Holiday Foaming Hand Soap DIY

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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!

This holiday foaming hand soap DIY lends a festive touch to your foaming hand soap pumps! Learn how to create festive holiday images for your foaming hand soap containers as well as how to make your own peppermint scented foaming hand soap. All you need are three simple, natural ingredients. Not only will these festive holiday soap pumps look great in your bathroom, but they also make great homemade teacher gifts too!

This holiday foaming hand soap DIY lends a festive touch to your foaming hand soap pumps! Learn how to create festive holiday images for your foaming hand soap containers as well as how to make your own peppermint scented foaming hand soap. All you need are three simple, natural ingredients. Not only will these festive holiday soap pumps look great in your bathroom, but they also make great homemade teacher gifts too!

Peppermint Foaming Hand Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

6.25 oz. liquid Castille soap
2.5 oz. distilled (or filtered water)
.05 oz. peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

This peppermint foaming hand soap recipe yields one bottle of soap. Increase the recipe as needed for different sized containers or to make multiples all at once.

Using a digital scale, weigh out all of the ingredients into a glass Pyrex measuring cup. Stir gently, then pour into your foaming soap pump bottle and screw on the lid. (Also be sure to try my rose & lavender body wash recipe in your foaming soap pump bottles too!)

I used 250 mL plastic PET bottles with white foamer pumps from SKS Bottle & Packaging.  (You can find these on their website here.)

Now you just need to print the image for your holiday foaming hand soap.

This holiday foaming hand soap DIY lends a festive touch to your foaming hand soap pumps! Learn how to create festive holiday images for your foaming hand soap containers as well as how to make your own peppermint scented foaming hand soap. All you need are three simple, natural ingredients. Not only will these festive holiday soap pumps look great in your bathroom, but they also make great homemade teacher gifts too!

 For the images on my holiday foaming hand soap container, I purchased this Christmas themed clip art from Kenna Sato Designs. (I also love her other cute Christmas clip art found here and here.)

Using a word program – I use OpenOffice which is free to download – create a new text document.

Now insert the image(s) you wish to use onto the document by going to Insert > Picture > From File. Resize the image to 3.5″ wide by clicking on the image, holding down shift then right clicking on the bottom right corner and dragging the image diagonally to the left until it’s the desired size.

Repeat with additional images if desired. (You can find a screenshot tutorial of this process here.)

Now print your page with the images onto a full size white glossy label (inkjet or laser depending on the type of printer you have.) I get my labels from WorldLabel.

Next, simply cut out your image(s), remove the backing, and adhere the image to the front center of your holiday foaming hand soap pump container(s).

Hand draw labels for your holiday foaming hand soap pump containers to give as homemade gifts!

Alternately, you can also draw your own labels!

To create your labels simply sketch out your drawing onto blank white matte sticker paper, using the bottle as a guide so you get the label size right. The color your drawing in with permanent markers or your other favorite medium. Cut out the label.

Now take a clear or crystal clear sticker label and cut the label so it’s slightly larger than your image. Remove the backing from the clear sticker label and place it on top of your image so the image is fully covered. Trim off the excess label. (Alternately, if your labels are small enough, you can also do the same thing with packing tape.) Now adhere the label you just created to your foaming soap pump bottle.

Looking for more homemade gift ideas for the holidays? Then be sure to check out this post for 50 unique holiday gift ideas you can make for friends and family.

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DIY Snowflake Soap Favors for Weddings, Teacher Gifts and Co-Workers

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Learn how to create a collection of simple, yet elegant winter snowflake soap favors! These snowflake soaps make wonderful gifts for teachers or co-workers and are also stunning as DIY snowflake soap wedding favors. Plus you won't believe how simple they are to make!

My DIY winter snowflake soap favors are the perfect inexpensive holiday gift alternative! You can easily create these DIY snowflake soap favors six at a time – or more if you have more than one mold – and they make wonderful gifts for teachers or co-workers. They are also stunning as wedding soap favors.

