Fall Essential Oil Blends for Soaps (Plus A Fall Soap Recipe with Cocoa Butter)

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Looking for fall essential oil blends for soaps? Try one of several great essential oil blend recipes in your fall inspired soaps this autumn. Plus learn how to make my easy fall soap recipe. Decorated with cute leaf embeds, this cold process fall soap recipe with cocoa butter is the perfect choice for daily cleansing as temps cool down and the stifling humidity of summer dissipates. 

Fall Essential Oil Blends for Soaps (Plus A Fall Soap Recipe with Cocoa Butter) Get into pumpkin spice season with this collection of fall essential oil blends for soaps for your autumn inspired natural soap recipes. Plus how to make the perfect cold process fall soap recipe with cocoa butter for your natural fall skin care routine. Decorated with cute leaf embeds, this homemade fall soap recipe is the perfect choice for daily cleansing as temps cool down and skin needs extra conditioning.

Plus discover fall skin care recipes for pumpkin spice bath bombs, DIY sugar scrubs, vanilla chai latte lotion bars and rebatched apple pie spice soap!

Crafting Fall Soaps with Essential Oils 

Fall is more than just pumpkin spice. So if you’re looking for creative ways to scent your fall soaps, then you’ve come to the right place.

Essential Oil Safety Tips

There are a number of fall essential oil blends for soaps that you can use in your homemade soap recipes for a natural fragrance. However, it’s important to keep in mind that some essential oils, while they may smell amazing, aren’t always skin friendly.

Cinnamon bark essential oil, for example, is not skin safe. It causes skin irritation and therefore should not be used homemade soaps or skin care recipes. On the other hand, cinnamon leaf essential oil, while also an irritant can be used as a small percentage of your recipes when properly diluted – sans those sensitive parts and mucous membranes. However, I know that I am allergic to cinnamon essential oil. Even in small concentrations as part of a fragrance oil, it makes my skin red, irritated and itchy when used in soaps. So it’s important to perform a patch test on skin prior to using oils that are known irritants.

It may be that you choose to avoid using cinnamon leaf essential oil in order to avoid possible skin sensitivities when making soaps for your family. Therefore I’ve chosen to include several fall essential oil blends for soaps that omit cinnamon essential oil entirely.

There’s so much to learn about essential oils. Not only are some essential oils, such as cinnamon, known skin irritants, many are also not safe to use when pregnant. While other essential oils should not be used on children, are or if you have certain medical conditions. Certain essential oils, including most citrus oils, can also be phototoxic. Therefore care should be taken to cover skin and use sun protection when spending time outdoors. Pets can also be affected by essential oils being diffused in your home. So follow up with your vet on which essential oils are not pet safe to avoid causing harm to your pets. You also should never leave your pets in a closed room with an essential oil diffuser

Where to Learn More

If you aren’t sure whether an essential oil is a skin irritant or not – unfortunately many of the scents for fall have the potential to be – you can check out the essential oil profile for each of the essential oils in these fall essential oil blends for soaps at Mountain Rose Herbs to learn more. You can also discover more tips for safely using essential oils here as well as an essential oil dilution chart here.

I’m so excited to use my own custom fall essential oil blends for soaps in upcoming recipes. Any one of these essential oil blends is the perfect match for my fall soap recipe with cocoa butter. So pick your favorite to customize the perfect homemade soaps for your family this fall! Or, if buying multiple essential oils is outside of your reach financially at this time, try out my fall soap recipe with your favorite seasonal, fall fragrance oil instead.  

Fall essential oil blends for soaps. Ready to bask in your favorite fall scents as part of your morning bath routine? Following are a number of my favorite fall essential oil blends for soaps. They can be used in both cold process soap recipes as well as melt and pour soap recipes and hot process soap. The best essential oil recipe blends for your soap making projects this autumn.

Fall Essential Oil Blends for Soaps

Ready to bask in your favorite fall scents as part of your morning bath routine? Following are a number of my favorite fall essential oil blends for soaps. They can be used in both cold process soap recipes as well as melt and pour soap recipes and hot process soap.

As these fall essential oil blends for soaps contain essential oils that can irritate skin if not properly diluted, I don’t recommend using more than .5% (or a half percent) in your soap formulations for those containing a high percentage of spice essential oils such as cinnamon and clove. However you can increase the amount up to 2% maximum for fall essential oil blends that either omit those essential oils or that are used in lower concentrations in a scent blend. Essential oils such as patchouli, lavender and frankincense have higher usage rates as they are generally skin safe and not irritating.

Additionally, if you’re looking to get more bang for your buck scent wise, you may find you can use a smaller percentage of fall essential oil blends in melt and pour soap recipes as well as hot process soaps. Alternately, you can also pop your soaps in the fridge, if you are making cold process soap, to prevent gel phase. (You can learn more about the gel phase in soap making at Lovin’ Soap here.)

Autumnal Bouquet Essential Oil Blend

Chai Tea Latte Essential Oil Blend

Pumpkin Spice Fall Essential Oil Blend

Fresh Baked Gingerbread Essential Oil Blend

Earth & Spice Fall Essential Oil Blend

Pumpkin spice soap embeds for fall soaps scented with natural fall essential oil blend recipes.

Patchouli Lovers Fall Essential Oil Blend

Mulled Cider Fall Essential Oil Blend

Frankincense Fall Essential Oil Blend

Fall Colors Essential Oil Blend

Fall Garden Wreath Essential Oil Blend

Simple 2-Ingredient Fall Essential Oil Blends

Not quite ready for the more complex fall essential oil blends? Try one of these simple two-part essential oil blends in your homemade soaps or even your essential oil diffuser at a one-to-one ratio. For soap making, I recommend using the Lavender 40-42 essential oil as it is standardized oil used in the perfume and fragrance industry. Primarily used for soap and candle making, it’s important to note that lavender 40-42 is not intended for therapeutic use.

Autumn Harvest Soap Recipe for Fall. A natural cold process soap recipe scented with fall essential oil blends for warm & spicy seasonal autumn scents.

Formulating a Fall Soap Recipe

As the seasons change from summer to fall, the air outside becomes drier and cooler. Our skin feels the environmental effects from this change and as a result it can also feel dry or itchy. Therefore you may find you need to switch up a number of your skin care products to account for this. I always find that I need to make a simple soap swap to negate the effects of the changing seasons. My easy fall soap recipe is perfectly suited for this time of year. It’s formulated so it won’t strip skin of the beneficial oils your skin needs to look and feel healthy as we make the transition from hot summer weather into the fall season.

My fall soap recipe is easy to make. It includes just four soap making fats – castor oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter and pomace olive oil. Perfect for both body and facial skin care, this homemade soap recipe contains a whopping 25% cocoa butter to condition skin in addition to 45% olive oil. While this fall soap does contain a high percentage of olive oil, you’ll find that the higher percentage of cocoa butter not only conditions skin, it also helps the bar harden faster. Thereby reducing the long cure that often comes with Castile and Bastille soap recipes.

