Organic Soap Recipe Guide 

So what exactly is organic soap?

First, let me say very clearly – soap must always contain LYE. Lye is a chemical – a non-organic ingredient, but without it you can’t make soap. However, organic soap is still considered ORGANIC even if it has lye in it, and here’s why:

In the US - while lye is non-organic, it is allowed in organic soaps according to the USDA's rules on organic soaps, since bar soaps require lye for their successful production.

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And the same goes for EU -  a naturally saponified soap, which would have oils and added as part of the manufacturing process, but it would then not have any significant amounts of either oils nor lye remaining in the final product - the 'soap' would be considered organic.

So, organic soap is made with lye and distilled water mixture like other soaps. There is also an organic melt-and-pour in some shops, but you need to check the ingredients before purchasing it. If it contains glycerin – it is not considered organic.

On other pages I talk about using natural colorants. They can also be used in soap you want to be considered organic. For example, if you want to use carrot juice as a colorant you can use organically grown carrots.

Basically, every ingredient you wish to use in your soap (and you want it to be organic soap) must not contain any synthetic additives or pesticides. Ingredients should not contain or be produced with herbicides, chemical fertilizers, or pesticides. So you need to be extremely careful when reading labels!

Who Uses Organic Soap?

Organic soap is normally used by people who wish to live a healthy lifestyle, or those who simply have no other choice.

In this day and age a lot of people suffer from various allergies, or skin conditions that are only worsened or irritated by using normal soap.

Normal, store bought soap usually contains chemicals, plus our skin can even be irritated by some oils or fragrances. Because of all these reasons people have turned to organic soap.

Ingredients in Organic Soap Recipe

As I said before – all ingredients must not contain any herbicides, chemical fertilizers or pesticides. So if your ingredient fits the description, go ahead and use it! Let me give you some examples of organic ingredients:

  • All Natural Organic Coconut Oil
  • 100% Olive Oil – All Natural Olive Oil
  • Unrefined African Shea Butter (I recommend buying it at a street market or health food store)
  • Goat’s Milk (best if you milk the goat by yourself. I know I’ve tried. Didn’t go so well.)
  • Carrot Juice
  • Beet Juice (I have to explain here that both carrots and beets must be grown organically)
  • Various Types of Clay
  • Aloe
  • Oats
  • Cinnamon
  • Sunflower Seeds

Tiny Hints

  • If you have powdered colorants like – clay, or some roots, you can mix them with oil! I usually mix them with water, but I recently discovered that there are fewer clumps if you use oil!
  • If you want to use vitamin E in your recipe, you can swap it with sunflower oil. Sunflower oil (must be organic) contains a lot of nutrients, including vitamin E, which are good for the skin!
  • If you want your herbs to contain their lovely color (they usually turn brown after a while), you can try by mixing them with sunflower oil! I mean, sooner or later the herbs will turn brown, but better later than sooner!
  • Now, soda ash doesn’t bother me – I like it because it makes the soap look artistic. But, if you don’t like soda ash (dust that stays after the soap has cured), you can use a small amount of beeswax in your recipe!
  • A lot of ingredients mix better into the soap mixture if you warm them up first! So if you have any oils to add, or even honey – warm them up a bit before adding to the mixture.


Happy Soapy to You.....


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