Homemade Poppy Seed Soap Recipes

Homemade poppyseed soap
Making homemade soap can be as easy or as hard as you want it to be. As for me, I choose the easy route. The combination of colors, scents, and textures is endless and it only takes a few ingredients to make a completely unique blend that you can claim as your own. I have always made the melt and pour type soaps and had fun making some poppy seed variations recently.
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A fresh lemon poppy seed soap for kitchen use. The fresh lemon scent easily removes the lingering aroma of onions and garlic during dinner prep. The poppy seeds feel like little exfoliants against my skin, scrubbing, while the shea butter softens at the same time.
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And a sweet almond poppy seed soap for upstairs to pamper my tired, dry hands. The shea butter makes it feel as though I am washing my hands with lotion.

Here is how to make your own soap in less than 30 minutes.

Ingredients:
Soap Base
You can find 2 lb. blocks of melt and pour soap base at craft stores like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. There are several types to choose from. I’ve used glycerin soap in the past and chose shea butter soap this time. You could also use a goat’s milk soap base as well. They are about $9, so be sure to bring your 40% off coupon for the best deal around.
Scents
Almond and lemon essential oils. They are usually $4-$5 for a small bottle at craft stores or etsy.
Coloring
Coloring your soap is optional. I chose to add a few drops of yellow to help the lemon one stand out from the almond scented soap.
 Add-Ins
The zest of 1 lemon (for the lemon soap) and poppy seeds for both soap recipes.
Supplies:
Soap mold
Plastic or silicone are easy to find at craft stores. Plastic molds are the most inexpensive route and come in so many fun shapes. I used a silicone mold from here. You can also use a bread pan and cut your soap into bars.
Glass measuring cup
Measuring spoons
Small spatula
Baking Sheet
As a reference: I used 10 oz. soap base, 8-12 drops of essential oil, 4 drops of coloring (for the lemon soap), the zest of 1 lemon (for the lemon soap) and 1 tsp. poppy seeds for each batch. 1 batch made 4 (2″x3″) bars of soap.
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Cut your soap base into small cubes. Fill a glass measuring cup and microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until melted. It takes about 90 seconds.
Add your scent (a few drops at a time until your reach the desired potency), coloring and add-ins.
Place soap mold on a baking sheet to make transporting it to the refrigerator easier.
Pour into molds. You can coat your molds with a small amount of cooking spray to prevent sticking if using a plastic or metal mold. Once you’ve poured your soap there may be some air bubbles. I just poked them with a toothpick, but you can also lightly spray with rubbing alcohol to remove them.
Place in refrigerator for 15 minutes or until set. Carefully pop out of the mold.

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Smooth, fragrant, and ready to pamper yourself or package up for a friend.
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A small piece of parchment paper and some twine easily cover this soap that is going to be sent out as a Mother’s Day gift. A bar of each scent and a small wooden soap rack to store them on. I would love to receive a gift like this.
almond poppyseed soap
homemade poppyseed soaps

Visit these links to see some of the other soaps that we have made using the melt and pour method.

Easy Raspberry Handsoap
Homemade Lotion Bars
Candy Cane Soap
Easy Glycerin Soap for Kids

Talk to Me!

  1. I’m going to have to try this! It looks so good! I saw recently at a boutique what looked like homemade soaps wrapped in fabric. I thought it was adorable and added such a cute touch.

  2. Hmmm… I just tried making a batch and was disappointed. I shea butter for my base and used a metal mold but sprayed it with cooking spray and I can’t get them out. Put them in the freezer to try and shrink more and still could not get them out until I ran a knife around the edge of one and beat the back of the pan to death. One of the 4 came out but the edges are all dug up since I used a knife. All the poppy seeds are on one side of the bar (bottom). Jill Mama Ging

    • Hi Jill, that is so disappointing to hear. It sounds like you did everything right. Was it a bread loaf pan that you used or a metal shaped mold? I’ve only used bread pans when it comes to metal ones and after it completely set up, I ran a knife around the edge (like you did) and it popped right out. Then I sliced it into bars. (like here: http://www.gluesticksblog.com/2011/12/candy-cane-soap.html)

      As for metal shaped molds, I’ve never used those kind before. Just silicone and plastic, so I’m not sure if there are any better tips for releasing the soap once it is finished.

      I’m not sure why the poppy seeds would have settled to the bottom either. The shea soap is fairly sturdy and the seeds are so light. I wonder what happened to make them do that! I wish I had more answers for you Jill. I will look and see what I can find about using metal molds and if I see anything other than spraying it and running it under water, I will post it for you.

