Homemade Beauty Recipes: The Most Loved Recipes from the Past Year

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My favorite part of blogging is being able to share my homemade beauty recipes with all of you, my readers. My hope is that we can explore new ways to create beauty and skin care products together – both for fun and as a more natural alternative to commercial products. Knowing that my readers enjoy and share my homemade beauty recipes helps to keep me inspired to create more homemade beauty recipes. And hopefully my recipes in turn inspire you to make some of your own natural skin care products.

Most loved homemade beauty recipes from Soap Deli News blog. As determined by readers, these Pinterest favorite homemade beauty recipes are musts for your natural skin care routine! Learn how to make your own natural skin care recipes for homemade soaps, natural herbal salves and balms, essential oil lip balms, bath teas, sheet masks, pain relief remedies and more! The best in natural beauty and skin care that you can make at home!

I shared quite a few new natural skin care and homemade beauty recipes in 2018. And while I previously recapped my most pinned posts for 2018, they included crafts and homemaking projects in addition to my skin care, soap and beauty recipes. Surprisingly, none of those posts were actually written in 2018. Therefore, I wanted to create a second post with your most loved homemade beauty recipes from 2018.

It brings me so much joy to be able to share these beauty favorites with you once again. Every single one of these homemade beauty recipes had at least 1000 shares over the course of the year – all because of you! My number one post however, had over 12K shares this year alone. Crazy, right?! That article was for my natural shaving soap recipe. Some of the other recipes were guests posts from other beauty bloggers. These blogs included Everything Pretty and Country Hill Cottage. I’m so happy that all of you have been part of this journey that brought me to this point. Enjoy!

Most Loved Homemade Beauty Recipes

In no particular order, here are 20 of your favorite homemade beauty recipes and Pinterest favorites written over the past year.

Soothing Moisture Body Whip Recipe for Dry Skin This Winter. Formulated specifically to tackle my dry hands, this soothing natural moisturizer recipe is a dream for dry hands and skin. This homemade beauty recipe is made using all natural ingredients and melts instantly into skin when applied. Skin soothing butters, aloe vera and witch hazel extract work to both moisturize skin and promote skin health. While a blend of lavender and vanilla essential oils lend their calming aromatherapeutic properties.

#1 Soothing Moisture Whip Recipe

Formulated specifically to tackle my dry hands, this soothing moisture whip recipe is a dream for dry hands and skin. This homemade beauty recipe is made using all natural ingredients and melts instantly into skin when applied. Skin soothing butters, aloe vera and witch hazel extract work to both moisturize skin and promote skin health. While a blend of lavender and vanilla essential oils lend their calming aromatherapeutic properties. Learn to make it here. (Shop for similar products.)

Moisturizing tinted lip balm recipe for natural beauty. When I put on lipstick, I want it stay put! Unfortunately, most lipsticks with any kind of staying power tend to leave my lips feeling dry afterwards. So I created a tinted lip whip recipe for days I don't need long lasting wear. It helps to moisturize lips while still giving them that fresh pop of color. So they not only look healthy, but they also feel amazing! One of my all time favorite homemade beauty recipes, this tinted moisture lip whip recipe is formulated to smooth, protect and condition lips to help reduce your chance of chapped lips from regular use of long wear lipsticks.

#2 Tinted Moisture Lip Whip Recipe

When I put on lipstick, I want it stay put! Unfortunately, most lipsticks with any kind of staying power tend to leave my lips feeling dry afterwards. So I created a tinted lip whip recipe for days I don’t need long lasting wear. It helps to moisturize lips while still giving them that fresh pop of color. So they not only look healthy, but they also feel amazing! One of my all time favorite homemade beauty recipes, this tinted moisture lip whip recipe is formulated to smooth, protect and condition lips to help reduce your chance of chapped lips from regular use of long wear lipsticks. Learn to make it here. (Shop for similar products.)

Aloe Vera Soap Recipe for natural beauty & skin care. Dry skin, maturing skin and especially eczema prone skin all need some extra love to keep it from becoming itchy and irritated. This includes what you use to wash your skin when you take a shower. Therefore, I created a natural skin soothing aloe vera soap recipe to gently cleanse skin without stripping it of natural beneficial oils. Therefore my cold process aloe vera soap uses aloe vera gel in place of water in the recipe for its natural skin care benefits. I also included neem oil for its ability to promote skin health. 

#3 Aloe Vera Soap Recipe

Dry skin, maturing skin and especially eczema prone skin all need some extra love to keep it from becoming itchy and irritated. This includes what you use to wash your skin when you take a shower. Therefore, I created a natural skin soothing aloe vera soap recipe to gently cleanse skin without stripping it of natural beneficial oils. Therefore my cold process aloe vera soap uses aloe vera gel in place of water in the recipe for its natural skin care benefits. I also included neem oil for its ability to promote skin health. Learn to make it here. (Shop for similar products.)

Raspberry Lemonade Melt & Pour Soap Recipe. With over 6k shares in under a year, it's easy to see why this simple melt and pour soap is one of your favorite homemade beauty recipes. It's incredibly easy to make and is perfect for last minute gifts. Crafted from start to finish in just 10 minutes. A guest post written by Cari Dunn of Everything Pretty, this articles delves into not just how to make this recipe, but also how to customize melt and pour soaps. Plus Cari also shares the ins and outs of additives you can use for your own homemade melt and pour soap recipes.

#4 Raspberry Lemonade Melt & Pour Soap Recipe

With over 6k shares in under a year, it’s easy to see why this simple melt and pour soap is one of your favorite homemade beauty recipes. It’s incredibly easy to make and is perfect for last minute gifts. Crafted from start to finish in just 10 minutes. A guest post written by Cari Dunn of Everything Pretty, this articles delves into not just how to make this recipe, but also how to customize melt and pour soaps. Plus Cari also shares the ins and outs of additives you can use for your own homemade melt and pour soap recipes. Learn to make it here. (Shop for similar products.)

