Calamine Soap (for itchy itchy skin) Recipe

Calamine soap is a pharmacy in your bath everyday!
Calamine is a mixture of zinc oxide (ZnO) with iron oxide (Fe2O3). It is the main ingredient in calamine lotion and is used as an anti-itching agent to treat mild skin conditions such as sunburn, eczema, rashes, poison ivy, chickenpox, and insect bites and stings.

Calamine Soap (for itchy itchy skin) Recipe

Ingredients: (Makes 8 lbs.)

  • 2 lbs. Coconut Oil
  • 2 lbs. Olive Oil
  • 1lb. 6 ozs Soybean Oil
  • 1lb. 2 ozs Palm Oil
  • .8 ozs Coco Butter
  • .4 ozs Shea Butter
  • 4 ozs scent @ trace
  • 38 ozs Water
  • 15 ozs Lye

Scent: Chamomile, Lavender & Tea Tree essentail oils
Colorant: Red Oxide – pre-dispersed in liquid glycerine or olive oil.
Additive: Zinc Oxide

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Directions for Cold Process Calamine Soap:

Follow basic CP instructions and work at temps between 100-125°. Weigh and mix the water and lye, let cool.

Weigh and melt all ingredients except for the scent, colorant and additive. Incorporate the cooled lye water into the oils pot stirring until mixed, immediately add the pre-dispersed red iron oxide (use enough to color an 8 lb. batch, usually 1/2 tblsp. or whatever it takes to achieve the pink color) to the batter until the color is calamine pink. Add anywhere from 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of zinc oxide to the batter. The soap should resemble the color of calamine lotion. Stir to incorporate and add the essential oil blend at trace. Pour into an 8 lb soap mold, insulate, cut and cure for 4 weeks prior to use.

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