Handmade Daffodil Soap Recipe

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Daffodils can be used to naturally colour handmade soap

Daffodils are growing in my garden, along the lane running up to the house, and seem to be popping up everywhere I look. For me, these cheerful golden flowers tare a sure sign that Spring is truly here. I must be obsessed with Daffodils because Spring is definitely my favourite time of the year.

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Recently while researching natural colours that can be used in cold-process soapmaking I came across a reference to using Daffodils. Though the bulbs and sap of these lovely flowers are dangerous if ingested, compounds derived from the plant are sometimes found in beauty products.

I’ve used several different natural ingredients to tint my soap yellow but I have to say that I’m really pleased by the buttery tone of this Daffodil soap recipe. It’s a natural golden colour that suits a citrusy scent such as Citronella or May Chang essential oil but could equally be paired with a fragrance oil if you’re not averse to using them. I’m sure there are also some gorgeous spring scented options that would perfectly suit this recipe including a ‘Daffodil’ scented one that I saw for sale online. You could even go the extra mile and pour your soap into daffodil inspired moulds!


Daffodil Soap Recipe
800g / 1.76lb batch
all measurements are based on weight, not volume

110g / 3.9oz NaOH (Sodium Hydroxide)
220g / 7.76oz Daffodil Infused Water – see method below
15 Daffodil flowers – yellow flower parts only

320g / 11.29oz Olive oil Pomace
200g / 7oz Coconut oil
200g / 7oz Sustainably Sourced Palm oil
80g / 2.8oz Shea Butter

15g / 0.5oz (4tsp) May Chang Essential oil
10 drops Grapefruit Seed Extract

NOTE: The instructions below are very basic and are meant to be used in accordance with the method I detail in my Natural Soapmaking series – see this link for how to make the soap at home.

To make the Daffodil Infusion: pour 300g of scalding water over fifteen daffodil heads (have a look at the second photo in this blog). Allow to seep until the water reaches room temperature and then puree the flowers and water until there are no large bits. Strain this mixture through a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer and measure out 220g of it to use in the recipe. After that’s sorted, follow the basic soap making instructions I’ve put together at this link.
Temperature: I mixed the oils and lye-solution at 48°C / 118°F and then insulated the soap afterwards so that it ‘gelled’. By insulating the soap after it’s poured into the mould, the temperature will rise before it starts to cool and the colour of the soap will intensify.

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20 Discussion to this post

  1. Oh that looks so beautiful. I love daffodils, but unfortunatley they dont grow here in the tropics….

  2. Christy says:

    What lovely soap.

  3. lola says:

    Hola Tanya. Me gustó el método de coloración con las preciosas flores de narciso, pondré en practica. Gracias por compartir. Saludos!

  4. Leigh says:

    Oh Tanya, our daffodil season is over. 🙁 I will remember this idea for next year. We have zillions of daffs! I have dyed sheep's wool with daffodils for a glorious yellow, but the soap idea is brilliant.

  5. Tanya Walton says:

    Such a lovely colour Tanya…is this something we will be seeing in your shop??

  6. Anonymous says:

    The soap looks lovely. I was wondering the recipe calls for palm oil I have red palm oil, is it the same thing? I have yet to see any recipes specifically call for red palm, but my local health food store only has red. It's more a light orange color and thinking it would lighten up more if I used infused water like you call for. Just curious if you have advise or knowledge on this type of oil. I'm still pretty new to soap making and only making for self and my Mom atm. So even slightly off color isn't too much of a concern.


  7. I just saw my kitchen and me making soaps, when I saw you using Nescafe jars eheheheh my favorite at home 🙂

  8. Tanya @ Lovely Greens says:

    I use LOADS of Nescafe jars…haha 🙂

  9. Jan B says:

    Could I somehow use the daffodils to color melt and pour goat milk soap?

    • I suppose you could if you dried the flowers completely, powdered them, and then added them to your soap. I have no experience in doing this yet though so I can't tell you if the M&P will take on the same yellow hue. I'd guess it does though!

  10. Dail says:

    Can you freeze the infusion for later? I have daffodils blooming now but im not ready to make any new soap at the moment. Id hate to loose out on this beautiful color. thanks.

  11. Regina says:

    Hi Tanya,
    Im keen in making my own soap. Just one thing, how long will the colour (from natural colouring) and the bar soap last?

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