Homemade odor control soap with Anise

Anise and star anise has been used in folk medicine and is known for their medical abilities. Anise seed and anise essential oil are especially effective against fungi, including yeasts and dermatophytes. But anise also has great potential as an odor stopper due to its astringent properties.

In this recipe, we use anise in two ways: Make an anise herbal tea with eighter star anise or anise seed of your choice, and add anise essential oil for scent after trace.

Due to its phenol-containing constituents, anise oil provides potent antioxidant protection that can help to protect the skin by neutralizing free radicals present in the environment. This protective property may stem from anise’s chelating abilities, which may inhibit the activity of certain degradative peptides.


Oils used in this recipe

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Recipe percentages, lye, and superfat

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  • 32% Olive Oil
  • 30% Shea Butter
  • 30% Coconut Oil 76 degree
  • 8% Castor Oil
  • 27.1% Lye Concentration
  • 38% Water percent of oil weight
  • 4% Superfat
  • 24.69 oz Total oil weight (700 grams)

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Soap Quality

Soap QualityRangeThis Recipe
Hardness29 – 5443
Cleansing12 – 2220
Conditioning44 – 6953
Bubbly14 – 4627
Creamy16 – 4830
Iodine41 – 7055
INS136 – 165153

Recipe for

Anise soap for odor control

Keyword: basic soap, beginner soap, body-soap, cleansing-soap, Conditioning soap, hand-soap, nourishing soap


  • 2 plastic, glass, or steel bowls
  • Wooden or plastic spoon
  • Stick blender
  • Thermometer
  • pH meter or test strips
  • Silicone molds
  • Microwave oven
  • Kitchen scale
  • Sieve
  • Safety gear


  • 7.9 OZ Olive Oil 224 grams, 0.494 pounds
  • 7.41 OZ Coconut Oil 210 grams, 0.463 pounds
  • 7.41 OZ Shea Butter 210 grams, 0.463 pounds
  • 1.98 OZ Castor Oil 56 grams, 0.123 pounds
  • 9.38 OZ Water 266 grams, 0.586 pounds
  • 3.48 OZ NaOH 99 grams, 0.218 pounds
  • 3 sp anise seeds (or three star anise)
  • 0.77 OZ Anise Essential Oil 22 grams, 0.048 pounds


  • Make a herbal extract the day before and leave the seeds in the water over the night
  • Mix this anise tea with NaOH to make your lye and use the cold process method.
  • Add anise essential oil after light trace and stick blend until trace
  • You can use anise seeds for decorating by sprinkling it on top, right after molding the batter

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