Green Apple Soap Recipe with Real Apple Powder + Apricot Kernel Oil
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 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
9.75 oz. distilled water
4.35 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide
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.
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.
How to Make Green Apple Soap
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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