Try this easy recipe of a homemade natural pink clay soap, a olive oil soap scented with rose geranium essential oil and colored with french pink clay, making a very gentle, conditioning and wonderfully scented soap.
Rose Geranium Essential Oil
Rose geranium essential oil is distilled from Pelargonium graveolens, grown for essential oil production mainly in Egypt, China, Morocco, Crimea, Ukraine, Georgia, India, and South Africa. It is a type of geranium plant with leaves that smell strongly like roses. This species of geranium is native to certain parts of Africa. The plant has velvety, plush leaves and flowers that bloom pale pink or almost white.
Pelargonium species (probably P. sideoides) have been used medicinally by the Hottentots and Zulus of South Africa for hundreds of years for dysentery, coughs, upper respiratory irritations, gastritis, tuberculosis, and other problems.
In 1897, an Englishman named Charles Stephens was treated for tuberculosis by a traditional healer in South Africa who gave him an herbal decoction of the local Geranium. Stevens is said to have been cured and he subsequently returned to England and sold the remedy as “Stevens’ Consumption Cure.”
Rose geranium oil is an active ingredient in some cosmetic products, like lotions and fragrances. A 2017 review of studies demonstrated that antioxidant properties in rose geranium oil may help reduce the signs of aging. It has also demonstrated anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antifungal, and antiviral properties.
Rose geranium essential oil will then contribute to this soap with its medicinal properties as well as its wonderful scent. A word of caution: although rose geranium essential oil is safe for most people, it is very potent and may cause reactions to very sensitive skin. Again, essential oils are not a base ingredient for soaps, so if you have doubts, you can use a smaller quantity than the one on the recipe, or you can skip it entirely.
French Pink Clay
French pink clay is the mildest of all the clays and works well for normal, sensitive and mature skin types. In this soap, it works as a natural colorant, helps with its mild cleansing properties, and works as a “scent fixer”.
With rose geranium essential oil and french pink clay, this olive oil soap recipe provides a very gentle cleansing, conditioning and wonderfully scented soap to enjoy at home.
Find Where to Buy Handmade Pink Clay Soap
If you’re not yet ready to try to make this recipe at home, but you still wish to enjoy natural soaps, you can find handmade soap at the following links:
- Rose Geranium and Pink Clay Soap
- French Pink Clay Soap
- Bella Rose Shampoo Bar
- Other Soaps – Apple Valley Natural Soaps ReviewApple Valley Rosemary Mint Shampoo Body BarApple Valley Rosemary Lavender Coconut BarApple Valley Rosemary Mint Shampoo Body Bar
- More about Vegetable Oils: Soap Making Oils Chart
- More about Essential Oils: Essential Oils for Soap Making
- More Soap Recipes: Cold Process Soap Recipes
- Recipes for Beginners: Homemade Soap Recipes For Beginners
Watch These Videos Before Starting Your Recipe
- 450 g extra virgin olive oil
Add After Trace
- Wear goggles and gloves! Look at “Safety Recommendations” in the video above or in How to Make Soap From Scratch
- Watch the video above about "Cold Process Soap Making tutorial" or read the post How To Make Soap by Cold Process Step-by-Step for instructions on cold process soap making before starting. These are generic but important steps for all recipes.
- Assemble everything: ingredients, equipment, safety equipment. Prepare your workstations. Measure all the ingredients. Don’t start the recipe without having everything ready!
Heat the Oils
- Heat the olive oil to approx. 45ºC
Make the Lye Water
- Make the lye solution according to How To Make Lye Water. Add the french pink clay and the sodium lactate to the solution and stir well. Mix it until the vapors start to dissipate. The solution will take a dark pink/brick red color.
Make the Soap Batter
- Strain the lye water to catch all clay and lye crystals.
- Use as a target temperature 38ºC for the oil-solution mixture. If necessary, you can reheat the oils, but not the lye solution.
- Reach trace with the immersion blender.
- Add after trace ingredients: the extract and essential oil (s). Stir with just a spoon.
Molding and Curing
- Pour the dough into the rectangular molds with a pitcher and sprinkle with alcohol or witch hazel.
- Let it set for 2 to 7 days, keeping an eye on the hardness of the soap.
- Unmold and let the bars cure for 4 to 6 weeks. See How To Cure Soap.