Moisturizing DIY fall soap recipe with natural fall essential oil blend recipes for soap making. Learn how to make beautiful pumpkin spice inspired fall harvest soaps with this natural essential oil cold process soap recipe with cocoa butter for fall. Made with moisturizing cocoa butter, this homemade soap recipe is the perfect addition to your fall natural skin care routine. Make extra artisan handmade soaps to give as DIY gifts for back to school or seasonal fall gifts.

Adding Fall Essential Oil Blends to Your Soaps

To scent your soaps, you can make up a master batch of your chosen fall essential oil blends for soaps above. Then add your essential oil blend to your soap batter at a light trace. Alternately you can also substitute the fall essential oil blend with a fragrance oil of your choice. Typically fragrance oils have a usage rate of around 5% for homemade soaps. However, some fragrance oils have a lower usage rate so be sure to refer to manufacturer guidelines when determining the amount of fragrance you need for your fall soap recipes.

You should also be aware that some essential oils, such as black pepper, may increase trace. Typically, if I know an essential oil will hasten trace times, I add it to the oils prior to mixing the soap making oils with the lye. However, should your soap seize on you, don’t give it. As it heats up it will go into gel phase and your fall soap batter will start to look translucent. At this points you’ll be able to remix the soap batter as you would if you were making hot process soap. Once the soap looks a bit like mashed potatoes, it’s ready to go into the mold.

Fall Essential Oil Blends for your fall soap recipes. Plus a moisturizing fall soap recipe with cocoa butter for dry skin for your natural daily beauty regimen. Get into pumpkin spice season with this collection of fall essential oil blends for soaps for your autumn inspired natural soap recipes and homemade skin care recipes. Plus how to make the perfect cold process fall soap recipe with cocoa butter for your natural fall skin care routine for natural beauty.

Essential Oil Fall Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients for Fall Soap Embeds:

.8 oz. castor oil (10%)
1.6 oz. coconut oil (20%)
2.6 oz. cocoa butter (25%)
3.6 oz. pomace olive oil (45%)

2.85 fl. oz. distilled water (36% of oil weight)
1.05 oz. sodium hydroxide/lye (8% superfat)

.05 oz. fall essential oil blend, of choice (about .5%)
1/2 teaspoon apple green moss mica, or desired color
1/2 teaspoon copper sparkle mica, or desired color

Ingredients for Fall Soap Loaf:

2.4 oz. castor oil (10%)
4.8 oz. coconut oil (20%)
6 oz. cocoa butter (25%)
10.8 oz. pomace olive oil (45%)

7.9 fl. oz. distilled water (33% of oil weight)
3.25 oz. sodium hydroxide/lye (6% superfat)

.15 oz. fall essential oil blend, of choice (about .5%)
1 Tablespoon turmeric powder, or desired mica color
additional mica to swirl, if desired in color of choice

Autumn Leaf Soap Embeds for Autumn Harvest Soap

Fall Essential Oil Soap Making Notes:

If you’d like to incorporate soap embeds into your fall soap loaf, you will need to make these ahead of time. As the silicone leaf soap mold I chose had lots of smaller nooks and crannies, I did not apply a water discount to the recipe for embeds. However, this did mean I had to freeze my soap embeds the next day for about 3-4 hours to get them to come out of the mold cleanly.

I used this leaf soap mold for the embeds and this silicone loaf mold for the soap loaf. However, you can adjust this fall soap recipe to suit any size mold of your choosing. I also used a pumpkin shaped mold (and cut off the jack-o-lantern faces) to see what pumpkins inside the loaf would look like for two of my fall soap bars.

The embed soap recipe also has a higher superfat. Therefore it is soft enough that you can work with it like playdough to create custom shapes for soap embeds as desired. There is more than enough leftover soap to play with. Alternately, you can always use the same fall soap loaf recipe for both the embeds and the loaf. 

To make both the fall leaf soap embeds, as well as the fall soap loaf scented with your favorite of the fall essential oil blends, you need to follow basic cold process soap making directions. Simply make the soap embeds first, per the cold process soap making instructions below. Then, once the embeds have hardened, you are ready to make the soap loaf. You can find more detailed cold process soap making directions here to further guide you on your soap making journey.

You need to follow all safety precautions when making cold process soap from scratch. This includes using heat safe containers and non-aluminum containers and utensils. Protective clothing and eyewear is also highly recommended.

Autumn Leaf Soaps for Natural Fall Skin Care.

Fall Soap Making Instructions:

Now let’s make a loaf of homemade falls soaps with your favorite fall essential oils blends for soaps!

Begin by measuring out the water called for in the soap recipe. Pour into a heat safe container. Then use a digital scale to weigh out the lye into a separate container. Carefully pour the lye into the water in a well ventilated area. Then mix well until all the lye has dissolved and set aside. (This step can emit fumes. Therefore I recommend using an exhaust fan. Alternately, you can mix the lye into the water outdoors.)

Next, weigh out all the soap making oils and butters. This includes the cocoa butter, coconut oil, castor oil and pomace olive olive. Combine the carrier oils and cocoa butter in a heat safe container. Then melt the ingredients on the stove, in a crockpot or at reduced power in a microwave. Once melted, remove the melted oils and cocoa butter from the heat source and set aside.

While the lye-water and soapmaking oils cool, weigh out the the fall essential oil blend you’ve chosen for your soaps into a glass measuring cup. (You should prepare a master batch of your favorite fall essential oil blends for soaps prior to starting the soap making process.)

Then measure out the mica powder or other cold process soap colorant of your choice into a small dish or container separate from the essential oil blend.

Once both the lye-water and soap making oils reach about 85°F-90°F, you’re ready to continue making my fall soap recipe.

Fall leaf soap embeds in silicone leaf candy mold.

For the soap embeds.

Mix the lye water and soap making oils together, using an immersion blender, until the soap batter reaches a light trace. Then pour half of the soap batter into another heat safe container. Add the green mica powder to one container and the copper mica to the other. Then mix separately and pour into your mold(s.)

For the soap loaf.

Start by adding the soap colorant (and the essential oil blend if desired) to the melted soap making oils and cocoa butter. Mix briefly with an immersion blender to distribute the additives throughout the oil mixture.

Follow with the lye-water. Then mix until you achieve a light trace.

Add the fall essential oil blend to the soap batter if you did not add it in previous step. Then continue mixing the soap batter until you reach a medium to heavy trace. (I overmixed my soap batter to be sure I did not get a false trace as my fall soap recipe calls for a high percentage of cocoa butter.)

Wet soap in loaf mold. Fall soap recipe made using the cold process soap making method.

Pour a small layer of soap into the bottom of the loaf mold, then add any embeds you’d like to appear inside your fall soap loaf. Then pour the rest of the soap batter into the loaf mold. Use a fork or other utensil to add designs to the top of the soap loaf as desired. Then place the remaining soap embeds onto the top of the soap loaf. Set aside.

