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All Natural Carrot Soap Recipe with Real Carrots

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How to make natural carrot soap using the cold-process method. It’s a simple homemade carrot purée that creates that sunny yellow color. Full DIY video included

There are so many natural colorants that you can use to tint soap that it’s ridiculous. Although some are a little exotic, others grow much closer to home. In fact, you might even have the key ingredient for this soap recipe growing in the garden.

Carrots, when added as juice or purée, color handmade soap yellow. They’re also mild, easy, and inexpensive to work with. In case you’re wondering, it’s natural beta carotene (Vitamin A) that tints both the carrots and your soap in the end. Though you can buy it as capsules, it’s far more rewarding to work with raw ingredients. It won’t tint your skin yellow but it will create lovely sunny bars that look vibrant for ages.

Natural carrot soap recipe using homemade carrot puree. This recipe creates mild bars that are tinted a natural buttery yellow #soapmaking #carrotrecipe #soaprecipe

Adding purées to soap

This is an intermediate soap recipe, albeit one that’s easy to replicate even as a beginner (check out my beginner soap making series). The key is in following the recipe and ingredients closely. Purées, especially made with fruit, have additional sugar. This additional sugar can heat up your soap after its molded and can cause all kinds of weird and wonderful (and annoying) things to happen. If soap gets too hot it can crack or discolor. If it stays a moderate temperature it can gel, and the color intensify.

Fortunately, carrots are relatively low in the sugars that cause soap mishaps. I’ve also introduced them into the recipe in the lye-solution stage so that any pieces can be filtered out before they’re added to the oils. Making homemade carrot purée is easy but missing chunks is easy too. Little pieces of carrots in soap would not only look and feel vile but could cause spoilage issues too.

Natural carrot soap recipe using homemade carrot puree. This recipe creates mild bars that are tinted a natural buttery yellow #soapmaking #carrotrecipe #soaprecipe
The freshly cut bars will need six weeks to fully cure

Water discounting with purées

Getting the moisture balance right when using purées in soap can be tricky. Fruit and vegetables contain water and if you don’t accommodate for that, then your batches might be wetter than you planned for. That’s why you use a reduced amount of water when making soap with fresh plant material.

Saying that, I’ve found that if you reduce the true water content too much then the soap can trace (harden) very quickly. The amount of moisture in this recipe is much higher than I’d use ordinarily but it gives more time to work with the soap.

The thing you should expect from this recipe is that the soap can be soft and sticky after unmolding. That extra water needs extra time to evaporate out. I recommend leaving the soap in the mold for a week or so before taking it out and cutting.

Natural carrot soap recipe using homemade carrot puree. This recipe creates mild bars that are tinted a natural buttery yellow #soapmaking #carrotrecipe #soaprecipe
After six weeks the bars will become very hard and produce a soft lather

Different shades of yellow

In the recipe we use a normal soaping temperature. We also allow the soap to cool down and harden at around room temperature. To get an even more vibrant yellow-orange color you can also gel this soap recipe. That involves using a slightly higher soaping temperature and insulating it to retain heat.

To lighten the soap color you can use less carrot purée. There’s fifty grams, or three Tablespoons, is in the original recipe. You could instead use just one or two Tablespoons and get the color of bars that you see below. If you do opt to use less, then replace the missing Tablespoon(s) of with water. The total amount in weight of both purée and water for this recipe is 150g (5.29oz). Make sure that whatever adjustments you make they still add up to that.

All three shades that I’ve made are lovely in their own right. I’m thinking now that you could potentially layer up bars with different shades of carrot soap for an ombre effect. How pretty would that be?

Natural carrot soap recipe using homemade carrot puree. This recipe creates mild bars that are tinted a natural buttery yellow #soapmaking #carrotrecipe #soaprecipe
Using less carrot puree will create light yellow colored soap

Natural Carrot Soap Recipe

Lovely Greens
Small batch of natural carrot soap with carrot puree to add a sunny yellow color. Makes five to six bars. Technical information: 1lb / 454g batch -- 5% superfat -- water discount due to water content in purée

5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Curing time 35 d
Total Time 35 d 1 hr
Servings 6 bars

