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Chamomile Shea Butter Soap Recipe - No Lye Soap - Melt and Pour Soap Method


Melt and pour was the first soap making method I learned (and still think it's the absolute best method for beginning soap makers to start with). When I started making cold process soap, melt and pour kinda fell by the wayside.

But now I'm rediscovering and loving melt and pour soap for it's awesome simplicity.

You make melt and pour soap with a premade base, no need to handle lye.

Back on our little Northern California homestead, our farmhouse was equipped with two (yes, TWO!) kitchens. One was my dedicated soaping room.

Everything I needed was at my fingertips, and I could close the door to keep little ones out, or hide the mess if I didn't feel like cleaning up right away. I looooooved it.

But then, we moved. My husband may or may not have had to drag me, clawing and crying, out of my soaping studio.

I do love our new farm here in Idaho, and it is perfect in every way... except it doesn't have a soaping studio. I'm hanging my hopes on a soaping trailer one day. THAT may be kinda cool, don't you think?

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Anyway, right now all of my soaping equipment and ingredients are currently housed in the cellar. It's nice as far as cellars go. It's not dank or dirty, and all four walls have sturdy shelves for storage. But there's no sink, no counter top, no windows.

So, to make cold process soap I have to go down to the cellar...

Carry up all my ingredients and equipment....

Banish everyone from the kitchen for a period of time... 

Holler like a crazy person if anyone dares come in for a snack (because lye, you know)... 

And then find a suitable place for my soap to set in the mold for a day or two without being poked at by a toddler.

Melt and pour soap takes just a few minutes to make, a few hours to set up, and is ready to use as soon as you unmold it.

Needless to say, cold process soap has not been made since we moved here nine months ago. For all of you soapers who make cold (or hot) process soap in your kitchens regularly: You. Are. Amazing. And dedicated. I'm impressed.

I've gone back to make soap making roots, so to speak, and making melt and pour soap again. Minimal ingredients and equipment needed, no lye to keep away from inquisitive little hands, and an entire batch is whipped up in less than 15 minutes. Fifteen minutes, friend!

This Chamomile Shea Butter Soap recipe is quickly becoming a family favorite (OK, so it's MY favorite. I'm not even sure my family gives a goat patootie about the different types of soap I make. All they care about is if it suds.) 

But this soap is ultra-gentle and moisturizing, and looks sweet, rustic, and pretty.

Even if you've never made a single bar of soap in your life, you can make this!

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Learn how to make soap without lye with this awesomely easy Chamomile Shea Butter Soap Recipe. It's the perfect handmade soap recipe for beginners, and takes just 15 minutes to whip up!

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RECIPE: Chamomile Shea Butter Soap

This recipe makes 4 (4 ounce) bars of soap. If your craft store doesn't have shea butter soap base, no worries. You can use whatever they have; it will all work the same.

What You'll Need:

1 lbs. shea butter melt and pour soap base (soap base comes in 2 lbs. blocks; use half for this recipe and save the rest for another project)

1 tablespoon chamomile powder (or contents of 3 chamomile tea bags)

Soap mold or silicon muffin pan (I thought the star molds were super cute for this, but use whatever mold you like)

Spritz bottle full of rubbing alcohol

STEP 1: Cut the shea milk soap base into approximately 1 inch chunks. No need to be precise, just cut it up and toss the pieces into a small pot. 

STEP 2: On low heat, warm the soap base gently until just melted.

STEP 3: When the soap base is completely melted, pour in the chamomile and stir gently until thoroughly mixed. Remove from heat.

STEP 4: Pour the melted soap base into the soap mold. Immediately spritz with rubbing alcohol to remove any air bubbles.

STEP 5 Let set undisturbed until soap is completely cooled. This takes several hours or overnight. 

STEP 6: Pop from the molds. Your soap is ready to use!

Store bars wrapped in plastic wrap or in a tightly sealed plastic bag. Your soap will have a shelf life of up to two years, so long as it is wrapped tightly and kept away from moisture.

Now make some cute products to coordinate with that awesome soap! Here are a few recipes that you'll love:

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