You won’t believe how simple these are to make! Learn how to create your own collection of simple, yet elegant snowflake soap favors that you can gift below.

Learn how to create a collection of simple, yet elegant winter snowflake soap favors! These snowflake soaps make wonderful gifts for teachers or co-workers and are also stunning as DIY snowflake soap wedding favors. Plus you won't believe how simple they are to make!

Winter Snowflake Soap Favors

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

5 oz. basic white melt and pour soap base
5 oz. basic clear melt and pour soap base
.2 oz. peppermint essential oil
blue liquid soap colorant, to suit

Tools & Materials:

snowflake cabochons
basic guest round silicone soap mold
spray bottle with isopropyl alcohol
large glass Pyrex measuring cup
utensils for stirring/mixing
cutting board, optional
Chef’s knife
microwave
digital scale

Instructions:

Begin by using your digital scale to weigh out 5 oz. of the white melt and pour soap base. Using a knife, cut the soap base into chunks and place inside a large glass Pyrex measuring cup.

Heat in the microwave in 20-30 second increments, stirring between heatings, until the base has melted.

Weigh out .1 oz. of the peppermint essential oil and stir into the melted soap base.

Now slowly add your blue soap colorant, one drop at a time, stirring after each drop until you’ve achieved the desired color.

Place your soap mold onto a cutting board for easy transport. Now evenly pour the blue tinted soap base into each of the six mold cavities.

Spritz the tops of the soap you just poured with alcohol to remove any air bubbles, then carefully transport the soap to your refrigerator.

Once the base has re-hardened, remove the mold from your fridge.

Now place a snowflake cabochon into the center each of your soap mold cavities, on top of the now hardened blue soap. (I bought my snowflake cabochons from Tiny Bees on Etsy.)

You’re now ready to pour the second layer of soap. This will be the clear layer that allows you to see the snowflake which will be embedded inside of your snowflake soap favors.

Weigh out 5 oz. of clear melt and pour base and cut into chunks. Place the soap inside a large glass Pyrex measuring cup.

Heat the clear melt and pour soap base in the microwave in 20-30 second increments, stirring between heatings, until the base has melted.

Now weigh out .1 oz. of peppermint essential oil and stir into the melted base.

Spritz the tops of the soap previously prepared inside your mold with alcohol.

Learn how to DIY these beautiful winter snowflake soap favors! They make wonderful gifts for teachers & co-workers and are also beautiful as wedding favors.

Now slowly pour the melted clear melt and pour soap base into the mold cavities over top of the blue base and snowflake cabochons, filling each mold cavity to the top.

Learn how to DIY these beautiful winter snowflake soap favors! They make wonderful gifts for teachers & co-workers and are also beautiful as wedding favors.

Spritz with alcohol and allow the base to harden.

Once your snowflake soap favors have completely hardened, carefully remove them from the mold and wrap tightly in foodservice film. Then simply label or decorate the packaging as desired.

Learn how to create a collection of simple, yet elegant winter snowflake soap favors! These snowflake soaps make wonderful gifts for teachers or co-workers and are also stunning as DIY snowflake soap wedding favors. Plus you won't believe how simple they are to make!

If you are planning to sell your snowflake soap favors, you’ll need to label your soaps appropriately to meet state and federal laws. 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 cardamom and pumpkin spice solid coffee scrub recipe makes a wonderful holiday gift idea. It's made with real pumpkin spice coffee and moisturizing cupuacu and cocoa butters to keep your skin glowing and healthy all winter long!

If you like my snowflake soap favors project, then you may also like my DIY for cardamom and pumpkin spice solid coffee scrubs! They’re shaped like little gingerbread men and also perfect for the holiday season. You can find that project here.