Ingredients
  

Lye water

Solid oils

Liquid oils

Add after Trace

Instructions
 

  • Make the carrot purée. The amount you'll need for this recipe is around half of a medium sized carrot. I'd prepare and cook a whole one though, just in case. Peel the carrot and slice it up as if you were going to make boiled carrots for a meal. Simmer in hot water until completely soft then remove from the water with a slatted spoon. Blend into a purée with your immersion blender. You can save the water the carrots cooked in to use to make the lye solution but make sure to cool it to room temperature first.
    How to make carrot soap using real carrots: carrot puree in a dish
  • Get yourself prepared. Wear long-sleeves, pants or a long skirt, and closed-toe shoes. Always wear eye protection, such as goggles, and rubber gloves, when handling lye or the soap batter once lye has been added.
  • Dissolve the lye (Sodium hydroxide) crystals in the water. In an airy place pour the lye crystals into the water and stir well. I prefer doing this step outdoors when possible because of the steam that will come off it initially. It's not pleasant if you accidentally breathe it in so avoid this by holding the jug well away from you.
  • When fully mixed and the steam has started to dissipate, add the carrot purée and gently mix well. Although other recipes will have you add it at another part of the process, I feel that the lye-solution helps break down any remaining fibers in the purée. The color is also unaffected.
  • Leave the lye-solution in a safe place outside or inside, but in a shallow basin of water, or sink, to cool. Ensure that children and animals cannot get into it.
  • Melt the solid oils in a stainless steel pan on very low heat. When melted, remove from the heat and set on a pot holder. Pour in the liquid oils and stir.
  • Measure the temperatures of the lye-water and the oils. You should aim to cool them both to be about 100°F / 38°C. You don't need to be on the dot but aim to have them at that temperature or slightly cooler.
  • Put your gloves and googles back on if you've taken them off. Pour the lye-solution through a sieve and into the pan of oils. The sieve will catch any rough bits of carrot and any undissolved lye. Discard the bits you strain out.
    How to make carrot soap using real carrots: sieve the carrot lye solution as you pour it into the oils
  • Dip your immersion blender into the pan and with it turned off, stir the mixture. Next, bring it to the center of the pan and with both your hands, hold it on the bottom of the pan and blitz it for just a couple seconds. Turn it off and stir the soap batter, using the blender as a spoon. Repeat until the mixture thickens up to 'Trace'. This is when the batter leaves distinguishable trails on the surface. The consistency will be like thin custard at first but it will thicken quickly so make sure to work quickly after this point.
    How to make carrot soap using real carrots: carrot soap at trace
  • If you'd like to add the optional essential oil, stir it in at this point. Pour it in and stir gently until fully blended in. May Chang is a gorgeous citrus scent that holds its fragrance in soap.
  • There are many types of molds that you can use but I'm using a simple set up. It's a chinese take-away container like you'd get rice or noodles in. To keep the soap from sticking inside, I've lined it in baking paper, shiny side up. The flaps on all sides are to help pull the soap loaf out. You can use your choice of silicone or other types of mold though.
    How to make carrot soap using real carrots: carrot soap poured into its mold
  • Pour the soap into the mold and set it on a heat-proof surface. I usually pop mine in the (cold) oven at least overnight. Leave the soap in the mold for at least two days. A week might be even better since this is quite a soft soap initially. Soap recipes that are high in extra virgin olive oil tend to start off soft and turn very hard over the curing phase.
  • Once that time has passed, you can pop the soap out and cut it into bars. Use an ordinary kitchen knife and if you find the soap is sticky just stop and let the soap sit for a few more days. This is a soap high in olive oil and has a lot of water content. It will be sticky and soft at first but over time will harden.
  • After cutting the bars cure them for six weeks. Curing means leaving the bars spaced out on a protected surface out of direct sunlight and in an airy place. This allows the extra water content to fully evaporate out. It also allows the bars to harden up. You might find that your soap bars look a bit oily or wet after cutting them up. This happened to one of my batches and I just left it. Over time the bars cured nice and hard and dry.
  • Once made, your soap will have a shelf-life of up to two years. Check the oil bottles that you're using though -- the closest best-by date is the best-by date of your soap.
    How to make carrot soap using real carrots: carrot soap is a soft buttery yellow color

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52 Comments

  1. Hello!
    I love this soap bar so much and can’t wait to make it! Thank you for explaining everything so well for a newby like me!
    I was just wondering, if I want to make the color even more intense, can I just substitute a tablespoon of water out for an extra tablespoon of carrot purée?