Unmolded fall soap loaf. A cold process soap recipe for natural fall skin care with leaf soap embeds.

You should be able to unmold your soaps after 24 to 48 hours. Once unmolded, cut the loaf into slices as desired. Then allow your fall soap bars to cure in a cool, dry location for four to six weeks. After which, you can wrap and label your soaps for personal use or to give as seasonal fall soap gifts.

If you’d like to sell the homemade soaps you create from my fall soap recipe, you need to follow good manufacturing practices (GMP) when making your homemade soaps. 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 also need to follow FDA guidelines for labeling your homemade soaps. 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 products in the United States.

Beautiful autumn harvest artisan soaps to craft in your kitchen this fall.

Love my fall soap recipe and collection of fall essential oil blends for soaps? Then be sure to pin this post to your Pinterest boards for later!

Creative Ways to Package Fall Soaps

Need ideas for creative ways to package your fall soaps you scented with your favorite fall essential oil blends for soaps? Check out this collection of soap packaging ideas to discover ways to use scrapbook papers, bakers twine, ribbon and other elements to elevate your fall soaps to the next level. There are also soap packaging ideas for using boxes and bags as well as tips for packaging round soaps. You can also find more inspiration for your soap packaging on Etsy here.

DIY pumpkin spice soap recipe. How to make moldable fall pumpkin spice melt and pour soaps shaped like pumpkins for fall skin care seasonal fall gifts.

More Soap Recipes for Your Fall Essential Oil Blends

You can swap out the fragrance oils in other fall soap recipes with your favorite fall essential oil blends for soaps to customize your creations with natural fragrances. Here are some of my other fall soap recipes you may enjoy. Just be sure to reduce the amount of the fall essential oil blends your use in these soaps to between .5%-2% depending on the recommended usage rate for those essential oils.

Not quite ready to try my fall soap recipe with your favorite fall essential oil blends? Then be sure to shop for handmade artisan soaps on Etsy here. I also have a huge collection of pumpkin spice bath and body favorites that you may enjoy. This collection includes not just seasonal fall soaps in pumpkin spice, but bath bombs, bubble bars, body butters, dry shampoo and more!

DIY beauty recipes for fall. Learn how to make fall inspired homemade skin care recipes for your daily skin care routine. Bring on the pumpkin spice and discover your favorite fall essential oil blends with beauty recipes for DIY solid sugar scrub cubes, rebatched apple pie spice soap, vanilla chai latte lotion bars & easy DIY pumpkin spice bath bombs from top bath and beauty bloggers.

New Fall Skin Care Recipes to Try 

Once you’ve made homemade soaps for fall, be sure to check out some of these other fantastic fall skin care recipes for all over body care. You’ll find that your favorite fall essential oil blends will work great in these cool weather inspired homemade skin care recipes.

  • DIY Sugar Scrub Cubes (3 Recipes for Fall)

Learn how to make three fall-inspired DIY sugar scrub cubes: fall bouquet, cinnamon churro and caffè mocha. These easy to make sugar scrub cubes exfoliate, moisturize and cleanse your skin all in one simple step. They’re made with melt and pour soap, shea butter and coconut oil for gentle cleansing. Plus, they’re scented with fall essential oil blends and dried flowers so they’re both non-toxic and all-natural. Get the recipes here.

  • Apple Pie Spice Oatmeal Doughnut Soaps

Turn hotel soaps into adorable DIY apple pie spice oatmeal doughnut soaps for autumn with this easy soap making tutorial.  These rebatched soaps are easy to make with bars of soap, ground oatmeal, and an apple pie spice fall essential oil blend. Learn how to make yours here.

  • Vanilla Chai Latte DIY Lotion Bars

Turn your favorite fall drink into easy DIY lotion bars with this fall skin care recipe! These chai latte massage bars are made with all-natural moisturizing ingredients. The recipe includes traditional chai ingredients (and a hint of vanilla) to spice up your new go-to fall lotion bar. Get the recipe now.

  • DIY Pumpkin Spice Bath Bombs (3 Fall Bath Bomb Recipes)

Celebrate autumn with three fall bath bomb recipes! Pumpkin spice, pumpkin spice latte and pumpkin pie bath bombs create cozy fall vibes while you relax in the tub. These easy homemade bath bombs are also made with fall essential oil blends and contain natural, moisturizing ingredients that hydrate your skin while you enjoy the aromatherapy benefits of the essential oils. Learn to make them now.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bath Bombs with Coconut Oil & Buttermilk Powder

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Learn how to make moisturizing chocolate chip cookie dough bath bombs with coconut oil. Scented with a sweet cookie dough fragrance, these homemade bath bombs are made with richly hydrating buttermilk powder and coconut oil for a calorie free self care treat.

Bath bombs with coconut oil. Learn how to make DIY chocolate chip cookie dough bath bombs with coconut oil & buttermilk. Scented with a sweet cookie dough fragrance oil, these DIY bath bombs are made with richly hydrating buttermilk powder and coconut oil for a calorie free self care treat in your bathtub. Learn how to make bath bombs now with these easy homemade bath bomb recipe from Soap Deli News.

Cookie dough is my jam. Specifically chocolate chip cookie dough. I admit, Ben & Jerry’s makes me a swoon a little. And when my hormones are taking the lead on my stomach’s food choices, it’s no chore to down a pint in one sitting. So how could I resist making chocolate chip cookie dough bath bombs?

Just as real deal chocolate chip cookie dough is a treat for PMS, these chocolate chips cookie dough bath bombs are a self care delight for bath time. These moisturizing bath bombs are made with powdered buttermilk and coconut oil to nourish and hydrate skin. While a cookie dough scented fragrance oil sweeps your senses off to a sweetly scented, calorie free dreamland.

DIY bath bombs with coconut oil. Learn how to make DIY chocolate chip cookie dough bath bombs with coconut oil & buttermilk with this easy bath bomb recipe from Soap Deli News. Scented with a sweet cookie dough fragrance oil, these DIY bath bombs are made with richly hydrating buttermilk powder and coconut oil for a calorie free self care treat in your bathtub.

If you’ve never made bath bombs before, you can learn how to make bath bombs here. Filled with handy tips and tricks, this post is not only filled with tips and tricks for making bath bombs, it also directs you on how to formulate your own bath bomb recipes. You’ll also find a number of bath bomb recipes – some of which are all natural – to inspire your creativity.

As I know a lot of you may be new to making bath bombs, it’s possible you don’t have a digital scale on hand. However, by using weights as the unit of measurement, you will be able to scale this bath bomb recipe with coconut oil accurately, as needed. 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bath Bombs with Coconut Oil & Buttermilk Powder. Learn how to make moisturizing chocolate chip cookie dough bath bombs with coconut oil. Scented with a sweet cookie dough fragrance, these homemade bath bombs are made with richly hydrating buttermilk powder and coconut oil for a calorie free self care treat.

