How to Make Soap: Easy Craft Project

Clear glycerin melt and pour exfolliant soap.  I added red colorant, lemon essential oil, and raspberry seeds to the melted soap base.
Clear glycerin melt and pour exfolliant soap. I added red colorant, lemon essential oil, and raspberry seeds to the melted soap base. | Source

What is Soap?

Soap is, quite simply, a substance used for bathing, washing, and cleaning.

Making soap is an easy craft for children...to be done with an adult's supervision.

There are two primary types of soap—cold process soap and melt and pour soap.

In this article, I'll explain how to make your own melt and pour soap using equipment already in your kitchen and a few purchased supplies.


Cold Process Soap

Cold process soap is made by combining fatty acids (animal tallow, olive oil, or hemp oil, for example) with sodium hydroxide— lye, a corrosive alkaline substance. Lye is dangerous if not used properly. It can cause chemical burns, scarring, and blindness, and it may be fatal if swallowed. The procedure for making cold process soap is somewhat dangerous and should not be attempted when making soap with kids. I will not be explaining in this article how to make this type of soap.

Soap Making Supplies

White melt and pour glycerin soap base, clear melt and pour glycerin soap base, almond meal (large round container), raspberry seeds (small round container), lavender flowers (plastic bag),  blue, yellow, and red colorant; lemon essential oil.
White melt and pour glycerin soap base, clear melt and pour glycerin soap base, almond meal (large round container), raspberry seeds (small round container), lavender flowers (plastic bag), blue, yellow, and red colorant; lemon essential oil. | Source

Melt and Pour Soap Base is a solid block of soap sold by brick-and-mortar craft stores and online retailers.

Soap molds are flexible molds designed for the soap making craft. (The smaller-size molds are sometimes sold as candy-making molds.)

Colorant specifically formulated for making soap and other bath products should be used.

Essential oil is a highly concentrated plant extract used for adding scent to bath products.

Additives add scent, texture, or color to soap. Raspberry seeds and finely ground almonds are two additives I like to use when making exfolliant soap.

Pyrex® measuring cup to hold the soap base in your microwave oven.

Supplies and Equipment Needed for Soap Making

Supplies

  • Melt and Pour Soap Base
  • Soap molds
  • Colorant
  • Essential oil
  • Additives (almond meal, blueberry seeds, coffee, ground almonds, oatmeal, raspberry seeds, etc.


Household Items

  • Pyrex® measuring cup (2-cup size)
  • Non-serrated kitchen knife
  • Wooden spoon
  • Spray bottle containing rubbing alcohol
  • Microwave oven


White melt and pour glycerin soap base cut into chunks and placed in a Pyrex® measuring cup.
White melt and pour glycerin soap base cut into chunks and placed in a Pyrex® measuring cup. | Source
Melted soap base that has been poured into a soap mold. Yellow colorant, lemon essential oil, and almond meal were added to the soap.
Melted soap base that has been poured into a soap mold. Yellow colorant, lemon essential oil, and almond meal were added to the soap. | Source

Step-by-Step Soap Making Instructions

  1. Using a regular butter knife, cut the soap base into chunks and fill a two-cup Pyrex® measuring cup with them.
  2. Microwave the soap base chunks until the soap melts—approximately two minutes.
  3. Remove the soap base from the microwave and stir it. Be careful—the melted soap will be very hot.
  4. Add colorant to the melted soap, if desired, a few drops at a time. Stir the soap well.
  5. Add fragrance to the melted soap, if desired, a few drops at a time. Stir the soap well.
  6. If you want to make exfolliant soap, add the additive now. A tablespoon or two of additive is all that you will probably need. You can experiment with this, increasing or decreasing the amount of additive in your next batch of soap.
  7. Carefully and slowly pour the melted soap base mixture into the soap molds.
  8. If bubbles form on the soap after you pour the soap into the molds, spray the soap with rubbing alcohol. The bubbles will magically disappear.
  9. When the soap has solidified, turn the mold over and gently press on each soap form to release it from the mold. If you can't easily release the soap from the mold, put the mold containing the soap in your refrigerator for a few minutes. The soap will shrink away from the edges of the mold, and you'll be able to release it very easily.
  10. Wrap each bar of soap in plastic wrap for storage if the soap isn't going to be used immediately.