Skin Softening Hand Scrub Recipe for dry hands. With winter here, it's more important than ever to wash your hands regularly to avoid getting sick. Unfortunately, that also means you are more likely to develop dry hands. And during winter, dry skin can quickly become cracked and painful. To help solve this common dilemma, I created this easy skin softening hand scrub recipe. To make this recipe super easy to make, I started with a basic liquid Castile soap then added a variety of natural ingredients proven to hydrate skin and promote skin health.

#5 Skin Softening Hand Scrub Recipe

With winter here, it’s more important than ever to wash your hands regularly to avoid getting sick. Unfortunately, that also means you are more likely to develop dry hands. And during winter, dry skin can quickly become cracked and painful. To help solve this common dilemma, I created this easy skin softening hand scrub recipe. To make this recipe super easy to make, I started with a basic liquid Castile soap then added a variety of natural ingredients proven to hydrate skin and promote skin health. Learn to make it here. (Shop for similar products.)

Natural Shaving Soap Recipe for a zero waste skin care alternative. If you've been wanting to reduce household waste, then a shaving soap is a great place to start! Shaving soaps eliminate the need for packaging and aerosol cans. They also deliver a closer shave than most traditional shaving creams. I created my natural shaving soap recipe using lanolin and neem oil to help protect skin and promote skin health. So you can get a great shave while also taking care of your skin free of toxins and preservatives!

#6 Natural Shaving Soap Recipe

If you’ve been wanting to reduce household waste, then a shaving soap is a great place to start! Shaving soaps eliminate the need for packaging and aerosol cans. They also deliver a closer shave than most traditional shaving creams. I created my natural shaving soap recipe using lanolin and neem oil to help protect skin and promote skin health. So you can get a great shave while also taking care of your skin free of toxins and preservatives! Learn to make it here. (Shop for similar products.)

Whipped Cucumber Hand Cream Recipe for dry hands & eczema prone skin this winter. If you had to pick just one of my handmade beauty recipes to make this weekend, I think this one would be it. Not only does this whipped hand cream recipe smell amazing, it's an absolute delight for dry skin and hands. Made using cucumber hydrosol, this natural skin care recipe also contains bergamot essential oil, skin protecting lanolin and soothing aloe vera. Natural skin care recipe for dry skin & dry hands.

#7 Whipped Cucumber Hand Cream Recipe

If you had to pick just one of my handmade beauty recipes to make this weekend, I think this one would be it. Not only does this whipped hand cream recipe smell amazing, it’s an absolute delight for dry skin and hands. Made using cucumber hydrosol, this natural skin care recipe also contains bergamot essential oil, skin protecting lanolin and soothing aloe vera. Learn to make it here. (Shop for similar products.)

Sea Salt Shampoo Bar Recipe for natural beauty. Finding the right no poo shampoo option can be a challenge. While shampoos free of both sulfates and surfactants are becoming more common, they can be expensive to buy on a regular basis. So why not make your own natural hair care recipes? This sea salt shampoo bar recipe is made with coconut oil, sea salt and real milk & egg as ingredients for a healthy, natural hair care alternative to commercial products. Another one of my waste free homemade beauty recipes, this shampoo bar is formulated to not only moisturize and condition hair, but also to strengthen hair and promote shine.

#8 Sea Salt Shampoo Bar Recipe

Finding the right no poo shampoo option can be a challenge. While shampoos free of both sulfates and surfactants are becoming more common, they can be expensive to buy on a regular basis. So why not make your own natural hair care recipes? This sea salt shampoo bar recipe is made with coconut oil, sea salt and real milk & egg as ingredients for a healthy, natural hair care alternative to commercial products. Another one of my waste free homemade beauty recipes, this shampoo bar is formulated to not only moisturize and condition hair, but also to strengthen hair and promote shine. Learn to make it here. (Shop for similar products.)

Best Scar and Stretch Mark Treatment. Another guest post from Cari of Everything Pretty, this natural scar and stretch mark salve recipe is formulated using carrier and essential oils prized for their natural skin care benefits to promote healing and collagen production as well as reduce dark spots and boost cellular turnover. Plus its anti-aging properties also make it great for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles!

#9 Best Scar and Stretch Mark Treatment

Another guest post from Cari of Everything Pretty, this natural scar and stretch mark salve recipe is formulated using carrier and essential oils prized for their natural skin care benefits to promote healing and collagen production as well as reduce dark spots and boost cellular turnover. Plus its anti-aging properties also make it great for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles! Learn to make it here. (Shop for similar products.)

Arnica & Ginger Pain Relief Salve Recipe with organic essential oils. One of my personal favorites from among my herbal homemade beauty recipes, this arnica & ginger salve recipe! Made with just four simple ingredients, this herbal pain relief salve not only relieves pain from bumps and bruises, it also helps with muscle pain, arthritis, sprains and carpal tunnel. The moisturizing formula also makes it a lovely herbal salve or balm for dry hands, feet and elbows.

#10 Arnica & Ginger Pain Relief Salve Recipe

One of my personal favorites from among my herbal homemade beauty recipes, this arnica & ginger salve recipe! Made with just four simple ingredients, this herbal pain relief salve not only relieves pain from bumps and bruises, it also helps with muscle pain, arthritis, sprains and carpal tunnel. The moisturizing formula also makes it a lovely herbal salve or balm for dry hands, feet and elbows. Learn to make it here. (Shop for similar products.)

Homemade Callus Balm Recipe. Natural herbal salves and balms recipe. If you've ever used a foot peeling mask, then you'll appreciate this homemade beauty recipe. Avoid the trauma of peeling feet and whip up this natural homemade callus treatment instead! It's naturally formulated with herbs and essential oils to promote skin health and soften tough calluses for healthy looking feet.

