Olive Oil Soap Recipes

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Homemade Olive Oil Soap

Although olive oil soap is beautifully creamy and moisturizing it often means soft and quick to dissolve. This week I’ve been experimenting by adding a little beeswax to my recipe and I have to say with some very nice results!

The wax has helped to produce a hard and long-lasting soap that’s quite at home with a variety of different scents and textures.

You can see below that I’ve created a few variations of this particular recipe by adding some of my favorite scents. Feel free to experiment by adding your own choice of essential oil or fragrance oil and let us know how you get on by posting in the comments!

But keep in mind some essential and fragrance oils speed up trace considerable and as this olive oil soap recipe contains beeswax which also accelerates trace you may find yourself with a pot full of very thick soap mixture… which I might add has happened to me many times!

I avoided this as much as possible by adding the extras at very light trace and I always had my molds ready before starting. If you do experience this problem don’t panic, just get the soap mixture into the molds the best way you can and the soap should turn out just fine.

The Basic Olive Oil Soap Recipe

The first recipe is hard and waxy and very moisturizing, it works particularly well in individual molds


Olive oil soap ingredients

If You’ve Not Made Soap Before…

Start by watching the short video on soap making below or take a look at the full tutorial here.

Specifics To This Recipe

Use the method outlined in How To Make Soap Using Cold Process plus the following recipe specific steps:

  • In Step 4 – Mix lye and oils between 120/140
  • In Step 6 – Add any fragrance or textures at light trace

Photos From Making This Soap:

Variations For Her

Sweet and Floral – with a touch of spice scent

Add at light trace:

  • 2 teaspoons English Rose fragrance oil with 1 teaspoon of cardamom essential oil and ½ teaspoon Benzoin essential oil

Dreamy Rosewood

Add at light trace:

  • 3 teaspoons of either Rosewood essential oil

I’ve also added a few dried ground dried rose petals to this, they do turn a brownish color, but it still gave a nice effect.

Variations For Him

Fresh and Herby

This produces pure white soap as long as you use light-colored olive oil.
Add at light trace:

  • 1 tbsp (15g) Avocado Oil
  • 2 (10g) teaspoon Marjoram essential oil
  • 1 (5g) teaspoon Fennel essential oil

Cool Woodland Scent
Add at light trace:

  • 2 teaspoons Sandalwood essential oil
  • 2 teaspoons Pine essential oil

Do you make your own olive oil soap? What ingredients do you use?

Angela Wills

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6 thoughts on “Olive Oil Soap Recipes”

Discussion (6 Comments)

    • Hi Jenny,

      Absolutely you can. However, as different ingredients act differently in soap, it’s important to run the revised recipe through a lye calculator (the revised recipe being one with coconut oil instead of palm). Try substituting like for like and running it through Brambleberry’s Lye Calculator to see how much lye crystals and water you’ll need.

      I hope this helps!

  1. Hello, lovely recipes and thank you! But I thought I’d mention that Palm Oil is an awful product which is worth boycotting. So much rainforest has been cleared and burned to make way for palm oil plantations that you can fly over nothing but palm oil trees for hundreds of thousands of acres, literally hours and hours of flying time, and there is so little forest left now that the orangutang, such an incredible creature, is being driven to extinction in the wild. Also many indigenous tribes have been forcibly removed from their land by these huge palm oil corporations. It would be wonderful if you could offer a substitute for palm oil and maybe recommend that people not purchase it 🙂

    • Great point H & thank you for highlighting this issue, I will definitely add an alternative!
      I will also add the word Sustainable after the Palm oil link as I don’t make it clear that if you buy Palm oil please follow the link I provide in the ingredients. Mountain Rose Herbs will only support palm oil programs which adhere to strict environmental sustainability programs. The harvester and manufacturer of the palm oil they offer adheres to highly detailed sustainable harvesting protocols with oversight from state and third party environmental programs including EcoSocial, and with the assistance of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil.


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