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Pumpkin Pie Soap
Setup and ingredients for pumpkin pie soap

Setup and ingredients for pumpkin pie soap

David Fisher
Well...I must admit. I first published my recipe for pumpkin soap over 7 years ago. Since then, every year, I make at least two or three batches for my house and for friends.

But this year I decided to try something different.

The original recipe was just a regular swirled cold process soap using pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices. It is a rich, spicy, wonderful soap.

This year's variation still uses real pumpkin, but instead of a swirled soap, it's a layered soap with goat's milk for added richness and cornmeal for a bit of natural exfoliation.

To make this recipe, you'll need a basic soap recipe that won't come to trace too quickly. You've got a lot of mixing and separating to do with this project, so you don't want it to thicken up too quickly! For this recipe I used:

  • Coconut oil - 14 oz. (30%)
  • Olive oil - 14 oz. (30%)
  • Lard - 11.7 oz. (25%)
  • Almond oil - 7 oz. (15%)
  • Lye - 6.6 oz. (5% lye discount)
  • water - 14.5 oz. (more than I'd normally use, but more water helps slow trace down)
  • 2 Tbsp. of corn meal
  • 1/4 tsp. of brown oxide or brown mica (I used Bramble Berry's Cappuccino mica)
  • Powdered goat's milk - 1.5 oz.
  • Canned or pureed fresh pumpkin - 3 oz.
  • Fragrance or essential oil - approx. 2 oz. (see note below)
I used the Bramble Berry 12-bar silicone mold - you could use any individual or slab mold that you can layer the soap in.

Note on fragrance oil.
Now your first thought would be to use a fragrance oil with "pumpkin" or "spice" in it. There are quite a few "pumpkin pie" and "pumpkin spice" fragrances that are wonderful. The challenge is that they usually contain vanilla and will discolor your soap brown. I wanted this soap to stay fairly orange - with just a bit of a beige shift from the goat's milk - so I used a warm, floral fragrance oil that felt appropriate to the fall holidays, but that I knew wouldn't shift brown.

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