How To Make Natural Organic Soap Using Gorgeous Ingredients

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Organic soap recipes smell amazing and this one is suitable for both face or body. I've chosen oils that will create a nice hard bar, with lots of bubbles and easy to work with.

3 bars of organic soap sit next to a block of the same soap

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I’ve been making soap at home for years & I love it. If you get it right it’s way better than shop-bought soap. It cleanses your skin better, and leaves it feeling fresh and smelling amazing! But you can make it even better by using only natural, organic soap ingredients.

Organic soap is such a luxury that everyone should be able to experience it. And if you’re like me, you’ll use nothing but this stuff!

So I made it my task to formulate some of the very best organic soap recipes I’ve ever made. I have three recipes to show you & I think I succeeded in this.

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3 bars of natural organic soap sit next to a block of the same soap

Introduction

In this post, you’ll learn how to make natural organic soap that smells amazing and is suitable for the face & body. I’ve chosen oils that create a nice hard bar, with lots of bubbles.

Let’s take a look at the first of three recipes, my gorgeous green clay and wheatgrass soap!

Green Clay and Wheatgrass Soap 

This organic soap smells amazing and is suitable for both face or body. I’ve chosen oils that will create a nice hard bar, with lots of bubbles. They are also readily available and easy to work with.   

The wheatgrass is what gives the soap its lovely green coloring. It’s super moisturizing and packed full of skin-loving properties, including soothing, healing, and rejuvenating.

If you can’t get hold of any organic wheatgrass you could substitute it for nettle leaf powder, which is another good natural colorant in soap making. 

Green clay isn’t actually very green, in fact, it can often look more beige than green so it only contributes a little to the color of this soap. Having said that, the green clay is great for drawing out impurities, leaving the skin squeaky clean.

3 bars of organic soap sit next to a block of the same soap

How To Make Natural Organic Soap Recipe With Green Clay & Wheatgrass

This organic soap smells amazing and is suitable for both face or body. I've chosen oils that will create a nice hard bar, with lots of bubbles. They are also readily available and easy to work with. 

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Active Time: 30 minutes
Curing Time: 28 days
Total Time: 28 days 45 minutes
Yield: 8 chunky bars
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Author: Angela Wills

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Ingredients


Instructions

  • If you are new to soapmaking, please refer to my basic cold process soap guide, read that in full before you try to make this soap.
    I always find it best to prepare everything before I start making my soap. So I make sure I have my mold, stirrers and blender within reach, and that all the ingredients have been weighed out.
    Then Put on your protective clothing, mask gloves and glasses
    soapmaking PPE
  • Pour your lye into the distilled water, and stir until dissolved.
    127.64 grams Soapmaking Lye, 255.28 grams Distilled Water
    Lye crystals are poured into distilled water
  • Add the green clay and wheatgrass powder to the lye water, stir until well incorporated. The clay and grass won't fully dissolve so it will look a bit grainy. Set a side in a safe place to cool.
    1 tsp French Green Clay, 2 tsp Wheatgrass
    The wheatgrass and green clay are added to the liquid lye
  • Place the oils and butters into a good size heat proof container . Do not add the essential oils at this point. Gently heat the oils in the microwave until the solid oil and butter has been melted.
    360 grams Olive Oil, 315 grams Coconut Oil, 45 grams Avocado Oil, 135 grams Castor Oil, 45 grams Cocoa Butter
    All of the oils in this recipe (excluding the essential oil) are added to a heatproof mixing bowl
  • Check the temperature of the oils and lye regularly. You want them both to cool to around 120 to 90f. Once lye and the oils have fallen to around 120f – 90f it's time to mix them together.
    A soap maker measures the temperature of the oils to compare with the lye
  • Carefully pour the lye into the melted oils and give the batter a good stir with a silicone spatula.
    The lye is added to the melted oils
  • Grab your stick blender and blend the batter using 30 second intervals until you reach trace (when a small mound of batter takes a few seconds to blend back within the mixture)
    The mixture is beaten with a stick blender
  • Add the essential oils to the batter and stir until fully incorporated. This can be done with a few short blasts with the stick blender or manually with a spatula.
    15 grams Bergamot Essential Oil, 10 grams May Chang Essential Oil, 7 grams Palmarosa Essential Oil
    Essential oil is added to the soap batter
  • Once you have a good thick trace, pour or spoon the batter into the mold. Level out and tap the sides of the mold to make sure the soap gets into all the corners.
    The soap batter is poured into the mold
  • Use a spoon to make a wave pattern on the top of the soap and set aside for 24 hours to harden.
    Then, release the soap from the mold and cut into slices. Although the soap should no longer be very caustic, it will still be too harsh on the skin so you will need to cure it for around 4 weeks before using.
    The back of a spoon is used to make impressions on the surface of the soap batter
Category: Soapmaking
Cuisine: N/A
Difficulty: Intermediate

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Natural Organic Soap Using Mustard Seeds

natural soap with mustard seeds

This soap is also believed to offer you extra energy, so be sure you use it before a hectic day or night out!

