Natural Gardeners Soap Recipe That’s Not Just for Gardeners

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It doesn’t have to be gardening season for you to enjoy this natural gardeners soap recipe. In fact, you don’t need to be a gardener at all! Formulated to quickly and easily wash away tough dirt and grime, you’ll find that this natural gardeners soap is also a great option for mechanics, artists and kindergarten teachers. So if you know how to get good and dirty, then this soap is for you.

Natural gardeners soap recipe that's not just for gardeners! It doesn't have to be gardening season for you to enjoy this natural gardeners soap recipe. In fact, you don't even need to be a gardener at all! Formulated to quickly and easily wash away tough dirt and grime, you'll find that this natural gardeners soap is also a great option for mechanics, artists and kindergarten teachers. So if you know how to get good and dirty, then this soap is for you.

One of my favorite things about spring is that sense of revival, hope and growth. I love strolling through our local farmer’s market and choosing plants for my garden or new flowers for my yard. This year however I won’t have the opportunity to grow a garden.

While I’m sure my roommate wouldn’t object to me putting a garden her yard, it’s simply not practical. Her home’s backyard is wooded and incredibly shady. The front yard on the other hand, while it does get full sun most of the day, is literally only about the size of small garden.

So this year I think I’ll create a container garden for growing herbs instead. With limited real estate, it makes more sense. And as we are always cooking with fresh herbs, it also has a positive impact on our grocery budget.

One of our favorite herbs is cilantro. Not only is it easy to grow, but it’s one of my favorite toppings for tacos. Luckily for me, I am not part of that percentage of the population that thinks cilantro tastes like soap. We’re also huge fans of fresh sage, basil, mint and thyme.

As such, I’ve found that this Indoor/Outdoor Herb Garden Kit is perfect for starting an herb container garden. It’s small size makes it perfect for apartment dwellers as well as anyone else, who like me, just doesn’t have the right conditions for a traditional outdoor garden.

Alternately, if you have woodworking tools, give this DIY indoor herb garden a try!  

Check out these spring gardening tips & tricks!

Whether you’re planning to grow a garden this year or not, my natural gardeners soap recipe is a must for your next weekend project. It’s made using a combination of naturally exfoliating ingredients like flax seed powder, shredded loofah, calendula flower powder, poppy seeds and fine ground pumice.

However, you don’t have to use the same exfoliants as I did for scrubbing power. If you’re on a budget, I recommend the Exfoliant Sampler from Bramble Berry. It contains 1 oz. each of eight different natural exfoliants for just $15.

Or simply sift through your own cache of soapmaking supplies to see what other ingredients you can use. (You can even make an inventory list while you’re at it so you know just what you have on hand and accidentally order supplies you already have.)

In addition to the exfoliants used to remove tough caked on dirt, paint or motor oil – dealer’s choice! – this homemade soap is highly cleansing to help rinse away stuck on grease, grime and sweat.

To balance out those cleansing suds, I did give my natural gardeners soap recipe a higher super fat. It also ranks pretty high as a conditioning soap as well due to the addition of baobab oil, mango butter and fractionated shea oil.

Finally, I rounded off my natural gardeners soap recipe with an earthy essential oil blend of ylang ylang, patchouli and blood orange. But feel free to swap out my essential oil blend recipe with your own favorite essential oil blend.

Get started with essential oils with classic essential oil kit!

Or try a garden themed fragrance oil for a more budget friendly scented option. I like this garden dirt fragrance oil. While garden mint is also another one of my favorite scents.

Natural gardeners soap recipe that's not just for gardeners! It doesn't have to be gardening season for you to enjoy this natural gardeners soap recipe. In fact, you don't even need to be a gardener at all! Formulated to quickly and easily wash away tough dirt and grime, you'll find that this natural gardeners soap is also a great option for mechanics, artists and kindergarten teachers. So if you know how to get good and dirty, then this soap is for you.

Natural Gardeners Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

.8 oz. baobab oil (5%)
.8 oz. castor oil (5%)
4.8 oz. refined coconut oil (30%)
1.6 oz. mango butter (10%)
3.2 oz. pomace olive oil (20%)
1.6 oz. safflower oil
3.2 oz. fractionated shea oil

4 fl. oz. distilled or filtered water
2.15 oz. sodium hydroxide/lye

1/2 teaspoon fine ground pumice
1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
1/2 teaspoon flax seed powder
1/2 teaspoon calendula flower powder
1/2 teaspoon shredded loofah
.35 oz. ylang ylang essential oil
.25 oz. patchouli essential oil
.15 oz. blood orange essential oil
.025 oz. bergamot essential oil
.025 oz. petitgrain essential oil
soap colorant, as desired

Soap Notes:

As my natural gardeners soap recipe yields a somewhat softer soap bars, I used a steep water discount. The water weight for this recipe is 25% of the oil weight. Additionally the super fat is 8%.

