Fun and Simple Soap Making Recipes: including
scrubs, lotions, lip balm recipes and more!
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are a few of our favorites for making everything from natural
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Breakfast for your Skin -
(Oatmeal & Brown Sugar Scrub)
Exfoliates and is very moisturizing but doesn't leave a greasy
feeling. Before you turn off your shower scoop a small handful of
scrub into your hand. Rub gently onto your skin. Rinse.
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup ground oatmeal (not instant)
1/4 cup pure honey
3/4 to 1 cup (or to total saturation)
Oil of choice - I use Jojoba, Grapeseed or Sweet Almond
1/4 tsp Essential or Fragrance oil of choice (optional) Vanilla
works nicely. Though this smells great on it's own.
Mix the brown sugar & oatmeal together in a large bowl. Now
add the honey. Drizzle the oil over the mix. Mix well. When all
your mix is saturated and sinks to the bottom of the bowl and you
have oil on top you're done. Add your essential oil or fragrance
oil. A six or eight ounce wide-mouthed jar works nicely. Sthingy
Brown Sugar and Lemon
A touch of lemon makes this scrub so refreshing! - Recipe
submitted by Josephine Santos.
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup salt
1 tablesthingy of kalamansi or lemon
1 tablesthingy of virgin coconut oil(vco)
1 tablesthingy of honey
Mix brown sugar and salt, then add kalamansi or lemon juice,
virgin coconut oil and honey, mix well.
Aunt Katie's Body
Honey 3/4 cup
Caster sugar 1 cup
Sea salt 1 cup
Jojoba oil 3ml
Fragrance oil 3ml (orange & ylang ylang are beautiful combined
with the honey)
Pour honey into medium sized bowl, then add sugar and stir to
combine. Add the salt in increments, to adjust the consistency to
your liking. (I prefer a consistency not unlike crytallized honey).
When all ingredients combine, add oils and stir well. This recipe
is particularly long keeping as the lack of water discourages
Honey Bee CP Soap
Olive Oil 32 oz.
Palm Oil 16 oz.
Tallow 24 oz.
Totals 72 oz.
5% Superfatted Lye Amount 9.477 oz.
Ounces of water recommended 23.760 oz.
At trace, add fragrance and 1 Tablesthingy of Honey. Do not
insulate your soap as the Honey may cause your soap to
Easy Shea Butter CP
Coconut Oil 16 oz.
Olive Oil 18 oz.
Palm Oil 16 oz.
Shea Butter 4 oz.
Tallow 16 oz.
Totals 70 oz.
5% Superfatted Lye Amount 9.815 oz.
Ounces of water recommended 23.100 oz.
Easy Lip Balm Recipe - using
1oz. Olive Oil
.3oz of Lanolin
.4oz of Shea Butter
.4oz of Beeswax
Flavor oil and Stevia for taste.
Melt beeswax gently over a double boiler (or in the microwave if
no double boiler is available). In a separate container, heat the
Lanolin oil and Shea Butter up until it is fully liquid. Add the
olive oil to the melted Lanolin oil and Shea Butter. Combine the
beeswax and all the oil, stir well. Add flavoring (if desired) and
pour into containers.
Skin Firming Gel - using
CroThix has a secondary use as a skin firming agent. (Its primary
use is as a thickening agent in liquid soaps, and shampoos.) Here
is an easy gel that you can make that is good for all skin types,
using jojoba makes a non-comedogenic cream that won't clog your
pores. (CroThix may be purchased at Bramble Berry Soap Making
This makes (4) four ounce containers of gel-crème.
Water 13 oz.
Glycerin .5 oz.
Emulsifying Wax or Ceteryl Alcohol 1 oz.
CroThix .7 oz.
Jojoba Oil .6 oz.
Germaben II or Phenonip .16 oz.
Fragrance or Essential Oil .16 - .50 oz.
Heat the Water and Glycerin to 170 degrees and set aside. Heat the
Emulsifying Wax until melted and add to the CroThix and Jojoba.
Stir. Add the water and glycerin to the Emulsifying Wax, CroThix
and Jojoba. Mix until the creme is 105 degrees (or less). Add your
fragrance and preservative and package in jars or an easily
squeezable package. Apply under make up for a more smooth
application or as a night creme.
View Anne-Marie's Victorian Hearts soap recipes as featured in
hearts and flowers soaps
Easy Lotion Bars
4 ounces mango or shea butter
4 ounces beesweax, yellow or white
5 ounces liquid oil (jojoba or grapeseed are both excellent)
2 teasthingys of essential oil or fragrance oil
This lotion bar does not use cocoa butter so you can use any
fragrance or essential oil that your heart desires and not have a
Melt the beeswax in a separate container and the butter/oil in
another container. Add together, mix well, stir in FO/EO and pour
into containers. Mixture will harden in approximately 1-2 hours.
