How to make shea butter soap

How to make shea butter soap

David Fisher is a highly regarded professional soaper with over 15 years of experience, sharing his knowledge of the craft, science, and chemistry of saponification. He currently owns Bath Rabbit Soap Company and is the author of “The Complete Photo Guide to Soap Making.”

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How to make shea butter soap

The Spruce / Mindy Schiller

  • Working Time: 2 hrs
  • Yield: 3 pounds of soap
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Estimated Cost: $20 to $30

While most soaps will do a good job of getting you clean, some are more luxurious than others—especially if they contain a high percentage of moisturizing oils and butters. This soap recipe uses both cocoa butter and shea butter, which constitute roughly a quarter of all the ingredients by weight. It will leave your skin feeling nourished and silky smooth. And it’s fairly quick and easy to make, though the soap bars do take at least a few weeks to cure. You can add fragrance oils to customize the soap to your liking if you wish. And these soap bars can be great homemade gifts.

How to make shea butter soap

What You’ll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Kitchen scale
  • Bowls for measuring ingredients on the scale
  • Medium-size microwavable bowl or pot
  • 2 Small bowls and a fork or whisk for the micas (optional)
  • Safety gloves and goggles
  • Pitcher (for lye solution)
  • Stainless steel spoon
  • Immersion blender
  • Soap bar mold


  • 6 ounces cocoa butter
  • 5 1/2 ounces shea butter
  • 15 1/2 ounces coconut oil
  • 4 1/2 ounces lard (or palm oil for a vegetarian option)
  • 11 ounces olive oil
  • 2 ounces castor oil
  • 2 ounces fragrance/essential oils of your choosing (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon gold mica colorant (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown mica colorant (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons carrier oil for micas, such as olive, avocado, or almond oil (optional)
  • 12 1/2 ounces distilled water
  • 6 ounces lye flakes


Melt the Oils

First, put only the cocoa butter into your microwavable bowl or pot to begin melting it. In the microwave, heat the cocoa butter for about 3 minutes at 50 percent power. On the stovetop, melt at low-medium heat.

When the cocoa butter is partially melted, add the shea butter and continue heating until it is partially melted. Next, add the coconut oil and then the lard.

Heat until the butters and oils are completely melted. Then, add the olive and castor oils to the mixture.

How to make shea butter soap

Prepare the Micas and Fragrance (Optional)

While you’re waiting for the oils to melt, you can measure out your micas (colorants) and fragrance if you’re using them. Both are completely optional in this recipe.

To give the soap a rich, warm swirl pattern, put the gold mica into a small bowl with about 1 tablespoon of carrier oil. Do the same in a separate bowl with the brown mica. Stir both well with a fork or whisk.

How to make shea butter soap

Make the Lye Solution and Add It to the Oils

To make the lye solution, first put on your safety gloves and goggles. Add the distilled water to your pitcher. Then, gradually add the lye flakes to the water, gently stirring with your stainless steel spoon until the lye is dissolved. Note that lye gives off heat as it dissolves, and working too quickly can cause the mixture to bubble over. Let the lye solution cool for a bit until it’s no longer bubbling before proceeding.


Lye is a dangerous chemical that can burn the skin and eyes and is harmful when inhaled. Always wear protective gear when using lye, and work in a well-ventilated area.

Then, add the lye solution to the oils. Use an immersion blender to mix the oils until you achieve “trace,” which just means that the mixture will hold its form when you drag the blender through it.

Add the fragrance if you’re using it, and blend a bit more.

How to make shea butter soap

Swirl the Micas (Optional)

For the color swirl, pour one of the bowls of mica onto one side of the oil mixture and the other mica on the other side.

How to make shea butter soap

Mix in the Micas (Optional)

Using the immersion blender not turned on, swirl the color into the mixture. You can leave distinct color swirls or mix it in fairly well for more subtle color variance.

How to make shea butter soap

Mold the Soap

Pour the soap mixture into your soap bar mold, and let it set up. After roughly 24 hours, remove the soap from the mold and let it cure for about three to six weeks before using it.

Images: Bottega Zero Waste

A simple soap with natural oils and shea butter is the perfect way to reduce plastic waste in your bathroom, and who better to teach us the ways of soap-making than the founder of Bottega Zero Waste, Marta Tarallo. Follow Marta’s tips at home below, or join in one of her online soap-making workshops to learn more.

Making your own soap is truly an art, simple and empowering at the same time. A homemade soap bar keeps your skin soft and clean, while reducing the amount of plastic we consume; not to mention making the perfect sustainable gift for your loved ones.

Below you will find a really nourishing shea butter soap recipe which you can use it either for your hands or your body and is perfect if you have dry skin. The ingredients in this recipe are very easy to find plastic free. The only ingredient that will definitely come in plastic is sodium hydroxide, but with 1 kg of sodium hydroxide you can make hundreds of soaps, dramatically reducing the packaging impact.

How to make shea butter soap

How to make shea butter soap

The basics of soap making

Soap is the result of the reaction (also called saponification) between fats (contained in oils and butters) and an alkaline solution (sodium hydroxide, also called lye or lye solution, or even caustic soda (NaoH).

When mixing water and sodium hydroxide together, we obtain this ‘lye solution.’ The lye solution is then added into the oils you chose to use in your soap. Upon mixing the two, saponification happens, and the oils magically become soap. The soap is liquid at first but will start to thicken until it reaches a thicker stage called ‘trace.’ The soap is then unmoulded after 24 hours, and let to air dry for about six weeks – or even longer if you wish, and have the patience! The longer the soap ages, the milder it gets.

Sodium hydroxide is a caustic material that should be handled with care. Always wear rubber gloves and safety googles when making soap, and wear a respirator or mask when preparing your lye solution. Always add the lye to the water and never the opposite, and never leave the lye unattended. Avoid making soap with children and pets around you too.

Making soap doesn’t require expensive tools, and most of the stuff you need to start it’s very likely already in your kitchen. Just make sure that once you are using something for soap making, you are not using it for food.

How to make shea butter soap

How to make shea butter soap


  • Googles and gloves
  • Mask or respirator
  • High precision scale
  • Heat safe Pyrex jug or bowl to weight and melt the oils and butters
  • Bowl to weigh the sodium hydroxide
  • Heat safe stainless steel or Pyrex jug to mix the lye solution
  • Stainless steel tablespoon; optional, silicone spatula
  • Moulds; I recommend silicone moulds as they are reusable, but you can also pour your soap in an upcycled milk carton
  • Stick blender
  • Thermometer; either a candy thermometer or a laser one
  • Piece of carboard and towel or blanket


For 200 grams (about 4 soaps of 50 grams each)

  • Cold Water: 58.13 g/2.05 oz
  • Sodium Hydroxide: 28.63 g/1.01 oz (equals to 33% lye concentration)

  • 60% Olive Oil: 120 g/4.23 oz
  • 33% Coconut Oil: 66 g/2.33 oz
  • 7% Shea butter: 14 g/0.49 oz
  • Lavender essential oil: 6 g/0.21
  • Substitutions

    Any variety of oil works (such as extra virgin, refined or unrefined). I have used pure non-extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, and unrefined shea butter here. You can also use a different essential oil, however do make sure to check any contraindications first.

    If you want to make a smaller or larger batch, divide or multiple each ingredient as necessary. Please don’t swap any oil in the recipe: if you do, you will need to recalculate the sodium hydroxide amount as well.

    How to make shea butter soap

    How to make shea butter soap

    Step One: Gear up for safety: wear googles and gloves and keep them on at all times. Weight the sodium hydroxide in a glass or ceramic bowl. In a separate heat safe stainless steel or Pyrex glass bowl, weigh the fridge-cold water.

    Step Two: Wear your respirator. Slowly add the sodium hydroxide into the water. Stir well with a stainless-steel tablespoon until fully dissolved.

    Step Three: Let the lye solution cool down until it reaches 43°C (120°F). In the meantime, weigh the oils in a heat safe glass or ceramic bowl. Place this in the microwave or bain-maire to melt the coconut oil and the shea butter and heat up the olive oil. The oils should also be at around 43°C (120°F).

    Step Four: Measure the temperature of the lye solution and the melted oils. If the temperature is correct, slowly add the lye solution into the oil and mix with a spatula or a tablespoon until they are all combined.

    Step Five: It’s time to stick blend. Do so until the soap is still very runny but you can clearly see that the batter has turned out to be fully mixed in and has an opaque colour.

    Step Six: At this point, add the essential oils and mix them in with a spatula or tablespoon. Stick blend again until you reach a slightly thicker trace that looks more like a light custard.

    Step Seven: Pour the batter into the mould, tap to remove any air bubbles and cover the mould with a piece of cardboard (or place it inside a shoe box) and cover it with a towel or blanker to keep it warm.

    Step Eight: Let the soap harden for 24 hours, then unmould and leave to cure for four to six weeks before using it.

    If you are interested in learning more about making your own soaps and shampoo bars, visit the Bottega Zero Waste online school.

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    I’ll share how to make DIY Shea butter soap recipes 2 different ways: the melt and pour process with a soap base, and the cold process. I’ll be explaining the benefits and pros and cons of each method.

    Method 1 – The Melt and Pour Process

    If you’re a beginner, this is the easiest, cleanest way to make soap. Usually, making soap requires working with lye, a strong alkaline solution. It’s a bit complicated and can be hazardous, so it requires safety gear.

    In the melt and pour process, the soap base has already gone through saponification (simply put: heating up fat or oil to convert it into soap), so lye is not needed to be handled.)

