Fun Bath & Body Recipes to DIY This Weekend

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Ten super fun DIY bath & body projects you can create this weekend! Homemade soaps, bath bombs, scrubs and body balms to get you in the creative spirit!

Looking for fun bath & body recipes to DIY this weekend? Here are just a few of many favorite bath & body recipes that I’ve either collected on Pinterest or created myself to help your creative side get into the spirit!

Fun DIY Bath & Body Recipes

DIY Glitter Cupcake Bath Bombs via Aww Sam blog! These DIY glitter cupcake bath bombs are easier to make than you might think and make bathtime more fun for everyone!

These DIY glitter cupcake bath bombs from Aww Sam! blog are easier to make than you might think and make bathtime more fun for everyone with a hint of pink glitter and colorful sprinkles! Learn how to make them here.

Grab these silicone baking cups and melt and pour soap base for the frosting via Amazon Prime’s free 2-day shipping now so you’re set for the weekend! If you don’t have Amazon Prime you can get an Amazon Prime 30-day free trial here. Alternately, you can buy an all inclusive DIY bath bomb kit from SmallTown Table on Etsy.

This DIY unicorn soap via A Kailo Chic Life blog makes a super fun weekend DIY project with it's swirl of colors and star sprinkles!

This DIY unicorn soap via A Kailo Chic Life blog makes a super fun weekend DIY project with it’s swirl of colors and star sprinkles! Learn how to make it here.

You’ll need both a clear glycerin soap base and white glycerin soap base for this project along with the same silicone rectangle soap mold that I use for a lot of my own soapmaking projects and recipes.

This DIY Birthday Cake Soap via Studio DIY! is so pretty and pink! Not only is it fun to make and use, but it also makes a creative homemade gift!

This DIY birthday cake soap via Studio DIY! is so pretty and pink! Not only is it fun to make and use, but it also makes a creative homemade gift! Learn how to make it here.

You can use either a round silicone cake pan for this DIY cake soap and the cut the cake soap slices yourself, or you can use a pre-divided cake slice silicone mold. A cupcake fragrance oil then gives your cake soap slices an authentic scent!

Learn how to make fun unicorn poop sugar scrubs with a cool original semi-solid unicorn poop sugar scrub recipe that you can mold and shape!

My unicorn poop sugar scrub recipe is also fun to make. It’s a semi-solid sugar scrub recipe that you can actually mold and shape and has lots of sparkle! Kids love this one! Learn how to make it here.

These DIY emoji poop bubble bars are sure to make bath time a little more interesting! Inspired by the pile of poo emoji, this bubble bar mimics the brown soft-serve ice cream shaped icon with a smile.

Another favorite among kids are these DIY poop emoji bubble bars! They smell like chocolatey prosecco cupcake and not only bubble but foam and fizz a bit as well! Their “poo” color comes from the addition of real cocoa powder. Learn how to make these here.

Learn how to make your own fabulous DIY unicorn balm! This tri-color DIY unicorn balm leaves just a hint of shimmer on your skin and can be scented with your favorite fragrance! Plus it makes a great homemade gift idea for anyone who loves unicorns - or simply wants sparkle like one for the day!

Another unicorn themed project that both kids and adults alike will fawn over is this DIY unicorn balm. Created with a swirl of three colors and shimmering mica, this scented unicorn balm can make you feel like a unicorn for the day! Learn how to make it here.

This foaming Easter egg bath truffles DIY adds a bit of fun to bathtime. The finished foaming Easter egg bath truffles fizz and bubble and sparkle AND nourish with cocoa butter, babassu oil and yogurt powder! And, clean up is so easy! There's NO staining!

If you still have plastic eggs leftover from Easter, then you may want to try this recipe for fizzing bath truffles! They bathtime treats fizz & bubble and color & sparkle while also nourishing skin with natural cocoa butter, babassu oil and yogurt powder. Of course, you don’t have to make them in an egg shape. You can also use your favorite round bath bomb mold or even a silicone mold! Learn how to make them here.

DIY Crystal + Gold Gemstone Soap via Dans Le Lakehouse

This DIY crystal + gold gemstone soap via Dans Le Lakehouse blog is another fun soapmaking project. There’s no right or wrong way to create gemstone soaps as in the end all of them tend to be unique pieces of art created around your own aesthetic. Learn how to make these soaps here.

