A vibrant and healthy mix of natural oils, soap is a great way to enjoy CBD topically. Learn more by checking out these CBD soap recipes to try at home. Want to suds up with CBD from your own supply? Learn how to make spa-grade artisanal soap with nothing but Secret Nature CBD flower & a few simple ingredients.
CBD Soap Recipes to Try at Home
Did you know you can use CBD on your skin? When we use topical CBD products, the cannabinoid receptors on our skin absorb the CBD compounds, energizing our endocannabinoid system (ECS).
Did you know you can use CBD on your skin? Because the skin has CBD receptors it’s able to absorb CBD compounds, making it one of the four routes of absorption. And since it’s absorbed so effectively through the skin, CBD is an ideal ingredient in creams, lotions and bath bombs.
Another popular way to deliver CBD to the body is with CBD soap. People have started becoming more aware of the importance of using soap that is nourishing and easy on the skin. This requires using ingredients that are natural and healthy, like CBD oil. The best part is that making your own CBD-infused soap isn’t hard to do. In fact, there are a few different simple recipes for making homemade CBD soap which we’ll discuss in this post.
How CBD Soaps Work
When we use topical CBD products, the cannabinoid receptors on our skin absorb the CBD compounds, energizing our endocannabinoid system (ECS). This produces homeostasis in our minds and bodies that may generate a sense of balance and calmness.
By creating a DIY CBD soap, you have the freedom to customize them to your personal needs. Homemade soaps are usually a vibrant and healthy mix of other types of natural oils as well, like coconut and essential oils, which each carry their own scents and unique benefits.
Using CBD Oil in Your Recipe: Things to Keep in Mind
Before we dive into our recipes, it’s important to discuss a few significant factors about adding CBD oil to your soap.
Finding Quality CBD Oil
When selecting a CBD oil for your recipe, it’s crucial that you look for high-quality CBD products. This requires taking time to research brands and their production methods to ensure that what you’re putting into your body is safe and legitimate. If you’re new to CBD, here are a few key things to look for when choosing CBD oils:
- It comes from organic, nutrient-rich, and contaminant-free soil.
- It comes from quality extraction and refinement processes.
- It’s gone through legitimate third-party testing labs, and you have access to these test results.
Using Saponification & Heat
Saponification (after sapo, Latin for soap) occurs when a solution of lye combines with oils and creates a chemical reaction that breaks the oils down into chains of fatty acids. Heating the lye and oil solution evaporates the water molecules, turning the solution into a solid form, producing bar soap.
Though CBD is known to evaporate under high heat, you won’t have to worry about this when it comes to making your CBD soap. CBD tends to lose its potency at around 300 degrees, but soaps only need to be heated up to about 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Knowing How Much CBD Oil to Add
Though many CBD soap recipes list a specific amount of CBD oil to use, it’s important to note that every person’s body is different and will respond differently to the cannabinoids in CBD; thus, we can’t say exactly how much CBD oil you should use in your recipe. Finding the right amount of CBD to use will take some trial-and-error. If you already know what your ideal serving of CBD is, you can multiply it by the number of bars of soap you’re making and use that measurement as a starting point.
CBD Bar Soap Recipe with Lye
This recipe yields 12 four-ounce bars, or three pounds of CBD bar soap. It involves using lye, so take extra caution and be sure to wear protective gear.
- 10 ounces coconut oil
- 5 ounces cocoa butter
- 5 ounces shea butter
- 5 ounces castor oil
- 5 ounces avocado oil
- 11.9 ounces filtered water
- 4.1 ounces lye
- 1 ounce lavender essential oil (or any essential oil of your choice)
- Desired amount of CBD oil
- Soap mold
- Stainless steel pot
- Stainless steel spoon
- Plastic spatula
- Hand mixer or stick blender
- Old plastic container (for your lye)
- Thermometer (a cheap candy thermometer will work just fine)
- Towels to incubate your mold
- Protection gear like gloves, goggles, and mask
- Combine your coconut, cocoa butter, shea butter, castor, avocado, and CBD oils in a large stainless steel pot. Heat them together on low until they are melted. Stir frequently with your stainless steel spoon and make sure they are combined well. Use your thermometer to make sure the mixture reaches 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In your plastic container, add your filtered water and then slowly pour your lye into the water (if you pour the water into the lye, the solution can explode). Stir them together with a stainless steel spoon until well combined. This solution will heat up when you combine them, so set this aside after stirring to get it to cool down between 95 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit (use your thermometer to keep track of this).
