CBD Soap Recipes to Try at Home
Did you know you can use CBD on your skin? Because the skin has CBD receptors it’s able to absorb CBD compounds, making it one of the four routes of absorption. And since it’s absorbed so effectively through the skin, CBD is an ideal ingredient in creams, lotions and bath bombs.
Another popular way to deliver CBD to the body is with CBD soap. People have started becoming more aware of the importance of using soap that is nourishing and easy on the skin. This requires using ingredients that are natural and healthy, like CBD oil. The best part is that making your own CBD-infused soap isn’t hard to do. In fact, there are a few different simple recipes for making homemade CBD soap which we’ll discuss in this post.
How CBD Soaps Work
When we use topical CBD products, the cannabinoid receptors on our skin absorb the CBD compounds, energizing our endocannabinoid system (ECS). This produces homeostasis in our minds and bodies that may generate a sense of balance and calmness.
By creating a DIY CBD soap, you have the freedom to customize them to your personal needs. Homemade soaps are usually a vibrant and healthy mix of other types of natural oils as well, like coconut and essential oils, which each carry their own scents and unique benefits.
Using CBD Oil in Your Recipe: Things to Keep in Mind
Before we dive into our recipes, it’s important to discuss a few significant factors about adding CBD oil to your soap.
Finding Quality CBD Oil
When selecting a CBD oil for your recipe, it’s crucial that you look for high-quality CBD products. This requires taking time to research brands and their production methods to ensure that what you’re putting into your body is safe and legitimate. If you’re new to CBD, here are a few key things to look for when choosing CBD oils:
- It comes from organic, nutrient-rich, and contaminant-free soil.
- It comes from quality extraction and refinement processes.
- It’s gone through legitimate third-party testing labs, and you have access to these test results.
Using Saponification & Heat
Saponification (after sapo, Latin for soap) occurs when a solution of lye combines with oils and creates a chemical reaction that breaks the oils down into chains of fatty acids. Heating the lye and oil solution evaporates the water molecules, turning the solution into a solid form, producing bar soap.
Though CBD is known to evaporate under high heat, you won’t have to worry about this when it comes to making your CBD soap. CBD tends to lose its potency at around 300 degrees, but soaps only need to be heated up to about 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Knowing How Much CBD Oil to Add
Though many CBD soap recipes list a specific amount of CBD oil to use, it’s important to note that every person’s body is different and will respond differently to the cannabinoids in CBD; thus, we can’t say exactly how much CBD oil you should use in your recipe. Finding the right amount of CBD to use will take some trial-and-error. If you already know what your ideal serving of CBD is, you can multiply it by the number of bars of soap you’re making and use that measurement as a starting point.
CBD Bar Soap Recipe with Lye
This recipe yields 12 four-ounce bars, or three pounds of CBD bar soap. It involves using lye, so take extra caution and be sure to wear protective gear.
- 10 ounces coconut oil
- 5 ounces cocoa butter
- 5 ounces shea butter
- 5 ounces castor oil
- 5 ounces avocado oil
- 11.9 ounces filtered water
- 4.1 ounces lye
- 1 ounce lavender essential oil (or any essential oil of your choice)
- Desired amount of CBD oil
- Soap mold
- Stainless steel pot
- Stainless steel spoon
- Plastic spatula
- Hand mixer or stick blender
- Old plastic container (for your lye)
- Thermometer (a cheap candy thermometer will work just fine)
- Towels to incubate your mold
- Protection gear like gloves, goggles, and mask
- Combine your coconut, cocoa butter, shea butter, castor, avocado, and CBD oils in a large stainless steel pot. Heat them together on low until they are melted. Stir frequently with your stainless steel spoon and make sure they are combined well. Use your thermometer to make sure the mixture reaches 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In your plastic container, add your filtered water and then slowly pour your lye into the water (if you pour the water into the lye, the solution can explode). Stir them together with a stainless steel spoon until well combined. This solution will heat up when you combine them, so set this aside after stirring to get it to cool down between 95 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit (use your thermometer to keep track of this).
- When both mixtures—oils and lye water—are around 95 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, pour the lye water into your pot of oils. Blend them together with a hand mixer or stick blender for about two to three minutes or until combined well.
- Add your essential oil to the mixture and stir.
- Using your spatula, pour the mixture into your soap molds.
- Using your towels, cover and insulate your molds for 24 hours.
- After 24 hours, remove your soap from the molds, cut them, and let them cure for four to six weeks (turn them occasionally to ensure all sides dry out).
Note: Be very careful handling and mixing the lye; it’s extremely caustic and can cause severe damage if it stays on your skin. It’s recommended that you do this step outside and wear your goggles, mask, and gloves while doing this. Be sure to hold your breath/avoid breathing in the fumes.