Learn how to make your own crystal geode soap eggs with hearts for stunning DIY Valentine's Day gifts!

My DIY geode soap is another fun soapmaking project that allows a wide range of creative freedom. The step-by-step photo tutorial will guide you through the process of mixing soap, glitter and mica into fun rocks scented in your favorite fragrance and designed with your favorite colors. Learn how to make these DIY soap geodes here.

Make this coveted DIY foaming salt scrub recipe this weekend! This foaming salt scrub is super easy to make and can be customized with your favorite scent! Just melt, pour and mix ingredients for a foaming salt scrub that gently exfoliates as it lathers and cleanses like soap!

And last, but certainly not least, is my coveted foaming salt scrub recipe! This foaming salt scrub is super easy to make and can be customized with your favorite scent! Just melt, pour and mix ingredients for a foaming salt scrub that gently exfoliates as it lathers and cleanses like soap! Learn how to make it here.

For even more DIY bath & body recipes, be sure to follow my DIY Bath & Body board on Pinterest here. You can also find and follow me on G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or sign up to receive new posts from Soap Deli News blog to your email via FeedBurner so you never miss a post.

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


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Blood Orange Soap Recipe with Blood Orange Essential Oil

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This blood orange soap recipe is made with real orange powder and blood orange essential oil. Blood orange essential oil has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial properties that make this blood orange soap recipe especially suitable for acne prone and combination skin.

This blood orange soap recipe is made with orange powder and blood orange essential oil which has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial properties making it a great homemade soap for acne prone and combination skin.

These soaps are great for summer when our skin tends to be oilier and we sweat more. While I did use a higher percentage of coconut oil in my blood orange soap recipe than I normally do, it’s still a lower cleansing/higher conditioning bar so your skin doesn’t feel stripped and dry after washing. After all, stripping too many of your skin’s natural oils can result in the overproduction of oil which leads to acne and blemishes.

In addition, I used colored mica powders to give my finished blood orange soaps some extra pop. However, you can also leave these soap bars al naturale if desired. You can find my blood orange soap recipe below along with my soapmaking notes.

This blood orange soap recipe is made with real orange powder and blood orange essential oil. Blood orange essential oil has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial properties that make this blood orange soap recipe especially suitable for acne prone and combination skin.

Blood Orange Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

3.2 oz. cocoa butter
8 oz. refined coconut oil
4.8 oz. hemp oil
10.25 oz. pomace olive oil
5.7 oz. refined shea butter

9.75 oz. distilled water
4.3 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

1 oz. sodium lactate (60% solution)
1.6 oz. orange powder
.3 oz. fine grain pink Himalayan salt
1 oz. blood orange essential oil
.1 oz. petitgrain essential oil

Soap Notes:

This blood orange soap recipe is made with real orange powder and blood orange essential oil. Blood orange essential oil has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial properties that make this blood orange soap recipe especially suitable for acne prone and combination skin.

As with some of my past soap recipes, I’ve included a screenshot from SoapCalc (above) to make resizing my blood orange soap recipe easier. It also gives you an idea of the overall soap bar quality. (SoapCalc is great tool for anyone wanting to create their own custom soap recipes from scratch. You can learn how to create your own custom soap recipes using a lye calculator here.)

Also, as my blood orange soap recipe is palm free, I did a steep water discount and included both sodium lactate and a bit of salt for a harder bar.

For the molds, I used the Crafter’s Choice basic guest round silicone soap molds. However, you can also use two of the Crafter’s Choice basic round soap molds if you’re wanting larger bars.

Instructions:

You should be familiar with making cold process soap before trying my blood orange soap recipe. If you’ve never made cold process soap before – or any kind of soap in which you’re working with lye – I strongly recommend you start with a beginner soap recipe so you get a feel for the process and know you can create a successful soap. Otherwise, you’ll follow your basic cold process soapmaking instructions to create this soap. You should adhere to all basic safety precautions when working with lye.

Begin by measuring out the amount of water called for in the recipe into a heat safe container. Next, use a digital scale to weigh out the lye.

Slowly pour the lye into the water in a well ventilated area. Stir the lye until it has dissolved, then set the lye-water aside.

