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 will color your soap brown.
This is a Cold Process Soap recipe. An overview of directions can be found in my Soapmaking 101 post. I also recommend my Handmade Natural Soaps eBook Collection in order to learn more about the craft, how to color your soaps naturally, lots of my favorite palm-free soap recipes, and more!
The recipe is sized to fit a homemade wooden loaf mold, that my husband made for me. The inner dimensions are roughly: 8 inches long x 3.5 inches wide x 3.5 inches tall if you’d like to make your own.
You can also use a silicone bread loaf pan.
Pumpkin Soap Recipe
Liquid & Lye Portion:
- 4.19 ounces (119 grams) lye (6% superfat)
- 8 ounces (227 grams) distilled water
Oil Portion (30 ounces total):
- 16 ounces (454 grams) olive oil (53%)
- 8 ounces (227 grams) coconut oil (27%)
- 3 ounces (85 grams) sunflower oil (10%)
- 3 ounces (85 grams) cocoa butter (10%)
At light trace, blend in:
- 2 ounces canned pumpkin
Portion out roughly 1/3 of the batter in a small plastic container (I use a large recycled yogurt container.) Blend in 1 teaspoon vanilla absolute and 20 to 30 drops clove essential oil. (Adjust per your personal scent preference.)
Pour half of the pumpkin soap into the parchment paper lined mold, add the vanilla spice layer next, then top with the rest of the pumpkin soap. Cover and let sit undisturbed for two to three days.
I found this soap needed a longer dry time than most, so don’t worry if it seems too soft at first. Once unmolded, let the soap log sit out in the air for an additional few days before slicing into bars and allow for plenty of cure time.
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