One of the first things you might want to learn in DIY beauty is how to make soap. 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:
5 Ways to Make Soap Bars
1. Glycerin soap
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.
2. Shea butter soap
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.
3. Goat milk soap
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.
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.
5. Jelly soap
Create your own rainbow jelly soaps at home with gelatin, Castile soap and essential oils. Kids will love helping make them–and they make bathtime a lot more fun too!
5 Ways to Make Liquid Soap
6. Whipped Soap
Creamy, dreamy and full of moisturizing oils, once we show you how to make whipped soap, you’ll never want to use regular soap again! And because it’s loaded with good-for-you oils like coconut and palm, it can be used as a shaving cream, face wash, or even as a deep conditioner for your hair.
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!