Easy Handmade DIY Winter Blue Snowflake Solid Lotion Bar Recipe

Or also be sure to check out my DIY winter snowflake solid lotion bars here. For ideas for more DIY holiday gifts and winter themed projects and favors be sure to check out my DIY stocking stuffer Pinterest board here and my unique DIY Christmas gifts board here. You can find more wedding favors ideas on my DIY wedding board.

For more of my homemade soap recipes, be sure to follow my Simply Soapmaking board as well my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest. You can also find and follow me on G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or sign up to receive new posts to your email via FeedBurner so you never miss a post.


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Scupltural Rainbow Soap Tutorial

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This sculptural rainbow soap tutorial will teach you how to make your own unique and fun homemade rainbow soaps! No two are alike, but instead are like little works of art! And that, of course, is what makes these so much fun! There's no right or wrong way to make them!

This sculptural rainbow soap tutorial will teach you how to make your own unique and fun homemade rainbow soaps! No two are alike, but instead are like little works of art! And that, of course, is what makes these so much fun! There’s no right or wrong way to make them!

This DIY soapmaking project creates soap that resembles pebbles in a stream! Scent them with a cool water fragrance oil for a fun homemade gift idea for a boyfriend or significant other!

At the same time you’re creating these fun rainbow soaps, you can also create homemade soaps that resemble pebbles in a stream! Scent these water inspired homemade soaps with a Cool Water type fragrance oil for a fun homemade gift idea for a boyfriend or significant other!

Here’s how to make yours!

This sculptural rainbow soap tutorial will teach you how to make your own unique and fun homemade rainbow soaps! No two are alike, but instead are like little works of art! And that, of course, is what makes these so much fun! There's no right or wrong way to make them!

Sculptural Rainbow Soap Tutorial

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

rainbow soap slices (rainbow soap tutorial here)
basic clear glycerin melt and pour soap base
stained glass ocean blue liquid soap color, or similar
black sparkle color bar
fragrance oil, of choice

Instructions:

Begin by making a bar of rainbow soap, then cut it into 12 rainbow slices. You can find my rainbow soap tutorial for making the rainbows on my DIY Rainbow Soap Favors post here.

You’ll also need a rectangle silicone mold. I specifically used this Ozera Silicone 6-Cavity Rectangle Soap Mold.

Once your soap slices are cut and ready arrange one to three rainbows in each of three of the mold cavities so the tops of the rainbows protrude out over the top of each mold cavity. (I used the rainbows left over from making six of the rainbow soap favors.)

Now, using a digital scale, weigh out 11.4 oz. of the basic clear glycerin melt and pour soap base and cut into chunks.

Heat in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between heatings, until the soap has melted. (Alternately you can also use a double boiler.) You don’t want your soap to boil so watch it carefully.

Cut one of the square sections of your black sparkle color bar in half and then stir it into the melted soap base until it has fully melted. (Alternately you can also use a black liquid soap colorant.)

If using a fragrance, add . 25 oz. of your fragrance oil of choice to the melted soap and stir. (Alternately you can also use .1 oz. – .15 oz. of an essential oil of your choice. I’m hung up on the blood orange essential oil that I’ve been using for some of my other recent projects, so that’s what I chose for this specific project.)

Now pour the black sparkle colored soap into your mold cavities containing the rainbows. I had a little extra also filled part of a fourth mold cavity. You’ll use this for the soap that resembles pebbles in a stream.

Spritz the tops of the soap you just poured with isopropyl alcohol to remove any air bubbles, then allow the soap to harden completely.

This sculptural rainbow soap tutorial will teach you how to make your own unique and fun homemade rainbow soaps! No two are alike, but instead are like little works of art! And that, of course, is what makes these so much fun! There's no right or wrong way to make them!

Once the soaps have solidified, unmold them.

This sculptural rainbow soap tutorial will teach you how to make your own unique and fun homemade rainbow soaps! No two are alike, but instead are like little works of art! And that, of course, is what makes these so much fun! There's no right or wrong way to make them!

Using a knife, cut the soap bars into chunks of various sizes.

