Orange Vanilla Cinnamon Cold Process Handmade Soap RECIPE With All Natural Ingredients

Cold-Process All-Natural Handmade Soap

UPDATE: Welcome! This post has been so popular that I thought I might add some of the amazing soap recipes that I have made over the years or that book authors have so graciously shared here. Did you know that there is a whole natural skincare series of posts here on Garden Therapy? From soaps and lotions to bath bombs and tub teas you will find plenty of ideas for gifts as well as all the bath products you will to use at home!

Garden Therapy Natural Skincare Series - recipes inspired by the garden

Now back to the tutorial on:

Lemongrass Ginger Coffee Kitchen Soap, Rosemary Spearmint Energizing Shower Soap, and an Orange Vanilla Cinnamon Holiday Soap recipes

Nourishing all-natural soap makes a wonderful gift for yourself and others.  This post describes the step-by-step instructions on how to make cold-process soap, plus has three amazing recipes to try (scroll down to the bottom of this post for the recipes):

  • Lemongrass Ginger Coffee Kitchen Soap
  • Rosemary Spearmint Energizing Shower Soap
  • Orange Vanilla Cinnamon Soap

All are made with natural vegetable ingredients, pure essential oils, natural colours, and herbs from the garden. You can feel good about taking care of those who use your handmade soap.

gorgeous soap with all natural color and essential oils from How to Make All Natural Cold Process Soap

Ingredients

There are so many recipes you can use to make the base of soap. Here are a few options:

You can start with a basic soap making recipe such as this basic olive oil soap from the Pink Grapefruit Soap Recipe:

Mix temp 115°F

Oils

Lye mixture

Want something even easier? Well, you can use a pre-weighed soap making kit like this Natural Soap Making Kit or this Shea Butter Soap Making Kit.

Perhaps there is another recipe you would like to try? There a a lot of great soap-making recipe books:

 

Soap Making: Cold Process Method

1. If you are not using a kit, the first and most crucial step in cold-process soap making is to weigh the raw ingredients (fats, lye, water) precisely.  Prep everything that you will need and lay it out accessibly before you begin.how to make handmade soap ingredients

2. It’s best to wear protection when making soap as lye can burn your skin.  Until the oils and lye have turned into soap (48-hours after making the recipe) it’s best to protect yourself.  Always wear rubber gloves, safety goggles, and keep area free from kids and pets.

3. OILS: Gently (aka slowly) heat oils in a stainless steel pot on the stove.   Alternatively, use a microwave and heat for 2 minutes on high, and then at shorter intervals until you reach the temperature listed in the recipe.

4. LYE: Using room-temperature distilled water, weigh the amount specified by formula into a heat-resistant glass bowl or large Pyrex measuring cup. While stirring, slowly add measured amount of lye. SLOWLY. Stir until dissolved.  This mixture will get super hot and quickly so be mindful of that. Also, the fumes are terrible, so if you can stir from below the fumes (with lye on the counter and you crouching below as you stir) with windows open that would be best.  Place glass containing in an ice water bath and cool to required temperature.  Get accurate temperature readings with a candy thermometer in the middle of the solution.

5. When both oils and lye/water are at the required temperatures (as stated in your recipe), slowly pour lye/water into the oils while rapidly stirring in small circles.  Always add lye/water to oil, not the other way around.Tracing soap from How to Make All Natural Cold Process Soap

6. Continue to rapidly stir the mixture until it thickens to the consistency of pudding (called tracing).  The mixture is ready to be molded when a drizzle mark from the spatula remains for a few seconds on the top of the mixture.  Speed up the tracing process by using a hand blender to mix. Be careful not to over mix.

7. Add essential oils, natural colorants, and herbs or exfoliants at this stage (see recipes below).  Work quickly as the mixture will quickly start to thicken.  The ingredients you add should be good for your body so avoid perfumes, fragrance, and artificial colors.  Your hand-made natural soap is best scented with pure essential oils and colored with natural dyes as outlined in the recipes.

8. Pour mixture into 1L milk cartons and staple the tops shut.  Wrap the cartons in a large towel and set somewhere warm for 48 hours like the top of the fridge.  The cartons will feel warm and will get hot as the mixture neutralizes and turns into soap.

Use a milk carton as a soap mold - from How to Make All Natural Cold Process Soap

9. To unmold your soap, peel off the milk cartons and cut each full 1 liter carton lengthwise into 3 equal sections for shower soap, and 4 equal sections for hand soap.  Flip each section so that it appears to be a square from the top, and cut into 3 equal sections.Use milk cartons as soap molds and you from How to Make All Natural Cold Process Soap

10. Place each bar on a wire rack in a cool, dark place to cure for 3 weeks.

11. After 3 weeks, soap can be buffed with a cotton cloth and wrapped for gifts.Cold Process handmade soap RECIPE with all natural ingredients

Soap Recipes

Lemongrass, Ginger, and Coffee Kitchen Soap

Lemongrass and Ginger Cold Process handmade soap RECIPE with all natural ingredients

  • Add 1 tablespoon dry, finely ground coffee at trace
  • Scent with 15ml lemongrass and 5ml ginger essential oils
  • Colour with turmeric

Rosemary and Spearmint Energizing Shower SoapRosemary and Spearmint Energizing Cold Process handmade soap RECIPE with all natural ingredients

  • Scent with 10ml rosemary and 10ml spearmint essential oils
  • Colour with sage powder
  • Gently stir in spirulina powder to make a darker green swirl

Orange Vanilla Cinnamon SoapOrange Vanilla Cinnamon Cold Process handmade soap RECIPE with all natural ingredients

  • Add 1 tablespoon dry, finely ground coffee at trace
  • Scent with 7ml orange, 7ml cinnamon, and 7ml vanilla essential oils
  • Colour with cinnamon
  • Gently stir in cocoa powder to make a chocolate color swirl

Step by step instructions on how to make beatiful artisan soap at home

About the Author : StephanieAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie

  1. Jennifer@threedogsinagarden
    Jennifer@threedogsinagardenNovember 13,11

    Hi Stevie, Thanks for stopping by my blog. It is always fun to met another Canadian Garden blogger. I like your blog and I am sure I will be back for another visit.
    Making soap sounds fun. You have laid out all the steps so clearly that this seems like a project I might want to tackle.

