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

Chamomile “Almost” Castile Soap

chamomile soaps

This is a great recipe for a beginner since it only contains two oils. Traditional castile is a gentle mild soap made with 100% olive oil, with a low creamy lather. By adding a small amount of castor oil to the recipe, we boost the bubbles while still retaining the mildness that makes castile perfect for those with super sensitive skin. I chose chamomile for this recipe because it calms and soothes rashes and other … Continue reading

Sunflower Soap Recipe

Sunflower Soaps Recipe

These cheerful little sunflower soaps are palm-free 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 to go about … 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 soap, so it’s … Continue reading

Chamomile Tea & Honey Shampoo Bar Recipe

Chamomile Tea & Honey Shampoo Bar Recipe

This shampoo bar recipe combines the simple goodness of chamomile tea with nourishing honey to create a wonderful lathering experience for your hair. While I made the batch shown using the hot process (crock pot) method, I’ve also included directions for those who’d like to make a cold process version.   Ingredients Needed Measurements of oils, lye and distilled water/tea are by weight. An accurate scale is required make soap.  10 oz (283 g) olive oil … Continue reading