Natural Homemade Tomato Soap Recipe with Printable Labels

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DIY Natural Homemade Tomato and Basil Cold Process Soap Recipe with Printable LabelsOver spaghetti sauce? Use up those overripe tomatoes to make this homemade tomato soap recipe!

If you’re like me and had a garden this past summer, then you know how somehow you always end up with too much of one thing and not enough of another. For me, I ended up with too many peppers as they were the only plants that fared well this year. In fact, I still have six plants that are producing and a crisper packed to the top.

On the other hand, I had almost no tomatoes as we got way too much rain this year. Seriously, we were averaging more rain than Seattle at one point. So our tomatoes sort of bit the dust. Since the peppers keep I’m still trying to figure out what to do with them all. But tomatoes, they don’t keep for nearly as long. And while my tomato plants bit the dust, my co-worker’s plants did not and I ended up with a lot of his extras. Some of which were too ripe to slice without water exploding everywhere. And since I’m far from being a chef I didn’t think spaghetti sauce or salsa. I thought soap. So I created a homemade tomato soap recipe that used a few of the ripe tomatoes I had and didn’t know what to do with. (Plus I think Scott was over eating tomato sandwiches everyday. I’m not the biggest fan.)

I’ve made homemade soaps in the past that incorporated ripe bananas in the recipe and they turned out way better than my banana bread ever did. So I figured why not throw some tomatoes into a batch. As it turns out, you can actually sub tomatoes for your entire water content in a tomato soap recipe. I wasn’t sure how to mix the lye into an entire mess of tomatoes though. Nor was I sure exactly how it would react. So instead I used a little bit of distilled water to dissolve the lye and smashed up tomatoes separately for the rest of the liquid. I also used some basil powder and basil essential oil for a natural scent. Here’s the tomato soap recipe I came up with. (And the printable labels too!)

DIY Natural Homemade Tomato and Basil Cold Process Soap Recipe with Printable Labels

Natural Basil and Tomato Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

1.8 oz. cocoa butter
2.6 oz. shea butter
9 oz. palm oil
7.2 oz. 76 degree melt point coconut oil
11.8 oz. pomace olive oil
3.6 oz. castor oil

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

1 Tablespoon basil powder
.75 oz. basil essential oil
8.5 oz. pureed ripe tomatoes
1 Tablespoon walnut shell powder

Instructions:

You’ll need to follow your basic cold process soapmaking instructions for this homemade tomato recipe. This soap will fit into one of my DIY wood loaf soap molds and will yield approximately 10-11 4.5 oz. soap bars. Take all necessary safety precautions.

Start by measuring out the distilled water, then weigh out the lye using a digital kitchen scale and stir into the distilled water. Set aside to cool in a well ventilated area.

Now weigh out all of the soapmaking oils – cocoa butter, shea butter, palm oil, coconut oil, olive oil and castor oil – and place in large non-aluminum pot. Heat over medium heat on the stove until all of the oils have melted, then remove from heat and set aside to cool.

While the soapmaking oils and lye-water are cooling, line your soap mold and prepare the other ingredients. Weight out the ripe tomatoes and remove stems and leaves, then mash with a fork or similar utensil. If your tomatoes are super ripe you won’t need to use anything else. Set aside. Using separate containers for each ingredient, weigh out the basil essential oil, and measure out the basil and walnut shell powders. Set aside.

Once your ingredients have cooled to between 95 and 110 degrees, pour the pureed tomatoes into the soapmaking oils and mix well with an immersion/stick hand blender. Then slowly pour the lye-water into the soap oils and tomato puree and mix until you reach trace.

Now pour 1/3 of the soap into your mold and tap to level. Evenly sprinkle the walnut shell powder across the poured soap.

Now add the basil powder and basil essential oil to the remaining soap in the pot and mix well with the blender. Once thoroughly combined, slowly pour the remaining soap on top of the first layer of soap and the walnut shell powder. Level the soap as much as possible so the final size of your bars will be consistent. I generally level out the top of my soap using a butter knife. I run a butter knife back and forth along the width of the mold to evenly distribute the soap, then run it back and forth along the length.

Now cover and insulate your mold for twenty-four hours. After the inuslation period your soap is ready to unmold. Remove your soap from the mold and cut into bars. You can use soap cutter as a guide for evenly sized bars. Set the cut bar onto a wax or parchment paper covered surface – or a cooling rack – and allow to cure for at least three weeks before use.

