This Natural Strawberry Banana Soap Recipe is made using the cold process soap making method. This is a delightfully naturally scented homemade soap that also has fantastic skin care benefits; it is especially helpful for acne issues.
Benefits of Strawberries and Bananas in Skin Care
This natural strawberry banana soap recipe is formulated to help keep acne under control without drying out your skin. Made with natural banana and strawberry powders, this cold process soap recipe offers the skin care benefits of both vitamin C rich fruits.
Strawberries and bananas are rich in antioxidants and polyphenols as well as the minerals and vitamins our bodies need. These natural nutrients benefit our bodies in a variety of ways. Not only does the vitamin C found in these fruits help to boost our immunity, but they also offer health benefits for our eyes, brain and heart. But they aren’t just beneficial for our physical health. Both strawberries and bananas can also be used in skin care products with equally marvelous results.
Strawberries contain the antioxidant ellagic which not only prevents the destruction of collagen, it can also help to lighten hyperpigmentation. While the acidic nature of their vitamin C content helps to naturally exfoliate skin, fight acne causing oil and free radicals.
Like strawberries, bananas also contain vitamin C. Additionally, however, bananas also contain lectin. Lectins are proteins that bind to cell membranes. When used in skin care products, lectin works to kill bacteria that can cause acne. While the potassium found in bananas hydrates dry skin.
Additional vitamins like vitamins A and B help to fight premature aging and free radicals as well as fade acne scars and dark spots.
What You Need for This Natural Strawberry Banana Soap Recipe
Because strawberries aren’t quite yet in season, I chose to use dried strawberry powder for my natural strawberry banana soap recipe. If you have a dehydrator you can make your own fruit powders. Otherwise, you can purchase both fruit powders online or from your local health food store.
If you tried my lavender bergamot salt bar recipe that I previously shared, then you’re already familiar with making cold process soap.
If you’ve never made cold process soapmaking soap before, then I recommend familiarizing yourself with the process first before getting started. You can find my own tutorial for making cold process soap here.
NATURAL STRAWBERRY BANANA SOAP RECIPE
4.8 fl.oz. distilled water
2.15 oz. sodium hydroxide (food grade lye)
As you are working with lye, you should begin by taking necessary safety precautions when making my natural strawberry banana soap recipe. This includes wearing gloves and eye protection as well as a ventilation mask. You will also need non-aluminum heat safe containers and utensils. Long sleeves are also recommended. You can find my own tutorial for making cold process soap here.
Start by measuring out the distilled water in fluid ounces. Then using a digital scale, weigh out the sodium hydroxide.
Slowly pour the sodium hydroxide into the water in a well ventilated area. Then mix the water and lye together until all of the lye has fully dissolved. Set aside.
Now weigh out the oils and sal butter and combine in a stainless steel pot. Heat over medium-low to medium heat until the sal butter has melted and the oils are warm.
Then remove the oils from heat and set them aside to cool.
While the oils and lye-water are cooling, using a Tablespoon measuring spoon to measure out the clay and fruit powders. Set aside.
Once both the lye-water and the soapmaking oils are around 90°F-95°F and within 10°F of one another, you are ready to make soap.
Empty the strawberry and banana fruit powders along with the pink kaolin clay into the soapmaking oils. Mix briefly with an immersion blender until the powders and clay are evenly distributed throughout the oils.
Now slowly pour the lye-water into the soapmaking oils. Mix with an immersion blender until you reach a light trace. Then, if desired, add the essential oil(s) of your choice.
Continue mixing until you reach a medium trace, then pour into a silicone soap mold.
Cover the top of the mold with plastic wrap or parchment paper overnight. You can unmold your soaps the next day.
Once unmolded, allow your natural strawberry banana soap bars to cure for at least four weeks prior to use.
While your soap is generally safe to use within a few days, the cure time allows the soap to harden further so it lasts longer when used. Additionally the cure time also improves the lather and PH of the soap.