Handmade Daffodil Soap Recipe


I'm obsessed by Daffodils at the moment! They're growing in my garden, along the lane running up to the house, and seem to be popping up everywhere I look. For me, these cheerful golden flowers tare a sure sign that Spring is truly here. I must be obsessed with Daffodils because Spring is definitely my favourite time of the year.




Recently while researching natural colours that can be used in cold-process soapmaking I came across a reference to using Daffodils. Though the bulbs and sap of these lovely flowers are dangerous if ingested, compounds derived from the plant are sometimes found in beauty products including a body moisturiser from Nu Skin and a facial toner for dry skin made by Gatineau.


I've used several different natural ingredients to tint my soap yellow but I have to say that I'm really pleased by the buttery tone of this Daffodil soap recipe. It's a natural golden colour that suits a citrusy scent such as Citronella or May Chang essential oil but could equally be paired with a fragrance oil if you're not averse to using them. I'm sure there are also some gorgeous spring scented options that would perfectly suit this recipe including a 'Daffodil' scented one that I saw for sale online. You could even go the extra mile and pour your soap into daffodil inspired moulds!





Daffodil Soap Recipe
800g / 1.76lb batch
all measurements are based on weight, not volume

110g / 3.9oz NaOH (Sodium Hydroxide)
220g / 7.76oz Daffodil Infused Water - see method below
15 Daffodil flowers - yellow flower parts only

320g / 11.29oz Olive oil Pomace
200g / 7oz Coconut oil
200g / 7oz Sustainably Sourced Palm oil
80g / 2.8oz Shea Butter

15g / 0.5oz (4tsp) May Chang Essential oil
10 drops Grapefruit Seed Extract


NOTE: The instructions below are very basic and are meant to be used in accordance with the method I detail in my Natural Soapmaking series - see this link for how to make the soap at home.




To make the Daffodil Infusion: pour 300g of scalding water over fifteen daffodil heads (have a look at the second photo in this blog). Allow to seep until the water reaches room temperature and then puree the flowers and water until there are no large bits. Strain this mixture through a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer and measure out 220g of it to use in the recipe. After that's sorted, follow the basic soap making instructions I've put together at this link.

Temperature: I mixed the oils and lye-solution at 48°C / 118°F and then insulated the soap afterwards so that it 'gelled'. By insulating the soap after it's poured into the mould, the temperature will rise before it starts to cool and the colour of the soap will intensify.




14 comments:

  1. Oh that looks so beautiful. I love daffodils, but unfortunatley they dont grow here in the tropics....

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    1. I'm sure there are loads of other golden flowers that you could use though! I'm not familiar with your local varieties but maybe you might have some ideas?

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  2. Hola Tanya. Me gustó el método de coloración con las preciosas flores de narciso, pondré en practica. Gracias por compartir. Saludos!

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    1. I don't speak Spanish but think I understand what you're saying :) You're very welcome and I'm glad you like the tutorial Lola!

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  3. Oh Tanya, our daffodil season is over. :( I will remember this idea for next year. We have zillions of daffs! I have dyed sheep's wool with daffodils for a glorious yellow, but the soap idea is brilliant.

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    1. I have a good friend who dyes wool naturally so will have to mention this to her when I see her next! Hope you, your garden, and the goats are keeping well :)

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  4. Such a lovely colour Tanya...is this something we will be seeing in your shop??

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    1. Not this year Tanya but maybe in the future :)

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  5. The soap looks lovely. I was wondering the recipe calls for palm oil I have red palm oil, is it the same thing? I have yet to see any recipes specifically call for red palm, but my local health food store only has red. It's more a light orange color and thinking it would lighten up more if I used infused water like you call for. Just curious if you have advise or knowledge on this type of oil. I'm still pretty new to soap making and only making for self and my Mom atm. So even slightly off color isn't too much of a concern.

    ~Angie

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    1. Hi Angie :) Personally I've never heard of anyone using red palm in their soap recipes but it is possible to use it. I'd suggest using the SoapCalc function through the url below to calculate just how much you'll need to use. If you need help please get back in touch: http://www.soapcalc.net/calc/SoapCalcWP.asp

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  6. I just saw my kitchen and me making soaps, when I saw you using Nescafe jars eheheheh my favorite at home :)

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  7. Tanya @ Lovely Greens4 May 2014 08:57

    I use LOADS of Nescafe jars...haha :)

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