Next, weigh out the soapmaking fats – these are all of the carrier oils and butters called for in my blood orange soap recipe.

Heat until melted then set aside.

Allow the lye-water and the melted soapmaking oils to cool to around 95°F. Once they’ve reached this temperature, you’re ready to make soap.

Weigh out the sodium lactate and stir it into the cooled lye-water.

This blood orange soap recipe is made with real orange powder and blood orange essential oil. Blood orange essential oil has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial properties that make this blood orange soap recipe especially suitable for acne prone and combination skin.

Then weigh out the pink salt, essential oils and orange powder. Add these ingredients to the soapmaking oils/butters. Then, using a stick/hand blender, thoroughly mix the ingredients into the soapmaking fats. (Alternately you can add the essential oils once your soap reaches a light trace.)

Now slowly pour the lye-water into the melted oils.

Mix with a stick blender until you reach trace then evenly pour the blood orange soap batter into the molds’ cavities.

If you blood orange soap gels, you should be able to remove the soap from your molds the next day or the day after. If your soap doesn’t gel, or it’s still soft the next day, wait 2-4 days before unmolding.

Allow your homemade blood orange soap bars to cure 4-6 weeks.

If desired, you can paint your homemade soaps after they have cured.

This blood orange soap recipe is made with real orange powder and blood orange essential oil. Blood orange essential oil has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial properties that make this blood orange soap recipe especially suitable for acne prone and combination skin.

To do this, combine mica powder in your choice of color to a small dish. Slowly add isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol to the mica powder, mixing with a small brush. You don’t want to add too much alcohol or the mica will be translucent on your soap. But you don’t want to add too little as the mica will clump on the soap. You want a paint-like texture that flows easily off the brush.

I used an orange vibrance mica powder to paint the tops and sides of my soap bars. (Alternately you can tint your soaps with mica powder by adding two to four teaspoons of mica powder to your soapmaking oils and mix prior to adding the lye-water.)

This blood orange soap recipe is made with real orange powder and blood orange essential oil. Blood orange essential oil has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial properties that make this blood orange soap recipe especially suitable for acne prone and combination skin.

Once the orange mica “paint” dried on my soap, I used candy apple red mica powder to paint designs on my soap bars and allowed them to dry.

Once you’ve decorated your own soaps, carefully wrap your blood orange soaps tightly in foodservice film. You can then label your soaps as desired for personal use or gifting.

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

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

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


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


Green Apple Soap Recipe with Real Apple Powder + Apricot Kernel Oil

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Learn how to make this homemade green apple soap recipe! Crafted using the cold process soapmaking method, this green apple soap recipe is made using real apple powder.

Learn how to make this homemade green apple soap recipe! Crafted using the cold process soapmaking method, this green apple soap recipe is made using real apple powder. Apple powder is naturally rich in alpha-hydroxy acids that can help to improve skin texture. In addition to rejuvenating skin's look and texture, it also helps to promote skin elasticity and has moisturizing properties. These properties make this green apple soap recipe particularly suitable for dry or mature skin.

Apple powder is naturally rich in alpha-hydroxy acids that can help to improve skin texture. In addition to rejuvenating skin’s look and texture, it also helps to promote skin elasticity and has moisturizing properties. These properties make this green apple soap recipe particularly suitable for dry or mature skin.

Learn how to make this homemade green apple soap recipe! Crafted using the cold process soapmaking method, this green apple soap recipe is made using real apple powder. Apple powder is naturally rich in alpha-hydroxy acids that can help to improve skin texture. In addition to rejuvenating skin's look and texture, it also helps to promote skin elasticity and has moisturizing properties. These properties make this green apple soap recipe particularly suitable for dry or mature skin.

Green Apple Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

 4.8 oz. apricot kernel oil
4.8 oz. sesame oil
3.2 oz. hemp oil
1.6 oz. castor oil
8 oz. refined coconut oil
4.8 oz. refined shea butter
4.8 oz. sal butter

9.75 oz. distilled water
4.35 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

1.6 oz. apple powder
1 oz. sodium lactate (60% solution)
2 oz. green apple fragrance oil
.15 oz. Alpine Green mica powder

Soap Notes:

Learn how to make this homemade green apple soap recipe! Crafted using the cold process soapmaking method, this green apple soap recipe is made using real apple powder. Apple powder is naturally rich in alpha-hydroxy acids that can help to improve skin texture. In addition to rejuvenating skin's look and texture, it also helps to promote skin elasticity and has moisturizing properties. These properties make this green apple soap recipe particularly suitable for dry or mature skin.

