DIY natural Castile soap bar recipe using melt and pour Castile soap base, essential oils like Eucalyptus and Lemongrass, and moisturizing oils. It can be used as a face bar soap or a body bar soap. It’s gentle, moisturizing and surprisingly easy to make in only five minutes!
I use Castile Soap all of the time! I use it in all of our hand soaps and body washes and natural cleaning products like this Toilet Bowl Cleaner. It lathers well and is also gentle and mild. I love that it doesn’t contain any harsh detergents like Sodium Laureth or Lauryl Sulfate so it is wonderful to use on the body. Castile Soap is an olive oil based soap that originated in the Castile region of Spain, which is where it gets its name.
Castile Soap Melt and Pour Base
This recipe uses a Castile soap melt and pour base, which has all of the ingredients needed to make soap and makes the soap-making process MUCH easier than it used to be! They melt in just a few minutes and harden within 30 minutes to an hour to make the perfect natural Castile soap bar recipe. So convenient!
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DIY Natural Castile Soap Bar Recipe
DIY natural Castile soap bar recipe using melt and pour Castile soap base, essential oils like Eucalyptus and Lemongrass, and moisturizing oils. It can be used as a face bar soap or a body bar soap.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 1 hour
- Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
- Yield: 12 rose shaped bars of soap 1x
- 2 lbs. Castile Soap Melt and Pour Base
- 25 drops of Essential Oils – (I used Lemon and Eucalyptus for a refreshing morning blend, but any combo of essential oils that you enjoy will work)
- 1 tbsp. Vitamin E oil & jojoba oil blend, or jojoba oil or any moisturizing oil you like
- Optional – 1-2 tbsp. of flower petals – Lavender, Rose, or get this dried flower petals variety pack
- Optional – make it pink with 1–2 tbsp. Pink Kaolin Clay
- Rose Flower Silicone Mold
Cut up the soap into square chunks and put it in a microwave safe dish. One pound of soap fits in a two cup glass pyrex measuring cup. Cook on 30 second intervals, stirring it each time until its melted. For me, it took 5 times. After it is done, add the oils and the optional flower petals and/or pink clay. Stir well. Then add the essential oils. Working quickly, pour it into the soap molds and let dry for an hour or more.
Which essential oils to use?
I only use essential oils from Young Living. They are truly the best in the world! You have to use double the amount of other, cheaper essential oils to get the same scent and many essential oils on the market aren’t even effective (because I’ve tried many of them) for improving health issues. I’ve used Young Living’s oils for years to help keep my family healthy, and haven’t been disappointed yet! Learn more about them here.
Here are the essential oils I suggest for using in this natural Castile soap bar recipe:
- Lemon and Eucalyptus – a refreshing, awakening blend – better to use on the body and might be too strong for the face
- Peppermint and Cedarwood – uplifting and woodsy
- Lavender (good for all skin types, aids in healing)
- Frankincense (great for aging and mature skin, helps to smooth and lighten)
- Jasmine (light, feminine scent that’s therapeutic for the skin)
- Geranium (excellent for acne-prone skin)
- Joy blend (lovely, feminine scent that includes rose and several oils that are excellent for hair and skin)
- Rose (super luxurious and healing for skin)
- Rosemary (excellent for acne prone skin)
- Lady Sclareol (lovely, feminine scent that includes rose and several oils that are excellent for hair and skin)
- Tea Tree (excellent for acne prone skin)
See also my recipe for a detoxifying face soap recipe using activated charcoal!