August 24, 2022 4 min read


Hemp oil is said to have powerful anti-inflammatory properties and may help with skin conditions, including acne. Hemp oil soap is one option to benefit from hemp oil, and this article shares 3 simple recipes for making hemp oil soap at home.

Hemp oil (hemp seed oil) is prepared from the seeds of the hemp plants. It makes a great culinary tool, and many cooking oils feature hemp oil in their ingredient list. It is nutty enough to better your favorite dishes. Still, hemp oils have other uses, mostly industrial, other than the culinary roles. For instance, hemp oil soaps are good for hygiene and make a great alternative if you want a soap with fewer chemicals. Besides, you can make hemp oil soap at home and control the ingredients in the final product. Herein shared are three simple recipes you want to try at home to make hemp oil soap.

What is Hemp Oil Soap?

According to Pless & Leson (2001), it is like any other soap, only that it features hemp oil as a key ingredient. What is hemp oil, and is it the same as CBD oil? It comes from hemp plants, specifically in the seeds of the plant. CBD oil also comes from hemp plants but is extracted from numerous parts of the plants, including leaves, flowers, and stems. CBD oil has a lot of CBD, but hemp oil has barely any CND since it is extracted from the seeds and not from hemp plant parts with CBD. Hemp oil soap features hemp seed oil as one of its key ingredients, hence the name.

Why Hemp Oil Soap?

Understand a product well before spending money on it. Hemp oil seems to have many benefits, some health-related. For instance, Leizer et al. (2000) reported that hemp seed oil has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, suggesting good for inflammation. Elsewhere, Orlando et al. (2021) established that hemp oil might lower one's risks of skin problems, hence why many people use hemp oil soaps to manage acne and other skin problems. Still, it is unclear why the skin-related benefits attributed to hemp soap oil come from hemp oil or its other ingredients. With these benefits in mind, you may want to prepare hemp oil soap using the recipes below.


It would help if you had the following when trying hemp oil soap recipes;

  • A clean working surface
  • Googles
  • Gloves
  • Pots
  • Tablespoons
  • Cups

Learn more about cbd soap recipes to try at home

Ingredients #1

Dissuade (1869) outlined theoretical and practical methods of preparing hemp seed oil. You can opt for this simple ingredient if you want to prepare hemp oil soap without any additives but with fragrance. You need the following ingredients;

  • ½ cup of lye (potassium hydroxide) or caustic soda (sodium hydroxide)
  • 4 cups of hemp oil
  • 1 cup of distilled water
  • 2- 3 tablespoons of fragrance oil


Ingredients #2

This is yet another recipe for preparing hemp oil soap, featuring a few more ingredients to enhance the soap. It takes the following ingredients;

  • 6 cups of coconut oil
  • 8 cups of palm oil
  • 4 cups of hemp oil
  • 4 cups of olive oil
  • 1 cup of a mixture of essential oils
  • 7 cups of distilled water
  • 3 cups of lye (potassium hydroxide) or caustic soda (sodium hydroxide)
  • Decoration additives, e.g., leaves, glitter, petals, or seeds

Ingredients # 3

This ingredient list results in a more enhanced hemp oil soap. The final product is green in color and features a sweet smell that you will definitely like. It takes the following ingredients;

  • 8 tablespoons of cocoa butter
  • 4 tablespoons of castor oil
  • 2 cups of coconut oil
  • 2 cups of hemp oil
  • 2 cups of olive oil
  • 2 cups of palm oil
  • 8 tablespoons of hemp butter added in trace amounts to super fat
  • 8 tablespoons of shea butter
  • 12 tablespoons of patchouli essential oil
  • 4 cups of water
  • 5 cups of lye (potassium hydroxide) or caustic soda (sodium hydroxide)
  • 5 cups of palm kernel


The three-ingredient lists are not compulsory requirements for hemp oil soap. Rather, you choose one ingredient list to work with at a time. With either list, follow the procedure below to make hemp oil soap;

  • Measure the oils and water by weight and place them in the pot.
  • Put the dry oils in a container to melt.
  • Add them to the other oils with the hard oils fully melted, leaving out the fragrance and essential oils.
  • Blend the mixture and liquefy it at 100 degrees Celsius.
  • Switch off the heat and pour the mixture into the lye-water pot, stirring consistently.
  • The reaction produces viscose and cloudy particles, indicating that saponification has started.
  • At this point, blend it in short bursts, approximately 5 seconds each, while stirring and scraping the sides between the bursts.
  • When the mixture is about to cool, add fragrance and essential oils and decorations like petals, seeds, and glitters.
  • Pour the mixture into molds to set again, and let it rest in the mold for at least 3 days.
  • Remove the fully formed hemp oil soap from the mold and let it cure for 3- 4 weeks, after which it should be ready for use.

Learn more about how to use hemp soap


Preparing hemp oil soap at home is easy and not as complicated as one may think. This article shares three-ingredient lists you want to explore in making hemp oil soap at home. The procedure remains the same, even as the ingredient lists keep changing. You can play around with other essential oils, fragrances, and decorations to further enhance the soap.


Dussauce, H. (1869). A General Treatise on the Manufacture of Soap, Theoretical and

Practical... HC Baird.

Leizer, C., Ribnicky, D., Poulev, A., Dushenkov, S., & Raskin, I. (2000). The Composition Of Hemp Seed Oil And Its Potential As An Important Source Of Nutrition. Journal Of Nutraceuticals, Functional & Medical Foods, 2(4), 35-53.

Orlando, G., Adorisio, S., Delfino, D., Chiavaroli, A., Brunetti, L., Recinella, L., ... & Ferrante, C. (2021). Comparative Investigation Of Composition, Antifungal, And Anti-Inflammatory Effects Of The Essential Oil From Three Industrial Hemp Varieties From Italian Cultivation. Antibiotics, 10(3), 334.

Pless, P., & Leson, G. (2001). Assessing the impact of THC uptake from hemp oil cosmetics on workplace drug testing. Hemp Oil Cosmetics and Drug Testing. Lesson environmental consulting.