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Banana Soap

By: Maria Nerius, Resident Craft Expert

Kids and adults love bananas and will go bananas over this skin softening soap. This is a melt and pour or milled soap recipe from Maria Nerius.



  • 3 cups grated soap base
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup beeswax chips
  • ¼ cup pureed banana (must be fresh, ripe and no bruising)
  • ¼ teaspoon of citric acid (or 1 teaspoon lemon juice)
  • ½ teaspoon or 20 drops Vitamin E or Grapefruit Seed Extract
  • ½ cup dried milk
  • 10 drops banana FO
  • 10 drops coconut EO
  • Hand Grater/Food Processor
  • Measuring Cups
  • Double Boiler
  • Wood Spoon


  • 1/4 – 1/2 disk of yellow soap colorant
  • 1 tablespoon of grapeseed oil, California walnut oil or other carrier/base oil


  1. Grate soap and measure out 3 cups. Gather and pre-measure all other ingredients.
  2. Puree the banana and add citric acid.
  3. Prepare double boiler. Melt together the grated soap and water.
  4. Once soap has melted add the beeswax.
  5. When the beeswax has melted and been mixed well into the soap mixture you can add colorant if you desire. Place the colorant and 1 tablespoon of carrier/base oil in a small glass dish. Place in microwave on a low temperature and heat in 10-second intervals until colorant is dissolved in the carrier/base oil. Stir and add to the melted soap. Mix well by stirring.
  6. Remove soap from heat and add remaining ingredients and mix well.
  7. Allow soap to cool and thicken. Once cool to touch, remove a small handful and shape in to a ball.
  8. Let the soap balls dry for several hours. This time experiment with shapes. Flatten the soap ball in to a thick flat shape. Let soap dry for 24-48 hours.
  9. Let soap dry for 24-48 hours. Mix a few drops of coconut EO with 1-2 tablespoons of carrier/base oil like almond oil or coconut oil. Apply a small amount of this oil to your hands. Pick up one soap at a time and polish the soap with your hands. Repeat process for remaining soap. Allow the soap to air dry for 24-48 hours.

FO: Fragrance Oil designed for cosmetic use
EO: Essential Oil

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This is very intresting and easy project to do in a rainy days .However since I am lactose intolerance and honey allergiec I was wondering if there are some ways to replace the milk and bee wax? Will cooconut and palm oil work? Also, since I live IN Europe and there is no California walnut oil, could that be replaced with something else? Or that will end up making totally new recepie?

Hi homemaker, Substituting those ingredients might work! I would be a little worried that without the honey the soap might not stay together as well. It's certainly worth a try though. Let us know if it works out! We'd love to see a photo. - Kaylee, Editor of FaveCrafts

I love to add tea tree oil, too!

Can you use the tea tree oil without changing all the ingredients or will this ruin the bananas. I have not made soaps yet or tea tree yet but I do know that tea tree oil has a lot of great health benefits. Where do you buy your tea tree oil from? I never knew you could use fresh bananas to make soap. Did you? I will keep this on my list of soaps after I make a basic one first.

Awesome Idea for taking care of your body. :)

teaspoon or 20 drops Vitamin E or Grapefruit Seed Extract Is what keeps the bananas from going rancid

At what point to you add the banana mixture and other oils?

wow how interesting!

What keeps the bananas from going rancid?


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