Banana Soap Recipe

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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 🙂

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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

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Using a double boiler (or similar set-up) melt the grated soap, palm oil, and water over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

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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.

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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.

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Fold in the prepared banana making sure it’s completely incorporated into the mixture.

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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.

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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

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