Making your own DIY soap at home is a fun and practical alternative to buying soap in stores. You can customize the ingredients so that the soap has all your favorite scents and moisturizers. You can make any kind of soap, whether it’s DIY bar soap or a liquid hand soap. Homemade soap is affordable and easy to make. In this article, we’ll offer 7 ideas for soap to make at home, from easy DIY soap for beginners to more advanced ideas. Home made soaps can be made by anyone, even if you have a minimal budget.
1. DIY Liquid Hand Soap
DIY hand soap is perhaps the easiest type of soap to make at home. This DIY foaming hand soap recipe is straightforward and easily customizable with your own favorite scents. Homemade liquid soap is better for your hands and better for the environment.To get started, all you need is:
- Castile soap. You’ll only need a bit of this concentrated soap solution, which means one bottle will go a long way.
- Essential oil. Choose the essential oil of your choice to infuse into the liquid soap.
- A pump dispenser. Using liquid hand soap is easiest if you pour it into a soap pump dispenser. You can reuse an empty one from home.
2. DIY Goat Milk Soap
This milk and honey DIY bar soap recipe takes under 10 minutes and is a breeze to make, so it’s perfect for DIY beginners. It uses a pre-made soap base, so it’s not as cost effective as some other recipes, but it’s also a lot easier. Milk and honey are both moisturizing ingredients, and you’ll fall in love with the smell!
- Goat’s milk soap base. Soap bases make DIY soap a lot easier for beginners by cutting out the need to work with lye.
- Organic raw honey. You can buy this at any health food store.
- Silicone honeycomb mold. Use these molds to pour your soap into for an attractive presentation.
- Yellow and red soap colorant. This will lend your soaps a nice golden honey color, but it’s totally optional.
- Measuring glass. Use one to accurately measure the ingredients.
3. DIY Bar Soap From Scratch
For a truly authentic soap-making experience, you’ll need to use lye rather than a pre-made soap base. All from-scratch DIY soap recipes use lye, also known as sodium hydroxide. Lye can be dangerous if handled incorrectly, so make sure to follow the directions carefully. Working with lye may seem a little intimidating, but this starter recipe only uses 3 ingredients and is easy to follow along. You’ll just need patience, since soap takes about 6 weeks to fully cure.
To make DIY soap from scratch, you’ll need:
- Lye. Also known as sodium hydroxide, lye is used in powdered form.
- Oil. You can use vegetable oil, lard or another oil of your choice.
- A thermometer. If you don’t have a food thermometer on hand, you’ll need to pick one up to make sure your solution is ready.
4. DIY Glycerin Soap
Glycerin has a lot of fascinating properties, and this thorough tutorial explains it all so that even beginners can make this extra-moisturizing soap. However, this is definitely not the easiest or quickest process. It will likely take some practice to get a batch that’s just right. It’ll be worth it, though, when you experience the magic of DIY glycerin soap on your skin.
To make a DIY glycerin soap base, you’ll need:
- Vegetable oil, lard, tallow or other oil. To make DIY soap, you have to combine water, oil and lye. This recipe uses a few beneficial oils for this.
- Coconut oil.
- Castor oil.
- Safflower or sunflower oil.
- Lye. This is the necessary ingredient for all recipes that make soap from scratch. It’s important to be safe when working with this volatile ingredient.
- Alcohol. You need alcohol that’s 70% or higher, such as Everclear, which you can find at a liquor store.
5. Poppy Seed Exfoliating Soap
This DIY soap uses poppy seeds to gently exfoliate the skin. Since the recipe doesn’t involve making soap from scratch using lye, even total newcomers can do it without much trouble. It’s quick and affordable, and poppy seeds are easy to find — you may even have some in your spice cabinet already!
This recipe uses three simple ingredients:
- Pre-made soap base. You can use the soap base of your choice, but this recipe recommends using one with nourishing ingredients like shea butter or glycerin.
- Poppy seeds. Don’t have poppy seeds in your cabinet already? No problem, they’re very inexpensive.
- Essential oil. You can choose which essential oil blend you prefer based on what properties you want in your soap.
6. Charcoal Facial Soap
Both charcoal and tea tree oil are useful for clarifying and smoothing your skin. This from-scratch recipe uses some less common ingredients, so it’s best for those who are looking to go out on a limb and make something a little more challenging and unique.
To get started you need:
- Castor oil, coconut oil, olive oil, and palm oil. These oils are used as bases for the soap; they’re nourishing and healthy.
- Tamanu oil. Tamanu oil helps turn the soap an awesome black color.
- Tea tree oil. It only takes a small amount of tea tree oil to enjoy its astringent properties.
- Activated charcoal. Charcoal is a homeopathic remedy for cleansing the skin.
- Lye. You need lye to turn your oil and water into soap.
7. Lavender Body Soap
Who doesn’t love the calming scent of lavender during shower time? This recipe is calming and great for your skin. This recipe uses simple and easy-to-find ingredients, so it’s a great choice for beginner or intermediate soap makers.
- Lard. This recipe uses lard rather than oil for the soap base.
- Lye. The lye activates with water and lard to make soap.
- Coconut oil. Coconut oil is amazing for your skin.
- Lavender oil. Infuse the soap base with this oil for its calming properties.
- Lavender buds. Culinary lavender adds texture and aroma to your bar soap.
Once you use your very own home made soaps for the first time, you’ll never want to go back to paying for inferior store-bought versions. There’s no shortage to the number of ways that you can customize these recipes. Which one of these DIY soap recipes do you want to try at home? What would your ultimate DIY soap contain?
While you’re here, you might also want to check out our tutorials for DIY shampoo.