Natural Clay Soap Recipe

Natural Clay Soap Using Funnel Pour Method

Clays are one of my favorite additions to soap recipes. Not only do they add natural color, but I love how the resulting bars leave my skin feeling so clean and refreshed! Clay soap is especially helpful for itchy, inflamed skin conditions, like bug bites and summer heat rashes. It can also be used as a complexion bar to gently cleanse acne prone skin. When I first started making this soap, I dug some of … Continue reading

Making Soap Without Lye (Sort of)

Make your own herbal soap without handling lye

Possibly the most often expressed sentiment I hear, when it comes to soap making, goes something like: “I want to make soap, but I’m really scared of the lye!” That is a completely justified fear and one that I shared for a very long time. It took months of research before I felt comfortable enough with the idea and even then, I had my husband handle it for the first few batches. (Here’s an article … Continue reading

Lemon Balm Soap

Lemon Balm Cold Process Soap Recipe

Lemon balm grows like crazy around my house (which is a good thing!), so, of course, I had to turn some of it into a soap! For further inspiration on ways to use this prolific plant, be sure to check out my post on 12 Things to Do With Lemon Balm.   This is a Cold Process Soap recipe. If you’ve never made soap before, be sure to thoroughly research the process and precautions before … Continue reading

Garden Mint Soap Recipe

Garden Mint Soap Cold Process Soap Recipe (palm free)

This mint soap recipe is another personal favorite! The French green clay helps soothe skin irritations, while the peppermint essential oil energizes and refreshes the senses. I use fresh mint from my garden to make this, but you can also use dried. Any type of mint that you have on hand will work in this recipe: peppermint, spearmint, pineapple mint, apple mint, orange mint and so forth. This is a Cold Process Soap recipe. You can … Continue reading

Honey & Dandelion Soap Recipe

Honey & Dandelion Soap Recipe

Honey & Dandelion Soap is probably the most popular soap I’ve ever made. It sells out as quickly as I can make it and happens to be a personal favorite, as well. It’s loaded with fresh dandelions from our fields, raw honey from our bee hives and organic tamanu oil – making it especially useful for those with persistent skin conditions such as eczema & psoriasis. My original version used two types of palm oil, … Continue reading

Pumpkin Soap Recipe

Pumpkin Soap Cold Process Recipe

Today’s recipe is for Pumpkin Soap! For this batch, I added a vanilla spice swirl to give the bar just a hint of warm, fresh-baked scent. Because I have several sensitive family members, I usually leave bars unscented or very lightly scented with natural ingredients only. If you want your soap to have a more detectable smell, you’ll need to greatly increase the amount of essential oils I list, keeping in mind that vanilla absolute … Continue reading

Calendula Soap

Calendula Soap Recipe

This is a mild, unscented calendula soap bar that’s 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. All measurements are by weight. You must have an accurate digital … Continue reading

Hollyhock Flower Soap Recipe

Hollyhock Flower Soap Recipe

I know I say it about all of my recipes – but this truly is another favorite of mine! Hollyhocks have soothing properties similar to their herbal cousin, marshmallow, and the drawing power of the rose clay makes this soap another one helpful for itchy or inflamed skin. (This recipe has been reformulated from the original one published, in order to make it palm oil free.) Hollyhock Flower Soap Liquid & Lye Portion: 4.13 ounces … Continue reading