A soap mold with daisies and a butterfly (a mariposa) was used for this soap. Yellow colorant, lemon essential oil, and almond meal were added to white melt and pour glycerin soap base.
A soap mold with daisies and a butterfly (a mariposa) was used for this soap. Yellow colorant, lemon essential oil, and almond meal were added to white melt and pour glycerin soap base. | Source

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Daisy...Thank you!! I tried to make soap once...but we won't talk about it, OK? This looks GREAT. I'm not your basic "arts & crafts" kind of girl, but there are some things I do want to learn how to do well.....soap and candles. I have a friend who makes candles and he's giving me lessons.....Wait til I show him your hub!!

You're a doll!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Paula (fpherj48),

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs. Soap making is easier to learn than candle making. They're both fun crafts.

I broke down the instructions into the very easy-to-do soap making basics. I think I'll write another Hub which expands upon what I've explained in this article.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Daisy,

I have not made a soap, but in my farm we have grown many plant species of plants that we use as soap alternates. Interestingly, it is good for bathing, and it is also good for washing cloths.

When in my farm, I use mustard powder as an alternate to shampoo.

Maybe I could use your ideas to make my own soaps.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Vinaya,

I always appreciate the comments you make in my Hubs. I see the beginnings of another cultural essay about Nepal in your comments this time.


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poshcoffeeco 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

Great hub Daisy,

As you may know, I have in recent times made my own Bio Diesel using recycled veg oil. Well there is a recipe for making bio diesel which uses lye and methanol.The result of the mixing leaves a by product which is known as glycerine. This by product is then used to make soap. You are right about the methanol being dangerous to health, but risk can be minimised by taking necessary precautions like mask and gloves/protective clothing. I did consider making soap but didn't trust the safety of it.

I also decided that you didn't have to use lye/methanol to make bio-diesel and made a safer alternative and was just as good.

voted up.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Steve(poshcoffeeco),

Thanks for your inciteful comments. A number of craftspeople make soap using lye (sodium hydroxide). The thought of doing that scares me.

Any craft in which protective clothing, gloves, and a mask must be worn wouldn't be fun for me. And, it certainly wouldn't be a safe craft for children to do.

Saving money by making your own bio diesel sounds like a good idea, but safety should never be ignored.


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Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

Great hub on making homemade soap. up +


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Angelo52,

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading another of my craft articles.


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Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

Very interesting! We see a lot of handmade soaps around here at craft shows and the farmers market. I always wondered how it was made!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Kris,

Thanks for reading and commenting in my Hub. I'm glad you learned something new from reading my article.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Daisy, thanks a lot for this recipe. For quite a time now I want to make soap particularly as birthday presents. I am going to try this asap.

Voted up and very useful.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Martie,

I'm so glad you're going to try this craft. Please post another comment after you've made some soap.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I've been to many shops that sell homemade soap and candles, but never made any. The process seems simple enough especially with your directions. Excellent hub!!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Sunshine,

Both soap making and candle making are fun crafts. Of the two, I prefer soap making...cleaning up spilled melted soap is much easier than cleaning up spilled melted candle wax.


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blaeberry 4 years ago from Scotland

Soap making is so much fun. I used to do it years ago but it never occurred to me to make it an activity to do with the kids. Thanks for the great ideas.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

blaeberry,

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading and commenting in my Hub.

As long as it's melt and pour soap base, soap making is a great kids craft. It's a good way to introduce children to making practical items while having fun at the same time.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Nice craft for adults as well as kids. Can you use leftover soap as part of the recipe or is it better to stick with pure soap base?


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Aurelio,

Thanks for commenting, and thanks for your question.

What you can do is use the clear soap base for your soap, and then at the very last second, put cut up pieces of leftover soap in it. The leftover soap bits won't melt and will add an interesting dimension to the clear soap.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

I love hand made soaps and this hub makes it look so easy! Beautiful job!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Audrey,

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs.

Are you going to make some soap? The craft is very easy, and a lot of fun.


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

You make such pretty soap! I've always wanted to do this. I will refer back to this hub when I get some free time. I have a dream of making my own soap and candles one day. Thanks for sharing!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Jeannie,

Thanks for your very kind words. I'm going to write another soap making article that explains how to make multicolored soap.

Please post another comment after you make some soap.


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Julieonline 4 years ago

Brilliant hub and terrific craft for children. Would love make soap myself :)


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Julie,

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my Hub. If you make soap, please post another comment and tell us whether you enjoyed the project.