This sculptural rainbow soap tutorial will teach you how to make your own unique and fun homemade rainbow soaps! No two are alike, but instead are like little works of art! And that, of course, is what makes these so much fun! There's no right or wrong way to make them!

Now place the regular black soap chunks and the black soap chunks with the rainbows randomly into two of the soap mold’s cavities. The rainbows should be sticking out above the top of the mold cavities wherever possible.

Now arrange any remaining black soap chunks arbitrarily into three of the mold’s cavities.

Melt about a half cup of the clear melt and pour soap base and scent as desired. Add several drops of the blue soap colorant to suit, then pour it into the soap mold around the soap chunks until each of the mold’s cavities are about 2/3 of the way full.

Spritz the top of the soap you just poured with isopropyl alcohol to remove any air bubbles then allow the soap you just poured to harden.

This sculptural rainbow soap tutorial will teach you how to make your own unique and fun homemade rainbow soaps! No two are alike, but instead are like little works of art! And that, of course, is what makes these so much fun! There's no right or wrong way to make them!

Once the soap has hardened, arbitrarily cut some of the clear melt and pour soap into chunks and arrange on top of the soap layer you just poured to suit. You can also add in additional black soap chunks to build up the soap up out of the mold more if desired.

This sculptural rainbow soap tutorial will teach you how to make your own unique and fun homemade rainbow soaps! No two are alike, but instead are like little works of art! And that, of course, is what makes these so much fun! There's no right or wrong way to make them!

Now melt and scent more of the melt and pour soap base. Add the blue soap color, then pour while hot over top of the soap chunks until you’ve filled the mold’s cavities entirely. Pouring the soap over the solid soap chunks will slightly melt the soap it’s being poured onto and round off some of the harsher edges.

Allow the soap to solidify, then unmold the soaps you’ve created.

This sculptural rainbow soap tutorial will teach you how to make your own unique and fun homemade rainbow soaps! No two are alike, but instead are like little works of art! Plus learn how to make soap resembling rocks in a stream.

You should now have two fantastic sculptural rainbow soaps and three additional soap bars that resemble pebbles in a stream.

This sculptural rainbow soap tutorial will teach you how to make your own unique and fun homemade rainbow soaps! No two are alike, but instead are like little works of art! Plus learn how to make soap resembling rocks in a stream.

Wrap your soaps tightly in foodservice film or your packaging of choice, and they’re ready to be gifted or used!

If you are making my sculptural rainbow soaps to sell, you’ll need to label your soaps appropriately to meet state and federal laws. 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.

For more of my homemade soap recipes, be sure to follow my Simply Soapmaking board as well my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest. You can also find and follow me on G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or sign up to receive new posts to your email via FeedBurner so you never miss a post. I’m also now on Patreon.


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DIY Rainbow Soap Favors

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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!

These DIY rainbow soap favors are easier to make than you might think and they make super cute favors for parties or weddings! Read on to learn how to make your own!

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

DIY Rainbow Soap Favors

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

4.8 oz. basic clear melt and pour glycerin soap base
11.5 oz. basic white melt and pour soap base
Stained Glass Liquid Soap Color Sample Set
Turquoise Teal Mica Powder, or similar

Tools & Supplies:

digital scale
Ozera Silicone 6-Cavity Rectangle Soap Mold
Basic Guest Round Silicone Soap Mold
spray bottle filled with isoprophyl (rubbing) alcohol
glass Pyrex measuring cup
shallow glass bowl
utensils for mixing
Chef’s knife
cutting board

Instructions:

I used basic glycerin melt and pour soap bases for my DIY rainbow soap favors as this base tends to set up a LOT more quickly than the natural soap bases reducing the time spent waiting on the soap to set up. You can use a natural soap base however for the very last step, with the final blue layer around the white cloud, I recommend a basic base.

