I love the fresh forest aroma of conifer oils, especially pine and fir essential oils. Here is a fun recipe for essential oil massage soap using your choice of piney scents.
This recipe uses melt and pour soap. This type of soap base is really easy to work with. Its name says it all!
Melt and Pour Soap Base
Melt and Pour soap bases are especially great for beginners or those DIYers that are not committed to crafting cold process soap.
To use melt and pour soap, all you have to do is cut up the soap block, melt it down, add color and scent, then pour into your desired soap mold. Check out our full tutorial below.
I am using Goat's Milk melt and pour base because it has hydrating and nourishing properties. You can also use shea butter base or whatever melt and pour soap base you prefer. Here is the exact soap base I use, click the picture to learn more:
Conifer Essential Oils
Conifers typically consistent of evergreen trees that bear cones and needle-like leaves. Coniferous essential oils are steam distilled from these trees and produce aromas that are woodsy, piney and earthy. Often times reminiscent of a fresh forest or Christmas time.
In general, conifer oils are supportive to the lungs and airway passages. They can also be grounding, uplifting, and stimulating.
I choose white fir (aka silver fir) for my soap bars, I really love the sharp pine aroma this oil has. It is so energizing and invigorating, especially great for a morning shower.
Here are some to choose from:
- Silver Fir (aka White Fir)
- Douglas Fir
- Balsam Fir
- Siberian Fir
- Scots Pine
- Black Spruce
Read More: Evergreen Essential Oils
Essential Oil Massage Soap Recipe
- 1 pound Goat's Milk melt and pour soap base
- 10 drops Blue Tansy Essential Oil (optional)
- 1 teaspoon Conifer essential oil of choice
- Glass measuring cup (size 4 cups)
- Silicone massage soap mold
- Spray bottle with Rubbing Alcohol
Step by Step Tutorial
Step 1: Cut up soap block with a sharp knife into small squares, this helps it to melt quicker. Place the cut up soap into glass measuring cup.
Step 2: Place measuring cup into a pot with several inches of boiling water. You do not want rapid boiling because that can cause water to splash into your soap base.
Step 3: Stir occasionally until base completely melts (no solid chunks left). Takes 10-15 minutes. Once melted, remove from heat using a pot holder because the handle will be hot.
Step 5: Add in essential oils and stir well. I used White Fir for my piney scent and Blue Tansy essential oil for the coloration of the soap, it adds a soft minty color. It also adds a unique aroma but this oil can be omitted. Read more about Blue Tansy here.
Step 6: Pour soap into soap mold. I filled almost 4 of these molds with this recipe (one bar was just a little shorter).
Step 7: Immediately spray the exposed tops of soap with rubbing alcohol, this helps to pop the bubbles so the soap is smooth on top (see the picture). You can get the molds I used here.
Step 8: Let cool until soap hardens, usually about 2-3 hours. Pop soap bars out of silicone mold. The unused soap bars will need to be wrapped in plastic wrap for storage to avoid having them sweat (also called glycerin dew).
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