Calendula Soap in Use

Remember that first batch of soap I made? Well it FINALLY was ready to try! I’ve discovered that the very hardest part about making soap is waiting through the curing period, which is recommended to be 4-6 weeks. This allows the excess water to evaporate creating a milder, longer-lasting bar. (Between you and me, from now on I won’t wait to full amount of time to try the soaps I’m making. I’m making so much soap right now I don’t care if it dissolves in the shower a little bit faster than normal.)

Here is a quick picture when I cut the soap (about week after making it).

Calendula Soap Cut

This recipe is predominantly olive oil with some sweet almond oil. This makes for a nice mild bar, but without a lot of bubbles or lather. Maybe we’re just accustomed to that with commercially made soaps, but I definitely think I’ll end up settling on a formula with coconut oil in it which adds some good cleaning bubbles.

Speaking of coconut oil, I’ve also tried the soap that I saved by rebatching which DOES have coconut oil in it…but not enough. I want more bubbles! LOL I do love the orange essential oil that I used though – so refreshing and invigorating. I will definitely be using this EO again!


  1. Julie says:

    So is it kind of like soap that turns more into shower gel when you use it? Cause that sounds cool :)

    • It’s actually a hard bar of soap. :-) The chemical reaction that occurs when mixing lye with oils turns it into soap – and I love the sciency part of that! This formula doesn’t “lather” as much as I personally like, but it’s a really great, mild, cleansing formula.

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