How to Easily Make a Natural Homemade Antiseptic Soap

How to Easily Make a Natural Homemade Antiseptic Soap
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I like to make my own soaps and in the past I already wrote about how to make your own fragrant homemade lavender soap. Due to the popularity of my other post I decided to write another post about how to make your own antiseptic soap.

This is an easy to make antiseptic soap that makes a fantastic hand and body wash because it contains tea tree and thyme essential oils, that have anti fungal and anti bacterial properties. It is also excellent to treat or prevent fungal infections like vaginal yeast infections, athlete’s foot and ringworm.  If you are interested to learn more about the amazing health benefits of tea tree oil, read my other post about the top 5 medicinal uses for tea tree oil.

So why don’t you give it a try and make your own antiseptic soap? You can buy soap molds online and they come in various shapes and sizes such as this beautiful flower mold.

Homemade Antiseptic Soap Recipe

300 g olive oil based soap (Castile soap)
500 ml water
5 tbsp almond oil (or olive/jojoba/avocado oil)
2 tsp. tea tree essential oil
30 drops thyme essential oil
4 tbsp. dried marigold (calendula) flowers (optional)

Preparation

Grate the soap into a glass bowl and add the water. Place the bowl over a pan of boiling water on a low heat (bain-marie) and stir until the soap melts. Add the almond oil, the two essential oils and the dried flowers, and mix thoroughly. Pour the mixture into a soap mold and leave to cool and set. Once set, wrap the soap in greaseproof paper and leave to dry in a cool place.

How to use the soap? Wash the affected skin areas with the soap once or twice a day, or as required. Rinse off well.

Storage – store in a cool dark place wrapped in greaseproof paper. Keeps for up to 1 year.

If you love using essential oils, you can find useful information in my e-book Magical Aromatherapy. This e-book will help you to discover the power of essential oils and the most effective ways to use them: Magical Aromatherapy.

How to Make a Natural Lavender Soap

This recipe includes lavender which is a calming and soothing herb that was brought to Europe by the Romans. It was one of the most favored aromatic herbs used by the Romans in their daily bathing rituals.

A lot of people like to carry a bottle of lavender essential oil with them as their personal first aid kit. And I’ve already mentioned that the many reasons why you should consider adding lavender essential oil to your daily life.

This easy lavender soap recipe has the great aroma of lavender flowers. These purple flowers have a powerful aroma which relaxes us into a state of well-being.

Lavender Soap Recipe

2 tablespoons of fresh lavender flowers, chopped
2 tablespoons of glycerine, warmed
12 tablespoons of olive oil based soap (Castile soap), grated.
1 tablespoon of clear honey
For decoration: a ribbon and extra sprigs of lavender flowers

Preparation

Place the chopped lavender flowers in the warmed glycerine and leave to infuse in a warm place for 2 hours – this softens the flowers and allows the aroma and healing properties of lavender mix into the glycerine.

Place a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of boiling water and melt the grated soap. Remove from the heat and add the glycerine and lavender flowers mixture. Add the honey. Grease soap mold with glycerine and pour the soap. Leave to set and then remove from the mold.

If you want to give it as a gift, you can decorate the soap by wrapping a ribbon around the soap and tie on a sprig of lavender flowers.

How to Make an Antiseptic Castile Bar Soap

Here is a great use for Castile soap: a natural antiseptic Castile bar soap that you can easily make at home. Castile soap (often called pure Castile soap) is soap that is made purely from vegetable oil, water and lye. This recipe is taken from my article about the most ingenious uses of castile soap.

This Castile soap makes a fantastic hand and body wash because it contains tea tree and thyme essential oils. These essential oil have anti fungal and anti bacterial properties and they are also some of the best essential oils for skincare.

300 g Castile bar soap
500 ml water
5 tbsp. sweet almond oil (or olive/jojoba/avocado oil)
2 tsp. tea tree essential oil
30 drops thyme essential oil

Preparation

Grate the Castile soap into a glass bowl and add the water. Place the bowl over a pan of boiling water on a low heat (bain-marie) and stir until the soap melts. Add the almond oil, the essential oils, and mix thoroughly.

Pour the mixture into a soap mold and leave to cool and set. Once set, wrap the soap in greaseproof paper and leave to dry in a cool place.

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6 Responses to How to Easily Make a Natural Homemade Antiseptic Soap

  1. Thanks for sharing. The tea tree oil in soap also has a fresh, invigorating, clean scent, as compared to any other soap. 🙂

  2. Chelsea Craft says:

    The only problem is… you have to be super careful about what essential oil you buy. Almost all those essential oils contain undisclosed super strong amounts of chemical preservatives that are known carcinogens… like parabens for example. So you could be trading Triclosan for something just as bad or worse if you aren’t really diligent about what oil you use. Some people think getting essential oils that say all natural or “no artificial scents” is all you need to do but it’s not. You have to actually scrutinize the company & actually be confident that they are selling you truly pure essential oils without chemical additives. Also, beware when anything you buy as “organic” has “essential oils” or “fragrance” because that is how they slip the parabens in… the chemical stabilizers and preservatives. Most companies don’t want to limit batch sizes, restricting their profit margins, as well as putting short expiration dates on products & taking the risk of having a bunch of products that have gone bad due to sitting on the shelf… it’s all going to eat into their profits, raise their labor costs, and cause them to have to put a lot more thought and planning into their business… not to mention assume some financial risk. That is why most of the so called organic beauty products are fake and use loopholes the FDA enables and supports in order to keep consumers unaware of what they are putting on their bodies. It says a lot about the world we live in when a whole society will perpetuate a practice of rubbing toxic products on little babies just to save themselves some trouble and work and make a little more money… but that is what is happening. So beware…

  3. Cait H-K says:

    Hello! Thank you for sharing this recipe! I am very interested in starting to make my own soaps, but I’m a little nervous about it. First, I once had a horrible fungal infection from shaving with an old-ish razor and using shampoo instead of soap (I was out of soap and in a rush…). So I’m hoping the antifungal and antibacterial properties of the tea tree and thyme will prevent that from happening again. Do you have any thoughts about that?

    I’m also a bit nervous, because my husband and I are tight on money right now. I’m hoping to purchase Dr. Bronner’s tea tree scented pure Castile soap in bulk and then use that to make all the cleaning/grooming products we’ll soon have to replace. Do you have thoughts about using the tea tree scented Castile soap instead of tea tree oil? The Dr. Bronner’s ingredients just add tea tree oil, so I thought it’d be fine.

    Finally, the recipe says to grate the Castile soap. Would the recipe still result in a solid soap bar if I use liquid Castile soap?

    Thanks!
    Cait

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Hi Cait, here are a couple of comments:
      1) Tea tree and thyme oils contain antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic so help to prevent and treat fungal infections (see for example this study and this one, and this one).
      2) Tea tree oil is used in many cleaning products as well as in skin care products. With the product of Dr. Bronner, I’m not sure how much actually there is tea tree oil in the product, and therefore I usually prefer to make the cleaning agent or skin care product myself so I have the control over how much of the essential oil I put in it (although Dr. Bronner considers to be a well-known and reputable brand). For example: when using tea tree oil for skin care, I use tea tree diluted in carrier oil, such as virgin coconut oil, or aloe vera, or a mixture of the two (more instructions here). If you use it in Castile soap, you will need to mix Castile soap with water as Castile soap is very concentrated (see more information here). For cleaning purposes you can use borax which is cheaper and is used extensively in natural cleaning products (see natural household cleaner recipe here).
      3) For the recipe in this article you need solid Castile soap bar. Don’t use liquid Castile soap.

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