I’ve had a number of people ask how to add apple cider to soap, so I’ve put together a tutorial for this pretty apple cider soap recipe.
Apple Cider Soap makes a great Fall decoration AND a great gift!
This apple cider soap recipe contains apple cider, madder root for a brown swirl, and essential oil scents to give it an apple cider scent.
This is a vegan recipe that makes 3 pounds of soap.
Apple Cider Soap Recipe
Makes 3lb soap or twelve 4oz bars of soap.
5% superfat content
- 12 ounces olive oil
- 8 ounces coconut oil
- 5 ounces cocoa butter
- 4 ounces castor oil
- 3 ounces shea butter
- 4.5 ounces lye
- 6 ounces filtered water
- 6 ounces apple cider
- 1 tablespoon madder root powder (optional)
- 0.5 ounces orange essential oil
- 0.5 ounces cinnamon essential oil
- 0.25 ounces clove essential oil
- Combine apple cider and filtered water and freeze.
- Prepare mold by lining if necessary.
- Combine olive oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter, castor oil, shea butter in a large stainless steel pot and heat until oils are melted. Cool to 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Outside with proper safety gear on, pour lye over apple cider water and stir until dissolved. Allow to cool to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Pour lye water into oils and mix with a hand mixer on and off until very light trace.
- Add essential oils and mix until fully blended.
- Remove 1 cup of soap batter into a separate container and add madder root powder, stirring until there are no clumps.
- Pour large batch into mold.
- Pour brown soap into the larger batch back in forth in swirls. Use a dowel rod or spatula to make more swirls if desired.
- Cover with a towel and insulate lightly for 24-36 hours.
- Remove from mold and cut. Let cure for 4-6 weeks.
Note: Adding juices (sugars) to soap can cause overheating. The center should turn into a gel like consistency before turning back to a solid creamy texture, but if it starts to bubble put in freezer immediately to cool and keep from cracking.
Also, as it is coming to trace, make sure to pay attention to how fast it is setting up or thickening. This is why you need to stop mixing when it is at light trace. This should give you plenty of time to separate the batter, add color, pour, and swirl in color. Don’t be frantic, but you need to work quickly.
If you need a more thorough soap making tutorial, check out 7 Easy Steps to Homemade Soap for Beginners
Or my book, Natural Soap Making Book for Beginners on Amazon.
It will be a selection of:
- Cedarwood and Fir
- Pumpkin Spice
- Candy Cane
- Cinnamon and Honey
- Frankincense and Myrrh
- All of these are also available in my shop.