    Pros of melt and pour soaps

    • What I like about, melt and pour soap is that it creates beautiful, straight layers.
    • It also makes translucent soap if you use the glycerin melt and pour – which makes glitter and shimmery micas shine through.
    • its super easy to make, safe for a children activity, all you need to do is melt and pour!
    • Very fast way to make soap!

    Cons of melt and pour soaps

    • There are minor details that you should keep in mind. Since saponification has already occurred, you cannot really customize the base and choose the oil/butter.
    • Most of the time, there are added preservatives like potassium sorbate which I try to stay away from, even if they are in very small quantities!
    • When heating the shea butter melt and pour soap base, you need to make sure the soap doesn’t burn, as it can make it too thick. The melt and pour soap also contains extra glycerin, which can cause unwanted sweating.

    Method 2 – The Cold Process

    Cold Process soaps are also considered more organic in nature. They’re thick in texture and great for suspending heavier additives.

    Pros of the cold process soaps

    • An advantage of the cold process is that it allows you to customize all the ingredients of your soap, be it the type of milk you want, to the type of vegetable or fruit puree you prefer.
    • It also allows for various techniques. During the process, you can make beautiful swirls and luscious frosting on your soap. With so many options, you can really go crazy. Your soap is truly your canvas!
    • It’s more cost-efficient usually to make soap from scratch in bigger batches, that is depending on the ingredients you use!

    Cons of the cold process soaps

    • With the cold process, lye is a crucial ingredient, which is complicated to manage. Learn how to handle lye safely here.
    • The clean-up process can also be time-consuming if you use a lot of colors in your soap.
    • Another issue is that the soap takes about 4-6 weeks to cure, so you better be patient!

    We know that the cold process is more complicated than the melt and pour process, but the results surely make it worth it!

    Is shea butter good for soap making?

    I can’t think of anything better than shea butter for soaps. It’s a great ingredient for soap making and has fantastic skin benefits.

    What does shea butter do in cold process soap?

    Since shea butter is high in stearic and oleic acids, it produces a long-lasting, firm soap. It contains a few unsaponifiable (components that can’t be turned into soap), which makes it a great ingredient in the cold process.

    How do you make shea butter soap without lye?

    The melt and pour process makes soap without using lye as a core ingredient because it has already gone through the saponification process (with lye). The advantage of the melt and pour soap method is that you do not have to handle lye. You just have to buy the melt and pour soap base.

    Shea butter soap recipes without palm oil

    If you are looking to make shea butter soap without palm oil, then Cocoa butter at about 15% is a great substitute for palm oil. You can also use coconut oil, making sure that it isn’t more than 30%.

    What’s wrong with using palm oil in soap?

    The palm oil industry is linked to severe environmental issues, such as deforestation and climate change. Since there are equally beneficial and sustainable substitutes for palm oil, it’s best to steer clear from using it.

    Benefits of shea butter in soap recipes

    • Since it’s 100% natural, it’s great for sensitive skin
    • Highly concentrated in fatty acids and vitamins, it does a wonderful job at hydrating the skin without clogging pores
    • Its anti-inflammatory properties help heal and condition the skin

    How to make shea butter soap

    There are two methods – the melt and pour process and the cold process as I mentioned above. Let’s dive into the two shea butter soap recipes!

    1) The Shea Butter Soap Recipe – Melt and pour

    It’s an easier method, as it does not include the handling of lye as an ingredient.

    Voyageur Shea Butter Soap Recipe

    The Voyageur Shea Butter Soap recipe makes a beautiful medium to hard skin care bar with lots of lather and is easy to mold. The premium oils used in this formula give the skin a nice silky feel after use.

    Basic Cold Process Soap Making Instructions

    Use these step-by-step soap making instructions as a basic guide along with your specific soap recipe.

    Prepare the work area:

  • Before starting, set up your work area with all the equipment, ingredients, and molds you’ll need.
  • Prepare your molds.

    Check out our section on Using Soap Molds for more detailed information .

    Mixing the key soap ingredients:

  • Measure out the oils that you will use and set them aside. If you’re using a Voyageur soap kit, your oils are already pre-measured and ready to be heated later.
  • Put on glasses or goggles and rubber or latex gloves. Weigh the lye and set it aside.
  • Place measuring cup on scale and weigh out amount of soft or distilled water required. If using a kit, please note that the weight and volume of water are the same. (ie: 500 grams of water is also 500 ml on the measuring cup so no scale is required.)
  • Slowly add the lye to the water while stirring with a small whisk or fork. The fumes may be quite strong after 10 seconds, so hold your breath. Leave the area for one or two minutes and then return and stir again to be sure the lye is fully dissolved. The lye solution will be heated to approx 180 degrees F, so set the cup aside to cool down to the soap making temperature.
  • While your lye is cooling, prepare the oils. If you’re using pre-measured kit bottles, simply put the bottles in the microwave with the tops off. Heat until the oils have liquefied and are at, or slightly above, the soap making temperature.

    Making your soap:

  • When the lye solution and the oil mixture are both at the soap making temperature, you are ready to make soap. Wearing your gloves, slowly drizzle the lye into the oils, stirring quickly and carefully by hand. Once the lye has been well mixed into the oils, you may use your stick blender, being sure to keep the blender submerged in the mixture to avoid any splashing, and run for only 15-20 seconds at a time.
  • Alternate between hand whisking and stick blending for equal amounts of time to ensure your soap is getting thoroughly and evenly mixed. Always hand stir just before putting soap into your molds. Using the stick blender only and not alternating with equal amounts of hand stirring may cause your soap to mix unevenly, causing flaking and cracking of your soap.
  • Stirring must be maintained until soap reaches the trace stage. Trace is identified in the soap mixture when it is slightly thickened or when you lift some of the mixture and let it drizzle back into the bowl, and a trace or trailing is left on the surface to slowly blend back in to the mixture. If the trace or trailing stays on the surface you may have over mixed the soap and will have less time to add fragrances and pour into the molds.
  • After incorporating final additives such as essential oils, fragrance oils, colour or exfoliates (ie: oatmeal, etc) and stirred to fully incorporate these added items, the soap is ready to pour into the molds. Quickly pour the soap into the molds. The mixture should be smooth, with no lumps or unmixed watery liquids. Check out our section on Colouring Soaps and Scenting Soaps for further information.

  • Cover the filled mold or molds with a piece of cardboard or brown freezer paper, and then cover with a towel or blanket to retain the heat in the soap mixture. Leave undisturbed for 24 to 48 hours. During this period, saponification (the process of becoming soap), is completed. With a balanced formula such as in our kits, all of the soap oils and all of the lye have been fully converted into soap and glycerin at this stage.
  • Remove soap from molds after the saponification period. If using a lined larger mold, turn out onto a piece of brown paper or cardboard. If using smaller plastic molds, it helps to place the molds in the freezer for 15-30 minutes, remove and then leave for 5 minutes before tapping the soap out of the mold. This prevents crumbling of edges, etc.
  • Place soap on storage shelf for 2-3 days to begin drying (curing). After 2-3 days, your soap loaves are ready to cut into bar-sized pieces.
  • Place the soap bars back on storage shelf to continue curing for three to six weeks (depending on type of soap), and turn the soaps once a week to expose all sides to the air. After curing, your soap is ready to use.
  • Enjoy!

    Keys to success:

  • Blend lye solution into oil mixture at equal temperatures. Alternately mix batch with manual whisk and electric blender to fully incorporate ingredients. Do not over mix.
  • Bring mixture to a light-medium trace before adding essential oil, colour, or other additives.
    • If using fragrance oils, please note that some oils can “seize” soap, causing a premature setting up of the soap mixture. To avoid or minimize this problem when using a new and untested fragrance oil, try dropping your soap making temperature to 100 degrees F, and slowly add the fragrance oil to your soap mixture during the last half of the mixing process.

    How to make shea butter soap

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    Instructions on making gentle shea butter face soap from scratch using pure oils and natural ingredients. It’s suitable for sensitive skin and loaded with conditioning shea butter. Cold-process soapmaking instructions included.

    Many facial cleansers can strip the skin of natural oils, leaving your skin either too dry or too oily. This is because your face can respond to over-cleansing and over-exfoliation with even more acne, blackheads, oiliness, or skin irritation. Knowing this, I tend to not cleanse my face with anything other than water on days I’m not wearing make-up, or a natural cleanser on days that I am. When I’m not using my copycat version of Lush’s Angels on Bare Skin, I also use an extremely sensitive and creamy shea butter soap that I make myself.

    I have naturally oily skin but I’ve found that the secret to managing it is to allow my skin to find its own balance. When I was a teenager and in my 20s I used to cleanse it morning and night and the shine never seemed to disappear. This is because my skin was overcompensating for the natural oils that it was losing twice a day. I also suffered from acne and I’m convinced it was because I was over-cleansing.

    How to make shea butter soap

    Soap for Cleansing All Skin Types

    The recipe below creates quite delicate bars of soap that are perfect for cleansing all skin types including sensitive skin. It’s made with natural ingredients, including shea butter and cocoa butter, and has no artificial preservatives or additives. The lather is rich and creamy and the addition of rich shea butter gives the bars a soothing creaminess.

    You can make this recipe without any fragrance at all, but if you’d like a scented bar, add the optional rose geranium essential oil. Extracted from rose geranium leaves Pelargonium graveolens, it smells lovely and uplifting and could also help with treating bacterial acne, and tightening the skin.

    How to make shea butter soap

    How to make shea butter soap

    Rose geraniums are not related to roses but it does have a rosy fragrance

    Natural Soap Making for Beginners

    If you’re new to making handmade soap, you might also want to check out my four-part series on natural soap making. It gives a good introduction to what to expect from ingredients, equipment, recipes, and how to combine everything together to make soap.

