Aloe Vera Soap Recipe with Neem Oil
If you commonly turn to aloe vera to soothe and moisturize your skin, then add this soap recipe to your weekend to do list now! Formulated using natural ingredients, my cold process aloe vera soap recipe uses aloe vera gel in place of water for its natural skin care benefits.
If you read my recipe for making aloe vera bath melts, then you’ll recall that in Ayurvedic medicine aloe vera is used to tackle skin issues like eczema and psoriasis. Additionally, in part due to its anti-inflammatory properties, aloe vera also helps to promote healing, moisturize and soothe dry skin and can even aid in the prevention of acne.
Like aloe, neem oil, is also prized for its anti-inflammatory properties. When used in natural skin care products, neem oil addresses skin conditions such as eczema, acne, ringworm, cold sores, psoriasis, warts, infected burn wounds and slow-healing skin ulcers. It has also been shown to help control various skin infections.
While the natural nutty garlic like scent of neem oil is not typically one someone might enjoy, the amount of neem oil used in my aloe vera soap recipe is easily masked with the inclusion of either an essential oil or a fragrance oil in the recipe.
Aloe Vera Soap Recipe
.5 oz. essential oil (or 1 oz. fragrance oil) of choice
1 teaspoon apple moss green mica, optional
Safety first! Before you begin make sure to take all necessary safety precautions when working with lye. This includes wearing eye protection and gloves. Additionally, you should use only heat safe containers. None of your containers or your utensils should be aluminum.
My aloe vera soap recipe is made using the cold process soapmaking method. If you’ve never made cold process soap, you can learn how it’s made via my cold process soapmaking tutorial. If you’ve never made cold process soap or worked with lye, I don’t recommend my aloe vera soap recipe as your first recipe. Instead, start with a beginner’s soap recipe like this one.
I specifically used this apple moss green mica powder from Brambleberry in my aloe vera soap recipe. However, you can use any cold process soap stable mica powder of your choice based on the color you’d like you soap to be. For the scent, I used a rose quartz fragrance oil also from Brambleberry, which does cause some acceleration in cold process soap.
I superfatted the oils in my aloe vera soap recipe at 6%. The additional fat from the aloe vera gel is not included in that total. This recipe yields six hard, skin conditioning aloe vera soap bars when using this rectangle silicone mold.
Using a digital scale, weigh out the aloe vera gel into a heat safe container. (I recommend starting with chilled aloe vera gel.) Then, in a separate container, weigh out the lye. Pour the lye into the aloe vera gel and mix well. Keep mixing until all of the lye has dissolved, then set aside to cool.
Next, weigh out the soapmaking oils and combine in a stainless steel pot or heat safe container. Heat on the stove top or at reduced power in a microwave or crock pot until melted. Remove from heat, then set aside to cool. When both the aloe-lye mixture and the soapmaking oils have cooled to around 90°-95°F, you’re ready to make soap!
If you are using mica powder to color your soap, measure out the mica powder and mix into the cooled oils using an immersion blender. Then weigh the essential or fragrance oil and stir into the oils as well. (As the fragrance oil I used accelerates trace, I chose to add the fragrance oil prior to adding the aloe-lye mixture. However, you can add your chosen fragrance or essential oil at light trace if desired.)
Now pour the aloe-lye into the soapmaking oils and mix with an immersion blender until you reach trace.
Once your soap has traced, pour the soap batter into the cavities of your silicone mold. Cover the mold with plastic cling wrap if desired, then set aside in a safe location where it won’t be disturbed.
Your aloe vera soap bars should be ready to unmold the next day. If not, give them another day before unmolding.
Once you’ve unmolded your soap bars, set them aside in a dry location for a minimum of four weeks to cure. Then wrap and label as desired for personal use of gifting.
More Natural Skin Care Recipes
If you love my aloe vera soap recipe then you may also enjoy these other natural skin care and homemade soap recipes.
- Natural Calendula Soap Recipe
- Skin Soothing Moisture Whip Recipe with Aloe Vera
- Neem Oil Body Butter Recipe with Arnica Infused Coconut Oil
- Homemade Shaving Cream Recipe with Aloe Vera + Witch Hazel
- Honeybush Tea + Pumpkin Seed Salve Recipe
- Lavender Body Butter Recipe with Neem Oil
- Cucumber Mint Sugar Scrub Recipe with Aloe Oil
- Aloe Vera Bath Melts Recipe
- Tinted Moisture Lip Whip Recipe
- Natural Lavender Cream Deodorant Recipe with Neem Oil
- Plantain Soap Recipe with Frankincense + Date Sugar
Or discover more recipes for natural skin care products and homemade soaps by following my boards on Pinterest.
Want to Sell Your Homemade Products?
If you’d like to sell any of the homemade products you make from my natural skin care and soap recipes, you’ll need to follow good manufacturing practices (GMP) when making your products. You’ll find that the book, Good Manufacturing Practices for Soap and Cosmetic Handcrafters by Marie Gale, is a valuable resource if you’re just getting started making your own homemade soaps, skin care products and cosmetics.
In addition to GMP, you’ll also need to follow FDA guidelines for labeling your products. If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding labeling cosmetics, the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English by Marie Gale, spells out everything you need to know to legally label your handcrafted products.
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