Easy Hemp Soap Recipe. Soak in the Miracle Benefits!
Hats off to any crafter who has the tools and is willing to spend hours making complicated hemp soap recipes. But I was looking for a quick solution—and I found it.
To make a 5-minute hemp soap, use a melt and pour goat milk soap base and cold press hemp oil. Add fragrance and flower petals or ground oatmeal and pour into a simple mold. This makes 6 bars of hemp soap that will last 4 months. All ingredients and supplies cost less than $50.
Quick Hemp Seed Oil Soap Recipe for Luscious Skin
There are lots of ways to make a Melt and Pour Hemp Seed Oil Soap. But here is my favorite. This recipe makes 12 medium-sized bars.
- BPA-Free Silicone Soap Mold
- Microwave-Safe Pyrex Dish
- Measuring Cup
- Cutting Board
- Sharp Knife
- Large spoon
- Small spoon or Whisk
- Microwave or Double Boiler
- Goat Milk Soap Base , 1.5 lbs
- Oatmeal , 1 cup whole
- Oatmeal, ¼ cup ground
- Hemp Seed Oil , ¼ cup
- Tea Tree Oil , 15-20 drops
- Dark Green Soap Colorant , 15 drops
1. Cut Soap Base in 1-inch Cubes
Use your cutting board and knife to cut the soap base into 1-inch cubes. (Note that if you are using Our Earth’s Secrets Goat Milk Base , which I highly recommend, it comes with two 1lb. Blocks. You’ll need 1.5 blocks to make 12 bars.) Put cubed soap into microwave-safe glass dish.
2. Grind Oatmeal and Sprinkle in Molds
Grind 1/4 cup of the oatmeal. Then sprinkle just a little ground oatmeal onto the bottom of the soap molds.
3. Melt Soap Base in Microwave
Microwave on high for 1 minute and 30 seconds. Stir with spoon. If there are still chunks, continue microwaving 15 seconds at a time until fully melted. (You can melt soap on a double-broiler if you prefer.)
4. Stir in Remaining Ingredients
You’ll need to work quickly so the soap doesn’t harden. Add hemp oil, tea tree oil, soap colorant and whole oatmeal into melted soap in glass dish. Stir well to incorporate oil.
5. Fill Molds and Sprinkle Whole Oatmeal
Use a large spoon to fill each of 12 soap molds. Use the remaining ¼ cup whole oatmeal to sprinkle on the bottom of each soap (the side that is facing up) for extra exfoliation. This way your bar has one side that is gentle and the other that is more abrasive.
6. Let Cool
Now set aside the mold for at least one hour to harden. Then carefully pop out soaps and enjoy!
About Ingredients in the Easy Hemp Soap Recipe
You can make a hemp soap using another melt-and-pour base and leaving out the oatmeal and tea tree oil. Your skin will get some benefits, but it won’t be quite the same treatment. Here’s a little more information about this recipe:
Why Use a Goat Milk Base?
The goat milk soap base I use is called Our Earth’s Secrets. It’s made from all-natural ingredients, including real goat’s milk. The reason I use this base is that the goal of our DIY hemp soap recipe is to improve skin tone and decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Goat’s milk is high in lactic acids and incredibly humectant, which is why it’s increasingly used in beauty products. In case you’re wondering, the soap has a slightly sweet scent.
Why Do You Add Oatmeal?
Oatmeal is an exfoliator. It’s also incredibly soothing. If you ever have skin irritation from poison ivy, eczema, sunburn or rash, use this hemp soap with oatmeal for instant relief. And even if your skin feels fine, a gentle rub with the bar will loosen any dead cells and welcome the regeneration of new ones.
Renowned medical esthetician, product developer, and owner of Ann Webb Skin Clinic and the Ann Webb Skin Institute recently told me that her favorite DIY face mask also uses oatmeal, although that oatmeal is cooked. She said she loves oatmeal because it has a soothing and calming effect on the skin. (Don’t miss this expert advice from Ann about How to Hydrate Your Skin in the Tub .)
Do You Need to Use Tea Tree Oil?
