Natural Shaving Soap Recipe for an Eco-friendly Shave

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Many modern day shaving creams don’t deliver a close shave like traditional shaving soaps. Even worse, their aerosol based packaging is bad for the environment. Making the switch to a homemade shaving soap is a more environmentally friendly choice. My natural shaving soap recipe is not only a great green alternative, but it’s also budget conscience so you save money in the long run over purchasing a commercial product.

Natural Shaving Soap Recipe with Hydrating Lanolin and Neem Oil to Promote Skin Health! Making the switch to a natural shaving soap is a more environmentally friendly choice. This homemade shaving soap recipe with lanolin and neem oil is not only a great green alternative, but it's also budget conscience so you save money in the long run over purchasing a commercial product.

Shaving soaps have been around since the 1800’s and, of course, were exclusively used by men. However, as conventions changed and women began shaving as well, we were eventually introduced to shaving creams.

Why Use a Homemade Shaving Soap?

While traditional shaving soaps are still used by a smaller part of the population, they are making a comeback. And with good reason. Not only do shaving soaps allow for increased hydration and a closer shave, they are also more environmentally friendly than shaving cream. So if you’re ready to start making greener changes to your lifestyle, homemade shaving soaps are an easy adjustment and a great way to make a small, but cumulative difference.

Natural Shaving Soap Recipe with Hydrating Lanolin and Neem Oil to Promote Skin Health! Making the switch to a natural shaving soap is a more environmentally friendly choice. This homemade shaving soap recipe with lanolin and neem oil is not only a great green alternative, but it's also budget conscience so you save money in the long run over purchasing a commercial product.

In addition to reducing packaging and aerosols, my natural shaving soap recipe is eco-friendly in another way. Because this natural shaving soap recipe is palm free, it doesn’t contribute to the deforestation of the rainforests. In addition to the environmental effects this has on the earth, it also threatens the habitats of endangered animals like orangutans and Sumatran tigers.

Learn more about the use of palm oil in soapmaking.

Ingredients that I do include in my homemade shaving soap recipe are lanolin and neem oil. I use lanolin for its moisturizing properties. Not only does lanolin prevent skin from drying out with repeated shavings, it also lends to a rich, creamy lather that helps prevent knicks and razor burn.

Learn more about the benefits of lanolin in skin care.

Neem oil on the other hand helps to promote skin health and speed up healing times should irritation or knicks occur.

Learn about the skin care benefits of neem oil.

Ready to give my natural shaving soap a try to see the difference it can make for your skin? Find my cold process soap recipe and instructions below!

Natural Shaving Soap Recipe with Hydrating Lanolin and Neem Oil to Promote Skin Health! Making the switch to a natural shaving soap is a more environmentally friendly choice. This homemade shaving soap recipe with lanolin and neem oil is not only a great green alternative, but it's also budget conscience so you save money in the long run over purchasing a commercial product.

Natural Shaving Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

.8 oz. castor oil (5%)
4.8 oz. refined coconut oil (30%)
.8 oz. lanolin (5%)
6.4 oz. pomace olive oil (40%)
1.6 oz. shea butter (10%)
1.6 oz. neem oil (10%)

4.8 fl. oz. distilled water
2.15 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

1 oz. patchouli essential oil
.5 oz. lavender essential oil

Instructions:

You’ll need to take safety precautions when making my natural shaving soap recipe. This includes wearing proper eye protection and gloves as well as long sleeves. Additionally, you should use only heat safe containers. None of your containers or your utensils used for soapmaking should be aluminum as when aluminum comes into contact with lye it produces a toxic gas.

My natural shaving soap recipe is made using the cold process soapmaking method. If you’ve never made cold process soap, be sure to check out my tutorial on how to make cold process soap. If this recipe then seems a little daunting to you, then I encourage you to start with a beginner’s cold process soap recipe.

Natural Shaving Soap Recipe with Hydrating Lanolin and Neem Oil to Promote Skin Health! Making the switch to a natural shaving soap is a more environmentally friendly choice. This homemade shaving soap recipe with lanolin and neem oil is not only a great green alternative, but it's also budget conscience so you save money in the long run over purchasing a commercial product.

Begin by preparing your lye solution. To do this, measure out the distilled water in fluid ounces into a heat safe, non-aluminum container. Then, in a separate container, use a digital scale to weigh out the lye. Pour the lye into the container of water then mix until all of the lye has dissolved. Set aside.