The cooler the mixture is upon pouring it, the less 'divets' you'll
get in the bar (that sunken spot at the top of the bar).
Easy Clay Mask - made with
Rhassoul & Bentonite Clays
1 part bentonite clay
1 part rhassoul clay
optional: skin loving essential oil, such as Lavender, Lemongrass
or German Chamomile
Mix with water until the mask has a consistency that you like.
Apply to body or face and wait for clay to dry fully. Take off with
a warm water washcloth. If all over body, jump in the shower to get
off more quickly than a washcloth.
Butterfly Soaps by T.J.
One bar glycerin or lye-based soap (bar#1)
A second bar or scrap of glycerin or lye-based soap in a different
color than bar#1 - big enough to use a cookie cutter with. Depth
should be between 1/4 and 1/2 inch.
3 - 4 drops clear glycerin melt and pour soap
Small, metal butterfly cookie cutter
1. Decide which bar is to be the main bar (bar #1) and which is to
be used to cut out the butterfly.
2. Cut out a small soap butterfly using a metal cookie cutter.
3. Melt a small amount of clear glycerin melt-and-pour soap. Using
a plastic dropper, drop 3-4 drops of glycerin onto bar#1 and
carefully press the butterfly against the melted glycerin. Wait
approx. 10 minutes for it to cool.
4. Take out your soap paints and start playing. You can paint a
sun, little antennae on the
butterfly, spots, grass - anything you desire. In addition, you
don't have to limit yourself to just butterflies! Cut out stars,
moons, flowers, etc. using the same procedure outlined in steps 2
and 3 and then paint to your heart's content.
5. Let paint dry for 24 hours before wrapping.
Cookie Cutter Soaps by T.J.
scraps or bars of soap
small metal cookie cutters
small see-thru bags, netting, or tulle for wrapping
cookie cutter soap
1. Slice a bar of soap into thin (1/8 to 1/4 inch) layers.
2. Position small metal cookie cutters and punch out designs.
3. Carefully push soap out and arrange on a pretty dish in the
bathroom. You can take different colored soaps and make a pretty
bag of them tied with a ribbon on top.
(Note: May want to wear kitchen gloves while punching out soaps -
the metal cookie cutters are sharp.)
Chocolate Lipgloss Recipe by
Rachel and Jennifer
2 tsp. Petroleum Jelly
1/8 tsp. Honey
10 mini Hershey's Milk Chocolate Chips (any brand will do
1/8 tsp. Shortening (Crisco)
Carefully Mix all ingredients into a microwave safe container.
Make sure they are all clumped together. (Do not put lid on) Heat
at high power for 20 seconds, stir, then repeat until fully melted.
Then pour into a small bottle, and freeze for 15 min, or until
solid. Then you can apply it on your lips!
Sheer Lipstick Recipe by
2 oz. beeswax
2 oz. jojoba oil
0.2 oz. aloe butter
2 tsp. zinc oxide
2 tiny scoopers of lip-safe mica.
lip balm flavoring
Hint: This is a very waxy recipe and might do better in a tube
than the pots as shown.
sheer lipstick recipe
Sheer Lipstick Recipe by Anne-Marie Faiola-McAuley
2 oz. beeswax
2 oz. Grapeseed Oil
1/4 oz. Wheatgerm Oil
2 tsp. Zinc Oxide (by volume - optional - may substitute titanium
4 tsp. lip safe mica (by volume)
The zinc Oxide will provide a opaque, matte effect to your
lipstick. If you use just mica, you will have a more sheer lip
Melt the beeswax in a double boiler. Once fully melted, add the
Grapeseed and Wheatgerm oil. Pour your colorant into the double
boiler and stir well. Let this mixture sit until mixture begins to
thicken slightly (thus suspending the colorant better) and pour
into jars or tubes
colored lipstick recipe
Colored Lipstick Recipe by Anne-Marie Faiola-McAuley
This lipstick is a more waxy lipstick than the Sheer lipstick.