If you’d like to scent your DIY rainbow soap favors, use the recommended amount for your fragrance oil of choice at each step. Avoid using a fragrance oil with vanilla as it will turn your soap brown over time. You should also avoid fragrances with a yellow tint as it will affect the color of your soap – ie. your white cloud may become a yellow-ish one.

You’ll start by making the rainbows for this soap project. Begin by placing the rectangular soap mold onto a cutting board for easy transport.

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

Weigh out .65 oz. of your clear melt and pour soap base. Place the soap in a small Pyrex measuring cup. Heat the soap for about 15 seconds in the microwave, just until soap has melted. Don’t allow the soap to boil. Add 4 drops of the Stained Glass Santa Red Soap Color. Stir, then pour the soap into one cavity of the Ozera soap mold.

Spritz the top of the soap with alcohol to remove any air bubbles.

Place in the refrigerator until the soap has solidified.

Once the soap solidifies you’re ready for the next layer.

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

Starting with a freshly washed glass Pyrex measuring cup, weigh out .7 oz. of the clear melt and pour soap base. Heat to melt then add 5 drops of the Stained Glass Citrus Orange Soap Color. Stir to combine.

Spritz the top of the previously poured layer of red soap with alcohol, then pour the orange tinted soap on top of the red soap layer. Spritz with alcohol again to remove any soap bubbles.

Refrigerate the soap until the orange layer solidifies.

Repeat the previous steps using .65 oz. of clear melt and pour soap and 7 drops of Stained Glass Lemon Yellow Soap Color.

On top of the yellow layer, add .7 oz. clear melt and pour soap with 4 drops of Stained Glass Forest Green Soap Color.

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

Follow the green soap layer with .7 oz. of clear melt and pour soap and 4 drops of Stained Glass Ocean Blue Soap Color.

Follow the blue soap layer with .7 oz. of clear melt and pour soap and 3 drops of Stained Glass Violet Soap Color.

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

Finally, add .7 oz. of clear melt and pour with 7 drops of the Stained Glass Violet Soap Color – or purple if you have it – as the final layer in your rainbow soap.

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

Once your rainbow soap bar has fully solidified, carefully remove it from the mold.

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

Using a Chef’s knife, cut the bar of rainbow soap into six equally sized strips.

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

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

Set your rainbow soap slices aside.

You’re now ready to make the cloud base for your DIY rainbow soap favors. Place the guest round soap mold on a cutting board for easy transport.

Now weigh out 2.5 oz. of the white melt and pour soap base into a glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat the soap in the microwave until melted.

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

Pour the white melt and pour soap base equally into each of the mold’s cavities, about 1/3rd of the way full.

Place the mold in the refrigerator, using the cutting board for support, until the soap hardens.

Now remove the soap from the fridge. Spritz the tops of the solidified white melt and pour soap with alcohol.

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

Gently curve six of the rainbow strips into rainbow shapes and place one rainbow into each of the guest soap mold’s cavities.

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

Weigh out 5 oz. of white melt and pour soap base. Cut into chunks and place inside the glass Pyrex measuring cup.

Melt the soap in the microwave in 30 second increments until melted.

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

Spritz the tops of the white soap base in the mold, then carefully fill all six of the mold’s cavities with the melted soap around the rainbows. Allow the soap to harden in the fridge.

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

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

Once your DIY rainbow soap favors have hardened, carefully remove them from the mold.

Now melt 4 oz. of white melt and pour soap base in a shallow glass bowl. Add the teal mica powder to the melted base to suit and mix well to combine.

Allow the blue tinted soap to cool slightly, then dip the base of each of the rainbow soaps into the soap. Allow the soap to cool further then dip the soap into the blue soap again.

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

Place the rainbow soaps on parchment or wax paper in between dipping them in the blue soap. Allow them to harden after each dip in the “blue sky” before dipping again.

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

As the blue soap hardens around the white base of the rainbow soaps, you can fold the soap over or add clumps of half hardened blue soap. Then simply re-heat the blue soap again if needed and dip the rainbow soap bases into the blue melted soap again to smooth out the edges of the soap for a smooth finish.

