The benefits of using olive oil in soap sometimes seem endless, as it contains natural antioxidants and moisturizing properties. Plus, olive oil helps to maintain a youthful appearance as well as helping with various skin problems and works well with all skin types.
Key Benefits of Olive Oil Soap
- High in vitamins and minerals such as vitamin E and vitamin A, which contain antioxidants that are amazing for the skin (hello anti-aging benefits and goodbye premature aging). These antioxidants help to fight against free radicals, which can cause aging and skin damage.
- Great for skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and itchy skin since olive oil is gentle even on the most sensitive skin.
- Healthy glowing appearance that is balanced and even toned and has a much smoother complexion.
- Moisturizing skin with its natural oils can soothe the skin while protecting it from harsh weather conditions and other environmental concerns. Olive oil can also soften the skin when used on a regular basis, leaving behind radiant skin.
- Helps with acne-prone skin as it contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. These will help to clear up acne quicker as well as prevent breakouts. Plus, olive oil doesn’t clog your pores and cleanses the skin making it a great body wash.
Olive oil contains lots of vitamins along with antioxidants, making it great for all skin types. It also has great health benefits for the skin including antioxidant properties, moisturizing and glowing skin, as well as being gentle on the skin. There are different grades of olive, but I recommend using extra virgin olive oil when using it for homemade bath and skincare products.
Using raw honey, raw manuka honey, or local honey has numerous benefits for the skin. This includes clearing up can, anti-aging, and evening skin tone. Honey also has anti-inflammatory properties and antimicrobial properties. Plus, it acts as a deep pore cleanser, and moisturizer, reducing dark spots and the appearance of fine lines. Honey is just one of those natural ingredients that I love sneaking into recipes because it’s just that good!
Looking for more ways to use raw honey in your natural skincare routine? Read my blog posts – Honey Face Wash DIY Recipe for a simple face wash that comes together in minutes or Honey Oatmeal Soap Recipe for an easy bar soap recipe!
Goat’s Milk Melt & Pour Soap Base
Goat milk soap is a gentle, natural cleanser with a good amount of vitamin A (which means lots of anti-aging properties) and other minerals for healthy skin. Goat’s milk melt-and-pour soap is also good for normal, dry, and sensitive skin since it’s higher in essential fatty acids and can help increase the skin’s moisture.
Another great option is to use a shea butter melt and pour base. It moisturizes the skin without any worries of clogging pores, which is especially helpful in dry or cold climates.
Both melt-and-pour soap bases have a creamy lather while being a gentle soap base for all skin types. You can’t go wrong picking either one!
Essential oils add fresh and fragrant scents to your homemade soap without any artificial fragrances. There are so many combinations when it comes to which essential oils to use for your bar of soap. Some of my favorite essential oil blends are included in the recipe so you can choose the ones you enjoy!
Supplies Needed to Make Handmade Olive Oil Soap
Here are the items you need to make your homemade soap bar using olive oil, all with natural products that are easy to find and without any harsh chemicals! This makes it so easy to make your own soap bars and forget about using traditional soap.
- 1 pound goat’s milk melt and pour soap base
- 5 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
- 5 teaspoons raw organic honey
- 80-100 drops of essential oils (see below for recommendations)
- soap mold set
- glass measuring cup or large glass bowl
- double boiler or large saucepan
- wooden spoons
Natural Olive Oil Soap Recipe
When starting soap making, I find it best to get all of your supplies and ingredients in the recipe right away. That way you can get your olive oil soap made quickly and easily once your melt-and-pour soap base is melted.
Chop up 1 pound of your goat’s milk melt and pour the soap base into similar-sized pieces, about 1-2 inches in size. This will make it easier to melt and stir the soap.
Place the pieces of melt and pour soap into a double boiler on your stovetop. Heat the water to a gentle boil, using the wooden spoon to stir the soap pieces after they melt.
If you don’t have a double boiler, then you can do what I did and use a large saucepan with water halfway up the side while placing a 4-cup glass measuring cup inside. The measuring cup works well in addition to making pouring into the molds much easier.
Continue stirring the soap until smooth and no pieces are left. Once that happens, remove the double boiler or glass measuring cup from the stovetop and dry off the bottom. They will be hot, so make sure to have towels and pot holders nearby. Turn off the stove.
Then add the 5 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil and 5 teaspoons of raw honey to the melted soap base, making sure to stir very well. Next, add the 80-100 drops of essential oils directly to the mixture and stir again. In my recipe, I used 60 drops of vanilla, 30 drops of peppermint, and 10 drops of cardamom essential oil.
See below for more essential oil scent combinations.
Last pour the soap into your soap molds. I find that this soap recipe makes around 5 bars of soap, depending on the molds you use.
For best results, leave the soap in the molds for several hours or overnight. The soap is usually ready after a few hours, but it’s best to leave it overnight to be sure it has hardened all the way through. Peel the molds back slowly and gently, so the bar of natural soap comes out clean and beautiful.
Store your olive oil soap bar by the bathtub or shower for everyday use as your body wash. I like using a bar soap saver for easy access and so the bar doesn’t stick to the surface.
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Essential Oil Scent Combinations for Natural Soap DIY
- 70 drops lavender
- 20 drops orange
- 10 drops lemongrass
- 30 drops orange
- 30 drops grapefruit
- 30 drops lime
- 60 drops vanilla
- 30 drops peppermint
- 10 drops cardamom
- 35 drops bergamot
- 35 drops grapefruit
- 30 drops northern lights black spruce
- 40 drops cedarwood
- 30 drops pine
- 30 drops lemongrass
Storing Olive Oil Bar Soap
Plastic wrap, coffee filters, and parchment paper are great choices to wrap homemade soap. You can also use tissue paper, scrapbooking paper, and wrapping paper! Your best choice is going to depend on where you live as well as the humidity level. Of course, all melt-and-pour soap bars are not a fan of humid conditions. In that case, the less air between your soap and your wrapping choice the better! Lots of people will choose plastic wrap to keep the humidity out of their soaps, especially in the summer.
If you are planning to give your homemade soap away as gifts this year, then make sure to Grab my Free Printable Gift Tags! They are perfect for a birthday gift, Mother’s Day, Christmas, teacher appreciation days, as well as other special occasions.
Enjoy gift tags for your homemade soaps for all occasions – choose from either floral arrangements, Christmas prints, or both!
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