Cookie Dough Bath Bombs with Coconut Oil

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Cookie Dough Bath Bomb Ingredients:

16 oz. baking soda
8 oz. citric acid
1 oz. powdered buttermilk
.5 oz. white kaolin (cosmetic) clay
.5 oz. arrowroot powder
4 oz. coconut oil
.6 oz. Polysorbate 80 (to help disperse the fragrance oil & mica)
.6 oz. Cookie Dough fragrance oil
Flax seed or poppy seeds, to suit
pinch of skin safe brown mica powder

Additional Tools & Supplies:

Heavy duty round bath bomb molds
Spray bottle with isopropyl alcohol (or witch hazel)
Mixing bowls
Digital scale

How to make bath bombs with coconut oil. Craft these chocolate chip cookie dough scented DIY bath bombs with coconut oil & buttermilk for a lush, moisturizing spa bath experience. Scented with a sweet cookie dough fragrance oil, these DIY bath bombs are made with richly hydrating buttermilk powder and coconut oil for a calorie free self care treat in your bathtub.

Instructions on How to Make Bath Bombs with Coconut Oil:

Using a digital scale, weigh out the baking soda, citric acid, powdered buttermilk, clay and arrowroot powder into a large mixing bowl. Then add a pinch of the brown mica and either the flax seed, or poppy seeds, to suit. (These will serve as the chocolate chips in your cookie dough bath bombs.)

Next, whisk the ingredients together until they are thoroughly combined.

Now weigh out the coconut oil into a separate container. If solid, gently heat the coconut oil until melted. Then weigh out and stir in the Polysorbate 80.

Add the fragrance oil to the coconut mixture, then mix thoroughly to combine.

Now add the scented coconut oil to the dry ingredients, mixing as you go. (You don’t want to overdo it.)

You want your bath bomb mixture to be the consistency of wet sand. It should also hold together when you press a clump into your hand and drop it back into the bowl. If the bath bomb mixture is too dry, you can use your spray bottle with isopropyl alcohol (or witch hazel) to moisten the ingredients further. Alternately, you may also add additional coconut oil as needed.

Now it’s time to make mold the chocolate chip cookie dough bath bombs with coconut oil. Using a two-part round bath bomb mold of your choice, make each bath bomb one at a time, unmolding the first and then following with the next. (The molds I linked too have two sizes to choose from.)

To mold your bath bombs with coconut oil, pile the mixture into each side of the round bath bomb molds. Lightly compact the bath bomb mixture into each half of the mold, then pile more of the bath bomb mixture into each half.

Next, firmly press both sides of the the bath bomb molds together. Don’t twist.

Then unmold the bath bomb you just made.

Repeat for each of your bath bombs with coconut oil until you’ve used up all of the bath bomb mixture.

Finally, allow the bath bombs to dry and harden, about 24 hours.

You can now either wrap your bath bombs tightly in foodservice film, shrinkwrap bags or package them in boxes for homemade gifts. Alternately, you can also store your bath bombs with coconut in an airtight container until they’re ready for use.

Bath bombs with coconut oil. Learn how to make DIY chocolate chip cookie dough bath bombs with coconut oil & buttermilk. Scented with a sweet cookie dough fragrance oil, these DIY bath bombs are made with richly hydrating buttermilk powder and coconut oil for a calorie free self care treat in your bathtub. Learn how to make bath bombs now with these easy homemade bath bomb recipe from Soap Deli News.

If you like this recipe for making chocolate chip cookie dough bath bombs with coconut oil & buttermilk, then be sure to pin this bath bomb recipe to save for later. Or check out all of my bath bomb recipes here.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bath Bombs with Coconut Oil

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bath Bombs with Coconut Oil

Learn how to make moisturizing chocolate chip cookie dough bath bombs with coconut oil. Scented with a sweet cookie dough fragrance, these homemade bath bombs are made with richly hydrating buttermilk powder and coconut oil for a calorie free self care treat.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Materials

  • 16 oz. baking soda
  • 8 oz. citric acid
  • 1 oz. powdered buttermilk
  • .5 oz. white kaolin clay
  • .5 oz. arrowroot powder
  • 4 oz. coconut oil
  • .6 oz. Polysorbate 80
  • .6 oz. Cookie Dough fragrance oil
  • Flax seed or poppy seeds, to suit
  • pinch of skin safe brown mica powder

Tools

  • Stainless steel round bath bomb molds
  • Spray bottle with isopropyl alcohol (or witch hazel)
  • Mixing bowls
  • Digital scale

Instructions

  1. Using a digital scale, weigh out the baking soda, citric acid, powdered buttermilk, clay and arrowroot powder into a large mixing bowl. Add a pinch of the brown mica and either the flax seed, or poppy seeds, to suit.
  2. Next, whisk the ingredients together until they are thoroughly combined.
  3. Now weigh out the coconut oil into a separate container. If solid, gently heat the coconut oil until melted. Then weigh out and stir in the Polysorbate 80.
  4. Add the fragrance oil to the coconut mixture, then mix thoroughly to combine.
  5. Now add the scented coconut oil to the dry ingredients, mixing as you go. You want your bath bomb mixture to be the consistency of wet sand. If the bath bomb mixture is too dry, you can use your spray bottle with isopropyl alcohol (or witch hazel) to moisten the ingredients further.
  6. Using a two-part round bath bomb mold of your choice, make each bath bomb one at a time, unmolding the first and then following with the next.
  7. Repeat for each of your bath bombs with coconut oil until you’ve used up all of the bath bomb mixture.
  8. Finally, allow the bath bombs to dry and harden, about 24 hours.
  9. You wrap your bath bombs tightly in foodservice film, or store in an airtight container, until they're ready for use.

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More DIY Bath Bombs to Make with Coconut Oil

For more ideas for bath bombs with coconut oil, be sure to check out these other homemade bath bomb recipes. Coconut oil can easily be substituted in each of these easy, no fail bath bomb recipes for the body butters. Or try them with a combination of both!

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Easy Bath Bomb Recipe with Natural Ingredients for Beautiful Glowing Skin

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This easy bath bomb recipe is crafted with a combination of skin conditioning butters and essential oils. Naturally colored with spinach powder and French green clay, this natural bath bomb recipe not only fights the visible signs of aging, it can also help prevent or clear up back acne. While the other skin care ingredients prevent your skin from being stripped of beneficial oils – a known cause of overproduction of sebum that can lead to oily skin and acne.

Easy Bath Bomb Recipe with Natural Ingredients for Beautiful Glowing Skin. This easy bath bomb recipe is crafted with a combination of skin conditioning butters and essential oils. Naturally colored with spinach powder and French green clay, this natural bath bomb recipe not only fights the visible signs of aging, it can also help prevent or clear up back acne. Plus tips and tricks for making the perfect bath bombs!

