Homemade Natural Remedies: 80 Organic Beauty Recipes On A Budget For A Healthy Life - Lora Brenner (2016)

Book 3. Soap Making: Essential Guide For Absolute Beginners. 20 Homemade Organic Recipes

Chapter 12. Dandelion & Honey Soap



10 ounces dandelion tea

4.07 ounces lye

14 ounces olive oil

1.5 ounces tamanu oil

1.5 ounces jojoba oil

2 ounces shea butter

3 ounces sunflower oil

8 ounces coconut oil

1/2 ounce raw honey

Step 1: Prepare the dandelion tea

Gather fresh dandelion flowers, rinse them and place in a heat-proof jar. A pint jar should be about half way full with the flowers. Fill the jar with steaming hot water and seal it. Leave to infuse at least for an hour, but I recommend leaving it overnight. Strain the tea and reserve about 10 ounces for the soap.

Step 2: Mix with the lye

Combine the dandelion tea and lye, stirring continually. Leave to cool and set aside.

Step 3: Mix the oils

In another pot, mix together the oils and butters and heat over medium heat.

Step 4: Blend

Once the oils are melted, carefully add the dandelion and lye mixture. Use a stick mixer to combine the ingredients. When you reach a light trace, mix in the honey.

Step 5: Molding

Once well blended, you can pour the soap mixture into the molds. Since the honey makes soap heat up more, there is no need to insulate the soap.

Step 6: Cutting into bars

When the soap has hardened, cut it into bars and leave to cure for 3 to 5 weeks.