Calendula oil is made by infusing the petals of the calendula officinalis or Pot Marigold plant into a vegetable oil such as olive or almond.
You do not need a lot of this oil in your soap recipe for it to be beneficial. Add up to 10% of your total oils at the start of the soap making process.
To make your own oil, simply fill a jar half full of dried Calendula petals and top up with your favourite vegetable oil. Be sure the petals are completely covered with the oil. Cap the jar and store in a cool, dark location for about 1 month.
Once the month is up, strain the petals out of the oil and it's ready to use. If you plan to soap with this oil, be sure to enter the vegetable oil used in your recipe calculations. ie. if the oil used to make the calendula oil was olive oil, you must enter olive oil in the lye calculator.
This information is provided for reference use only and is not meant to substitute the advice of a licensed health care professional.