Gardener’s Soap


When I think of a gardener’s soap, bursts of lemon, fir needle, eucalyptus, and tea tree come to mind. This cold process recipe will make about 12 four ounce bars.

*All measurements are weight measurements, not liquid measurements.

  • 9.6 oz Palm Oil
  • 9.6 oz Coconut Oil
  • 9.6 oz Canola Oil
  • 3.2 oz Sunflower Oil
  • 10 oz water
  • 4.6 oz lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
  • 1 tbsp Bentonite Clay
  • 1 tbsp Tumeric
  • 0.2 oz. Tea Tree EO
  • 1/2 tbsp Fir Needle EO
  • 1/2 tbsp Lemon EO
  • 1/2 tbsp Eucalyptus EO
  • 1 tbsp steel cut oats


More detailed directions here.

  1. In a heat-safe container, add lye to your water, stir, set aside to cool.
  2. In a small bowl, combine essential oils. Set aside.
  3. In a separate container, combine the base oils. Heat to about 120F.
  4. When the lye water is about 130F (within 10F of the oils), pour the lye water into your base oils and blend with a stick blender.
  5. Just before trace, add the EO blend, tumeric, oats, and clay.
  6. Pour in your mold, and allow to sit for 1 day.
  7. Unmold, cut, and cure for 6-8 weeks.