  2. Hallo and thank you for your lovely recipe! I was wondering, do we have to boil the carrots in distilled water or not?
    Anna

  3. Hi Tanya,
    Thank you for being such an inspiration and your fabulous recipes, I’ve had my own allotment in Yorkshire for 3 years and recently got in to soap making after seeing your pics. I’ve made 3 of your recipes, so far they’ve turned out wonderful and I’m loving it!
    I like the idea of colourful, cake inspired soaps but would like to stay away from micas and this carrot recipe sounds perfect. My question is what would be the simplest way to layer this soap? Id like a bottom yellow layer and a top white(ish?) layer for a nod to a Lemon Meringue pie; would I be better off creating two separate batches allowing the first to set slightly whilst I make the second to pour over the top then allow it to cool at room temp?
    Thank you :)

  4. Curious if the recommended essential oil in this recipe can be substituted for another, say lemongrass? If yes, would the measurements be the same? Thank you for sharing such wonderful recipes

  5. 5 stars
    Just made my third block! This is a hit with my friends and smells so good! Worth waiting 30 days for bars to “set”. Lathers beautifully, and a bar I use each day lasts for almost 3 full weeks!

  6. I have a Shea butter bascule recipe but wondering how do you know how much water to discount to if you’re using puree? Could you also juice the carrots and use that for the water to dissolve the lye???

    1. Hi Shelly and I think you mean a bastille soap recipe? Yes to the juice method for dissolving the lye. As for calculating how much water to remove from your recipe, you remove the exact amount that you’re adding in as puree.

  7. 5 stars
    Hi! First time soap maker here, and I just wanted to give a big thank you for your generosity in sharing your knowledge, making the recipe, the video and all of the beautiful details. I was a bit apprehensive about using lye and you made this so much more accessible to me. Thank you, thank you! **bows to you**

    I want to ask is there a way to use carrot juice instead? I had a hard time extracting all of the lye juice from the pulp as I was straining it, and it was very slow to separate in the sive I used. I didn’t get every drop out, and my trace took quite some time, but I was happy that it worked at all :) I know you made the recipe with this in mind so I appreciate your feedback. I’m wondering if I were to revisit this one, if there would be an easier way to achieve the same results without the pulp.

    1. Hi Alana and yes you can use carrot juice instead :) For a 1-lb recipe, use 128 g of carrot juice to create the lye solution. Leave out the water and puree that the original recipe calls for.

  8. Great site. Excellent instructions and info. I do make soap and want to try your carrot recipe. I would like to make a large batch though. Can I quadruple the carrot recipe without glitches ? Thanks

  9. Hello
    What a nice recipe, if I wanted to make double the batch of soap, is it as easy as doubling up the recipe ingredients too?
    Many thanks
    rayna

  10. I love your website! I’m new to soaping, having only done a few batches. Could I use the carrot pulp from making my own carrot juice, boiling it instead of a whole carrot.

    1. I imagine so, but the soap could have a pulp-y texture if you use the same amount as is in the recipe. Experiment with half the amount first, or use some of your carrot juice instead.

  11. Hi Dear,
    would it be ok if I replace the carrot with turmeric?
    I know you have a different recipe for that but I do not have the sunflower oil..
    And I cannot wait to try your recipes :) they look so welcoming to a beginner :)

    lots of love,
    Sarah

    1. Hi Sarah and interesting question. I’ve never used raw turmeric root in soap but don’t see why you couldn’t try it as a puree for this soap. If you wanted to use the powder, you can do that as well. Simply replace the weight of the carrot puree with distilled water and add that in to the lye solution. A little turmeric powder goes a long way so with a small 1-lb batch I’d recommend as little as 1/32 of a tsp for a nice sunny yellow color. More than that and you can get some pretty electric shades of orange :)

  12. Thanks for your clear instructions, Tanya. Can I use turmeric powder in this recipe and when would I add it? Also, can any essential oil be used; I was thinking of using carrot seed oil as i love the smell. Thanks!

  13. Hello!

    Love the recipe I will definitely give it a try! Just a quick question, won’t the carrot purée get scorched when mixed with the hot lye?

    Thank you in advance!
    Christina

  14. Could I replace the olive oil with another oil? And if yes, which one do you recommend? Thank you. Love your page!

  15. Hi Tanya
    can i change shea butter for cocoa butter; is hard to found shea butter here in Argentina.
    you are a great teacher
    Thank you very much.