CBD Bar Soap Recipe Without Lye
If you don’t feel like involving yourself with lye just yet, we have an easy melt and pour recipe below. This entails melting soap base in your microwave and adding fragrances and CBD.
- 1 pound of melt-and-pour soap base of your choice (goat milk, aloe, and honey are a few popular choices)
- Desired amount of CBD oil
- 0.25 to 0.5 ounces of fragrance or essential oil of your choice
- Soap-safe colorants and herbal additives like calendula petals to decorate your soaps
- A heated or butcher’s knife
- A microwave
- Spoon or spatula for mixing
- Soap molds
- Chop the soap base up into one to two inch cubes.
- Heat the soap base cubes in the microwave in short bursts until most of it has melted. Stir them frequently in between the heating sessions.
- When most of the soap has melted, stir in your CBD oil and mix thoroughly.
- Add in your optional fragrances/essential oil, colorants, and herbs. Mix until well combined.
- Pour the solution into your molds, and let them harden completely. You can use your towels to cover and insulate them.
Be sure to store any extra hardened soap in an airtight container to prevent sweating (due to the natural glycerin content of the soap).
Discover Quality CBD for Your Skin
Whether you use it during your bath or just to wash your hands, these CBD soap recipes will help you maintain healthy skin and an overall sense of calm and balance.
When shopping for CBD, quality matters. For this recipe or for everyday use, we recommend Hemplucid’s Full-Spectrum CBD Water Soluble. Nano-enhanced for fast-acting results, this water soluble CBD can be easily mixed with other liquids and is the perfect addition to homemade soap recipes.
A vibrant and healthy mix of natural oils, soap is a great way to enjoy CBD topically. Learn more by checking out these CBD soap recipes to try at home.
How to Make Hemp Soap – Easy Step by Step DIY Recipe [VIDEO]
If you are someone who is naturally drawn to DIY projects and you like to treat your body with natural homemade beauty products then you may like the idea of making your own 100% natural hemp soap.
Why Make Your Own Hemp Soap?
Hemp soap is one of the best soaps that you can use to clean and nurture your body while taking full advantage of the benefits that hemp seeds have to offer through your largest organ, your skin.
Hempseed oil contains vitamin E and essential fatty acids (omega 3 and 6) and it does not just soothe and moisturizes your skin but also has anti-inflammatory properties and slows the ageing of the skin cells.
This hemp soap is also perfectly suitable for people with sensitive skin.
I won’t go into a whole lot of details, if you want to learn more about the benefits of using hemp soap, we have an article just on that here.
Soap making is a very easy and fun project and only requires a small initial investment as most ingredients and tools that you’ll need are usually available in most households.
Before I made my first batch of soap, I spent countless hours on the internet reading blogs and watching videos to learn everything that I could and to find the best method and recipe.
Based on my research and experience, it is actually very common that after you made your first batch of soap you fall in love with the process. You just can’t help yourself but make another batch.
No wonder, because the possibilities to experiment with the recipes and ingredients, shapes, colours and fragrances are basically endless, you can let your creativity shine through your beautiful handmade soaps.
They also make fantastic gifts for friends and family. These days people tend to value handmade presents, especially if they are made by someone they know and contain only natural ingredients.
On top of that, you certainly don’t want to miss out on that wonderful feeling when you are using your own homemade soap for the first time.
The enjoyment of the labour of your own hands, all the love and care that you’ve put into making it and of course not to mention the peace of mind of knowing that it is all 100% natural and clean without any nasty chemicals.
Even if you only make soap once, it is likely that you will get a good return on your money and time investment. You will surely have a few beautiful bars of soap to enjoy or give away and no-one can take the learnings and experience away that you gain from your own DIY soap making project.
What is Saponification?
Before we get to the ‘how to’ bit, let’s just quickly look into the science behind it.
Soap making is based on a process called saponification which involves the transformation of the oily components into soap with the aid of lye, also known as sodium hydroxide.
Lye is a caustic substance that can cause serious damages, such as skin burn or even blindness if it gets into your eye. It is very important to keep in mind to use safety equipment (goggles, gloves and mask), long sleeves and pants and closed footwear at all times when working with lye.
The main chemical reactions happen during the first 24 – 48 hours, however, you will need to cure your soaps for 4-6 weeks for the saponification process to fully complete. By then you can be assured that there won’t be any lye left in your final products.
When mixing the lye with water, it starts a chemical reaction that produces a lot of heat and even fume.
