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Cbd oil for soap making

Why we do not make CBD Soap

With the world focused on CBD so intently right now, we have received the inevitable question, “Why don’t you have a CBD Soap”? There are several different reasons for this.

Soap heats up

First, CBD is high temperature sensitive. In soap-making there are temperature considerations. If you do what is called “hot-process”, the soap is effectively “cooked” to remove water content and speed the hardening of the soap bars. Temperatures are well in excess of 200 degrees during this process which will destroy the CBD.

The second method is “cold-process” where heat is not applied externally. However, in the soap making process, we have “saponification”. This is the reaction that occurs when we mix fatty oils with a lye solution. We “convert” the fatty acid molecules INTO soap. It usually takes about 24 – 48 hours to occur, but during this time, heat is generated naturally as part of the reaction. A simplified explanation of this is that molecules moving past each other at rapid speeds actually generate heat. While not as hot as “hot-process” soap making, temperatures can still exceed the 150-degree range in the midst of saponification depending on what essential oil or fragrance oil are used for scents. Scents can rapidly accelerate the saponification reaction. While all the CBD might not be destroyed, a portion would still be affected and lessen its potential.

CBD will wash away

But realistically, the temperature isn’t the only consideration. FACT CHECK: Soap is a wash-off product and does not remain on the skin for an extended period of time. CBD would react with the lye to create a “Sodium Salt of CBD”, which is WATER soluble, not fat-soluble, so its adhesion to the skin will be very minimal. CBD is a high dollar extract and sadly, the majority would go down the drain before it had the opportunity to fully react with the skin. There are simply much better routes of administration for CBD than soap.

What about other oils?

What about essential oils you say? Essential oils are FAT-soluble or “lipophilic”. Their constituents mix well with the fatty acid base used in soap-making and will become an integral part of the body of the soap. CBD being water-soluble, does not do this, so its value cannot be retained. This is why we offer CBD BATH BOMBS. The CBD has the opportunity for long-term exposure with the skin in the bath-tub.

Found a CBD Soap recipe?

Can you find marijuana or hemp CBD soap recipes on the internet? Of course, you can! Along with unsubstantiated claims of reducing muscle fatigue, inflammation and soreness by bathing with them. At this point in time, anything CBD is the rage and people will clamor to create or buy bars of soap with CBD prominently displayed as an ingredient on the label.

Sadly, there is so much confusion in the market regarding Hemp, CBD, THC, and marijuana it is easy for the public to be fooled. But let the buyer beware, if you find CBD SOAP, remember this chemistry lesson and hold onto your pocketbook.

Help Seed Oil

What about HEMP SEED OIL? Can soap be made with that? The answer is yes! This SEED Oil can be used as part of the fatty acid primary base of the soap recipe. Hemp Seed Oil is not CBD. Hemp seed oil is a wonderful oil. It is very rich in Omega 3 Fatty-Acids, Omega 6’s and Linoleic Acid, all of which are defense warriors for the skin. We are researching a supplier for premium Hemp Seed Oil as it would be therapeutic for severe sensitive skin issues.


We have attached the scientific abstract on Hemp Seed Oil here for your further reading. It will help you understand what Hemp Seed Oil actually IS. As always, our goal is to protect the consumer, facilitate an educational experience on REAL ingredients and bring you products you can trust.

Easy Hemp Soap Recipe. Soak in the Miracle Benefits!

Hats off to any crafter who has the tools and is willing to spend hours making complicated hemp soap recipes. But I was looking for a quick solution—and I found it.

To make a 5-minute hemp soap, use a melt and pour goat milk soap base and cold press hemp oil. Add fragrance and flower petals or ground oatmeal and pour into a simple mold. This makes 6 bars of hemp soap that will last 4 months. All ingredients and supplies cost less than $50.

Quick Hemp Seed Oil Soap Recipe for Luscious Skin

There are lots of ways to make a Melt and Pour Hemp Seed Oil Soap. But here is my favorite. This recipe makes 12 medium-sized bars.



  • Goat Milk Soap Base, 1.5 lbs
  • Oatmeal, 1 cup whole
  • Oatmeal, ¼ cup ground
  • Hemp Seed Oil, ¼ cup
  • Tea Tree Oil, 15-20 drops
  • Dark Green Soap Colorant, 15 drops

1. Cut Soap Base in 1-inch Cubes

Use your cutting board and knife to cut the soap base into 1-inch cubes. (Note that if you are using Our Earth’s Secrets Goat Milk Base , which I highly recommend, it comes with two 1lb. Blocks. You’ll need 1.5 blocks to make 12 bars.) Put cubed soap into microwave-safe glass dish.