I’ve included a screenshot from SoapCalc (above) to make resizing my green apple soap recipe easier. It also gives you an idea of the overall soap bar quality. (SoapCalc is great tool for anyone wanting to create their own custom soap recipes from scratch. You can learn how to create your own custom soap recipes using a lye calculator here.)

Because my green apple soap recipe is palm free, I did a steeper water discount than normal and included sodium lactate in the soap recipe to get a harder bar.

Learn how to make this homemade green apple soap recipe! Crafted using the cold process soapmaking method, this green apple soap recipe is made using real apple powder. Apple powder is naturally rich in alpha-hydroxy acids that can help to improve skin texture. In addition to rejuvenating skin's look and texture, it also helps to promote skin elasticity and has moisturizing properties. These properties make this green apple soap recipe particularly suitable for dry or mature skin.

I used two different molds for this recipe – a Crafter’s Choice basic round soap mold and a silicone flower blossom mold. If you use the round soap mold you’ll get about nine 5 oz. soap bars. Alternately my green apple soap recipe will yield around eleven or twelve 4 oz. bars.

Instructions:

You should be familiar with making cold process soap before trying my green apple soap recipe. If you’ve never made cold process soap before – or any kind of soap in which you’re working with lye – I strongly recommend you start with a beginner soap recipe so you get a feel for the process and know you can create a successful soap. Otherwise, you’ll follow your basic cold process soapmaking instructions to create this soap. You should adhere to all basic safety precautions when working with lye.

Begin by measuring out the amount of water called for in the recipe into a heat safe container. Next, use a digital scale to weigh out the lye.

Slowly pour the lye into the water in a well ventilated area. Stir the lye until it has dissolved, then set the lye-water aside.

Next, weigh out the soapmaking fats – these are all of the carrier oils and butters called for in my homemade green apple soap recipe.

Heat until melted then set aside.

Allow the lye-water and the melted soapmaking oils to cool to around 95°F. Once they’ve reached this temperature, you’re ready to make soap.

Weigh out the sodium lactate and stir it into the cooled lye-water.

Learn how to make this homemade green apple soap recipe! Crafted using the cold process soapmaking method, this green apple soap recipe is made using real apple powder. Apple powder is naturally rich in alpha-hydroxy acids that can help to improve skin texture. In addition to rejuvenating skin's look and texture, it also helps to promote skin elasticity and has moisturizing properties. These properties make this green apple soap recipe particularly suitable for dry or mature skin.

Then weigh out the apple powder, mica and the fragrance oil. Add these ingredients to the melted oils and mix to combine with a stick/hand blender. (Alternately you can add the fragrance oil at trace.)

Now slowly pour the lye-water into the melted oils.

Learn how to make this homemade green apple soap recipe! Crafted using the cold process soapmaking method, this green apple soap recipe is made using real apple powder. Apple powder is naturally rich in alpha-hydroxy acids that can help to improve skin texture. In addition to rejuvenating skin's look and texture, it also helps to promote skin elasticity and has moisturizing properties. These properties make this green apple soap recipe particularly suitable for dry or mature skin.

Mix with a stick blender until you reach trace then evenly pour the green apple soap batter into the molds’ cavities. Sprinkle on dried rose petals if desired, then cover with plastic film or parchment paper and set aside in a safe location.

If you green apple soap gels, you should be able to remove the soap from your molds the next day or the day after. If your soap doesn’t gel, or it’s still soft the next day, wait 2-4 days before unmolding. If you’re using the round mold for this soap, it’s a bit trickier getting this soap out of the mold perfectly if it’s softer. So either give this mold more time or pop the mold into the freezer for a half hour or so prior to unmolding the soap.

Learn how to make this homemade green apple soap recipe! Crafted using the cold process soapmaking method, this green apple soap recipe is made using real apple powder. Apple powder is naturally rich in alpha-hydroxy acids that can help to improve skin texture. In addition to rejuvenating skin's look and texture, it also helps to promote skin elasticity and has moisturizing properties. These properties make this green apple soap recipe particularly suitable for dry or mature skin.

