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, one white and one red. I revamped the recipe to remove palm products, but wanted to keep a similar color to help ease existing customers to the new version, so added a bit of annatto seed. You can certainly leave that out and have a lighter, creamier colored bar. You can also use turmeric or yellow clay for a yellow-ish tone.
This is a Cold Process Soap recipe. For a version of this soap that you can make in your crock pot, click HERE.
An overview of basic directions can be found in my Soapmaking 101 post. For more in-depth information including tips on coloring soap naturally, how to read a lye calculator, plus 25 of my favorite palm-free recipes, check out my ebook: Natural Soap Making.
Raw Honey & Dandelion Soap Recipe
- 14 ounces olive oil (47%) (If available, use part dandelion infused olive oil)
- 8 ounces coconut oil (26.5%)
- 3 ounces sunflower oil (10%)
- 2 ounces shea butter (or mango butter) (6.5%)
- 1.5 ounces jojoba oil (5%)
- 1.5 ounces tamanu oil (5%)
- 10 ounces dandelion tea (instructions below)
- 4.07 ounces lye (sodium hydroxide) (6% superfat)
at trace add:
- 1/2 ounce raw honey
Gather fresh dandelion flowers and leaves, rinse well and then place in a heat proof pint jar. Fill the jar about half way full with dandelions then pour steaming hot water over top. Let this infuse anywhere from an hour to overnight. Strain and reserve 10 ounces of the resulting dandelion tea for your soap recipe.
Note: Honey can accelerate trace (speed up the mixing process) and it also makes your soap heat up more than without. You usually don’t need to cover or insulate this batch of soap.
Make according to general cold process soap making directions. (See Soap Making 101 for an overview.)
For optional color: Use 3 tsp annatto seed powder for an orange color, as shown, or 1/2 tsp annatto seed powder for yellow.
This batch is almost 3 pounds (32 oz oil + 10 oz liquid + 4 oz lye = 46 ounces total) and is sized to fit the following molds:
- My homemade wooden one – roughly 3 pound mold with inner dimensions: 8″ x 3.5″ x 3.5″. It yields 7 or 8 bars.
- THIS ONE from Bramble Berry (wonderful mold – love it!)
- Regular 9 x 5 or similar glass bread loaf pan, lined with parchment paper or an inexpensive trash bag
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