Easy Bath Bombs Your Skin Will Love

If you’ve never made bath bombs before, you may have found that first time a little challenging.  There are a number of factors that go into making bath bombs, and unfortunately, they can easily be affected by humidity. While you can’t control the weather, there are tips and tricks for making that perfect no fail bath bomb. These tips, in combination with an easy bath bomb recipe, can help guarantee success from the start.

Many store bought bath bombs are filled with cheap, synthetic ingredients. Not only can these ingredients irritate sensitive skin, they really don’t offer any skin care benefits. Therefore, I created an easy bath bomb recipe that contains natural ingredients that skin loves.

If you’re familiar with my previous bath bomb recipes, then you know how much I love using natural butters like cocoa, shea and mango butters in my bath bomb recipes. Including a body butter in your bath bomb formulation makes the finished product more moisturizing. Additionally, you’ll also find that adding butters to your homemade bath bombs helps your bath bombs harden faster. And it can even help them resist the unwanted effects of high humidity. Therefore, I chose to include mango butter in this homemade bath bomb recipe.

Additionally, rather than use mica powder or lake dyes to color this easy bath bomb recipe, I chose to work with natural, plant-based colorants instead. For this particular bath bomb recipe, I used both French green clay and nutrient rich natural spinach powder. When combined, these two natural ingredients give this easy bath bomb recipe a forest green tint. This is, of course, in addition to the natural skin care benefits these ingredients offer.

Easy Bath Bomb Recipe with Natural Ingredients for Beautiful Glowing Skin. This easy bath bomb recipe is crafted with a combination of skin conditioning butters and essential oils. Naturally colored with spinach powder and French green clay, this natural bath bomb recipe not only fights the visible signs of aging, it can also help prevent or clear up back acne. Plus tips and tricks for making the perfect bath bombs!

Skin Care Benefits of Natural Bath Bomb Ingredients

So, just what are the benefits of using these natural ingredients in your homemade bath bombs? And why are ingredients like mango butter, spinach powder and French green clay good for our skin?

Skin Care Benefits of Spinach Powder

Spinach plays an important role in skin care, whether you’re consuming it and incorporating it into your natural skin care routine. Spinach is naturally rich in iron, folate, chlorophyll, Vitamin E, magnesium, Vitamin A, fiber, plant protein, and Vitamin C. As Vitamins C, E, and A have antioxidant abilities, they are are especially beneficial for your skin. These antioxidants destroy free radicals that cause premature aging. Antioxidants can also help fight the visible signs of aging and even out your complexion. Thereby making your skin look and feel more radiant.

Spinach powder is also amazing at reducing acne to promote clear skin. Whether you use spinach powder as a mask, or in my easy bath bomb recipe, you’ll find that it removes both dirt & oil and reduces inflammation for rejuvenated skin. This makes spinach powder especially useful at treating back acne which tends to be more prevalent in the summer, regardless of your skin type, when incorporated into a bath bomb. However, you can also use spinach powder as an added ingredient in both melt and pour soap and cold process soap recipes.

Skin Care Benefits of French Green Clay

As with other clays, French green clay offers a variety of skin care benefits when incorporated into natural skin care products, such as my easy bath bomb recipe. Green, due to its high content of iron oxide and decomposed plant matter, French green clay (also known as Illite clay) is also rich in dolomite, manganese, silica, copper, phosphorous, magnesium, zinc and calcium. Not only does this clay detox skin to remove impurities, it also cleanses and gently exfoliates skin.

French green clay, like spinach powder, is also suitable for oily, clogged and acne prone skin. As it’s a highly absorbent clay, it is able to hold almost equal its weight in liquid. However, there’s no need to be concerned if you don’t have oily or acne prone skin. French green clay is gentle enough that it’s suited for all skin types. Therefore it makes a wonderful addition to facial masks, soaps and deodorants to gently detox and clarify skin.

Skin Care Benefits of Mango Butter

Like spinach powder, mango butter is also vitamins like A and E, essential fatty acids and natural antioxidants. A highly moisturizing plant-based butter, mango butter is light and non-greasy. And, because mango butter is non-comedogenic, it won’t clog pores or aggravate acne prone skin. This makes mango butter suitable for pretty much every skin type – even if you have acne prone skin.

Tips and tricks for making bath bombs the easy way plus a natural bath bomb recipe with moisturizing mango butter, French green clay and spinach powder.

Tips & Tricks for Making My Easy Bath Bomb Recipe

Now that you’re familiar with the ingredients I added to my natural bath bomb recipe for their inherent skin care properties, here are a few tips and tricks to help you create the perfect bath bombs.

Bath Bomb Tip #1

When formulating your own bath bomb recipes, it’s important to add dry ingredients in addition to the baking soda and citric acid that give bath bombs their fizz. This not only helps to bind your bath bombs together, it can also prevent a premature fizz. Dry ingredients that are commonly used for this purpose include arrowroot powder, cream of tartar, cornstarch and clay. Just be sure that the additional dry ingredients don’t equal more than one half the weight of the citric acid called for in your bath bomb recipe.

Bath Bomb Tip #2

Before mixing the dry ingredients for your bath bomb formulations, you should sift them first through a sieve. This will help avoid lumps and bumps in your bath bombs.

Bath Bomb Tip #3

Naturally scenting your bath bombs with citrus essential oils can hinder your bath bombs’ ability to fully dry. You can counteract this, however, by adding hard butters to your bath bomb recipe.

Bath Bomb Tip #4

Use water soluble colorants to color your bath bombs such as lake dyes or dyes specifically formulated for use in bath bombs. Otherwise, if you use micas to color your bath bombs, you’ll also need to use Polysorbate 80 to prevent your colorants from staining the tub or skin. It will also prevent a ring around the tub or floating mica. The recommended usage rate for Polysorbate 80 is 1-2% of the total batch weight and should be added to the liquids prior to mixing the dry and wet ingredients together.

It’s also important to keep in mind that not all green colorants, including green chromium oxide, aren’t approved by the FDA for use in bath bombs. So be sure to do your research on colorants before deciding which ones to use. Additionally, if you are selling your homemade bath bombs, it’s important that you use batch certified colorants.

How to pack and unmold bath bombs. Must know bath bomb tips and tricks for making your own homemade bath bombs for natural skin care.

Bath Bomb Tip #5

When using a two part bath bomb mold it’s important not to pack each side before pressing the two sides of the mold together. Otherwise, the two sides won’t stick together. Instead, you should pile each side of the mold loosely with your bath bomb mixture. Lightly compact each side, then pile more of the bath bomb mixture into each side of the mold. Finally, firmly press both sides of your bath bomb mold together. (It’s important not to twist the two sides of mold together when using a round bath bomb mold.) Then gently tap around the edges of the mold with a spoon to release your bath bomb.

For one piece bath bomb molds, use the same process. However, instead of pressing the mold against another half, firmly pack the remaining bath bomb mixture into the mold with your hands. Tap the mold with a spoon to help release the bath bomb if necessary. I like to set these molds onto a cutting board, then tap until the bath bomb slides out when the mold is lifted off.

