Orange Poppy-seed Soap Recipe

While I love lemon poppy-seed muffins, I’ve been on a kick lately with orange.  So, when I was thinking of a poppy-seed soap – I kept being drawn to using orange as my citrus instead of lemon.  In fact, I’ve even been working up a tasty recipe for orange poppy-seed muffins.  Look for that in a few days!

Handmade artisan Orange Poppy seed soap


This is a refreshing soap with an invigorating scrub to it.  Orange essential oil has a calming and anti-depressive effect.  What a perfect soap to start the day!

The oil blend includes many nourishing oils such as hempseed and sunflower oil. Hempseed oil is a dry oil that is easily absorbed into the skin. It’s great for reducing the size of pores, blackheads, acne, and provides the body with essential nutrients required to support the skin’s water barrier, softness and elasticity. 

Sunflower oil is rich in nutrients and antioxidants and has emollient properties that nourish the skin. High in vitamins A, C, D, and E, this oil helps to protect and regenerate skin cells.

Orange Poppy Seed Cold-Process Soap Recipe – makes ~ 5lb batch or 12 bars of soap

20 oz Olive Oil

15 oz Coconut Oil

6 oz Hempseed Oil

5 oz Sunflower Oil

4 oz Castor Oil

7 oz Lye

19 oz Distilled Water

1 oz Orange (I like 10-fold) Essential Oil

.3 oz Tangerine Essential Oil

1-1/2 tsp Poppy seeds, plus a small amount to sprinkle on the top, if you desire

Cold process soap Orange Poppy seed
If you’re not a soap-maker but you’d like to try this soap – please check it out at my shop!


If you’ve never made cold-process soap before, I recommend that you check out Soap-making 101 first!

  1. Hi Emily!
    Beginner here =) I would love to try your orange poppy seed soap recipe but my soap mold is for 3 1/2 pounds and I see this is for 5 lbs. I tried to use the lye calculator but not sure I’m doing it right….. any helpful suggestions? thank you!!

    1. I usually just scale down by percentages when trying to make a batch smaller. 3.5lbs is 70% of 5lbs so you should be able to multiply all the ingredients by .7 to get the smaller amounts needed. Make sure you run those numbers through your lye calculator though to make sure it is correct!

    1. Hi Jonathan, the scent actually holds up fairly well. I’ve found that tangerine eo gives a little bit of a boost to strengthen the orange scent. I also try to store all of my cured soap in cardboard shoe boxes to keep the smell from fading. I’ve also heard that people put a couple of drops of the eo’s used in the soap onto a cotton ball and store it in the box with the soap to keep the smell strong.

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