You can use this information, if desired, to resize my natural gardeners soap recipe using a lye calculator. It’s also useful if you’re wanting to make changes to the super fat or water percentage.

Learn more about using a lye calculator to adjust a homemade soap recipe or to craft your own custom cold process soap recipes with the information found in this tutorial.

For an extra, extra super scrubby soap, you can double the amount of exfoliants called for in the recipe to 1 teaspoon each.

My natural gardeners soap recipe yields six bars of handmade artisan soap when using this round silicone mold.

Natural gardeners soap recipe that's not just for gardeners! It doesn't have to be gardening season for you to enjoy this natural gardeners soap recipe. In fact, you don't even need to be a gardener at all! Formulated to quickly and easily wash away tough dirt and grime, you'll find that this natural gardeners soap is also a great option for mechanics, artists and kindergarten teachers. So if you know how to get good and dirty, then this soap is for you.

Getting Started:

Begin by gathering the materials you’ll need for this soapmaking project. You will need a digital scale, a digital thermometer, an immersion blender and a 6-cavity round silicone soap mold.  (I used this mold for my natural gardeners soap recipe.) Additionally, you’ll also need aluminum free, heat safe containers and utensils for mixing your soap.

You should also take all necessary safety precautions when working with lye. If you are unfamiliar with making cold process soap from scratch, I recommend this soapmaking tutorial to get you started. I also offer several beginner soap recipes to try before attempting this soap including this beginner soap recipe and my palm free olive & babassu soap recipe.

Instructions:

Begin by preparing the lye solution for my natural gardeners soap recipe. To do this, measure out the distilled water into a heat safe container. In a separate container, weigh out the lye called for in the recipe. Then pour the lye into the water – I recommend a well ventilated area – and mix until the lye has completely dissolved. Now set the lye-water solution aside in a safe location to cool.

While the lye solution cools, weigh out the carrier oils and butters called for in the recipe. Combine in a stainless steel pot. Then gently heat the soapmaking oils on the stove over low heat just until the solids have melted.

Remove the soapmaking oils from heat and allow to cool.

In the meantime, if you’d like to color your natural gardener soaps, measure out the colorant. (The usage rate for micas is typically 1 teaspoon per pound.) Then weigh out the essential oils and combine in a small glass beaker.

Once the oils have reached 90°-95°F you are ready to make soap.

Check the temperature of both the soapmaking oils and the lye solution before you begin. Both of these ingredients should be within ten degrees of one another.

Discover more natural essential oil skin care recipes here.

Now add your choice of colorant, if using, to the soapmaking oils. Mix briefly with an immersion blender to incorporate the colorant throughout the oils.

Next, pour the lye solution into the soapmaking oils and mix with the immersion blender until you reach a light trace. You’ll know you’ve reached trace when you drag the blender through the soap batter and it leaves a visible trail behind. It’s a little like pudding.

Add the essential oils to the soap batter, then continue mixing until thoroughly combined.

Once you bring the soap to a medium trace, pour the soap evenly into six of the cavities of your round silicone mold. Then gently cover the soap with plastic wrap or parchment paper.

Natural gardeners soap recipe that's not just for gardeners! It doesn't have to be gardening season for you to enjoy this natural gardeners soap recipe. In fact, you don't even need to be a gardener at all! Formulated to quickly and easily wash away tough dirt and grime, you'll find that this natural gardeners soap is also a great option for mechanics, artists and kindergarten teachers. So if you know how to get good and dirty, then this soap is for you.

Set the soap aside for 24-48 hours. After this time you can unmold your natural gardeners soap bars.

Allow your soap to cure for four to six weeks in a cool, dry location. After that, your homemade soaps are ready to use.

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More Natural Soap Recipes with Essential Oils

If you love my natural gardeners soap recipe, then you may want to also try these other natural soap recipes scented with natural essential oils.

Or find more homemade soap recipes by way of my DIY Bath & Body Pinterest board and my Simply Soapmaking Pinterest board. Alternately, you can explore all my cold process soap recipes here. Or, if you prefer melt and pour soapmaking, you can find my melt and pour soap recipes here.

Discover my favorite handmade artisan soaps on Etsy here.

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Electric Guitar Candied Orange Soap Recipe

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This homemade candied orange soap recipe contains just a hint of patchouli & is stamped with an electric guitar. It's a great homemade gift idea for men no matter the season or occasion!

