Juniper Lemon Yogurt Soap with Tiger Stripe Design

This soap uses fresh yogurt as part of the water. Yogurt is full of skin-loving ingredients, including lactic acid, bacterial cultures and vitamins. This recipe using the milk-in-oil method of soaping (the yogurt is added to oils).

Photo by Busy Bee Creative – Product PhotographyJuniper Lemon Yogurt Soap with Tiger Stripe Design

Juniper Lemon Yogurt Soap Recipe

1 lb Palm-free Recipe (Fits in short silicone loaf mold from WSP. Perfect for test batches.)

Coconut Oil – 136 grams (30%)
Shea Butter – 45 grams (10%)
Avocado Oil – 45 grams (10%)
Olive Oil – 228 grams (50%)
Sodium Hydroxide – 64 grams
Water – 70 grams
Plain Yogurt – 60 grams
Hot Man on a Tin Roof Mica (Mad Oils) – 1/4 teaspoon
Maniacal Pea Mica (Mad Oils) – 1/4 teaspoon
Silverfin Blue Mica (Mad Oils) – 1/4 teaspoon
Juniper Essential Oil – 15 grams
Lemongrass Essential Oil – 15 grams

2 lb Palm-free Recipe (Fits high in 8″ silicone loaf mold or just under full in 10″ silicone loaf mold.)

Coconut Oil – 272 grams (30%)
Shea Butter – 90 grams (10%)
Avocado Oil – 90 grams (10%)
Olive Oil – 456 grams (50%)
Sodium Hydroxide – 128 grams
Water – 140 grams
Plain Yogurt – 120 grams
Hot Man on a Tin Roof Mica (Mad Oils) – 1/2 teaspoon
Maniacal Pea Mica (Mad Oils) – 1/2 teaspoon
Silverfin Blue Mica (Mad Oils) – 1/2 teaspoon
Juniper Essential Oil – 30 grams
Lemongrass Essential Oil – 30 grams

Safety Warning: This recipe is for soapmakers who have a basic knowledge of the soapmaking process and know the correct safety procedures to use when handling lye. If you are new to soapmaking, visit our beginner instructions. Be sure to wear safety goggles and gloves while soaping.

Step 1 – Create your lye solution. Weigh out the water and sodium hydroxide into separate containers.

Step 2 – In a well-ventilated area, sprinkle the sodium hydroxide into your water while stirring slowly. Stir until dissolved and set aside to cool.

lye solution in soap

Step 3 – Weigh out the coconut oil and Shea butter and melt, just until melted.


Step 4 – Weigh the liquid oils and add to the melted oils.


Step 5 – Add yogurt and essential oils to the oil mixture. Mix.


Step 6 – Pour the lye solution into oils and bring to light trace.

soap-with-yogurt yogurt-soap traced-soap

Step 7 – Divide the mixture evenly into four containers. Color each one with a different mica. One will remain uncolored. You can use white mica to lighten it up.

soap-mica mica-in-soap

Step 8 – Pour thin lines of soap up the center of the length of your mold. Rotate the colors until you fill the mold up.

layered-soap IMG_0822 green-striped-soap blue-striped-soap tiger-stripe-soap juniper-soap lemon-soapCheck out that design!

When you cut it, you’ll get this really cool tiger stripe design!

Photo by Busy Bee Creative - Product Photography

Photo by Busy Bee Creative – Product Photography

Let sit for 24 hours to saponify and harden. Remove after 24 hours in the mold. Let cure for 4 weeks.

Happy Soaping!

Amanda Gail

By |2017-02-01T15:32:36+00:00March 3rd, 2016|Cold Process Soap Recipes, Soapmaking Tutorials|7 Comments

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I am a soapmaker, author and blogger! I started blogging in 2008, sharing soap recipes, design tutorials and publishing articles on various topics of soapmaking.


  1. Meg April 4, 2017 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    Hi Amanda. This is beautiful 🙂 Do you have any hints about how to make sure your tiger stripes stay relatively flat, rather than bulging down into a U-shape, if you know what I mean? Is it the thickness of the trace, or do you bang the mould along the way to level things off or something? I’ve never tried tiger stripes before, but keen to give it a go! I want to achieve a watery-waves looking bar with layers of blues 🙂

  2. Shumaela January 28, 2017 at 5:23 am - Reply

    Hello Amanda, beautiful soap there, really love the recipe. I just have one question, does the fragrance last after the curing process without a base note eo?

  3. Shari June 25, 2016 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    When you pour out your colors, do they all go down the center on top of each other and spread out because of that?

  4. Keek March 5, 2016 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    Pretty soap! I’m curious as to how the fragrance turned out. It seems like a lot, especially for essential oil. That’s a total of 1 ounce/lb. Were you happy with the results at that ratio? I use about 3/4 oz/lb of fragrance oil and it’s plenty. I would think that essential oil would be much stronger,

    • Amanda Gail March 31, 2016 at 11:22 am - Reply

      Hello! I am happy with that amount. Using less is perfectly fine though.

  5. Janie March 3, 2016 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    I like the contemporary look of this design and love your color choices, Amanda. Beautiful!!! I also love that your soaps are palm free. I don’t have to change up the ingredients to be in line with my values.

  6. Barb March 3, 2016 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    Hi Amanda! Another wonderful soap. It turned out so pretty. I love the scents you choose. Thank you for giving us the recipe you use. You always give such useful information. I will try this, using your recipe and scents. Sounds so refreshing with Spring around the corner! Thank you so much!

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