    For this recipe, make sure that your main oils, water, and lye are pre-measured. Wear an apron, gloves, eye protection, and work in an orderly space free from distractions. Any tools, pans, or bowls that come into contact with the lye should be soap-dedicated. It’s best to not use the same items that you’d prepare food with. Make sure that the jugs that you measure the lye and water into are heat resistant.

    How to make shea butter soap

    1. Natural Soap Ingredients
    2. Soapmaking Equipment & Safety
    3. Easy Soap Recipes
    4. Step-by-Step Cold Process Soap Making

    How to make shea butter soap

    I tend not to wash my face with soap daily, but when I do, I use my own handmade soap

    How to make shea butter soap

    Shea butter (also known as karite butter in other parts of the world) is a natural fat comes from the seed of the karite or African shea tree and takes a long time to mature, as much as fifty years! It is a complex fat, which when processed and applied to skin melts at body temperature and is absorbed rapidly.

    How to make shea butter soap

    Benefits of Shea Butter on the Skin

    This fatty substance derived from stearic acid and oleic acid has a multitude of healing properties for which it has long been venerated. For example, Africans have long used it for various skin complaints, from simple stretch marks to raging sores. It is also known to contain cinnamic acid, a substance that encourages skin healing and which also protects the skin from damage from the sun, as it is a very capable sun block (unrefined shea has a natural “spf” of 4).

    African women utilize it during pregnancy to avoid those unsightly stretch marks and to facilitate the birthing process. Because of its usefulness in treating skin ailments, shea butter is sought after for managing psoriasis and eczemas. Cuts, burns and scars are also minimized as the shea butter improves elasticity of the skin.

    Shea butter has become popular in the beauty and skin industry, being commonly used in many skincare products and even shampoos. This is because so many of shea butter’s beneficial properties target the skin. For example, not only it is known to be a very rich emollient that prevents skin from drying out, but it also carries large portions of Vitamins A and E, both of which are essential to the maintenance of healthy skin and hair. Furthermore, it has been discovered to contain triterpenes, which are known antibacterial and antiviral substances.

    Though often used in chocolates, as a substitute for cocoa butter, shea butter is often used in cosmetics and soap makers. The advantages of incorporating Shea butter in soaps are because of its chemical constituents that warrant it anti-inflammatory, emollient and humectants properties.

    Shea butter soap is safe for use for just about all people, with a few rare exceptions. If you have any specific conditions that might prohibit its use—say a rare and very sensitive skin disease, or a nut allergy — you should consult your physician first, just to be safe.

    Refined or Unrefined?

    To get the best possible shea butter soap, you need to choose the highest quality butter you can find. The unrefined ones are often best, because when shea butter is refined, the natural nutty/woody scent scent and color disappear. Unrefined shea butter has a nutty/smokey smell to it because of the roasting process it goes through. It actually smells good if you like an earthy smell, if not essential oils or if you use fragrance oils, will cover the scent.

    Refined shea butter does not have the full benefits that the unrefined does because it goes through processing which strips it of some of the good stuff. Also, unrefined kinds of shea butter soap are more beneficial especially to sensitive skin.

    The Importance of Fair Trade

    As mentioned before, shea butter comes from the shea tree, Vitellaria paradoxa, with fruits roughly the size of a plum. Once the fruits are gathered, the fat content is laboriously extracted by manually removing the outer pulp and grinding the nut with rocks or a mortar and pestle. The nut can also be roasted and pressed to extract the fat, and it can take 20 to 30 hours of labor to make a little over 2 pounds of handcrafted shea butter.

    This is usually done by the women of the tribe. As this is a means of livelihood of women in Africa, try to keep in mind to use trade fair materials. Make sure you purchase certified fair trade shea butter from a reputable supplier. Fair trade standards help to ensure these women get the highest wages so they may have a better standard of living

    Finally, The Recipes

    The are several ways to use shea butter when making homemade soaps. If you want your soap to have fluffy lather, it’s recommended that you use shea butter at 3 – 5 percent of your entire recipe. Because shea butter has up to 11% of unsaponifiables, you don’t really have to use all that much in your recipe to make sure you get the benefits.

    An important thing to consider is that shea butter is very sensitive to heat. So if you heat it wrong it will get grainy, no matter what product you use it in. “From Nature With Love” has a whole article on avoiding crystallization and graininess when melting shea butter and other vegetable butters. These soaps could last about two years with the proper storage. Keep in mind to prolong the shelf life of your Shea butter soaps after following the recipe, store the soaps in a cool place.

    The recipes below are posted as percentages, which means you have to run them through a lye calculator to get the exact quantities of oils, water and lye you need for the amount of soap you want to make.

    5% Shea Butter Soap

    • 50% olive oil
    • 20% coconut oil
    • 25% palm oil
    • 5% shea butter

    Follow standard soap making procedures.

    There is no “maximum” amount of shea butter you can use — but just like with any other butters, oils or additives, you have to keep in mind how your ingredients properties may affect the overall outcome of your soap. How much shea you add to get the desired affect depends on what other oils are in your formula.

    20% Shea Butter Soap

    • Castor 5%
    • Canola 20%
    • Coconut 25%
    • Lard 30%
    • Shea 20%

    Do this at 5% superfat and you’ll have a GREAT bar.

    100% Shea Butter Soap

    Some people say you shouldn’t make 100% shea butter soap, as it would end up too hard and with little to no lather. The truth is, it all depends on the qualities you want from your soap. It’s a great learning experience to make a pure soap bar of each oil you use just to “see” how they turn out. Soapmaking is part chemistry/part art and you must choose your oils based on their fatty acid makeup and properties they bring to your soap whether that be fluffy bubbles, dense bubbles, creaminess, hardness, conditioning, etc. So yes, you can make a 100% shea butter soap if you want.

    People who have actually made 100% shea butter soap say it’s fabulous for the skin, lathers somewhat like olive oil soap: it makes a dense creamy foam, with not many visible bubbles — enough to clean but not as “slimy” as Castile soap. An alternative would be to make a soap that is 82% shea and add castor oil to help with lather. Either way, experimenting is the key, and also the fun part. =)

    If you’re new to soapmaking, I highly recommend “Natural Soapmaking” by Jan Berry. It’s perfect for beginners. I wish I’d read it before my first batch! She manages to be thorough and yet keep it simple and to the point.

    How to make shea butter soapThese are some of the things you’ll learn:

    • the basics of cold process soap making
    • what terms like “gel phase” and “trace” really mean
    • how to color soaps naturally with botanicals and clays
    • all about adding beneficial herbs and flowers to your soaps
    • how to use a lye calculator (it’s not as hard as it seems, promise!)

    And for those who feel they need some extra hand-holding, her complete package also includes access to her popular soapmaking video course to help you level up your soapmaking skills.

    This Coconut Shea Butter Soap is super easy to make. It smells delicious and has a luxurious lather.

    Making my own DIY beauty scrubs inspired me to branch out into other beauty products. I’ve always been intrigued about soapmaking, but figured it was too complicated. I pictured myself stirring a huge vat of chemicals on a stove trying to not burn the house down.

    Little did I realize is that there is a simple way to make your own soap. The answer is melt and pour.

    It’s as easy as it sounds. Pick up some soap base at Michael’s or online on Amazon. Melt the soap cubes in your microwave, add some fragrance and/or colour, pour into a soap mold. Boom. Handmade soap. It’s really that easy.

    How to make shea butter soap

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    How to make shea butter soap

    And if I can make my own soap, then anyone can. Michael’s had a variety of melt and pour soap bases to choose from. I started off with shea butter to help soothe my dry, winter skin.

    How to make shea butter soap

    They also have soap fragrances at Michael’s. I picked up the coconut scent so I can close my eyes and be whisked away somewhere tropical and warm.

    How to make shea butter soap

    A friend of mine mentioned coconut extract. That might be another option if you can’t find coconut soap fragrance.

    How to make shea butter soap

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    The soap mold I used was purchased at Michael’s. It’s plastic and has four different shapes. I really wanted a silicone soap mold, but they didn’t have any. I’m planning to order one on Amazon so I can have uniform shapes.

    How to make shea butter soap

    After you’ve poured your soap mixture into the mold, let it sit on your counter for about 40 minutes to an hour. I was surprised how quickly it was ready!

    How to make shea butter soap

    It was a bit tricky to push the soap out of the plastic mold. You have to play around with it and push up on the base for it to release. Thankfully, mine came out perfectly without any breakage.

    How to make shea butter soap

    Coconut Shea Butter Soap

    What You’ll Need

    • 6 cubes Shea Butter Melt and Pour Soap Base (you can also find it at Michael’s)
    • 15 drops of Coconut Soap Fragrance (I bought this soap fragrance at Michael’s too).
    • 1 soap mold

    How to make shea butter soap

    1. In a microwaveable bowl, add your cubes of shea butter soap base. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Microwave an additional 10 seconds and check to see if it’s melted. Repeat for another 10 seconds until it’s melted. Stir.
    2. Add in drops of Coconut Soap Fragrance and stir. Carefully pour into soap mold. Let sit for 40 minutes to an hour before attempting to remove it.
    3. To remove, carefully push on the bottom of the mold until the soap releases.

    How to make shea butter soap

    I used two rows of the melt and pour soap base to make these four soaps. The recipe below is broken down into one soap in case you don’t want to make a ton. It also depends on how big your soap mold is if you’ll need less or more of the soap base.

    How to make shea butter soap

    If you are planning to give the soap as gifts, buy some jute or twine and wrap it up. They sell cute little mesh bags at Michael’s for gift giving. I ended up storing ours in a plastic sandwich bag though. Nothing fancy here!