      Brandy

    • Hi Brandy, I used a brand new Wilton 9 cavity petite loaf pan. I finally did get them out after a long time in the freezer. Maybe I added too many poppy seeds? You didn’t mention how much to add. Also when I added the coloring, I stirred it very well but it didn’t seem to make a difference in the color which I thought was odd. Turns out, all the coloring was also settled on the bottom with the seeds. If only you could see a pic of my soap LOL. I am going to try and re-melt my bars today and see if I can get a better result. I really hope so as I wanted to use some as end of year teacher gifts. Stay tuned :) Jill

      • I have heard that you can not use metal pans…sounds like that is the problem….Just getting started in soap making but have done alot of research. Glass dish greased with Vaseline is suppose to work.

    • I do see it says 1 tsp of seeds. I didn’t measure but I don’t think I added much more than that and I used 12 oz of shea butter instead of your 10 so it should’ve been ok. I guess we shall see how it turns out the 2nd time around. LOL

    • Yes, keep me posted! If you scroll to the bottom of the ingredients list, I gave the measurements that I used as a reference. I used 1 tsp. of seeds for my batch which was 10 oz. of shea butter base. Also the measurements and amount of coloring too. I put it at the bottom because everyone’s soap molds are different sizes so you can adjust accordingly. So I hope that helps you with a reference. Good luck!

    • ok, so I tried this again. I actually strained out all the seeds and only put in a little bit. Again, as soon as I poured into the molds, they (and the grated orange peel I added) sank to the bottom. I’m also noticing that mine is more clear in color and yours is milky, which led me to check my shea butter and mine is 100% unrefined organic shea butter. I Googled the difference between refined and unrefined (check it out here http://www.ehow.com/about_5375961_refined-vs-unrefined-shea-butter.html – interesting tidbit about the use of toxins in the refining process)and it also mentioned that refined is milky white (like yours) and mine (unrefined) is a clear when melted but goes to a grayish yellow so I’m wondering if that also is the difference in the consistencies. I also noticed with the first batch that I’d call it a lotion bar and not soap because it certainly didn’t lather or have soap properties but man alive, did it leave my hands soft! IF I were to do this again (big IF!)I think maybe I’d let it settle a bit after I poured it into the mold and then sprinkle in some seeds & grated peel. And yes, the unrefined has a stronger smell so LOTS more essential oil ;)

      • That would be the issue–you used shea butter, not shea butter *soap base*. There is a HUGE difference between the two! The soap base has already had all the oils (i.e., shea butter), lye, etc. turned into soap, and you’re just melting and pouring (with, of course, any additives such as fragrance, colorants, and “scrubby stuff” [in this case, poppy seeds]). The shea butter is, well, just shea butter (not soap of any kind).

    • I guess you learn something every day! I didn’t know there were two types of shea butter soap base. Maybe because the only place I’ve ever purchased it was Michael’s and they only had the one type at our local store. I wish your results had been better for you, Jill. My mom makes her own lotion bars with shea butter (not the melt and pour soap type like mine) and they do not lather either. She just rubs them on her legs, etc. She loves them. I sent her some of these for Mother’s day and she said she really liked them too, but they were definitely soap vs. the lotion bars that she uses for moisturizing. Thank you for updating me on your outcome and thank you for taking the time to comment and let me know good/bad how your project turned out!

    • If the melt and pour soap is too warm the poppy seeds (or any additive) may sink to the bottom (which normally becomes the top when unmolded). Metal molds are not recommended for soapmaking – not only because the fragrance oil (or lye in the case of cold process soap) could adversely react with the metal, but also because it is, in some cases, next to impossible to unmold. On the other hand, using freezer paper to line a metal container, shoe box, plastic drawer liners, etc., will make it a useable soap mold and super easy to unmold.

  3. Hi, Brandy! I can’t say I’m really into all this crafts world, but I gave it a shot with these soaps of yours! Everything went perfect during the preparation, I didn’t add poppy seeds since I didn’t have any, I used tangerine essential oils and I added the zest of half a lemon. They smell like cake!! I used silicon molds and now they are in the fridge! I’m anxious now that I read the comments about not coming out of the molds easily, but I’ll wait and see and keep my fingers crossed! :)

    • Hi Maria! I’m so glad you tried out the recipe! I’m sure they will pop our right away since you used silicon molds. I bet they smell amazing! Have a great weekend!

  4. This is great! I recently found a pattern for a crocheted soap holder. I wanted to make them for Christmas gifts this year so I’m going to make your poppy seed soap to go in them. Thank you! But where do you get the poppy seeds? And I’m planning on making a lot. Do you recommend investing in the silicone molds?