Tea tree oil has excellent anti-inflammatory properties and tea tree oil can also soothe irritated skin. Every ingredient in my Hemp Soap works toward the common goal of skin repair. That said, if you don’t want to use tea tree oil , you can find a rundown of the benefits of other essential oils toward the end of this post. Most likely you’ll want to add some essential oil in your hemp soap recipe. Otherwise, the scent of the hemp seed oil will overwhelm your bar, and while not terrible, you can certainly do better.
Now that you know how to make hemp seed oil in 5 minutes, you can spend a bit more time finding out why it’s so awesome and why this is my go-to soap recipe for amazing skin.
Hemp Soap vs CBD Soap
At first, I was wondering if I should make CBD soap or Hemp soap, and what is the difference between hemp and CBD anyway. When I started to look into this, I realized it’s actually quite complicated.
There are a bunch of terms that I threw into the same “pot” in my mind, and I sort of thought the following were all the same thing:
- CBD Oil
- Hemp Oil
After a bit of research , I realize that although related, each of these terms refers to something a bit different.
It’s important to understand the differences, when deciding if you want to make hemp soap or CBD soap. And to know what benefits you can expect from the soap that you make.
Let’s define each term:
Cannabis – A genus of flowering plants that includes Cannabis indica, Cannabis ruderalis and Cannabis sativa.
THC – An acronym for Tetrahydrocannabinol, this is t he psychoactive ingredient in cannabis plants. It is the main chemical that produces the effect of getting high.
CBD – A n acronym for cannabidiol, this is a chemical compound found in cannabis plants. It is not psycho-active.
CBD Oil/Hemp CBD Oil – Made from the flowers, stalks and stems of cannabis sativa plants. Does not contain THC. It is often combined with a carrier oil, which could be hemp oil. For this reason, you may see CBD oil called “hemp CBD oil.”
Hemp – Refers to varieties of cannabis that contain less than 0.3% of THC.
Hemp Oil – Can refer to either full-spectrum hemp oil, which does contain CBD, or just to hemp seed oil, which does not contain CBD. (This is the most confusing term, so be sure to check ingredients on anything labeled “hemp oil” so you know exactly what you’re getting.)
Hemp Seed Oil – Made from the seeds of hemp plants. The seeds do not contain THC and only trace amounts of CBD. They are rich in fatty acids and nutrients.
Marijuana – Refers to varieties of cannabis that contain between 0.3% THC and 30% THC.
Well, now that we all have a Ph.D. in Hemp vs CBD, let’s take a look at hemp seed oil soap benefits.
Hemp Seed Oil Soap Benefits
My hemp soap recipe uses hemp seed oil, so when I say “hemp soap,” I’m really talking about “hemp seed oil soap.”
That said, neither hemp soap nor CBD soap will get you high, because neither hemp seed oil nor CBD oil contains THC. If this bit of information has dashed your desire to make any soap at all, perhaps you should search up a brownie recipe instead.
But if you’re still interested in the benefits of soap that includes cannabis-derived oils, let’s drill down a bit more.
What’s So Great About Hemp Seed Oil Soap?
The main benefit of hemp soap is that it’s great for skin. Here is a look at some of the research:
Hemp Seed Oil Treats Skin Diseases
A 2014 study looked at various plants used to treat skin diseases. The authors wrote:
“Hemp seed oil is useful for treatment of eczema and host of other skin diseases like dermatitis, seborrhoeic dermatitis/cradle cap, varicose eczema, psoriasis, lichen planus and acne rosacea. By using hemp seed oil, the skin is strengthened and made better able to resist bacterial, viral and fungal infections.”
Hemp Seed Oil Increases Collagen and Decreases Wrinkles
Hemp seed oil is rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6 Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). Because of this, topical application may enhance the appearance of skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. One amazing study looked at the effects of hemp seed oil on old mice. Results clearly demonstrated increased collagen-production and anti-aging effects.
Hemp Seed Oil Might Reduce Brain Inflammation
There is also research showing promise for hemp seed oil in reducing brain inflammation and increasing heart health. But I wouldn’t aim to acquire these benefits through use of soap. Instead, you might want to explore oral hemp seed oil capsules.
Benefits of CBD Soap
CBD oil is also great for the skin and is also anti-inflammatory. When taken orally, it has an extraordinary range of benefits including reducing anxiety and decreasing muscle pain.