Looking for a great homemade holiday gift idea for the guys? Try this fun candied orange scented soap stamped with an electric bass guitar! For this recipe I combined the Crisp and Candied fragrance oil from Nature’s Garden with a bit of dark patchouli essential oil to cut down on the sweetness of the scent. I then stamped my final bars with a hand carved rubber stamp I purchased from Drum Chick Designs for a fun twist. I chose to use an electric four string bass guitar since my boyfriend plays bass. However, the design you choose – if any – is completely up to you.

In addition, I formulated this handmade cold process soap recipe to create hard, long lasting soap bars, be palm free for those who are eco-conscious or unable to source sustainable palm oil, and to nourish dry, winter skin. This recipe is relatively straight forward and will product 10 -12 bars of soap depending on how you cut them. And, this soap batch will fit inside of one my diy wooden loaf soap molds. For a smaller batch, you can re-size the recipe as needed.

Homemade Candied Orange Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

7.2 oz. babassu oil
7.2 oz. 76 degree melt point coconut oil
1.8 oz. shea butter
1.8 oz. cocoa butter
10.8 oz. pomace olive oil
1.8 oz. sweet almond oil
5.4 oz. apricot kernel oil

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

1 oz. Crisp & Candied Fragrance Oil
.5 oz. dark patchouli essential oil
1/4 teaspoon yellow iron oxide pigment powder
1/8 teaspoon red iron oxide pigment powder
bronze cosmetic mica powder

Instructions:

You will need to follow your basic cold process soapmaking instructions to create this soap. Follow all safety guidelines including gloves and goggles. Have vinegar on hold in case of spills or splashes.

Begin by lining your wooden soap mold. (This isn’t necessary if using silicone loaf soap molds.) Next, prepare your lye-water by first measuring out the distilled water in a pitcher or large glass pyrex measuring cup. Then, using a digital kitchen scale, weigh out the lye and slowly pour it into the water in a well ventilated area. Stir until dissolved, then set aside to cool.

Now weigh out the soapmaking oils and butters and combine in a large, non-aluminum pot. Place on the stove over medium heat until the oils have fully melted then remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Once the ingredients have cooled to between 95 and 110 degrees F, you can start making soap! I began by adding the yellow and red iron oxide pigments to the melted soapmaking oils, then mixed thoroughly with a stick blender. Once your color is thoroughly incorporated, slowly pour the lye-water into the oils and mix until you reach a light trace. Now add the fragrance oil and essential oil and blend well, then pour into the prepared soap mold, cover and insulate for 24 hours.

After the insulation period, unmold the soap loaf and immediately cut into bars. Place a small amount of the bronze mica in a small dish or paper plate, then press your rubber stamp in the mica, then into a bar of soap. Repeat with all remaining bars, then set aside in a cool dry location to cure for 3-6 weeks. Wrap and label as desired.

Looking for more great homemade soap recipes for men? Also be sure to try my Ferocious & Fantastic Soap Recipe for Men! It comes with winter and holiday themed printable soap labels and gift tags with illustrations designed by Anna Dance of Hello Pants. You may also enjoy my recipe for my Cherry Bomb Soap – it’s reminiscent of a cherry cigar – and also comes with printable labels. Or try my Mountain Man Detox Soap with printable soap labels.

For other homemade holiday and Christmas gift ideas, be sure to follow my Unique DIY Christmas Gift Ideas board and DIY Stocking Stuffer Sized Christmas Gifts board on Pinterest. For simply more homemade soap recipes, follow my DIY Bath and Body board!

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Natural Lavender & Patchouli Deodorant Recipe with Printable Labels

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Natural DIY Beauty and Skin Care - Vegan Handmade Lavender Patchouli Deodorant Recipe with Printable Labels

Want to make your own homemade natural deodorant for you and your family? Here’s a simple all natural, vegan patchouli deodorant recipe that actually works. Plus, I’ve included a free download for printable deodorant labels you can print and customize.

My natural homemade lavender & patchouli deodorant recipe is made with aluminum free baking soda and certified organic arrowroot powder to help keep you dry while a combination of certified organic lavender essential oil, certified organic tea tree oil and patchouli essential help to combat odor causing bacteria. Ingredients like cocoa butter, shea butter, fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil and rich vitamin E oil help keep skin feeling smooth and conditioned without feeling greasy. This natural homemade patchouli deodorant recipe has a light natural fragrance that is pleasant, not overbearing.