Natural Shaving Soap Recipe with Hydrating Lanolin and Neem Oil to Promote Skin Health! Making the switch to a natural shaving soap is a more environmentally friendly choice. This homemade shaving soap recipe with lanolin and neem oil is not only a great green alternative, but it's also budget conscience so you save money in the long run over purchasing a commercial product.

Next, weigh out the carrier oils, lanolin and shea butter and combine in a separate heat safe container or stainless steel pot. Heat either in the microwave (for non-metal containers) at 50% power or over medium-low to medium heat on the stove top. Alternately you may also use a crockpot. Once melted remove the soapmaking oils from heat and set aside to cool.

Natural Shaving Soap Recipe with Hydrating Lanolin and Neem Oil to Promote Skin Health! Making the switch to a natural shaving soap is a more environmentally friendly choice. This homemade shaving soap recipe with lanolin and neem oil is not only a great green alternative, but it's also budget conscience so you save money in the long run over purchasing a commercial product.

While you are waiting for the lye-water and the soapmaking oils for this natural shaving soap recipe to cool, weigh out the (optional) essential oils and set aside.

When both the aloe-lye mixture and the soapmaking oils have cooled to around 90°-95°F, you’re ready to make soap!

Pour the lye-water into the soapmaking oils then mix with an immersion blender until the soap reaches a light trace. Add the essential oils, then continue mixing until the essential oils are fully incorporated into the soap batter.

Then, once the soap has again reached a light to medium trace, pour the soap into a round silicone soap mold of your choice. Cover the mold with plastic cling wrap or parchment paper if desired, then set aside in a safe location where it won’t be disturbed.

Your natural shaving soap should be ready to unmold 24-48 hours later. Once removed from the mold, allow your shaving soaps to cure for 4-6 weeks prior to use.

Aloe Vera Soap Recipe with Neem Oil! If you commonly turn to aloe vera to soothe and moisturize your skin, then add this soap recipe to your weekend to do list now! Formulated using natural ingredients, my cold process aloe vera soap recipe uses aloe vera gel in place of the water for its natural skin care properties. #aloevera #soap #soapmaking #soaprecipe #palmfree #vegan #diy #crafts #neemoil

More Natural Soap Recipes

If you like my natural shaving soap recipe, then you may also enjoy some of my other natural – and palm free! – cold process soap recipes that focus on promoting skin health. Here are some of my favorites.

Homemade Shaving Cream Recipe with Skin Soothing Witch Hazel & Natural Shaving Soap Recipe with Moisturizing Lanolin and Neem Oil for Skin Health

Alternately, you may also want try my homemade shaving cream recipe with skin soothing witch hazel. I created this natural shaving cream recipe as a guest post for The Nourished Life blog. You can learn how to make it here.

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Natural Calendula Soap Recipe for Healthy Looking Skin After 40

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This natural calendula soap recipe is handcrafted with skin nourishing ingredients that promote skin health. Calendula hydrosol, calendula powder and chia seed oil are key ingredients for healthy looking skin. Natural shredded loofah is also included for its gentle exfoliation that leads to brighter, smoother skin.

This natural calendula soap recipe is handcrafted with skin nourishing ingredients that promote skin health like calendula hydrosol, calendula powder and chia seed oil. Natural shredded loofah is then added for gentle exfoliation to brighten and smooth skin. #soap #soapmaking #soaprecipe #calendula #handmade #diy #crafts #skincare #beauty #natural #naturalskincare #giftideas #coldprocessoap #palmfreesoap

I had the unfortunate realization today, while reading an article on another blog, that I am a mid-lifer. I mean, mid-lifers are my parents right? Unfortunately, that is not the case. My parents, who are in fact baby boomers, are well into retirement. Which I guess means I am old awesome.

I remember being in high school thinking that my parents were terribly old. That middle age was something you shrunk away from rather than revered. And I had this insane misguided notion that I would die by 28, tragically perhaps, like a rockstar stolen from life in her prime. And I would never. Ever. Grow old.

These days I’m thrilled that I’ve made it to 42. And that all my body parts appear to still be intact. However, my body and mind are having quite the disagreement over how old I REALLY am. And if you’re over 40, then you know exactly what I mean.

While I’m still put together physically speaking, mechanically not everything is running quite as smoothly as it once did. And of course nothing looks quite the same either. My skin especially requires constant upkeep that wasn’t required during my youth.

