Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Lemon Poppy Seed Soap Recipe

Lemon Poppy Seed Soap – 5lbs

By weight unless otherwise stated
24 oz Avocado oil
8 oz Coconut oil 76°
5 oz Palm oil
12 oz Sunflower oil
12 oz Sweet Almond oil
19oz Distilled water, by volume
8.25 oz Sodium hydroxide
2.5 oz Lemon fragrance or essential oil, by volume
½ cup Poppy seeds, by volume

Follow cold-process soap safety. Mix the lye water solution and set aside. Mix oils and heat to 110-120 degrees F. Add in lye solution and mix with stick blender. As mixture thickens, add seeds and scent at trace. Pour into mold and allow to set and cure.

The gorgeous soap shown in this picture is done by
Corabela (click here to view her Etsy shop). The recipe is not associated with the photo, but I wanted to include a nice example of an artistisan's soap..

The Bonnie Bath Co.
Natural, handmade bath and body products

25 comments:

  1. Yummy! I'm going to have to make this one day...I'm putting it on my list!

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  2. Do you think it would be possible to swap the lemon for mint and the poppy seeds for rosemary? Also it it is possible should i use fresh or dried rosemary?

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    1. Yes, you can. Use dried rosemary, and be aware that the heat of the soap process will brown the rosemary. You can limit this by popping the soap in the fridge to avoid it going through gel.

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  3. Is there a way to make this (or another) recipe without using lye or just using a different soap bar as the base? I have eczema and lye irritates my skin.

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    1. Soap can ONLY be made with lye. Even melt and pour soap base is made with lye. If it doesn't have lye or sodium..., then it is a detergent and harsher on the skin. Lye changes during the soap process as it interacts with the oils to create soap. As long as the recipe is correct, as above, the lye will be rendered completely safe and should not affect your skin. Lye heavy soaps will definitely irritate the skin.

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  4. @Laura: You can't really make soap w/out lye. If you buy soap at the store, it's either made with lye or it's a lotion/detergent bar rather than a soap. The lye (in a proper soap) should disappear by the time the soap has cured, and instead of lye, it should have a healthy amount of glycerin, which is good for skin. Also, if you make the soap with shea butter, that's been shown to help eczema. Hope that all helps!

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  5. Made this soap yesterday. It smells wonderful...just like a poppy seed muffin. Can't wait to try it!

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  6. I'm going to make this tonight (if I have everything)!

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  7. To Laura re: no-lye soap, I just read a post where a woman used lemon juice instead of lye for her lemon & poppy seed soap. She didn't give the exact recipe, but I'm sure you could post to ask her for it. Here's the link. http://thesoapaddict.wordpress.com/2010/03/03/lemon-poppy-seed-soap/

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    1. Hmm..I would have to do some research on that. Lye is alkaline not acidic, so I am not sure about this and whether this person is disclosing all of the facts. I will check with a chemist expert.

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    2. Actually, Anonymous, she uses fresh lemon juice IN her LYE mixture. It doesn't replace the lye mixture. On a separate note, I'd actually love to know how to incorporate the lemon juice for my lemon soap recipe. I know one that using acid with lye can cause the mixture not to soaponify. Erica, what you can do to make it so the acid doesn't interfere with the soaponification process?

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    3. Jeanette, I am not sure about using lemon juice. If I were to experiment, I would try a small amount of lemon juice and a large amount of water...maybe 10% lemon and 90% water. And I would add the lemon juice after the oils and lye were incorporated. Perhaps a smaller lye discount/superfat of 3% would raise the lye in the soap counteracting some of the neutralization between the acid and base. I really am no expert with using something so acidic, but I would try it that way and see how the soap comes out, then start tweaking from there. Let me know how it turns out.

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  8. How does this soap lather up? Does the scent stay? I'm dying to make a lemon soap and this looks like a good one. Pictures or suggestions from those who have made it would be appreciated.

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  9. To Anonymour re: lemon-juice "instead of lye" - no, she did not use lemon juice instead of lye - she used lemon juice to replace part of the water that she MIXED with the LYE. What this does is give you a lower PH in your final soap, making it slightly milder. But you absolutely cannot make soap without lye; it simply is not possible. But well-made soap (using the properly calculated EXACT amount of lye) doe NOT have ANY REMAINING LYE once it has fully saponified - and it is MUCH better for your skin than any store-bought detergent bar made from petroleum products (which is what almost all store-bought "soaps" actually are - check out the labels and ingredients - You'll notice they do not call them "soap" - they call them "bath bars" or beauty bars, etc... Because technically, and legally, it is NOT "soap" unless it has been saponified, which requires lye as part of the chemical process, but again, there should be no remaining lye once the process is complete. :) Even "melt-and-pour" or "glycerin" soaps have been made using lye in the process - it's just that those steps have already been done for you before starting to melt and reshape/mold/scent the soap. (But they also use a lot of unnatural chemicals to make a soap that is easy to melt, etc., and it also is not nearly as good for your skin as a well-made old-fashioned "lye soap" is.

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    1. Well stated. It seemed to me that she was just putting the lemon in the lye mixture.

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  10. I love this soap recipe. My bars have cured and it is one of the best soaps I have made. I love the lather and creaminess of it mostly from the avocado oil. I didn't use poppy seeds, but rather ground lemon balm leaves from my garden. Also added cornstarch to anchor the scent. It is a gorgeous soap!
    Here's a post using lemons instead of water where she explains why it doesn't work. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFOdi989-aU

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  11. Yay! Success! Thanks for sharing how it worked for you and also giving some added tips.

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  12. This sounds wonderful! I am a very beginner to making soap so a few questions: 1. where do you buy the sodium hydroxide. 2. Is the lye/water solution the 19 oz. of distilled water & 8.5 oz. sodium hydroxide? I cant wait to try this so thank you very much!

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    1. Most purchase lye online from reputable soap supply companies. Two off the top of my head that sell lye are BrambleBerry and Essential Depot. Yes, the lye solution is the water plus the lye. Let me know if you have more questions. Best of luck with the recipe.

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  13. I have a question - new to soap making but made a beautiful oatmeal lavender. I would like to make this with goats milk; straight out of the udder!(frozen of course) What would be the substitution? Can I just sub it for teh water? Chemistry of all this seems radically important. Also curious - I do not have avocado oil nor do I care for sunflower oil but I have shea butter and Cocoa butter as well as oilve oil - can those be substituted? I am kind of butchering your recipe - but it would be fun to know what kind of flexibility I have when putting these things together. Thank you!

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    1. Yes, you can substitute the water for goats milk, or you can use part water part milk. It is entirely up to you. I have instructions for how I make goats milk soap on my blog. A quick search will lead you right to it.

      Yes, the chemistry is vital. You can use other oils and butters in place of the ones in this recipe but you will need to recalculate the lye, as each oil has a different SAP value thus requiring a different amount of lye to saponify the oil. Replace my oils for your oils and run them through a lye calculator to get the new lye amount. I have a recipe formulation eBook coming out in June/July 2014 that will explain the ins and outs of creating your own soap recipes successfully.

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  14. How do you make the lye solution or where do you get from dont want to think I am dumb but never made soap but want to try.

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  15. How can I adjust the ingredients to not include palm oil? Will that ruin the soap?
    Also, how would I adjust the ingredients if I wanted to make a 2lb batch?

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