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
****You must discount your water by how much pumpkin puree you decide to use. In other words, if the 1 cup of pumpkin puree weighs 5oz, then only use 12 oz of water instead of the full 17oz (17-5=12).****
You can give these bars a try right now in my Shop.
- Combine tallow, coconut, and olive oil in a large pot and heat to 100 degrees F.
- Measure pumpkin. However much it weighs - take that amount away from your water. If it weighs 5oz, then only use 12oz of water instead of the full 17oz.
- Add lye to water outside with proper face and body protection. Let cool to 100 degrees F.
- When both oils and lye water are approx. 100 degrees F, combine them and mix with a hand mixer 5 minutes on, 5 minutes off until trace.
- At light trace, add pumpkin and essential oils and blend with hand mixer.
- If you are adding turmeric and paprika, 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 incubate very 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.
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