding and cutting into bars. Wrap your final bars as desired with professional plastic food wrap film, Kraft paper, or fabric. As the fragrance oil contains vanilla, this soap will darken to a deep red over time.

For more great homemade soap recipes as well as other natural bath and beauty recipe ideas, be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest. You can also keep up with all of my posts by following Soap Deli News on Blog Lovin’.

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How to Make Soap with the Book, Soap Crafting by Anne-Marie Faiola

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Soapmaking Book on How to Make Homemade Cold Process Soaps - Soap Crafting by Anne-Marie Faiola

When I first started making soap in 2001 the internet was still very young. Etsy didn’t exist yet and I wasn’t really aware of other soapmakers or crafters online. Eventually I discovered the Craftster.org – an online community for crafts and DIY where other craft novices and craft pros would share their finished projects and tutorials. That group eventually led me to Etsy when it first made its appearance in 2005 and I signed up while it was still in beta. Listings were free then; it was also a very different ecommerce site from what it is today. So essentially I learned how to make soap on my own through trial and error and what I considered the bible of soapmaking at the time, The Soapmaker’s Companion, by Susan Miller Cavitch which was first published in 1997.

Nowadays there are scores of books on how to make homemade soap as well as blogs and forums full of tutorials, recipes, techniques and other handy advice as well as communities like Etsy. There is also the book, Soap Crafting: Step-by-Step Techniques for Making 31 Unique Cold-Process Soaps, by Anne-Marie Faiola which was published in August of this year. Faiola, endearingly referenced as the “Soap Queen” ventured into soapmaking very similarly to the same way I did through book research and trial and error. As a result, unlike The Soapmaker’s Companion, Soap Crafting presents its content in a simple, straight forward manner that leaves no room for confusion. Easier for a beginner to grasp than The Soapmaker’s Companion, Faiola’s book not only breaks down the basics of soapmaking in a way that is simple and easy to understand, it is also presented with beautiful photography to guide you through the process so there’s no confusion – something that is lacking in The Soapmaker’s Companion which consists only of limited hand drawings and no actual photography. That said, The Soapmaker’s Companion is still an invaluable resource for those who are in pursuit of the all the information there is to have on making cold process soaps.

While this book is perfect for beginners wanting to make their very first batch of soap, this book is also suitable for those who enjoy making homemade soaps for more than simply function but aesthetic beauty as well. Faiola covers not only the basics, colors, molds, and food ingredients you can include as part your soap recipes, but she also delves into embedding soaps, funnel pours and gorgeous swirling techniques. In addition to the instructional content of this amazing soapmaking book, there are also thirty-one homemade soap recipes to get you started.

Currently you buy both kindle and spiral bound versions of Soap Crafting from Amazon. Or you can opt for the hardcover version of this book which is available from Mountain Rose Herbs.

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