Sunday Night Spotlight: Hemp Seed Oil
Every month we make dozens of batches of cold process soap with various fixed oils, colorants and fragrances. With such array of ingredients to choose from, some tend to get lost in the crowd. Tonight we’d like to showcase an oil that is perhaps the best kept secret in soapmaking — Hemp Seed Oil. This oil can be used in everything from cold process soap to lotions & cremes. It has fabulous skin-loving properties and creates an excellent lather, and it’s a great addition to any soapy creation. This is one oil that will set your products apart from the crowd!
Our Unrefined Hemp Seed Oil (front) is much darker than it’s refined (back) counterpart. Take this into account when formulating your CP recipes!
Bramble Berry carries two different kinds of Hemp Seed Oil: natural (or unrefined) and refined. Both oils work fabulously in cold process recipes. The main difference between the two is the color and the smell. The natural Hemp Seed Oil is more viscous and has a much darker color as well as a distinct, nutty smell. The refined Hemp Oil, on the other hand, is an excellent vehicle for providing essential fatty acids to your skin. Since it’s such a light colored oil, it’s also a good choice if you want to preserve your colors and avoid any unexpected discoloration.
In addition to creating ample suds, Hemp Oil contains high levels of unsaturated fats, which give it great moisturizing properties. We suggest using both types of Hemp Oil in cold process recipes at 20% or less. If you are adding it to a body butter or lotion, you can go as high as 50%. Hemp Oil has a shelf life of about 9 months (longer if frozen), so it’s best to use it soon after purchasing.
Check out the following tutorials to see how we’ve used Hemp Seed Oil:
As an added bonus, Refined Hemp Seed Oil is 20% off this month! What will you make with your Hemp Seed Oil?
Sunday Night Spotlight: Hemp Seed Oil Every month we make dozens of batches of cold process soap with various fixed oils, colorants and fragrances. With such array of ingredients to choose from,
Easy Hemp Soap Recipe. Soak in the Miracle Benefits!
Hats off to any crafter who has the tools and is willing to spend hours making complicated hemp soap recipes. But I was looking for a quick solution—and I found it.
To make a 5-minute hemp soap, use a melt and pour goat milk soap base and cold press hemp oil. Add fragrance and flower petals or ground oatmeal and pour into a simple mold. This makes 6 bars of hemp soap that will last 4 months. All ingredients and supplies cost less than $50.
Quick Hemp Seed Oil Soap Recipe for Luscious Skin
There are lots of ways to make a Melt and Pour Hemp Seed Oil Soap. But here is my favorite. This recipe makes 12 medium-sized bars.
- BPA-Free Silicone Soap Mold
- Microwave-Safe Pyrex Dish
- Measuring Cup
- Cutting Board
- Sharp Knife
- Large spoon
- Small spoon or Whisk
- Microwave or Double Boiler
- Goat Milk Soap Base, 1.5 lbs
- Oatmeal, 1 cup whole
- Oatmeal, ¼ cup ground
- Hemp Seed Oil, ¼ cup
- Tea Tree Oil, 15-20 drops
- Dark Green Soap Colorant, 15 drops
1. Cut Soap Base in 1-inch Cubes
Use your cutting board and knife to cut the soap base into 1-inch cubes. (Note that if you are using Our Earth’s Secrets Goat Milk Base , which I highly recommend, it comes with two 1lb. Blocks. You’ll need 1.5 blocks to make 12 bars.) Put cubed soap into microwave-safe glass dish.
2. Grind Oatmeal and Sprinkle in Molds
Grind 1/4 cup of the oatmeal. Then sprinkle just a little ground oatmeal onto the bottom of the soap molds.
3. Melt Soap Base in Microwave
Microwave on high for 1 minute and 30 seconds. Stir with spoon. If there are still chunks, continue microwaving 15 seconds at a time until fully melted. (You can melt soap on a double-broiler if you prefer.)
