Carrot & Honey Soap Recipe

Carrot and Honey Homemade Soap Recipe

This carrot and honey soap is one of my most popular bars! Most people like to use it as a gentle facial cleanser, but it can be used as a body bar as well.

I loaded it up with anti-aging and moisturizing ingredients, so it’s especially suitable for dry, mature skin. Though, having said that, a teenager I know loves how it helps their acne-prone skin as well.

Each time I’ve made this recipe, I’ve changed it around a bit, pending on which oils I have available. I’ll post two versions here, in this post. The orange color comes mostly from the addition of palm fruit oil which is a dark red color.

 

Carrot & Honey Soap Recipe – Version 1

You can buy most of the ingredients you need for this soap from Mountain Rose Herbs. Your local health or grocery store may carry some of the oils as well. I buy lye from my local Tractor Supply store, but you can also buy it online at Brambleberry.com.

Make according to the directions in my Soap Making 101 post.

This recipe is sized to fit my wooden box molds which are non-standard and homemade – the inner dimensions of the molds are: 16 inches by 11.5 inches by 2 inches.  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.

 

Carrot and Honey Cold Process Soap Recipe

Carrot & Honey Soap Recipe – Version 2

This recipe was adapted from the original because I didn’t have quite enough coconut oil or olive oil on hand. I did some substitutions and reran the numbers through a lye calculator to account for the changes.

You can buy most of the ingredients you need for this soap from Mountain Rose Herbs. You can also check your local health or grocery store for some of the oils. I buy my lye from my local Tractor Supply store, but you can also buy it online at Brambleberry.com.

Make according to the directions in my Soap Making 101 post.

This recipe is sized to fit my wooden box molds which are non-standard and homemade – the inner dimensions of the molds are: 16 inches by 11.5 inches by 2 inches.  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.

 

*These recipes contains palm oil. I am aware of the controversy surrounding palm oil and and in the past only bought certified organic, sustainably farmed from Mountain Rose Herbs. I am working diligently on making all of my recipes palm-free & this one will be converted as soon as I’m able to revise it. (Until then, check the Soap Making page on my blog for a selection of palm-free recipes.)

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You might also like these other soap related posts:

Soap Making 101   Rosa Rugosa Homemade Palm Free Soap Recipe   Hollyhock soap

 

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26 Responses to Carrot & Honey Soap Recipe

  1. Alanea Eichler says:

    Im still fairly new “again” I had done soap crafting about 5 years ago but never got to adventurous. Im wondering is there an oil that could work as a Palm oil sub.

    • Jan says:

      Hi Alanea! There’s two ways you could use:

      1.) Use the base of a recipe that doesn’t have palm oil and transform it into a palm-free carrot soap. For example, you could take my recipe for Rosa Rugosa Soap from here:

      http://thenerdyfarmwife.com/rosa-rugosa-soap-recipe-palm-free/

      and to turn it carrot & honey all we have to do is use the base recipe, but put carrot juice/water combo instead of rose infusion & change up the things you add at trace to match the carrot theme:

      28 ounces coconut oil
      42 ounces olive oil
      12 ounces sunflower oil
      11.73 ounces lye
      26 ounces strained carrot juice/water combo

      at trace, add: 1/2 tablespoon raw honey, 10 drops carrot seed essential oil, 1 tablespoon mango butter (or shea butter), 1 tablespoon rosehip seed oil (or other preferred oil), 1/2 tablespoon tamanu oil, 1/8 teaspoon rosemary antioxidants

      The only thing is that while the carrot juice might lend a little color, the main orange comes from palm fruit oil. You could look at this page though:

      http://www.lovinsoap.com/2011/07/natural-soap-colorants-gallery-spice-and-herbal-powders-at-trace/

      and maybe go with something like annatto seed powder?

      Option (2.) is to substitute whatever oils/butters you have on hand using a lye calculator like the one here:

      https://www.thesage.com/calcs/lyecalc2.php

      If you click on the oil links in the calculator, it’ll tell you what percentage you should aim for. (i.e. too much coconut oil is drying, too much olive oil makes a too soft bar, etc.)