Allow your homemade green apple soap bars to cure 4-6 weeks. Once your soaps have cured, they are ready for use. Simply wrap and label as desired for personal use or gifting. You can also bevel the edges with a potato peeler if desired.

Learn how to make this homemade green apple soap recipe! Crafted using the cold process soapmaking method, this green apple soap recipe is made using real apple powder. Apple powder is naturally rich in alpha-hydroxy acids that can help to improve skin texture. In addition to rejuvenating skin's look and texture, it also helps to promote skin elasticity and has moisturizing properties. These properties make this green apple soap recipe particularly suitable for dry or mature skin.

For more ways to create this soap, you can embed soap mustaches into your soap bars for Father’s Day gifts or even soap roses for wedding favors.

This yogurt & banana soap recipe with organic flax seed oil is formulated especially for dry skin with real banana powder and yogurt. It's made using the cold process soapmaking method with the end product yielding a high conditioning / low cleansing soap bar.

If you like my homemade green apple soap recipe, then you may also like my chia & charcoal soap recipe made with soothing and hydrating chia seed oil and naturally detoxifying activated charcoal as well as my yogurt & banana soap recipe made with organic flax seed oil and yogurt & banana powders.

Learn how to make this homemade green apple soap recipe! Crafted using the cold process soapmaking method, this green apple soap recipe is made using real apple powder. Apple powder is naturally rich in alpha-hydroxy acids that can help to improve skin texture. In addition to rejuvenating skin's look and texture, it also helps to promote skin elasticity and has moisturizing properties. These properties make this green apple soap recipe particularly suitable for dry or mature skin.

If you’re planning to sell your green apple soaps, be sure to label them according to FDA guidelines. Not sure how to label your creations? I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.

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

Do you make homemade soaps or bath & body products? Want to see your homemade soaps and bath & body products featured on Soap Deli News blog? Simply add the hashtag #soapdelishowoff to your instagram and twitter posts for a chance to have your handmade products featured on my weekend wrap up posts!


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Weekly Wrap Up (Week of April 23rd-April 29th)

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Being human we all make mistakes. Sometimes we even have soap disasters. Now these soap disasters can be rather disheartening especially if you worked really hard on something or you’re still new and just can’t seem to get it right. I’ve had two soapmaking disasters recently. What I’ve learned is, unless you make soap that’s lye heavy – it’s never really a disaster. What it is is an opportunity. A creative addition. An embed or an ingredient. A learning experience.

Rebatched Yogurt & Banana Soap with Loofah

The first time I made my yogurt & banana soap recipe with flax seed oil, it separated on me. I’d ended up with a false trace and tried to pour it sooner than I should have. I’d wanted to pour the soap into a mold with a loaf of loofah in it. And I was afraid that if it traced too heavily, then it wouldn’t go into the loofah at all. (This soap was inspired by this Dead Sea sponge soap.)

To save it, I dumped it all into a huge pot on the stove the next day. I added some half and half, some cocoa butter, some beeswax and a bit of stearic acid to harden it up. I tore the loofah up as I mixed everything together in the pot over heat. Then I remolded them.

These soaps actually turned out great in the end. (They’re pictured above.) The soap isn’t really pretty. It’s very rustic. But it is super conditioning and has some interesting texture because of the loofah.

DIY Star Wars inspired galaxy soaps!

The other soapmaking mishap took place when I was making my chia & charcoal soap recipe for the first time. I was wanting to use some of the soap batter in my Star Wars mold. Unfortunately, I had to mix this one to a heavy trace to be sure I didn’t get a false trace like the last time. And, I had to soap hot because I was using candelilla wax.

The soap batter made it into the mold, but even with pushing the soap into the mold with a spatula and some tapping, there were pieces of wings and other details missing from the ships. So I did what any soaper in my position might do. I drank a bottle of pinot grigio and embedded them into melt and pour soap galaxies!

I think they turned out pretty neat in the end. So I wanted to share how I made them.

