CBD is becoming more popular in DIY bath and body products. Learn more about what it is and how to add it to products here. CBD soap is soap that's been infused with CBD oils or extracts. It is commonly used by people with dry, red, irritated, or scaly skin. In this post you will discover how to make CBD soap at home.
CBD in DIY Bath Products
By now, you’ve likely heard of CBD. Just a few years ago it was relatively unknown, but now it’s in everything from bath bombs to gummy bears. CBD is especially big here in the Pacific Northwest – you can find it at most grocery stores. Customers have been asking for the best way to use it in DIY bath and body, so we created 2 projects with CBD oil. Learn more below.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (also known as CBD) is a molecule found in cannabis and hemp plants. It’s commonly sold as an oil, tincture, in capsules, or as a spray. ONDA Wellness provides full-spectrum, whole-plant hemp CBD. They use biodynamic farming practices with minimal processing to deliver a vibrant green oil that’s great for all uses. Their hemp plants are infused with coconut and MCT oil, and their products can be consumed orally or used in skincare.
“The great thing about our CBD oils is that you can use it just about anywhere!” said Erin Willis, ONDA Wellness’ cannabis educator and content writer.
CBD doesn’t cause the same psychoactive effects as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), another molecule in the cannabis plant.
“CBD products will not get you high,” said Christina with Purple Leaf Bath Bombs. She’s been making CBD-infused products for a little more than a year. “Hemp CBD contains zero THC. When looking for CBD products to buy, be sure the label says that the CBD is from the hemp plant.”
Learn more about CBD in this Harvard Health article.
Why people use it
CBD is thought to have a variety of health benefits. It’s commonly used for anxiety, insomnia, inflammation, and chronic pain. Christina wants more people to try CBD and reduce the use of pharmaceutical drugs. She feels the hemp plant has amazing benefits and she’s trying to spread the word to her customers.
If you want to try CBD, Erin said there are a few factors to consider. Check to see if the plant is from the US, as regulations and quality systems are stabilizing here. ONDA uses a patented lipid-infusion method that doesn’t strip any part of the hemp.
“It’s important to find companies that are transparent with their infusion or extraction methods,” Erin said. “We personally like to steer clear of butane, CO2, or methane extractions.”
She also recommends researching the brand, specifically for third-party lab testing. That way you know the CBD is free from heavy metal or pesticides. ONDA has farmers test the hemp within 30 days of harvest to ensure it’s within the legal range allowed. That report is sent to the Department of Agriculture. Then, they test the biomass twice in their warehouse. Finally, the oil is tested one more time to ensure the proper dosage.
Selling CBD products
If you plan to sell CBD products, the FDA is still reviewing its regulatory authority. CBD is not approved by the FDA for the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of any disease. They have approved a few CBD products, but they’ve also issued warning letters to companies claiming that it treats Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia.
Depending on where you live and the claims you’re making, it may not be legal to sell products made with CBD. This questions and answers page has more information.
Projects made with CBD
In DIY bath and body products, CBD oil can add soothing and moisturizing properties. It’s thought to be great for those with sensitive or extra dry skin. We partnered with ONDA Wellness for these projects.
“Like any high quality/high nutrient natural consumable product, less disruption and stripping of the plant’s ingredients is better for the body to consume,” Erin said.
We used the ONDA CBD in this bath bomb project. It’s a simple and natural recipe you’ll love. The CBD oil helps bind the bath bombs so they hold their shape, and it also moisturizes the skin as you soak. They’re scented with relaxing lavender 40/42 essential oil.
We also made this skin-loving CBD Body Balm Stick. It has ONDA CBD oil, mango butter, beeswax, and lavender 40/42 essential oil. It’s solid at room temperature and melts on contact with the skin. The salve is moisturizing and great for dry patches like elbows and hands.
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CBD Soap Recipe: You DIY Guide to Soothing Suds
Can CBD infused soap wash off the stress of the day? Countless people are downright bubbly over CBD soap benefits. While using CBD soap may seem like an unconventional option, the truth is that many people already use topical CBD products in the forms of creams, ointments, balms, and gels. It’s a natural bridge to soap once you discover how amazing CBD can be for your skin. Take a look at why CBD suds are suddenly taking over the worlds of beauty and personal care.
What Is a CDB Soap?