Not only is my skin drier throughout the year (not just in the winter,) but there are of course those devilish fine lines, wrinkles and the occasional age spots. And skin tags. Maybe. (I exfoliate those suckers off with a hefty dose of scrubs and Retinol.)

So in addition to moisturizing my skin on a regular basis, I also use a low cleansing homemade soap. So instead of stripped my skin like commercial bar soap, it nourishes and replenishes it instead. But being a soapmaker, I hate to use the same soap over and over again. So I mix it up with new recipes one after another. (I’m convinced each bar is somehow in silent competition with the other while I sleep. However I love something unique about each one. They are my children after all.)

My natural calendula soap is the latest to be added to this series of soap recipes. Formulated to be both low cleansing and gentle, my natural calendula soap recipe also has high skin conditioning properties so it’s perfect for maturing and/or dry skin. (Now my only problem is to remember where I left it. And how the heck did my car keys end up in the refrigerator?!)

Homemade Calendula Soap! This natural calendula soap recipe is handcrafted with skin nourishing ingredients that promote skin health. Calendula hydrosol, calendula powder and chia seed oil are key ingredients for healthy looking skin. Natural shredded loofah is also included for its gentle exfoliation that leads to brighter, smoother skin.

Calendula Skin Care Benefits

Calendula, also known as pot marigold, is a popular herb that grows annually throughout most of the world. It is renowned for its anti-inflammatory properties as well as its antimicrobial and antiviral effects which help to promote healing.

When used in skin care applications, calendula can not only soothes sore, inflamed and itchy skin, but it also speeds healing time for minor wounds. Additionally, calendula infused oil works wonders for dry, chapped skin.

Not only does it moisture and soothe dry skin, but it’s also helpful when used on many problematic skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. (You can learn more about calendula here.)

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Natural Calendula Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

4 oz. refined coconut oil (25%)
6.4 oz. pomace olive oil (40%)
2.4 oz. safflower oil (15%)
1.6 oz. shea nut oil (10%)
1.6 oz. chia seed oil (10%)

4.8 fl. oz. calendula hydrosol
2.2 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

2 Tablespoons calendula flower powder
2 Tablespoons shredded loofah
.5 oz. essential oil (or 1 oz. fragrance oil)

Instructions:

Before you begin, you’ll need to make sure you take all necessary safety precautions when working with lye. This includes wearing eye protection and gloves as well as ensuring none of your containers or utensils are made from aluminum.

You will follow my cold process soapmaking tutorial in order to make this soap. (If you’ve never made homemade soap, I recommend starting with a beginner’s soap recipe which you can find here.)

My natural calendula soap recipe has a 30.5% water discount and 6% superfat. It will yield six homemade soap bars when using this rectangle silicone mold.

Begin my measuring out the calendula hydrosol in fluid ounces into a heat safe container. Then using a digital scale (I recommend this Bakers Math Scale) weigh out the lye. Slowly pour the lye into the hydrosol and stir until it has completely dissolved. Set aside to cool.

Next, weigh out the soapmaking oils and combine in a stainless steel pot or heat safe container. Heat on the stove top or at reduced power in a microwave or crock pot until melted. Remove from heat, then set aside to cool.

Once the lye-hydrosol and soapmaking oils reach about 90°-95°F, you’re ready to make soap!

Measure out the calendula flower powder and shredded loofah, then mix them into the soapmaking oils using an immersion or stick blender.

Then slowly pour the lye-hydrosol into the soapmaking oils and mix with your stick blender until you reach a light trace.

Weigh out the essential oil (or fragrance oil) of your choice and add to the soap batter. Then continue mixing to fully incorporate the scent. Once you reach a medium trace, pour the soap batter into your soap mold.

Cover the mold with plastic cling wrap if desired, then set aside in a safe location where it won’t be disturbed.

Your natural calendula soaps should be ready to unmold 24-48 hours later.

Once you’ve unmolded your homemade soaps, set them aside in a cool location for a minimum of four weeks to cure. Then wrap and label as desired for personal use of gifting.

More Natural Skin Care Recipes

Use this natural herbal calendula balm recipe to help promote healing with the power of calendula when used on minor cuts, bruises & insect stings.

Did you enjoy my natural calendula soap recipe? Then you’ll also love my natural calendula herbal balm recipe. This natural skin care recipe promotes healing with the power of calendula when used on minor cuts, bruises & insect stings. Find the recipe here.

