Homemade Apple Donut Soaps for Natural Anti-Aging Skin Care
Learn how to make homemade apple donut soaps. A fun and wonderful cold process soap recipe to incorporate into your natural anti-aging skin care routine!
Donuts continue to be on trend. And while your waistline may not agree with this particular trend, you can enjoy my homemade apple donut soaps without worry. Naturally sugar free, these DIY donut soaps are made with natural apple powder to gently exfoliate and rejuvenate skin. All without any calories for your waist to worry about.
In addition, this homemade soap recipe also contains moisture rich kokum butter and shea oil making these homemade apple donut soaps a must have staple for your morning skin care routine.
Why Use Apple Powder?
Apples are naturally rich in alpha-hydroxy acids. Specifically, apples contain malic acid. Used in skin care products to reduce the visible signs of aging, malic acid exfoliates skin to remove dead skin cells, promotes skin hydration and helps keep skin clear and acne free.
Additionally, some studies suggest that using a skin care product containing both malic acid and vitamin C can help with hyperpigmentation that also comes with aging. (Source.)
I also used French green clay in the recipe for my homemade apple donut soaps in addition to the apple powder. French green clay not only gives this homemade soap its natural color, but it’s also rich in nutrients. It’s believed that this natural clay can also tone and detox skin. Clay also adds an extra creaminess to the lather.
Because aging skin tends to be dry, I carefully formulated this soap recipe so that it won’t strip your skin of all its natural oils. As it’s a low cleansing and high conditioning soap, your skin won’t feel tight or dry after use.
However you can add an extra layer of moisture to your skin after you shower if desired. If you have exceedingly dry skin I recommend applying my soothing moisture whip after bathing. (You can find my favorite moisturizer recipe here.)
If my homemade apple donut soaps sound like something your skin can benefit from, keep reading to learn how to make them yourself!
Homemade Apple Donut Soaps
4.8 fl. oz. distilled water
2.15 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide
Tips for Making Cold Process Soap:
You’ll need to take safety precautions when making my homemade apple donut soaps. This includes wearing proper eye protection, long sleeve clothing and gloves.
Additionally, you should double check any containers you are using to be sure they are heat safe. And none of your containers or your utensils used for soapmaking should be aluminum. Stick to stainless steel, Type 5 polypropylene plastic and tempered glass to avoid a potential disaster. Also be sure to check your soapmaking equipment regularly for signs of wear and etching and replace as needed.
My recipe for homemade apple donut soaps is made using the cold process soapmaking method. If you’ve never made cold process soap, please check out my tutorial on how to make cold process soap. If this recipe then seems a little daunting to you, then I strongly encourage you to start with a beginner’s cold process soap recipe.
How to Make Donut Soap with Apple Powder
Begin by preparing the lye solution for your homemade apple soap donuts. To do this, measure out the distilled water in fluid ounces into a heat safe, non-aluminum container. Then, in a separate container, use a digital scale to weigh out the lye. Pour the lye into the container of water then mix until all of the lye has dissolved. Set aside.
Next, weigh out the carrier oils and kokum butter. Combine in a separate heat safe container or stainless steel pot. Heat either in the microwave (for non-metal containers) at 50% power or over medium-low to medium heat on the stove top. Once melted remove the soapmaking oils from heat and set aside to cool.
While you are waiting for the lye-water and the soapmaking oils for your homemade apple donut soaps to cool, weigh out the (optional) fragrance or essential oil and set aside. You should also use a measuring spoon to measure out the apple powder, French green clay and (optional) green mica powder.
When both the lye-water and the soapmaking oils have cooled to around 90°-95°F, you’re ready to make soap.
Start by adding the apple powder, clay and mica to the soapmaking oils. Mix briefly with an immersion blender until the powders are evenly distributed throughout the oils.
Then carefully pour the lye-water into the soapmaking oils. Mix with with your immersion blender until the soap reaches a light trace. Then add the fragrance oil. Continue mixing until the fragrance oil is fully incorporated into the soap batter.
Once the soap has again reached a light to medium trace, pour the soap into a donut silicone mold.
Cover the mold with plastic cling wrap or parchment paper if desired, then set aside in a safe location where it won’t be disturbed. Your homemade apple donut soaps should be ready to unmold 24-48 hours later.