2. Grind Oatmeal and Sprinkle in Molds

Grind 1/4 cup of the oatmeal. Then sprinkle just a little ground oatmeal onto the bottom of the soap molds.

3. Melt Soap Base in Microwave

Microwave on high for 1 minute and 30 seconds. Stir with spoon. If there are still chunks, continue microwaving 15 seconds at a time until fully melted. (You can melt soap on a double-broiler if you prefer.)

4. Stir in Remaining Ingredients

You’ll need to work quickly so the soap doesn’t harden. Add hemp oil, tea tree oil, soap colorant and whole oatmeal into melted soap in glass dish. Stir well to incorporate oil.

5. Fill Molds and Sprinkle Whole Oatmeal

Use a large spoon to fill each of 12 soap molds. Use the remaining ¼ cup whole oatmeal to sprinkle on the bottom of each soap (the side that is facing up) for extra exfoliation. This way your bar has one side that is gentle and the other that is more abrasive.

6. Let Cool

Now set aside the mold for at least one hour to harden. Then carefully pop out soaps and enjoy!

Make a Bath Lovers Gift Basket Featuring Hemp Soap!

In the mood for more DIY bath products? You can make a Bath Lovers Gift Basket featuring your Hemp Soap! Download the FREE Bath Lovers Gift Basket recipe book. You’ll get step-by-step directions for making Rosy Bubbles Bubble Bath, Festive Bath Salts, Peppermint Swirl Body Butter and Green Tea Sugar Scrub. Add your hemp soap front and center to make a gorgeous gift basket!

About Ingredients in the Easy Hemp Soap Recipe

You can make a hemp soap using another melt-and-pour base and leaving out the oatmeal and tea tree oil. Your skin will get some benefits, but it won’t be quite the same treatment. Here’s a little more information about this recipe:

Why Use a Goat Milk Base?

The goat milk soap base I use is called Our Earth’s Secrets. It’s made from all-natural ingredients, including real goat’s milk. The reason I use this base is that the goal of our DIY hemp soap recipe is to improve skin tone and decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Goat’s milk is high in lactic acids and incredibly humectant, which is why it’s increasingly used in beauty products. In case you’re wondering, the soap has a slightly sweet scent.

Why Do You Add Oatmeal?

Oatmeal is an exfoliator. It’s also incredibly soothing. If you ever have skin irritation from poison ivy, eczema, sunburn or rash, use this hemp soap with oatmeal for instant relief. And even if your skin feels fine, a gentle rub with the bar will loosen any dead cells and welcome the regeneration of new ones.

Renowned medical esthetician, product developer, and owner of Ann Webb Skin Clinic and the Ann Webb Skin Institute recently told me that her favorite DIY face mask also uses oatmeal, although that oatmeal is cooked. She said she loves oatmeal because it has a soothing and calming effect on the skin. (Don’t miss this expert advice from Ann about How to Hydrate Your Skin in the Tub .)

Do You Need to Use Tea Tree Oil?

Tea tree oil has excellent anti-inflammatory properties and tea tree oil can also soothe irritated skin. Every ingredient in my Hemp Soap works toward the common goal of skin repair. That said, if you don’t want to use tea tree oil, you can find a rundown of the benefits of other essential oils toward the end of this post. Most likely you’ll want to add some essential oil in your hemp soap recipe. Otherwise, the scent of the hemp seed oil will overwhelm your bar, and while not terrible, you can certainly do better.

Now that you know how to make hemp seed oil in 5 minutes, you can spend a bit more time finding out why it’s so awesome and why this is my go-to soap recipe for amazing skin.

Hemp Soap vs CBD Soap

At first, I was wondering if I should make CBD soap or Hemp soap, and what is the difference between hemp and CBD anyway. When I started to look into this, I realized it’s actually quite complicated.

There are a bunch of terms that I threw into the same “pot” in my mind, and I sort of thought the following were all the same thing:

After a bit of research , I realize that although related, each of these terms refers to something a bit different.

It’s important to understand the differences, when deciding if you want to make hemp soap or CBD soap. And to know what benefits you can expect from the soap that you make.

Let’s define each term:

Cannabis – A genus of flowering plants that includes Cannabis indica, Cannabis ruderalis and Cannabis sativa.

THC – An acronym for Tetrahydrocannabinol, this is t he psychoactive ingredient in cannabis plants. It is the main chemical that produces the effect of getting high.

