Natural Lemongrass & Neem Oil Soap Recipe

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This natural lemongrass and neem oil soap recipe contains both neem oil and evening primrose oil, both prized for their medicinal skin care properties that can help to tackle tough skin issues like eczema. In addition, this natural lemongrass and neem oil soap recipe is scented with an energizing blend of lemongrass essential oil and a touch of sage.

This natural lemongrass and neem oil soap recipe contains both neem oil and evening primrose oil, both prized for their medicinal skin care properties that can help to tackle tough skin issues like eczema. In addition, this natural lemongrass and neem oil soap recipe is scented with an energizing blend of lemongrass essential oil and a touch of sage and tea tree oil.

This natural lemongrass and neem oil soap recipe contains both neem oil and evening primrose oil, both prized for their medicinal skin care properties that can help to tackle tough skin issues like eczema. In addition, this natural lemongrass and neem oil soap recipe is scented with an energizing blend of lemongrass essential oil and a touch of sage.

Natural Lemongrass & Neem Oil Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

3.6 oz. avocado oil
1.8 oz. cocoa butter
5.4 oz. 76° melt point refined coconut oil
1.8 oz. evening primrose oil
13.3 oz. virgin olive oil
4.7 oz. palm kernel flakes
1.8 oz. safflower oil
3.6 oz. 100% neem oil

11.8 oz. distilled water
4.9 oz. sodium hydroxide/lye

2 Tablespoons white kaolin (cosmetic) clay
.5 oz. lemongrass sage essential oil blend
.2 oz. tea tree oil
1 teaspoon sodium lactate (60% solution)

Soap Notes:

water as % of oils=33%
8% superfat

This coconut oil facial soap recipe is palm free and will yield 10 bars of soap approximately 5 oz. each depending on how they are cut. This palm free cold process soap recipe will fit inside my DIY wooden loaf soap mold.

As this lemongrass and neem oil soap recipe has a high amount of olive oil and doesn’t make a super hard bar – it rates a 39 for hardness out of the recommended 29-54 range at SoapCalc (learn more about using lye calcs here) – I added a small amount of sodium lactate to the recipe. This is optional. If you don’t have palm kernel flakes on hand – which are included for both lather and hardness – you can substitute with palm kernel oil. Alternately, you can also make this homemade soap recipe palm free by substituting the palm kernel flakes with lard. If you make substitutions, however, you MUST run this lemongrass and neem oil soap recipe back through a lye calculator.

For visual interest I added two bars of soap to this recipe. I simply cut them into cubes and placed the soap cubes inside my prepared soap mold before pouring the soap. The two bars of soap I used are my Lemon & Poppyseed Soap (recipe here) and my Natural Black Clay & Sea Salt Soap (recipe here.) Adding the soap will increase the final weight of the soap bars to around 6 oz. each.

I did use a fragrance oil for this soap recipe. However the sage side of the lemongrass sage fragrance oil I used was a bit too potent for me, so I made it a little more lemon-y by adding the lemongrass essential oil and the tea tree oil which rounded it out quite nicely. You can always omit the fragrance oil from this homemade soap recipe if you’d like a completely natural soap bar and simply increase the amount of the essential oils used.

Instructions:

You’ll need to follow my basic cold process soapmaking instructions for this natural lemongrass and neem oil soap recipe.

(If you’ve never made cold process soap before here’s another good, inexpensive beginner’s cold process soap recipe. Or download my free beginner soapmaking ebook.) Be sure to take all proper safety precautions when working with lye including goggles and gloves.

Begin by measuring out the distilled water in fluid ounces. Pour into a heat safe pitcher. Next, using a digital scale weigh out the lye. Slowly pour the lye into the water in a well ventilated area and stir until all the lye has dissolved. Set aside to cool.

Now weigh out the eight soapmaking oils and butter using a digital scale and combine in a stainless steel pot. Heat until the oils and cocoa butter have melted completely, then remove from heat.

Now prepare your fragrance oil and essential oils by weighing them out into a glass Pyrex measuring cup. Set aside.

Measure out the kaolin clay into a small container and also set aside.

When the lye-water has cooled to around 90°-95°F – you want the soapmaking oils and lye-water to be about the same temperature – you’re ready to make soap.

Measure out the sodium lactate and stir into the cooled lye-water.

Add the clay to melted and cooled soapmaking oils. Mix with a stick blender until thoroughly combined.

Now slowly pour the lye-water into the soapmaking oils. Mix with a stick blender until you reach a light trace, then add the fragrance and essential oils. Mix with the stick blender until you reach a medium trace.

Now pour the soap into your prepared mold.  (If you are using a wooden soap mold you will need to line it first.)

Level the top of the poured soap with needed. Then lightly cover the top of the mold with a section of cardboard and set aside in a safe location where it won’t be disturbed.

After 24 hours your can unmold your lemongrass and neem oil soap. (If you omitted the sodium lactate and your homemade soap is still soft, simply wait an extra day before unmolding.) Once you’ve unmolded your soap, cut it into bars and set them aside to cure for approximately 4 weeks before use.

Once your natural lemongrass and neem oil soaps have cured, simply wrap your soap bars and label as desired. (Go here to learn how to make your own custom soap labels.)

Like this neem oil soap recipe? Then be sure to check out my other bath, body and skin care recipes that contain neem oil as a key ingredient. Then follow me on Pinterest for even more of my homemade soap recipes as well as some of my favorite bath and body DIY’s from around the web.

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Lemon & Poppyseed Nut Free Soap Recipe

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This homemade nut free soap recipe contains zero nut oils so even those with nut allergies can enjoy this classically scented lemon poppyseed soap.

