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DIY Homemade Cold Process Soap Recipe - Homemade Summer Festival Soap Made with Natural Essential Oils Know for Their Bug Repelling Properties

Natural Handmade Summer Festival Soap Recipe

July 4, 2013

DIY Homemade Cold Process Soap Recipe - Homemade Summer Festival Soap Made with Natural Essential Oils Known for Their Bug Repelling PropertiesSummertime is also festival time, and if you’re like me the insects eat you alive if you don’t take measures to keep them away. As I’m heading off to Floyd Fest – for the first time EVER! – at the end of July, I decided to craft a special festival soap to take with me just for this very occasion. After all, it can become rather unpleasant being in the woods for four straight days with dozens of mosquito bites.

Despite soap being a wash off product, if made with the right essential oils, it can still repel those biting buggers. In fact I used to make a straight lemongrass soap that my brother would request every year before his own camping trips and it worked out just fine. Because I’m such a sweet girl, however – wink – I’ll also be mixing up an essential oil blend with some witch hazel in a spray bottle to mist my clothes and ankles as the July heat does it’s best to turn me into a puddle. I also added some skin conditioning oils to this recipe in case the sun does a number and dries it out.

Natural Handmade Summer Festival Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients (x2):

5.4 oz. 76° melt point coconut oil
9 oz. palm oil
9 oz. rice bran oil
3.6 oz. soybean oil
1.8 oz. grapeseed oil
3.6 oz. shea butter
3.6 oz. cocoa butter

12 fluid oz. distilled water
4.8 oz. lye (sodium hydroxide)

At trace Batch A:

.85 oz. lavender essential oil
.15 oz. lemon eucalyptus essential oil
.05 oz. tea tree oil
.05 oz. lavender flowers
lavender ultramarine pigment or mica powder, to suit

At trace Batch B:

1 oz. lemongrass essential oil
.15 oz. peppermint essential oil


You’ll need to make two batches of soap in separate pots for this summer festival soap recipe. The final festival soap recipe will fill two of my wooden soapmaking molds. Combine equal amounts of all soapmaking oils into each pot and prepare two containers of lye-water. (Each pot should have 5.4 oz. coconut oil, 9 oz. palm oil, 9 oz. rice bran oil, 3.6 oz. soybean oil, 1.8 oz. grape seed oil, 3.6 oz. shea butter and 3.6 oz. cocoa butter. Then each container of lye-water should contain 12 oz. distilled water and 4.8 oz. of lye.) Prepare according to your basic cold process soapmaking instructions.

Once each container of lye-water and oils have cooled, you are ready to mix your soap. Start by mixing one container of lye-water into one pot of soapmaking oils. At a light trace, weigh out and stir in the ingredients listed for Batch A – the lavender, eucalyptus and tea tree essential oils, lavender flowers and the pigment powder. Mix well using your immersion blender. Once it reaches a thick trace pour the soap evenly into the bottom of BOTH of your lined molds.

Now mix your second batch of soapmaking oils and lye-water together, weighing and adding the ingredients for Batch B – the lemongrass and peppermint essential oils – at trace. As lemongrass essential oil turns the soap a lovely shade of yellow, you won’t need to use a colorant for this layer. Once ready, pour the soap from this batch evenly into the two soap molds over top of the lavender fragrance/colored soap. Cover and insulate for 24 hours, then unmold and cut your festival soap into bars. Allow to cure for a minimum of three weeks before use.

This recipe will yield 20-24 bars depending on how you cut them.

For more cold process soapmaking recipes as well as other bath and beauty diy’s be sure to follow me on Pinterest. You can also join my Google+ community, Soapmaking with Rebecca, to share your ideas and recipes and ask for advice.

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