11 Wonderful Benefits Of Rice Milk Soap For Your Skin

Pamper your skin with this nourishing formulation to get that soft, smooth glow!

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While you might be having rice every day as your staple food, chances are you may not have come across rice milk soap benefits as yet! Yes you got that right! Asian folklore stories have many mentions of rice and its derivatives in beauty-enhancing practices and rituals! Soaps formulated with rice milk as the main ingredient help cleanse and exfoliate your skin giving it a nice soft glow! Thanks to Korean and Japanese cosmetic industries, rice has become a common name in beauty products all over the world. Be it rice bran oil, rice extracts, rice starch, or nourishing rice milk, these ingredients help detox and nourish your skin with vitamins and skin-friendly ingredients (1), (2), (3). To know more about the rice milk soap benefits, continue reading!

protip_icon Know Your Ingredient: Rice Milk

What Is It?
A milky, white, non-dairy soap extracted from a mixture of ground boiled rice and distilled water.

What Are Its Benefits?
It helps even skin tone, moisturizes the skin, and manages sebum production.

Who Can Use It?
Anyone can use it for gentle cleansing, especially people with sensitive skin.

How Often?
You can wash your skin with this soap daily.


How To Prepare Rice Milk Soap

Rice milk for rice milk soap
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Before we move on to the recipe for this vegan soap, here is how you can prepare rice milk at home:

  1. Wash and soak a cup of organic white or brown rice for half an hour.
  2. Boil the rice until the grains soften.
  3. Blend the softened rice grains. Add a tablespoon of distilledi  A process in which a liquid is first heated and then condensed to remove impurities and sediments from it. water to get a runny consistency.
  4. Strain the liquid to get the rice milk.

It is better to prepare rice milk a day before preparing the soap. You may store the rice milk in the freezer. Now, let’s check out the easy and organic soap recipe.

protip_icon Quick Tip
Rice milk is also available commercially. However, the commercial products are usually made from brown rice and have additives such as sugar syrup and flavorings that may make them unsuitable for topical use.

DIY Rice Milk Soap Recipe

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You Will Need

  • 4 tablespoons of rice milk
  • 1 tablespoon of shea butter
  • 1 tablespoon of sweet almond oil
  • 2 drops of lavender essential oil (optional)
  • 2 drops of peppermint essential oil (optional)
  • A cup of clear, melt and pour soap base


  1. Melt the soap base (if you are using a bar) in the microwave. You may also follow the double boiler method.
  2. Add all the ingredients (except the essential oils) and mix gently.
  3. Once the mixture has cooled down a bit, add the essential oils and mix again.
  4. Pour the mixture into a mold. Let it cure in a cool and dry place for at least a day.
  5. Remove the soap from the mold and use it.

You may experiment with different essential and carrier oils when preparing this chemical-free and cruelty-free soap.

protip_icon Trivia
The most typical ingredients in melt and pour soap bases are lye (also called sodium hydroxide), glycerine (also called glyceroli  A colorless, odorless, and sweet-tasting liquid that is used in soaps to nourish and moisturize the skin. ), water, and oil. As the lye in the base has undergone the saponification (curing of lye to become safe for topical use) process, using a soap base instead of the ingredients individually can speed up the soap making process.

Using homemade rice milk soap has many benefits. Let’s find out in the next section.

Benefits Of Rice Milk Soap

Rice milk soap promotes skin health
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If you look through your skin care products, you will invariably find rice milk as one of the active ingredients in them. However, no scientific evidence supports their role in skin care products. Read on to know about rice milk soap benefits:

  1. Rice milk imparts a whitening, brightening, and revitalizing effect on the skin
  2. It leaves a gentle glow on your face and provides anti-aging benefits
  3. It helps to even your skin tone when used regularly
  4. It helps lighten scars and other dark spots on your face
  5. It makes for a good skin moisturizing and hydrating agent
  6. It seals your skin with good moisture and helps eliminate excess oil secretion
  7. When combined with honey, rice milk offers calming properties. It can leave your skin soft, smooth, and supple
  8. Mix rice milk with almond paste to make an effective body scrub. Alternatively, you can mix it with gram flour for gentle cleansing and exfoliating the skin
  9. Rice milk cures dark lips, if you use it regularly
  10. It provides a soothing effect from sunburns
  11. Mix rice milk with turmeric powder. You can use this antioxidant mix as a toner for radiant complexion

Julianna Henricus, a YouTuber, shared her experience of using a rice milk soap bar in her vlog. She emphasized that the soap is not meant to lighten the skin but rather to cleanse and refresh it. Also, she found the soap to be mild and not stripping, leaving her skin feeling fresh and clean. She said,” It is just a cleanser but it was really mild I was not expecting it from this soap, so if you have not tried it, I would highly recommend giving it a try and you will see the results for yourself(i).”