    How to make shea butter soap

    The soap smells heavenly! It gives a nice, rich lather that makes my skin feel soft and smooth. I had fun with this little soapmaking project and I’ll most likely end up doing more! Don’t worry, I promise to share the fun with you so you can give it a try too if you like!

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    • Lemon Shea Butter Soap: Creamy, smooth and fresh. This beautiful DIY soap leaves skin feeling so soft and makes a lovely homemade gift.

    Have you ever made your own soap?

    This shea butter soap recipe was made in collaboration with Eco Age! I really wanted this recipe to focus on the art of natural soap making. So let’s learn how to make shea butter soap in eight simple steps.

    Is Shea Butter good for Soap Making?

    Yes! Shea butter is a wonderful ingredient to use in soap making as it makes the soap super creamy and moisturising. It’s fatty acid profile is made up of 5% palmitic, 40% stearic, 48% oleic and 6% linoleic. This means it helps to harden soap, whilst creating a creamy and highly conditioning lather.

    Therefore, this nourishing shea butter soap recipe is perfect if you have dry skin. You can use this soap to wash your hands and your body.

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    How to make shea butter soap

    Shea Butter Soap Recipe

    Making Soap is truly an art. Soap in itself is so simple and so empowering at the same time. Natural soap really is the perfect gift for your loved ones: it effectively keeps us clean while reducing the amount of plastic we consume. In fact, the ingredients in this recipe are very easy to find plastic free.

    How to make shea butter soap

    The only ingredient that will definitely come in plastic is sodium hydroxide but…with 1 kg of sodium hydroxide you can make hundreds of soaps, dramatically reducing the impact of packaging.

    Soap Making Tools

    Making soap doesn’t require expensive tools, and most of the stuff you need to start it’s very likely already in your kitchen. Just make sure that once use something for soap making, you don’t use it again for food.

    • Googles and gloves
    • Mask or respirator
    • High precision scale
    • Heat safe Pyrex jug/bowl to weight and melt the oils/butters
    • Bowl to weight the sodium hydroxide
    • Heat safe stainless steel or Pyrex jug to mix the lye solution
    • Stainless steel tablespoon
    • Optional, silicone spatula
    • Moulds: I recommend silicone moulds as they are reusable. You can also pour your soap in an upcycled milk carton
    • Stick blender
    • Thermometer: either a candy thermometer or a laser one.
    • Piece of carboard and towel or blanket

    How to make shea butter soap

    Shea Butter Soap Ingredients

    This recipe makes 200 grams of shea butter soap, which is about four soaps of 50 grams each using the following quantities:

    • Cold Water: 57.49 g/2.03 oz
    • Sodium Hydroxide: 28.31 g/1 oz
    • Olive Oil: 120 g/4.23 oz
    • Coconut Oil: 60 g/2.12 oz
    • Shea butter: 20 g/0.71 oz
    • Lavender essential oil: 6 g/0.21

    Ingredient substitutions

    Any variety of oil works (such as extra virgin, refined or unrefined). I have used pure non-extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, and unrefined shea butter.

    How to make shea butter soap

    You can also use a different essential oil, however make sure to check any contraindications first.

    If you want to make a smaller or larger batch, divide or multiple each ingredient as necessary.

    Please don’t swap any oil in the recipe: if you do, you will need to recalculate the entire sodium hydroxide amount as well.

    How to Make Shea Butter Soap

    1. Gear up for safety: wear googles and gloves and keep them on at all times. Weigh the sodium hydroxide in a glass or ceramic bowl. In a separate heat safe stainless steel or Pyrex glass bowl, weight the fridge-cold water.

    2. Wear your respirator. Slowly add the sodium hydroxide into the water. Stir well with a stainless-steel tablespoon until fully dissolved.

    How to make shea butter soap

    3. Let the lye solution cool down until it reaches 43°C° (110°F). In the meantime, weigh the oils in a heat safe glass or ceramic bowl.

    Place this in the microwave or at bain-maire to melt the coconut oil, shea butter, and heat up the olive oil. The oils should also be at around 43°C° (110°F).

    4. Measure the temperature of the lye solution and the melted oils. If the temperature is correct, slowly add the lye solution into the oil and mix with a spatula or a tablespoon until they are all combined.

    5. It’s time to stick blend: do so until the soap is still very runny but you can clearly see that the batter is fully mixed and is opaque.

    How to make shea butter soap

    6. At this point, add the essential oils and mix them in with a spatula or tablespoon. Stick blend again until you reach a slightly thicker trace that looks more like a light custard.

    How to make shea butter soap

    7. Pour the batter into the mould, tap to remove any air bubbles and cover the mould with a piece of cardboard (or place it inside a shoe box). Then cover it with a towel or blanker to keep it warm.

    8. Let the soap harden for 24 hours, then unmould and leave to cure for 4–6 weeks before using it.

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    The easiest homemade soap recipe using a delightful shea butter melt and pour soap base. Melt and pour soap takes away the worry of mixing the lye and it requires no special equipment. This soap bar recipe is fully customizable, so you can make it just the way you like it!

    How to make shea butter soap


    Melt and pour soaps are a great way to ease into soap making. The bars can still be fully customized with your choice of color and scent, while the critical step of measuring out the lye is already taken care of.

    To be honest, the idea of soap making always overwhelmed me. When I discovered melt and pour soap bases, I decided I could make my own soap that looks beautiful, smells even more beautiful, and it is so easy anyone can do it!

    With a home business and little kids, this mama will have to be satisfied with a melt and pour soap base recipe for now.


    How to make shea butter soap


    How to make shea butter soap

    Lye is needed to make soap bars and is the ingredient that steered so many people and me away for so long. You need to take precautions when using it, and you have to be sure it is handled properly.

    When using lye, proper protection must be taken, including wearing a mask and gloves because it is very dangerous to breathe in and can burn the skin.

    However, if used correctly, it doesn’t have to be scary, and it can be used to make a natural, healthy soap bar. The “during” process, if not handled properly, can be dangerous, but the “after” is completely safe and can be used to make soap for the most sensitive skin.

    To make soap, lye is used to emulsify the oils and lye water, which is called “coming to trace.” Lye is needed to make the oils turn into soap and is required to make any soap bars.

    A melt and pour soap base eliminates the dirty work as well as cuts out a couple of steps in the process.


    When looking for a soap base, you will see that there are several different options. Are you surprised? The world of online shopping has opened up endless possibilities and options for anything we buy, even a soap base.

    I will list several options below that you can try. I personally have used the shea butter and glycerin organic melt and pour bases.

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    As you can see, there are lots of options when choosing a soap base. All of them will work similarly, and the recipe will remain the same. Should you have any skin sensitivity, allergies, or prefer a vegan option, you can choose your base accordingly.

    How to make shea butter soap


    Adding essential oils is the best part and can really customize your soap. For example, using lavender and chamomile will make a nice gentle and calming soap bar or foaming hand soap. Or use peppermint and eucalyptus for a cooling soap with soothing properties.

    Just like the soap base, the possibilities are endless. You can choose a single essential oil or blend a few together. Depending on how much you make at a time will determine the number of drops you will need to add.

    Let your nose be the judge; if you like it stronger, add more, and vice versa. Remember, I am keeping this simple, folks!


    How to make shea butter soap


    • Lavender
    • Roman Chamomile
    • Clary Sage


    • Wild Orange
    • Bergamont
    • Lemon


    • Lavender
    • Frankincense
    • Sandalwood


    • Peppermint
    • Eucalyptus
    • Siberian Fir


    • Sandalwood
    • Cedarwood
    • Bergamont

    Find the oils for your blend here.



    How to make shea butter soap



    1. Cut the shea butter soap base into small chunks and place them into a double boiler.
    2. Melt over medium heat. Stir occasionally with a wooden spoon.
    3. Remove from heat when it is completely melted.
    4. Add in dried lavender, honey, and lavender essential oil. Stir to mix.
    5. Pour into a soap mold.
    6. Allow it to completely harden and then pop the soap out of the mold.



    45 drops essential oils (25 drops wild orange, 10 drops bergamot, and 10 drops lemon)

    1 teaspoon orange zest


    1. Cut the shea butter soap base into small chunks and place them into a double boiler.
    2. Melt over medium heat. Stir occasionally with a wooden spoon.
    3. Remove from heat when it is completely melted.
    4. Add in orange zest and essential oils.
    5. Pour into a soap mold.
    6. Allow it to completely harden and then pop the soap out of the mold.


    How to make shea butter soap

    Dried flowers, oatmeal, and even coffee grinds can make wonderful additions to homemade soap bars. These can even make the soap exfoliating!


    You can use whole coffee beans or ground coffee in soap making. Whole beans are best for decorations and can be pressed into the top before the soap is fully hardened. Or you can add in 1 teaspoon of used coffee grinds for exfoliation.


    Oatmeal has so many great benefits for the skin and can help with many skin irritations. You can use quick oats, colloidal oatmeal, or powder oatmeal. In addition, you can make your own powder oatmeal by blending oatmeal in a high-speed blender as I do with my honey oatmeal soap bars.

    Dried Flowers

    My favorite dried flowers to use are calendulas because I think they look so pretty in the soap! You can also use rose petals, lavender buds, or other greenery.

    Fruit zest is another excellent ingredient to add to your homemade soap. I prefer to use a fine grader to make fine zest to add to my soap. This adds to exfoliation and a lovely scent. Fruit zest is also used in my Christmas soap recipe.


    How to make shea butter soap

    Homemade soap with a melt and pour soap base will last at least 12 months.