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Julieonline 4 years ago

Hi Daisy, nice to meet you also. I will do that :) Looking for different shapes etc because they would make gorgeous christmas gifts and handmade is always nice to receive.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Julie,

Thanks for stopping by again. You won't have any trouble finding soap molds in different shapes. Michaels arts and craft stores sell soap molds, and many online retailers do as well.


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

This is a great idea - I'm going to try it this summer with my kids. It would make great presents, too - thanks for the fantastic instructions on how to make soap!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Leah,

It's very nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my Hub and commenting in it.

Your sons will love this craft. Please post another comment after you've made the soap and tell us how much fun you all had.

Have you read my article that explains how to make a Duck® Tape wallet? Making the wallet is another one of my craft how-to projects they might enjoy.


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duffsmom 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

Excellent Hub with clear cut instructions. Will try this one. Well done.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

duffsmom,

It's nice to meet you. I would love to hear how your soap turns out. Please post another comment after you make the soap.

If you have time, you might also like to read the Hub in which I explain how to make bath salts.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

wow...i have bookmarked this hub for a summer activity with my kid.

this hub is so informative, Daisy!

You are good and so artsy :)

voted up as interesting and sharing it across


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Ruchira,

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs. I'm certain that you'll have a great time making the soap. Please post another comment after you've completed the project.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

I remember making soap during my elementary school days. This is really a quick and easy craft activity for kids. Using different molds can really make it fun for kids. Also, experimenting on colors and color combination can be great learning experiences. thanks. Voted up!


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Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

That looks so nice. While I was at school I have made soaps, soft toys and candles at home. Now I don't think I have the patience or time to bother. Moreover, I am very choosy about stuff I use. Nice tutorial, voted up!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

jpcmc,

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading and commenting in my Hub.

I didn't make soap until I began working at an arts and crafts store. It's an easy craft for children, but one that adults can enjoy, too.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Anamika,

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs.

What I especially like about the melt and pour soap base that I use is that it's a Vegan product.

Have you read my bath salts Hub? It takes only five minutes or so to make a batch of bath salts. Soaking in a bath of salt from the Dead Sea leaves one skin in wonderful condition.


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada

Daisy, interesting hub! I love your idea of adding coffee grounds or different kinds of seeds to make it an exfoliant. This sounds like it would make a really nice gift. Voted up and more, and sharing!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Sharilee,

Thanks for reading my Hub and commenting in it. Thanks, too, for sharing my article.

Coffee grounds serve two purposes when added to melt and pour soap...as an exfoliant and as a colorant. Before commercial dyes were invented for dying clothes, they were also used for that purpose.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Wow, the butterfly soap is really pretty. I have made simple soap before with preschool children and the activity was enjoyable for them. Great hub post, interesting and written with great detail. Voted up.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Dianna,

Thanks for reading my Hub and commenting in it.

There are more complicated ways to make soap, but I wanted to focus on a method that would work well for adults, young children, and those in between.

The choice of molds is important when making soap. The right mold, combined with the optional colorant and additive, makes all the difference in the *look* of your finished product.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

I've never tried to make soap before, but I may have to give it a try. You make it sound easy. It would be a great homemade gift.


kelleyward 4 years ago

Hi Daisy, this is a great hub! I will bookmark and do this with my boys this summer! Voted up and useful and Shared! Take care, Kelley


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DanaTeresa 4 years ago from Ohio

I always love seeing pretty little soaps as decorations in bathrooms. This seems like a great intro into the craft of soap making. I like how you took time to highlight descriptions of the ingredients. I might just give this a try.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

Years ago,in my back to nature stage, I made soap the old fashioned way with lard and lye. Your method looks so much easier and safer! It would be a great project for kids to make for gifts!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Deb,

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my craft how-to Hubs. I appreciate your support.

Neither the soap making project I discussed in this article nor the project I discussed in my Hub about making bath salts are very time-consuming. Hopefully, you'll be able to fit one of them into your schedule.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Kelley,

Thanks for reading my Hub, commenting in it, sharing it, and bookmarking it. Your sons and you will have a lot of fun with this project.

Please post another comment after you've made some soap this summer.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Dana,

Thanks for reading and commenting in my Hub.

