Handmade soaps are a wonderful way to add some color to your bathroom and infuse your home with some wonderful scents. They’re also perfect gifts that you can give to friends and family members at Christmas or during other times of the year. The best part is that they don’t cost much to make, so you can enjoy the feel and smell of luxury without it having a negative impact on your wallet. This guide on how to make homemade soap bars for beginners will give you some excellent ideas for soaps that you can make right in the comfort of your home!
Each of the soap tutorials includes:
- A list of all the ingredients you’ll need to make these handmade soaps.
- Step by step text instructions on how to make homemade soap bars for beginners.
- Photos that guide you through how to make homemade soap bars for beginners.
So, keep reading and make up some of these amazing handmade soaps.
How To Make Homemade Soap Bars For Beginners: Recipes
Coffee Soap Recipe Hot Process
A lot of articles on the internet speak of the beauty benefits caffeine can provide when applied directly on the skin through soaps, scrubs, lotions, and buffs. When browsing the research studies on them I saw some mixed results so I won’t gush about how coffee tightens the skin and removes cellulite because it may or may not work for you. Instead, I will say that by adding coffee grinds to your homemade soaps you add a great exfoliation ingredient and will smell delightful all day long. Since the recent ban on micro-beads in the cosmetic industry many companies have been trying to find new ingredients to provide a soft exfoliation that is better for the environment. What better than a natural substance that most of us already use on a daily basis?
This coffee soap recipe hot process tutorial will walk you through the simple process of making a homemade coffee soap bar for you to use or gift to your coffee loving friends.
Here is what you need:
- 10 oz of Clear glycerin melt and pour soap base
- 8 oz of a white melt and pour soap base (Shea butter is great for this since it adds moisture)
- 1/3 cup of your favorite ground coffee
- Cute silicone soap molds (baking molds will work as well)
- 2 Microwave safe glass bowls
- Small Spray bottle with Alcohol (optional- used only to get rid of bubbles when pouring soap)
Here is what you do:
- Weigh out each soap base to the designated weight so you don’t have any left over.
- Cut each melt and pour base into small squares and place in separate mixing bowls.
- Melt the clear glycerin melt and pour soap base for an initial 45 seconds then 30 second intervals after that until a liquid consistency is met. Pour the soap evenly in each mold and let set.
- Melt the white soap base in the same 45 second and 30 second intervals as the clear base.
- As quickly as you can mix in the ground coffee and pour into the molds on top of the clear soap.
- At this point, it may be best to place the molds in the refrigerator while they cool. If you can’t, no problem. Just let them set out for at least 45 minutes. After that, they may still be soft, if you take them out just let them sit outside of the molds.
- This recipe yields about six bars of soap so scrumptious that you will be tempted to eat them. I may not seem necessary to say this but please keep the soap out of your mouth; I know how tempting it may be!
- The bottoms of these bars have a built in exfoliator that may or may not tighten skin and provide a youthful look.
- As a little note, if at any point you see bubbles in your liquid base spray a little alcohol on it they will pop instantly.
Fruity Shea Butter Soap Recipe Melt and Pour
For years now I have been obsessed with cute bar soaps. I like to walk into the little “homemade” stores in old town and peruse through their various selections. Now don’t get me wrong, most of them are wonderful; but, the price I pay takes a toll out of my spending money. After the hundreds I spend on other people’s soap I thought ‘If they can do it, so can I’ and started playing around with melt and pour variations. For those new to soap melt and pour is just like it sounds, you melt it and pour it in the mold you want. It is fairly simple and can actually be used alone if you choose.
For this fruity she butter soap recipe melt and pour, I chose plain glycerin melt and pour soap base, Shea butter melt and pour soap base, and my favorite scent tangerine!
Here is what you need:
- 4 ½ – 5 oz Shea Butter Melt and Pour Soap Base (any white melt and pour base will work)
- 10 oz of Glycerin Soap Base
- 10 drops of Tangerine Fragrance Oil (optional; you can use essential oil as well or none at all)
- Zest of Tangerine
- Few Pinches of Red Oxide Pigment (or natural food coloring)
- Few Pinches of Yellow Oxide Pigment (or natural food coloring)
- Wax Paper
- 2 Microwave safe glass mixing bowls
- Fruit silicone mold
- Cupcake silicone mold
Here is what you do:
- Chop up your Shea Butter melt and pour soap base into small squares and place in a microwave-safe glass mixing bowl.
- Place the pieces in the microwave initially for 60 seconds and then in 30 second bursts after that until the base in liquid. Be careful not to cook the soap!
- Take it liquid soap out of the microwave and add fragrance oil (optional) and pigment until you have the desired color. This is the only step you will add fragrance to. It is ok if it smells a little stronger than you think it should. The rest of your soap will be fragrance-free.
- Quickly pour into fruit molds before the soap sets. This is very important, you don’t want to take too much time or you will have to reheat the soap and denature the fragrance.
- Peel your tangerine and create your zest. Sprinkle the zest in the bottom of each cupcake mold.
- Cut ~5 oz of the clear glycerin melt and pour soap base into small squares, place in separate mixing bowl, microwave for 45 seconds and 30 second bursts after that until liquid consistency is reached.
- Pour enough soap in each cupcake mold to cover the zest and mix, let set.
- Remove the fruit pieces from first molds and cut if need be. Once the zest mixture is set, place the fruit pieces in each cup the way you want them to look.
- Cut and melt the rest of the glycerin soap base in the same mixing bowl.Quickly pour into each of the cupcake molds to the desired level and allow to set for at least 20 minutes. This may take a little longer, don’t worry. Ideally, wait overnight before first use.
At the little store that I used to buy my soaps at I would have spent about five dollars for each of these little soaps. By making them myself I spend around one fifty on each: HUGE difference! I hope you enjoy these little gems as much as I do.
Herbal Lavender Melt and Pour Soap Base Recipe From Scratch
I don’t know about you but I absolutely love to make my own soaps especially for my bathrooms. I have a guest coming over all the time and don’t like to have soap messes for them to see so small hand soaps are my favorite. They are inexpensive and I don’t feel bad throwing them away after a week or so depending on the company. Another thing I adore is lavender. Lavender is my calming herb that is almost always present in my home.
I would like to share a very simple do it yourself melt and pour soap base recipe from scratch with you for a relaxing lavender bar soap. For the ingredients, try to use the most natural and safe products that you can find and remember if you optionally add essential oils to check your dilution chart. Even though they are natural, high doses are deemed unsafe.
Here is what you need:
- 8-10 oz of white melt and pour soap base (a Shea butter base mixes very well with lavender)
- 1 pinch of pink or purple mineral oxide pigment
- ~3 Tbsp dried herbal Lavender
- Microwave safe mixing bowl
- Mixing spoon
- Hand chopper or very sharp knife
- Soap trays or molds
- Clean and Sanitized work surface
Here is what you do:
- Chop the soap base into small square pieces and place in the microwave safe mixing bowl.
- Heat the base up in short burst of 30 seconds the first burst and 10-second bursts after that until all the base is melted. Be careful not to overheat or burn the base or you will have a rather large mess to clean up.
- Remove from microwave and stir in a pinch of pigment until a smooth color consistency is achieved. If the soap hardens, place it back in the microwave for a couple more bursts.
- Stir in the desired amount of dried lavender. When finished mixing, pour into soap molds and let harden about 20 minutes.
- Remove from trays/molds and enjoy, gift, or wrap with plastic wrap and save for later use.
These adorable little soaps are definitely easy and inexpensive and can also make an awesome activity for the family to do together. I hope you enjoyed learning how to make homemade soap bars for beginners.
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