    If you make a lot at one time, you can store the soap bars in a covered container with a little circulation. Keep in a cool and dry place until use.

    *UPDATE* Since writing this post, I have built up the courage to make my first two cold-pressed soaps. You can find those recipes HERE and HERE.

    This is a great simple recipe, using a mix of melt and pour soap bases, perfect if you want to make a soap that has lots of lovely additives, easily with no fuss. To get this beautiful creamy orange soap we mixed equal amounts of crystal carrot, cucumber and aloe soap base with crystal oatmeal and shea white melt and pour soap base Both soap bases are vegetable derived, are peg free, paraben-free, and provide excellent skin feel due to the high glycerine content.

    How to make shea butter soap

    Ingredient properties

    Crystal carrot, cucumber and aloe, is made using carrot oil, cucumber seed oil and aloe vera it contains all the vitamins and nutrients found in these oils, such as omega-6 from cold-pressed cucumber seed oil. Rich in beta carotene (it’s the beta carotene that gives it its beautiful natural orange colour), pro-vitamin A and vitamins E, B1 & C. The antioxidant properties of soothing aloe vera are effective for treating dry skin, it also helps ease acne, eczema, and rashes. Crystal oatmeal and shea, as the name suggests this lovely soap base combines natural oatmeal and nourishing shea butter. The oatmeal is suspended in the base and its gentle exfoliating properties help remove dead skin cells, helps ease acne, eczema, rosacea and rashes is high in vitamin E, D & pro-vitamin A. Well known for its soothing, emollient properties, shea butter is increasingly popular as an ingredient owing to its superior skincare properties.



    Step 1

    Measure out equal amounts of the two soap bases ( you could use different ratios if you wanted a more translucent soap)

    Step 2

    Cut into small chunks, to make it easier to melt

    Step 3

    Pop into a heat proof bowl or jug that is suitable for use in a microwave

    Step 4

    Melt in a microwave in 30 second blasts. You want the base to be just melted but not overly hot. Leaving a few un-melted solid pieces is fine, just stir gently until they are fully melted. (If you don’t want to use a microwave melt using the double boiler method)

    Step 5

    Once melted you can add fragrance if you want. We recommend adding 2% essential or fragrance oils and stirring well ensuring the fragrance is evenly distributed throughout the soap base.

    Step 6

    Pour into your soap mould and add leave to set. Then all that is left to do is slice your loaf into bars.

    “Shea Butter makes the best soap!” We hear that from many soapmakers who love its effect on hardening, curing, lathering and the natural goodness it brings.

    Shea Butter is also easily absorbed by the human body, moisturizing skin and hair naturally without the need for artificial chemicals. It adds a creamy, richness to the soap that many of them say they cannot get without using lots of shea butter.

    Soapmakers everywhere have their favourite recipes, ingredients and soap making tricks, often learned through years of experience. Many of our customers rave about how Baraka Shea Butter is must have ingredient for their soap. They talk about how it affects hardening and curing, its Vitamins A, E, and F as well as its UV protection and essential fatty acids necessary for collagen production and how it lathers.

    We compiled a few tips and insights to keep in mind when using shea butter in your DIY soap:

    1. Shea Butter is high in stearic and oleic acids, which will produce a long-lasting hard soap with a stable conditioning lather.
    2. When beating the butter in a stand or electric hand mixer, it may take a few minutes for the friction of the beaters to soften the butter. Keep going!
    3. One commonly used standard is 30/30/30/10. 30% olive oil, 30% coconut oil, 30% palm oil or Shea Butter, and 10% rice bran, sweet almond oil, or others you may prefer.
    4. Shea butter is a solid form at room temperature, which traces more quickly. The soap will unmold faster and the final soap bars will feel firmer when used in a recipe with a lot of liquid oil.
    5. Some soap makers will super fat with this ingredient by adding it later in the soap making process when a light to medium trace is reached. This will possibly leave some of the Shea Butter unsaponified allowing you to experience the benefits of this ingredient in an unadulterated form. Adding about 1 tablespoon per 3 pounds of oils when using this method is commonplace. Of course, you can always adjust the amount of Shea Butter that you add depending on your personal preferences. – (Soap Making Resource)
    6. You can also rebatch your soap, adding the Shea Butter at the appropriate stage after saponification has already occurred. This will ensure that the shea butter will not take part in saponification but will remain pure within your product.

    We love hearing about your experiences with using Shea Butter in the soap making process. We also have soft black soap, that utilizes Shea butter by-products, to make it effective for your skin.

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    Shea butter is an excellent skin conditioning agent – it fights the look of wrinkles through deep penetration of vitamins A & E, helping improve skin elasticity and aiding skin in retaining its own moisture.
    Non-sulfate surfactants cleanse without stripping skin.

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    How to make shea butter soap

    Over the last few weeks, I have been soap-making machine – not just to prepare for Christmas a few weeks away, but to be able to provide friends and family with a handmade gift option for Valentines Day and Mother’s Day, up ahead.

    Since soap takes a good 4-6 weeks to cure, the soap I’m busy making now should be ready to go by mid-February and available for friends and family to purchase. It’s exciting to be able to make something that they can gift – something unique, and very personal.

    This soap is simple yet gorgeous – it’s made with raw milk and scented with Fir Needle Essential Oil. The base of the soap is palm-free and combines castor oil, coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter and avocado oil.

    Coconut oil and castor oil give it great lather, while the avocado oil provides moisturization – the soap smells incredible! It smells like freshly cut trees in a winter forest. Fir needle is one of my favorite essential oils to use in soap because it handles beautifully.

    If raw milk isn’t an option in your area, feel free to substitute your own choice of milk – whether coconut, almond, or goat’s milk. Using raw milk is possible in any cold process soap recipe – it just requires that you weigh the milk and freeze in ice cube trays prior to starting your project. Milk has a considerable amount of sugar, and those sugars have a tendency to burn when combined with the lye.

    By freezing beforehand, you prevent the milk from scorching the sugars, keeping the color a beautiful ivory.

    This recipe is one of my favorite basic starting points for making soap – it produces a beautiful bar that lathers well and is soft on your skin.

    Oils and Fats:

    • 2 oz castor oil
    • 13 oz extra virgin olive oil
    • 8.0 oz coconut oil
    • 3.5 oz shea butter, refined
    • 4 oz avocado oil

    Lye and Liquid:

    • 4.21 oz lye
    • 10.11 oz raw milk

    Essential Oils:

    • Fir Needle Essential Oil

    #1: Suit up for safety. Put on goggles, wear gloves and don clothes that have long sleeves. Go a step further and make sure all distractions are out of the room/house – kids, pets, etc. Use a well-ventilated area (I like to use my kitchen sink because I have a few windows behind it that provide ventilation). I would not recommend doing anything outside because you run the risk of tripping with the lye/bucket/dishes by going back and forth.

    #2: Weigh out the milk you will be using in a plastic cup or pitcher and pour into ice cube trays the day or night before making soap. Milk needs to be frozen in order to prevent scorching.

    #3: Prepare all of your ingredients – and have everything set aside to start:

    • Thermometer (one that you don’t use for food)
    • Silicone Column Mold, 31 oz – I LOVE this mold!
    • Pyrex 8 cup measuring device – not required, but so handy to have!
    • Immersion Blender – you don’t have to spend oodles but you will want something reliable with a metal stick, not plastic.
    • Lye – this is the brand we use
    • Digital Scale to measure your ingredients

    How to make shea butter soap

    #4: Pull out the milk you plan on using in your recipe. If you have it frozen into ice cubes, place the cubes in a heavy plastic measuring cup or bowl, and set that bowl in another dish filled with ice. This will keep the milk as cold as possible while the lye works to break it down.

    #5: Sprinkle the lye into your milk ice cubes, a little at a time. At first, there will be little to no reaction, but after 10-15 seconds, you will see the ice cubes start to melt. Stir slowly as you continue to add little bits of lye. Stir, but don’t rush the melting. You want to make sure everything is dissolved properly and that the lye is fully mixed in.

    Once you have sprinkled all of your lye on the milk and stirred to combine, set the mixture aside towards the back of the counter.

    #6: Combine your oils that you have weighed out. You will want to make sure your oils are between 90-100 degrees F – so you may have to use a digital thermometer (one that you do not use for food). If the oils are not 90-100 degrees, you can combine them in a pot on the stove and heat slowly.

    When using milk in your soap, I find that it’s best to have the temperature of the oils within 10-15 degrees of the lye/milk… so if you heated your oils on the stove, allow them time to cool down considerably until they are in that range.

    How to make shea butter soap

    #7: Slowly pour the lye mixture into the oils. Use your immersion blender to stir the oil and lye together, making sure to pulse the immersion and take 15-20 second breaks – running it continually will cause it to overheat.

    #8: Add the essential oil at this time. Bramble Berry has a really handy fragrance calculator that I used to do add just a medium amount of Fir Needle. It’s always best to use your scale to weigh the oil instead of using drops.

    How to make shea butter soap

    #9: Quickly pour the batter into the mold evenly distributing from one side to another. Use a paddle or long spoon to spoon out as much of the batter as you can – swirl the top (if desired). Sprinkle your calendula flowers on the top of the soap, making sure to push down gently so they stick to the soap.

    If the soap is too soft to swirl the top, then place in the freezer for a few minutes until it a hardens up a bit. Allow the soap to remain in the freezer for 24 hours to avoid gel phase. After that 24 hours, leave it in the mold an additional 24 hours before unmolding.

    How to make shea butter soap

    After that additional 24 hours, gently unmold and slice – you may want to turn the soap on its side to cut, allowing you to avoid drag marks from the calendula flowers. Allow the soap 6 weeks to cure.

