There are so many different ways to make homemade soap, and thousands of different soap recipes you can try. Homemade soap can make a great DIY gift idea, or just a way to treat yourself. This all inclusive guide will teach you everything you need to know about making soap, and even a few recipes to make your own!
How to Make Homemade Soap for Beginners
Making soap can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. One of the perks to making your own soap is that you get to choose the ingredients and the scents that you like. Nearly every soap recipe you’ll find uses ounces or grams as measurement so you’ll want to make sure you weigh your ingredients to get the best results. One of the main ingredients in homemade soap is lye. Please use caution when working with lye, as it can eat holes in fabric and burn your skin. You should always wear gloves and eye protection when working with lye. Please note that in this recipe you are asked to add lye to water. It is crucial that you do not add water to lye by accident as it could allow clumps on the bottom, which when heated all at once can cause an explosion. No lye will remain in your finished soap.
Make Your Own
- 500 g extra virgin olive oil
- 100 g coconut oil (Regular coconut oil that melts around 76ºF)
- 10 g lavender essential oil
- 80 g lye
- 195 g water
- Cover your work space with newspaper, making soap can get a little messy! In a glass bowl, slowly pour your lye into the water (it is important to be sure to pour the lye, NOT the water) stirring as you go. Stand back while you are stirring to avoid the fumes. Allow the water to start to clear. Once the lye has dissolved, leave the mixture to cool while you move on to the next step. Make sure this is out of the reach of pets or kids.
- In another larger glass bowl, add your oils together.
- After the lye mixture has had plenty of time to cool, bring it back to your workspace and pour it into your oil mixture. Mix them together gently at first.
- Once your lye mixture has been completely incorporated into your oils, blend them together with a hand blender. Pay special attention and make sure not to spray the mixture all over. I would recommend not hovering over the bowl and blending your mixture at the bottom of the sink.
- When your mixture is thick like mayonnaise (this should only take a few minutes) mix in your essential oils.
- Pour into soap molds. I recommend using a silicone pan and plastic containers. Be sure to oil the plastic containers beforehand to prevent any sticking.
- Cover and let it set for at least 24 hours. Cover it with a warm cloth to keep the warmth in (this will contribute to the quality of the soap).
- Cut into bars (or whatever shape you would like)
When you have finished making your soap, clean your equipment thoroughly if it has been exposed to lye. Use white vinegar to neutralize the lye, then wash the equipment like normal. For the remainder of your equipment, let it sit for several days before cleaning. When you first make soap, it is primarily fat and lye, which means you’ll spend an eternity washing and you risk burning your hands on residual lye. If you wait until it turns into soap, all it will take is a soak in hot water.
Once you’ve mastered the beginner’s soap recipe, feel free to move on to more complicated recipes. Here are 20 Homemade Soap Recipes for you to try.
- Hemp and Shea Soap
- Honey Oatmeal Soap
- Peppermint Soap
- Grapefruit Mint Poppyseed Soap
- Lemon Soap
- Pumpkin Soap
- Orange Clover Soap
- Cucumber Soap
- Coconut Oil Soap
- Orange Flaxseed Soap
- Coffee and Milk Soap
- Olive Oil Soap
- Spiced Apple Soap
- Peaches and Cream Soap
- Lavender Honey Soap
- Chai Latte Soap
- Rosewater Pink Clay Soap
- Ginger Spice Cookie Soap
- Garden Mint Soap
- Aloe Vera Soap