4 oz. Castor Oil
4 oz. Jojoba oil
.5 oz. Beeswax
1 oz. Candelilla wax
1/4 oz. wheatgerm oil
8 full teasthingys of lip safe mica
1 oz. Castor, Olive or Wheatgerm oil Hint: Castor provides more
shine than Olive or Wheatgerm
Melt the waxes in a double boiler. Once they are fully melted, add
the Castor Oil and Jojoba oil. In a separate bowl, add your mica to
the liquid oil of your choice. Mix in well and make sure there are
no clumps. Add the colorant mixture into your double boiler and mix
well. Remove this mixture from the double boiler and let sit until
mixture begins to cool and thicken (thus suspending the colorant
through out the lipstick). Once cooled to an appropriate thickness,
pour into jars or tubes.
Floating Bath Soak by Camille
3 oz cocoa butter
1 tbsp creamed coconut
1 tsp almond oil
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp powdered oatmeal
2 drops tangerine EO
Melt cocoa butter in double boiler, remove from heat. Mix creamed
coconut, almond oil, honey and oatmeal, blend well. Add mixture to
melted cocoa butter, blend well. Add tangerine EO (or your favorite
EO!), blend in. Pour mixture into ice cube trays, chill until firm.
Toss one into tub of running water and enjoy! Note: Use caution
upon exiting tub, it may be a bit slippery. But, oh, what a
Luscious Lip Luster
4.4 oz. Calendula-infused olive oil
1.7 oz. Shea butter
4.9 oz. Emu oil
1.3 oz. Beeswax
Melt beeswax gently over a double boiler (or in the microwave if
no double boiler is available). In a separate container, heat the
emu oil up until it is fully liquid. Combine the wax and all the
oil, stir well. Add flavoring (if desired) and pour into
Bath Jelly Recipe - by Amy
1/2 cup melted transparent Melt & Pour base
2 cups water
1 envelope Knox unflavored Gelatin
1/2 oz Germaben II
3 or 4 colorants
3 or 4 small containers
Pour envelope of Gelatin into a bowl and set aside. Microwave 2
cups of water until boiling. Gently pour into the bowl of gelatin
and stir until completely dissolved. In the meantime melt the
M&P in the microwave. Add fragrance oil to the melted M&P.
Slowly pour the soap into the Gelatin and stir gently. When mixed
thoroughly, pour into individual containers and color. Place
uncovered containers in the refrigerator until firm.
Empty Playdoh containers work perfectly and Bath Jelly can be
colored to match the lids! Kids have a blast with this jelly. They
can scoop it out and toss into running water, paint the tub and
themselves, glob onto a scrunchie or washcloth and even bathe with
it! The possibilities are endless!
8 oz. Melt & Pour base
2 T. white cornmeal
1-1/2 T. fine pumice
1 T. bentonite clay
2 tsp. of a citrus essential oil (orange, lemon, etc.) or
Melt base and scent. Stir in cornmeal, pumice and clay continually
until it gets to a point where it will stay suspended in the soap.
By this time, the soap will be quite thick and cool. Pour into
1-1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup salt
1/4 tsp. cornstarch
2/3 cup boiling water
1 tbls. fragrance oil
Colorant of your choice
Mix all dry ingredients. Heat water in a Pyrex cup in the
microwave or on the stove. Add the f/o and the color to the water.
Stir water mixture into flour mixture. Mix as best you can and then
knead the dough with your hands. At this point you just want it to
look like pie or cookie dough. Roll it out about a quarter of an
inch thick. Cut into shapes or use cookie cutters. Another option
is to stamp the flat shapes. Let the dough stones dry. They get
hard as rocks and will last for months.
1 cup arrowroot powder (sometimes called "flour")
3 tablesthingys honey powder
Mix well together and store in an airtight container. This mixture
will get hard if moisture is allowed to get to it. I also package a
small feather duster for this. You may substitute up to 2
tablesthingys of the honey with any flavored powder you have access
to. I like to use either vanilla or mango.
Crushed grape seeds and almond oil combine to form a soothing,
refreshing facial scrub.
2/3 cup crushed grape seeds, packed
1/3 to 1/2 cup Almond Oil
1/2 tsp. vitamin E
45-60 drops of fragrance oil
Mix almond oil, Vitamin E and fragrance together in a glass bowl.