So Why Make Hemp Soap Instead of CBD Soap?
While both CBD and Hemp soap have excellent proven benefits, there is one main reason why I’m making hemp soap. I want to use 1 tsp of oil per bar of soap.
Although I do have an excellent bottle of hemp oil extract that I got from Charlotte’s Web for $100, it’s only 1 fluid ounce. Because I’m going to use the hemp topically rather than orally, I don’t want to spend that much money on the oil.
Instead, I found this 16.9 oz bottle of cold-pressed hemp seed oil on Amazon for an amazing price. I was a little skeptical because it’s so cheap, but after testing, I can report that it definitely works wonders on my skin:
The manufacturer, Alovitox says:
“We create our hemp oil using hulled hemp seed, which has an essential omega-3 to polyunsaturated omega 6 fatty acid ratio 1:4. It is cold pressed, unrefined without the addition of preservatives or chemicals.”
It’s the essential fatty acids in the hemp seed oil that give it such an extraordinary anti-inflammatory and hydrating benefits.
The Easy Hemp Soap Recipe Miracle
If you’re suffering from dry, winter skin or any skin irritation, try hemp soap. Or, if you just want your skin to glow and reduce the appearance of fine lines, you may even consider this particular hemp soap recipe something close to a miracle. After all, every ingredient is working together to nourish your skin.
The amazing thing is that the recipe takes less than 5 minutes to make, while the benefits last a long, long time.
And if you really want to activate the hemp miracle in your tub, you might also try hemp shampoo and conditioner.
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How to make hemp soap at home?
Soap may be a mundane and everyday item, but the process of making it is a chemistry lesson in and of itself.
Soap is a salt, or a compound formed by the reaction of an acid and an alkali. In soap-making, oil (fatty acid) provides one half of the reaction, and lye (a strong alkali) does the rest. The reaction between oil and lye is known as saponification, from sapo, the Latin for soap. There are many different oils used in soap-making, each with their own set of properties. Hemp oil is known for being intensively moisturizing, as well as having protective and regenerative properties.
Techniques for making homemade soap
There are various ways to make soap at home: the most common procedures are the cold process and the melt-and-pour method. Of the two, melt-and-pour is by far the simpler, as it involves using pre-bought soaps which are melted down, mixed with new oils and scents, and then poured into new molds to set once more.
However, pre-made hemp soaps are still hard to find, despite the proliferation of hemp skincare products in recent years. Therefore, methods which allow more flexibility with the choice of ingredients are more suited to making hemp soap, and this is where the cold process comes into its own.
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Care must be taken to ensure safety at all times
It is important to note that when following this recipe, some highly dangerous chemicals are needed, most notably lye (also known as caustic soda). It is vital that correct safety precautions are carried out, including use of gloves, goggles and long-sleeved clothing to avoid alkali burns. The work area must be clean and dry, and the equipment used must be made from ceramic, steel, or good-quality, heat-resistant plastic. All dangerous chemicals must be clearly labelled, and stored safely when not in use. Most of the necessary equipment can be found in the home or from the hardware store.
- Gloves, rubber or similar
- Safety goggles
- Kitchen scale (must be accurate)
- Stove or other heat source
- Large, non-stick cooking pot
- 2/3 litre jug, pitcher or mixing bowl (x2)
- 2/3 litre pitcher or beaker with tight-fitting lid
- Long-handled spoon for stirring
- Soap mould
- Electric blender (handheld/stick)
- Measuring spoons/cups
- Small dishes or tubs to store ingredients
- Whisks, spoons, spatulas, cloths, napkins
Always use stainless steel, ceramic or heat-resistant plastic for mixing chemicals. Once all equipment is checked and ready, and the work-space is clear, it is safe to begin working with the ingredients. Although known as the “cold” process, some stages of the recipe require use of a heat source, so the kitchen is the obvious location. This is what you will need:
- Lye – NaOH (caustic soda) or KOH (potash – more commonly used for soft or liquid soaps)
- Water (distilled is preferred)
- Oils/fats (see below for more info)
- Fragrances/essential oils
- Dye, natural or synthetic
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Oil combinations and ratios
The choice of oil is the key to making a good-quality soap. Hard fats like tallow or palm oil provide a stable, long-lasting base for the soap, ensuring it sets correctly. Oils like castor or coconut oil are essential for lathering, and olive, sunflower and canola oil provide a softening and moisturizing effect. A fourth category of oils is informally known among soap-makers as super-moisturizing, or simply “luxury”. Hemp oil sits comfortably in this fourth category, due to its intensively softening and uniquely penetrative properties.
