Olive Oil in Soap Making
At Natures Garden we have many different methods for soap making, which we like to share with our customers through website descriptions, recipes, pictures, and videos. You can hot process soap, cold process soap, or make melt and pour soap, as some examples. We also sell many different waxes, butters, and oils that you can use to make your soap. For instance, we have Joy Wax, Pillar of Bliss Wax, Shea butter, cocoa butter, castor oil, and what we will be discussing today: olive oil. You will be learning a lot about our Pomace Olive Oil and how to use olive oil in soap making. There are so many recipes on our website that use this product, which we will introduce you to. Whether you are trying this method out for the first time, or you are an experienced master at it, there is a lot to learn!
Pomace Olive Oil
Using olive oil in soap making is actually a very common method. It is generally the number one oil used in most soap makers’ recipes! This oil is easily available, easy to use, and highly beneficial, which is why it is so common. Pomace olive oil is both thick and rich in texture. It has a greener shade than some other olive oils out there that are more yellow in color. Extra virgin olive oil and Grade A oils are made from the pits of olives that go through solvent extraction. Once there have been multiple pressings and extractions, what is left over is what makes up the pomace grade olive oil.
There are multiple reasons that this is such a common ingredient in soap making. Many essential fatty acids are present in olive oil including palmitic, stearic, oleic, linoleic, and linolenic. Olive oil is rich in antioxidants and these ingredients provide benefits for the hair and the scalp when used in shampoo. They help promote health of the scalp, treat dry scalp, and can treat hair loss. It boosts hair growth because it massages and increases blood flow to the hair follicles as well. There are additional benefits that olive oil provides to the skin. It is incredibly moisturizing, which makes it a popular element of massage oils. Olive oil is used to make bars of soap that are a good hard texture. You can also use olive oil to make lip balms, scrubs, lotions, and more!
Castile is one type of soap that is made from 100% olive oil. This type of soap contains only olive oil, lye, and water. There are many benefits to using this product. A major benefit of soap containing olive oil is that they are great for sensitive skin and dry skin. Castile soap is typical to use on babies because they have sensitive skin and this type of soap is highly conditioning and super gentle. Olive oil gives soap a moisturizing texture, nourishes and restores skin by making it feel extra smooth. Different kinds of soap have certain properties about them. Castile is made with 100% olive oil, which means it is not a cleansing soap. Other types of soap blend a few types of oils to balance out different properties, such as cleansing and conditioning. Bastille soap, for example, blends separate oils together to do this.
Another type of soap made from olive oil is called Bastille Soap. Unlike Castile soap, which is made with 100% olive oil, Bastille is made up of 75%. The olive oil is mixed with other oils as well, including coconut oil and castor oil. It is made up of water, lye, olive oil (75%), coconut oil 76 (20%), and castor oil (5%). As previously mentioned, olive oil is highly conditioning but not cleansing. Coconut oil is highly cleansing, but not conditioning, which causes this soap to balance itself out. The castor oil is high in conditioning, bubbly lather, and creamy lather. This helps the soap bubble better, have a softer texture for your skin, and nourishes dry skin. Without this balance, your soap could leave your skin dry and dehydrated. We have a list of soaping oil properties that you can help you understand the properties of soaping oils.
A third type of soap that contains olive oil is called Marseille. This type must contain at least 72% olive oil. Marseille soap is composed of some other vegetable oils, palm oil, and coconut oil. Palm oil adds hardness and creamy lathering properties to this soap, balancing out the conditioning of the olive oil. There are also benefits such that it is an anti-bacterial and it being a very gentle type of soap, which are both bonuses for your skin. This soap can also be used in shampoos, shaving soaps, and shower gels. There are many other products that it can be used to create as well, like laundry detergent, a jewelry cleaner, or a detergent for your dishwasher. Now we will get into some recipes from Natures Garden that contain olive oil that we would like to share with you!
Cold Process Soap Making Class
We are going to be mentioning some of our recipes that use olive oil and are cold processed soap. Before we begin, we would suggest taking a look at our FREE class for making cold process soap. If you are unfamiliar with this process and would like to gain a better understanding of it before attempting it yourself, this class can help with that. Cold process soap is made with fresh lye, which can be highly dangerous if it is not handled properly. Lye is used to make all soap and you need to be sure that you are taking the proper precautions. This is why it is important to educate yourself about the ingredients that you will be working with.