    Using shea butter for soap making will add a wonderful creamy lather, great conditioning properties and some hardness to your soap.

    Let’s take a look at the fatty acid, iodine, and SAP values for this oil:

    Lauric 0%
    linoleic 6%
    linolenic 0%
    Oleic 48%
    Palmitic 5%
    Ricinoleic 0%
    stearic 40%
    myristic 0%
    Iodine Value 59
    SAP Value Sodium Hydroxide .128
    SAP Value Potassium Hydroxide .179

    Incorporating shea butter into your soap recipe will give your product the following attributes:

    Bubbly lather No
    Creamy/Stable lather Yes
    Cleansing Mild
    Conditioning Yes
    Hardness Yes

    A very nice creamy lather will be added to your finished product when using shea butter for soap making. In most circumstances, other oils, like castor oil, should be added to the recipe in order to make the lather a bit bubblier. This will help keep the soap from feeling overly slimy.

    The conditioning and soothing properties of shea butter are very good. Some claim that this ingredient will soothe burns, reduce wrinkles, help heal acne and even provide natural UV protection. For this reason, shea butter is very popular and beneficial within leave on products.

    When using shea butter to make soap, many soap makers allow it to take up anywhere from 5% to 30% of the oils used within a recipe. Some have even made 100% shea butter bars with decent results.

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    Keep in mind that this ingredient is relatively expensive, so using very large amounts may be impractical. especially if you are selling it and want to keep your prices reasonable. I recommend the 10% to 15% range. This amount will keep your prices low and yield amazing results especially when balancing your recipe with other soap making oils.

    When using Shea butter for soap making trace does speed up substantially, so be sure to adjust your soap making method accordingly. You can slow down trace by stirring manually instead of using a stick blender and by soaping at a cooler temperature then usual. When using 10% shea butter or more, I would mix the lye solution and soap making oils at around 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Some soap makers will superfat with this ingredient by adding it later in the soap making process when a light to medium trace is reached. This will possibly leave some of the shea butter unsaponified allowing you to experience the benefits of this ingredient in an unadulterated form. Adding about 1 tablespoon per 3 pounds of oils when using this method is commonplace. Of course, you can always adjust the amount of shea butter that you add depending on your personal preferences.

    Possibly a better method of superfatting with shea butter is to rebatch your soap, adding the shea butter at the appropriate stage after saponification has already occurred. This will ensure that the shea butter will not take part in saponification but will remain unadulterated within your product. Click here for a rebatching soap tutorial.

    When you buy shea butter, be sure to make your purchase from a reliable company. Although I never had a bad experience purchasing this ingredient, I’ve heard that some shea butter suppliers will sell a vegetable oil and shea butter mixture passing it off as the real thing! As always, just be careful and be sure to do business only with a reputable source.

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    How to make shea butter soap

    How to make shea butter soap

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    I love the sharp contrast between the purple and white layers, the purple contains the scrubbies, and the smooth, white Shea Butter soap layer is moisturising and it smells delicious! You can double the ingredients and use a larger loaf mould if you are going to be sharing your soap around!

    You need the following to make 500g (4 bars):

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    This amount of soap makes 18 – 20 bars (4 batches) of soap – you can use our Medium Silicone Loaf or Regular Silicone Loaf Moulds if you prefer to make larger batch/es.


    • If you are going to make a diagonal layer, prop the mould between two heavy objects and check the mould is level (ie two blocks of melt and pour, phone books, bricks etc). The silicone mould doesn’t slip which makes this easy to do!

    How to make shea butter soap

    • Dice the clear soap into 1 cm cubes and melt in the microwave on medium low until liquid – avoid overheating, around 65°C is ideal.
    • Remove from microwave and add the ground walnut shell and mix well to ensure there are no lumps or dry pockets.

    How to make shea butter soap

    • Colour this quite a dark tone with Royal Purple Liquid – the walnut will go grey in the soap, so a rich, deep colour is useful to avoid it looking muddy.
    • Add half the Passionfruit Papaya fragrance and stir well to combine.
    • Spray with alcohol to remove any small bubbles on the surface of the jug.
    • When the temperature is around 55°C or just below pour into the mould – this will ensure the particles stay suspended. If you pour too hot they will sink!

    How to make shea butter soap

    • Whilst this is setting up dice the shea butter soap into 1 cm cubes and melt in the microwave on medium low until liquid – avoid overheating.
    • When melted add the rest of the fragrance and stir well.
    • Check that the purple soap has firmed up enough to support the overpour of white soap.
    • Spray with isopropyl alcohol and then carefully pour the shea butter soap into the mould over the back of a spoon to avoid breaking the surface with the hot soap.
    • Spray with isopropyl alcohol again and allow to set.

    How to make shea butter soap

    • When you slice the soap, have the purple side on the bottom and this will avoid drag marks from the walnut granules coming through the white layer.

    You can make 4 batches of soap with the included trolley ingredients.

    Shea Butter in Soap Making – Properties + Recipes

    Shea butter is a creamy off-white or pale yellow fat which is extracted from nuts that are produced by the African shea tree (karite tree).

    How to make shea butter soap

    Interestingly enough, shea trees do not produce fruit before they are 20 years old, and the trees do not go into full production until they are around 45 years old. Shea trees grow naturally in the dry Savanna region of West Africa, Northern Uganda, and Southern Sudan, and they amazingly produce fruit for up to 200 years.

    There are mechanical ways to produce shea butter, however, the long-established method of hand-processed extraction continues to be followed amongst African women who group together for the activity, and ultimately, they provide their families with economic means resulting from their efforts.

    The traditional method of shea butter extraction is laborious:

    • Shea fruits are collected from the ground after they fall from the shea tree. The fruit itself is sweet and edible.
    • The kernels are removed from the fruit and the shell surrounding the kernels are cracked to expose the nuts.
    • The nuts are removed from the shells and are left to dry in the sun.
    • Once dry, the nuts are crushed and ground into small pieces.
    • The small pieces are roasted and hand-stirred in large pots over wood fires, which releases the fat and transforms the nuts into a paste.
    • Water is added to the paste and then the mixture is whipped by hand.
    • The mixture becomes a thickened paste as it cools and it is then washed with clean water.
    • The paste is then re-heated which causes fats to rise to the top, and the desired shea oil to settle to the bottom.
    • The fat is skimmed off the top and the oil that has collected on the bottom hardens as it cools. This hardened oil, which is raw shea butter, is then packaged and ready for shipment.

    How to make shea butter soap

    Shea butter differs in color because shea nuts range in color from nearly white to yellow. Shea butter also differs in odor. Shea butter that smells slightly smoky has picked up the scent from the open fire where it was hand-processed. It is said if shea butter has no odor, it has either been over-processed (is not raw), or it has aged and is not fresh. Shea butter should never smell rancid. If it does, it should be discarded.

    Shea butter is one of the top ingredients included in cosmetics today. Shea butter is loaded with natural vitamins (A, E, F) and antioxidants. In its raw state, shea butter is often used for smoothing wrinkles, sun protection, scar prevention, eczema, skin allergies, insect bites, and as a hair product that adds moisture and sheen. Shea butter is also used as a cooking oil.

    People that are allergic to nuts are generally not allergic to shea butter. Even though shea butter is extracted from the nut of a fruit, research indicates that shea butter does not contain the proteins that are considered allergens.

    Shea is also available in oil form, however, this form of shea does not contain the same level of vitamins, antioxidants, and other beneficial properties in comparison to raw shea butter.

    Shea butter is also a desirable addition to soap. The fatty acid profile and soap qualities are:

    • Lauric Acid (hardness, cleansing, bubbly lather) 0%
    • Myristic Acid (hardness, cleansing, bubbly lather) 0%
    • Linoleic Acid (conditioning, moisturizing, lather silkiness) 4-10%
    • Oleic Acid (conditioning, moisturizing, later silkiness) 40-50%
    • Palmitic Acid (hardness, stable creamy lather) 3-8%
    • Ricinoleic Acid (conditioning, moisturizing, stable creamy lather) 0%
    • Stearic Acid (hardness, stable lather) 35-45%
    • Iodine Value (hardness, conditioning) 45-65 (on a scale of 0-100, with more hardness at 0)

    Fatty acid profile and soap qualities of shea oil:

    • Lauric Acid (hardness, cleansing, bubbly lather) 0%
    • Myristic Acid (hardness, cleansing, bubbly lather) 0%
    • Linoleic Acid (conditioning, moisturizing, lather silkiness) 7-15%
    • Oleic Acid (conditioning, moisturizing, later silkiness) 68-78%
    • Palmitic Acid (hardness, stable creamy lather) 4-7%
    • Ricinoleic Acid (conditioning, moisturizing, stable creamy lather) 0%
    • Stearic Acid (hardness, stable lather) 6-14%
    • Iodine Value (hardness, conditioning) 75-90 (on a scale of 0-100, with more hardness at 0)

    As you can see, shea butter does not add to the lather of soap, but it does provide a degree of silky moisturization. Please note that shea oil is not usually used in soap but I wanted to share the profile so you could see the difference between shea butter and shea oil.

    Finally, to assist with calculating your soap recipes, the SAP (saponification) value of shea butter is:

    • .131 NaOH (Sodium Hydroxide)
    • .185 KOH (Potassium Hydroxide)

    The SAP value of shea oil is:

    • .129 NaOH (Sodium Hyroxide)
    • .182 KOH (Potassium Hydroxide)

    I personally use shea butter in many of my recipes at 5-15%. I prefer raw shea butter in soap. I want all of the natural goodness that shea butter provides. You can get refined shea butter. I use refined shea butter in lotion. It really is a matter of preference.

