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How to Make DIY Elderberry Soap Recipe

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This is the easiest DIY elderberry soap recipe I have ever seen. Such a yummy smell, too–and all sorts of good benefits!

If you’re looking for more easy homemade soap recipes to make as gifts or for yourself, check out this wonderful smelling cucumber melon soap I made not too long ago. It’s so good, I’m thinking I’ll make another batch soon!

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Necessary Essential Oils:

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While you may think you don’t need any more bars of soap, this simple recipe is one that you’ll want to add to your homemade soap rotation. And if you have these essential oils on hand, it’s a perfect way to use them to your benefit.

To make this soap, you’ll need:

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How to Make Handmade Soap

There are so many ways to make handmade soap, so many ingredients that you can include in your cold process soap, like goats milk, shea butter, sunflower oil or coconut oil.

Each change in any one ingredient adjusts the soap in such a way that it comes out unique and different, every time.

But, the basics of making soap are all the same. So, with a few tips in mind, I made this excellent soap-making resource: Four Ways to Make a Soap Base.

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Benefits of Elderberry

One of the benefits of elderberry is the antioxidants, substances that may protect cells from the cumulative effects of free radicals we’re exposed to every day.

These free radicals are molecules your body produces when your it breaks down the food you eat or you’re exposed to, like tobacco smoke or radiation. Free radicals, and the damage they cause to the cells, may play a role in cancer, heart disease, and other diseases, as well as other issues, like those described below:

Inflammation Reduction

One of the issues free radicals are said to cause is inflammation of things like joints, muscles and also general inflammation of your body, causing pain and discomfort. Because of the antioxidants in elderberry, it is suggested that elderberry can help reduce that inflammation and help reduce the pain and discomfort.

Lessen Stress

Again, the antioxidants in the elderberry is said to reduce the stresses on your body created by imbalance between antioxidants already present in your body and the free radicals that build up as your body processes “toxins”. In theory, reducing that stress on the body can thereby reduce the stress in your mind and even on your cardiovascular system.

Can Help Reduce Cold and Flu Symptoms

For many years, decades, for a long long time, some doctors have been prescribing the use of elderberry to help reduce cold and flu symptoms. The refreshing lemon in this soap will certainly help open-up the senses, but the antioxidants present in the elderberry is supposed to help reduce the free radicals your body is producing, causing the inflammation of a stuffy nose and sinuses.

Must Have Resources:

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Best Soap Recipes:

Once you make this DIY Elderberry Soap Recipe, you’re going to be so addicted to making soap for gifts and yourself, you’ll need a few more easy recipes. Good news for you, I gathered some of my favorite recipes right here for you!

More Essential Oils Recipes:

If you’re loving all the essential oil blends in this homemade elderberry soap recipe, be sure to check out these awesome essential oil recipes I have handy:

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DIY Elderberry Soap

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

This is the easiest DIY elderberry soap recipe I have ever seen. Such a yummy smell, too--and all sorts of good benefits!


  • 1/2 pound clear melt and pour soap, cut into cubes
  • 1 tablespoon shea butter
  • 1-2 drops of raspberry oil
  • 10-20 drops lemon essential oil
  • 10-20 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 1-2 drops vegan purple soap colorant
  • 2 tablespoon dried elderberries
  • Rectangle silicone mold
  • Spray bottle of rubbing alcohol
  • 1 plastic measuring cup



  1. Add clear soap to your measuring cup. Melt the soap in the microwave at 30 second bursts twice.
  2. Add shea butter and continue to melt in the microwave in 30 second bursts to until they are completely melted.
  3. Add essential oils, raspberry oil, and If desired, add soap colorant to measuring cup. Whisk together.
  4. If you want a darker color, add another drop or two of the color.
  5. Whisk in dried elderberries.
  6. Spray your soap mold with the rubbing alcohol. This prevents bubbles from forming. 
  7. Pour the soap mixture into the mold.
  8. Stir the mixture in the measuring cup each time you pour, or the berries will clump at the bottom.
  9. Spray top of mixture with rubbing alcohol to prevent bubbles.
  10. Dry for at least 4 hours or until hardened completely. To release, pop gently from mold.


Store in an airtight container or Ziploc bag until ready to use.

You can links to most of the necessary items throughout my article above.

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