Homemade Calendula Soap! This natural calendula soap recipe is handcrafted with skin nourishing ingredients that promote skin health. Calendula hydrosol, calendula powder and chia seed oil are key ingredients for healthy looking skin. Natural shredded loofah is also included for its gentle exfoliation that leads to brighter, smoother skin.

Like my natural calendula soap recipe, my soothing moisture whip recipe is another great skin care product for nourishing and moisturizing dry or mature skin.

Crafted using natural ingredients, this ultra luxe moisturizer has a fluffy, cloud like texture that melts instantly into skin when applied. Skin soothing butters, aloe vera and witch hazel extract offer rich moisture that promotes skin health while a calming essential oil blend lends its aromatherapeutic properties. Get the recipe here.

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Naturally Clean Your Home Not Just Your Skin

Looking for more affordable, convenient and natural ways to clean your home? Then you must check out Grove Collaborative! I recently became a member and have been super impressed with their service, natural products selections, prices and shipping times. Plus their products help to make it easier for families to make the switch to healthy, non-toxic home and personal care products.

Right now you can receive a free Mrs. Meyer’s Trio + Grove Walnut Scrubber Sponges when you sign up for the Grove Collaborative! They’re currently in gear for spring and are putting together some of the cleanest and greenest sets dedicated to making your home healthy and beautiful! I promise you will absolutely LOVE them! Learn more here.

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Plantain Soap Recipe with Date Sugar & Frankincense

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Nourish dry skin and promote skin health with this natural plantain soap recipe with date sugar and frankincense.

Plantain Soap Recipe with Date Sugar & Frankincense! This natural soap recipe is handmade using the cold process soapmaking method. Perfect for dry or problem skin, this homemade plantain soap recipe produces low cleansing, super nourishing soap bars with an exceptional lather. Discover the recipe for this palm free plantain soap recipe now at Soap Deli News blog. #soap #plantainsoap #soaprecipe #soapmaking #diy #crafts

Last summer I made a wonderful plantain herbal oil infusion with dried wild harvested plantain leaves and olive oil. As I still had some of my plantain infused olive oil leftover from my last project for vegan solid lotion bars, I decided to put the rest of it to good use!

What’s the Story with Plantain?

Plantain is often times considered a weed. However, in actuality, this plant is a powerful medicinal herb with strong anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-microbial properties. As such plantain is commonly used as a topical home remedy to promote healing, soothe insect bites and reduce the appearance of scars. You can learn more about plantain here

My homemade plantain soap recipe produces a low cleansing, super nourishing soap with a wonderful lather that your entire family will love. Made with a few fun ingredients like date sugar and French green clay, this palm free soap is formulated specifically for dry skin and scented with frankincense essential oil.

Learn about the different types of frankincense essential oil here.

You will need to make your own plantain infused olive oil for this plantain soap recipe. If you aren’t able to harvest wild plantain in your area, you can purchase plantain leaves online. Alternately you can also purchase solar infused plantain herbal oil. I highly recommend shopping with Mountain Rose Herbs for quality organic options.

How to Make Herbal Infused Oils using both the solar infusion method and the quick method for heat infusing oils via Mountain Rose Herbs. Plus a fantastic palm free, natural plantain soap recipe made with plantain infused olive oil that's perfect for dry skin!

How to Make Plantain Infused Olive Oil

To make your plantain infused olive oil, you’ll first need to harvest and dry your plantain leaves. Once dry, fill a small mason jar three-fourths of the way full with plantain leaves. Then cover the leaves with olive oil. You want the oil to come about an inch higher than the plantain leaves. (You can use either pomace olive oil or virgin olive oil for this plantain soap recipe.)

Now place the mason jar in a sunny window for 2-3 weeks. You’ll also want to shake the herbal infusion at least once a day. After 2-3 weeks have passed, use cheesecloth or a mesh strainer to drain the oil from the plantain leaves. For a more detailed explanation on creating herbal infused oils, be sure to check out this blog post for making DIY herbal infused oils from Mountain Rose Herbs. You’ll also find a quick method for infusing herbs in oils using heat.

