Dog soap for sensitive skin

Difficulty: Beginners
Time: 30 mins
Yields: 6 small soaps

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Skin pH is a tricky thing. And while certain ingredients used in soaps and shampoos might be great for our skin and hair, it doesn’t mean it’s also good for our canine friends and can cause itching, flakiness and be generally irritating to a dog.

Human skin has a pH level on the acidic side, around 5.5, which helps us combat germs and infection on our skin. Dogs, however, have a much more neutral skin pH, between 6.5 and 8, which is why it so important to use the right products for dogs as not to irritate their skin.

I always test a soap or any product that is designated for use on dogs. Since soaps have a tendency to be slightly more alkaline, a good trick is to add citric acid. One teaspoon of citric acid to 1000 g of soap can bring the pH down approximately by 0.5. So you don’t need much.

This recipe is formulated especially for sensitive skins, with colloidal oatmeal, castor oil and a special blend of essential oils, all which help restore, balance and soothe sensitive skins.

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ONE: Cut the soap into small cubes and add them to a heat proof Pyrex jug. Heat on high in the microwave in 20 second bursts, until the soap has melted. Try to avoid the soap from reaching boiling point!

I am using shea butter melt and pour soap base, because shea butter is great for dry and sensitive skins and helps balance and nourish the skin. Alternatively, you can also use the triple butter melt and pour soap base, which is more nourishing, or the SLS-free white melt and pour base, for very sensitive skins.

TWO: Add two teaspoons of colloidal oatmeal and a sprinkle of citric acid (just a teeny tiny amount) to 1 teaspoon of castor oil, and mix well, and then add the mixture to the soap. (In the picture I added the oatmeal directly to the soap, and as you can see it has formed clumps, which despite whisking furiously, I couldn’t make disappear). Oatmeal has been used throughout time to soothe dry, irritated and inflamed skin. In addition, it is also full of skin-loving vitamins and minerals, which help nourish the skin. I’m also adding castor oil, which is also known to help restore skin’s moisture balance and helps promote a healthy, shiny coat.

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THREE: Lastly add this special blend of essential oils, which soothes and calms sensitive skin, and helps fight off germs and infection and also acts as a flea-repellent:

  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 5 drops tea tree essential oil

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FOUR: Give everything a good stir to ensure everything is well dispersed throughout the soap and then pour it into your mold. I’m using little paw molds that I found on AliExpress. Leave the soaps to harden for a few hours before unmolding. Make sure you package these soaps into little cello bags or glad wrap, because these melt and pour soap bases attract humidity and little beads of moisture will form on the surface if not properly packaged.

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Dog soap for sensitive skin

  • Difficulty: beginners
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Ingredients

  • 240g shea butter melt and pour soap base
  • 2 teaspoon colloidal oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon castor oil
  • citric acid
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 5 drops tea tree essential oil

Directions

  1. Cut the soap into small cubes and place in a heat proof Pyrex jug.
  2. Heat the soap base in the microwave on high in 20 second bursts until melted.
  3. Add 2 teaspoon of colloidal oatmeal, and a sprinkle of citric acid to 1 teaspoon of castor oil, and add the mixture to the melted soap.
  4. Add the essential oils and give everything a good stir to mix thoroughly into the soap.
  5. Pour the soap into  your soap mold and leave to set and harden before unmolding.
  6. Package the soap into little cello bags or glad wrap.

Author: Jackie

Mum, blogger, soap maker, frequent flyer!

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