  16. I love this recipe! Adding carrot puree to my soaps sounds just so decadent :) I use fresh (frozen) goat’s milk in all my recipes, can I substitute it for the water in this recipe or will it burn with the sugars in the carrots?

  17. I loved the video for carrot soap…You always make it look easy….question: do you get soda ash on your soap and what do you do to remove it??..thank you jan

    1. I don’t get soda ash any longer because I use less water in my recipes than other soapers do. I build that into the recipes so that people have more success with them and no ugly soda ash :)

  18. Hi Tanja,
    Thank you so much, your recepies are wonderful, especially i loved the simple flower one. It came just perfect. I would love to make a big bulk of soap to fill a least a 800 gr mould. How do i recalculate the ammounts of ingridients needed? For Example if i need a double ammount (not 6 bars but 12 bars) do i simply double amounts of everything or it works diffrent way?
    Thanks again for your very helpful site.
    Regards,
    Natalia
    MaltA

    1. Hi Natalia, what you would do is pop all the ingredients into the SoapCalc, then adjust the batch size for 800g. All of the main ingredients should be calculated for you. Alternatively, just multiple all of the ingredients by 0.57

  19. Hello, Tanya.
    I made a small batch of this recipe and filled two cavities of a silicone mold, but I had a really hard time popping out the soap after 8 days in the mold. Should I have left it a bit longer? Is there something I can do make this soap a bit harder, or easier to unmold, besides adding sodium lactate?

    Thank you so much for all your recipes and information.

    Maria

    1. I suspect that you’re using a hard plastic mold. Those types should be avoided for cold-process soap as it’s impossible to get the soap out. Stick with silicone and popping them out is a breeze.

      1. Hi, Tanya! I used a silicone mold with 2 cavities but, going through my notes, I realized I did something that I had completely forgotten. I added 2 tsp of sweet almond oil after reaching a light trace and mixed it with a whisk just to make sure everything was well mixed. This was the only change I made to the recipe. Do you think that that might have been the “problem”?

        Thank you,
        Maria

        1. Hi Maria, it should be fine but please be careful about making changes to a soap recipe. Remember, it’s chemistry, and if you make changes without understanding what could happen, then things can go very wrong.

  20. Hi! I was wondering if you could substitute carrot juice for the purée and (some/all of the?) water? That way you wouldn’t have to filter out any chunks. Thanks!

  21. Hi Tanya,
    Thank you for the detailed recipe and video which I hope to practice this weekend.
    I intend to go into the soap business. My mission is to produce and sell soaps that can give a beautiful glowing skin and even cure some simple skin rashes. Would you mind recommending some vegetable and herbs I can use and if possible some sample recipes?

    I live in a country where coconut and soybean oils are produced by the local women as well as shea and cocoa butter. (these are the fats I intend to use)

    Thanks

    Gifty

    1. What a wonderful thing to use locally produced oils in soap making. All of those will be perfect to use in your recipes. As for curing skin rashes, soap is probably not the most effective since it cleanses rather than protects. In that case I’d recommend you look into using the shea butter, cocoa butter, and liquid oils to make herbal skin salves. Here’s one of my recipes to give you inspiration: https://lovelygreens.com/gardeners-healing-salve-recipe-diy-instructions/

  22. Hello Tanya,
    Thank you for your wonderful site! I have made a few of your recipes and they have all turned out very well. I am a complete beginner and I have a few questions. There seen to be a lot of lemony essential oils and I wondered which one would be the best for using in cold pressed soap. Lemon verbena, lemongrass, lemon from the fruit and Litsea cubeba Essential oil all seem to smell the same to me. Are there any that retain their fragrance longer in soap? Also, I am wondering how to store the finished bars. Should they be kept in a dark place? In a cardboard box or a plastic tub? Thank you so much, Irene

  23. 5 stars
    Hi Tanya,
    I really loved this recipe and made it a second time with double the quantities and with layers – a different amount of carrot in each. It looks fab! I have only just started my soap making journey and hope to be selling sometime soon. Your website has been a huge source of information and inspiration for me. I look forward to hearing more from you.
    Jill.

  24. 5 stars
    I appreciate how well you explain the soap making process, including the details, cautions to take and photos.

    Thank you!

    Mary

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