Bath Bomb Tip #6

Your bath bomb mixture, once mixed should be the consistency of wet sand. When picking up a clump of the mixture with your hands, it should hold together when squeezed then dropped back into the container. This is important. If your bath bombs are too dry they may crumble and not hold together. On the other hand, if they are too wet, you may get a premature fizz in addition to having difficulty releasing the bath bombs from the mold.

Bath Bomb Tip #7

If you’re new to making bath bombs, then I highly recommend Amanda Gail Aaron’s book, Fun in the Tub: Creating Bath Bombs, Solid Bubble Bath, Bubble Frosting and Bubble Scoops. Amanda, the author behind the blog Lovin’ Soap, shares an array of helpful tips and tricks for making bath bombs in this DIY bath bomb book. In addition, she not only provides a combination of easy  to advanced bath bomb recipes, she also focuses on formulation and teaches you how to modify recipes to work in your environment.

Making My Easy Bath Bomb Recipe

Are you ready to try my easy bath bomb recipe with mango butter and essential oils? Let’s get started!

As I formulated my easy bath bomb recipe with only natural ingredients, I chose to scent my bath bombs with a combination of essential oils. This essential oil blend is an uplifting combination of lemongrass (or lemon), palmarosa and bergamot essentials oils. However, you have the option of substituting my essential oil blend with one of your choice. Alternately, if you don’t mind using synthetic fragrances, you can also use a skin safe fragrance oil at the recommended percentage rate. (This is determined by the manufacturer and can vary by scent.)

I used the leaf mold and the small round mold from this bath bomb mold collection for my easy bath bomb recipe. (I cannot tell you how much I LOVE these molds!) However, you’re welcome to use any molds of your choosing.

Easy mango butter bath bomb recipe with natural colorants. This easy bath bomb recipe is crafted with a combination of skin conditioning butters and essential oils. Naturally colored with spinach powder and French green clay, this natural bath bomb recipe not only fights the visible signs of aging, it can also help prevent or clear up back acne. Plus tips and tricks for making the perfect bath bombs!

Easy Bath Bomb Recipe with Mango Butter

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

8 oz. baking soda
4.5 oz citric acid
.5 oz. spinach powder
.25 oz. arrowroot powder
.25 oz. French green clay
2 oz. mango butter
liquid carrier oil of choice, as needed
2 mL lemongrass (or lemon) essential oil
1 mL palmarosa essential oil
1 mL bergamot essential oil

Instructions:

Begin by weighing out mango butter. (You will need a digital scale for this step.) Place the mango butter into a heat safe container. Heat at 30% power in the microwave, or using the double boiler method, until melted. Remove from heat.

Next, measure out the essential oils using a fresh graduated plastic transfer pipette for each essential oil. Then add to the melted mango butter. Mix to combine. Then set aside.

Next, weigh out the baking soda, citric acid, arrowroot powder, spinach powder and French green clay into a in a separate container. Mix the dry ingredients until thoroughly combined.

Now add the melted mango butter with the essential oils to the dry ingredients mixing as you go. Mix until the entire concoction is the consistency of wet sand. If it’s too dry, stir in a small amount of a carrier oil of your choice, a little at a time, until it reaches the proper consistency. (See tip #6.)

To make this easy bath bomb recipe, pile the mixture into your bath bomb mold of choice. Lightly compact the bath bomb mixture into the mold, then repeat the step. Follow by firmly pressing the bath bomb mixture into the mold. Then unmold. (See tip #5 for more detailed instructions.)

Easy Bath Bomb Recipe with essential oils & natural colorants. This easy bath bomb recipe is crafted with a combination of skin conditioning butters and essential oils. Naturally colored with spinach powder and French green clay, this natural bath bomb recipe not only fights the visible signs of aging, it can also help prevent or clear up back acne. Plus tips and tricks for making the perfect bath bombs!

Once your homemade bath bombs have hardened, wrap as desired for personal use or gifting.

If you’d like to sell your natural bath bombs, then you will need to follow all labeling requirements for your product. If you aren’t familiar with how to label your homemade bath bombs for sale, then I recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.

Benefits of Rose Essential Oil Rose essential oil lends more than just a wonderful fragrance. Rose essential oil, when used in skin care applications, is purported to hydrate dry skin, clear acne, reduce signs of aging, minimize the appearance of scars and help with conditions such as eczema and rosacea.

More Easy Bath Bomb Recipes

Now that you’ve tried my easy bath bomb recipe with mango butter, here are some other homemade bath bomb recipes you can make.

Once you’re comfortable making bath bombs, you can also make rainbow bar embeds for rainbow hidden color bath bombs. You can find the recipe for rainbow hidden color bath bomb embeds here.

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Rubber Ducky Soap Tutorial for Kids Who Love Sesame Street

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Learn how to make fun DIY rubber ducky soaps for children’s gifts or party favors with this easy rubber ducky soap tutorial. They’re the perfect bath time treat for kids who love Sesame Street!

Rubber Duck Soap DIY. If you have a Sesame Street fan of your own at home, then add this rubber ducky soap tutorial to your project list! Not only are these melt and pour soaps a cute gift idea for a child or grandchild, you can also make them for rubber ducky party favors for a child's birthday party or baby shower.

Growing Up with Sesame Street

I was born in the 70s. So, like many other Genexers, I grew up watching Sesame Street. My favorite character was always a toss up between Oscar the Grouch and Cookie Monster. However, my mom bought me a Cookie Monster plush – which is hiding out somewhere in my parents basement right now – that I absolutely adored. I’d make him paper chocolate chip cookies as a child to feed to him. And occasionally I’d even try to feed him real chocolate chip cookies. While they certainly created a crumbly mess, I was determined to never let my Cookie Monster go hungry.

And then of course, there is the famous pair, Bert and Ernie. Their unique sibling like relationship reminded me, that while we may not always get along, at the end of the day we make up with one another and move forward. It’s also hard to forget Ernie’s rubber ducky song. Tub treats, whether it’s a rubber ducky soap or a bath bomb, definitely make bath time more fun – even in adulthood. Thus, Sesame Street was the inspiration for this rubber ducky soap tutorial.

No matter who your favorite Sesame Street character is, or was, they are all amazing and unique individuals. I love that the characters are all so very different from another. Yet they still find ways to connect, come together and help each other out. Looking back, Sesame Street was educational in many ways. The show helped me excel not just through teaching letters, words and numbers. It also offered a social education. Sesame Street is, and always has been, a safe space where every child can find acceptance and learn kindness. And that is why I’m so excited about Sesame Street’s Yellow Feather Fund.

Rubber Ducky Soap Tutorial. Learn how to make fun DIY rubber ducky soaps for children's gifts or party favors with this easy rubber ducky soap tutorial. They're the perfect bath time treat for young fans of Sesame Street!

