Fall is just around the corner! Pretty soon everything you see will be pumpkin-something-or-other. Well today I’m going to share with you a recipe on how to make your own Pumpkin Loaf soap! Yes, soap! This is a hot process soap. I prefer hot process soap for one main reason: you can use it right away. Cold process soap has to cure for 4-6 weeks on average, and I’m the kind of person who needs instant gratification, lol. I am not a patient person when it comes to things like this – waiting 4-6 weeks is torture. With hot process soap, you can cook it right in your crock pot usually in under an hour. Pour it in your mold, and then set it in your freezer (or just set out to harden – but I prefer the freezer because it’s quicker) and you can start using it right away.
A couple things if you have never made soap before:
- ALWAYS use protective gear when you are handling lye. Gloves, goggles, long sleeves, and an apron is what I use and what I highly recommend. You don’t need to wear this the entire time, just while you are handling the lye.
- ALWAYS run your recipes through a lye calculator. I recommend this one. This will tell you exactly how much lye & water you need for your soap.
Ingredients for this recipe (still run these through the lye calculator!):
- 15 oz. Coconut Oil
- 15 oz. Olive Oil
- 4 oz. Mango Butter
- 10 oz. Pumpkin (make sure it’s 100% pumpkin!)
- 2.5 oz water
- 5.06 oz lye
- 1/4 cup oatmeal (optional)
- You will also need a 1.55 oz blend of the following essential oils:
Typically, you would add your water & your lye in a non-reactive container (I use a heavy glass jar). But for this recipe, you are using Pumpkin instead of water. If you can’t find a 10 oz can of Pumpkin, just measure out 10 oz out of a larger sized can.
- Since the lye needs to dissolve, I do this step first. Pour your 10 oz of pumpkin with 2.5 oz of water. Add your lye to the pumpkin & water. It will turn your thick pumpkin puree into a liquid. This gets VERY hot! Stir and let it sit to dissolve. Do not breathe in these fumes, and do this in a well ventilated area with your gloves, goggles, and long sleeves on!
- While your lye is dissolving, add your oils to your crock pot (set to LOW). If the oils are not in liquid form, you can melt them in the microwave if you don’t want to wait for them to melt.
- Once your oils are melted and your lye has dissolved with your pumpkin (I would give it at least 20 minutes since you can’t actually see when the lye has dissolved like you can with plain water), very carefully and slowly, pour your lye & pumpkin liquid into your melted oils.
- Turn on your immersion/stick blender and blend until you hit trace. It should resemble something like this:
- Once you hit trace, add your oatmeal, stir, place the lid on your cooker and keep a close eye on it! It will go through a few different stages. You can let it sit and not stir and just wait for it to get to the gel stage, or you can stir it regularly. I prefer to stir. The soap will go through an “applesauce” stage, then a mushy, mashed-potato type stage, and then a gel stage, which is shiny and it resembles vaseline. That is the last stage.
- Once you get to the gel stage, you will want to test it for lye. The most popular way is the zap test. If you place a little bit of the soap on your tongue, if there is still lye in it, it will zap your tongue like a 9-volt battery. Notice, I said this is the most popular way – NOT the way I recommend testing. I use these pH drops.
To test your soap with these pH drops, just place a little bit of soap batter onto a paper towel and place a drop or two of the pH liquid on the soap. If it turns pink, it still has lye in it. Keep cooking. The pink will be a very dark fuschia when you first start cooking your soap, and should get lighter and lighter as it cooks, until it doesn’t turn pink at all anymore. I’m not a fan of zapping my tongue or tasting soap in my mouth, so this is by far my favorite method of testing for lye.
Once your soap has gelled, and the lye is cooked out of it, you are ready to add your additives, colorants and fragrances, if any. For this specific recipe, I added 1/4 cup of ground oatmeal at trace, but you could add it before you mold if you prefer. Also, mix your 3 essential oils (Clove, Cinnamon, and Orange) together so you get a 1.55 oz blend. Pour that into your batter, along with any colorants and stir well. I did not use any colorants with this soap, but I buy my powder colorants from Bulk Apothecary. And I do NOT use Mica colorants.
Now you are ready to pour into your mold! This is the mold I use.
I like to add a little oatmeal on top as well, for decoration. The pumpkin puree gives your soap a dark orange color, and the oatmeal in it helps exfoliate your skin. This soap is so amazing. I made some for us, and already gave some to my parents. Will also be packaging some up and selling it at upcoming fall shows.
This recipe yields about 3.31 lbs.
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