#11 Homemade Callus Balm Recipe

If you’ve ever used a foot peeling mask, then you’ll appreciate this homemade beauty recipe. Avoid the trauma of peeling feet and whip up this natural homemade callus treatment balm instead! It’s naturally formulated with herbs and essential oils to promote skin health and soften tough calluses for healthy looking feet. Learn to make it here. (Shop for similar products.)

Wildflower Bath Tea Recipe for your self care beauty regimen. This natural herbal skin care recipe is perfect for self care any time of the year. A guest post from Irena of Country Hill Cottage, this indulgent herbal bath tea is made using a combination of herbs & botanicals, natural essential oils and skin soothing oatmeal & Dead Sea salt. This fragrant wildflower bath tea is a great way to relax and care for your skin. Plus it's perfect for homemade gifts with Valentine's Day right around the corner!

#12 Wildflower Bath Tea Recipe

This natural herbal skin care recipe is perfect for self care any time of the year. A guest post from Irena of Country Hill Cottage, this indulgent herbal bath tea is made using a combination of herbs & botanicals, natural essential oils and skin soothing oatmeal & Dead Sea salt. This fragrant wildflower bath tea is a great way to relax and care for your skin. Plus it’s perfect for homemade gifts with Valentine’s Day right around the corner! Learn to make it here. (Shop for similar products.)

Natural Gardeners Soap Recipe for natural skin care. Winter is the perfect time to make a homemade gardeners soap for spring! By making your soaps early, they have plenty of time to cure. An extended cure time not only makes your soap bars harder, but it also increases the lather and results in a gentler soap bar. This natural gardeners soap recipe is made using the cold process soapmaking method and is filled with scrubby bits of seeds and herbs to help scrub away dirt and grime.

#13 Natural Gardeners Soap Recipe

Winter is the perfect time to make a homemade gardeners soap for spring! By making your soaps early, they have plenty of time to cure. An extended cure time not only makes your soap bars harder, but it also increases the lather and results in a gentler soap bar. This natural gardeners soap recipe is made using the cold process soapmaking method and is filled with scrubby bits of seeds and herbs to help scrub away dirt and grime. Learn to make it here. (Shop for similar products.)

Snowflake Glitter Soap Recipe Snow is one of my favorite things about the winter season. Unfortunately, living in Virginia we don't see as much snow as the Northern states. However, that simply makes snow days even more enjoyable. These glitter snowflake soaps are a homage to winter and its natural glittering beauty. And these homemade melt and pour snowflake soaps are the perfect winter craft project when you find yourself in the midst of a snow day of your own!

#14 Snowflake Glitter Soap Recipe

Snow is one of my favorite things about the winter season. Unfortunately, living in Virginia we don’t see as much snow as the Northern states. However, that simply makes snow days even more enjoyable. These glitter snowflake soaps are a homage to winter and its natural glittering beauty. And these homemade melt and pour snowflake soaps are the perfect winter craft project when you find yourself in the midst of a snow day of your own! Learn to make it here. (Shop for similar products.)

DIY Sensitive Skin Sheet Masks for your natural self care beauty regimen. If you're ready to dive right into more homemade beauty recipes then make sure this DIY makes your to do list! Sheet masks are all the rage but they don't have to expensive. This guest post from Cari of Everything Pretty illustrates how to make your own DIY sheet masks for sensitive skin for less than 10¢ each! Plus learn about the natural ingredients that go into caring for your sensitive skin.

#15 DIY Sensitive Skin Sheet Masks

If you’re ready to dive right into more homemade beauty recipes then make sure this DIY makes your to do list! Sheet masks are all the rage but they don’t have to expensive. This guest post from Cari of Everything Pretty illustrates how to make your own DIY sheet masks for sensitive skin for less than 10¢ each! Plus learn about the natural ingredients that go into caring for your sensitive skin. Learn to make it here. (Shop for similar products.)

Natural Antifungal Foot Salve Recipe. Don't let your feet keep you from wearing your favorite shoes! Help treat and prevent foot and toenail fungus with this antifungal foot salve recipe instead! Crafted using coconut oil, neem oil and a blend of organic essential oils that naturally fight fungus, this can help to treat fungal foot infections as well as prevent their recurrence when used daily.

#16 Natural Antifungal Foot Salve Recipe

Don’t let your feet keep you from wearing your favorite shoes! Help treat and prevent foot and toenail fungus with this antifungal foot salve recipe instead! Crafted using coconut oil, neem oil and a blend of organic essential oils that naturally fight fungus, this can help to treat fungal foot infections as well as prevent their recurrence when used daily. Learn to make it here. (Shop for similar products.)

Essential Oil Lip Balm Recipe with organic essential oils for chapped lips this winter. No list of homemade beauty recipes would be complete without the ever popular lip balm. Learn how to make this ginger cardamom lip balm recipe using organic essential oils for less than 50¢ each! Plus explore 30 more homemade lip balm recipes to nourish and protect lips from chapping this winter.

#17 Essential Oil Lip Balm Recipe

No list of homemade beauty recipes would be complete without the ever popular lip balm. Learn how to make this ginger cardamom lip balm recipe using organic essential oils for less than 50¢ each! Plus explore 30 more homemade lip balm recipes to nourish and protect lips from chapping this winter. Learn to make it here. (Shop for similar products.)

Bacuri Butter Body Balm Recipe. Homemade herbal salves and balms recipes. When I first started using bacuri butter as a natural ingredient in my homemade beauty recipes, I had no idea they would be so popular. Once you try bacuri butter for the first time, however, you'll understand why. This natural bacuri butter body balm recipe not moisturizes dry skin and promotes healthy looking skin, it also reduces the appearance of aging! It truly is a magical beauty product.