Sesame Street Yellow Feather Fund

Sesame Street started was created almost 50 years ago as a way to help level the playing field for underprivileged children. They have since continued to do that in a multitude of ways, and in more than 150 countries around the world. The Sesame Street Yellow Feather Fund is a continuation of this goal. A grassroots avenue for fans and supporters, this charity is working to make a meaningful difference in the lives of children wherever they are.

I actually just learned about this charity last week. However, I found their mission to help every child meaningful to me on a personal level.

Education is so important. It teaches us more than just reading, math and facts about the world around us. It also teaches us how to think for ourselves, reach for goals and strive for success. The mission of the Sesame Street Yellow Feather Fund is really an extension of the show’s goals. It’s objective is to bring education to children in need. Not just to kids in the United States (where we are so fortunate to be afforded so many opportunities) but also to children around the world.

Some of their work includes the following.

  • Their “See Amazing in All Children” initiative helps reduce stigma and misconceptions about autism which affects 1 in 68 kids.
  • They help military families cope with tough situations like deployment, injury or even returning to civilian life.
  • Their girl Muppet characters, such as Zari in Afghanistan and Chamki in India, show both girls and boys the importance of educating and empowering girls, while also encouraging them to dream big.
  • To help young refugees who have had to flee homes and schools, this charity also works with the International Rescue Committee to bring education directly to children affected by this humanitarian crisis.

You can learn more about the Sesame Street Yellow Feather fund on their website here.

Learn how to make fun DIY rubber ducky soaps for children's gifts or party favors with this easy rubber ducky soap tutorial. They're the perfect bath time treat for young fans of Sesame Street!

Rubber Ducky Soap Tutorial

If you have a Sesame Street fan of your own at home, then add this rubber ducky soap tutorial to your project list! Not only are these melt and pour soaps a cute gift idea for a child or grandchild, you can also make them for rubber ducky party favors for a child’s birthday party or baby shower.

Easy rubber duck soap tutorial for birthday party favors or baby showers. A super cute DIY gift idea for kids! Learn how to make fun DIY rubber ducky soaps for children's gifts or party favors with this easy rubber ducky soap tutorial. They're the perfect bath time treat for young fans of Sesame Street!

Rubber Ducky Soap Recipe

This recipe rubby ducky soap recipe yields six 3.5-ounce bars with approximately 1.5-2 ounces of whipped soap.

Ingredients for Rubber Ducky Soaps:

3/4 pound of clear suspension melt and pour soap, cut into cubes
2 teaspoons banana fragrance oil
Blue mica soap dye
1 tablespoon blue eco-friendly fine cosmetic glitter
2 teaspoons white eco-friendly fine cosmetic glitter
1 cup whipped soap base
2 tablespoons liquid vegetable glycerin
1 tablespoon cornstarch

Rubber Duck Soap Making Supplies

Materials & Supplies:

Oval silicone soap mold
Small rubber ducks
Spray bottle of rubbing alcohol
1 microwave safe measuring cup
Reusable piping bag
Large frosting tip

Rubber Duck Soap DIY. If you have a Sesame Street fan of your own at home, then add this rubber ducky soap tutorial to your project list! Not only are these melt and pour soaps a cute gift idea for a child or grandchild, you can also make them for rubber ducky party favors for a child's birthday party or baby shower.

Rubber Ducky Soap Making Instructions:

To make these DIY rubber ducky soaps, you’ll start by adding 1/2 pound of the clear melt and pour soap to a measuring cup. Melt in the microwave in 30 second bursts, stirring and repeating until completely melted.

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Next, mix in banana fragrance oil, blue mica and blue cosmetic glitter.

Spray your soap mold with the rubbing alcohol to prevent bubbles on the bottom of the soap.

How to make rubber ducks soaps.

Then pour the soap mixture into your mold.

Now spray the tops of soap you just poured with rubbing alcohol to prevent air bubbles on the tops of the soap.

Allow the soap to harden at least 3 hours or until completely firm. Then gently remove from the mold.

Once the oval soaps have hardened, you’re ready for the next step.

How to make DIY melt and pour rubber ducky soaps without lye for DIY birthday party favors.

Add whipped soap base and glycerin to mixing bowl. Mix for 1 minute using an electric hand blender.

Then fold the cornstarch into mixture. (This will help to avoid having the cornstarch dust up when you use the mixer.)

Now add the remaining 1/4 cup of melted clear soap base to mixture. Mix for 1 minute.

Follow with the white cosmetic glitter. Add the glitter to the mixture then beat until the mixture forms peaks. (This is the same process as basically making meringue.) If your frosting is not stiff enough, add a bit more cornstarch and mix in. Repeat until the mixture is firm.

Homemade rubber duck soap tutorial for DIY gifts for kids. How to make DIY melt and pour rubber ducky soaps without lye for DIY birthday party favors.

Now add the soap frosting to your piping bag.

Spray the tops of the oval soaps with rubbing alcohol. (This will help the whipped soap adhere to the soap.) Then, working quickly, pipe the frosting onto your soap. (The frosting will begin to harden after about 5 minutes, so you may want to practice before hand.)

Once you’ve piped on the soap frosting, add a rubber duck to the top of each bar of soap.

DIY rubber duck soap tutorial for DIY gifts for kids. How to make DIY melt and pour rubber ducky soaps without lye for DIY birthday party favors.

You can then package your cute rubber ducky soaps as desired. I recommend using large cellophane treat bags with a ribbon to tie the top closed.

The kids will LOVE these fun rubber ducky soaps at bath time! The ducks even squeak when you squeeze them.

Rubber Ducky Soap Tutorial. Learn how to make fun DIY rubber ducky soaps for children's gifts or party favors with this easy rubber ducky soap tutorial. They're the perfect bath time treat for young fans of Sesame Street!

Don’t have time to make these DIY rubber ducky soaps? Then be sure to pin this easy melt and pour soap making project for later!

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More Soap Making Ideas Kids Will Love

If you like this rubber ducky soap tutorial, then you may also enjoy some of my other melt and pour soap recipes. The following soap making tutorials use melt and pour soap bases and make great DIY gifts for kids!

Homemade Stocking Stuffer Gift Idea for Christmas - DIY Gingerbread Man Snow Globe Soap

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Gardeners Soap Recipe with Exfoliating Botanicals

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This homemade cold process gardeners soap recipe is made with exfoliating botanicals and three skin conditioning body butters. So it doesn’t just get you clean, it also helps to nourish skin!

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Life is messy. Sometimes it’s even dirty. So when it comes time to clean up the dirt left behind from your summer shenanigans, projects and gardening, you need a soap that’s created just for such situations.

Formulating a Gardeners Soap Recipe

The problem with a lot of gardening soaps is that they are super cleansing. Obviously if you need soap that’s powerful enough to get off that caked on grime – and whatever else water is fleeing in sheer horror from – they’re likely to strip your skin. You’re clean, but your skin also feels tight and dry. So you try an extra conditioning soap bar instead. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t work as well as you need it to on your muck and mayhem. And in this day and age, no one has time to scrub their skin into next weekend.