Plantain Soap Recipe with Date Sugar & Frankincense! This natural soap recipe is handmade using the cold process soapmaking method. Perfect for dry or problem skin, this homemade plantain soap recipe produces low cleansing, super nourishing soap bars with an exceptional lather. Discover the recipe for this palm free plantain soap recipe now at Soap Deli News blog. #soap #plantainsoap #soaprecipe #soapmaking #diy #crafts

Natural Plantain Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

6.4 oz. plantain infused olive oil (40%)
.8 oz. castor oil (5%)
4 oz. refined coconut oil (25%)
.8 oz. refined shea butter (5%)
4 oz. safflower oil (25%)

4.8 fl. oz. distilled water
2.2 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

1 Tablespoon French green clay
2 Tablespoons natural date sugar
.25 oz. frankincense essential oil

Instructions:

Before you begin, you’ll need to make sure you take all necessary safety precautions when working with lye. This includes wearing eye protection and gloves as well as ensuring none of your containers or utensils are made from aluminum.

You will follow my cold process soapmaking tutorial in order to make this soap. (If you’ve never made homemade soap, I recommend starting with a beginner’s soap recipe which you can find here.)

My plantain soap recipe has a 30.5% water discount and 6% superfat. It will yield six homemade soap bars when using this rectangle silicone mold.

Begin my measuring out the distilled water in fluid ounces into a heat safe container. Then using a digital scale (I recommend this Bakers Math Scale) weigh out the lye. Slowly pour the lye into the water and stir until it has completely dissolved. Set aside to cool.

Next, weigh out the soapmaking oils and combine in a stainless steel pot or heat safe container. Heat on the stove top or at reduced power in a microwave or crock pot until melted. Remove from heat, then set aside to cool.

Once the lye-water and soapmaking oils reach about 90°-95°F, you’re ready to make soap!

Measure out the French green clay and date sugar, then mix them into the soapmaking oils using an immersion or stick blender.

Plantain Soap Recipe with Date Sugar & Frankincense! This natural soap recipe is handmade using the cold process soapmaking method. Perfect for dry or problem skin, this homemade plantain soap recipe produces low cleansing, super nourishing soap bars with an exceptional lather. Discover the recipe for this palm free plantain soap recipe now at Soap Deli News blog. #soap #plantainsoap #soaprecipe #soapmaking #diy #crafts

Then slowly pour the lye-water into the soapmaking oils and mix with your stick blender until you reach a light trace.

Weigh out the frankincense essential oil and add to the soap batter. Then continue mixing to fully incorporate the scent. Once you reach a medium to heavy trace, pour the soap batter into your soap mold.

Cover the mold with plastic cling wrap if desired, then set aside in a safe location where it won’t be disturbed.

Your plantain soaps should be ready to unmold 24-48 hours later.

Once you’ve unmolded your homemade soaps, set them aside in a cool location for a minimum of four weeks to cure. These soaps do smell a little funky at first, but after curing the scent of the frankincense does come back out in the soap.

Plantain Soap Recipe with Date Sugar & Frankincense! This natural soap recipe is handmade using the cold process soapmaking method. Perfect for dry or problem skin, this homemade plantain soap recipe produces low cleansing, super nourishing soap bars with an exceptional lather. Discover the recipe for this palm free plantain soap recipe now at Soap Deli News blog. #soap #plantainsoap #soaprecipe #soapmaking #diy #crafts

Now all that’s left is to wrap and label as desired for personal use or gifting.

Want to Sell Your Homemade Soaps?

If you’re planning to sell your plantain soaps, you’ll need to label them according to FDA guidelines. The book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale instructs you in layman’s terms on how to properly label your homemade soaps for sale.

Love my plantain soap recipe with date sugar and frankincense? Then you may also like my other recent palm free soap recipes for making ginger mint soap and orange spice tea soap. Or check out my entire collection of both melt and pour and cold process homemade soap recipes here.

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Be sure to follow me across all of your favorite social media platforms! You can find me on PinterestG+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram as well as subscribe to Soap Deli News via email for future updates, DIY projects and recipes.

Also, don’t forget. If you make homemade soaps or bath & body products I’d love to see them! Simply add the hashtag #soapdelishowoff to your instagram posts!

Ginger Mint Soap Recipe for Nourishing Dry Skin

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This homemade ginger mint soap recipe is a wonderful skin care option for caring for and nourishing dry skin! Made with gentle ingredients that include cocoa butter, olive oil and black cumin seed oil, this ginger mint soap is a year round delight for anyone in need of a gentle cleanser to soothe irritated or dry skin.

