dandelion soap

Easy Small-Batch Dandelion Soap Recipe

Spring is my favorite time of year. As the weather gets warmer, I love seeing the cheerful yellow dandelions popping up everywhere – in fields, gardens, even lawns. Dandelions are one of my favorite spring plants. I think they’re so versatile! You can use the leaves, roots, and flowers for food, medicine, and even making dandelion soap for natural skincare.

A lot of people think dandelions are just pesky weeds, but I treasure them. As a soap maker, I love to use dandelions to make beautiful handmade cold process soap bars. I find it exciting to take a simple flower and transform it into a luxurious soap. Making dandelion soap is like an art – it combines science, creativity, and appreciating nature’s gifts.

In this guide, I’ll show you how to make your own dandelion soap, start to finish. We’ll go over picking the dandelion flowers and getting their skin-benefiting properties into your soap. I’ll share my personal dandelion soap recipe that has an amazing fresh scent. Every step is fun and lets you get creative.

Whether you’re an experienced soaper or just starting out, making dandelion soap is a fun project! It will make you fall in love with these sunny little flowers. And you’ll end up with a one-of-a-kind soap that lets you bring some spring into your daily routine. For me, it’s all about embracing the simple beauty of nature.

ways to use dandelion - hands holding dandelions
Making dandelion soap starts with this magical plant.

Benefits of Dandelion in Skin Care

One of the reasons I love using dandelions in my skincare products like soap is because this plant is truly a skin-nourishing powerhouse! The flowers, leaves, and roots are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are amazing for your skin.

For example, dandelions are loaded with vitamin A which helps stimulate cell turnover and rejuvenate dull, dry skin. The vitamin C in dandelions brightens skin tone and combats damaging free radicals that lead to premature aging. And the flower petals even contain gentle alpha-hydroxy acids that provide mild exfoliation.

But dandelions don’t just nourish your skin on the surface. They’re also anti-inflammatory, which can help calm conditions like eczema and psoriasis. The milky sap has pain-relieving properties that relax redness and swelling. And all those antioxidants help protect skin from environmental stressors.

In my dandelion soap, I use sustainably foraged dandelions that have been dried and infused into olive oil. This transfers all those good-for-you vitamins and compounds directly into the soap! With every use, you’re treating your skin to a gentle dose of dandelion benefits.

dandelion soap recipe

One of the highlights of crafting dandelion soap is the joyful task of foraging for these flowers right in my own backyard. I never have to venture far; dandelions are always eager to make an appearance somewhere in my patch of green. Gathering them here offers peace of mind, knowing they are free from chemicals. As I meander through my garden, plucking these bright yellow gems, I’m conscious to harvest just what I need, leaving plenty for the bees and butterflies that visit. 

Foraging for dandelions on my own land is a grounding experience, constantly reminding me of the abundant and free resources nature provides. Dandelions have taught me to value and utilize what is often overlooked or deemed undesirable. There’s a profound sense of fulfillment in transforming these so-called “nuisance” plants into a natural product that nurtures my skin.

dandelion oil


The olive oil used in my dandelion soap is an herbal infused oil made with dried dandelion blossoms.

Learn more about making dandelion infused oil in my dandelion oil post:  Easy Dandelion Oil for Skincare 


Adding dehydrated and powdered dandelion leaf to these dandelion soap bars at trace is a wonderful way to infuse your creations with the natural benefits of this versatile herb. 

To do this, start by dehydrating dandelion leaves until they are crisp, ensuring all moisture is removed to prevent any spoilage within your soap. Once dry, grind the leaves into a fine powder. 

As you reach the ‘trace’ stage in soap making—when the soap mixture thickens and leaves a visible trail when drizzled on itself—gently stir in the powdered dandelion leaf. This not only adds a gentle, exfoliating texture but also imparts the skin-loving properties of dandelion directly into the bars. The addition of dandelion leaf powder enriches the soap with vitamins and minerals, making each bar a nourishing treat for the skin.

dandelion soap


Making your own cold-process dandelion soap bars is not just a fun project, it’s a ritual that connects you to the ingredients and the process. Here, I’ll guide you through each step to create your own dandelion soap using the dandelion you’ve foraged and infused in olive oil.




  • 3.9 oz lye
  • 9 oz cold water 

Additions at Trace

  • 2 teaspoon dandelion leaf, powdered
  • 1/2 –1 oz. essential oil of preference. Here’s what I used:
      • .75 oz lemongrass
      • .5 oz sweet orange
      • .25oz peppermint

When it comes to adding essential oils to your soap recipe, the amount you use can vary based on personal preference and the strength of the essential oil’s scent. However, a general guideline for soap making is to use about 0.5 to 1 ounce of essential oil per pound of soap. 


