My house is smelling like the holidays. I made this Pumpkin Spice Soap Recipe a few weeks ago and just LOVE the color and scent! These are great for scenting your kitchen or bathroom. They also make wonderful gifts!
I’ve had a number of people ask me how to add something like pumpkin puree into a soap recipe. After all, it’s more than adding a bit of natural coloring or essential oils. I mean, it’s a bunch of pumpkin!So, how much do we add?
Also, when do you add it; to the lye water, to your soap at trace?
I can answer all these questions and give you options.
Options for Pumpkin Spice Recipe
- Instead of adding the pumpkin puree at trace, you can add it to your lye water. This will darken your soap and eliminate the need to use the turmeric and paprika.
- Other scents: You can add orange and/or ginger essential oil as well.
- If you’d like to add some spices you can add a tsp of ground cinnamon, or pumpkin spice (which is a mixture of the essential oils in the recipe).
This recipe makes 18, 4oz bars
Note: When adding purees, the amount of water added is reduced by the weight of the puree. I’ve already done that for you in this recipe so you are ready to go!
You can give these bars a try right now in my Shop.
- 25 ounces Tallow or Lard
- 12 ounces coconut oil
- 9 ounces olive oil
- 9 ounces filtered water
- 7 ounces lye
- 8 ounces pumpkin puree
- 0.5 ounces cinnamon leaf essential oil
- 0.25 ounces clove essential oil
- 0.25 ounces allspice essential oil
- 0.5 ounces nutmeg essential oil
- 1 teaspoon turmeric (optional) and 1 tsp paprika (optional) OR 1 Tablespoon Moroccan clay (optional)
- Combine tallow, coconut, and olive oil in a large pot and heat on medium until all oils are melted. Cool to 90-100 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Weigh pumpkin and set aside.
- Add lye to water outside with proper face and body protection. Let cool to 90-100 degrees Fahrenheit.
- When both oils and lye water are approx. 90-100 degrees Fahrenheit, pour the lye water into the oils and blend with a hand or stick blender on and off until it begins to thicken (trace).
- At light trace, add pumpkin and essential oils and blend well.
- If you are adding turmeric and paprika or the Moroccan clay for enhanced color, add those now as well. You may want to remove a cup of soap and mix in another bowl so spices are mixed well.
- Add to your mold and cover lightly for 24 hours before removing and cooling.
If you’ve made a pumpkin soap before, I’d love to hear how you did it and what you added! Let us know in the comments below.