How to Make Turmeric Soap That Your Skin Will Love

By Marsha Harrison

how to make turmeric soap

It is easier to buy a ready-made product than to learn how to make turmeric soap. After all, DIY soaps are not necessarily cheaper since you need to buy supplies.

While store-bought cleansers are undeniably good, crafting your homemade soap gives you full control over the ingredients, colors, shapes, and fragrances. You are no longer stuck with whatever manufacturers offer.

If this sounds fun to you, then tag along; I will be showing you a couple of recipes that you can try!

Supplies for Melt-and-Pour Turmeric Soap

  • Soap base
  • Turmeric powder
  • Olive oil
  • Essential oils
  • Knife and chopping board
  • Microwave-safe glass measuring cup
  • Soap molds
  • Microwave
  • Whisk

Note: If you want to make turmeric soap without soap base, scroll down to check the tutorial on the cold press recipe.

Homemade Turmeric Soap Using the Melt-and-Pour Technique


1. Gather the ingredients

For beginners, you can follow Get Green Be Well’s organic turmeric soap recipe:

  • 2 cups of goat’s milk soap base
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • 15 drops Myrrh essential oil
  • 15 drops of Frankincense essential oil
  • 15 drops of Turmeric essential oil

If you consider yourself an advanced soapmaker, you can experiment with your preferred soap base and essential oils to create a unique recipe.

For example, if you want a turmeric shea butter soap recipe, use shea butter as your soap base for the melt-and-pour technique.

Suggested soap bases for this DIY turmeric soap include shea butter, goat’s milk, glycerin, or aloe vera.

2. Chop and melt the soap base

Using your knife, chop the soap base into smaller cubes. Place them in your glass measuring cups and pop them in the microwave.

To melt the soap properly, run your microwave in 30-second intervals. Be sure to stir the soap at each interval. Continue the process until the soap base melts completely.

Tip: Glass containers are better than plasticware as the plastic can leach out the fragrance oil that your soap contains, according to WikiHow.

3. While melting the soap, mix the ingredients

As you are melting your soap base, you can start combining turmeric powder and olive oil. Use your whisk to mix the ingredients. Next, add the essential oils and stir thoroughly.

Tip #1: Make sure to blend the turmeric soap ingredients while you are melting the soap base. Remember, the melted soap base thickens as it cools off!

If you prepare the mixture early, you can easily combine it with the melted soap base.

Tip #2: To make turmeric and honey soap, you can use the same melt-and/pour technique in Step 2.

However, the only difference is that you need to use glycerin, turmeric powder, and honey powder as suggested on this Wholesale Supplies Plus.

4. Pour the mixture into the mold and let it cool

With your mixture ready, pour it into your mold. Allow it to cool down and harden on a flat surface. According to Get Green Be Well’s tutorial, this will take about one to two hours.

If you notice that your soap hardens completely, you can start carefully removing each one from the mold.

After that, turn each bar upside down on a solid flat surface. This way, you can let the excess moisture dry.

You can use the soap now. If you want to learn how to package or store it, please check the FAQ section for complete information.

Basic Diy Turmeric Soap Using Cold Process Technique


1. Prepare all the supplies and ingredients

For a basic turmeric soap recipe, prepare the following ingredients:

  • 5 grams of shortening like soybean
  • 75 grams of olive oil
  • 5 grams of lye
  • 3 grams of distilled water
  • 2-3 tablespoons of turmeric powder
  • 1-2 tablespoons of peanut oil
  • 42 grams of orange essential oil

Tip #1: If you want to add another ingredient, check out this article on Soap Queen on adding fruit and vegetable purees to your cold process soap.

Adding purees is an advanced technique but it will let you produce interesting formulas.

This way, you can create your own turmeric, ginger, and honey soap recipe or the carrot, turmeric, and honey soap recipe.

That said, following your recipe means deviating from the proportions I shared above. Be sure to read this article on water discounting on Soap Queen.