  5. This is great! I recently found a pattern for a crocheted soap holder. I wanted to make them for Christmas gifts this year so I’m going to make your poppy seed soap to go in them. Thank you! But where do you get the poppy seeds? And I’m planning on making a lot. Do you recommend investing in the silicone molds?

  6. This is great! I recently found a pattern for a crocheted soap holder. I wanted to make them for Christmas gifts this year so I’m going to make your poppy seed soap to go in them. Thank you! But where do you get the poppy seeds? And I’m planning on making a lot. Do you recommend investing in the silicone molds?

  7. This is great! I recently found a pattern for a crocheted soap holder. I wanted to make them for Christmas gifts this year so I’m going to make your poppy seed soap to go in them. Thank you! But where do you get the poppy seeds? And I’m planning on making a lot. Do you recommend investing in the silicone molds?

    • Hi Mary!

      You can find poppyseeds in the baking aisle right next to the spices! I bought a small container for a few bucks and it was plenty for my small batch. I love my silicone mold. The soaps just pop right out, perfectly shaped. I have used plastic molds too and they work good, a little more tapping on the counter to loosen them up. Before investing in a silicone one I’d suggest seeing if you can find a plastic one that is the same size and see how it works. Good luck!! :)

  8. I just went to Michael’s and they didn’t have any silicone molds. I may have to settle for plastic ones this time. While I was there, I noticed there were 2 types of soap. One was regular and the other was suspension formula. All your add ins sink to the bottom of the regular kind, but they get suspended all through the suspension kind! I only noticed because I read that someone else had trouble with that.

    • I think we figured out that the other gal actually bought shea butter (plain) instead of shea butter soap base. So she ended up with something completely different than soap and it didn’t lather at all. I didn’t buy the suspended kind, because I didn’t see it, but it definitely couldn’t hurt to buy that one if they offer it! Good to know!

  9. Love, love, love the ideas here. My biggest concern, however: I do not have a microwave. Can this be done stove top or should I hang out at my mom’s house and use hers?

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  11. You mention “10 ounces” of soap base….is this liquid, after it has been melted or 10 ounces by weight? I got the 2# package from Micbeals….so how much of that do I use?

    • Hi Sheryl! I used 10 oz. of the 2 lb. soap base cut into cubes. I weighed it before melting it. You may need to adjust how much you use depending on how many bars you are making and the size of your mold. Mine soap mold made 2×3″ bars so I just gave my measurements as a reference. Hope that helps!

    • Thank you Amanda! Awesome! They are so fun to make, I just posted a raspberry one yesterday that is perfect for Valentine’s Day. I hope you enjoy making them too!

  12. Hi Brandy, your soap recipe looks awesome and I’m really interested in trying to make soap myself! I’ve seen those melt & pour bases from Michael’s and Hobby Lobby before but I never wanted to try them because when I looked at the ingredients I saw that they were full of SLS (sodium laurel sulfates) and weren’t really soap. The reason I want to make my own soap is because my little boy has terrible eczema and can’t handle harsh detergents with SLS. Have you ever used a different brand of melt & pour soap base or know of where I could find one so I could make your recipe without the detergents? It really looks awesome and like a fun project to do with my son! :) Thanks.

    • Hi Jessica, I’m sorry I haven’t looked into that before. The only thing I would do would be to google it or search on amazon.com. I’m sorry I couldn’t be more help! Brandy

    • Hi Jessica, I totally understand soap having SLS which are horrible for skin but especially when you or your children have eczema or just very dry skin- I use the soaps from Super Store or Loblaws or even health stores that are all natural and they work great on both of my children! Unfortunately you arent making them but the bars of soap I use are about $1.29 and theres a bunch of yummy scents to pick from:) hope this helps you and your son
      Jen

  13. Thanks so much for the post. I made these for Christmas present and for a swap that I went to. I love them, they are easy to make and you can make any variety you want. I, too, could not find the silicone molds at Michael, but the plastic ones are fine. Thanks again! getting ready to make some heart-shaped soaps for Valentine’s Day!
    Cathie

    • Hi Karen! I found my bottle at Michael’s in their soap making section. I looked online to see if they had anything available and I only saw “honey almond”. Not sure what the difference would be, my “sweet almond” scent smells just like almond extract. Good luck! :)

  14. Hi…I’m interested in trying this recipe. My question is what is considered a “soap base”? Are you referring to something like Ivory soap or a soap bar that is unscented?