This recipe is a fun one. For me, it’s the first one that I’ve tried that incorporated fruit. After reading her book Natural Soapmaking, I gave this recipe by Marie Browning a try! I love banana fragrances and with the addition of coconut, I knew it would be a soap that I would enjoy.
It’s light, creamy, and perfect for summer as it smells kind of tropical.
Just try not to eat it
To make Banana Soap, you’ll need:
2 cups of grated soap. I used Stephenson Rebatch Base
1/4 cup Palm Oil
1/2 cup Water
1/2 of a large, ripe Banana
1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
1 teaspoon Citric Acid
10 drops of Creamy Coconut Fragrance Oil
A pinch of Matte Yellow Pigment Powder
Using a double boiler (or similar set-up) melt the grated soap, palm oil, and water over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
In between stirring the melting soap, prepare your banana. Mash together the banana, vitamin e, and citric acid. The vitamin e oil and the citric acid act as preservatives to keep the soap fresh since we’re blending in a ripe banana.
Once the melting soap base has reached the consistency of mashed potatoes, remove the bowl from the heat and blend in the fragrance oil and pigment powder. I only used a pinch for a soft, pale yellow color- but feel free to add more and make it darker. You could even leave it out completely and go for a natural look.
Fold in the prepared banana making sure it’s completely incorporated into the mixture.
Carefully scoop the banana soap into the molds you’ve decided to use and allow to harden for 24 hours before de-molding.
Don’t forget to let them set! Rebatch soap needs to rack dry for about 3 weeks before use. This allows any excess moisture to escape making the bar harder.
These soaps look good enough to eat! Especially since I used the silicone muffin mold- they look like little muffins! The banana adds beautiful specs of color throughout the soap and the smell is tropical and fantastic.
For my first try at a soap with fresh fruit, this recipe was great!
Banana Soap Recipe