Once removed from the mold, allow your soaps to cure for four weeks. After your homemade donut apples soaps have cured, you can add the melt and pour soap “icing.”
Decorate Your Homemade Apple Donut Soaps with Icing
Now that your homemade apple donut soaps have cured and the excess moisture has evaporated you can add the decorative icing! For the icing I used a combination of both clear and white melt and pour soap bases. However, you can use one or the other as it suits you.
To achieve the look of my iced homemade apple donut soaps, you will need both a clear and white melt and pour soap base, sparkle pink mica and a mauvey gem or purple mica powder. You will also need a container of rainbow nonpareils candy sprinkles.
Cut a large chunk of both the clear and melt and pour soap bases into smaller cubes. Then place the clear melt and pour soap base into a 2-cup glass measuring cup and the white melt and pour soap base into a 1-cup glass measuring cup. Heat each base separately in the microwave in 20-30 second increments until melted. Then remove from heat.
Stir the sparkle pink mica to suit into the clear melt and pour soap base. Then stir the purple mica to suit into the white melt and pour soap base (for a pastel accent.) Allow to cool. When the soap starts to form a skin on the top, restir.
Now turn each of the homemade apple donut soaps upside down and dip the tops into the pink melt and pour soap base one at a time. If the color of the icing isn’t dark enough, you can add a bit more mica and/or dip the soaps into the melted soap a second time until desired look is achieved.
Once all of the soaps have pink icing, you can add a drizzle of purple icing and candies to your soaps. Simply remix the purple melt and pour soap and drizzle over the top of each of your homemade apple donut soaps.
After drizzling purple soap onto each of your donut soaps, sprinkle the rainbow nonpareils candy sprinkles into the freshly poured soap before it cools completely.
Once the melt and pour soap has cooled completely your homemade apple donut soaps are complete! Simply wrap each of your homemade soaps tightly in foodservice film for personal use or gifting.
If you enjoyed my soapmaking tutorial for crafting your own homemade apple donut soaps, then you may also like my other skin care recipes for making my homemade green apple soaps with apricot kernel oil, my homemade donut soaps with watermelon powder and my solid salt scrub donuts.
Where to Buy Donut Soaps & Bath Bombs
Not 100% certain about making my homemade apple donut soaps? No worries. There are a lot of wonderful artisan soapmakers you can purchase both homemade donut soaps and bath bombs from on Etsy. Following is a collection of my favorite donut bath and body products.
- Apple Donut Bath Bombs from Wick and Lather (pictured above)
- Chocolate Sprinkle Donut Soap from LoveLee Soaps
- Chocolate Mini Donut Soap Soap from AJ Sweet Soap
- Chocolate Cherry Donut Bath Bomb from The Little Soap Store
- Donut Lovers Soap Gift Set from Sassy Muggins
- Lavender Mint Bath Bomb Donut from Blue Violet Soaps
- Mermaid Bath Donut from Happy Hippie Soul (pictured above)
- Unicorn Donut Bath Bomb from L’apothicaire Plush Co.
- Donut Bath Bomb with Soap Frosting from Orange Door Gifts & More
- Donuts & Coffee Mineral Mud Soap Bar from Urban Whip
- Strawberry Vanilla Donut Bakery Soap from Heritage House Co.
- Sweet Treats Donut Bath Bomb from Wildwood Bath Co.
More Bath & Beauty Recipes You May Enjoy
- Homemade Bath Melts Recipe via Lia Griffith (pictured above)
- Homemade Rosemary Lotion Recipe via Lia Griffith
- Non-Greasy Matcha Green Tea Body Butter Recipe via Everything Pretty
- Basic Bastille Soap Recipe with Essential Oils via Everything Pretty
- Natural Strawberry Banana Soap Recipe via The Nourished Life
- Foaming Ginger & Turmeric Face Polish Recipe via Soap Deli News
- Hydrating Facial Toner Recipe via Lia Griffith (pictured above)
- Watermelon Soap Recipe with Real Watermelon Fruit via Everything Pretty
- Homemade Green Tea & Turmeric Soap via Soap Deli News
- Exfoliating Cleanser Recipe with Natural Fruit Extracts via The Nourished Life
- Lavender Bergamot Salt Bar Recipe via The Nourished Life
- Lime Mint Sugar Scrub Recipe via Everything Pretty
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