DIY Natural Homemade Tomato and Basil Cold Process Soap Recipe with Printable Labels

Once your tomato soaps have cured, you can use them immediately or package them. For my soaps, I wrapped them in professional plastic food wrap film– this stuff works GREAT for wrapping soaps and is MUCH cheaper than buying small containers of cling wrap – and then label. I printed out my labels onto blank full page Kraft sticker label sheets and then colored in select areas with permanent color markers. However, they look great in black and white too! {Download my Natural Tomato & Basil Soap Recipe and Printable Soap Labels here.}

For more of my homemade soap recipes be sure to visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen. You can also more of my favorite homemade soap recipes from around the web along with bath and beauty DIY’s by following my boards on Pinterest. Or simply keep up with all of my new blog posts and recipes by following me on Blog Lovin’ and Tumblr as well as on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and G+.


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Natural Bath and Beauty Recipes for Your Lazy Sunday

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It’s spring, and while I’m not spring cleaning today, I did manage to clean out my drawers and closets yesterday. Now I have two bags full of clothing for The Rescue Mission. Of course today’s weather – hello, snow?! – doesn’t really have me in a spring cleaning sort of mood. Though I did find a diy floor wood polish recipe that I’m hoping to try out here before long. Because of the snow, today feels like more of a stay in and craft day, so I’m planning on working on a salve recipe. But first I wanted to share a few fun diy bath & beauty recipes I’ve come across lately.

DIY Homemade Easter Egg Bath Bomb Recipe and Other Fun DIY Bath and Beauty Projects

Next Sunday is Easter so I thought it only fitting to share these DIY Easter Egg Bath Bombs from Henry Happened. Not only are they fun to make but the kids will have a blast watching them fizz in the tub.

DIY Homemade Lemon Poppy Seed Kitchen Soap Recipe and Other Fun DIY Bath and Beauty Projects

If you find you’re spending more time in the kitchen lately than you really would like to, at least make your work a little brighter. These DIY Homemade Lemon Poppy Seed Kitchen Soaps will make washing your hands a joy. They are simply crafted with a melt and pour goat milk soap base, poppy seeds, lemon verbena fragrance oil, and color in a massage bar shaped soap mold. Personally, I’d substitute the fragrance oil for lemongrass essential oil since it’s not only natural but also smells equally amazing. And since lemongrass essential oil will naturally tint your soaps yellow, there’s no need to add additional color. You can find the tutorial over at Rustic Essentials.

DIY Homemade Warming Chest Rub Recipe and Other Natural Cold Care Recipes

As this past winter seems to have been hard on almost everyone health wise – so many people I know got upper respiratory infections and the flu sometimes two and three times around – and I hear that allergy season is priming up to be especially brutal this year, you may want to keep this recipe for a DIY Warming Chest Rub on hand. This homemade chest rub recipe comes from The Dabblist, a really excellent blog I only just discovered today. Some of the other great diy recipes from this blog you may want to try include a Natural Fire Cider Recipe for colds and congestion, Natural Homemade Peppermint Mouth Wash, Herbal Tired Eye Soother, and After Shower Spritzing Oil. There’s also a recipe for Homemade Cough Syrup which includes marshmallow root powder. I bought some of this last year when I had an especially bad cough and mixed into tea and really does work.

How to Make Herbal Oil Infusions and Other DIY Bath and Body Skin Care Recipes and Tutorials

Whispering Earth has a really excellent Tutorial on How to Make Herbal Infused Oils. The information is very thorough and there are also recipes for making a Comfrey Salve and a Simple St. John’s Wort Lip Balm for Cold Sores.

DIY Homemade Natural Sleep Salve Recipe crafted with natural lavender, tangerine, sandalwood and rosewood essential oils plus other natural diy bath and beauty recipes

If you’re looking for a more restful sleep, then try out this DIY Homemade Sleep Salve Recipe over at Design Sponge. It contains lavender, tangerine, sandalwood, and rosewood essential oils to help you relax your way into dreamland.

And, just in case your weather is on the warmer side of things – I actually got sunburned over St. Patrick’s Day weekend when temps were in the 70’s in stark contrast to the freezing temps and snow we have today – The Beauty Department has a tutorial for using tea to soothe a sunburn.

If you like these recipes, be sure to check out some of my own recipes I’ve crafted lately including my Homemade Lavender Patchouli Deodorant – this one has printable labels you can use, my moisturizing Pink Grapefruit Scented Solid Salt Scrub Cubes, and my Natural Cream Eye Shadow Recipe. Also be sure to check out my DIY Bath and Body Board on Pinterest and follow along for fabulous new recipes every week!


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DIY Natural Coffee Kitchen Soap

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Craft your own natural kitchen soap made with real coffee beans to neutralize odors!

