Food used in soap

Today as I was packaging soaps that have been curing for the past 4 weeks in the workshop I was marveling over the different types of food items that are often used in soap. Pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, wine, cocoa powder, cocoa butter, turmeric, green tea, peppermint tea, oatmeal, salt, seaweed, & honey are a few that we use and other soapier use carrots; beet powder, spirulina, milk (both cow and goat), tomato juice, lettuce, cucumber, and aloe juice. In some cases food in beauty products have been included for properties that they have, in others it happens more as a curiosity – “I wonder what would happen if I made soap with tomato juice instead of water”.

As I have researched recipes for handmade soap that include food I am aware that not all have had good outcomes. Some foods do not hold up well during the soaping process, and while others may the results are astatically unpleasing – weird brown soap, or soap with odd spots or splotches in it. So we have been cautious when using food in our soaps.

We did choose to use pumpkin in our Pumpkin Spice soap both for the beautiful color it imparts to the soap, without added artificial colors, but also because the high level of Vitamin A in pumpkin is said to be beneficial to the skin. The cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg add a gentle spice but also add a gentle exfoliating property to the soap.

Our orange and chocolate soap, which is made with turmeric and cocoa powder for coloring, is a wonderful contrast of two natural colors and the orange essential oil used also gives the soap an orange hue to it.

We are always experimenting different soaps to make, and looking to our customers for their ideas on what they would like to see in soaps. So leave a comment and let us know if there is something that you are interested in seeing in a soap!

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