Autumn means pumpkin spice! From lattes to muffins, pumpkin is everywhere. So why not make a pumpkin soap? A pumpkin SPICE soap! Let’s do it.
This is a really cool soap idea that will wow your family and friends.
Pumpkin Spice Soap Method
Step One: Make the Soap Base
For this recipe, you’ll need less water than usual because you’ll be adding pumpkin puree.
- 4-ounce silicone molds (you’ll need six 4-ounce molds for this recipe)
- 4 ounces distilled water
- 3 ounces lye
- 9.5 ounces olive oil
- 6.25 ounces unrefinded coconut oil
- 5.25 ounces sunflower oil
- 3 ounces pumpkin puree
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 ounce Witch’s Brew Essential oil blend (equal parts cinnamon, cedarwood, and patchouli)
- To make this pumpkin spice soap simply follow the basic soapmaking instructions here. You’ll be weighing the ingredients this time as the weight of the pumpkin can vary greatly, but the process is the same.
- When you reach the trace, mix your pumpkin puree into the soap base. Also, add the spices and mix well. I find that mixing the spices in a bit of oil helps to keep them from clumping.
- Add the essential oil blend. This blend could cause your soap to accelerate quickly, Be ready to pour it into the molds right away. The good thing about this soap is that you don’t need to worry about what it looks like at this point.
- Cover your soap with plastic wrap and let sit for 24 hours. After that, remove it from the mold and cut it if you wish. I find it easier to handle if I cut it into bars roughly 4 ounces in weight.
- Let it cure 3-4 weeks. Once it’s fully cured, it’s time for the next step.
Step Two: Putting Pumpkin Soap Shreds Into Glycerin Base
Now you can shred your pumpkin spice soap base. It may have shrunk some from the water evaporating, but don’t worry about that. I use a kitchen box grater to grate my soap into shreds. Keep the shreds light and fluffy as you make them. Don’t pack them down.
At this point, you’ll prepare the outside of the soap bar. melt some clear glycerin soap base (you can see the instructions here) and add a bit of the same essential oil blend. For six 4-ounce bars, you’ll need about 15-18 ounces of clear soap base. You can also add a bit of color if you wish, but not so much that you can’t see the shreds.
In a mold, pour a bit of the clear glycerin soap base. Now add some of the pumpkin spice soap shreds into the soap base. You can add just a few and layer it or add a lot and pour around it. Spray your shreds with alcohol. I use 91% for the best sticking ability. Before the alcohol can dry, pour the rest of the clear glycerin soap base. Always spray the alcohol on between layers. If you don’t, it may not stick together and could slide apart. Repeat for as many soaps as you want.
Allow the pumpkin spice soap to harden a few hours, or overnight if it is a larger mold. Remove from the mold and wrap right away. Glycerin soap can collect moisture from the air and cause a “dew” to form on the outside.
Use It Or Give It Away!
That’s it! Now you can use the soap as you normally would or give it as a gift.
Fall is the perfect time to make a batch of pumpkin spice soap. I’m making mine today!