Calendula Soap

Calendula Soap Recipe

This is a mild, unscented calendula soap bar that is gentle enough to use on almost everyone from babies to grandmothers. (Always do a small patch test first though, to be sure.)

It’s made with calendula infused oil and calendula tea. (Directions on how to make the oil can be found HERE and how to make the tea, HERE.)

This is a Cold Process Soap recipe. An overview of directions can be found on my Soap Making 101 post.

Calendula Soap

At trace: add up to one additional tablespoon of calendula infused oil.

This recipe is sized to fit my four pound homemade wooden molds. The inner dimensions are: 15 inches long, 3.5 inches wide and 2 inches tall.

Here’s a great site that will tell you how to calculate how big a batch of soap you should make for the size mold you have. Remember you can easily adjust amounts using a lye calculator.

If you’ve never made cold process soap before, take a peek at my Soap Making page for a few links and resources that might prove helpful.

For straightforward & easy to follow soap making directions, how to color your soap naturally, 25 of my favorite palm free soap recipes and more – check out my Natural Soap Making: Cold Process Basics & Recipes ebook!

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27 Responses to Calendula Soap

  1. It’s absolutely lovely and your photo setup is superb!

  2. Sonja - Marie says:

    I really love your site! Since I live in sweden and can’t get any calendula now, I’m wondering if it’s possible to do this recipe with lavender instead?

  3. Karly says:

    Can I add calendula petals into this recipe? If so, at what point would I add them? Thanks!

  4. Chato says:

    Hi! Can you please give me a recipe for making soap for sensitive skin, eczema kind of skin. I like the calendula type, can I make it without lye? With glycerin for example, and what else can I add to it? I want to make my own soap but I don’t know where to begin. I don’t like using lye, is it an important ingredient? Please help….Chato

    • Jan says:

      Hi Chato! Somewhere along the line, lye has to be involved in order to make soap. Soap is only obtained when you mix a caustic substance (lye) with oils. Without lye, you just have oil. Once the lye has reacted with the oil, it’s not lye anymore, just like the oil isn’t oil anymore. They both combine together in a chemical reaction to make soap! Even soap you buy in the store has lye (sodium hydroxide.) Check the label of your favorite soap: sodium palmitate means palm oil mixed with lye, sodium tallowate means tallow mixed with lye, sodium cocoate means coconut oil mixed with lye etc. If you don’t want to personally handle the lye though (and a lot of people don’t!), then you could check out my post on making soap without handling lye. That might give you a few ideas! :)

  5. Jack Siler says:

    You don’t sound nerdy to me. I travel a lot and live between Europe & the US. About 30 years ago a German friend stayed with me for a few months in Paris and mentioned her calendula soap. she was a poet and theatrical designer and a bit eccentric, so when she said she used calendula soap because it was a deodorant I wasn’t sure if I believed her. But I started using it and after a month or so I threw my underarm deodorant spray away and found a French product with calendula and either palm or coconut oil. It was soft on the skin and kept me odor-free.

    Unfortunately, about 5 years ago the pharmaceutical comany must have changed soap makers. The bar would melt away too quickly then expose an odd-shaped core bar that seemed to not contain the same ingredients. It was a product findable in the major chain of grocery/department stores throughout France.After a while they took it off the market. Apparently they decided it wasn’t profitable or they were bought out or who knows what.

    I have tried other calendula soaps, but they must have less calendula oil, because I’ve not found one with comparable deodorant qualities even when they are a nice bar of bath soap. The one I used for years apparently only used the oil, because you didn’t see petals or leaves in it.

    I’m in Connecticut for 3 weeks and wonder if you ever sell your soap. I’m not the sort who’d DIY, but i would love to find the equivalent of what I had.


    • Jan says:

      Hi Jack! That sounds like a terrific soap. I just sent you an email, for further conversation about obtaining a sample of calendula bar.

  6. Ron Tulotta says:

    I have 3 month old twin girls with sensitive skin. I have used a calendula soap on them but do not remember who it was purchased from.

    Does your soap sud up a good amount? The other did.

    I may have to make my own batch. Where can you buy lye and calendula leaves or dried flowers?

    • Jan says:

      Hi Ron! This soap suds up rather nicely. It’s very plain and unscented, which works for the extra sensitive ones in my family.
      I get lye from my local Tractor Supply store (in the section with plumbing odds & ends) or you can order some via
      Calendula flowers can be ordered from or or if you have a local health store, they might be able to hook you up with some.

  7. Tunde says:

    Hi! For the calendula infused oil you are using dried calendula flowers or fresh flowers? Which is the best?

  8. Angie says:

    Can I make this soap using the hot process?
    Thanks bunches and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    • Jan says:

      Hi Angie! From what I understand, most cold process recipes can also be made using hot process, so I would think it should work just fine. (You might want to double check with a hot process expert though!) :) I hope you have a very merry Christmas too!

  9. Uma says:

    I love your blog and your soaps are gorgeous and simple. Today I made an attempt to make my first CP soap with your inspiring Celendula soap recipe. I’ll know in 24 to 36 hours if I was actually successful in making it. Either way I’m happy I made an attempt and hoping it will get easier from here onwards. Thank you for sharing your recipes and knowledge. I’ll have an update how it turned out.

  10. Beth Wood says:

    I’m wondering if and how I could use calendula essential oil in place of the infused oil. I think I have calendula growing in the yard but because I couldn’t positively identify it, I havent used it…or dried it.

    • Jan says:

      Hi Beth! While I haven’t used calendula essential oil before, I would think that might work. You’d only want a tiny amount of essential oil versus an infused oil. Since I’m not familiar with using it though, I’m afraid I don’t have any knowledge as far as how much. You should be able to get some information on usage rates if you email or call the manufacturer of your brand. I hope it works for you!

  11. Michelle says:

    Hi! Love this recipe, have tried it a few times, but have a few questions….
    – how do you get it so white? Mine are coming out darker because of the olive oil i think.
    – what is the superfat and/or water percent ratio? I was trying to resize this for a mould I have and cant seem to get the right ratios as you.
    Thanks for your help, I learn so much from you :)

    • Jan says:

      Hi Michelle! I use light colored olive oil for my soaps (versus dark green), so that could be a factor. You also don’t want TOO strong of a tea, or it can affect final color. I need to go back in my old recipes and put in percentages to make converting easier – sorry about that! :)
      For this one:
      50% Olive Oil
      33% Coconut
      12% Sunflower
      5% Castor Oil
      and a 6% Superfat

  12. Calendula Soap was my very first soap that I made years ago and I loved it. It was very creamy. My infused olive oil was stored for 4 months. It naturally smelled great after the soap was made too.

  13. Grace says:

    Hello! I’d love to try making the soap for my son, but he is allergic to coconut. What are good alternatives to coconut oil, and do they offset the ratios of the other ingredients needed for this recipe?

    Thank you,

    • Jan says:

      Hi Grace, One of the best substitutes for coconut oil in soap, is babassu oil. (It’s also wonderful in body care products!) You can buy it from It will change the lye amount, but only by a small amount. Here’s a version using babassu oil instead:

      21 ounces olive oil (use part calendula infused oil)
      14 ounces babassu oil
      5 ounces sunflower oil
      2 ounces castor oil
      13 ounces of calendula infused water (tea)
      5.9 ounces of sodium hydroxide (lye)

      As a note – babassu is in the same family as palm, but not fraught with the same environmental concerns. It’s also NOT considered a nut, so can be explored by those with tree nut allergies as well.

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