Next, go to Bramble Berry’s website to calculate the lye. Here, you will just enter the amount of oil and desired superfat level.

The calculator will let you know how much lye and liquid are required for your DIY recipe.

2. Make sure you are protected

Another important reminder is that lye can harm your skin. Make sure that you are covered from head to toe.

Here is a checklist of what to wear when making soap from Lovely Greens’s blog:

  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Long pants
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Apron
  • Goggles
  • Rubber or latex gloves

If you have long hair, don’t forget to tie it up!

Proceed to Step 3 if you are already wearing protective clothing.

3. Blend, melt, and cool down the ingredients

In a mixing bowl, add the lye to the distilled water slowly. Stir the two ingredients gently until the lye dissolves and cools. Then, set it aside.

Using a separated container, mix the peanut oil and turmeric powder. Set the mixture aside.

Meanwhile, pour your olive oil and shortening into a microwave-safe bowl. Then, pop it in the microwave to melt it. Savvy Naturalista recommends taking 40-second intervals.

Let the lye water and oils cool down to between 120 to 130 degrees. Next, combine the lye water and oils using a stick blender until you achieve a thin trace.

Add the essential oil and turmeric mixture you set aside earlier into the solution and mix it with a stick blender. This should produce a medium trace.

4. Pour the mixture into the molds and let it harden

Eventually, the mixture will thicken with a pudding-like consistency.

At this point, you can start filling your mold with soap. You can use a spatula to get the mixture in the mold and flatten them just like Shundara Castion did in this Youtube tutorial.

Let the soap harden for one to three days. Then start taking the bars out from the mold and allow them to cure for four to six weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions


What are the benefits of using turmeric soap?

Studies show that soaps, face masks, lotions, and creams with turmeric provide plenty of benefits.

Medical News Today says the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties can help reduce signs of aging. Hence, many people apply products for dark spots and wrinkles.

Turmeric is also seen as an effective remedy for acne, psoriasis, and wounds.

Can I use turmeric soap for showering?

Yes, turmeric soap can be used on your face and body.

What is the best way to store turmeric soap?

If you follow the cold process method, be sure to let the soap cure in a cool, dry, and well-ventilated area of your house.

Ideally, you need baker racks made of coated metal to cure cold processed soaps. Through this method, the air passes through to speed up the whole curing time.

According to Soap Queen, most soapmakers wrap the bars of soap in packaging right before they are sold. This trick allows the soap to get as much air as possible, which is crucial in preventing the dreaded orange spots (DOS).

On the other hand, melt-and-pour soaps need to be wrapped immediately after being taken out of the mold. That’s because this type of method involves the use of a soap base that normally contains glycerin.

Glycerin is a magnet of moisture. It immediately attracts moisture the moment you remove them from the mold, forming what is called the “glycerin due”. To avoid this, use a plastic wrapper or shrink wrap as suggested on this blog on Make Your Soap.

Can turmeric influence the color of the soap?

Yes! If you are confident with your soap-making skills, you can play with the quantities to produce different shades of yellow or orange.

This blog on Country Hill Cottage shares how much turmeric powder to add to color 450 grams of soap base:

  • Pale shade: ⅛ teaspoon
  • Light shade: ¼ teaspoon
  • Light-medium shade: ½ teaspoon
  • Medium-dark shade: 1 teaspoon
  • Saturated shade: 1 ½ teaspoon

In any case, do not go beyond 2 teaspoons as it will cause the turmeric to settle at the bottom of your mold.


Scientific research has proven that turmeric can help us maintain healthy-looking skin and get rid of blemishes. Thankfully, this ingredient can be turned into a bar of soap easily.

Through the recipes I shared above, both beginners and advanced soap makers can learn how to make turmeric soap.

Whether you choose the melt-and-pour or the cold process, I guarantee you that you will end up with high-quality bars of soap if you follow the instructions carefully.

Last but not least, don’t forget to store the soap properly to prevent DOS and glycerin dew!

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