It is possible to make soap from just one or two oils, but experimenting with different ratios for various purposes is immensely rewarding. A ratio of 30% hard, 25% lathering, 35% moisturizing and 10% super-moisturizing oil is widely thought to be a sensible basis for a good-quality soap, although these percentages can be tweaked in numerous ways.
It is usually preferable to limit a heavy oil such as hemp to no more than 15%, due to the risk of greasiness and more rapid spoilage, although some recipes can work well with slightly higher ratios. An excellent resource on the properties of soap-making oils can be found here.
Determining the oil:lye ratio
Now that the work-space, equipment, and ingredients are ready, a recipe must be decided on, and the lye solution must be made and left to cool. The process for making lye-water is simple, yet care must be exercised. Simply stir the lye into boiling water until fully dissolved, then leave aside to cool.
The required amount depends on the combination of oils, and can be determined by using an online lye calculator – or for the arithmetically-inclined, Miller’s Homemade Soap Pages provide full saponification charts.
For beginners, there are plenty of soap recipes available online that can be tweaked to your requirements – this is sensible, as determining the lye/water ratio is difficult for those with little experience. Below is a standardized, basic recipe that will take very little skill or effort to follow:
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SIMPLE SOAP RECIPE
- 900g/32oz Palm Oil (34%)
- 765g/27oz Coconut Oil (29%)
- 450g/16oz Hemp Oil (17%)
- 425g/15oz Olive Oil (16%)
- 113g/4oz Blend of essential oils (4%)
- 1-2 tsps. of glitter, petals or seeds to decorate
- 370g/13oz Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
- 850g/30oz Distilled Water
The saponification process
The oils must be measured out by weight and placed in containers ready for use. In soap-making, all ingredients are measured by weight, whether solid or liquid.
Hard fats can be placed directly into the cooking pot to be gently heated; once they are liquid the remaining oils (except fragrance and essential oils) can be added.
When the oils are fully mixed and liquid, and the temperature is at around 100° C (212F), the heat must be turned off, and the lye-water may be added slowly to the pot. Remember to stir the pot constantly throughout.
As the mixture cools and the lye reacts with the oils, the liquid in the pot will become cloudy and increasingly viscose – this is the saponification process beginning. At this point, blend the mixture in short bursts (around 5 seconds) with the electric mixer, gently stirring and scraping the sides in between each burst. With every blend, the mixture will become ever more viscose.
The finishing touches
When the mixture is almost cool, the essential oils and fragrances can be slowly mixed in, using the spoon rather than the blender. After this, any decorative items such as petals, seeds or even hemp leaves can be blended in. By now the true scent of your finished product will be apparent.
Finally, colorants can be added, with a range of techniques and methods for added visual appeal. To achieve a marbled effect, pour a little of the soap into a mould, and add dye to it, mixing well. Then gently pour more soap from the pot into the mould, using a spatula to achieve the desired level of intermixing. Soaps may be left in the mould for a few days until they fully set, and must be cured for up to three weeks more to remove all traces of lye from the saponification process.
The simplicity and flexibility of this method has won many fans, and there much benefit in having control over what is contained in skincare products used everyday by ourselves and our families. The recipe above does not contain any of the worrisome additives such as Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS), which is ubiquitous in commercial products and has been implicated in health and environmental problems.
As well as peace of mind, making one’s own skincare products can represent a substantial yearly saving, and can be a rewarding experience to share with friends and family. Once the soap-making technique has been mastered, there are plenty of recipes for hemp-based shampoos, lotions, massage oils and moisturizers to try. With a little time and effort, it is possible to create an entire skincare range, and avoid ever having to buy commercial products!
How to make hemp soap at home? Soap may be a mundane and everyday item, but the process of making it is a chemistry lesson in and of itself. Soap is a salt, or a compound formed by the