1.) Safety First: The first thing I do when making a batch or cold process soap is assemble all needed equipment and ingredients. Then I put on gloves, goggles, and long sleeves for protection. 

equipment needed for making plantain soap

2.) Measure the Water: The first thing I do when making a new batch of soap is measure the cold water and pour it into a heatproof pitcher. I keep a set of glass measuring cups in various sizes for soap making.  When measuring, be sure to use a kitchen scale.  It is essential to be precise when measuring ingredients for soap.  

shampoo bars

3.) Lye Solution: Next, weigh the lye using a kitchen scale, then carefully add the lye to the water and mix until dissolved. I like to do this part outdoors, as this will initially make fumes.  Be sure to wear your goggles and gloves.  Lye is caustic and will burn if it comes in contact with skin. Allow the lye solution to cool for 30 to 40 minutes until it reaches a temperature of about 100 to 110°F (38 to 43°C). To speed this up, you can place the pitcher in the sink filled with ice water.

shampoo bars
shampoo bars - combining lye with water
4.) Oil Mixture: Next, weigh all the oils accurately. Melt the coconut oil and shea butter in a stainless pot on the stove, then add in the other oils, but not the essential oils – that will come later.  Warm the oil mixture to approximately 100 to 110°F (32 to 38°C).
melting solid oils in a stainless steel pot for making plantain soap

5.) Blending: Once both the lye solution and oils are at the right temperature (both mixtures around 110°), slowly pour the lye solution into the oils.  Mix them by alternating between hand stirring and using a stick (or immersion) blender until the mixture reaches ‘trace’ – when the mixture is thick enough to leave a mark on the surface.  For a batch this small, you can opt to hand mix using a whisk, although it will take a bit longer than using an immersion blender. 

shampoo bars - add the lye to the oils
shampoo bars

6.) Adding Extras: After the mixture has reached trace (kinda like thick pudding), it’s time to stir in your dried and powdered dandelion leaf and essential oils.  If you’re sensitive to essential oils or smells, you can certainly leave them out.  

adding powdered dandelion leaf to dandelion soap mixture
7.) Pouring and Curing: You’re almost finished! Now, simply pour the mixture into your mold. At this point, I like to take the back of a spoon or small rubber spatula and make a few swirly designs on top of my mixture, but this is not necessary.  Then cover (I use a piece of cardboard) and insulate the soap mold (with a blanket or towel) for 24 hours. After this, remove it from the mold and cut it into bars. The bars will need to cure for 4–6 weeks before use.
dandelion soap in silicon soap mold
Dandelion Soap in Soap Mold
plantain soap mold covered with cardboard and towel
Soap Curing - Insulated by a Towel
Remember, the key to great soap is precision and patience. Weigh your ingredients carefully, monitor your temperatures, and give your bars ample time to cure. The result is a wonderfully natural, nourishing shampoo bar that’s kind to your hair and the environment.
homemade soap in a big bowl

Dandelion Soap

Barbi Gardiner
Discover how to make luxurious dandelion soap with this easy recipe! Perfect for nourishing and softening skin with natural ingredients.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Curing Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 30 minutes
Servings 10 Bars


  • 9 oz coconut oil
  • 9 oz olive oil infused with dandelion herb infused Here’s how to infuse herbs in oils
  • 4 oz shea butter
  • 3 oz castor oil
  • 3 oz sweet almond oil


  • 3.9 oz lye
  • 9 oz cold water


  • 2 teaspoon dandelion leaf powdered
  • .75 oz lemongrass essential oil
  • .5 oz sweet orange essential oil
  • .25 oz peppermint essential oil


  • Preparation: Assemble all equipment and ingredients. Wear protective gear (gloves, goggles, long sleeves).
  • Measure Water: Measure cold water into a heatproof pitcher using a kitchen scale.
  • Lye Solution: Weigh and carefully mix lye into the water. Allow to cool to 100-110°F.
  • Oil Mixture: Weigh and melt the coconut oil and shea butter, then blend in the other oils (except essential oils) until the mixture reaches 100-110°F.
  • Blending: Combine the lye solution and oils when both are at the right temperature, mixing to reach 'trace'.
  • Adding Extras: Stir in powdered dandelion leaf and essential oils at trace.
  • Pouring and Curing: Pour into mold, optionally swirl the top, cover, and insulate for 24 hours. Unmold, cut into bars, and cure for 4-6 weeks.


When it comes to adding essential oils to your soap recipe, the amount you use can vary based on personal preference and the strength of the essential oil’s scent. However, a general guideline for soap making is to use about 0.5 to 1 ounce of essential oil per pound of soap.
Keyword cold process soap, dandelipn soap, herbal soap
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