Yes, you can put real pumpkin into your homemade soaps! It makes a lovely bar of rich, creamy goodness. Make your own puree from fresh pumpkins, or use pumpkin from a can.
Warm, homey and with a scent reminiscent of crisp fall mornings and toasty evenings at home.
I used canned pumpkin puree, yes, the kind that you make pies from. This was pure pumpkin puree, not the variety with spices added. I made this hot process method in a crock pot and added the pumpkin at trace with an ounce of yummy honey. Frozen fresh goats milk and just a bit of Arizona rain water for my liquid.
|vintage pumpkin seed package|
This took twice as long in the crock pot as any other soap I've made. But it came out so rich and creamy and yummy smelling. The lather is light tan. I put real spice lines of ginger, and just a touch of cinnamon and cardamon. Spices alone are not usually strong enough to give a good scent when the soap is done, so I added some pumpkin fragrance oil. The result is a heavenly smelling, decadent bar that just makes you feel good to use. Love it.
2 oz beeswax
2.5 oz castor oil
4 oz cocoa butter
8 oz coconut oil
2 oz grapeseed oil
17 oz olive oil
1 oz shea butter
1.6 oz crisco
2 oz sunflower seed oil
3 oz canned pumpkin
1 oz warmed honey
2 oz pumpkin delight fragrance oil added after the cook
5.2 oz lye ( 6% superfatted using Bramble Berry's lye Calc ) Always use gloves and glasses when working with lye (sodium hydroxide).
10 oz goats milk ice cubes
3.2 oz Arizona rain water
I did not discount the water for the pumpkin in this recipe. If you make this the liquid amount recommended is 13.2 oz, I just split mine between the milk and rain water.
Always run a soap recipe through a lye calculator before making it yourself. Be safe.
If you don't want to make this fresh Autumn soap yourself, check out my etsy shop.