Harvest Moon Soap Recipe

I suppose this soap could be an any time of year soap, but I loved the harvest moon tinge (not obvious in the photo) and the invigorating woodsy scent. The perfect bar to celebrate fall.

Harvest Moon Soap

Read 4 Steps to Making Homemade Soap for basic soap directions.

Soap Base

  • 32 oz. vegetable shortening
  • 24 oz. herb* infused olive oil
  • 16 oz. coconut oil
  • 14 oz. palm kernel oil
  • 12 oz. lye
  • 32 oz. distilled water

*I made an oil infusion of calendula, yarrow, echinacea, comfrey and plantain earlier in the summer for making salve. I had lots of oil left and used it in this recipe. It gives the soap its subtle green tinge. You can substitute regular olive oil.

Essential Oils & Technique

  • 2.5 oz. eucalyptus oil
  • 1 oz. cedarwood oil
  • .5 oz rosemary oil

At trace add essential oil and mix well. Pour into mold. Cool, cut and cure. 

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  • alrichard

    alrichard on Feb. 16, 2010, 2:59 p.m.

    I was curious as to what kind of coconut oil you use. There are so many different kinds with different temps.


    • renee

      renee on Feb. 16, 2010, 6:26 p.m.

      76 Degree melting point is all I can say. That's what it says on the label. I buy soap making grade, not the expensive food grade (though I suppose you could eat it but I don't).


  • Rick Castello

    Rick Castello on Dec. 7, 2011, 10:15 p.m.

    Thanks for sharing! I showed 14 people how to make soap with this recipe (slightly modified) last weekend, and they had a blast!

    I may have missed it... are these measurements in liquid ounces, by weight, or a mix?

    I learned later that some of them measured by weight for some ingredients, and some measured in liquid ounces, so I thought I'd better check. I'm curious how big a difference it would make (mostly for the coconut oil).



    • renee

      renee on Dec. 7, 2011, 10:32 p.m.

      I always measure by weight (ounces or grams) not fluid onces or millileters. I'm consistent in this and it seems to turn out ok. 


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