This simple homemade nut free soap recipe contains zero nut oils so even those with nut allergies can enjoy this classically scented lemon poppyseed soap. While coconut oil traditionally boosts lather in homemade cold process soap recipes, this nut free soap recipe instead uses palm kernel flakes which has similar lather boosting properties. In addition it also incorporates less costly ingredients for those who are soaping on a budget.

This homemade nut free soap recipe contains zero nut oils so even those with nut allergies can enjoy this classically scented lemon poppyseed soap.

Lemon & Poppyseed Nut Free Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

9 oz. palm kernel flakes
10.8 oz. sustainable palm oil
14.4 oz. rice bran oil
1.8 oz. castor oil

11.8 oz. distilled water
4.9 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

1.1 oz. lemongrass essential oil
1 teaspoon turmeric root powder
1 teaspoon poppy seeds

Soap Notes:

Water as % of oils=33%
7% superfat

This nut free soap recipe will yield 10-12 bars of soap approximately 4 oz. each depending on how they are cut and fits inside my DIY wooden loaf soap mold.

You can substitute sustainable palm kernel oil for the palm kernel flakes in this homemade soap recipe without having to make adjustments to the amount of lye needed. You can also substitute pomace olive oil for all or half of the rice bran oil if desired. You won’t need to run this nut free soap recipe back through a lye calculator if you aren’t resizing the batch or changing it in anyway. However, if you are resizing the batch for any reason, be sure to run the numbers back through a lye calculator.

The turmeric powder in this homemade soap recipe is used for a natural color to give the soap more of a yellow pop of color. It is optional. The lemongrass essential oil does make this soap yellow on it’s own, it’s just not as deep of a yellow color.

Instructions:

To make this natural lemon and poppyseed nut free soap recipe, you’ll need to follow your basic cold process soapmaking method instructions. (If you’ve never made cold process soap before here’s another good, inexpensive beginner’s cold process soap recipe you can try.) Be sure to take all proper safety precautions when working with lye including goggles and gloves.

Begin by measuring out the distilled water in fluid ounces. Pour into a heat safe pitcher. Next, using a digital scale weigh out the lye. Slowly pour the lye into the water in a well ventilated area and stir until all the lye has dissolved. Set aside to cool.

Now weigh out the palm kernel flakes, palm oil, rice bran oil and castor oil using a digital scale and combine in a stainless steel pot. Heat until melted, then remove from heat and set aside.

Next weigh out the lemongrass essential oil and set aside. Use a measuring spoon to measure out the turmeric powder and poppy seeds and set these aside as well until you’re ready to make your soap.

Once the lye-water and soapmaking oils have cooled to around 90°-95°F you’re ready to make this nut free soap recipe.

Add the turmeric powder to the soapmaking oils and mix with a stick blender until fully incorporated.

Now you’ll slowly pour the lye-water into the soapmaking oils. Mix with a stick blender until you reach a light trace, then add the essential oil and poppy seeds. Mix again until the soap starts to thicken again and all ingredients are fully blended into the soap, then pour the soap into your prepared mold.

Palm oil tends to trace quickly as well as heat up a lot, so I didn’t cover this soap once it was poured into the mold.

This homemade nut free soap recipe contains zero nut oils so even those with nut allergies can enjoy this classically scented lemon poppyseed soap.

After 24 hours you can unmold your homemade nut free soap loaf and cut it into bars. Allow your soaps to cure 4-6 weeks before use, then wrap and label as desired.

For more of my homemade soap recipes as well as bath and beauty DIY’s be sure to visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen. You can also follow me on Pinterest for collections of not only my homemade soap recipes and beauty DIY’s but also some of my favorites from around the web.

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Lemongrass Mint Homemade Soap Recipe

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Lemon Mint Homemade Soap Recipe

This cold process homemade soap recipe is basic enough for the beginner soapmaker and yields approximately 10 – 12 basic homemade soap bars perfect for summer. The fresh fragrance blend of lemongrass, lemon verbena and spearmint makes for an extra refreshing and eye opening morning shower!

Lemongrass & Mint Homemade Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

13.5 oz. pomace olive oil
6.6 oz. sustainable palm oil
13 oz. 76° melt point coconut oil
2 oz. rice bran oil
1.5 oz. refined shea butter

5.1 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide
12 oz. distilled water

2 oz. Lemongrass Mint fragrance oil
1/8-1/4 teaspoon yellow iron oxide to suit
pinch to 1/4 teaspoon chromium green iron oxide to suit

Instructions:

To make this homemade soap recipe you’ll need to follow my basic cold process homemade soapmaking instructions. You will need a digital scale, a hand/stick blender, and a soapmaking mold. (Make your own DIY Wooden Loaf Soap Mold!)

Begin by weighing out the lye and water. Slowly pour the lye into the water and mix well until dissolved. Set aside to cool.

Now weigh out the soapmaking oils and combine in a large non-aluminum pot. I recommend stainless steel. Heat on the stovetop over medium heat until all the oils and shea butter have melted. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Once the soapmaking oils and lye-water have cooled to around 95°F-100°F pour the lye-water into the oils and add the yellow iron oxide. Mix until you achieve a light trace then add the fragrance oil. Once the soap is about the consistency of custard, pour half to 2/3 of the soap into your prepared mold. Now add the chromium green iron oxide to the remaining soap in the pot. Mix well until fully incorporated then pour the remaining soap onto the first layer you previously poured. Tap to remove any air bubbles, then cover and insulate for 24 hours.

After the insulation period has passed, unmold the soap loaf and cut into bars. (Make your own DIY Soap Cutter!) Allow to cure 3-6 weeks before use.

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