Hey y’all! Sorry I’ve been a little absent and delayed on posting this week. I came down with a bit of a cold that made me want to do nothing but lay around for a few days! Then I planned on posting yesterday, but was busy with transplanting little baby garden plants and just enjoying being outside. This is my recipe for homemade bentonite pine soap! This was the first recipe I used the first time I made soap. To learn more about the process of soap making, check out my post Soap Making for Beginners! I originally just added the bentonite clay for a subtle hint of green color to my soap bars, but bentonite clay is very good for your skin, and great at removing toxins it comes in contact with. I use it as a face mask, in my homemade toothpaste, and more!
The pistachio nut oil I used in this recipe is honestly just chosen at random. I received a Christmas gift of certain oils like hazelnut oil, macadamia nut oil, and pistachio oil and I had no idea what to do with pistachio oil so I put it to good use in this soap! You can sub out the pistachio oil for another oil, but I would double check your recipe using a lye calculator online just in case. 🙂
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Here’s the recipe!
- 9 oz pistachio oil
- 9 oz coconut oil
- 9 oz olive oil
- 9 oz water
- 4.1 oz lye
- 2 tbs bentonite clay
- .15 oz pine essential oil
- Melt your oils together in a large steel or glass pot/bowl/mixing cup.
- Prepare your lye solution by pouring your lye into your water. (Heatproof container!)
- Wait until the lye solution is around 130-140 degrees.
- Make sure your oils are heated to be around a similar temperature as your lye solution (Ideally within 10 degrees of each other)
- When the temperatures are right, pour your lye solution into your oils.
- Using a hand mixer, blend your mixture for several minutes until it comes to trace.
- Mix in your bentonite clay and your essential oil, blend well.
- Pour your mixture into your soap mold. (2 pound soap mold!)
- Let sit for 3-4 days then un-mold the soap and cut into bars, wearing gloves.
- Let your bars cure for 4-6 weeks. Check with pH liquid or strips to ensure your bars are neutral before using.
The texture of the finished bars is so nice! It lathers very quickly and produces creamy soap with just a hint of pine smell. These bars won’t have an overwhelming scent like most bars of soap, its very subtle. If you want a stronger smelling soap, add more essential oil. The recommended amount of essential oils for a two pound soap recipe was 2 oz. I used a bit less because it felt like I was emptying my entire bottle in here and I didn’t want to do that, so I cut it a little short. I love the finished product!!
If you’ve never made soap you should definitely watch some video tutorials, chat with an experienced soap maker, or read a book about it! My post about beginner soap making has some great recommendations of books to read, safety gear you should purchase, and more recommendations. Check it out and let me know what you think of the bentonite pine soap recipe! 🙂