To create these Star Wars inspired soaps, I first dusted the inside of my Star Wars mold with some super sparkles mica and jet black cosmetic glitter. (You could also use black flare mica.) I then filled the mold cavities with my chia & charcoal soap batter. (You can use your own favorite cold process soap recipe for this project! Just color the soap with coconut activated charcoalAustralian midnight black clay or black mica powder.

Once the soaps cured, I embedded them in a melt and pour soap base. I specifically used Stephenson’s natural crystal soap base. I chose this soap base because it has a high melt point and cools rather quickly which makes it great for swirling. (If you want to scent your base, be sure to weigh the amount of soap you’re using so you can figure out how much fragrance oil to add based on manufacturer’s guidelines.)

I cut this base into chunks, then divided it between two Pyrex measuring cups. I heated the soap at reduced power in the microwave until melted. Then, in one container I added electric blue mica powder. In the other I added cyber grape mica powder. (Both were added to suit.) I then mixed each batch of soap individually until the color was evenly distributed throughout the melted soap bases.

Next, I poured a small amount of the melted blue soap base into the cavities of my Crafter’s Choice basic round soap mold. I dusted some black glitter on top of that, then swirled the soap slightly with a fork. I waited for the soap to cool slightly then repeated the process with the melted purple soap.

DIY Star Wars Inspired Galaxy Soaps! Ships crashing into a blue and purple swirl of galaxy soap!

I allowed the soap to cool a bit more then I placed one of my ships into a cavity of soap and positioned as desired. Then I repeated layering the melted blue and purple soap with glitter until the cavity was full. I then repeated the process for all the remaining cavities of my mold.

DIY Star Wars inspired galaxy soaps!

Once the soaps hardened completely, I unmolded them and wrapped them tightly in foodservice film. And that was it! I hope this inspires some of you and that it helps newbies to realize that you never really fail. You are simply learning something new!

That’s all for this week! I can’t wait to dive into new some new soapmaking projects with you next week! Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! And don’t forget to find & follow me on Pinterest,  G+,  Tumblr,  Facebook,  Twitter,  Blog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or sign up to receive new posts from Soap Deli News blog to your email via FeedBurner so you never miss a post.


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Homemade Chia & Charcoal Soap Recipe

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This homemade chia & charcoal soap recipe is made with soothing and hydrating chia seed oil and naturally detoxifying activated charcoal.

This homemade chia & charcoal soap recipe is palm free and is made with chia seed oil, activated charcoal and Australian midnight black clay.

As I’ve aged – 42 this coming June! – my skin has gotten more particular. Dry and irritated skin has become a more common occurrence. Unfortunately, adult acne is also a thing. And it hates me. Especially when the hormones are going crazy or I’m overly stressed. My chia & charcoal soap recipe is my solution for keeping my skin happy.

I chose to use chia seed oil in this soap recipe as it is rich in essential fatty acids, powerful antioxidants and phytonutrients that are prized in anti-aging skin care products. I also included walnut oil in this soap formulation for it’s value in skin care – specifically its moisturizing and skin soothing properties.

I then combined these ingredients with neem oil and activated charcoal to help fight and prevent acne. A little bit of Australian midnight black clay also plays a role and helps give this homemade soap a boost to it’s beautiful dark gray/black color that I accented with a pink rose.

As my chia & charcoal soap is palm free, I decided to give candelilla wax a place in this recipe for a harder bar. As I know I do have vegan readers, I chose to use this wax over beeswax. It was a little tricky to work with as it’s such a hard wax, but luckily this recipe turned out beautifully.

You’ll find that my chia & charcoal soap recipe yields a medium-hard bar with strong bubbles, but still a lower cleansing level. I bumped the superfat on this one up to 8% to make the bar a little more conditioning. I think this soap is great for those days leading up to and during a break out as a facial soap as well as during hot months when I’m sweating more and producing more oil and struggling with acne in those annoying places like under my chin, around my hairline and across my upper back.

Following is my chia & charcoal soap recipe. I hope you like it!

This chia & charcoal soap recipe is made with chia seed oil, activated charcoal and black clay for maturing, combination and acne prone skin.