Additionally, rice soap may also have some perks for those with oily skin. Learn more about those advantages below.

Is Rice Soap Good For Oily Skin

Rice soap has garnered attention as a potentially effective solution for managing oily skin. Its components, rice bran oil and rice water, have been shown to provide skin care advantages that may benefit those with oily skin. Rice bran oil is known for its high antioxidant content, including tocopherols and oryzanol, that may help safeguard the skin against oxidative damage and maintain its overall health (4). Additionally, rice water contains compounds like inositol that may assist in regulating sebum production, a key factor in controlling excess oil on the skin (5). While these potential benefits are promising, it is important to note that skincare is a highly individualized matter. Therefore, it is advised to consult with a dermatologist to determine the most suitable regimen for addressing oily skin concerns.

Infographic: Important Benefits Of Using Rice Milk Soap On Your Skin

Rice milk soap made from natural ingredients benefits your skin in multiple ways. It has a skin-lightening effect. It also moisturizes the skin and leaves it feeling supple and soft. In addition, rice milk soap can be used as a gentle scrub. It also soothes skin from sunburns. This soap can effectively even the skin tone and manage dark spots if regularly included in the skin care regime. You can also prepare rice milk soap at home with simple ingredients. These soaps can be effective substitutes for regular soaps.

 important benefits of using rice milk soap on your skin (infographic)

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Rice milk soap benefits your skin in multiple ways. It has a skin-lightening effect. It also moisturizes the skin and leaves it feeling supple and soft. In addition, rice milk soap can be used as a gentle scrub. It also soothes skin from sunburns. This soap can effectively even the skin tone and manage dark spots if regularly included in the skin care regime. You can also prepare rice milk soap at home with simple ingredients. These soaps can be effective substitutes for regular soaps.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you use rice soap on your face?

You can massage the rice soap gently on your face for 2 to 3 minutes and wash it off properly.

Is rice milk soap good for acne?

There is currently no scientific evidence that suggests that rice milk soap has non-comedogenic properties or is suitable for acne-prone skin.

Is rice milk soap good for sensitive skin?

The anti-inflammatory properties of rice milk may help treat sensitive skin. However, there is limited research in this regard.

Key Takeaways

  • When used frequently, rice milk has a lightening effect on the skin that may balance out uneven skin tones.
  • It seals in moisture and reduces excess oil secretion.
  • Rice milk, when combined with honey, can leave your skin soft, smooth, and supple.
  • If you use rice milk on a regular basis, it can lighten dark lips.
rice milk soap benefits

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Watch this video to learn how to make all natural rice milk soap. It features an easy-to-follow tutorial that teaches you how to create a luxurious soap that is gentle on your skin and will leave it soft and supple.

Personal Experience: Source


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  1. Antioxidant activities and skin hydration effects of rice bran bioactive compounds entrapped in niosomes
  2. Black rice (Oryza sativa L.) extract modulates ultraviolet-induced expression of matrix metalloproteinases and procollagen in a skin cell model
  3. Effect of rice starch as a bath additive on the barrier function of healthy but SLS-damaged skin and skin of atopic patients
  4. Natural Melanogenesis Inhibitor, Antioxidant, and Collagen Biosynthesis Stimulator of Phytochemicals in Rice Bran and Husk Extracts from Purple Glutinous Rice (Oryza sativa L. cv. Pieisu 1 CMU) for Cosmetic Application
  5. The Effects of Inositol Extracted from Rice on the Skin
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Jovana Majstorović is a board-certified dermatologist with 10 years of experience. She is also the founder and owner of Derma Style in Belgrade, Serbia. She is also a fellow of the European Academy of Dermatology. She believes that the skin is the main mirror of an individual’s overall health. Her main postulate is that a doctor must educate patients about...read full bio

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