#17 Bacuri Butter Body Balm Recipe

When I first started using bacuri butter as a natural ingredient in my homemade beauty recipes, I had no idea they would be so popular. Once you try bacuri butter for the first time, however, you’ll understand why. This natural bacuri butter body balm recipe not moisturizes dry skin and promotes healthy looking skin, it also reduces the appearance of aging! It truly is a magical beauty product. Learn to make it here. (Shop for similar products.)

Bacuri Butter Body Butter Recipe for anti aging natural beauty. Like my bacuri butter body balm recipe, this 3-ingredient bacuri body butter recipes is also a natural beauty gem. In fact, it's possible it will be the last only body butter your skin will ever need! Formulated to moisturize and nourish dry and maturing skin, this natural bacuri body butter recipe made with three simple ingredients from the Brazilian Amazon forest that possess unique anti-aging skin care properties. So skin looks and feels younger with every use.

#18 Bacuri Butter Body Butter Recipe

Like my bacuri butter body balm recipe, this 3-ingredient bacuri body butter recipes is also a natural beauty gem. In fact, it’s possible it will be the last only body butter your skin will ever need! Formulated to moisturize and nourish dry and maturing skin, this natural bacuri body butter recipe made with three simple ingredients from the Brazilian Amazon forest that possess unique anti-aging skin care properties. So skin looks and feels younger with every use. Learn to make it here. (Shop for similar products.)

Natural Homemade Beauty Recipes. Rather than being a single recipe, this post highlights five natural homemade beauty recipes that you can make with ingredients from your kitchen. Using ingredients like turmeric, beet root powder, coconut oil, aloe vera leaf juice and activated charcoal you can make a variety of homemade beauty recipes to fit into your natural self care beauty regimen. Create your own charcoal face mask, natural blush powder, acne treatment stick, hydrating facial mist and a 2-in-1 lip & blush beauty stick.

#18 Natural Homemade Beauty Recipes

Rather than being a single recipe, this post highlights five natural homemade beauty recipes that you can make with ingredients from your kitchen. Using ingredients like turmeric, beet root powder, coconut oil, aloe vera leaf juice and activated charcoal you can make a variety of homemade beauty recipes to fit into your natural self care beauty regimen. Create your own charcoal face mask, natural blush powder, acne treatment stick, hydrating facial mist and a 2-in-1 lip & blush beauty stick. Learn to make them here. (Shop for similar products.)

Natural Pain Relief CBD Oil Salve Recipe. You don't need to take CBD oil internally to enjoy its natural pain relieving properties. You can also use it make a natural pain relieving salve. Learn how CBD oil can help with fibromyalgia and other types of chronic pain, including arthritis. Plus how to make your own pain relief CBD oil salve.

#19 CBD Natural Pain Relief Salve Recipe

You don’t need to take CBD oil internally to enjoy its natural pain relieving properties. You can also use it make a natural pain relieving salve. Learn how CBD oil can help with fibromyalgia and other types of chronic pain, including arthritis. Plus how to make your own pain relief CBD oil salve. Learn to make it here. (Shop for similar products.)

Triple Brazilian Butter Soap Recipe for dry skin & eczema. Made with a fabulous combination of three Brazilian butters - cupuacu butter, tucuma seed butter & ucuuba butter - this natural soap recipe is a dream for dry winter skin. One of the very BEST homemade soaps for winter this natural beauty bar is made with skin conditioning ingredients that nourish dry skin without stripping it. Making it the perfect soap recipe for dry skin and eczema hands down! Natural skin care for winter.

#20 Triple Brazilian Butter Soap Recipe

Made with a fabulous combination of three Brazilian butters – cupuacu butter, tucuma seed butter & ucuuba butter – this natural soap recipe is a dream for dry winter skin. One of the very BEST homemade soaps for winter this natural beauty bar is made with skin conditioning ingredients that nourish dry skin without stripping it. Making it the perfect soap recipe for dry skin and eczema hands down! Learn to make it here. (Shop for similar products.)

Curious about other favorite homemade beauty recipes from years past? Check out these top bath and body recipes from 2015!

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Homemade Holiday Gifts & Ideas for Winter

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This post is sponsored by Sticker You. All opinions are my own.

I have to admit I’m a Pinterest addict. I’m always scouring their site for new homemade holiday gifts and ideas I can create. Whether I’m gifting baked goods for the holiday season or homemade soaps, StickerYou always makes it so easy to customize my homemade holiday gifts.

Homemade holiday gifts & ideas for winter. Learn how to craft a simple melt and pour gingerbread soap recipe and fizzy bath salt recipe for winter sniffles for last minute handmade holiday gifts in 30 minutes or less! Then customize your DIY holiday gifts with personalized labels from Sticker You for the best DIY Christmas gifts on Pinterest! #holidays #soapmaking #christmasgifts #stockingstuffers #handmadegifts #diygifts

Homemade Holiday Gifts & Ideas for Winter

Designing my own labels for the homemade holiday gifts I create for friends and family is so much more rewarding than simply picking up gift tags at the local big box store. It’s nice to be able to customize my labels so the gifts I give feel more personal. That’s why StickerYou is my go to for custom stickers and labels. They offer fair pricing and exceptional quality without me having to sacrifice the creativity I’ve invested in my designs.

Homemade holiday gifts & ideas for winter. Learn how to craft a simple melt and pour gingerbread soap recipe and fizzy bath salt recipe for winter sniffles for last minute handmade holiday gifts in 30 minutes or less! Then customize your DIY holiday gifts with personalized labels from Sticker You for the best DIY Christmas gifts on Pinterest! #holidays #soapmaking #christmasgifts #stockingstuffers #handmadegifts #diygifts

I’m super excited about the labels I received from StickerYou for my gifts this year. And, as always, I’m equally excited about sharing new ideas for making your own homemade holiday gifts!

