Homemade soap is an art form. One that is simple and easy to make. Learn how to make your own handmade natural soap for your family and friends or to sell for extra income.
Soap is something you use everyday to wash your hands, clean your laundry, your dishes and your body. You can save a ton of money by learning how to make your own soap. Plus you can add scents, essential oils and flowers to make your soap unique.
How To Make Natural Soap
Homemade soap, natural soap made by hand is made from water, lye, essential oils, as well as oils like olive oil and coconut oil. Colored clay and herbs or flower petals can be added as well. All of these ingredients are added together and the mixture is left to cure creating artisan soaps. Below you will find 21 easy homemade soap recipes you need to try.
DIY Natural Soap
Natural soap is made by cold press or cold process meaning the soap is mixed warm, poured into molds and cooled. Once cooled and set the soap forms to the mold creating a soap bar or a soap slab which bars are cut from.
Natural Soap Making
Making soap takes time and patience. Ever recipe is different and unique.
Melt And Pour Soap Base
Melt and pour soap is also a homemade soap option. You can still add essential oils, colors and flowers to melt and pour soaps. You just aren’t mixing the base chemicals together to make soap this is done for you with melt and pour.
Turning raw ingredients into beautiful homemade natural soap. Anyone can learn to make soap in their kitchen. Below you will find 21 beginner soap making recipes to try.
Soap Making Tools
When you are ready to make your first batch of soap you will need different pots and containers for your ingredients. A thermometer and a food scale are required. Gloves, towels and a clean work area is needed. Plus you will need soap molds.
Granted these are a lot of different tools but trust me soap making is fun, creative and worth it. Imagine the lavender hand soap or the new mint bar soap you’ll be using every morning.
Soap Making For Beginners
If you are brand new to making soap and watching a tutorial is what you need. Lovely Greens has an amazing step by step introduction to soap making for beginners.
In my opinion there is nothing better than a well crafted handmade bar of soap. A bar of peppermint soap in the shower or a crushed coffee bean exfoliating bar of soap for the tough mornings, lavender chamomile soap to help get the little one to sleep. The list can go on and on. Your options for homemade soaps are endless and plentiful.
How To Make Soap At Home
Soap making is not complicated it does require you to follow a recipe and to be creative. It also requires patience. Experiment, try a few recipes out or go with melt and pour but relax and enjoy the process.
Batch Making Soap
Your soap will need time to cure so it won’t be ready right away. This is why soap is generally made in batches with several bars made at one time. Soap is a great holiday gift idea.
Soap Making Supplies
Basic soap recipes require soap making supplies and ingredients.
Ingredients In Homemade Soap
Essential Oils Used In Homemade Soap
Essential oils give handmade soap it’s scent and it’s added healthy benefits. Like peppermint soap to help wake you up in the morning.
Lavender to calm a child at evening bath time. Or lemon to help cut through the kitchen grease. I love lemongrass scented soap or we have have had eucalyptus mint which smelled amazing.
Homemade Soap Recipes
If you are looking for a basic clean everything soap. Castile soap is a use for anything bar of soap.
Think Dr. Bonner’s castile soap. It has only a few ingredients but cleans well naturally. And can be used in the kitchen, the bathroom, the baby’s bath, the laundry room and in the mudroom.
The Soap Queen has a great homemade castile soap recipe you can make at home.
Natural Soap Recipes
Lovely Lemon Balm Soap – Garden Therapy
Manly Soap – Three Boys & A Dog
Apple Cider Soap – Simple Life Mom
Rosemary Citrus Goats Milk Soap – Living Well Mom
Himalayan Sea Salt Soap – Saffire Blue
Loofah Soap Bars – Dream Alittle Bigger
Energizing Cold Pressed Soap – Saffire Blue
Aloe Vera Facial Soap – Nerdy Farm Wife
Goats Milk Vanilla Chai Soap – Beauty Crafters
Peppermint Pine Man Soap – Healing Harvest Homestead
Lemongrass & Lavender Soap – Garden Therapy
Coconut Shea Butter Soap – Simply Stacie
How To Make Castile Soap – Homestead Survival
Citrus Summer Swirl Soap – Humblebee & Me
Calendula Citrus Soap – In My Soap Pot
Apple Cinnamon Soap – Beauty Crafters
Jasmine Dead Sea Salt – Mom Makes Joy
Homemade Rosehip Soap – Grow Forage Cook Ferment
Melt & Pour Coffee Soap – Imperfectly Happy
Shave Soap – Nerdy Farm Wife
Earl Grey Soap – Lovely Greens
Lavender Oatmeal Soap – Heather LeGuilloux
Easy Melt And Pour Soaps
The recipes above are from scratch soap recipes and require measuring and the use of a soap making chemical called lye. Melt and pour soaps are the best way to make homemade soaps without using lye. And it’s real easy to do.
You simply melt your soap base, add the essential oils and other additives you want like herbs or flowers, pour into the soap molds and let it cure. Melt and pour soaps are perfect beginner soap recipes.
Popular Melt & Pour Soap Bases
DIY Soap Bars
Making your own bars of soap gives you a creative outlet. You get to pick and choose the scents, the ingredients and the color.
Best Soap Making Kits
Does Making Your Own Soap Save Money?
Yes, when natural bars of soap cost $5.99 and up in the grocery store and you can make your own for less. You are saving money making your own soap from scratch even with melt and pour.
How To Make Natural Soaps At Home
Above we listed off some amazing beginner soap recipes. If you are looking for more soap recipes to try The Natural Soap Making Book is a great book for beginner soap makers.
How To Make Laundry Soap
Did you know you can make your own laundry soap and it will save you a ton of money? There are numerous DIY laundry soap recipes out there with this recipe being one of the most popular.
How To Make Foaming Soap
Making foam soap is real simple you need to add a small amount of any liquid soap to a foam soap dispenser bottle and fill remaining with water leaving room at the top for air and foam action. Screw the lid on and give the bottle a shake and you are good to go. Dollar for dollar you will save money and use less soap.
How To Make Soap To Sell
Once you have learned how to make homemade bars of soap you can begin selling them at your local farmers market, to friends or online to make an extra income. Soap making is a great business to make extra money.
People love homemade natural products. Discover what you love to make and sell it. Learn what others want to buy and make that. Find a happy balance and earn an income doing what you love.