    When we take a look at the fatty acid profile chart, you can sort it by stearic acid or oleic acid to find substitutes. You can substitute shea butter with another butter such as mango, cocoa or even kokum.

    I personally LOVE shea butter in soap so most of my recipes include it. Here are some of my favorites.

    Product description

    This soap base is a natural soap made with Shea Butter from Ghana. It’s a wonderfully soft and foaming natural soap with a lot of glycerine. You can add all sorts of things to it, such as essential oils or flower petals, herbs or coloring. Especially with this white soap it looks very nice! This way you can make your own customized soap in a fast and easy way!

    The soap is natural, very rich in glycerine, contains no sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), no sodium laureth sulphate (SLES), no phenoxyethanol, no propylene glycol and no parabens.

    Preparation time: about 5 to 10 minutes. Then pour it into your mold, wait a little longer (30 minutes to 4 hours, depending on how big your soap is) and the soap is ready for use. Very easy to make.

    What you need to have: soap mold , microwave or stove, bowl, spoon / spatula.

    Tip: use a silicone ice cube tray or silicone cupcake tin as a mold!

    Making soap without lye

    Because a soap base is used, the soap does not have to be made with lye. This makes it a lot easier and safer to do.

    Make soap

    – Cut soap base into small cubes and melt in the microwave.

    – Add flowers, herbs or coloring if you want to.

    – Add natural essential oil if you like a nice smell.

    – Mix everything well and pour into the mold. Let the soap harden and .


    Glycerin, Aqua, Sodium Palmate, Sodium palm Kernelate *, Sorbitol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea butter), Sodium Hydroxide, Palm Acid, Palm Kernel Acid, Sodium Citrate, Titanium Dioxide, Pentasodium Pentetate, Tetrasodium Etidronate.

    * From 100% RSPO certified palm and palm kernel oil.


    5 stars based on 2 reviews

    5 / 5 By Elte 13 / May / 2020

    Ik bestelde de oogcrème. Heel fijn product! Zeker niet te veel gebruiken, dus lekker economisch. Ik bestelde ook de Shea butter zeep om zelf mee aan de slag te gaan. Super simpel en fun verzekerd. Mijn kids vonden het geweldig en het resultaat van hun zelfgemaakte creaties mogen er zijn!

    5 / 5 By Rald 10 / Apr / 2020

    Ik droog ieder jaar mijn lavendel bloesem om er iets mee te doen. Dit jaar bedacht ik me om er zeep mee te maken. Omdat ik geen idee had hoe je een basis maakt heb ik even rondgesnuffeld en kwam deze website tegen. Ik heb gelijk zeepbasis met Shea Boter gekocht. Thuis gelijk mee aan de slag gegaan. Het eind resultaat mag er wezen! En mijn huis en badkamer ruiken nu heerlijk naar lavendel!

    Shea Butter Melt and Pour Soap Base is 100% naturally saponified oils with no addition of detergents and or surfactants. “As natural as we can make it.”

    Palm Oil from companies that comply with RSPO.
    20% Kosher Glycerine added in most bases
    No Animal Testing
    No Animal Products
    Gluten Free
    Soy Free
    No SLS or SLES are used in any of our soaps or bases
    Plant based oils that are farmed by sustainable growers
    Non GMO
    Made inthe USA

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    It is wonderfully foamy and gentle with the following qualities:

    • 100% Pure Soap
    • Only the Finest Natural Vegetable Oil Recipe
    • 20% Kosher Glycerine Added
    • Hypo-Allergenic
    • Non-Comedogenic
    • No Animal Testing
    • No Animal Products (unless you ask for milk to be added)
    • No Detergents
    • No Sulfates
    • No Surfactants
    • No Alcohol
    • No Sugar solution

    Shea Butter Melt and Pour Soap Base is 100% naturally saponified oils with no addition of detergents and or surfactants. “As natural as we can make it.”

    Palm Oil from companies that comply with RSPO.
    20% Kosher Glycerine added in most bases
    No Animal Testing
    No Animal Products
    Gluten Free
    Soy Free
    No SLS or SLES are used in any of our soaps or bases
    Plant based oils that are farmed by sustainable growers
    Non GMO
    Made inthe USA

    How to make shea butter soap

    How to make shea butter soap

    Do you hate all of the chemicals they add to commercial bars of soap? Let’s be adventurous and I’ll show you how to make lavender soap with shea butter.

    This way you know the exact ingredients that go into your soap. These soaps are so gorgeous that you could easily gift these to your friends and family too.

    How to make shea butter soap

    It’s all in the packaging and you can do something super simple to make these soaps look super elegant.

    Wouldn’t you love to show these off in your bathroom?

    How to make shea butter soap

    Wrap them up in cellophane or place them in a nice gift box to give away. They’ll be loved no matter who gets them.

    How to make shea butter soap

    I love knowing what kind of ingredients go into the things we’re putting on our skin on a daily basis.

    Not only is good for you but they look amazing! In the summer I can go out to my backyard and pick out lavender from my garden. I love how it smells, it’s so soothing.

    Lavender essential oil is extraordinary calming properties that help you relax in the bath or shower.

    This could be a treat for yourself, you know when you don’t have kids knocking at your door or who want to be in the bathroom with you.

    How to make shea butter soap

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    Raw Shea Butter Premium Large Bar Soap

    Intensively hydrates penetrating deeply into the skin. This is no ordinary bar soap. Made with all organic, gentle, raw Shea Butter that loves your skin, this hydrating bar soap cleanses, energises and moisturises dry skin to give it the TLC it needs. Shea Butter has been used in African culture for centuries for its unmatched natural moisturising abilities. Rich in Vitamin A and antioxidants, it defends against fine lines and wrinkles, revitalising dull skin. This complete body care formulation is further infused with Frankincense and Myrhh extracts that help fight against inflammation and heal chapped, dull, prematurely aging skin. The result is an anti-aging formula that boosts skin elasticity and blood circulation to make your skin look healthy, supple and youthful. Easy to store, this cleansing bar soap easily suds up skin in need of a little freshening after a long day. It’s gentle enough to use on your whole body, your pretty face included.

    Usage Instructions

    Lather in hands or on a washcloth and wash entire body.

    SheaMoisture is dedicated to maintaining the accuracy of the ingredient lists on this website. However, because raw ingredients listings are subject to change due to INCI, we cannot guarantee that these lists are complete, up-to-date and/or error-free. For an accurate listing of ingredients in each product, please refer to your product packaging.

    Sodium Palmate, Sodium Cocoate (Or) Sodium Palm Kernelate (Soaps of Coconut and Palm), Water, Glycerin, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*^, Sodium Chloride, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pentasodium Pentetate, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Boswellia Serrata Extract, Commiphora Myrrha Resin Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Chromium Hydroxide Green, Iron Oxides.

    *Certified Organic Ingredient ‰^Fair Trade Ingredient

    Posted on January 23 2016

    How to make shea butter soap

    Why Is Shea Butter So Good For Your Skin?

    Naturally nourishing, shea butter soap has been used for centuries to moisturize and replenish the skin. Reputedly made popular by Egyptian queen Nefertiti, who is thought to credit her beauty to regular use of the plant butter, shea butter is an African treasure with fascinating origins.

    Derived from the nut of the karite tree native to Western Africa, shea butter is a natural product rich in fatty acids and vitamins. Karite, or shea, trees are known to grow up to 60ft tall and can live for around 200 years. African women have been harvesting the tree’s nuts, crushing and boiling the contents to extract the butter since ancient times.

    The rich, ivory-colored fatty butter derived from the nuts is easily absorbed by the human body, enriching skin and hair naturally without the need for artificial chemicals.

    The 6 Benefits of Shea Butter Soap:

    1. Weather protection

    It’s not known for sure but suggestions have been made that shea butter was first used in African nations to protect the skin against sun damage. It’s unique compounds, including vitamins A and E, help protect the skin from environmental damage. Also containing cinnamic acid, which provides some protection against UV radiation – it has an SPF of six and helps the skin retain moisture, preventing it from drying out.

    Shea butter also has some effectiveness as an after-sun treatment – its anti-inflammatory qualities and antioxidants help reduce swelling on the surface and speed up skin recovery. At the opposite end of the weather spectrum, It can also provide a little protection from frostbite, forming a barrier over the skin.

    2. Maximum moisture

    Shea butter is renowned as one of the world’s best natural moisturizers. Rich in skin-loving vitamins A and E, the plant-derived butter also contains Vitamin F and essential fatty acids like linolenic acid, which can help the skin recover from conditions like eczema. The acids present in shea butter are easy to absorb because they’re similar in structure to the human body’s own ebum – or oil. Protecting the skin’s natural oil, it helps prevent dry, dehydrated complexions.

    Useful for the face and body in general, shea butter can be applied to the lips, used as a remedy for dry or cracked skin and even used when shaving. Its applications don’t end there, though – It’s also a great conditioner for the hair and scalp and can help users achieve shiny, revitalized locks.

    3. Actively age-defying

    Queen Nefertiti had cottoned on to a good thing when she discovered the beauty benefits of shea butter; the compounds in the plant-derived cream are in fact anti-aging, with the fatty acids stimulating collagen production for a more youthful, plumped up complexion and diminished wrinkles.

    Additionally, it can enhance the skin’s elasticity, which can help keep cellulite at bay and improve the skin tone, banishing the orange peel effect.

    4. Holistically healing

    Rich in fatty acids and plant sterols, shea butter can help heal all manner of wounds and burns, as well as improving the appearance of scars. Vitamin A helps the skin heal while Vitamin F is soothing and replenishing for sensitive skin.