This year I created two super simple recipes. One for making melt and pour gingerbread man soaps. And another for a fizzy bath salt recipe for cold weather aches & pains or those winter sniffles. What really makes these recipes extra nice, however, is that you can make them both in 30-minutes or less. So order those supplies, schedule a weekend to get together with your family or friends and check off your holiday gift list!

Homemade holiday gifts and holiday gift wrapping ideas! Learn how to craft these easy homemade melt and pour gingerbread soap recipe for homemade holiday gifts and seasonal DIY stocking stuffers.

Easy Melt & Pour Gingerbread Soap Recipe

Ingredients:

16 oz. SLS free honey melt & pour soap base
.25 oz. gingerbread fragrance oil
1/4 – 1/2 of one square of Crafter’s Choice brown sparkle color bar for melt & pour soap

Instructions:

Using a digital scale, weigh out the melt and pour soap. Cut into chunks then place inside a large, heat safe glass measuring cup such as Pyrex.

Heat in the microwave in 30-second increments until all of the soap has melted. Then carefully remove the soap from the microwave. (The glass may be hot so I recommend using a tea towel to help out with the task.)

Now cut your color bar in half or into quarters. Stir up to half of one soap color bar into the melted soap base.

Once the color bar has melted completely, weigh out and stir in the fragrance oil.

Place your soap mold onto a small cutting board. Now pour the melted soap base into all six cavities of a silicone gingerbread man mold.

Should you have air bubbles on the soap after pouring, you can spritz the soap with rubbing alcohol to pop the bubbles.

Homemade holiday gifts and holiday gift wrapping ideas! Learn how to craft these easy homemade melt and pour gingerbread soap recipe for homemade holiday gifts and seasonal DIY stocking stuffers.

Carefully transport your mold with the gingerbread soaps to the refrigerator to cool.

Once your soap bars have fully solidified, remove from the refrigerator and unmold.

Now all that’s left is to package your homemade gingerbread man soaps as desired to give as homemade holiday gifts.

I packaged mine in white boxes with ribbon, then labeled them with 2″ round custom stickers from StickerYou.

Essential oil fizzy bath salt recipe for winter aches & pains or seasonal sniffles. Learn how to make this super easy bath salt recipe for your homemade holiday gifts this Christmas. Plus check out some creative packaging & gift wrap ideas with custom labels from Sticker You.

Fizzy Bath Salt Recipe with Essential Oils

Ingredients:

1/2 cup sea salt (or Epsom salt for sore muscles)
1/2 cup baking soda
1/4 cup citric acid
1/2 Tablespoon green jojoba beads
1/2 Tablespoon carrier oil or vegetable glycerin
20 drops eucalyptus essential oil
10 drops tea tree oil (or peppermint essential oil for sore muscles)

Instructions:

Measure out the salt, baking soda, citric acid and jojoba beads. Combine in a medium glass bowl and mix well to ensure all of the dry ingredients are evenly incorporated.

In a separate medium glass bowl, add the carrier oil (or glycerin) along with the essential oils. Mix to combine.

Now pour the dry ingredients into the liquid ingredients. Use a whisk or a fork to combine the liquid ingredients throughout the dry ingredients until there are no clumps remaining.

Finally, spoon your fizzy bath salts into airtight containers of your choice.

I used a glass jar I picked up at my local craft store. However, low profile PET jars work well too!

Now simply decorate your containers as you like to give as homemade holiday gifts.

I used my custom stickers on the wooden lid of my glass jar and carefully trimmed off the excess with scrapbooking scissors. I then hid the edge with some colored pom pom ribbon. Although you could also use a gold or silver paint pen along the edge of the lid as well.

For my low profile amber jars, I wrapped a ribbon around the container. I then placed the stickers I designed onto the tops of the jars to hold the ribbon in place.

I really love how versatile the custom 2″ stickers from StickerYou are. They offered a lot of different ways to customize my gift wrap for my homemade holiday gifts. It’s also easy to apply these stickers to regular gift wrap on your holiday gifts in lieu of traditional “to and from” gift tags.

If you aren’t big on round stickers, you can honestly get any size or shape of stickers your heart desires – all to your exact specifications. Sticker You even offers tools that make it easy to customize your stickers or labels for your homemade holiday gifts. So be sure to check them out!

Homemade holiday gifts & ideas for winter. Learn how to craft a simple melt and pour gingerbread soap recipe and fizzy bath salt recipe for winter sniffles for last minute handmade holiday gifts in 30 minutes or less! Then customize your DIY holiday gifts with personalized labels from Sticker You for the best DIY Christmas gifts on Pinterest! #holidays #soapmaking #christmasgifts #stockingstuffers #handmadegifts #diygifts

More Homemade Holiday Gifts

Looking for more homemade holiday gift ideas? Check out some of these other homemade holiday gifts and custom label ideas I created using labels from StickerYou!

How do you plan to wrap your homemade holiday gifts this year? Be sure to share your ideas in the comments and have a wonderful holiday season!

DIY Christmas Gift Ideas for Friends This Holiday Season

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I love giving the gift of handmade. If you want to give meaningful holiday gifts this year, then this collection of 40 DIY Christmas gift ideas for friends is a must! Keep reading to discover the best Christmas gift ideas to craft and gift this winter.

DIY Christmas gift ideas for friends, family and coworkers this holiday season. I love giving the gift of handmade. If you want to give meaningful holiday gifts this year, then this collection of 40 DIY Christmas gift ideas for friends, family and coworkers is a must! Visit Soap Deli News blog now to discover the best DIY Christmas gift ideas to craft and gift this winter.

If you’re like me, you adore your friends. They are true blue to the end. So it seems only fitting to give them a holiday gift this season. Unfortunately, if you’re on a tight budget, there’s not always enough money in your bank account to buy something for everyone. So why not make your own Christmas gifts this year instead?

This collection of my favorite DIY Christmas gift ideas are easy to make using bulk ingredients and materials. You’ll not only be able to tackle everyone’s handmade holiday gift at the same time, but you’re also likely to save money in the process. I hope you enjoy this year’s collection of lovely DIY Christmas gift ideas.

