No-Lye Sensitive Soap Recipe

No-Lye Sensitive Soap Recipe
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Easy-to-make Sensitive Soap Recipe

People who suffer from skin conditions like eczema need cleansers that are mild and not over-drying. This sensitive soap recipe is not only easy to make but will replenish the skin with every wash.

Though it’s a soap recipe, it uses a natural pre-made soap base so handling lye isn’t required. It’s also boosted with skin-soothing chamomile essential oil that also gives it a sweet scent and helps to treat skin conditions.

No-Lye Sensitive Soap Recipe

This recipe makes four bars of naturally sensitive calendula & chamomile soap

Sensitive Ingredients

It’s important to use sensitive ingredients when you’re making skin products for sensitive skin. Just being ‘natural’ is not going to cut it because many essential oils and other ingredients can irritate or cause discomfort to sensitive skin.

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This recipe uses sweet almond oil that’s been infused with soothing calendula flower petals. It’s also scented with chamomile essential oil, a lovely natural fragrance that’s been shown to be effective in the treatment of Eczema. source

No-Lye Sensitive Soap Recipe

Makes 4 bars
Takes about 30 minutes to make

Calendula-infused oil

This recipe calls for a Tablespoon of calendula-infused sweet almond oil. You could use any light oil to make this addition to the recipe including grapeseed oil, cold-pressed sunflower oil, or olive oil. The important thing is that you infuse it with high quality calendula petals. These can be grown yourself or purchased online.

Calendula is a sensitive but powerful skin herb. It helps soothe inflammation and speed up the the healing of minor wounds, burns, and dermatitis-related skin issues. You can also find calendula used in Lovely Greens recipes for rich body cream and this Calendula Cold-process Soap Recipe.

No-Lye Sensitive Soap Recipe

Calendula infused sweet almond oil

Step 1: Make Calendula-infused oil

You can purchase pre-made calendula-infused oil but it’s actually very easy to make yourself. Fill a clean and dry jam jar with dried calendula flower petals. Pour your choice of liquid oil over the top, filling almost to the brim and then screw the lid back on. Place the jar inside a brown paper bag and then set it in a warm window sill for 2-3 weeks, shaking the jar every few days.

After 2-3 weeks have passed, strain the oil from the flowers and into another clean and dry jar. Discard the flower petals.

Your calendula oil is complete and has a shelf-life of a year or the expiration date of the oil you used. Whichever is closest.

No-Lye Sensitive Soap Recipe

Melt the soap gently in a microwave or using a double boiler

Step 2: Melt the soap base

Cut the melt and pour soap into cubes and melt it with the shea butter using a microwave or the double boiler technique. If using a microwave, heat for 30 seconds at a time and then stir. Repeat until fully melted.

For the stove-top method: Place the soap and shea butter in a pan that’s nested inside a second pan filled with simmering water. The indirect heat will melt the soap in a consistent way without the fear of scorching it. A lid over the pan will help melt the soap quicker and stop evaporation of water from the soap base. Stir occasionally while the soap is melting.

When the soap and shea butter are completely melted, take it off of the heat and stir it together with the calendula oil and essential oil.

No-Lye Sensitive Soap Recipe

Sprinkle the dried calendula petals over a thin layer of soap

Step 3: Molding the soap

Working quickly, pour about ¼” of the soap base into silicone soap molds. Sprinkle dried calendula flowers on top and then fill the rest of the mold with the melted calendula soap.

Leave the soap to cool to room temperature before popping the bars out of the mold. This will take at least a few hours but I recommend leaving the soap to cool and harden for six hours or more. Once popped out of the mold, the soap is ready to use and has a shelf life of up to a year.

No-Lye Sensitive Soap Recipe

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8 Discussion to this post

  1. Elisabete Balula says:

    Hello. I am very very new in this. And this will be my first try in soap making, can you please tell me when you say pour in 1/4 of the melted soap base first, then the dried calendula petals, and then on the top will be the rest of the soap base mixed with the infused oil and the camomile oil? Is that right. Thank you so much for your time.

    • lovelygreens says:

      No worries Elisabete! When the soap and shea butter are melted you then stir in the infused oil and the chamomile essential oil. You do this before pouring anything into the mould.

  2. Joanne Grant says:

    I am New to the soaking world, still gathering knowledge as I wait for supplies to gather. I have so enjoyed reading your four part article for beginners. There is a huge wealth of information here. Thank you so much for your generosity in sharing this. My daughter-in-law suffers terribly with eczema. Can you tell me please if the cold process calendula soap is as mild and gentle as the melt and pour? I’d prefer doing the CP if so.

    • lovelygreens says:

      Yes, it will be just as gentle — however I’d recommend leaving out the essential oil. Citrus essential oils don’t play very well with eczema. Pleased you enjoyed the 4-part series and hope you have a fun time making your own soap!

  3. Skitch says:

    If there is no lye, how does the soap clean or disinfect? Is there something in the soap base that takes care of this? Love this recipe! Thank you.

    • lovelygreens says:

      Melt-and-pour soap is made with lye — however, there’s no lye left in it by the time you work with it. It’s all been converted to soap! This recipe is about making a sensitive soap without having to handle lye yourself.

  4. Great post. lots of people want to try soapmaking but don’t want to handle lye, this is the perfect solution.

    • lovelygreens says:

      Absolutely — it’s handling lye that puts a lot of people off trying to make their own. Hopefully this is an easy solution for those who want to make natural sensitive soap.

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