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

Once you’ve reached your desired look, simply allow the soaps to finish solidifying. Then simply package as desired for gifts or party favors.

If you are making my DIY rainbow soap favors to sell, you’ll need to label your soaps appropriately to meet state and federal laws. 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.

For more of my homemade soap recipes, be sure to follow my Simply Soapmaking board as well my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest. You can also find and follow me on G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or sign up to receive new posts to your email via FeedBurner so you never miss a post.


Blog posts may contain affiliate links for which I receive a small commission when you make a purchase. Full disclosure can be found here.


Pine Tar Soap Recipe for Psoriasis, Eczema and Other Skin Issues

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Learn how to make homemade pine tar soap with this simple pine tar soap recipe. Traditionally, pine tar soap is used to treat problematic skin conditions that include psoriasis, eczema, dandruff and skin inflammation. It can also be used to soothe and treat symptoms of poison ivy, oak, and sumac and it helps to relieve itching caused by bug bites.

Learn how to make homemade pine tar soap with this simple pine tar soap recipe.

Traditionally, pine tar soap is used to treat problematic skin conditions that include psoriasis, eczema, dandruff and skin inflammation. It can also be used to soothe and treat symptoms of poison ivy, oak, and sumac and it helps to relieve itching caused by bug bites. I also found that using pine tar soap to bathe my dog calmed and soothed his flea dermatitis.

I was a little hesitant about making pine soap for the first time as I’d never worked with pine tar before and wasn’t sure what to expect. However, the pine tar was something like the consistency of real maple syrup and not at all difficult to use. I did make a small 12 oz. test batch first just to go through the process and get a feel for things. But it was absolutely not necessary. Just remember to allow your lye-water and oils to cool to around 80° F and hand stir with a spatula rather than a stick blender. It’s a pretty steady process with the soap batter gradually reaching trace in about the same amount of time a regular soap batch with a stick blender would. Nothing seized or went awry so you shouldn’t feel rushed to get the soap into the mold.

Since I created two batches of this soap – one 12 oz. batch and one 16 oz. batch – I figured I’d go ahead and share both of those recipes with you. On my test batch I threw some turquoise mica in a small amount of the soap batter and spread it on top just to see what it would do. The color held, though I don’t think the turquoise was particularly pretty against the natural brown color of the pine tar soap. However, if you’d like to color your pine tar soaps so they aren’t a drab brown, it is an option if you’re using mica.

I’ll share my 16 oz. pine tar soap recipe first followed by the smaller 12 oz. recipe. The 16 oz. recipe fits into this Ozera 6-Cavity Silicone Soap Mold quite nicely and will give you uniform bars that don’t need to be cut. The two recipes are incredibly similar. However, I like the 12 oz. recipe the best and found it hardened up much faster.

Learn how to make homemade pine tar soap with this simple pine tar soap recipe. Traditionally, pine tar soap is used to treat problematic skin conditions that include psoriasis, eczema, dandruff and skin inflammation. It can also be used to soothe and treat symptoms of poison ivy, oak, and sumac and it helps to relieve itching caused by bug bites.

Pine Tar Soap Recipe (16 oz. batch)

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

9.6 oz. olive oil
3.2 oz. coconut oil
.8 oz. castor oil
2.4 oz. pine tar

5 oz. distilled water
1.9 oz. sodium hydroxide/lye

1 Tablespoon (60% solution) sodium lactate
.15 oz. eucalyptus essential oil
.1 oz. tea tree oil

Learn how to make homemade pine tar soap with this simple pine tar soap recipe. Traditionally, pine tar soap is used to treat problematic skin conditions that include psoriasis, eczema, dandruff and skin inflammation. It can also be used to soothe and treat symptoms of poison ivy, oak, and sumac and it helps to relieve itching caused by bug bites. I also found that using pine tar soap to bathe my dog calmed and soothed his flea dermatitis.

