Learn how to use overripe pears to craft a homemade pear soap recipe for your natural skin care routine. This cold process pear soap recipe uses ripe pears combined with a seasonal fragrance oil to create unique homemade gifts for the holidays.
Seasonal fruit can commonly be found at a great price and that sometimes makes it a little too easy to overbuy. Recently this was the case for me with pears. Rather than tossing my overripe and easily bruised pears, however, I decided to use them to make homemade pear soap. Similar to my previous homemade soap recipes for both a natural tomato soap recipe and my homemade pumpkin soap recipe I used real fruit in this pear soap recipe, discounting the water for the amount of pear used.
For a more perfect looking homemade soap remove the skin first from your overripe pear and run through a food processor. Otherwise simply chop and mash both the flesh and skin of the pear together and let your stick blender do the work for you. This may result in some darker spots but this in no way affects the final quality of the soap. Add a pear fragrance oil to add to the fun or leave these homemade pear soaps unscented for a completely natural end product.
Natural Pear Soap Recipe
© Rebecca D. Dillon
These are the ingredients you to make pear soap using the cold process soap making method:
- 8 oz. 76° (refined) coconut oil
- 11 oz. sustainable palm oil
- 3.5 oz. grapeseed oil
- 4.5 oz. sesame oil
- 3.5 oz. walnut oil
- 5.5 oz. castor oil
- 7 fl. oz. distilled water
- 4.8 oz. lye
- 4 oz. extra ripe pear, mashed
- 2.5 oz. fragrance oil, optional
- nutmeg to suit, optional
How to Make Pear Soap Using Real Pears
You’ll need to follow my cold process soapmaking instructions to make this homemade pear soap recipe. This recipe will fit inside my DIY wooden loaf soap mold and yields approximately 10-12 bars depending on how they are cut.
Here are the instructions on how to make pear soap using real pears:
- Begin by measuring out the distilled water in a pitcher. Then, using a digital scale, weigh out the lye and stir into the water until it has fully dissolved. Set aside to cool.
- In a large stainless steel pot weigh out and combine the coconut oil, palm oil, grapeseed oil, sesame oil, walnut oil and castor oil. Heat over medium heat until all the oils have melted and blended together then remove from heat.
- While the oils and lye-water cool weigh out the pear and fragrance oil if desired. (I used a Caramelized Crimson Pear fragrance oil for my batch.)
- Once the ingredients have cooled to around 95°-100°F you’re ready to start making soap.
- Start by combining the mashed pear to the soapmaking oils. Mix well with a stick blender until thoroughly combined then slowly pour in the lye-water. Continue to mix until you reach a light trace then add your fragrance oil if you are scenting your soap. Use your stick blender to fully incorporate the fragrance and bring the soap to full trace.
- Pour half of the soap into your prepared loaf mold then sprinkle an even layer of nutmeg across the top of the soap. Next, pour the remaining soap on top of the nutmeg dusted soap. Use a knife to level out the top then lightly cover the mold with a piece of cardboard.
- Allow the soap to sit overnight. After a full day has passed you can unmold your soap and cut it into bars.
- Let your soap cure for 4 – 6 weeks before use then wrap and label as desired.
To make this soap a little more luxurious, trying this recipe using an ounce less water and add 1 oz. of lanolin to your oils when you melt them.
Your final soaps from this natural pear soap recipe will make great homemade Christmas gifts. For more homemade soap recipes as well as seasonal DIY Christmas gift ideas be sure to follow my boards on Pinterest. You can also follow me on Blog Lovin’, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.