Ginger Mint Soap Recipe! This homemade ginger mint soap recipe is a wonderful skin care option for caring for and nourishing dry skin! Made with gentle ingredients that include cocoa butter, olive oil and black cumin seed oil, this ginger mint soap is a year round delight for anyone in need of a gentle cleanser to soothe irritated or dry skin. #soap #soapmaking #skincare #soaprecipe #blackcuminseedoil #oliveoil #beauty #dryskin #dryskinremedy #gentlecleanser #cleanser #diy #crafts

Winter is most definitely here. With the recent arctic outbreak, dangerously cold temperatures and even winter storms in some areas, my skin is not my best asset right now. It’s dry and ashy and itchy and my hands, well, they straight up give my age away. So, in an effort to stem my skin’s downward spiral into mimicking the desert, I developed a new homemade soap recipe to nurture my skin and minimize the effects of those harsh winter elements.

Care for Dry Skin with this Ginger Mint Soap Recipe!

My ginger mint soap recipe is formulated to produce a low cleansing, high conditioning soap. What that means is that it won’t strip your skin of beneficial oils or make it drier. Rather this homemade soap gently cleanses skin while nourishing it in the process.

I used soapmaking oils known for their skin conditioning properties once saponified during the soapmaking process. These oils include olive oil along with sweet almond oil and cocoa butter. I also used a newer carrier oil I’ve recently started working with – black cumin seed oil.

(I recently shared a soothing rosacea cream recipe with black cumin seed oil in a guest post at The Nourished Life blog if you’re looking for more recipe ideas for this oil. You can find it here.)

Ginger Mint Soap Recipe! This homemade ginger mint soap recipe is a wonderful skin care option for caring for and nourishing dry skin! Made with gentle ingredients that include cocoa butter, olive oil and black cumin seed oil, this ginger mint soap is a year round delight for anyone in need of a gentle cleanser to soothe irritated or dry skin. #soap #soapmaking #skincare #soaprecipe #blackcuminseedoil #oliveoil #beauty #dryskin #dryskinremedy #gentlecleanser #cleanser #diy #crafts

Black cumin seed oil is a highly moisturizing carrier oil, rich in vitamins, minerals, Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids and amino acids. It’s often use in skin care applications to promote skin regeneration as well as reduce swelling and skin irritation. So whether you’re also struggling with dry skin or even eczema, black cumin seed oil is a wonderful product to add to your DIY skin care arsenal to promote skin health.

In addition, as with my homemade lavender bergamot deodorant, I included French green clay in my ginger mint soap recipe. French green clay not only gives this soap its beautiful color, but it is also valued for its rich mineral content and its toning and acne fighting skin care properties.

Finally I scented my ginger mint soap recipe with a ginger mint frost fragrance oil. If you’re looking for a soap fragrance that’s not strictly a seasonal scent, then you’ll want to give the ginger mint frost fragrance oil from Symphony Scents a try. This fragrance oil is a blend of sweet and spicy ginger tangled with cool mint and behaves beautifully in cold process soap. Whether it’s mid-winter or even summer, this fragrance is perfect for everyday use any time of the year.

If you’ve never made cold process soap before, I highly recommend that you check out my soapmaking tutorial prior to getting started. Additionally, you may also want to start with my beginner cold process soap recipe.

Ginger Mint Soap Recipe! This homemade ginger mint soap recipe is a wonderful skin care option for caring for and nourishing dry skin! Made with gentle ingredients that include cocoa butter, olive oil and black cumin seed oil, this ginger mint soap is a year round delight for anyone in need of a gentle cleanser to soothe irritated or dry skin. #soap #soapmaking #skincare #soaprecipe #blackcuminseedoil #oliveoil #beauty #dryskin #dryskinremedy #gentlecleanser #cleanser #diy #crafts

Ginger Mint Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

.8 oz. black cumin seed oil (5%)
.8 oz. castor oil (5%)
1.6 oz. cocoa butter (10%)
3.2 oz. refined coconut oil (20%)
3.2 oz. sweet almond oil (20%)
6.4 oz. pomace olive oil (40%)

5.25 fl. oz. distilled water
2.2 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

.5 oz. Ginger Mint Frost fragrance oil
.45 oz. (1 Tablespoon) French green clay

Instructions:

Before you begin, you’ll need to make sure you take all necessary safety precautions when working with lye. This includes wearing eye protection and gloves as well as ensuring none of your containers or utensils are made from aluminum.

My ginger mint soap recipe has a 33% water discount and 5% superfat. It will yield six homemade soap bars when using this rectangle silicone mold.

Begin my measuring out the distilled water in fluid ounces in a heat safe container. Then using a digital scale (I recommend this Bakers Math Scale) weigh out the lye. Slowly pour the lye into the water and stir until it has completely dissolved. Set aside to cool.