      I hope this helped answer your question. Please let me know if you have any more! :)

  2. mizshel says:

    any alternative or substitute for mango butter? thank you! :-)

    • Jan says:

      Hi mizshel! :) You can substitute any type of butter such as shea or cocoa or you can even leave it out and just put in two extra ounces of another oil BUT any change you decide on, you’ll need to plug the numbers into the lye calculator since it will likely change the amount of lye you’ll need:
      https://www.thesage.com/calcs/lyecalc2.php

  3. hannah says:

    i want to try this recipe, but what can i use instead of the palm fruit oil? and can i use red palm oil for the palm kernel oil in this recipe? thanks!

    • Jan says:

      Hi Hannah,

      The Palm Fruit oil that I used to buy is red so we may be talking about the same thing; the Palm Kernel oil is white. I believe they both have different rates of lye needed to saponify them, so if you substitute one for the other, just run the new oil amounts through a lye calculator first. Too much red palm oil will end up making your bar too dark and potentially staining, so keep that in mind too.

      You could also use a recipe like I have for Dandelion Soap – I need to add it to the soap making page, but you can find it in my free dandelion eBook here:
      http://thenerdyfarmwife.com/things-to-do-with-dandelions/

      I took my dandelion soap recipe (which was similar to this carrot one) and made it palm free. To make up for the lack of red palm oil, I added annatto seed powder, which you could use here to add some carrot color. You could use that recipe, use carrot juice instead of dandelion tea and swap around the items added at trace.

      It’s on my list to remake this one to be palm free, I just haven’t gotten that far on it yet! But hope to in the next month or two! :)

      There’s lots of flexibility in most recipes, as long as you run your changes through a lye calculator first! :)

  4. Nancy says:

    I have never heard of Palm Fruit Oil? I am not opposed to Palm Oil, Costa Rica has farms to grow it, and helps the country.

    Where can I get Palm Fruit Oil?

  5. Nancy says:

    Sorry, saw a place to buy it, but I would have to buy a gallon!! So, what else could I use??? I do have red palm oil

  6. StarFire says:

    Hi. :-) What does this soap smell like?

    • Jan says:

      Hi StarFire! :) It’s mostly unscented with a trace of honey scent. You could add essential oils if you’d like, but I usually keep mine unscented or lightly scented due to preference & some family members with smell sensitivity.

  7. Sheena Heitman says:

    I have a question for this recipe as well as others. I’ve made a couple of your simpler recipes using the hot process method though they did turn out well I have yet to actually use them because I do believe in allowing them to sit out and air for a couple of weeks to harden up a bit. Could you please explain to me how I would do this recipe in the hot process method? I am very new to soap making and I have a friend that I think would benefit from this recipe that I am visiting in about 3 weeks so I need to make this fast lol! Any advice or instructions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much for such wonderful recipes!

    • Jan says:

      Hi Sheena! I’ve not tried this recipe hot process, but I think that it would work just like you did your other hot process batches with one adjustment – I wouldn’t add the honey in until the last stirring, right before you spoon the cooked soap into a mold. Honey can overheat on you sometimes, so that’s a good way to control it. I recently made a new carrot soap that used cooked carrot puree (or you could use baby food too) instead of carrot juice for part of the liquid. I quite like it so far! One more thing: where you add this at trace along with the 1/2 tablespoon of raw honey:
      “10 drops carrot seed essential oil, 1 tablespoon mango butter, 1 tablespoon rosehip seed oil, 1/2 tablespoon tamanu oil and 1/8 teaspoon rosemary antioxidants”
      Those are optional (though I love them added in!), and I would probably stir them in with the honey as well, right before putting in the mold. If you use mango (or shea or cocoa butter), make sure that’s melted before stirring in.
      Again, I haven’t made this one hot process, but that’s the way I would try first. I hope your friend likes the recipe and you have a great visit!