- When both mixtures—oils and lye water—are around 95 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, pour the lye water into your pot of oils. Blend them together with a hand mixer or stick blender for about two to three minutes or until combined well.
- Add your essential oil to the mixture and stir.
- Using your spatula, pour the mixture into your soap molds.
- Using your towels, cover and insulate your molds for 24 hours.
- After 24 hours, remove your soap from the molds, cut them, and let them cure for four to six weeks (turn them occasionally to ensure all sides dry out).
Note: Be very careful handling and mixing the lye; it’s extremely caustic and can cause severe damage if it stays on your skin. It’s recommended that you do this step outside and wear your goggles, mask, and gloves while doing this. Be sure to hold your breath/avoid breathing in the fumes.
CBD Bar Soap Recipe Without Lye
If you don’t feel like involving yourself with lye just yet, we have an easy melt and pour recipe below. This entails melting soap base in your microwave and adding fragrances and CBD.
- 1 pound of melt-and-pour soap base of your choice (goat milk, aloe, and honey are a few popular choices)
- Desired amount of CBD oil
- 0.25 to 0.5 ounces of fragrance or essential oil of your choice
- Soap-safe colorants and herbal additives like calendula petals to decorate your soaps
- A heated or butcher’s knife
- A microwave
- Spoon or spatula for mixing
- Soap molds
- Chop the soap base up into one to two inch cubes.
- Heat the soap base cubes in the microwave in short bursts until most of it has melted. Stir them frequently in between the heating sessions.
- When most of the soap has melted, stir in your CBD oil and mix thoroughly.
- Add in your optional fragrances/essential oil, colorants, and herbs. Mix until well combined.
- Pour the solution into your molds, and let them harden completely. You can use your towels to cover and insulate them.
Be sure to store any extra hardened soap in an airtight container to prevent sweating (due to the natural glycerin content of the soap).
Discover Quality CBD for Your Skin
Whether you use it during your bath or just to wash your hands, these CBD soap recipes will help you maintain healthy skin and an overall sense of calm and balance.
When shopping for CBD, quality matters. For this recipe or for everyday use, we recommend Hemplucid’s Full-Spectrum CBD Water Soluble. Nano-enhanced for fast-acting results, this water soluble CBD can be easily mixed with other liquids and is the perfect addition to homemade soap recipes.
Jason Croxford Jun 02, 2020 Tags: Personal care
About The Author
With 15 years of marketing experience under his belt, Jason is clearly a powerhouse. Lately, he’s turned that energy toward holistic health and biohacking to maximize his health and lengthen his lifespan. Jason is breathwork-certified and is working towards his 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training cert.
How to Make CBD Soap — DIY Guide
CBD makes everything better — even soap. We’re with you, however, in believing there’s a lamentable lack of high-quality CBD-infused soaps on the market.
It’s time to take matters into your own hands. Making soap from home isn’t as hard as you think, and adding CBD to the equation doesn’t change things considerably.
The type of CBD flower you choose matters, though. You’re taking the time to make your own soap because you want it to be good, and the only way to get the results you want is with Secret Nature hemp flower.
What is CBD soap?
CBD soap is soap infused with the non-intoxicating cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD). This type of soap doesn’t get you high, but it might smell like hemp and offer relaxing benefits.
There are a few different types of hemp extracts CBD soap can contain, but they all ultimately originate from hemp flower. Starting straight from the source gives you the most quality control and ensures the earthiest, most natural results.
What does CBD soap do?
When you apply CBD soap while bathing or showering, it absorbs through your skin’s layers easily since your pores become more permeable when warm . Even though it doesn’t stay on your skin long, CBD soap absorbs very effectively, and it feels good on your skin.
The effects of CBD soap are unlikely to be mind-blowingly profound. If you’ve never tried CBD this way, however, lathering up with CBD soap should certainly be on your bucket list, and true hemp veterans are always looking for new ways to surround and permeate themselves with CBD.
Why should I make CBD soap with Secret Nature hemp?
Spoiler alert — making CBD soap is just about as easy as picking a source of CBD and combining it with a pre-made soap mix. There are lots of different kinds of CBD to choose from, though, so what makes our hemp better?