Next, weigh out the soapmaking oils and combine in a stainless steel pot or heat safe container. Heat on the stove top or at reduced power in a microwave or crock pot until melted. Remove from heat, then set aside to cool.

Once the lye-water and soapmaking oils reach about 90°-95°F, you’re ready to make soap!

Weigh out the French green clay and mix into the soapmaking oils using an immersion or stick blender.

Then slowly pour the lye-water into the soapmaking oils and mix with your stick blender until you reach a light trace.

Weigh out the fragrance oil and add to the soap batter. Then continue mixing to fully incorporate the scent. Once you reach a medium to heavy trace, pour the soap batter into your soap mold.

Cover the mold with plastic cling wrap if desired, then set aside in a safe location where it won’t be disturbed.

Your ginger mint soaps should be ready to unmold 24-48 hours later.

Once you’ve unmolded your homemade soaps, set them aside in a cool location for a minimum of four weeks to cure. Then wrap and label as desired for personal use or gifting.

If you’re planning to sell your ginger mint soaps, you’ll need to label them according to FDA guidelines. If you’re not sure how to label your homemade soaps, I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.

Calendula Face Scrub DIY! Brighten your complexion and promote skin health with this Natural Calendula Face Scrub recipe! Using a natural face scrub with ingredients like calming calendula, gentle red Rhassoul clay and moisturizing rosehip seed oil can help combat these issues. Your skin will feel smoother and look healthier with every use of this calendula face scrub.

If you enjoyed my ginger mint soap recipe, then you may also want to check out my latest guest posts on The Nourished Life. There you’ll find natural skin care recipes for making a winter worthy calendula face scrub as well as my lavender bergamot salt bar soap. You can also find my new basic Bastille soap recipe with essential oils via my guest post at Everything Pretty. Or, you may also like my naturally tinted lip balm recipe for dry or chapped lips.

For more of my homemade soap recipes and tutorials, be sure to follow my Simply Soapmaking Pinterest board along with my DIY Bath and Body Pinterest board. You can also find and follow me on G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or subscribe to Soap Deli News via email for future updates, DIY projects and recipes.

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Vegan Solid Lotion Bar Recipe with Soothing Oat Butter & Lavender

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This vegan solid lotion bar recipe is made with soothing oat butter, plantain infused olive oil and lavender essential oil. It’s the perfect treat for sunburned skin this summer. Also try this vegan friendly moisturizer DIY on dry or rough feet, hands and elbows!

This vegan solid lotion bar recipe is made with soothing oat butter and lavender essential oil. It's the perfect treat for sunburned skin this summer. Also try this vegan friendly moisturizer DIY on dry or rough feet, hands and elbows!

Because plantain is currently growing wild in abundance this time of year, I chose to include plantain infused olive oil in my vegan solid lotion bar recipe. Plantain not only helps with sunburns, but it is also beneficial for those with skin rashes and chapped skin as well as insect and spider bites. For eczema and psoriasis, the regular use of this herb in a salve or cream can also help in relation to those skin conditions.

What is plantain?

Plantain has the distinction of being a weed. However, plantain has historically been used not only as food but also as a healing herb in numerous cultures around the world. Native Americans traditionally used this plant to treat wounds and fevers as well as to draw out toxins from stings and bites.

There are two types of plantains and often you’ll find both while foraging as they do often grow together in the same area. The plantains with broad leaves are called Plantago major while the other narrow-leaved plantains are called P. lanceolata. Both have similar properties for medicinal and herbal usage, however many herbalists prefer the broadleaf plantain for its larger and softer, edible leaves.

Plantain Infused Olive Oil! Plantains have anti-inflammatory,analgesic and anti-microbial properties. Because of this the plant is well suited at soothing insect bites and superficial wounds in addition to promoting healing. It also contains allantoin which is used to help with skin regeneration making it an excellent component in formulations created to help reduce the appearance of scars.

Plantains have anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-microbial properties. Because of this plantain is well suited to soothe insect bites and superficial wounds in addition to promoting healing. It also contains allantoin which is used to help with skin regeneration making it an excellent component in formulations created to help reduce the appearance of scars.

When foraging for plantain leaves, you should choose an area where you know the plants have not been treated with chemicals. Choose unblemished slightly mature plantain leaves over new leaves as these will contain a higher concentration of potent phytochemicals that are beneficial for skin care applications. (Learn more about plantain here.)