DIY Christmas Gift Ideas for Friends

Country Hill Cottage is one of my favorite blogs for DIY Christmas gift ideas for friends. Not only do they have an amazing collection of 50 homemade food gifts, but many of their recipes and beauty DIY’s also have free printable labels. This, as I’m sure you know, can make your DIY Christmas gifts look even better!

DIY Christmas gift ideas for friends and family. These easy holiday truffles from Country Hill Cottage make amazing DIY Christmas gifts. If your family is a fan of bourbon balls, then you'll love their cinnamon rum truffles recipe! Made with chocolate, cream, cocoa butter, cinnamon and rum, these truffles are a true holiday indulgence.

My favorite food gift idea from Country Hill Cottage is for their easy holiday truffles! If your family is a fan of bourbon balls, then you’ll love their cinnamon rum truffles recipe! Made with chocolate, cream, cocoa butter, cinnamon and rum, these truffles are a true holiday indulgence. Learn to make them here.

DIY Christmas gift ideas for friends and family. These snowflake shaped cold process soaps are a wonderful treat for dry winter skin and are the perfect size for handmade holiday stocking stuffers. Handmade holiday gifts and ideas to craft at home for the best DIY holiday gifts on Pinterest.

You can also find one of my original winter holiday soap recipes at Country Hill Cottage. These snowflake shaped cold process soaps are a wonderful treat for dry winter skin and are the perfect size for handmade holiday stocking stuffers. Discover this soapmaking tutorial here.

Best DIY Christmas gift ideas for friends and family. Decadent peppermint hot chocolate body butter recipe with essential oil for natural skin health this winter. This super luxe skin care recipe is handmade with peppermint essential oil and cacao absolute. It also contains bacuri butter - one of my personal favorite new ingredients. Handmade holiday gifts and ideas. Favorite DIY holiday gifts on Pinterest.

If you love peppermint and chocolate combos as much as I do, then you’ve got to try the decadent peppermint hot cocoa body butter recipe from A Life Adjacent. After all, just because you’re making these as DIY Christmas gift ideas doesn’t mean you can’t keep some for yourself! I mean, we can all use some extra self care during the holiday season. Am I right?

This super luxe skin care recipe is handmade with peppermint essential oil and cacao absolute. It also contains bacuri butter – one of my personal favorite new ingredients. Learn to make it here.

Best DIY Christmas gifts and ideas on Pinterest. Crafted with just four simple carrier oils, this lush homemade soap recipe is super moisturizing. The addition of a few simple soap embeds really make this soap pop. Handmade holiday gifts on Pinterest. How to make homemade soap gifts for the holiday. Easy stocking stuffer and DIY Christmas gift ideas.

You can also learn how to make a simple holiday inspired soap recipe via my recent guest post at A Life Adjacent. Crafted with just four simple carrier oils, this lush homemade soap recipe is super moisturizing. The addition of a few simple soap embeds really make this soap pop. Even if you don’t make this soap this holiday as a DIY Christmas gift idea, I highly recommend adding this soap recipe to your “to do” list for the New Year. Get the recipe here.

DIY Christmas gift ideas for friends. This natural peppermint cloud body butter from Mountain Rose Herbs is a must for any natural beauty lover. Reminiscent of mint ice cream, this natural body butter feels velvety smooth. Your friends will delight in receiving this seasonal butter. Discover the recipe for the peppermint cloud body butter along with nine other herb inspired DIY Christmas gift ideas - including matcha cookies! - at Mountain Rose Herbs.

Body butters are such wonderful moisturizers for winter that I couldn’t share just one! This natural peppermint cloud body butter from Mountain Rose Herbs is a must for any natural beauty lover. Reminiscent of mint ice cream, this natural body butter feels velvety smooth. Your friends will delight in receiving this seasonal butter.

Discover the recipe for their peppermint cloud body butter along with nine other herb inspired DIY Christmas gift ideas – including matcha cookies and beeswax candles! – at Mountain Rose Herbs here.

Best DIY Christmas gift ideas for friends. No list of DIY Christmas gift ideas would be complete without some gingerbread in the mix! This whipped gingerbread emulsified sugar scrub from Everything Pretty makes a great handmade holiday gift. Scented with only natural essential oils, this whipped scrub is a delight for dry skin as well. Plus it exfoliates and moisturizes skin in just one step! Handmade holiday gifts on Pinterest.

No list of DIY Christmas gift ideas would be complete without some gingerbread in the mix! This whipped gingerbread emulsified sugar scrub from Everything Pretty makes a great handmade holiday gift. Scented with only natural essential oils, this whipped scrub is a delight for dry skin as well. Plus it exfoliates and moisturizes skin in just one step! Learn to make it now.

Best DIY Christmas gift ideas for friends. Give these gingerbread shaped cardamom & pumpkin spice solid coffee scrubs from Soap Deli News a whirl for your handmade holiday gifts! Crafted using ground coffee, nourishing butters and a blend of seasonal spices, these homemade scrubs not only smell delightful, but they help promote glowing skin.

Or give these gingerbread shaped cardamom & pumpkin spice solid coffee scrubs from Soap Deli News a whirl! Crafted using ground coffee, nourishing butters and a blend of seasonal spices, these homemade scrubs not only smell delightful, but they help promote glowing skin. Grab the recipe here.

DIY Christmas gift ideas for friends, family and coworkers. If someone you know has eczema prone skin then this homemade triple butter soap recipe is a must have handmade holiday gift! It's so rich and creamy and is specifically formulated to condition and nourish problem skin. This natural soap is left unscented so it's suited for even sensitive skin. However, you can also add your favorite blend of organic essential oils if desired. These bars are perfect for friends, family and even coworkers.

