5 Homemade Soap Recipes for Beginners

Updated: Aug 20, 2020

A Gorgeous Gift that can save you money!

Homemade soap is fun and satisfying and there are a tonne of useful interesting recipes to be enjoyed!

Why Make Your Own Soap?

You get to control the combination of quality ingredients whilst saving money and enjoying a bit of down time.

Get creative, play some tunes and liven up your lathering experience-to-be with your favourite essential oils and decoration!

Tip - from Waste to Worth: use an old milk carton instead of buying a new soap mould. Whilst Tetrapak is technically recyclable it’s debatable whether it is worth the effort so why not reuse it before recycling it and save money?

Decision Making Time...

There are four common popular methods to making homemade soap and it is worth familiarising yourself with Youtube videos on each of these, as some are easier than others. Are you ready to add home made soaps to your natural lifestyle and goodies arsenal?

  • Melt and Pour - pre-made and simple to make. No lye.

  • Cold or Hot - make from scratch. Both involve working with lye.

  • Rebatching - reuse and recycle. It takes more time and effort but its a way to save all the ingredients.

The process of soap making is called saponification - the result of a chemical reaction between fats or oils and lye.


A Rustic Earthy Blend

Smokey swirls of masculine magnificence. This is a real treat, teaching a beginner how to experiment with additives. It uses coconut, castor, sesame and canola oil as a base and blends in Shea and kokum butters with lime, vetiver, and cedarwood essential oils.

Charcoal & Vetiver Soap Recipe from Tweak and Tinker

Photo by Tweak & Tinker

Refresh & Revitalise

Male or female. Feel like an artisan by adding flare to this simple goats milk melt and pour recipe and leave the mess with Lye for another time. Reduce, reuse and recycle your Dried Orange or Lemon slices by adding them after the base has cooled otherwise they might sink to the bottom of a watery thin mix. Add a tiny bit of Orange or Lemon oil to emphasise the refreshing natural citrus notes.

Handmade Goat's Milk Citrus Soap by Hello, Wonderful

Photo by Hello, Wonderful

Smile & Exfoliate

That’s right! You can re-purpose and reuse that natural loofah to reduce waste in your home. Cut your loofah to the size of your mould or even reuse an old muffin tray. Be sure to use a glycerin soap base (melt & pour) for a translucent finish. Afterall, exfoliating is what helps your skin to absorb the moisturising oils. Add natural colourant from frozen berries as an alternative.

DIY Rose Loofah Soap by A Pumpkin and a Princess

Photo by A Pumpkin Princess

For Sensitive or Acne Prone Skin

Cold press cruelty-free soap doesn’t need to be as challenging as people believe. Keep costs low by using less additives. I try to avoid palm oil altogether as it is linked to deforestation, climate change and obesity (junk food!) however using sustainable palm oil is arguably not a bad thing. Go natural and use Aloe Vera as your main ingredient. If you would like to be even kinder to the planet and animals use a vegan recipe that includes organic oils.

Aloe Vera Soap by The Nerdy Farm Wife

Photo by The Nerdy Farm Wife

For the Kiddies

There is help for child-minders, parents and older siblings! Kids love getting involved and what better way to encourage more creativity and enjoy spending quality time offline? Get creative making a rainbow coloured soap or insert a small toy or trinket into your see through soap as a reminder to your child of the positive experience.

Eco Friendly Soap for Kids by Instructables

Photo by Instructables

I hope you enjoy making these wonderful soaps at home. Once you have tried them please feel free to leave a comment below and let me know what you thought!

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