You know what happens when you accidentally buy twice the amount of yogurt you normally do? You make soap, of course. (Okay, I guess you could eat it, but bah!)
Inspired by a recent foray into lemon blueberry cake baking, this yogurt soap recipe features lemon zest and blueberry yogurt for a delightfully creamy soap. A little lemon zest, alkanet, and blueberry seeds thrown in add a little exfoliating action.
I don’t tend to make soaps with animal by-products, so here’s a rare treat for you – a non-vegan soap recipe right here on Modern Soapmaking. Don’t worry, it’s still palm-free. 😉
Lemon Peel + Blueberry Yogurt Soap Recipe
This formula is sized for the Brambleberry 10″ silicone mold, like most of my formulas here on Modern Soapmaking.
Yogurt Soap Recipe Used
- 12 ounces Coconut Oil
- 10 ounces Apricot Kernel Oil
- 6 ounces Olive Oil
- 7 ounces Shea Butter
- 2 ounces Castor Oil
- 5 ounces Sodium Hydroxide
- 6.3 ounces Distilled Water
- 4 ounces Yogurt
Essential Oil Blend Used
- 22 grams 5x Lemon Essential Oil
- 12 grams Rosemary Essential Oil
- 6 grams Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil
- 4 grams Peru Balsam Essential Oil
PREP WORK: Weigh out your soaping oils, including your essential oil blend. I like to add my essentials oils to my main soap pot so I can’t possibly forget them later! Make up your lye solution, too!
Cut a piece of cardboard to fit the length of your mold.
Measure 1 teaspoon of alkanet root powder. Premix it with a small portion (about a tablespoon) of your soaping oils for addition later.
Weigh 4 ounces of yogurt. I used Noosa Blueberry Yogurt which has whole blueberries in it, but only because I bought too much and didn’t want it to go bad. 😉
Add your yogurt to your soaping oils, and stick blend it in. Notice I discounted my water and am using the yogurt in place of that water. I often do this with water replacement additives. Water replacements don’t have to go in your lye solution! Just make sure your lye has enough liquid to dissolve in for your lye solution.
GET STARTED: Add your lye solution to your soaping oils and yogurt mixture. Stick blend until emulsified.
Once you have reached an emulsified state, split your batch in half in two measuring cups.
DESIGN IT: Add your lemon zest or lemon peel powder in one half of the batch, and add your alkanet in the other half. Make sure to mix thoroughly!
Place your cardboard divider in the mold so that the mold is split in half lengthwise. When I’m using one divider, I just hold it with my hand or cut it to wedge in my mold tightly.
Pour the alkanet soap on one side of the divider, and the lemon zest soap on the other side.
THE FINISH LINE: Remove the divider by pulling it straight up. Use a large dowel (or three un-sharpened pencils taped together!) to add a mantra swirl in the soap. This will swirl the top, and add a stripes in the solid portions.
Finish it up by texturing the top of the soap. Add a sprinkling of blueberry seeds. Put the yogurt soap to sleep (insulate lightly), and unmold in 12 to 24 hours.
If the soap is still too soft to unmold, wait another 24 hours. Slice it up, cure it out, & enjoy!
This lemon peel + blueberry yogurt soap recipe featured in this tutorial is a Modern Soapmaking original. It is palm-free formula (sorry, not a vegan formula this time!) It uses a 7% superfat and a 33% lye solution strength. Feel free to adjust as necessary!