You can make blueberry soap at home! Often people ask about fruit in soap, and generally you cannot add fruit because it will rot inside. You’d think it wouldn’t with the caustic-ness of the lye, but it can. So this means that all blueberry soaps will be made with a fragrance oil, aka a synthetic scented oil, which smells wonderful – but still! And as wonderful as it looked and smelled, it was not one of the best sellers. Sometimes customers would say that they didn’t want to smell like food. Go figure!
Make Blueberry Soap Recipe:
- Basic #2 recipe: (you can select a different base here)
51.2 oz Olive oil or an Olive/Canola blend
6.2 oz coconut oil
6.2 oz Palm oil
23.4 oz water
8.6 oz lye crystals
for this scented bar, add:
- 5 T blueberry fragrance oil
1 tsp medium blue liquid colorant – or your choice
Often when soap makers make blueberry soap, they’ll add a blue swirl for decoration and to visually match the scent. I did too. With your 1 cup of blue soap base, drizzle that on top of your soap that is in the mold, and carefully and gently stir it in. Try to picture the swirling action inside. This all depends on the thickness of your soap base too. If it is thicker, this will sit on top until stirred in. If the base is runny, it will fall right in and disappear, which is okay, but give it a gentle swirl anyways.
The following soap from the Michigan Soap co is their blueberry soap with an amazingly beautiful blue all-over color.
Now if you are super energetic you could try this masterpiece of a blueberry soap. Yes, really. Here you would make a dark blue “crust” layer on bottom, add a white “cheese cake” layer, make then add little blueberry balls and top it off with a drizzle of blueberry “syrup”. This soap would be a melt and pour base, making things way easier, but not as natural.
Depending on your purpose of making such soaps, whether gifts or for sale, the fancier soap you make will have to cost the customer more money, because of your time. In my little town, we sold the soap for $3.75 each or 3/$10, and the 3 for $10 was the main purchase there. We also had a dollar bin for old or damaged soap. Lastly, we either reused our scraps into new soap or donated the pieces to the food bank.
If you like berry or fruity scented soaps, because they do smell fresh and happy, lol, then check out my 2nd best seller in the store, the Blackberry Orange soap recipe.
There is no such thing as blueberry essential oil, but there is a thing such as blueberry seed oil. More info here on the differences and benefits.
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