Ingredients:

This recipe will make 6 bars. Links are included to view information on each organic ingredient.

  • 6 1/2 oz (184g) Olive Oil
  • 3 1/4 oz (92g) Sunflower Oil
  • 2 1/2 oz (65g) Palm Oil (from sustainable sources)
  • 2 1/2 oz (65g) Coconut Oil
  • 1 oz (28g) Sweet Almond Oil
  • 1 1/2 oz (40g) Beeswax
  • 8 oz (227g) (230ml) Distilled water
  • 2 1/4 oz (65g) Lye (Sodium Hydroxide/Caustic Soda)
  • 2 teaspoons (7ml) Lemongrass essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) Lime essential oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon (5ml) Rosemary essential oil
  • 2 drops Benzoin essential oil
  • 2 tablespoons Mustard Seeds

Specifics To This Recipe

Use The Cold Process Soap Making Method plus the following recipe specific steps:

  • In Step 4 – Combine the oils and lye when both temperatures reach 130° f (55c)

Photos From Making This Soap:

natural mustard see soap recipe

Natural Organic Soap Using Seaweed

This organic soap recipe carries a wonderful sea aroma. Seaweed is incredibly purifying, it’s packed with nutrients and will help to stimulate blood circulation. The sage offers anti-fungal and antiseptic qualities that can reduce sweatiness and soothe muscles and joints.

organic soap with seaweed

Overall this is first-rate organic soap recipe. It boasts a rich and creamy consistency that will invigorate and uplift you, as well as make you feel relaxed and well-balanced.

Ingredients:

This is a small batch recipe making around four bars. Again, links are included to view information on each organic ingredient.

  • 8 1/2 oz (240g) Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 oz (40g) Avocado Oil
  • 2 oz (50g) Coconut Oil
  • 2 oz (50g) Palm Oil (from sustainable sources)
  • 1 oz (30g) Beeswax
  • 6 oz (170g) Distilled water
  • 2 oz (55g) Lye (Sodium Hydroxide/Caustic Soda)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (7ml) Grapefruit essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon (6ml) Orange essential oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon (2ml) Petitgrain essential oil
  • 2 tablespoons (1/2 oz)(15g) of Dried Seaweed

Specifics To This Recipe

Use The Cold Process Soap Making Method plus the following recipe specific steps:

  • In Step 4 – Combine the oils and lye when both temperatures reach 130° f (55c)

Photos From Making This Soap:

organic seaweed soap recipe

Did you make your own soap using seaweed? What other ingredients did you use?

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Angela Wills

Angela Wills is the founder and driving force behind Savvy Homemade. With over fifteen years of experience and a Diploma in skincare formulation, Angela brings a wealth of knowledge and dedication to every post she writes. She is fearlessly dedicated to creating tried, tested recipes & products that will work for everyone, and she infuses each DIY product with her passion and expertise.

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Discussion (20 Comments)

  1. Hi Angela,

    I’m from Vietnam. Thanks God I’m here to read your recipes. My dream is making truly organic soap. After reading this article, I’m wondering whether these recipes can produce organic soap or not? Can you please explain further for me?
    Thank you in advance!

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    • Hi Erin,

      Almost any soap can be organic. All that is required is for you to use purely organic ingredients. The process of saponification is not natural; we as soap makers accept this as part of making organic soap. Lye itself is neither organic nor nonorganic, so don’t worry so much about this. Focus on using high-quality, organic carrier oils, essentials, and other soap additives. Avoid unnatural dyes, colorings, and fragrances. Any synthetics added to your recipes (even unknowingly) will result in a soap that is not organic.

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  2. I am interested in making some soap baskets that will be for sale. How or what do I need to do for clearance as far as the government is concerned? I will now sell through a local shop, but may be on Etsy or Shopify eventually. I am going with the organic but also see lye as a part of the recipe. What can Lye be replaced with?

    I appreciate your help.

    Thank You!

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  3. Hi Angela
    I’ve been interested in making safe and quality organic products like shampoos and soaps. I was looking at developing these home made ideas and going into the commercial market with eco packaging.
    What would you suggest on this idea..

    Reply
    • Hi Zia,

      That sounds like an amazing idea! I’m sure you will find it very rewarding and satisfying work. My suggestion would be to pay close attention to regulations placed upon the cosmetics industry by your government. Don’t let these strict rules catch you out! This isn’t exactly my area of expertise, so I would encourage you to do your own research. But good luck with your business! Let me know how you get on.

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    • Hi Gold,

      The best thing about soapmaking is that you can totally make it your own! While I haven’t tried adding dead sea salts to my own soaps before, all of your suggested additives can impart gorgeous color, fragrance, and goodness to any soap! Some lovely suggestions, thanks!

      Reply
    • Hi , there I used She butter instead … I’m sure any butter would work however be sure to check what ratio is require per batch ( 1 % , 5 % )

      Reply

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