Soap Notes:

Here’s my pine tar soap recipe from where I ran it through a lye calculator. This recipe doesn’t have any palm oil so you really need to add the sodium lactate to firm it up. It’s rather soft without it. Also I do recommend discounting the water a little further which is why my pine tar soap recipe differs slightly from the screenshot of what I initially came up with. If you don’t discount your water further or your soap doesn’t gel, it may need an extra day or two in the mold so it comes out clean.

If you’d like to start with a harder bar right off the bat, you can use around 30% sustainable palm oil in your pine tar recipe – though keep in mind palm oil does speed up trace a bit – or you can use lard. Of course there are many many other variations of oils and butters you can experiment with, but for the sake of creating a beginner recipe, I left it simple.

I have also been considering, however, making this again and including neem oil in the recipe since it also helps with many of the same skin issues. I’d likely reduce the amount of pine tar to 10% and use 5% neem oil, although 15% pine tar and 5% neem oil could work as well.

This pine tar soap recipe, which is basically the same as my test best but with the addition of tea tree, is mild with a nice creamy lather just several days after unmolding. However, for the mildest bar possible and a harder bar that will help your soap last longer, I highly recommend resisting the urge to use these a week in and let these cure a full four to six weeks.

The essential oil of course are optional. But I added them for their skin and hair care properties. In regards to fragrance, the essential oils make very little difference in the scent of the soap. The final soaps still smelled very reminiscent of the pine tar in the can. my 16 oz. pine tar soap recipes yields six bars of soap when using the Ozera 6-Cavity Silicone Soap Mold.

Instructions:

To make your pine tar soap you’ll follow your basic cold process soapmaking instructions for the most part. Begin by making your lye-water. Measure out the amount of water needed into a heat proof container.

Then, using a digital scale, weigh out the lye. Slowly pour the lye into the water in a well ventilated area, stirring until the lye has dissolved completely. (You’ll want to take proper safety precautions when working with lye. Gloves and eye protection are recommended.)

Learn how to make homemade pine tar soap with this simple pine tar soap recipe. Traditionally, pine tar soap is used to treat problematic skin conditions that include psoriasis, eczema, dandruff and skin inflammation. It can also be used to soothe and treat symptoms of poison ivy, oak, and sumac and it helps to relieve itching caused by bug bites. I also found that using pine tar soap to bathe my dog calmed and soothed his flea dermatitis.

Next, use your digital scale to weigh out the olive, coconut and castor oils as well as the pine tar. (I specifically used the Bickmore Pine Tar which is creosote free.) Heat in a non-aluminum pot over medium to medium-low heat until your ingredients have melted completely. Alternately, you can heat this one rather quickly at 50% power in your microwave as well in a large glass Pyrex measuring cup. (Note that I did not heat my oils and pine tar in the Pyrex on the stove.)

Once your ingredients have melted, remove from heat and set aside.

Once your ingredients have melted, remove from heat and set aside.

Allow the lye-water and your oil and pine tar mixture to cool to room temperature or around 80°F.

Now measure out the sodium lactate and stir it into your lye-water.

Weigh out the essential oils, if you like to use them, and stir them into your melted oils and pine tar.

Placing your sold mold on a cutting board will make it easy to transport if needed prior to time to unmold your soaps.

Prepare you soap mold by placing it on a wooden cutting board or similar for easy transport in case it’s necessary to move your soap prior to it being ready to unmold.

Now slowly pour the lye-water into the melted oils and pine tar and stir by hand until you reach a medium-heavy trace.

Learn how to make homemade pine tar soap with this simple pine tar soap recipe. Traditionally, pine tar soap is used to treat problematic skin conditions that include psoriasis, eczema, dandruff and skin inflammation. It can also be used to soothe and treat symptoms of poison ivy, oak, and sumac and it helps to relieve itching caused by bug bites. I also found that using pine tar soap to bathe my dog calmed and soothed his flea dermatitis.

