You can learn a skill and create gifts while letting your creativity go wild. Soap-making is a great way to get practical skills. You can make soap at home with natural, aromatic ingredients that are healthier for the skin and the environment. We have 21 simple homemade soap recipes, including shampoo bars.
You will need to make soap from scratch. Instead of melting and pouring pre-made soap bases, you will need to use sodium hydroxide, which is a caustic salt. Saponification is a chemical reaction between oil ingredients and lye. This creates soap but leaves no trace of lye in the final product.
Popular Soapmaking Methods
You can make soap using four methods: melt and pour (cold process), hot process (hot process), and rebatching. The four most popular methods for soapmaking should be familiarized before you start making your first batch. Some are more difficult than others. Understanding how each work will help determine which tutorials to tackle.
The melting process does not make soap from scratch. Pre-made soap bases can be melted and molded without the need to use any lye.
Both the cold processing and high-temperature process can be used to make soap from scratch. While the cold process is more popular, the hot process produces soap with a more rustic look. Both methods require the use of lye.
Rebatching means making a new batch of homemade soap. It’s a way to save all the ingredients, but it’s labor and time-intensive and often results in less aesthetically-pleasing soap.
A Woodsy and Earthy Blend
This is a great recipe to make a handsome and heavenly-scented cold-process soap. You can also learn how to add other ingredients to this recipe. The base is made up of canola, sesame, castor, sesame, sesame, Shea, and kokum kinds of butter. Lime, vetiver, and cedarwood essential oils are added. This soap is darkly marbled and has distinctive masculine scents, just like the best men’s colognes. You can make a batch to gift to the men in your family.
A Fresh Citrus Soap
The melt-and-pour soap recipe can be made in a few minutes. However, with some customization, it can become an artisan item. With a melt-and-pour base, you don’t need to use messy chemicals such as lye. Dry citrus slices are important because they don’t have a fresh scent, but they can be quite refreshing. You need to add the heavy slices after the base has cooled slightly. Otherwise, the slices may fall to the bottom. This recipe calls for goat milk to melt, then pour the base. Next, add dried orange slices and citrus essential oil.
Skin Nourishing Shampoo
This double-butter luxury soap recipe combines two high-quality butter ingredients with a touch of creativity. This soap is rich in Shea butter and cocoa butter and has flecks of gold and brown mica (a soap colorant) to give it a golden, glittery texture. You should add the mica just before the soap begins to thicken to ensure that the colorant doesn’t sink to the bottom.
Fun Exfoliating Loofah Soap
You don’t have to be limited by a melt-and-pour soap base. This technique makes it easy to make loofah soaps. Make the base by melting it, adding extras, and cutting the loofahs to fit the mold. Next, pour the soap onto the loofah. Make rose soap by adding rose essential oil to the base.
Tea Time Soap
This homemade lemongrass and green tea soap will smell like you’re in a spa. You might be able to make this soap using ingredients you already have in your home. This soap is made from steeped green tea leaves. For a fresh, healing scent, add lemongrass oil and eucalyptus.
Relaxing Spa Day Soap
This lavender dream soap recipe is a great choice for relaxing spa days. This soap is great for stress relief. For a more complex blend, add lavender buds, orange, patchouli, and lavender essential oils. It can be difficult to use fresh flowers in soap. They tend to appear as little brown or black spots within soaps because they don’t keep their color well. It is best to gently shred them before you add the soap. This may require some experimentation.
A Little Poppy in Your Soap
This soap is reminiscent of a delicious loaf of lemon poppy seeds cake. Poppy seeds are great for exfoliating as they remove dead skin cells and moisturize the skin. This soap is colored with a mixture of essential oils such as orange and litsea cubeba. It’s not a colorant. Poppy seeds can be a bit heavy so let the soap cool before adding them in.
Delicious Candy-Style Soap
Use cinnamon cocoa fragrance oil, and cocoa powder to make soap that smells and looks like dessert. The vanilla color stabilizer is required for this melt-and-pour recipe. A vanilla color stabilizer is used to make soap brown or tan. However, in this instance, it enhances the cake-like appearance. This recipe requires patience and skill to make even layers.
Gummy Soap for Kids
Gummy is a favorite flavor of kids, so make your washing machine more enjoyable with jiggly soap. Unflavored gelatin is the key ingredient in this soap. To entice children to use the soap, add glitter or soap coloring. To make the soap less squishy, add an extra packet of gelatin. The soap should not squirt onto the floor from your child’s hands. Gummy soap is fast to dissolve and won’t last as long. Make sure you have a large batch.
Pure Honey of a Soap
This soap recipe only requires four ingredients: goat milk melt and pour base and raw honey. Soap colorant and fragrance are optional. Any soap made with honey has antibacterial properties, which can brighten dull skin. A honeycomb mold is the best choice for a milk-and-honey soap.
The Gift of Basic Bath Salts
Basic salts are a fun and easy gift. You will need a mixture of Epsom salts, sea salts, baking soda, essential oils, and coloring. All of it can be put into mason jars to gift or display at home. You can experiment with different soap colors and essential oil blends. The key is to match the scent and color. You can also experiment with layering different colored and scented bath salts in one jar to create a rainbow effect.