  8. Sheena Heitman says:

    Thank you for the instructions! I wasn’t for sure when to add the “at trace” ingredients with hot process but lucky for me the way you’ve explained it in your response is the way I’ve been doing it so far! Now, do you have any advice on drying times and making the soap dry faster without using all the water/lye discount stuff? I purchased a few of your e-books last night and haven’t read them yet. Maybe something is in there about it but I have been really busy today so no time to read them just yet! My daughter’s suffer from the allergies like your son and just changing our body soap has worked wonders on them! I am researching how to completely get rid of all hygiene products and make all of my own! Do you have any e-books or any books you would recommend on a complete change? I have a lot of people interested in what I am doing and I want to allow others to use the things I make so they can convert into an all organic and all natural lifestyle!

    • Jan says:

      Hi Sheena! Thanks for buying the ebooks! The soap can firm up faster if you use a little less water OR something that I’ve been doing lately is adding 1 teaspoon salt to the water before adding lye. It really helps so you can unmold it faster. (This is for cold process though, haven’t tried it with hot process.) I’ve also set bars in front of a box fan for a couple of days & I do think that helped. One person wrote in the comments before that she put her soaps in her dehydrator & they did great! I haven’t tried that myself, but it sounds like a pretty smart idea! For other ebook ideas – you might like the upcoming ultimate healthy living bundle sale (80ish e-books & e-courses super discounted for around $29) – you can see a button for it on my sidebar & a way to get it discounted or free when you tell others about it.

  9. Shane says:

    Hi! I’m kinda new at soapmaking. I am a highschool student, and requires an investigatory project just to pass my grades. Then, i thought of squash soap. What ingredients do you recommend so that my project will be successful? Thank you. Please reply ASAP. :)

  10. sheena heitman says:

    I actually have the bars in front of a fan right now. And I already have gotten all the people I needed to sign up to get the free ebooks!! I can’t wait to get them! I am going to try the dehydrator thing. Maybe it will work or maybe it won’t but I can say I tried lol.

    • Jan says:

      Yay! I’m so excited you’re getting a free set of ebooks! I’ve gotten to peek at them and it’s a great collection. I hope the dehydrator works for you! :)

  11. Karen says:

    Hi. I have a question on whether to insulate this recipe. I have it in a loaf mold right now. It was a lovely carrot orange color when I poured it in. But I checked on it a couple of hours later, and the center is a dark brown. I went ahead and kept it insulated, because it’s not cracking, and I ant to ensure that I don’t get a dark center and a light exterior. But was I supposed to insulate this recipe, or put it in the fridge because it had honey? Will the entire loaf turn brown, and then lighten back up to orange after curing? Or does that dark brown mean that I should not have insulated, and it should have gone into a fridge or freezer? Thanks! I LOVE your website! So happy to have found a site that really explains infusing herbs in oils and water.

    • Jan says:

      Hi Karen! The brown center should be just temporary, where it’s going through gel phase. It’s always a little scary looking to see the difference when it’s going through gel phase, but I always insulate my carrot soaps and the color all balances out in the end. :)

  12. Karen says:

    Oh, yeah. Thanks for replying so fast! So glad to hear the gel phase will still lighten up, because I adore the orange color.

    Thanks again!!!

  13. Sheena Heitman says:

    Hi Jan! I am not sure when I can get the Healthy Living Bundle. I had 12 friends sign up under me and I am soooo anxious to read them! How can I get them or when will I have access to them?

    • Jan says:

      Hi Sheena! You should’ve gotten the link for those by email the first day the sale started. Did you check your spam folder? If it’s not there – then email customerservice @ ultimate-bundles.com (no spaces) Hopefully, they can help you out, but let me know too – if there’s something I can do to help speed things along!

  14. Sharmon Mitchell says:

    I am interested in making my own soap. But every recipe I come across are written in such a way that for a beginner like myself will find it difficult to follow and possibly become discouraged from trying it. Is there a soap making dictionary that will help interpret the instructions of these recipes so beginners can follow in confidence?

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