Cedarwood & Oatmeal Soap

Cedarwood & Oatmeal Cold Process Soap Recipe

This simple natural soap features: oatmeal, for visual texture and to soften skin as it gently exfoliates, French green clay, for a natural green color and mild cleansing properties, along with cedarwood “Atlas” essential oil for a clean woodsy scent. According to my favorite reference for essential oils (The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness), cedarwood “Atlas” (Cedrus atlantica) is mildly astringent, antibacterial & antifungal, making it a good addition to products … Continue reading

Essential Oils for Soapmaking Chart

Natural Soap Making

Confused about which essential oils can be used when making soap and how much of them you should use? If so, this chart should help! It can be downloaded and printed out, so you’ll always have it for easy reference when making soap. The chart lists 24 of my favorite essential oils to use in soap & includes: a brief description of scent a benefit or characteristic of the oil the note (top, middle or base) a … Continue reading

Dandelion Shampoo Bars Recipe

Natural Dandelion Shampoo Bars Soap Recipe (Palm Free)

Some unseasonably warm spring-like weather, along with an extra jar of dandelion-infused olive oil I had on hand, inspired this shampoo bar recipe. Keeping in theme with the happy sunny feelings that I associate with dandelions, I scented the soap with a cheerful blend of citrus essential oils, but you can use another scent, like lavender, or leave it fragrance-free, if you wish. While I made the batch shown using the hot process (crock pot) method, … Continue reading

Rose Clay Soap Recipe

Rose Clay Heart Soap

This natural soap recipe features rose clay, powdered milk (optional) and cocoa butter. The overlapping ingredient list and heart shapes coordinate nicely with the rose milk bath bombs in my previous post. (Found HERE, if you missed it!) The weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day present a wonderful opportunity to find and stock up on a variety of inexpensive heart shaped molds at your local grocery and craft stores. The silicone mold shown in this rose clay soap … Continue reading

Sunflower Soap Recipe

Sunflower Soaps Recipe

These cheerful little sunflower soaps are made with sunflower-infused oil and naturally colored with lemon peel powder. I scented mine with a bright blend of mostly citrus essential oils, but feel free to use other scents in their place, or leave them completely unscented.   Because I have lots of sunflowers blooming now, I incorporated some into this batch. You don’t have to include the flowers in your soap, but if you’d like to, there are two ways … Continue reading

How to Make A Simple Natural Homemade Soap

How to make an all natural simple organic soap recipe from scratch

This simple natural soap tutorial was created for those seeking an uncomplicated basic recipe, making it perfect for beginning soap makers and those with multiple skin sensitivities. It features: lots of olive oil, for its gentle, skin-conditioning properties coconut oil (or babassu oil – if allergic), to add hardness and bubbles castor oil, to help promote a better lather For this project, I used a small 4-inch silicone loaf mold that yields 4 bars of … Continue reading

Dandelion Scrub Bar Soap Recipe

Dandelion Scrub Bar Soap Recipe

Dandelion flowers, which are wonderful for treating rough, dry skin, are infused into skin-softening olive oil, then combined with bubbly coconut and nourishing sunflower oil to make this soap. It’s perfect for scrubbing away dirt and grime from hands, making it a wonderful gift for the gardener or farmer in your life! It can also be used as an all-over, gently exfoliating body bar.   Some links in this post (to Amazon and Bramble Berry) are affiliate … Continue reading

Aleppo Soap Recipe

Aleppo Soap features laurel berry fruit oil and can be useful for those with skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, eczema & acne.

Aleppo Soap is an ancient Syrian soap recipe made from just olive oil, laurel berry fruit oil, water and lye. It’s reported to be beneficial for those with skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne and rashes. For more information about the rich history of Aleppo soap, check out this article at Mother Nature Network and this one this one from Montreal Gazette. True Aleppo soap is an artisan treasure that grows increasingly difficult to source. This soap … Continue reading