I’ve always enjoyed the classic oatmeal, (goat’s) milk, and honey soap but had never even thought about yogurt in a soap until I read this post from Sylvia over at Soapjam. Her soaps look so lovely and creamy that I just had to make some soap with yogurt. I’m so pleased with the results that I might just start adding yogurt to ALL my soaps! Need more reasons to try adding yogurt to your soap? Yogurt is rich in lactic acid which provides hydration and gentle exfoliation. It’s also chock full of skin-loving proteins and minerals.
What I love about this process is that the yogurt is added to the soap at trace. No more mixing dairy into the lye mixture and worrying about sugars scorching!
I decided to create a light and clean scent using a natural blend of essential oils. Lavender and lemon are wonderful scents on their own but blended together they’re even better. Lemon essential oil is refreshing and uplifting for the nervous system along with being a powerful antioxidant. Lavender is calming, soothing and rounds out the the sharp top note in lemon to create a complex and interesting scent. It also has antibacterial and antiviral qualities that are always good in a product for cleansing!
Recipe for Lavender Lemon Yogurt Soap (makes ~12 5.5oz bars)
23oz Olive Oil
16oz Coconut Oil
7oz Sunflower Oil
4oz Castor Oil
12oz Distilled Water
7oz Plain Yogurt
1oz Lemon Essential Oil
.5oz Lavender Essential Oil
1.5mL Clary Sage Essential Oil
.5mL Marjoram Essential Oil
If you’ve never made soap before, check out my post on Soap Making 101 for detailed instructions. I’m not going to include any step-by-steps here because I assume that if you’re looking up cold-process soap recipes, you probably know what you’re doing. 🙂
*NOTE* Just make sure that you remember mix in the yogurt at light trace!