If someone you know has eczema prone skin then this homemade triple butter soap recipe is a must have handmade holiday gift! It’s so rich and creamy and is specifically formulated to condition and nourish problem skin. This natural soap is left unscented so it’s suited for even sensitive skin. However, you can also add your favorite blend of organic essential oils if desired. These bars are perfect for friends, family and even coworkers. Find the recipe here.

DIY Christmas gift ideas for soap lovers. The best bath and body gift for fans of glitter! These DIY glitter snowflake soaps are perfect for seasonal winter holiday gift giving this Christmas season. Find this easy beginner melt and pour glitter snowflake soap recipe now at Soap Deli News blog along with even more of the best DIY Christmas gift ideas on Pinterest.

Love the soap DIY Christmas gift ideas but not ready to diving into cold process soapmaking? Then try these easy DIY glitter snowflake soaps for your handmade Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers. Naturally scented with peppermint essential oil, these easy melt and pour soaps are also made using biodegradable glitter for a DIY Christmas gift that’s not only fun, but eco-friendly too! Read the tutorial now.

Handmade herbal Christmas gift ideas for seasonally inspired stocking stuffers. If you aren't looking forward to shopping around for ingredients for your DIY Christmas gift ideas, then consider the deluxe herbal starter kit from The Herbal Academy. It contains virtually all the packaging, ingredients and labels you need to create 22 herbal recipes that are perfect for your homemade holiday stocking stuffers. Learn how to make your own digestive bitters, winter salves, herbal teas and so much more!

If you aren’t looking forward to shopping around for ingredients for your DIY Christmas gift ideas, then consider the deluxe herbal starter kit from The Herbal Academy. It contains virtually all the packaging, ingredients and labels you need to create 22 herbal recipes that are perfect for your homemade holiday stocking stuffers.

Learn how to make your own digestive bitters, winter salves, herbal teas and so much more! While their essential herbal kit is sold out, the deluxe herbal kit is still available for a short time. Learn more here.

Best DIY Christmas gifts on Pinterest. Learn how to make wonderful handmade gifts for the holiday season with this DIY holiday gift guide from Soap Deli News.

More DIY Christmas Gift Ideas to Craft & Gift

DIY Christmas gift ideas for teachers. Peppermint essential oil foaming soap recipe & decorative winter soap pump tutorial. This holiday foaming hand soap DIY lends a festive touch to your existing soap pumps. Or make your own peppermint scented foaming hand soap with just three simple ingredients! These make great homemade teacher gifts too!

DIY Christmas gift ideas for friends, family and coworkers. Learn how to craft this simple plantain salve recipe for dry skin for seasonal holiday Christmas stocking stuffers to craft and gifts. DIY holiday gifts on Pinterest.

DIY Christmas gift ideas and more for the holiday season. Learn how to craft your own handmade holiday gifts for Christmas. Plus creative ways to package your homemade soaps for seasonal DIY holiday gifts. Best handmade Christmas gifts for friends, family and coworkers on Pinterest.

More Gift Ideas for the Holiday Season

Need creative ways to package your handmade soaps for the holidays? Be sure to check out this post filled with holiday gift wrap and pretty packaging ideas! You can also discover my collection of easy ways to wrap your other DIY Christmas gifts here. Or, if you don’t have the time to make your own DIY Christmas gifts this year, be sure to check out my handmade Etsy holiday gift guide.

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Homemade Honeysuckle Soap Recipe for Savoring The Last of Summer

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This seasonally inspired homemade honeysuckle soap recipe is the perfect way to savor the scent of honeysuckle year round! Plus discover 34 more homemade melt and pour soap recipes that you DIY as your next weekend craft project!

Homemade Honeysuckle Soap Recipe with exfoliating bits! This seasonally inspired homemade honeysuckle soap recipe is the perfect way to savor the scent of honeysuckle year round! And it makes a great family weekend craft project that's also perfect for DIY gifts for teachers, neighbors and friends.

Honeysuckle, A Childhood Favorite.

One of my favorite childhood memories is the smell – and taste! – of fresh honeysuckle. When I was growing up we had huge bushes of honeysuckle and boysenberries that grew alongside our property line. I would always pluck the flowers from those honeysuckle bushes when the blooms turned from white to yellow and suck out the nectar hidden inside. How wonderful it would be if we could simply bottle this amazing, sweet liquid to enjoy year round!

Here in Southwestern Virginia I’m accustomed to seeing Japanese honeysuckles throughout our region. It’s easy to find honeysuckle both in backyards as well as along the Blue Ridge Mountains that surround the valley I reside in. While honeysuckles aren’t currently blooming in my neck of the woods, most honeysuckles will bloom not only in the spring, but also continue to bloom through summer into early fall.

However, you don’t have to wait for spring to come back around to get a taste of honeysuckle as we slip into fall. You can enjoy the sweet scent of honeysuckle year round by making your own homemade honeysuckle soap! My homemade honeysuckle soap recipe is crafted using a detergent free baby buttermilk soap base. Not only is this base gentle on skin, it’s one of the few melt and pour soap bases that I actually like. (Cold process soap is still my all time fave!)

To make this soap a little more interesting than just melting a base then adding color and fragrance, I created scrubby exfoliating embeds to bring in the colors of the honeysuckle leaves and vines. So, this melt and pour soap tutorial takes a little bit longer to make. However, it’s the perfect weekend project to craft with the kids. It also makes a great back to school gift for your child’s teacher.

Homemade Honeysuckle Soap Recipe with exfoliating bits! This seasonally inspired homemade honeysuckle soap recipe is the perfect way to savor the scent of honeysuckle year round! And it makes a great family weekend craft project that's also perfect for DIY gifts for teachers, neighbors and friends.

