Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Homemade Calendula Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

How to make a calendula soap recipe. This is an easy melt and pour calendula soap recipe that has real calendula petals and shea butter so it’s moisturizing for dry skin. This is a beautiful bar of soap, but it’s actually easy to make in under half an hour.





Calendula Soap Recipe Melt and Pour


If you're new to soap making or just looking for an easy DIY project that you can do in an afternoon, try this homemade calendula soap recipe.


This herbal soap recipe is made with melt and pour soap, so you can make it in an afternoon. If you need melt and pour soap recipes for dry skin, this is a good one with calendula and added shea butter.


I have eczema on my hand, so I use this as a hand soap. It would also make an excellent bar for your body, too.


Calendula is my favorite herb for irritated skin, including eczema. It's also great for dry skin. You can also add essential oils for more skin loving benefits.


I have several suggestions for essential oils to use for calendula soap DIY.


More DIY recipe:






Is Calendula Soap Good for Skin?


Yes, a melt and pour calendula soap recipe is great for your skin. Calendula is naturally anti-inflammatory, so it’s a good choice for dry or irritated skin.


A homemade calendula soap recipe is good for dry skin, eczema, psoriasis, chapped skin, and other minor skin irritations.


Is Calendula Good for Sensitive Skin?


Yes, calendula is good for sensitive skin. The other ingredients I use for melt and pour soap recipes for dry skin are also good for sensitive skin.


How Do You Use Calendula in Soap Making?


You can use calendula in soap making by either making a calendula oil infusion or adding dried calendula petals.


I’ve done both before, and I like it used both ways.  You can find calendula oil on Etsy or Mountain Rose Herbs.


Note that there are only two flowers that you can add to melt and pour soap: calendula and cornflower. Other botanicals can grow mold, so don’t add different things to melt and pour soap. 


Here is a list of melt and pour additives that are safe to add.


You can replace the shea butter with calendula infused oil. I recommend using a moisturizing oil like avocado oil, chia seed oil, or hemp seed oil. 


Learn more about carrier oils and their benefits to choose the best oil.  You can also use calendula oil to make a DIY calendula salve recipe.





How Do You Make Melt and Pour Soap More Moisturizing?


Melt and pour soap is easy to use, but it can be limiting. You can only add 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of an oil per pound of soap.


Note that each melt and pour soap base is different. I can add a tablespoon with no problems. Other bases may get soft if you add that much, so there will be some trial and error.


You can also start with a more moisturizing soap base for melt and pour soap recipes for dry skin. I recommend using goat milk soap or shea butter soap.


How Much Shea Butter for Melt and Pour Soap?


I used a tablespoon of shea butter to make my melt and pour calendula soap recipe. However, your base may get soft with that much shea butter.


If your soap gets soft, then cut back to 1 teaspoon of shea butter per pound.


Melt and Pour Calendula Soap Recipe Ingredients


Melt and Pour Soap


I use Crafty Bubbles melt and pour soap to make my calendula soap recipe melt and pour. I used their white base for this recipe. 


 You can use a base with an additive like goat's milk or shea butter, but I prefer to buy a plain melt and pour base and add butters or oils.


Calendula Petals


I used dried calendula petals for my soap with calendula flowers recipe. It’s important to only use dry petals because wet petals can grow moldy in the soap.


Calendula works as an anti-inflammatory and promotes wound healing when applied topically to your skin. It has been shown to be an antiseptic and can help increase blood circulation to an area to promote healing.


You can harvest your own calendula (I'm growing my own this year) or buy it. For larger quantities, I recommend Mountain Rose Herbs.


However, for smaller amounts, you can buy those on Etsy. You’ll spend more per ounce, but you’ll spend less overall.


 




Shea Butter


I also added shea butter for my calendula soap recipe melt and pour. Shea butter is not greasy, and it’s excellent for dry skin.


Shea butter is my favorite natural body butter. It's high in vitamins A, E, and F for your skin. It also has essential fatty acids. It's said to promote collagen production, and it's also moisturizing.


You can use a different natural body butter. Learn more about the different natural butters for skin and hair here.


Calendula Soap Recipe Essential Oils


You can add essential oils to this homemade calendula soap recipe if you'd like. I generally use helichrysum or lavender in recipes for dry skin. You can use one or more of the following:


I also like the Bumps and Boo Boos blend from Simply Earth for dry skin. It would be an excellent addition for melt and pour soap recipes for dry skin.


Calendula Soap DIY Ingredients


You’ll need the following for melt and pour soap recipes for dry skin:




Calendula Soap Recipe Melt and Pour Directions


Step #1


You can melt your soap in a double boiler or in a Pyrex measuring cup in the microwave. The microwave is easier for me, so that's what I did.


Cut the soap in to 1" chunks and place them in the bowl. I also added the shea butter so it would melt in the heat.





Step #2


Microwave on high at 30 second intervals until melted. I give it a little stir between intervals.


It should be completely melted before you move on, but small chunks will usually melt if you stir it for a minute. 


Step #3


Add the calendula. I did not crush it very fine. You can use a mortar and pestle to crush it if you want. Stir well.  Add the essential oils and stir again.





Step #4


Then pour the calendula soap recipe melt and pour into a mold and let cool completely.


Ta da! Beautiful handmade calendula soap that's very nourishing for your skin.





You can use your soap as soon as it cools, but I like to let mine cure for a few days or weeks. The bars seems to get harder and last longer.


Melt and pour soap, like any soap, will get soggy if it's left in water. I use soap dishes to let the water drain off of my soaps. 


I use wooden soap dishes in the kitchen, but I use metal soap dishes in the bathroom. The wooden ones just don't seem to hold up with five people washing their hands all day long.


Calendula soap recipe for dry skin was originally published at Everything Pretty.


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soap, calendula, melt and pour, essential oils
Yield: 4 bars of soap
Author: Cari @ Homesteading in Ohio
Estimated cost: $10

Calendula Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

prep time: 5 Mperform time: 30 Mtotal time: 35 M
How to make homemade calendula soap recipe with dried calendula flowers and melt and pour soap.

materials:

  • 1 pound melt and pour soap
  • 1 tablespoon shea butter
  • 2 teaspoons calendula
  • 0.25 ounces essential oils
  • Silicone soap mold

tools:

  • Knife
  • Spoon

steps:

  1. Cut the soap in to 1" chunks and place them in the bowl. I also added the shea butter so it would melt in the heat.  Microwave on high at 30 second intervals until melted. I give it a little stir between intervals.
  2. Add the calendula. I did not crush it very fine. You can use a mortar and pestle to crush it if you want. Stir well.
  3. If you are using essential oils, add them now and stir.  
  4. Then pour the calendula soap recipe melt and pour into a mold and let cool completely.

NOTES:

You can also use 1 teaspoon calendula infused oil in place of the shea butter.
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