Now that autumn has finally arrived, along with its cooler nights and shorter days, I’m already thinking about Halloween and Thanksgiving and all of the pumpkin and apple spice recipes that accompany them.
Last year, around this time, I had begun playing with making different types of soaps, and had a great idea for making a pumpkin spice soap, but couldn’t find the ingredients that I wanted to use anywhere nearby. I figured that if I ordered them online, pumpkin spice soap time would have already passed by the time that I could actually use the soap. You see, you should wait at least a few weeks for the saponification process to complete, and for your soap to harden, before you actually use it.
This year, I’m better prepared. I bought the oils that I wanted to use to spice up my soap, and made a lovely soap with pumpkin and goat milk to bring in autumn.
Pumpkin and goat milk both add a little color to the soap, and they also add some hydration and richness. As for the spices, I chose to use both the dried spices themselves and the essential oils. The spices add a dark color to the soap, along with a beautiful aroma, and also add a very mild exfoliation. While I love this soap, and the way it smells, it is worth mentioning that the spices and their oils may be irritating for some people with sensitive skin.
If you have never made soap before, don’t worry. This soap is very simple to make. It’s a little more complicated than the beginner soap recipe I posted, though. So, if you are nervous about it, begin with the other recipe. If you are adventurous, though, give this one a try!
As with all soap recipes, be very careful when working with lye and solutions using it!
Use protective eyewear and gloves, and mix your lye into your water, and not the other way around! It’s also a good idea to mix the ingredients outside.
OK, with all of that said, let’s make some easy pumpkin spice soap!!
The recipe can be somewhat customized. Not only can you use the oils of your choice, but you can also make a few other changes.
If you don’t have almond oil, for example, you can switch the 100g of almond oil for another 100g of either coconut oil or olive oil. Don’t just omit it, though! You need that amount of oil for the saponification process to complete itself correctly, and for all of the lye to be used up.
Don’t want to use goat milk? Just switch it for another 100ml of water.
I love this soap, and think it would make a great present for someone this fall, especially given in a beautiful soap saver exfoliating bag. You could buy one, or maybe we’ll just have to make one someday soon. 😉
Too many ideas, too little time…
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