Homemade Chia & Charcoal Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

1.6 oz./45 grams (5%) castor oil
3.2 oz./90.7 grams (10%) extra virgin chia seed oil
.65 oz./18.1 grams (2%) candelilla wax
8 oz./226.8 grams (25%) refined coconut oil
3.2 oz./90.7 grams (10%) neem oil
13.75 oz./390 grams (43%) pomace olive oil
1.6 oz./45.3 grams (5%) walnut oil

9.75 oz./276.6 grams distilled water (30.5% of oil weight)
4.2 oz./120 grams lye/sodium hydroxide (8% superfat)

1 oz./28.3 grams sodium lactate (60% solution)
.55 oz./15.5 grams coconut activated charcoal (1 Tbs per pound)
1.1 oz./31.1 grams Australian midnight black clay (.5 Tbs per pound)
.05 oz./1.4 grams fine grain pink Himalayan salt (about 1/4 teaspoon)
up to 2 oz./56.7 grams fragrance oil, optional (1 oz. per pound)

Instructions:

I scented my chia & charcoal soap with a combination of two fragrance oils that were close to empty. I used .95 oz. of cardamom mocha fragrance oil with the last .4 oz. of my chocolate fragrance oil. It basically smells like yummy chocolates without being overpowering, but it was enough that it covered the smell of the neem oil.

I premade the pink roses for this soap using some of the leftover soap batter from my donut soap recipe here and a Wilton small rose silicone mold.

For the main soap bars, I used two Crafter’s Choice basic round soap molds. My chia & charcoal soap recipe yields about nine soap bars weighing just over 5 oz. each with the embeds.

As stated previously, working with the candelilla wax was a little challenging as I’d never worked with it before. Therefore I don’t recommend making my chia & charcoal soap recipe unless you have soapmaking experience under your belt. (If you’re looking to get started making cold process soap for the first time, I recommend you start with a beginner soap recipe.) Otherwise, you’ll follow your basic cold process soapmaking instructions to create this soap, but mix the lye/water and soapmaking fats at a higher temperature due to the wax.

Begin by measuring out the amount of water called for in the recipe into a heat safe container. Next, use a digital scale to weigh out the lye.

Slowly pour the lye into the water in a well ventilated area. Stir the lye until it has dissolved, then set the lye-water aside.

Next, weigh out the soapmaking fats – these are all of the carrier oils and the wax called for in my chia & charcoal soap recipe. I combined these in a stainless steel pot and heated them on the stove over medium heat.

But – this is where it goes a little sideways. I’d never used a wax this hard in soap before. So my oils started to bubble before my candelilla wax melted. When this happened I basically just kept stirring the oil, which prevented it from bubbling and boiling. When the candelilla wax was almost entirely melted, I turned off the heat but left the pot on the stove. I continued to stir until the rest of the wax melted, then removed the pot from heat.

So, two things. First, I really recommend using a stainless steel pot to heat the soapmaking fats and mix the soap batter because of the higher temperature. Secondly, you may find using a double boiler is a much better way to melt the wax. (Or I welcome your suggestions in the comments!)

Allow your soapmaking fats and the lye-water to cool to around 115°F. Once they’ve reached this temperature, you’re ready to make soap.

Weigh out the sodium lactate and the salt and stir it into the cooled lye-water.

Then weigh out the activated charcoal, black clay and the fragrance oil, if desired. Add these ingredients to the melted oils and wax and mix to combine with a stick/hand blender.

Now slowly pour the lye-water into the melted oils.

Mix with a stick blender on the lower setting until you reach trace, then keep going. You want a heavy trace for this recipe because of the wax to ensure you don’t get a false trace. Once you’re certain your soap batter has traced, evenly pour the chia & charcoal soap batter into the cavities of your round soap molds.

Now firmly press your premade roses into the tops of the soap in your molds’ cavities.

Cover if desired with plastic film or parchment paper and set aside in a safe location.

Your chia & charcoal soap bars should release easily from your molds the next day even if it doesn’t gel. If they don’t, simply wait another day or two.

This chia & charcoal soap recipe is made with chia seed oil, activated charcoal and black clay for maturing, combination and acne prone skin.

Allow your chia & charcoal soap bars to cure 4-6 weeks. Once your soaps have cured, they are ready for use. Simply wrap and label as desired for personal use or gifting.

If you’re planning to sell your chia & charcoal soaps, be sure to label them according to FDA guidelines. Not sure how to label your creations? I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.

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