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.)

  • 32 ozs. Coconut Oil
  • 32 ozs  Olive Oil
  • 22 ozs Soybean Oil
  • 18 ozs Palm Oil
  • .8 ozs Coco Butter
  • .4 ozs Shea Butter
  • 4 ozs scent @ trace
  • 38 ozs Distilled Water
  • 15 ozs Lye

Scent: Chamomile, Lavender & Tea Tree essentail oils

Colorant:  None

Additive: Zinc Oxide & Red Oxide (Calamine Powder – sold at pvsoap) – approx. 1/4- cup

All ingredients can be purchased at

Directions for Cold Process Calamine Soap:

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

Weigh and melt all ingredients except for the scent, and additive. Incorporate the cooled lye water into the oils pot, stirring until mixed.  Immediately add the calamine powder (which you can purchase from us or make with 6 ozs zinc oxide powder and 1/4 tsp. red iron oxide)  to the batter until the color is calamine pink. It’s fine to add more calamine powder if needed.  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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