Add the crushed grape seeds and mix well. Divvy up into jars. The
crushed grape seeds will sink to the bottom - this is normal for
scrubs of this type.
skin softening powder
This scented body powder pampers the skin. Its rice-and-chamomile
base is reputed for softening and soothing chapped or sunburned
2 oz. rice flour (or cornstarch)
1 oz. finely powdered white orrisroot (or arrowroot powder)
1 oz. finely powdered dried chamomile flowers
1 drop lavender essential oil or fragrance oil
2 drops orange fragrance or essential oil
3 drops violet fragrance oil
Combine the above ingredients, mix in the fragrance very well by
pressing any lumps down with your fingers. Sift thoroughly and put
Sugar, Salt and Nut Scrub
1/2 cup ground almonds
1/2 cup ground oatmeal
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup salt
1/4 cup almond oil
45-60 drops fragrance or essential oil
Variation: Add 2 tablesthingys of honey for an extra-moisturizing
Mix almond oil and fragrance or essential oil together in a glass
bowl. Add the sugar, finely ground almonds and salt together in a
separate bowl and mix thoroughly together. Add this mixture to the
almond oil. Mix well with your hands to incorporate and you're
Solid Brown Sugar Scrub
4 oz. melted melt and pour soap
8 oz. grapeseed oil or Avocado Oil
3-4 oz. brown sugar
1/2 oz. honey
Fragrance oils or essential oils (20 drops)
Mix your grapeseed oil, honey and melted melt and pour soap
together. Add the brown sugar and mix together with hands. You can
add your fragrance or essential oils at any point during the mixing
process. Divvy up into wide-mouthed jars. Wait 24 to 48 hours for
the mixture to harden into a semi-solid mixture.
Brown Sugar Body Scrub
2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1/3 - 1/2 cup almond oil
1/2 tsp of vitamin E
45-60 drops of fragrance or essential oil
Mix almond oil, vitamin E and fragrance or essential oil together
in a glass bowl. Add the brown sugar and mix in well. Divvy up into
jars and have a great time using it!
Solid perfume is fun and easy to make and is a wonderful idea for
a personal, hand-crafted gift! You'll want some stylish little
butter pots to hold your creations and Bramble Berry, Inc. has a
terrific selection. To make your solid perfume, follow these
For a 9 oz. batch (which will fill about 36 pots), you would use,
2 oz. Beeswax
3 oz. Shea Butter
4 oz. Olive Oil
.5 to 1 oz Fragrance Oil of choice
Melt all fixed oils together, and add fragrance oil to melted
oils. Pour mixture into small jars or twist-up tubes and sell as a
chunk soap recipe
Chunk Soaps are beautiful to behold and lots of fun to make. This
chunk soap recipe and photo are by Fabienne Nichols.
First, use freshly made chunks, or ones that have been stored in
an airtight baggie- if they're too dry, this'll cause
My overpour soap is --don't know the exact temp-- just "below"
steaming. Opaque chunks (w/ titanium dioxide) will tend to melt
"worse", so be careful, and overpour onto these at a bit lower
temp. I do mostly "random" chunks, so don't worry about placement,
Do NOT freeze chunks. This'll get ya moisture, and, as someone
points out, changes the soap somehow. If you're freezing soap to
get out of the mold for bars, don't freeze all the way, just enough
to do outside. Best thing is to be patient and let soap harden and
shrink a bit. I'm a bit forgetful, and have left soap in overnight,
yuck! So I almost never freeze.
Pour a bit of overpour in the mold (to prevent holes and bubbles
on the top), grab a handful of chunks, spritz w/ rubbing alcohol,
and "dump" 'em in. You'll want to spritz RIGHT before you place the
chunks in, or alc will evaporate. A good spray, too, so that it
looks wet all over, but don't soak. A FINE mister helps. Pour in
more overpour, grab, spray, dump. Spritz what you've poured in if
alcohol has evaporated when you overpour more. Pour, grab, spray,
dump. Repeat. For the 32 oz delta mold, which I generally use for
loaves, I pour a bit about 1/8 full, dump (after spritzing), then
fill about 1/2 full, spritz, dump, spritz, dump, etc till full of
chunks. This'll let you look at "design", and strategically place
some if you're doing different colors, or stir them up a bit to get
the look you want. Then do one more filling pour and dump. If you
want the chunks all the way through, have some stick out of the
"top" and trim later.
The alcohol PREVENTS the "bubble" look. It will help the overpour
adhere. If you're getting any other effect from the alcohol,
there's another factor involved. It's a pretty automatic, and fast
thing after you do a bunch. If you start to get a skin on the
overpour, spritz. If you get a skin on the over pour in the pouring
pot, spritz. I do this with chunks in one hand,
alcohol spritzer in the other. Sorta plan the "design" before you
go. I do a lot with marbled chunks, so don't have to worry about
one color vs the other, but if I'm doing a couple different colored
chunks, you may want to have one pile of "mixed" ones, but have
them separate also, to fill in when the random grab doesn't appear
random. You may grab a handful of mixed, but end up with most of
Remember that a LOT of mp "artistry" is in color. I do opaque
chunks with clear overpour, and transparent colored chunks with
white overpour. Sometimes a loaf will not look "right", even though
it was done correctly, it's probably in the colors, contrast, or
It's REALLY not as complicated as I've made it sound. Personally,
though, I'd start with chunks in a smaller bar until you get the
technique. That way you won't "waste" 2 lbs. You want the success
with a smaller amount before going to a large loaf.