Pour the soap batter into your mold cavities.

Learn how to make homemade pine tar soap with this simple pine tar soap recipe. Traditionally, pine tar soap is used to treat problematic skin conditions that include psoriasis, eczema, dandruff and skin inflammation. It can also be used to soothe and treat symptoms of poison ivy, oak, and sumac and it helps to relieve itching caused by bug bites. I also found that using pine tar soap to bathe my dog calmed and soothed his flea dermatitis.

If desired, level the tops of the soap you just poured with your spatula or the back of a butter knife.

Set your soap aside in safe location where it won’t be disturbed. Wait at least 24 hours before attempting to unmold your soap. If after 24 hours your pine tar soap does not seem like it will come cleaning out of the mold, simply wait another day or two.

Unmold your pine tar soap and set aside in a cool dry location to cure for four to six weeks.

Whew. That was easy. Now here’s the test batch recipe.

Learn how to make homemade pine tar soap with this simple pine tar soap recipe. Traditionally, pine tar soap is used to treat problematic skin conditions that include psoriasis, eczema, dandruff and skin inflammation. It can also be used to soothe and treat symptoms of poison ivy, oak, and sumac and it helps to relieve itching caused by bug bites. I also found that using pine tar soap to bathe my dog calmed and soothed his flea dermatitis.

Pine Tar Soap Recipe (12 oz. batch)

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

7 oz. olive oil
2.6 oz. coconut oil
.6 oz. castor oil
1.8 oz. pine tar

3.9 oz. distilled water
1.45 oz. sodium hydroxide/lye

1 teaspoon (60% solution) sodium lactate
.15 oz. eucalyptus essential oil
turquoise mica, to suit

Learn how to make homemade pine tar soap with this simple pine tar soap recipe. Traditionally, pine tar soap is used to treat problematic skin conditions that include psoriasis, eczema, dandruff and skin inflammation. It can also be used to soothe and treat symptoms of poison ivy, oak, and sumac and it helps to relieve itching caused by bug bites. I also found that using pine tar soap to bathe my dog calmed and soothed his flea dermatitis.

Instructions:

Follow the same directions as with the previous pine tar soap recipe mixing the lye-water and oils at around 80°F. My 12 oz. recipe yields four bars of pine tar soap and will fill four of the Ozera 6-Cavity Silicone Soap Mold with a bit to spare.

Learn how to make homemade pine tar soap with this simple pine tar soap recipe. Traditionally, pine tar soap is used to treat problematic skin conditions that include psoriasis, eczema, dandruff and skin inflammation. It can also be used to soothe and treat symptoms of poison ivy, oak, and sumac and it helps to relieve itching caused by bug bites. I also found that using pine tar soap to bathe my dog calmed and soothed his flea dermatitis.

Once your soap reaches trace, pour it evenly into four of the mold cavities leaving a little room at the top if you want a colored top. Mix the mica to suit into the remaining soap batter, then fill the molds the rest of the way with the colored soap batter.

Unmold after 24 to 48 hours. Your soap is ready for use in four to six weeks.

I went a little heavy on the mica just to test the result I’d get. It did make the lather green, but it didn’t stain my skin or the tub. (This is also the version I used on my dog, Jasper, that calmed his skin. Neem oil soap also works well for this.)

Learn how to make homemade pine tar soap with this simple pine tar soap recipe. Traditionally, pine tar soap is used to treat problematic skin conditions that include psoriasis, eczema, dandruff and skin inflammation. It can also be used to soothe and treat symptoms of poison ivy, oak, and sumac and it helps to relieve itching caused by bug bites.

If you’re still not ready to make your own pine tar soap, you can buy it online here from The Village Soapsmith as well as from many other talented soapmakers on Etsy. For more handmade soaps and other bath and body products you can buy, be sure to visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen here.

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