    Shea butter is also useful in guarding against insect bites, stings, rashes, allergic reactions and stretch marks. Because of this, it can be a great moisturizing choice in pregnancy, keeping the skin supple and boosting elasticity over the nine-month period. The cinnamic acid in shea butter also contributes to skin healing and calming, especially in conditions like acne. It’s also helpful in soothing muscle fatigue after exercise.

    5. Gentle for everyone

    Shea butter is an excellent moisturizer for everyone, young or old. The natural extract is gentle and even suitable for babies’ sensitive skin and for people who suffer from conditions like eczema. Apply after a bath for an effective diaper rash or dry skin treatment.

    A versatile extract, shea butter can be found in many health and beauty products. The combination of fatty acids and vitamins means it deals with a number of common issues, from reducing the appearance of wrinkles to healing wounds. Check out our, or try whipping up your own batch of shea butter soap – your skin will thank you.

    Sweet & Spicy Shea Butter Soap Recipe:


    • 30.2 oz water
    • 24 oz shea butter
    • 24 oz coconut oil
    • 16 oz almond oil
    • 11.17 oz lye
    • 8 oz castor oil
    • 8 oz wheat germ oil
    • 2 tsp salt
    • 2 tsp sugar
    • 2 tsp coriander
    • 2 tsp ground ginger
    • fragrance/essential oils (optional)


    • Rubber gloves
    • Safety goggles
    • Plastic/wooden soap mold
    • Stainless steel/enamel pot
    • Weighing scales
    • Stick blender
    • Two large pitchers
    • Two thermometers
    • Two wooden spoons
    • Large measure cup
    • An old blanket
    • Cardboard mold lid
    • Freezer paper


    1) With your protective gloves and goggles on, weight out the water into one of the pitchers and pour the lye to the other. Slowly add the lye to the water and stir continuously.

    2) Let the mixture heat up, which can take a few hours. While you wait, place the oils, butter, salt and sugar in your pot on the stove, melt and mix.

    3) Once the ingredients are mixed well, let the mixture cool to approximately 100 degrees F.

    4) While the mixture cools, line your soap mold with freezer paper.

    5) When the lye mixture has also heated to 100 degrees F, add it carefully to the oils and butter. Stir well or use a hand stick blender to speed things up.

    6) Once the mixture shows tracks, known as ‘tracing’, pour in the spices, fragrance and essential oils, and continue to stir.

    7) When the soap batter leaves deep tracks it is reaching a medium to heavy trace, at which point you should pour it into your soap mold.

    8) Place the cardboard lid over the mold, cover with the blanket and leave it to set for at least 18 hours.

    9) At this stage, remove the coverings, allowing the handmade soap to air.

    10) You can cut the soaps to size at this stage and leave them to cure on a drying rack for at least two weeks. The longer you leave the soap, the better quality it will be.

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    Homemade gifts are the best kind to receive, and this Homemade Lavender Soap is no exception. There is something about the love that goes in to a hand made gift. Whether you make this lavender soap for yourself or for a friend, it will be beautiful and the shea butter and lavender will feel great on your skin and even have a calming effect.

    How to Make Lavender Soap

    The method I have included in this recipe is the easiest way to make soap. Rather than make the soap from scratch using lye, we are using melt and pour soap base.

    How to make shea butter soap

    Soap base comes in a variety of types from shea butter to goat’s milk to glycerin. We will be using shea butter, but you are welcome to experiment or use what you have on hand.

    You will also need a soap mold. I really like this one from Amazon because it is silicone, so it is really easy to remove the soap from the mold once it is set. It is also very lightweight and easy to clean.

    Lastly, you’ll need Lavender Essential oil and Dried Lavender petals. I got both of these from Amazon, as well, but they are also available at your local craft store or on Etsy.

    To create your Lavender Soap, you’ll simply cut the Shea Butter Soap base into pieces and melt in the microwave or over a double-boiler until it is liquid.

    How to make shea butter soap

    Then you’ll add your essential oils. You can also add soap colorant here if you’d like to change the color of your soap base.

    Sprinkle some dried lavender into each of your soap molds. Then, you’ll pour the soap base into the molds and sprinkle a little more dried lavender on top. You can use a toothpick to stir the lavender into the soap if you want it incorporated.

    How to make shea butter soap

    Let it sit on a level surface until it sets completely. This should take about 45 minutes. Once set, you can remove the soap from your molds and use as you wish or wrap with parchment paper and tie some twine around it for an easy, frugal homemade gift.

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    4.8 oz olive oil
    4.8 oz coconut oil
    3.2 oz shea butter
    3.2 oz palm oil
    6oz distilled water
    2.2oz of lye
    .8oz essential oil


    Follow your basic soap recipe. I melt the Shea Butter in the microwave for about 20 seconds or so it doesn’t take long. and I add it along with the other oils.

    This recipe will produce 4-6 bars depending on the size of your molds. I think these bars are simliar to the lquid soap they sell at bath and body works that has the shea butter in it.

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    Ingredients: Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Aqua, Sodium Hydroxide and Essential Oils or Fragrance Oils.

    Posted on Published: September 15, 2016 – Last updated: February 11, 2021

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    The ground cinnamon in this soap imparts a beautiful speckled-brown natural hue while the cinnamon essential oil adds spice and a home-baked scent.

    How to make shea butter soap

    Cinnamon may help to relieve stress and is stimulant.

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    Be careful though! Add too much cinnamon and you may suffer skin irritation.

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    I would recommend using this soap as hand-soap only unless you truly enjoy burning sensations.
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    Cinnamon Shea Butter Soap

    Yields Approximately 8 bars


    3 tsp Cinnamon Essential Oil
    1 tbsp Ground Cinnamon
    2 lbs Shea Butter Melt-and-Pour Suspension soap
    Cinnamon Sticks


    Cut the soap into 1-inch cubes and place into a large microwave safe bowl and cover with cling wrap.

    Heat the soap in your microwave for 45 seconds.

    Stir the soap then heat again in 30 second increments until melted and smooth.

    Stir in the cinnamon eo and ground cinnamon.

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    Place 1-2 cinnamon sticks into the bottom of your moulds.

    Pour the soap into your moulds.

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    Lightly spray the soap with rubbing alcohol to eliminate any bubbles.

    Allow soap to completely solidify and cool down, about 1 hour, before removing from the moulds.

    Last Updated on April 9, 2022 by Ellen Christian

    If you’re looking for a peppermint soap recipe that’s moisturizing and gentle on your skin, you’re going to love this! Make it today.

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    Now that the furnace is running all of the time, I’ve noticed that my skin is so much dryer than it is in the summer. Using a moisturizing homemade soap recipe is a great way to return moisture to dry skin.

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    Peppermint Soap Recipe

    This peppermint soap recipe is made using the melt-and-pour soap making method. It’s so much easier than making a hot or cold process peppermint soap recipe. It’s simply a matter of cutting the soap blocks, melting them, and adding the essential oils and colorant (if desired).

    Do I need a soap colorant?

    No, you do not need to add any colorant to this peppermint soap recipe unless you want to. If you use the melt-and-pour soap base that I’ve linked to below, your soap will be a creamy white color when you’re done.

    You can add a red or pink soap colorant to change the color. Or, you can leave it as-is for white soap. It works just the same. The color has no impact on anything but its appearance.

    What is peppermint soap good for?

    If you’re using a soap that has peppermint essential oil rather than peppermint fragrance oil, one of the benefits is that it works as an antiseptic skin cleanser.

    It has been used to treat urticaria (hives) and helps soothe itchy skin. This peppermint soap recipe can also help calm irritation caused by bug bites, blemishes, and acne.

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    Can melt and pour soap be used right away?

    Yes, one of the benefits of using melt and pour soap is that it does not need to cure. Once the soap has hardened, you can use it immediately.

    If you want to gift this peppermint soap recipe, I would recommend you wait at least 24 hours before you wrap your soap to allow it to dry completely. But, if you’re using it yourself, you can do that immediately.

    Tea tree and peppermint soap recipe

    If you’re using this peppermint soap recipe to help treat blemishes and acne, you might want to add a few drops of tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is an anti-fungal that can also help manage skin blemishes and acne.

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    Materials needed for this homemade soap

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    How do I make this soap recipe?

    • Remove the soap base from the container and cut it into pieces.
    • Place in a microwave-safe container and heat according to package directions.
    • Once the soap is melted, work quickly as it will begin to harden immediately around the edges of the bowl.
    • Add 10 drops of essential oil and stir to blend.
    • To color the soap, add a soap colorant to reach the desired shade.
    • Stir to blend.
    • If the soap has begun to harden, reheat in the microwave for about 10 seconds.
    • Pour melted soap into the molds and allow soap to rest for at least 45 minutes before moving.
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      When the soap is set, remove it from the mold and package it for gifts.

    Other soap recipes

    Making homemade soap is relatively easy when you use a melt-and-pour soap base. It really only takes an hour or two to make a big batch of this peppermint melt and pour soap recipe.

    And, it makes a useful pampering gift for the holidays. After all, you can always use more homemade soap especially when it smells this good! You’ll want to keep a few bars for yourself if you’re gifting this.

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    More uses for peppermint essential oil

    I love peppermint essential oil. It’s one of my most commonly used essential oils. You can use it for many different reasons including body care, natural cleaning, and diffusing. This peppermint soap recipe is just one way you can use essential oils in your beauty routine. You can also use it in body scrubs, bath bombs, shower melts, or any other DIY beauty recipe you make. For the most part, essential oils are interchangeable in soap recipes.