4. Stir in Remaining Ingredients
You’ll need to work quickly so the soap doesn’t harden. Add hemp oil, tea tree oil, soap colorant and whole oatmeal into melted soap in glass dish. Stir well to incorporate oil.
5. Fill Molds and Sprinkle Whole Oatmeal
Use a large spoon to fill each of 12 soap molds. Use the remaining ¼ cup whole oatmeal to sprinkle on the bottom of each soap (the side that is facing up) for extra exfoliation. This way your bar has one side that is gentle and the other that is more abrasive.
6. Let Cool
Now set aside the mold for at least one hour to harden. Then carefully pop out soaps and enjoy!
About Ingredients in the Easy Hemp Soap Recipe
You can make a hemp soap using another melt-and-pour base and leaving out the oatmeal and tea tree oil. Your skin will get some benefits, but it won’t be quite the same treatment. Here’s a little more information about this recipe:
Why Use a Goat Milk Base?
The goat milk soap base I use is called Our Earth’s Secrets. It’s made from all-natural ingredients, including real goat’s milk. The reason I use this base is that the goal of our DIY hemp soap recipe is to improve skin tone and decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Goat’s milk is high in lactic acids and incredibly humectant, which is why it’s increasingly used in beauty products. In case you’re wondering, the soap has a slightly sweet scent.
Why Do You Add Oatmeal?
Oatmeal is an exfoliator. It’s also incredibly soothing. If you ever have skin irritation from poison ivy, eczema, sunburn or rash, use this hemp soap with oatmeal for instant relief. And even if your skin feels fine, a gentle rub with the bar will loosen any dead cells and welcome the regeneration of new ones.
Renowned medical esthetician, product developer, and owner of Ann Webb Skin Clinic and the Ann Webb Skin Institute recently told me that her favorite DIY face mask also uses oatmeal, although that oatmeal is cooked. She said she loves oatmeal because it has a soothing and calming effect on the skin. (Don’t miss this expert advice from Ann about How to Hydrate Your Skin in the Tub .)
Do You Need to Use Tea Tree Oil?
Tea tree oil has excellent anti-inflammatory properties and tea tree oil can also soothe irritated skin. Every ingredient in my Hemp Soap works toward the common goal of skin repair. That said, if you don’t want to use tea tree oil, you can find a rundown of the benefits of other essential oils toward the end of this post. Most likely you’ll want to add some essential oil in your hemp soap recipe. Otherwise, the scent of the hemp seed oil will overwhelm your bar, and while not terrible, you can certainly do better.
Now that you know how to make hemp seed oil in 5 minutes, you can spend a bit more time finding out why it’s so awesome and why this is my go-to soap recipe for amazing skin.
Hemp Soap vs CBD Soap
At first, I was wondering if I should make CBD soap or Hemp soap, and what is the difference between hemp and CBD anyway. When I started to look into this, I realized it’s actually quite complicated.
There are a bunch of terms that I threw into the same “pot” in my mind, and I sort of thought the following were all the same thing:
- CBD Oil
- Hemp Oil
After a bit of research , I realize that although related, each of these terms refers to something a bit different.
It’s important to understand the differences, when deciding if you want to make hemp soap or CBD soap. And to know what benefits you can expect from the soap that you make.
Let’s define each term:
Cannabis – A genus of flowering plants that includes Cannabis indica, Cannabis ruderalis and Cannabis sativa.
THC – An acronym for Tetrahydrocannabinol, this is t he psychoactive ingredient in cannabis plants. It is the main chemical that produces the effect of getting high.
CBD – A n acronym for cannabidiol, this is a chemical compound found in cannabis plants. It is not psycho-active.
CBD Oil/Hemp CBD Oil – Made from the flowers, stalks and stems of cannabis sativa plants. Does not contain THC. It is often combined with a carrier oil, which could be hemp oil. For this reason, you may see CBD oil called “hemp CBD oil.”
Hemp – Refers to varieties of cannabis that contain less than 0.3% of THC.