We’ll put it to you this way — ever been to Hawaii and sucked on fresh-cut sugarcane? Maybe not, but you can imagine. Okay, now head down to McDonalds, grab a packet of processed sugar, and pour it down your throat.
Now, try to tell us that the experiences were the same. That’s the difference between CBD isolate and CBD flower — or put more correctly, between any other type of CBD and Secret Nature CBD flower , which is grown organically indoors using the industry’s best handcrafted genetics.
To lye or not to lye — that is the question
Let’s briefly touch on a point that will become important later. To truly make soap from scratch, you need to handle lye, a caustic substance that you might rather stay further away from.
In our recipe, we’ll use a ready-made soap mix instead of making soap from scratch. If you want to get down and dirty with the process, however, there are plenty of guides you can use to make cold-process soap with lye .
How to make CBD soap — step-by-step guide
We’re going to break our guide up into three sections: ingredients, materials, and instructions. First, you’ll learn what goes into CBD soap, and then you’ll learn which tools you need to make it.
Lastly, we’ll run you through the steps you should take to make CBD flower soap that fits your exact standards. Ready? Let’s get started.
The ingredients that will go into your homemade CBD soap are actually quite simple:
- 2 lb soap base*
- 3-7g Secret Nature CBD-rich hemp flower
- 1 cup coconut oil
* There are lots of different types of ready-mixed soap bases to choose from. Some contain goat milk while others are based on aloe or honey. Take your pick based on your preferences and restrictions.
You’ll need a wide variety of materials to get the job done. Let’s separate them into the tools you’ll need to make CBD oil and the tools you’ll need to combine that CBD oil into soap.
CBD oil materials:
- Crockpot or double-boiler
- Probe thermometer
- Mixing bowl
- Mixing bowl
- Heated knife (electric or heated over a stove)
- Microwave (or toaster oven)
- Soap molds
Now the good stuff — the instructions:
- Let’s start by making the CBD oil. Grind and decarboxylate your Secret Nature hemp flower, and combine it with the coconut oil in the double-boiler.
- On the lowest-possible heat setting, allow the mixture to simmer for at least half an hour. Some recommend simmering for up to eight hours, but doing so will negatively impact taste.
- When done, pour the mixture through the cheesecloth and strainer into the mixing bowl.
- Now, break your soap base into small chunks, and place them in a heated container. This can be accomplished with a pan on the stove, a baking pan in a toaster oven, or a bowl in the microwave.
- Once the soap mix is completely melted, add your homemade coconut CBD oil. Mix the two substances thoroughly, and add any fragrances or additional desired ingredients.
- Pour the mixture into the soap molds, and allow them to cool. Your soap should be cool and ready for use in around two hours.
Making CBD soap FAQ
What else can we tell you about the intricacies of making hemp soap from home?
1. How do you make natural hemp soap?
The first step to making natural hemp soap is picking the right ingredients. Only the safest, most natural ingredients will do — no additives like artificial dyes or fragrances.
Then, you’ll also need to get your hands on all-natural CBD-rich hemp. As the world’s premier supplier of organic hemp flower, Secret Nature offers the best raw materials for crafting any natural hemp soap.
2. How do you use CBD in soap?
Using CBD in soap is as easy as adding CBD extract to a pre-made soap mix and then using heat to combine the two ingredients. When done, you can use your homemade CBD soap to wash your body and infuse your skin with the benefits of hemp at the same time.
3. How do you make CBD body wash?
The process of making liquid soap is very similar to the process of making solid soap bars. There are just a few more steps and ingredients involved — once you’ve assembled the right ingredients, use an instructional guide to learn how to make liquid soap, and then add your CBD flower extract at the end.
4. Does CBD soap make you sleepy?
It shouldn’t. CBD does have a tendency to be somewhat soporific, but applying CBD soap most likely won’t elicit these mildly psychoactive effects.
The whole process of bathing with hemp, however, might make you feel so relaxed that sleep hits soon after. Take some CBD orally or inhale it to get the full blast of this cannabinoid’s snooze-inducing potential.
5. Does CBD soap get you high?
Definitely not. CBD already doesn’t get you high, and the absorption rate of CBD soap is so low that intoxication fears shouldn’t even be on your radar.
Even a THC soap probably wouldn’t cause any notable intoxication. It’s all about the administration method, and lathering on soap isn’t a way to get high on anything.