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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6 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! :)

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