Plantain Infused Olive Oil! Plantains have anti-inflammatory,analgesic and anti-microbial properties. Because of this the plant is well suited at soothing insect bites and superficial wounds in addition to promoting healing. It also contains allantoin which is used to help with skin regeneration making it an excellent component in formulations created to help reduce the appearance of scars.

To make my vegan solid lotion bar recipe you will first need to infuse foraged and dried plantain leaves in olive oil. You can learn how to make an herbal oil infusion here.

If plantain is not readily available in your area or you are unsure if the plantain in your area has been chemically treated, you can purchase broad-leaf plantain at Mountain Rose Herbs for your infusions. Alternately, Mountain Rose Herbs also sells pre-made Plantain Herbal Oil. This small-batch Plantain Oil is solar infused in a window on site using certified organic Plantago major leaves, organic olive oil, and a touch of vitamin E oil.

Once your plantain infused oil is made, you are ready to create my soothing lavender & oat vegan solid lotion bar recipe.

This vegan solid lotion bar recipe is made with soothing oat butter, plantain infused olive oil and lavender essential oil. It's the perfect treat for sunburned skin this summer. Also try this vegan friendly moisturizer DIY on dry or rough feet, hands and elbows!

Lavender & Oat Vegan Solid Lotion Bar Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

1 oz. candelilla wax
2 oz. oat butter
2 oz. plantain infused olive oil
.05 oz. lavender essential oil

Instructions:

Using a digital scale weigh out the candelilla wax and oat butter and combine in a double boiler. Heat until melted then remove from heat.

Next, weigh out the plantain infused olive oil and stir into the melted wax and butter. Follow with the lavender essential oil, weighing it first for the correct amount needed. Mix well.

Single serve ice cream cups can easily be recycled as molds for making homemade solid lotion bars! Click through to learn how to make your own soothing lavender and oat solid lotion bar recipe!

Evenly pour the melted lotion mixture into the mold of your choice. As I am not vegan, I used single serve ice cream containers for molds. However, this basic guest round silicone mold also works for similarly sized solid lotion bars.

Allow the lotion bars to fully harden, then gently remove from the molds.

My vegan solid lotion bar recipe yields 3-4 small lotion bars depending on the size of the mold you choose to use.

Notes on Substitutions:

If you do not wish to use oat butter, you can easily substitute another hydrogenated butter for the oat butter. (Learn about oat butter here.) Alternately, you can also substitute the oat butter with refined shea butter which will make a slightly harder lotion bar.

If you prefer to use a fragrance oil for your solid lotion bar, you can substitute the lavender essential oil with .1 oz. fragrance oil of your choice.

For colder climates or for use during winter, you can increase the plantain infused olive oil to 2.25 oz. to make your vegan solid lotion bars slightly softer. This will allow them to melt faster when applied to skin.

This vegan solid lotion bar recipe is made with soothing oat butter, plantain infused olive oil and lavender essential oil. It's the perfect treat for sunburned skin this summer. Also try this vegan friendly moisturizer DIY on dry or rough feet, hands and elbows!

Once you’ve made your vegan solid lotion bars, you will need to package them to protect them from dirt, dust and other elements. I wrapped mine tightly in foodservice film then decorated them with washi tape and stickers I purchased at Target. You can then place them into 2 oz. metal tins to store them in after they’ve been opened for use.

To use, simply massage the lotion bar onto dry skin and massage in. Alternately, you can also use this lotion bar in the shower after bathing to help lock in extra moisture. Then rinse and pat dry.

Want to sell this product?

If you want to create products from my vegan solid lotion bar recipe to sell, you’ll need to follow FDA guidelines for labeling your product. If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding labeling cosmetics, I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.

This natural rose body balm recipe is not only super luxurious, but it only requires 3 simple ingredients to make! Crafted using tea seed oil, rose wax and shea butter, this rose body balm recipe is all natural and makes a lovely homemade gift!

If you like my lavender & oat vegan solid lotion bar recipe then you may also like some of my other vegan friendly moisturizer DIY’s including my Jackfruit & Kiwi moisturizing sugar scrub recipe, my summer blueberry sugar scrub recipe, my natural rose body balm recipe with tea seed oil, and my rose body butter recipe.

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Also, don’t forget. If you make homemade soaps or bath & body products I will be featuring your creations on Soap Deli News blog on my weekend wrap up posts! Simply add the hashtag #soapdelishowoff to your instagram posts for a chance to have your handmade products featured!