DIY Turmeric Brightening Soap Bars

Updated: Dec 16, 2018

With age, comes dark spots, hyper-pigmentation, dull skin, dry skin, and dead skin. These factors contribute to the overall look of our face and could add decades to our actual age. Most products on the market offer products with harsh chemicals and toxins to fix these problems, but many are turning towards natural solutions, especially turmeric powder.

Turmeric powder is known for it's anti-inflammatory properties that work to fight acne, reduce wrinkles, brighten blemishes, reduce the appearance of scars, and more.

Turmeric Soap Bars Recipe

Ingredients | Measurements

Add ins:

  • 100% Pure and Natural Jojoba Beads | Approx. 1/2 tablespoon

  • Organic Turmeric Powder | Approx. 1/2 teaspoon

  • Vegetable Glycerin | Approx. 2 teaspoons


  • Organic Shea Butter MELT & POUR | 8 oz (Makes about 2 Bars)

  • Kokum Butter | 0.5 oz

  • Mango Butter | 0.5 oz

  • Coconut Oil | 0.3 oz

  • Face and Body Oil | 0.3 oz


  • 5 to 10 drops essential oils (I used Lavender, Orange, and Lemon)

I added more turmeric in these cute mini soap bars to target specific areas that may need more attention.
Mini Soap Bars with a higher concentration of Turmeric powder

How to make Turmeric Soap Bars

First, cut your melt and pour soap base into cubes so that it will be easier to melt down. A melt and pour soap base is ideal for individuals who do not feel comfortable with working with lye. Lye is a corrosive chemical used to saponify oils. Soap is not soap without going through the saponification process. After the saponification process, all of the lye is completely gone so that you are left with a safe soap base. With melt & pours, the base is already made for you and you do not have to touch lye at all. It is the perfect solution. I was ecstatic when I first learned about melt & pours. You can get them with a butter base like shea butter, or with other bases like goats milk, glycerin, etc. I used an organic shea butter base for this soap.


Place the cubes in a heat resistant container and place in a water bath to melt down for about 20 to 30 minutes. You can also use a double boiler to achieve this. I do not use microwaves, but I have heard of people using the microwave to melt down their soap base.

Next, measure out and melt down the butters and oils, put them to the side for later.

Now, prepare your turmeric solution. I added a couple teaspoons of vegetable glycerin to 1/2 teaspoon of organic turmeric powder. This will keep the powder from clumping in your soap base mixture.

Next, stir in the butters and oils into your melted soap base mixture. Stir continuously until the mixture slightly cools. Now add the jojoba beads. Allowing the mixture to cool will help the turmeric solution and jojoba beads to remain suspending in the soap base. Adding the jojoba beads are optional but they will help to exfoliated and scrub away dry, dead skin.

Pour mixture into silicone mold and let it sit out for at least 30 minutes before placing the mold in the freezer for at least 3 hours. The turmeric gives the soap a beautiful pale yellow color but it does dry slightly darker. Note: The more turmeric you add, the darker and more concentrated your soap will be. To demonstrate, I added a higher concentration of turmeric to the mini soap bars.

All in all, I am still practicing but I think these came out pretty well. Leave a comment down below if you have any question or concerns. You can also watch the full video on my YouTube channel. Link below.

Post from Instagram of the DIY Turmeric Soap Bars

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