CBD – A n acronym for cannabidiol, this is a chemical compound found in cannabis plants. It is not psycho-active.

CBD Oil/Hemp CBD Oil – Made from the flowers, stalks and stems of cannabis sativa plants. Does not contain THC. It is often combined with a carrier oil, which could be hemp oil. For this reason, you may see CBD oil called “hemp CBD oil.”

Hemp – Refers to varieties of cannabis that contain less than 0.3% of THC.

Hemp Oil – Can refer to either full-spectrum hemp oil, which does contain CBD, or just to hemp seed oil, which does not contain CBD. (This is the most confusing term, so be sure to check ingredients on anything labeled “hemp oil” so you know exactly what you’re getting.)

Hemp Seed Oil – Made from the seeds of hemp plants. The seeds do not contain THC and only trace amounts of CBD. They are rich in fatty acids and nutrients.

Marijuana – Refers to varieties of cannabis that contain between 0.3% THC and 30% THC.

Well, now that we all have a Ph.D. in Hemp vs CBD, let’s take a look at hemp seed oil soap benefits.

Hemp Seed Oil Soap Benefits

My hemp soap recipe uses hemp seed oil, so when I say “hemp soap,” I’m really talking about “hemp seed oil soap.”

That said, neither hemp soap nor CBD soap will get you high, because neither hemp seed oil nor CBD oil contains THC. If this bit of information has dashed your desire to make any soap at all, perhaps you should search up a brownie recipe instead.

But if you’re still interested in the benefits of soap that includes cannabis-derived oils, let’s drill down a bit more.

What’s So Great About Hemp Seed Oil Soap?

The main benefit of hemp soap is that it’s great for skin. Here is a look at some of the research:

Hemp Seed Oil Treats Skin Diseases

A 2014 study looked at various plants used to treat skin diseases. The authors wrote:

“Hemp seed oil is useful for treatment of eczema and host of other skin diseases like dermatitis, seborrhoeic dermatitis/cradle cap, varicose eczema, psoriasis, lichen planus and acne rosacea. By using hemp seed oil, the skin is strengthened and made better able to resist bacterial, viral and fungal infections.”

Hemp Seed Oil Increases Collagen and Decreases Wrinkles

Hemp seed oil is rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6 Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). Because of this, topical application may enhance the appearance of skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. One amazing study looked at the effects of hemp seed oil on old mice. Results clearly demonstrated increased collagen-production and anti-aging effects.

Hemp Seed Oil Might Reduce Brain Inflammation

There is also research showing promise for hemp seed oil in reducing brain inflammation and increasing heart health. But I wouldn’t aim to acquire these benefits through use of soap. Instead, you might want to explore oral hemp seed oil capsules.

Benefits of CBD Soap

CBD oil is also great for the skin and is also anti-inflammatory. When taken orally, it has an extraordinary range of benefits including reducing anxiety and decreasing muscle pain.

So Why Make Hemp Soap Instead of CBD Soap?

While both CBD and Hemp soap have excellent proven benefits, there is one main reason why I’m making hemp soap. I want to use 1 tsp of oil per bar of soap.

Although I do have an excellent bottle of hemp oil extract that I got from Charlotte’s Web for $100, it’s only 1 fluid ounce. Because I’m going to use the hemp topically rather than orally, I don’t want to spend that much money on the oil.

Instead, I found this 16.9 oz bottle of cold-pressed hemp seed oil on Amazon for an amazing price. I was a little skeptical because it’s so cheap, but after testing, I can report that it definitely works wonders on my skin:

The manufacturer, Alovitox says:

“We create our hemp oil using hulled hemp seed, which has an essential omega-3 to polyunsaturated omega 6 fatty acid ratio 1:4. It is cold pressed, unrefined without the addition of preservatives or chemicals.”

It’s the essential fatty acids in the hemp seed oil that give it such an extraordinary anti-inflammatory and hydrating benefits.

The Easy Hemp Soap Recipe Miracle

If you’re suffering from dry, winter skin or any skin irritation, try hemp soap. Or, if you just want your skin to glow and reduce the appearance of fine lines, you may even consider this particular hemp soap recipe something close to a miracle. After all, every ingredient is working together to nourish your skin.

The amazing thing is that the recipe takes less than 5 minutes to make, while the benefits last a long, long time.

And if you really want to activate the hemp miracle in your tub, you might also try hemp shampoo and conditioner.

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Shana Burg is a bath enthusiast, content strategist, and award-winning writer. She is the founder of

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