How to Make Turmeric Soap at Home

Turmeric is a spice that has been used for centuries in cooking, medicine, and cosmetics. It has many benefits for the skin, such as reducing inflammation, acne, dark spots, and signs of aging. In this blog post, I will show you how to make your own turmeric soap at home using a simple melt and pour method. You will need only a few ingredients and tools, and you will end up with a natural, handmade soap that is gentle, moisturizing, and brightening for your skin.

What You Will Need

To make turmeric soap, you will need the following ingredients and tools:

  • Soap base: This is the main ingredient of your soap. You can use any melt and pour soap base that you like, such as shea butter, goat’s milk, glycerin, or aloe vera. I recommend using a light-colored soap base to get a nice yellow-orange color from the turmeric. You will need about 500 g (17.6 oz) of soap base for this recipe, which will make about 8 bars of soap.
  • Turmeric powder: This is the star ingredient of your soap. Turmeric powder is the ground-up root of the curcuma plant, and it has many benefits for the skin. It can help to cleanse, exfoliate, clear acne, fade dark spots, soothe inflammation, and improve signs of aging. It also has antioxidant and antibacterial properties. You will need about 2 tbsp of organic turmeric powder for this recipe.
  • Essential oils: These are optional, but they can add a nice fragrance and extra benefits to your soap. You can use any essential oils that you like, such as lavender, lemon, orange, rosemary, or tea tree. I will share some suggestions for essential oil blends that go well with turmeric soap later in this post. You will need about 20 drops of essential oils for this recipe.
  • Soap mold: This is where you will pour your soap mixture to set and harden. You can use any soap mold that you like, such as silicone, plastic, or metal. I used a square soap mold with a honeycomb pattern, but you can also use a loaf mold and cut the soap into bars later. You will need a soap mold that can hold about 500 g (17.6 oz) of soap mixture.
  • Knife and cutting board: You will use these to chop the soap base into small cubes for easy melting.
  • Glass measuring cup or double boiler: You will use this to melt the soap base over low heat. You can either use a microwave-safe glass measuring cup and heat the soap base in the microwave or use a double boiler and heat the soap base over a pot of simmering water on the stove.
  • Spoon or spatula: You will use this to stir the soap mixture and add the turmeric powder and essential oils.
  • Rubbing alcohol: You will use this to spray the soap mold and the soap mixture to prevent bubbles and help the soap set smoothly. You will need a spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol for this step.

How to Make Turmeric Soap

Once you have gathered all the ingredients and tools, you are ready to make your turmeric soap. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Chop the soap base into small cubes and place them in a glass measuring cup or a double boiler. Melt the soap base over low heat, stirring occasionally, until completely melted and smooth. Be careful not to overheat or boil the soap base, as this can ruin the texture and quality of the soap.
  2. Add the turmeric powder and stir well to incorporate. You can adjust the amount of turmeric powder depending on how dark or light you want your soap to be. I used 2 tbsp of turmeric powder, which gave me a nice yellow-orange color. You can also add a pinch of mica powder or soap colorant if you want to enhance the color of your soap.
  3. Add the essential oils and stir well to incorporate. You can use any essential oils that you like, or skip this step if you prefer unscented soap. I used a blend of lavender, lemon, and rosemary essential oils, which gave me a fresh and relaxing scent. Here are some other essential oil blends that you can try for your turmeric soap:
    • For a citrusy and uplifting scent, use 10 drops of orange, 5 drops of lemon, and 5 drops of grapefruit essential oils.
    • For a floral and soothing scent, use 10 drops of lavender, 5 drops of geranium, and 5 drops of ylang ylang essential oils.
    • For a spicy and warming scent, use 10 drops of ginger, 5 drops of cinnamon, and 5 drops of clove essential oils.
    • For a herbal and refreshing scent, use 10 drops of peppermint, 5 drops of eucalyptus, and 5 drops of tea tree essential oils.
  4. Spray the soap mold with rubbing alcohol to prevent bubbles and help the soap set smoothly. Pour the soap mixture into the soap mold, filling each cavity about 3/4 full. Tap the soap mold gently on the counter to release any air bubbles. Spray the top of the soap mixture with rubbing alcohol to smooth the surface and prevent bubbles.
  5. Let the soap set and harden for at least 4 hours or overnight. Once the soap is firm and cool, pop it out of the soap mold and enjoy your homemade turmeric soap. You can store your soap in an airtight container or a ziplock bag in a cool and dry place for up to 6 months.

FAQs About Turmeric Soap

Here are some frequently asked questions and answers about turmeric soap:

  • Does turmeric soap stain the skin or the tub? No, turmeric soap does not stain the skin or the tub, as long as you rinse well after using it. Turmeric powder is a natural colorant that can tint the soap, but it does not leave any permanent stains on the skin or the surfaces. However, if you have very fair or sensitive skin, you may want to do a patch test before using turmeric soap, as some people may experience a slight yellow tint or irritation from turmeric.
  • How often can I use turmeric soap? You can use turmeric soap as often as you like, depending on your skin type and needs. Turmeric soap is gentle and moisturizing, and it can help to improve various skin issues, such as acne, dark spots, inflammation, and aging. However, if you have very dry or sensitive skin, you may want to limit your use of turmeric soap to once or twice a week, as turmeric can be slightly drying and abrasive for some people.
  • Can I use turmeric soap on my face? Yes, you can use turmeric soap on your face, as long as you are not allergic or sensitive to turmeric. Turmeric soap can help to cleanse, exfoliate, brighten, and soothe your facial skin, and it can also help to reduce acne, dark spots, and signs of aging. However, you should avoid using turmeric soap around your eyes, as turmeric can be irritating for the delicate eye area. You should also follow up with a moisturizer after using turmeric soap on your face, as turmeric can be slightly drying for some people.

Conclusion

Turmeric soap is a natural, handmade soap that is easy and fun to make at home. It has many benefits for the skin, such as reducing inflammation, acne, dark spots, and signs of aging. It also has a lovely color and scent, depending on the soap base and essential oils that you use. You can make your own turmeric soap with just a few ingredients and tools, and enjoy a gentle, moisturizing, and brightening soap for your skin. I hope you enjoyed this blog post and learned how to make turmeric soap at home. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below. Happy soap making! 

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