And don't throw out the "wasted messed up" loaf! Cut it up, and
use some of those chunks, maybe smaller chunks, in a single bar, to
get the spritzing and pouring down. Save some for shredding, and
putting shreds in a loaf or bar. (ahh, THAT'S when I do freeze!,
but that's another story)
Package this in a wide mouth jar and sell with a shaving
2 pounds Bramble Berry Goats Milk liquid soap base
2 tbs. Calendula, ground
8 oz. melt and pour base
1 oz. of your favorite fragrance
Add melted melt and pour to the goatsmilk base; stir in fragrance
oil and ground calendula. Pour into wide mouth jars; wait 24 hours
to harden. Soap will get slightly hard but not hard enough to pour
into individual molds.
Great as room fresheners! You will need:
One ceramic or glass bowl,
1/2 cup flour (do not use self-rising flour)
1/4 cup salt,
1/2 tablesthingy alum (available in drug stores),
1 tablesthingy essential or fragrance oil,
2/3 cup boiling water and
food coloring (optional).
In ceramic or glass bowl, thoroughly mix dry ingredients.
Add essential oil and boiling water.
NOTE: scent will be strong, but will fade slightly when pastilles
For colored dough, blend in food coloring one drop at a time until
desired shade is achieved.
Blend ingredients to form a ball.
Working with a small amount at a time, roll dough between palms of
hands to form small balls.
Note: cover unused dough to keep it from drying out.
Allow pastilles to dry.
Secret Garden Bath Teas
Makes one tea bag.
1 tsp lavender flowers (dried)
1 tsp rose petals (dried)
1/2 tsp lemon balm (dried)
1/4 tsp rosemary (dried)
1/8 tsp spearmint (dried) (just to give it a bit of a snap)
4 drops lavender EO
2 drops rose EO
1 drop patchouli (spelling?) EO
Mix well, put into heat sealable teabag.
old fashioned beauty bath
Makes an invigorating bath!
One pound barley
One pound bran
One pound oatmeal
One pound brown rice
One-half pound bay leaves
One-half pound dried lavender flowers
Boil all of these ingredients in four quarts of rainwater for
sixty minutes, then strain the mixture. Use 2 quarts of the liquid
for each tub of bathwater. An extra rinse after this herbal bath is
unnecessary and would deprive you of some of its benefits. Follow
it with a vigorous
Clean your hair with these natural ingredients
Churn the following ingredients in a blender:
1 oz. Olive oil
1 Tablesthingy lemon juice
* teasthingy apple cider vinegar.
Cleopatra's Milk Bath
Pamper yourself with this luxurious bath!
2 cups powdered milk (dry)
1 Tbsp. dried orange peel
2 tsp. dried lavender flowers
2 tsp. dried rosemary
Mix all the ingredients together and pour into a clear glass
bottle. Use 1/2 cup of the mixture per bath - soak for 20 minutes.
Tie a ribbon and a sprig of dried flowers to the jar for a ready
Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap Recipe
(1) Melt 8 oz. of white/opaque base
(2) Melt 8 oz. of clear base
(3) Optional: Grind up 1/2 oz. of Oatmeal in coffee grinder for a
lighter exfoliation. Also, the smaller the particle, the easier to
suspend in the soap.
(4) Combine the two bases
(5) Add your fragrance oil - approximately 1/2 oz. (Oatmeal, Milk
and Honey is a good one!) and stir in well
(6) Optional: Add colorant
(7) Add the oatmeal and stir. Wait 20 or 30 seconds - is the
oatmeal sinking to the bottom of your bowl/Pyrex or is it staying
suspended. If it is staying suspended, skip to step 8
( If the oatmeal
is sinking, this simply means that your base is not thick enough to
support the oatmeal. Either cover the bowl/Pyrex with saran wrap
and wait for the base to cool, or stir the melted base until it is
becomes thick enough to suspend the oatmeal.
(9) Pour your oatmeal soap into molds
(10) Spritz with alcohol to finish the soap and break up any
bubbles on the top of the soap
(11) Wait 2 to 3 hours (or even better, overnight!) to pop the
soap out of the molds. Wrap with saran wrap and you're done!