Homemade Honeysuckle Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

30 oz. detergent free baby buttermilk melt & pour soap base
.75 oz. wild honeysuckle fragrance oil
.2 oz. sea kelp powder (natural colorant)
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder (natural colorant)
1 teaspoon pumice powder
1 teaspoon poppy seeds
1 teaspoon walnut shell powder
.1 oz. vitamin E oil, optional

Soap Notes:

I chose to create my homemade honeysuckle soap recipe using natural colorants. However, for brighter colors you can use liquid soap dye instead. Simply start with 1-2 drops of liquid colorant and mix, slowly adding more until you reach the desired color. (It is important to note that using too much of a soap colorant can stain your skin or tub.)

Alternately, you can also tint your honeysuckle soaps using cosmetic mica powders. Or try a combination of natural colorants with a pinch of similarly colored cosmetic micas to boost the natural color without going overboard.

In addition to the soapmaking ingredients called for in my homemade honeysuckle soap recipe, you’ll also need a rectangular silicone soap mold and a digital scale to weigh out the soap base, fragrance and sea kelp powder. You’ll also need heat safe containers for melting and mixing your soap base, along with utensils for stirring. Further, a cutting board to transport your soap is recommended but not required.

If you are a self confessed soapmaking addict, it’s possible you already have many of the materials required for my homemade honeysuckle soap recipe on hand. However, if you haven’t caught the soapmaking bug quite yet, you can easily make substitutions for this project to save money on supplies.

While I love my baker’s math scale for cold process soapmaking and beauty DIY’s, you can simply use a less expensive digital kitchen scale to save money. You can also substitute out the exfoliants in this recipe – the pumice, poppy seeds and walnut shell powder – for scrubby ingredients you already have on hand. Alternately, you can choose just one exfoliating option and triple the quantity called for.

Homemade Honeysuckle Soap Recipe with exfoliating bits! This seasonally inspired homemade honeysuckle soap recipe is the perfect way to savor the scent of honeysuckle year round! And it makes a great family weekend craft project that's also perfect for DIY gifts for teachers, neighbors and friends.

Soapmaking Instructions:

You’ll begin by making what will be the soap embeds for my homemade honeysuckle soap recipe. To do this, start by weighing out 12 oz. of the baby buttermilk melt and pour soap base. Cut the soap base into chunks, then place in a heat safe container. I recommend using a glass Pyrex measuring cup for this.

Heat the soap base in the microwave in 20-30 second increments until melted. You’ll want to stir your soap base between heatings.

Now weigh out the sea kelp powder and stir into the melted base. Mix well, until all of the powder is evenly distributed throughout the soap.

Homemade Honeysuckle Soap Recipe with exfoliating bits! This seasonally inspired homemade honeysuckle soap recipe is the perfect way to savor the scent of honeysuckle year round! And it makes a great family weekend craft project that's also perfect for DIY gifts for teachers, neighbors and friends.

Now use a measuring spoon to measure out the pumice powder, poppy seeds and walnut shell powder. Stir these ingredients into the melted soap base. Follow with .05 oz. of vitamin E oil and .25 oz. of the wild honeysuckle fragrance oil.

Now allow the soap base to cool somewhat. As the melt and pour soap base used for this project isn’t a suspending soap base, your additives are going to want to sink to the bottom of the soap. Therefore, by cooling the soap until a thin film starts to form on top, then mixing again, you keep them better mixed throughout the soap. (Alternately, you can use a suspension soap base for this step.)

Homemade Honeysuckle Soap Recipe with exfoliating bits! This seasonally inspired homemade honeysuckle soap recipe is the perfect way to savor the scent of honeysuckle year round! And it makes a great family weekend craft project that's also perfect for DIY gifts for teachers, neighbors and friends.

Place your soap mold onto a small cutting board. Once the soap has cooled down, but not solidified, remix then pour evenly into each of the six cavities of your silicone soap mold.  Spritz the tops of the soap with rubbing alcohol, if desired, to remove any air bubbles.

Now, using the cutting board to transport your soap, place the mold in the refrigerator until the soap has fully solidified.

Once your soap has hardened, remove the soap from the mold. Then cut the soap into square chunks and set aside.

Now weigh out 18 oz. more of the baby buttermilk soap base. Cut into chunks then combine in a heat safe container. Heat in the microwave in 20-30 second increments until melted.

Weigh out .05 oz. of the vitamin E oil and .5 oz. of the wild honeysuckle fragrance oil. Stir into the melted soap.

Now, using a measuring spoon, measure out the turmeric powder. Mix into the melted soap base until it is thoroughly incorporated and their are no clumps. Set aside.

Homemade Honeysuckle Soap Recipe with exfoliating bits! This seasonally inspired homemade honeysuckle soap recipe is the perfect way to savor the scent of honeysuckle year round! And it makes a great family weekend craft project that's also perfect for DIY gifts for teachers, neighbors and friends.

Add an even amount of the green, exfoliating soap embeds to each of the mold’s cavities. Then, pour the yellow turmeric tinted soap base evenly into each of the mold’s cavities, over the green soap embeds.

Spritz the top of the soap with rubbing alcohol, if needed, to remove any air bubbles. Then transfer your homemade honeysuckle soaps to the refrigerator to cool.

Homemade Honeysuckle Soap Recipe with exfoliating bits! This seasonally inspired homemade honeysuckle soap recipe is the perfect way to savor the scent of honeysuckle year round! And it makes a great family weekend craft project that's also perfect for DIY gifts for teachers, neighbors and friends.

Once the soap has cooled completely and hardened, remove your soaps from the mold. Then wrap your soaps tightly in foodservice film. Your homemade honeysuckle soaps are now ready for personal use or gifting!

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These DIY rainbow soap favors are easier to make than you might think and they make super cute favors for parties or weddings!

Unfortunately, I did not account for the sea mud soap embeds separating into the melted glycerin soap I poured around them in the mold. So essentially, I ended up with soap that, as it was cooling, looked like poop separating in a toilet bowl.

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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.

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

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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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