Hemp Oil – Can refer to either full-spectrum hemp oil, which does contain CBD, or just to hemp seed oil, which does not contain CBD. (This is the most confusing term, so be sure to check ingredients on anything labeled “hemp oil” so you know exactly what you’re getting.)
Hemp Seed Oil – Made from the seeds of hemp plants. The seeds do not contain THC and only trace amounts of CBD. They are rich in fatty acids and nutrients.
Marijuana – Refers to varieties of cannabis that contain between 0.3% THC and 30% THC.
Well, now that we all have a Ph.D. in Hemp vs CBD, let’s take a look at hemp seed oil soap benefits.
Hemp Seed Oil Soap Benefits
My hemp soap recipe uses hemp seed oil, so when I say “hemp soap,” I’m really talking about “hemp seed oil soap.”
That said, neither hemp soap nor CBD soap will get you high, because neither hemp seed oil nor CBD oil contains THC. If this bit of information has dashed your desire to make any soap at all, perhaps you should search up a brownie recipe instead.
But if you’re still interested in the benefits of soap that includes cannabis-derived oils, let’s drill down a bit more.
What’s So Great About Hemp Seed Oil Soap?
The main benefit of hemp soap is that it’s great for skin. Here is a look at some of the research:
Hemp Seed Oil Treats Skin Diseases
A 2014 study looked at various plants used to treat skin diseases. The authors wrote:
“Hemp seed oil is useful for treatment of eczema and host of other skin diseases like dermatitis, seborrhoeic dermatitis/cradle cap, varicose eczema, psoriasis, lichen planus and acne rosacea. By using hemp seed oil, the skin is strengthened and made better able to resist bacterial, viral and fungal infections.”
Hemp Seed Oil Increases Collagen and Decreases Wrinkles
Hemp seed oil is rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6 Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). Because of this, topical application may enhance the appearance of skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. One amazing study looked at the effects of hemp seed oil on old mice. Results clearly demonstrated increased collagen-production and anti-aging effects.
Hemp Seed Oil Might Reduce Brain Inflammation
There is also research showing promise for hemp seed oil in reducing brain inflammation and increasing heart health. But I wouldn’t aim to acquire these benefits through use of soap. Instead, you might want to explore oral hemp seed oil capsules.
Benefits of CBD Soap
CBD oil is also great for the skin and is also anti-inflammatory. When taken orally, it has an extraordinary range of benefits including reducing anxiety and decreasing muscle pain.
So Why Make Hemp Soap Instead of CBD Soap?
While both CBD and Hemp soap have excellent proven benefits, there is one main reason why I’m making hemp soap. I want to use 1 tsp of oil per bar of soap.
Although I do have an excellent bottle of hemp oil extract that I got from Charlotte’s Web for $100, it’s only 1 fluid ounce. Because I’m going to use the hemp topically rather than orally, I don’t want to spend that much money on the oil.
Instead, I found this 16.9 oz bottle of cold-pressed hemp seed oil on Amazon for an amazing price. I was a little skeptical because it’s so cheap, but after testing, I can report that it definitely works wonders on my skin:
The manufacturer, Alovitox says:
“We create our hemp oil using hulled hemp seed, which has an essential omega-3 to polyunsaturated omega 6 fatty acid ratio 1:4. It is cold pressed, unrefined without the addition of preservatives or chemicals.”
It’s the essential fatty acids in the hemp seed oil that give it such an extraordinary anti-inflammatory and hydrating benefits.
The Easy Hemp Soap Recipe Miracle
If you’re suffering from dry, winter skin or any skin irritation, try hemp soap. Or, if you just want your skin to glow and reduce the appearance of fine lines, you may even consider this particular hemp soap recipe something close to a miracle. After all, every ingredient is working together to nourish your skin.
The amazing thing is that the recipe takes less than 5 minutes to make, while the benefits last a long, long time.
And if you really want to activate the hemp miracle in your tub, you might also try hemp shampoo and conditioner.
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Make this quick hemp soap in minutes. Your skin will drink in the benefits for days! Also, discover the difference between hemp soap and CBD soap.