Recipes with Olive Oil: Blueberry Cheesecake Cold Process Soap
We would like to talk about using olive oil to make cold process soap. This is our handcrafted recipe for Blueberry Cheesecake Cold Process soap. This will provide you with four pounds of soap. In this recipe you are going to combine the olive oil with palm oil, coconut oil 76, fractionated coconut oil, castor oil, safflower oil, and Shea butter. Most soaps combine several oils with butters just like this one does. This mixture creates the soft and moisturizing properties that customers desire in soap and other products. The perfect blue swirls in this cold processed soap make the finished product look so beautiful. Another bonus is that it smells delicious because it is made with our Blueberry Cheesecake fragrance oil. This handcrafted cp soap recipe is unique in that we have used milk instead of water for a portion of our lye solution.
Recipes with Olive Oil: Doggy Shampoo Cold Process Soap
This is such a fun recipe that anyone out there can create. We actually got this recipe idea when we saw cute cupcakes with dogs on them and thought we could turn it into soap! You will be able to get three doggy shampoo soaps out of this. They make the perfect addition to your shower routine and can also add something cute to your bathroom counter or shower shelf. It can be a cute gift to give to a friend as well.
This creation uses coconut oil 76, palm oil, castor oil, fractionated coconut oil, and of course, the olive oil. The combination of each of these oils makes this soap into a buttery, smooth texture. The overall product definitely has a strong conditioning component added to it by the olive oil. Our Sage Leaf Fragrance Oil adds scent to it, which is reminiscent of fresh sage leaves. You can also switch this recipe up and make it your own by shaping the dog however you want, or by adding different FUN soap colorants if you would like to.
Other Recipes That Use Olive Oil
Although olive oil is very common when making cold process soap, it can be used for other things as well. Many of our other homemade recipes use it as well, other than those with soap making. We have a large variety of these listed on our website, but the possibilities are endless when you have the creativity! The ones that we are going to be talking about today are our Black Cherry Bath Bomb and Fruity Rings Sugar Scrub.
Black Cherry Bath Bomb
Taking a bath from time to time can be relaxing and rejuvenating to the body and the mind. You might even enjoy adding a bubbly bath bomb to the hot water. We have created many of these on our website with multiple fragrance oils, other types of oils, powders, and soap colorants to give them some color. To create your bubbly bath, hold the bath bomb underneath the hot water as you are filling up the tub. It will begin disintegrating, fizzing, and forming into a swirling bubble bath full of color and a strong, yummy scent. This recipe uses one of the Natures Garden original fragrances and this one is one of our top sellers: Black Cherry BOMB. It has a VERY strong scent of black cherry that is sweet but not overly sweet.
To make this, you will mix the olive oil in with the fragrance oil and the castor oil. These ingredients will moisturize your skin when you are taking a bath using this bath bomb. There are some dry ingredients that contribute to the softening of the skin and provide other benefits as well. The Beet Root Powder gives the pink and red color to the bath bomb and provides multiple nutrients such as beta carotene, vitamins B5, B1, and C. It also contains selenium, potassium, phosphorous, glycine, tyrosine, zinc, magnesium, and tryptophan. Bentonite Clay Powder helps clean skin impurities, helps with oily skin, and in this case, makes the bath bomb harder and more durable in order to disintegrate better. This recipe makes five large bath bombs, which lasts for a while!
Fruity Rings Emulsified Sugar Scrub
This Fruity Rings Sugar Scrub recipe will make eight 4 ounce jars of product, which is a lot! The directions are simple to follow, and the results will definitely leave your skin feeling silky smooth and rejuvenated. To make this scrub, combine the olive oil with sweet almond oil, cocoa butter deodorized, Shea butter, beeswax, and the emulsifying wax. Each one of these ingredients will help to create a sugar scrub that moisturizes exceptionally and thoroughly nourishes the skin on a deeper level.
Shea butter actually contains many of the same essential fatty acids that olive oil does. It has palmitic, stearic, linoleic, and oleic. We use Shea butter in many of our products because it has the perfect texture for loads of recipes. We use it to make lip gloss, lip balms, and many bath and body products including lotion, body scrubs, and of course, soap. When it is used to make soap, it can add really great conditioning and creamy lathering properties to it. There are some added aesthetic benefits to this sugar scrub as well, which we all love. It has a rainbow look to it when placed in the jar in layers, and give off the delicious scents of lemon, verbena, vanilla sugar, and grapefruit that flow wonderfully together!
All of the recipes we have mentioned in this blog are our very own and have all been handmade. We hope that you have enjoyed getting to learn more about pomace olive oil and how useful it can be for your soap making!