Natural Homemade Patchouli Soap Recipe with Printable Cigar Band Labels
I’ve been wanting to make a new patchouli soap recipe for a while. I had stopped making it some time back as the cost of patchouli essential oil had gotten so high. Now that it’s come back down, I decided to formulate a homemade patchouli soap recipe with a hippie theme. While the fragrance of patchouli essential oil is already the stereotypical hippie scent, I thought why not throw some granola in the mix as well?
I also made this patchouli soap recipe completely free of palm oil for those who are concerned about finding and/or using ethically sourced palm oil. What I ended up with is a soap I’ve named Patchouli Granola Crunch. It’s eco-conscious, filled with the goodness of rolled oats, and is scented with the rich, earthy fragrance of dark patchouli essential oil. It could just be the perfect soap for the modern hippie at heart!
Homemade Patchouli Granola Crunch Soap Recipe
Soap Ingredients (x2):
13 oz. olive oil
5.25 oz. hemp seed oil
7 oz. 76° melt point refined coconut oil
4 oz. soybean oil
3 oz. grapeseed oil
2 oz. shea butter
2 oz. cocoa butter
.25 oz. beeswax
13 fl. oz. distilled water
4.9 oz. lye (sodium hydroxide)
1 oz. patchouli essential oil
Granola Crunch Layer of Ingredients:
1 Tablespoon marshmallow root powder
1 Tablespoon colloidal oatmeal
3 Tablespoons traditional rolled oats
1 teaspoon walnut shell powder
1 Tablespoon sea salt
1 Tablespoon coriander seeds
fresh ground whole peppercorns
To make this soap, you’ll need to make two batches of the above soap ingredients in two separate non-aluminum pots following my basic cold process soapmaking instructions. For each batch, measure out the distilled water into a glass or plastic pitcher. Weight out the lye for each then stir into the water and set aside to cool. Next weigh out the soapmaking oils, butters and beeswax for each pot and melt on the stove over medium heat. Remove once the ingredients are fully melted and allow to cool to about 100 degrees F.
In the meantime, prepare two loaf soap molds by lining them with parchment, wax paper or plastic. (You can use the dimensions of my own soap molds to build you own if you need them.)
Make your first pot of soap by pouring one container of the lye-water into one of the pots with your soapmaking oils. Mix with and immersion blender until you reach a light trace, then add the patchouli essential and all of the ingredients for the Granola Crunch. (You’ll want to pre-prepare these by measuring them out with teaspoon and Tablespoon measurements.) Mix thoroughly and at medium to heavy trace pour evenly into the bottom of BOTH lined soap molds. Then, using a pepper grinder, grind peppercorns to lightly cover the top of the soap you just poured into the molds.
Next prepare your second batch of soap adding the patchouli essential oil at trace. Mix thoroughly then pour this soap evenly into the two soap molds on top of the soap with the “granola” ingredients you already poured.
Cover and insulate for twenty four hours. After twenty four hours, you can unmold the soap and cut into bars. Allow to cure for 3-4 before use. Then package and label. This batch will yield approximately 20-22 4.5-5oz. soap bars depending on how they are cut.
For printable cigar band labels for this soap, click here to download the labels (pdf file) in both black and white and color. There is also a printable version of the recipe. Print on regular paper to tape around bare bars of soap. Or wrap in cling wrap or paper, then print the labels sheets onto sticker paper wrap around the wrapped soaps. These make lovely homemade gifts!
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September 8, 2013 at 1:34 pm
On your Patchouli Soap, if I do not like the scent of Patchouli (I still have to find it to see if I like it), can I substitute Patchouli oil for Vanilla or another oil?
I love the look of this soap and want to make a batch. I want to like the smell too though.
I love your website. It will help me so much as I embark on soap making.
Rebecca D. Dillon
September 8, 2013 at 2:18 pm
Sure, you can substitute the patchouli essential oil with another of your choice. 🙂
November 9, 2013 at 10:42 pm
March 28, 2014 at 8:31 pm
i am going to try making this recipe for my first time ever making soap. i have acquired all of the ingrediants except walnut shell powder, can i use apricot seed powder instead?
also, do the coriender seeds get crushed or do you put them in the recipe whole?
once i find this out i am ready to make this. i am so excited to get started.
Thank you for sharing your awesome recipes! regards, lynne
Rebecca D. Dillon
March 29, 2014 at 11:11 am
Yes, apricot seed powder is an acceptable substitute. I did not crush the coriander seeds. They get beat up a bit when you mix them in, however, if your prefer to crush them first you can. Good luck making this. I hope it turns out perfect for you!
June 14, 2014 at 11:46 pm
I finally made this soap yesterday, when i uncovered it today it is still soft to the point that I can push my finger into it if I try. I am wondering what I may have done wrong, I thought I followed the recipe closely. Do you have any suggestions? I am hoping as it cures it will harden more?
Rebecca D. Dillon
January 23, 2015 at 12:29 pm
This soap didn’t have a large water discount and may be slightly soft at first. It’s not an issue however just give it time to harden up and allow the water to evaporate. (This is assuming everything was weighed correctly.) As I was new to working with beeswax I didn’t do a steep water discount. For a harder bar from the start use 11.8 fluid oz. of distilled water. However, it’s not unusual to not have a rock hard soap bar from the start.
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