Therefore, always make sure to add lye to water, not the other way around to avoid any danger or even potential harm to yourself. If you allow the lye to clump at the bottom it may even explode on you. This is the part you MUST pay attention to!
Equipment You Need
- Safety goggles
- Measuring jug
- 2 Mixing bowl/saucepans
- Wooden or silicone spoon
- Stick blender
- Soap mould
- Newspaper to cover your workbench
- Clinging wrap and an old towel to cover the soap in the mould
- Knife/soap cutter
The measuring jug, mixing bowls, blender and anything else that comes in contact with the lye or soap mixture is best not to be used for food making again.
In the end, you will be able to clean everything nicely however, the best practice is to have these equipment dedicated to soap making only and other similar projects.
Glass, stainless steel and enamel are safe choices when working with lye as some other materials (such as aluminium and some plastics) may react with lye.
When it comes to deciding on the mould, silicone soap moulds can be purchased very inexpensively online or in your local craft and dollar stores. If you are just starting out, and prefer not to spend on the mould at all, you can get creative and make your own wooden mould or just use an old loaf pan.
When mixing the lye and water solution into the oils it is essential that they are both in the same temperature range (35 – 40°C or 95 – 105°F). That is when you will need to use a thermometer to compare the temperature of the two liquids until they are the same.
Makes 12 x 100g/3.5 ounce bars
- 1 ⅓ cup cold pressed coconut oil
- 1 ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 ⅓ cup hemp seed oil
- ½ cup lye
- 1 ½ cup cool/icy filtered water
- essential oils, colouring, dry herbs and decorative items of your choice
I prefer to use organic ingredients only and try to source them in bulk online.
Here is a short video to follow along the entire process:
Step 1. Prepare your work area and put your safety gear on.
Step 2. Add ice water to mixing bowl.
Step 3. Measure the right amount of lye and slowly mix it into the cold water.
Stir it continuously until it starts to clear, then let it sit while it cools down. Remember to apply extra care when working with the lye. Always wear protection, stir gently and try to stand back as much as possible while stirring to avoid the fumes.
Step 4. Add all 3 oils into a saucepan or mixing bowl. Gently heat the oil mixture to 35 – 40°C (95 – 105°F) on the stove or using a microwave.
Step 5. When the lye and oils are at the same temperature (between 35 – 40°C/ 95 – 105°F), slowly pour the lye into the oil mix and stir it well.
Step 6. Use a stick mixer/immersion blender to mix it until it becomes lighter and thicker in consistency. Lift the blender out of the soap mixture and if it leaves a trace, then it is ready. If you don’t see a trace yet then you will need to keep mixing it a little longer.
Step 7. At this point, you can add colouring, essential oils, dry herbs or decorative items of your choice.
With this batch, we added 40 drops of lavender essential oils and about ⅓ cup of dry lavender flowers.
If you prefer you can also leave your soap unscented and don’t put anything into it.
To alter the original light yellowish/greenish colour of the soap that it gets from the oils, there are a lot of natural colouring options available, such as using cocoa powder, turmeric, beetroot powder etc…
You can also add dry herbs to the mixture for their additional benefits and for exfoliation purposes.
And of course, this is also the time to add your favourite essential oil blend to make your soaps smell lovely.
Whatever you decide to add to your soap, make sure you mix it in evenly.
Step 8. Once you are happy with the final product, pour the mixture into the mould.
Cover the top with plastic wrap and wrap the mould into an old towel to keep the heat in allowing the saponification process to happen. Let it sit for 24 hours.
Step 9. By the next day, your soap should cool down and become nice and firm. If you find it still warm and soft, allow it to sit for another 12 hours to a day. When it is fully set, remove the soap from the mould.
If you are using a loaf pan-like mould, cut your soap into bars at this point. To do that, you can use an old knife, pizza cutter or a soap cutter if you have one.
Then place your soap bars to a baking rack or to a tray laid with parchment paper and let them cure for 4-6 weeks turning them regularly to expose all surfaces to air.
Step 10. Once your soap bars are completely cured they are ready to be used and enjoyed.
To best way to store them is to wrap them into waxed paper or cling film because over time they can sweat and leave a mark on regular wrapping paper.
This is just a simple hemp soap recipe that you can simply half if you only want to experiment with smaller quantities to start with. You can also replace hemp oil or some part of it with other oils such as almond oil and add other ingredients like vitamin E, clays or oatmeal, to make your soaps even more nurturing.
Once you start and experiment with making your owns soap, you may find that it is actually quite simple and quick to make perfectly natural and healthy soap for yourself and your family.
If you are into DIY projects and like to treat your body with natural homemade beauty products then you may like to learn how to make hemp soap.