CBD soap is soap that’s been infused with CBD oils or extracts. While it often looks like “average” soap, CBD soap offers many of the same wellness benefits as CBD that you consume. It also tends to be free of the artificial ingredients that might cause regular soap to irritate your skin. CBD soap is prized for being soothing. It may also help you to address some skin issues that aren’t being helped by your usual soap.
What Are Benefits of CBD Soap?
CBD soap is commonly used by people with dry, red, irritated, or scaly skin. According to a 2020 clinical analysis looking at the therapeutic potential of cannabidiol (CBD) for skin health and disorders, there’s evidence to suggest that CBD’s impact on the endocannabinoid system (ECS) may play an important role in making CBD soap beneficial. According to this research, the ECS plays a critical role in maintaining skin homeostasis and barrier function. What’s more, deregulation of the ECS system may be linked to a variety of skin disorders that can include acne, atopic dermatitis, hair loss, hair growth, and hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation. Topical application of CBD has also been shown to be an effective treatment for inflammatory skin diseases and cutaneous scars in other studies. Next, discover how to make CBD soap at home.
CBD Soap Recipe
Cinnamon in Paradise CBD Soap
Using this recipe, you will get twelve 4-oz bars of soap (3 lb). This CBD oil soap recipe is called Cinnamon in Paradise. The inspiration is a cinnamon farm hidden among the tropical forests and coconut groves of Sri Lanka. The mix of cinnamon essential oil with coconut oil recreates the organic smell that flows over the landscapes of many of southern Asia’s islands.
- Hemp soap mold
- Stick blender
- Large stainless-steel pot
- Rubber or metal spatula
- 10 oz coconut oil
- 5 oz your favorite unflavored CBD oil
- 5 oz cocoa butter
- 5 oz shea butter
- 9 oz castor oil
- 12 oz filtered water
- 4.5 oz lye
- 2 oz cinnamon essential oil
- Start by getting your mold ready. The instructions that come with your mold may tell you to line it with baking paper. Next, add your coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, castor oil, and CBD oil into your large stainless-steel pot. Heat all of the oils together on low until you can see that they are melted. Stir the oils to ensure that they are perfectly blended.
- Make sure you have your goggles, mask, and gloves on for this next step. You’re going to pour your lye into your water. Your job is to stir the lye into the water until it is perfectly dissolved. Do this without breathing in any of the fumes from the lye. Allow your water-lye mixture to cool down to reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
- When both your water-lye mixture and oil mixture have reached between 95 degrees Fahrenheit and 100 degrees Fahrenheit, go ahead and pour your lye-water mixture into the oil pot. Blend the two mixtures together using your stick blender. Finally, add in your cinnamon essential oil before blending just a little more.
- You’re now ready to pour your soap mixture into your mold. You can use a spatula to help scrape every last ounce into your mold. The spatula is also useful for leveling the top of each square to ensure that your soap bars are smooth. The last step is to then cover your mold before setting it aside for 24 hours. Each bar should cure for up to six weeks. This is the time required for the lye in the soap to become totally dried.
CBD Soap Recipe Suggestions
It’s really up to you to customize the potency of your CBD dosage in every batch of CBD soap you make. Generally, 75 milligrams of CBD per bar is considered a good standard to follow. Just make sure you’re dividing the amount of CBD you’re using by the number of mold openings to get an accurate assessment of CBD dosage per bar.
Full-spectrum CBD is often recommended for making soap because it contains the widest range of cannabinoids, terpenes, and essentials. However, you might want to avoid using full-spectrum CBD oil if you’re making CBD hand soap because you could end up ingesting trace amounts of THC. This is usually only a concern if you are avoiding THC due to drug testing.
You also have plenty of leeway for improvising your recipe. If you want to use different “fat sources” to hold your soap together, an easy option is to reduce the amount of castor oil by half to use avocado oil for the rest. You can also add in any type of essential oil that you want. It’s perfectly fine to layer several different essential oils. For instance, you might want to consider lavender if you’re looking for a soap you can use for relaxation before bed. If you’d like to “wake up” your sinuses, consider peppermint essential oil. You can also add natural exfoliating agents to your CBD soap. Ground rosehips, eucalyptus leaves, and patchouli all work beautifully in hemp soap molds. In addition, ornamental touches like sunflower petals, orange peels, and rosemary can all give your soap a boutique look!
Once you learn how to make CBD infused soap, you can have lots of fun whipping up different combinations of scents and textures. Of course, a good CBD soap recipe all starts with high-quality CBD oil. Don’t be surprised if you never want to go back to normal soap after washing off the world with CBD-powered suds!