I started out wanting to make a gentle, naturally exfoliating soap bar – but then got totally carried away and made 4. Soap is so easy to customize when you use a pre-made base (like glycerin or shea butter) from the craft store. It’s like a kitchen science experiment, adding in different textures and colors. There are endless variations but here are 4 simple recipes to try.
4 Exfoliating Herbal Homemade Soap Bars
- 1/2 – 1 cup of clear glycerin soap base
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons oil (olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil, etc)
- Dry ingredients (chia seeds, cornmeal, oatmeal or coffee)
- Soap mold container (I use glass storage containers)
First, cut the glycerin into cubes and melt in the microwave. I usually do this with a Pyrex measuring cup. Let the soap cool slightly then add the oil, water and dry ingredients. Stir or whisk everything together. Keep mixing for 1-3 minutes, until the mixture starts to thicken. Then pour into your mold and let it cool and harden.
Chia Seed + Aloe
Aloe is natural skin soother and healer, and chia seeds are my new favorite exfoliators. For this version, substitute aloe vera juice for the oil and water and add 1-2 tablespoons of chia seeds.
Cornmeal + Calendula
This is a great version for sensitive skin because cornmeal gently exfoliates and calendula is a natural healing herb. I used 3 tablespoons of calendula-infused oil (see how to here) and added about 1/4 cup cornmeal. The cornmeal tends to settle so make sure to whisk well.
Oatmeal + Cinnamon
Ground cinnamon adds such a gorgeous color! Add 1/4 cup of oatmeal and 1 tablespoon cinnamon to the soap base when you add the oil and water.
I love the smell of this one! And coffee does a nice job of scrubbing away yucky odors on the hands. But it’s another one that tends to settle (or maybe I added too much). I used 1/4 cup of ground, unbrewed coffee so you might want to reduce that down to about 2 tablespoons.
What homemade soap creations have you come up with?