If you suffer from allergies you know just how unbearable some fragrances can be. So I decided to craft a kitchen soap using fresh, real ingredients from my herb garden rather than fragrances. The idea was to make a soap that would not only clean great, but that would remove odors from your hands you acquire when cooking – neutralizing odors like garlic, onion and fish. It needed to have a great lather, but not be drying, and I definitely didn’t want anyone to walk away from the sink smelling like synthetic apple or a flower orchard. (Plus Scott does the majority of the cooking and he HATES flowery scents.) This is the recipe I came up with.

Natural Coffee Kitchen Soap Recipe
© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:
1 oz. unrefined cocoa butter
5 oz. unrefined shea butter
2lb. 7oz. 76‌° melt point coconut oil
1lb. 8.5oz. palm oil
2lb. 8.5oz. olive oil
6oz. rice bran oil

15.6oz. lye
36 fluid oz. distilled water

1.2oz. whole bean, certified organic coffee
.8oz. fresh herbs (lemongrass, basil, lemon verbena)

Optional: If you would like to scent your soap, use 6-8oz. of fragrance oil or 3-4oz. essential oil (Be sure to refer to manufacturer’s directions for % of usage for oils as these can vary.)


Instructions:
Before you begin, be sure to refer to my cold process soapmaking tutorial if you have never made soap before. You need to careful about safety and know how the process works to avoid mistakes. Substitutions for any oils or butters can change the amount of lye you need for your soap as does reducing the recipe.

You’ll need to start by lining your molds and preparing your ingredients. I used three basic wooden box soap molds for this recipe. The inside dimensions of my molds measure 11″L x 3.5″W x 3.25″ H.

Weigh out your whole coffee beans, then finely grind the beans in a coffee grinder. I chose to use Counter Culture Coffee No. 46 which is available from The Fresh Market. Then take your collection of fresh herbs – I used about 2/3 fresh lemon balm leaves, just under 1/3 fresh basil leaves, and freshly picked lemon verbena leaves for the rest. Combined they should weigh about .8oz. Finely chop these with a sharp knife. Set the coffee and herbs aside.

Measure out your distilled water and pour into a glass or plastic pitcher. Then weigh out your lye. Pour the lye carefully into the water and stir well. Set aside to cool.

Next, weigh out your butters and oils and combine into a large, stainless steel pot. (If you’re looking for organic ingredients, I recommend checking out Mountain Rose Herbs.) Place the pot on the stove and melt the ingredients over medium-low to medium until the ingredients have completely liquified. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Allow your lye-water and soapmaking oils to cool down to about 100° F. This can take anywhere from 1-2 hours.

Once your lye-water and oils have cooled, slowly pour the lye-water into the pot of oils. Mix well with a stick blender. Once your soap reaches a light trace, add your ground coffee beans and fresh, chopped herbs. (At this point you would also add fragrance if you choose to use a scent. Though this soap has a wonderful, natural scent without any added fragrance.)

Mix well, then pour the soap into your molds.

Cover your soap molds either with a lid or a piece of cardboard cut to fit. Than lay a bath towel or blanket over the soap to insulate it.

Wait 24 hours before unmolding your soap and cutting it into bars. Allow bars to cure 3-4 weeks before use. This batch should yield about 30-36 bars of soap depending on how thin or thick you cut your soap. The resulting handmade soaps should be good solid, scrubby bars that do what soap is supposed to do without leaving you walking away from the kitchen smelling like a perfumery. And really, why do you need perfumed soaps in the kitchen anyway? Instead, you get a nice, natural soap scent that leaves you smelling – quite simply – clean.

You can purchase the limited edition soap bars from this batch that I made at Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen as soon as they have cured! Be sure to follow me on facebook or twitter or sign up for my email newsletter for updates on when new products become available. You’ll also be notified of sales, coupon codes, contests and more!

For more diy bath and body recipes, follow my DIY Bath and Body Board on Pinterest or check out my website, Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen.


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A hint of lemon by the kitchen sink.

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Ah, how the kitchen does torture us. But that doesn’t mean we can’t fight back. Good Life Eats™ Blog has a wonderful recipe for an All Natural Moisturizing Kitchen Scrub.
All-Natural Moisturizing Kitchen Hand Scrub
A little sugar, a little salt, some olive oil and lemon juice and you’ve got a jar full of an exfoliating hand scrub that will leave your hands soft and smooth. Give this recipe a little extra odor fighting power by adding some ground coffee to the concoction.

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Vanilla Kitchen Soap – Cold Process Soap Recipe

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The coffee in this soap is great for removing tough kitchen odors like onions and garlic from hands. The cocoa butters adds extra moisturizing properties.
Ingredients:
28oz olive oil
16 of palm oil
16 oz coconut oil
4oz cocoa butter

26oz triple strength brewed coffee, chilled
9.1 oz lye

1oz vanilla fragrance oil, at trace


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