One of the first things you try when you get into DIY beauty is soap making. I’m telling you, it’s magical! One day you just have a bunch of ingredients and the next you’ve got homemade soap! Plus, you get all the hydration and pampering store-bought soap lacks. What are you waiting for? Try any of these homemade soap recipes and you might get a new addiction:
Homemade Soap Bar Recipes
1. Exfoliating soap bars
Soap bars can be gentle exfoliators! Use chia seeds together with aloe or cornmeal with calendula to create a healing, soothing soap. Coffee soap is excellent too, plus it wakes you up in the morning!
2. Herbal soap bars
Glycerin melt-and-pour soap is a clear soap base that doesn’t contain any of the other additives such as shea butter or goat’s milk. Because it dries clear, it’s perfect for coloring and for embedding objects such as dried flowers and herbs like these herbal citrus soaps or these herbal spice soaps.
3. Shea butter soap bars
Most shea butter soap bases contain about 5% shea butter, which gives it a smooth, creamy consistency and an off-white color like in these soaps on a rope. It’s creamy and is great for adding colors, essential oils, or other ingredients like activated charcoal and cocoa.
4. Goat milk soap bars
Goat milk soap is chock full of vitamins, proteins and minerals that nourish dry skin and support skin health. Perfect for sensitive skin, these copycat Fresh Farmacy bars use goat milk and healing calamine to soothe parched, easily-irritated skin.
5. Facial soap bars
You’ve mastered melt-and-pour and now it’s time to try your hand at cold process soap with lye. We’ll show you step-by-step how to make it with this lemon poppy seed soap.
Homemade Liquid Soap Recipes
7. Liquid hand soap
If solid soap is not your thing, try a liquid soap made with relaxing lavender. Essential oil liquid soaps are easy to make and have a natural antibacterial effect. For tough jobs, try charcoal-infused soap.
8. Foaming hand soap
Foaming hand soap can be as simple as Castile soap and water. But we like gentler versions like this DIY antibacterial foaming hand soap that uses soothing coconut oil and fresh-smelling essential oils. Your hands will also appreciate this honey almond foaming soap!