  2. Carrie
    CarrieNovember 14,11

    This looks amazing! I would really like it if you linked this post up to Spa{ahhh} Sundaze (http://www.projectpossessed.com/spaahhh-sundaze-1113-healthy-eating-habits-questionnaire/). :)

  3. Shan@FamilyBringsJoy
    Shan@FamilyBringsJoyNovember 15,11

    What a great tutorial with beautiful photography. I can almost smell the soap. ;) You are right, great gift ideas!

  4. Mom Photographer
    Mom PhotographerNovember 17,11

    I’ve always wanted to make my own soaps but with so small kitchen and little kid wandering between my legs and everywhere I go it’s almost imposible. I do make my own body lotions as they are not that time taking and are very safe to make.
    But definitely to make soap is on my bucket list :)
    Beautiful photos and great tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Stevie
    StevieNovember 17,11

    Mom Photog, it may be a good adult only break…or you could do melt and pour soaps with the little one.

  6. Lowri McNabb
    Lowri McNabbNovember 17,11

    LOVE this – I have always wanted to try and make soap!
    Thanks so much for sharing!
    Visiting from Tip Junkie
    Lowri
    http://papervinenz.blogspot.com/

  7. Ada
    AdaNovember 22,11

    I love the soap. It smells so good….still, it seems to me difficult to make, and where can I get all these ingredients. Anyway, I need to do more serious research before I ever start..

  8. Stevie
    StevieNovember 22,11

    Hi Ada, glad that you like it. It can be daunting. I would suggest starting with a pre-weighed soap making kit. There is a link for one above. This makes it easy and we often use them to save time and hassle.

    Locally, there is a woman who does some great classes and also sells kits: http://www.scentimentalcreations.com/. One evening class should get you started. And they are really reasonably priced.

  9. Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage
    Liz @ The Brambleberry CottageNovember 23,11

    Thanks for the tutorial. I’ve been wanting to try my hand at soap making for some time now. This is prompting me to get on with it! ;)

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. Hope to see you again this week.

    Blessings,
    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

  10. Stevie
    StevieNovember 23,11

    Great, Liz, I hope you do make some soap.

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  12. BJ
    BJMarch 5,12

    Thanks for the info I enjoyed reading. I am new to soap making and have done 4 of CP recipe. The only problem I am having is making my soap have a scent. I have been using Essential Oil but once it is mixed into the soap at light trace and I slowly mix it the smell is gone. What am I doing wrong ?
    Thanks

  13. Stevie
    StevieApril 20,12

    BJ, I would suggest using orris root powder to help the scent stay strong. Get it where you get soap making supplies. There are resources listed in the post.

  14. Renee Daniels
    Renee DanielsApril 20,12

    I don’t want to make any soap but I sure would like to purchase a few bars!!! :)

  15. Stevie
    StevieApril 20,12

    Hi Renee, I get a lot of requests and keep meaning to put some in my Etsy shop. I have some already cured and packaged up in the recipes I posted. I’ll put them up next week and get in touch to let you know. Have a great weekend!

  16. Karen W
    Karen WApril 20,12

    Is it possible to make soap without the lye?

  17. Stevie
    StevieApril 20,12

    Hi Karen, no, it is not possible to make soap without lye from scratch. But you can make melt and pour soap – where you buy already made soap, melt it down and pour it into decorative moulds. There are many kits and books available for that as well, although I don’t do it myself.

  18. Mignone
    MignoneApril 21,12

    Wow, thanks for sharing !

  19. Lori
    LoriMay 24,12

    Hi Stevie, making homemade soap sounds like a LOT of fun! I am like the poster, Mom Photographer, I have a pretty small kitchen; which means not a lot of room for laying things out (your photos make me think I need a LOT of counter/work space).

    However, the questions that came to mind after reading your post is; Can I use everyday kitchen tools to make the soap or, do I need to buy special pots, bowls, spatulas, measuring cups, etc that I use ONLY for soap-making projects? Thanks!

  20. Stevie
    StevieMay 25,12

    Hi Lori, Thanks for stopping by.

    You don’t need much space. I did that tutorial at a friends house but I make soap all the time on my counter which is just over 2 linear feet – all I have is a teeny tiny space to work and it’s fine.

    Yes you can use your regular kitchen utensils – just wash them well using your gloves. Don’t eat off them for at least 48 hours (to let the residue turn into soap) then wash very well a few times. Your bowls will be very very clean after! For some things, like the immersion blender and spatulas, I just grabbed cheap ones at a thrift store.

    Stevie

  21. Linda
    LindaJuly 15,12

    If you need good quality essential oils, find a doTerra consultant near you or order from my website. You can find essential oils at health food stores but the quality may not be top-of-the-line. doTerra’s oils are all CPTG – Certified Pure / Therapeutic Grade. Making soap for gifts is a great idea, if I start now (July) I might actually get something done by Christmas! LOL

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