Making Hemp Soap At Home
If you’re anything like us, regular soap leaves your skin feeling dried out and tired. We’ve joined others in making the switch to herbal, hand-made soap, and haven’t looked back since.
There is nothing like the confidence of knowing exactly what you are putting on your skin, instead of some dodgy unpronounceable mix of chemicals from a pharmaceutical company.
With the emergence of medicinal cannabis in the USA, it’s no surprise that some enterprising hippies have created marijuana-infused soap as a buyable product. Perhaps in the future, cannabis will be used to treat skin conditions such as dermatitis and eczema.
Hemp soap offers a legally safer alternative. This gently cleansing soap is for sensitive skin, and has naturally moisturising properties from the blend of oils included. Hemp seed contains omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. These have anti-aging properties and help your skin with repairing and healing. It is thought to relieve the symptoms of eczema.
It’s easy to make at home, with love instead of harsh chemicals. You can use many different ratios of oils to achieve different consistencies of soap, but this recipe is tried and tested and good for beginners. It’s is easy, natural, and paraben and palm oil free – because every stoner should be thinking about saving the rainforest.
EQUIPMENT YOU WILL NEED
- Safety goggles
- Chemical resistant gauntlets
- Kitchen Scales
- Measuring jug
- Two large steel or enamel saucepans
- Cooking thermometer
- Wooden spoon
- Silicone cake moulds
- 340ml of cold, clean water
- 125g of sodium hydroxide (lye) beads
- 225g hemp seed oil
- 275g organic cold-pressed coconut oil
- 175g raw African shea butter
- 225g extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 tsp vitamin E extract
- Fragrances, essential oils, decorative items
SAFETY AND DANGERS
When working with potentially hazardous substances like lye, it’s important to consider safety. Sodium hydroxide is dangerous (like, blind-you-forever dangerous) so make sure you wear eye and hand protection.
Always add lye to water, never add water to lye. Basifying water in the wrong way can lead to a “volcano” type reaction which can be harmful and make a mess. Lab safety should always be your primary concern when performing any kind of chemistry.
Making soap at home is a rewarding experience, but care is needed. You have been warned.
MAKING THE SOAP
1. First, don your eye and hand protection. Fill your measuring jug with water, and then add the lye- into it slowly. Gently agitate your mixture to make sure it’s completely dissolved. This reaction creates heat – place the solution somewhere safe to cool down.
2. Gently heat your shea butter, hemp and coconut oil in a saucepan – add the hardest fat first and then add the liquids until you have a smooth blend. In a second saucepan, heat the olive oil and vitamin E, and then combine the contents of both saucepans and stir.
3. Once all the oils are fully mixed, and the temperature is at 100°C, turn off the heat and slowly add your basified water while stirring. When it is completely mixed, stir the mixture quickly with your whisk. Within a few minutes, the solution will thicken and turn more opaque. Watch it carefully.
4. What you are looking for is a crucial stage in the soap making process – known as “The Trace”. The trace is when the oils and water have completely mixed and cannot be separated again. To know when you have reached this “point of no return”, dip your whisk into the mix and allow it to dribble back into your saucepan. If it leaves behind a little “trace,” then your solution is emulsified, and you’re there. If not, keep whisking for a while longer.
5. At this point, if you wish, you can add any additional fragrances and essential oils. Our favourite is just a few drops of frankincense oil and a sprinkle of loose leaf green tea. Whisk it up one last time and pour your mixture into your moulds to cool.
6. When your blocks of soap are almost cooled, decorative items can be added – be creative! Try setting flower petals, sea shells, or whole hemp seeds into your soap for a natural exfoliating effect.
7. Your soap will take a few days to fully set, but it’s best to leave it for a few weeks before use just to make sure any traces of lye are fully removed. These blocks make great gifts – just remember when wrapping to make sure you use waxed paper or clingfilm. The soap can “sweat” and ruin ordinary paper.
There’s a lot of benefit to making your own soap – it’s cheap and rewarding, and you can feel good that your process is cruelty-free. And trust us, your skin will thank you for it.
Discover the benefits of making your own natural hemp seed soap. Both your skin and your wallet will thank you for it.
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.