Natural DIY Beauty and Skin Care - Vegan Handmade Lavender Patchouli Deodorant Recipe with Printable Labels

Natural Lavender & Patchouli Deodorant Recipe

Recipe Yields: 5 – deodorant tubes containing 3.4oz/96g net weight each

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen (Printable PDF recipe and labels.)

Supplies:

Digital Kitchen Scale
glass bowl or large glass measuring cup
double boiler or microwave
plastic spoon
spatula
Graduated 3ml Plastic Transfer Pipettes
permanent markers
sticker label sheet
5 – 2.25oz. deodorant containers

Ingredients:

8 oz. aluminum free baking soda
4 oz. arrowroot powder
3 oz. cocoa butter
2 oz. fractionated coconut oil
.5oz. jojoba oil
.25 oz. shea butter
1/4 tsp. carnauba wax
2 ml lavender essential oil
1.5 ml patchouli essential oil
1 ml vitamin E oil
10 drops tea tree oil

Directions:

Weigh out the cocoa butter and place into a double boiler or glass container. Measure out 1/4 teaspoon of carnauba wax and add to the cocoa butter. Heat in double boiler or microwave until melted.

Now weigh out the shea butter and stir into the melted cocoa butter and wax until it melt completely.

Next, weigh out the fractionated coconut oil and jojoba oil and stir into the the melted butters and wax.

After that you can go ahead and add the dry ingredients by weighing out the baking soda and arrowroot powder and stirring into the liquified mixture. Mix well.

Using a pipette, you will measure out the lavender, patchouli and vitamin E, using a different pipette for each oil, and then stir into the liquid deodorant mixture.

Finally, using a pipette to contain the oil, add 10 drops of tea tree oil and mix well.

How to make natural handmade deodorant - DIY Lavender Patchouli Deodorant Recipe with printable labels

You can now slowly pour the deodorant into five 2.25oz. white lotion bar tubes or empty deodorant containers. Use the spatula to help get all of the deodorant into the containers if needed. Each container should hold a net weight of 3.4oz. of this product.

Allow your deodorants to cool completely, then cap and label.

To label, simply download and print out the natural deodorant labels onto blank sticker paper. You can customize the look of your labels by using permanent markers to color in the images. I used a combination of BIC Mark-It Colored Permanent Markers in Polynesian Purple, Petal Pink and Cloud Nine Gray to “color” in the lavender flowers by simply dotting the colors in at random locations within the flower bunch.. I then used Pink Flamingo to color the ribbon on the “natural” label and the bow around the flowers. For the stems I used Lime Sorbet. Add more or less color to your liking or simply leave the labels a simple black and white. Now, using sharp scissors, simply cut out the labels and adhere to your deodorant containers.

If you are sensitive to baking soda and it gives you itchy raging red underarm rash, simply substitute the baking soda with magnesium hydroxide powder. It’s just as effective but without the irritation. And it provides your body with extra magnesium as it’s able to be absorbed through your skin!

Like the font I used for my labels? I created this font using my own handwriting! You too can create your own custom fonts easily and quickly. Simply visit My Script Font and download and print the template provided. Fill in the alphabet with the corresponding squares, then scan into your computer and upload the file to MyScriptFont. Name the font, select the format you’d like to use and send the file. You can then save the font to your computer and install to your font program. Since I’m on a mac, my fonts are installed into My Font Book. (It should automatically prompt you once downloaded and opened.)

Also be sure to check out my all natural, handmade cream eye shadow recipe for an alternative to chemical laden cosmetics. For even more great DIY bath and beauty recipes, be sure to follow my boards on Pinterest.

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Natural Vanilla and Patchouli Bath Salts Recipe

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This natural vanilla and patchouli bath salts recipe is easy to make but a luxury to soak in! Create your own using natural salts and oils.

This natural vanilla and patchouli bath salts recipe is easy to make but a luxury to soak in! Create your own using natural salts, and organic coconut oil, vanilla and patchouli essential oils.

Natural Vanilla and Patchouli Bath Salts Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

1 Cup coarse sea salt
1/2 Cup Epsom salt
1/2 teaspoon organic fractionated coconut oil (or organic refined coconut oil)
2 mL vanilla essential oil (or organic vanilla absolute oil)
1 mL organic patchouli essential oil

Directions:

To make this vanilla and patchouli bath salts recipe, begin by combining your salts and mix together. Next measure out your fractionated coconut oil – I like this oil because it has such a long shelf life – and pour in the salts. Using a pipette with mL markings, measure out your vanilla essential oil and add to the salts. Do the same with the patchouli oil using a new pipette. Mix well, then store in an air tight container in a cool, dry location.

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