So why not make a gardeners soap recipe that embraces BOTH of these characteristics? That’s just what I did! Formulated to be extra cleansing – with the inclusion of exfoliating botanicals to help scrub dirt away – this cold process gardeners soap recipe is also extra conditioning. So you get clean AND your skin stays balanced.

Gardeners soap recipe. How to make a DIY gardeners soap recipe with exfoliating botanicals & mosquito repelling essential oils for your natural summer skin care routine. If you get dirty, then is essential soap recipe is a must for life's messes! Learn how to make this exfoliating gardeners soap for DIY gardener gifts or to use in your home throughout the year.

I then took my gardeners soap recipe to the next level by adding a simple blend of essential oils that outdoor bugs and mosquitoes prefer to stay very far away from. And while the general consensus is, that soap being a wash off product, isn’t effective at discouraging biting insects, I figure it can’t hurt.

I used to make my brother lemongrass soap every year before his annual camping trips. He swore up and down it worked for him – he never came home with mosquito bites – so I’m not about to knock that notion totally out of the water.

If you’re looking for a leave on mosquito repellent, however, be sure to check out my insect repellent body butter recipe here. You may also want to check out these research based tick repellent recipes with essential oils from the Tisserand Institute.

Now let’s make this cold process gardeners soap recipe!

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Homemade Gardeners Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

2.4 oz. babassu oil (15%)
1.6 oz. castor oil (10%)
4.8 oz. pomace olive oil (30%)
2.4 oz. mango butter (15%)
2.4 oz. unrefined shea butter (15%)
2.4 oz. tucuma butter (15%)

5.3 oz. distilled water (33% of oil weight)
2.1 oz. sodium hydroxide/lye (8% superfat)

.1 oz. lemon eucalyptus essential oil
.1 oz. marjoram essential oil
.1 oz. Virginia cedarwood essential oil
1 Tablespoon French green clay
1/2 teaspoon calendula flower powder
1/2 teaspoon cornsilk powder
1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
1 teaspoon Alpine green mica, optional

Gardeners soap recipe with exfoliating botanicals. How to make a cold process DIY gardeners soap recipe with exfoliating botanicals & mosquito repelling essential oils for your natural summer skin care routine. If you get dirty, then is essential soap recipe is a must for life's messes! Learn how to make this exfoliating gardeners soap for DIY gardener gifts or to use in your home throughout the year.

Gardeners Soap Making Notes:

If you’ve never made cold process soap before, I encourage you to check out my soap making tutorial on how to make soap from scratch. Or check out the book, The Complete Guide to Natural Soap Making, by Amanda Gail Aaron.

This homemade gardeners soap hardens up rather nicely and is easily cut the next day if using a loaf mold. If you’re using individual cavity molds, however, I recommend waiting an extra day or so before unmolding so your edges come out clean. Alternately you can use a steeper water discount – I’d recommend 30% of the oil weight – or you can also add either a teaspoon of sodium lactate or salt to this gardeners soap recipe to get a firmer bar out of the mold.

I used both the succulent silicone soap mold from Brambleberry as well as this silicone chrysanthemum mold for my gardeners soap recipe. The end recipe yielded four 2.5 oz. succulent shaped soaps and three 4 oz. chrysanthemum shaped soaps.

I chose the botanical exfoliants for this soap based on what I had on hand. While pumice is common in a gardeners soap recipe, I decided to use gentler exfoliants instead. However, you can swap out any of these exfoliants as desired with those of your choice.

Gardeners soap recipe. This gardeners soap recipe is made with exfoliating botanicals and three nourishing body butters so it doesn't just get you clean, it also conditions skin! Learn how to make this DIY gardeners soap recipe now at Soap Deli News blog.

Instructions:

This gardeners soap recipe is made using the cold process soapmaking method. You need to follow all safety precautions when making cold process soap from scratch. This includes using heat safe containers and non-aluminum containers and utensils. Protective clothing and eyewear is also highly recommended.

To make this homemade soap, begin by measuring out the water (or other liquid) called for in the recipe in a heat safe container. Then use a digital scale to weigh out the lye into a separate container. Carefully pour the lye into the water in a well ventilated area. Then mix well until all the lye has dissolved and set aside. (This step can emit fumes. Therefore I recommend using an exhaust fan. Alternately, you can mix the lye into the water outdoors.)

Next, weigh out all the soapmaking oils and butters. This includes the babassu oil, castor oil, olive oil, mango butter, shea butter and tucuma butter. Combine the carrier oils and soap making butters in a heat safe container. Then melt the ingredients on the stove, in a crockpot or at reduced power in a microwave. Once melted, remove the melted oils and butters from the heat source and set aside.

While the lye-water and soapmaking oils cool, weigh the essential oils out and combine in a glass measuring cup. Likewise, measure out the clay, mica and exfoliants and combine in a small dish or container separate from the essential oils.

Once both the lye-water and soapmaking oils are about 95°F, you’re ready to continue making my gardeners soap recipe.

Gardeners soap recipe. This gardeners soap recipe is made with exfoliating botanicals and three nourishing body butters so it doesn't just get you clean, it also conditions skin! Learn how to make this DIY gardeners soap recipe now at Soap Deli News blog.

Start by adding the clay, exfoliants and mica to the melted soapmaking oils and butters. Mix briefly with an immersion blender to distribute the additives throughout the oil mixture.

Follow with the lye-water. Then mix until you achieve a light trace.

Add the essential oils.Continue mixing the soap batter until you reach a medium to heavy trace. (I overmixed my soap batter to be sure I did not get a false trace as my gardeners soap recipe calls for a high percentage of hard butters.)

Finally, pour the soap into your molds. Cover the tops of the soap with plastic wrap or parchment paper. Then set a tea towel on top of the soap to insulate the soap and ensure goes through gel phase. (You can learn more about the gel phase in soap making at Lovin’ Soap here.)

Unmold your soaps after 24 hours, then leave in a cool, dry location to cure for four to six weeks. At which point, you can wrap and label your soaps for personal use or handmade gifts.

If you’d like to sell the homemade soaps you make from my gardeners soap recipe, you need to follow good manufacturing practices (GMP) when making your homemade soaps. 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 also need to follow FDA guidelines for labeling your homemade soaps. 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 products in the United States.

Gardeners soap recipe. This gardeners soap recipe is made with exfoliating botanicals and three nourishing body butters so it doesn't just get you clean, it also conditions skin! Learn how to make this DIY gardeners soap recipe now at Soap Deli News blog.

If you like my gardeners soap recipe, then be sure to pin it for later. You can also try my gardeners soap recipe from last year. It can can be found here.

Not quite ready to make my gardeners soap recipe or simply need a scrubby soap you can use right away? Shop for handmade artisan gardeners soaps on Etsy here.

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