Parsley in Cold Process Soap 1

Since Andee did that segment of kitchen spices in cold process soap, whenever I make something (anything for that matter), I wonder about using it in soap. Ack! She has corrupted me! Will I ever be able to cook in peace again? [Seriously, I keep wondering about sesame seeds, nori (sheets of seaweed), almond paste, yeast, mushrooms, wheat germ and even tapioca! What am I going to do? 😥 ]  Come with me to the kitchen so we can test parsley in cold process soap.

In testing parsley in cold process soap my hope is that the parsley will remain green instead of turning brown like the peppermint leaves do in cold process soap. Cross your fingers and let us see if this works! Normally, we don’t recommend using botanicals in as large of pieces as I did today. Most people don’t find like to find big leafy particles between their toes after they have had a bath. Sometimes though, those big leafy particles have a place compared to finely ground powders. Tina says “If you want a soap that looks like you cleaned out the lawn mower into your soap, go for it.” LOL. When I am making soaps for herbalists, gardeners or even the occasional cook, I like to play off of what they do and include it in their soaps.

Not all people like to have large botanicals in their soap. If I wanted to make a soap with parsley for someone who really does not like leafy particles I would probably grind it up really really fine and swirl it into the soap. Then there would be a lovely green swirl in the soap. How would you add a botanical and avoid Tina’s dreaded lawn mower effect?

Collect Needed Items:

Hydrogenated Soy
Coconut Oil
Olive Oil
Dried Parsley
Soap Bucket


Recipe in Ounces
6 ounces Hydrogenated Soy
5 ounces Coconut Oil
5 ounces Olive Oil
6 ounces Water
2.2 ounces Lye
1 tsp Dried Parsley
Recipe in Grams
170 grams Hydrogenated Soy
141 grams Coconut Oil
141 grams Olive Oil
170 grams Water
62 grams Lye
1 tsp Dried Parsley
Recipe in Percentages
25% Hydrogenated Soy
20% Coconut Oil
20% Olive Oil
25% Water
9% Lye
Q.S. Dried Parsley

Weigh all of the oils into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until liquid. Add the lye to the water to for a lye solution. Mix the oils and lye solution and blend until a light trace is achieved. Add the dried parsley and mix well. Pour into a mold and allow to sit for 24 hours. Cut the soap. Allow the soap to cure. Longer curing time will result in a harder bar. Enjoy!


Finished Soap

Lye Solution

Heated Oils

Mixing Lye Solution and Oil

Mixing Soap

Adding Parsley

Soap in Mold

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About Taylor

I'm a twenty something happy, animal loving, curious experimenter. I love reaching back into history and trying old recipes for cosmetics or foods. I'm constantly asking "Why?" My curiosity has me trying new things. I love taking walks with my dog as well as staying at home to cuddle with the dog and my cats. Some of my favorite scents include Hinoki Wood, Rose Garden, Jasmine and Gladiator.

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  • Ana Baird

    So, did the leaves turn brown? My favorite botanical for green stuff is dill. It doesn’t seem to turn brown, even after months, and it colors the soap a very faint green. Another plus is that it’s already small, and I don’t have to grind it to make it it smaller. The small leaves are consistently the same size for the whole batch, so I don’t have any accidental big chunks anywhere. Did this impart any fragrance to your soap?

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