Easy Melt and Pour Dog Soap Recipes

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Is Daisy Dog a little less than fresh smelling? Is your four-legged canine buddy being bothered by fleas? Well, while not nearly as potent as modern chemical flea treatments (and many people think that's not such a bad thing!) a good blend of essential oils in an oil-fortified soap can be just the ticket to get Mr. or Ms. Pupster fresh and clean and repel the fleas.

The recipes below are all based on basic melt and pour soap making. (Though you can easily use the same essential oil blends in a ​cold process soap recipe as well.) Since you're not bathing your dog every day, a few bars of dog soap will probably last a while, so it's often not practical to make an entire batch of cold process soap.

The recipes feature a blend of essential oils, many of which are mosquito repelling as well. The main ones I use in my dog soap blends are:

  • Tea Tree - it is known for its mild antiseptic and antifungal qualities and for being good for the skin
  • Lavender - lavender is great in just about everything - it's known for being good for the skin and for repelling fleas and mosquitoes
  • Citronella - perhaps the most famous and widely-used mosquito repelling essential oil - works for fleas too
  • Peppermint - fleas don't like it...and it makes your dog minty fresh smelling!
  • Cedarwood - blends well with the other oils, helps anchor the scent blend (as a base note and repels fleas and mosquitoes
  • Eucalyptus - known as a germicide and for its flea/mosquito repelling qualities - plus just plain smells good

You can blend them however you like. Any of them in a blend will be good for Fido's soap. I usually try to balance out between top notes, middle notes, and base notes. You aren't limited by just these either. You could blend any other essential oils (patchouli, ylang-ylang, benzoin) you like in with them too. Be careful with citrus oils, though. They can cause your, or your dog's, skin to be more sensitive to the sun.

Now remember, none of these are going to repel fleas like a chemical pesticide - but they are a natural, safe, effective alternative - and actually do better than you might expect.

The following are some recipe blends that I've used, that I like a lot. (My dog Daisy is the freshest smelling pooch on the block!

Note: Essential oils are very dangerous/toxic to cats and rabbits. Do not use this soap on cats!

For each of the recipes below, you'll need:

  • Melt and Pour Soap Base - it can be clear or opaque - or even one of the specialty blends like olive oilshea butter, etc.
  • 2% (of the total recipe) Castor Oil - good for your dog's coat
  • 2% (of the total recipe) of a high vitamin E oil like Emu, Shea Butter, Avocado or Wheat Germ (you could likewise substitute in some pure vitamin E - about 1/4 tsp. per pound of soap base) - likewise very good for your dog's coat
  • And about 3% essential oil blend - use a little less if you're using mint in your blend - or a little more if you're using a lot of lavender. To figure out the 3%, multiply the number of ounces of soap you're making by .03. For example, if you're making 1lb. or 16 ounces of soap, you'd use .48 ounce of essential oil. (Yes, I'd round that up to .5 ounce.)

So, to make two pounds of soap, you'd use:

  • 2 pounds (32 ounces) of melt and pour soap base
  • .6 - .7 (.64) ounces of castor oil
  • .6 - .7 (.64) ounces of shea, avocado oil, etc.
  • 1 ounce of essential oil blend (.96 rounded up to 1)

Basic Instructions
Melt the soap base and add the oils.
Stir well to blend.
When well blended, add the essential oils and stir again. Pour into molds and you're ready.

(Tip:If you find that the oils (castor and shea etc.) are seeping out of the bars after they harden, reduce the amount you're adding. Your soap base may already have a little extra oil in it.)

Recipe #1 - Minty Fresh

  • Basic Soap recipe (above) - and for the essential oil blend:
  • 1 part peppermint essential oil
  • 1 part lavender essential oil
  • 1 part tea tree essential oil
  • 1 part cedarwood essential oil

Recipe #2 - Walk in the Woods

  • Basic Soap recipe (above) - and for the essential oil blend:
  • 1 part cedarwood essential oil
  • 1 part lavender essential oil
  • 1 part eucalyptus essential oil
  • 1 part tea tree oil

Recipe #3 - Sweet Pooch

  • Basic Soap recipe (above) - and for the essential oil blend:
  • 1 part citronella essential oil
  • 1 part tea tree essential oil
  • 1 part lavender essential oil

Recipe #4 - Outback Adventure

  • Basic Soap recipe (above) - and for the essential oil blend:
  • 2 parts eucalyptus essential oil
  • 1 part tea tree essential oil
  • 1 part cedarwood essential oil

Pretty easy huh. Let it sit for a few hours, and then put Daisy in the shower or hose her off in the driveway, and suds her up with your new dog soap.

Note: Essential oils are very dangerous/toxic to cats and rabbits. Do not use this soap on cats!