There are molds designed specifically for the little guest soaps. I've made the soap in a variety of colors, put them in a clear apothecary jar, tied a ribbon around the jar, and then gave the soap as a birthday gift, hostess gift, or for no reason at all.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Stephanie,

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my craft Hubs. You're right...using the melt and pour soap base is so much easier and safer than making soap with lye.

Making melt and pour soap is fun. Making cold processs soap sounds like a chore to me.


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

Daisy,

I thought this would be great for the children on "Summer Vacation."

So I am going to Pimp it. I like it also for myself.

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Bobbi,

It's nice to "see" you again. It was very thoughtful of you to suggest my Hub to others. I appreciate your support.


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

Nice to see you Daisy, and I am hoping things will slow down in my life so I can be more sociable.

Have a grea week.

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Bobbi,

Thanks for stopping by again. Another easy craft that I've discussed in how to make bath salts. I think you would enjoy reading that article.


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

Thanks, I will do that---I love making jewelry, but I been too busy to do that lately.

Thanks,

Bobbi


kelleyward 4 years ago

Reading this again Daisy! Love this hub! Printing this off to make this summer with my boys! Hope I can find dinosaur shapes ha ha! Take care, Kelley


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Kelley,

Thanks for visiting again. There are so many different types of soap molds sold, it wouldn't surprise me if there were dinosaur molds.

Have fun making the soap with your sons. Please post another comment after you've completed the project.


kelleyward 4 years ago

I will!


kelleyward 4 years ago

I'm back. I'm happy to report we made soap today and your directions worked perfectly! Thanks so much for sharing this idea now all three of my boys have their own insect shaped blue and yellow colored soap! Take care, Kelley


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Kelley,

Thanks so much for stopping by again and telling us about the success of your project. Did your boys each select a different insect so they can tell their soap apart?


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

This is a very good idea for making a selfmade gift soap with children for christmas. Thanks for sharing this. Voted up and shared.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Thelma,

It's nice to "see" you again. Many people appreciate homemade gifts. My soap would be great to include in a gift basket. Please post another comment if you make the soap.


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

This looks like something I'm going to have to try this winter when I am suffering from cabin fever. Wonderful job, Daisy, great instructions, easy to follow. And I bet these would make wonderful gifts for Christmas for teachers and grandmothers! :)


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

This is one of my favorite hubs of yours. You are so talented and I just

haven't had the time to read more, but I will. Have you written a craft book yet?

Have a great day.

Bobbi Purvis


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Terrye (TToombs08),

Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it.

I've written several "how-to" craft articles for HubPages. I think this one describes the easiest project of them all.

Please post another comment after you've made the soap.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Bobbi (PurvisBobbi44),

Thanks for stopping by again to read this article. I hadn't thought about writing a craft "how-to" book. It's something I should consider.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Wow Daisy! I've always dreamed of knowing a way to make all those exotic looking and heavenly smelling soaps I see in the stores. Glad to have read your hub and I feel confident in knowing it is not really difficult.

I have to locate where I can purchase supplies for making soap at home. Bookmarking the hub.

Your pictures are as real as actually handling the real thing.

Voting it all up and across and sharing and pinning.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Rajan,

Thank you so much for reading my article and commenting in it. Thanks, too, for sharing and pinning my Hub.

You might see if you can order the soap base and molds from Amazon's India site.

I know that you're interested in natural products. I don't think you'll have any problems obtaining the essential oils and additives.

Please post another comment after you've made some soap.


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rumanasaiyed 3 years ago from Sharjah, UAE

Hi Daisy,

That's very interesting thing to do for kids. Even I will enjoy making such things :-O !!

Voted up Useful and Shared !!


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Rumana (rumanasaiyed),

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. Thanks, too, for sharing my Hub. I appreciate your support.

Are soap making supplies readily available in the Emirates?


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rumanasaiyed 3 years ago from Sharjah, UAE

I am here in U.A.E. from last 3 months only. But I haven't seen such sort of thing here. I will surely try to search it!!


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Rumana,

Thanks for visiting again. One of my friends has lived in Dubai for several years. If you can't find the supplies, please contact me. My friend might know an online craft supply source in U.A.E.


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Mike Robbers 3 years ago from London

That's a great hub, Daisy and guide seems easy to follow. I will certainly give it a try!


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Mike,

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. Please post another comment after you have made the soap.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

What beautiful molds these are and the method seems like something I could do. I've never tried to make soap before but it sounds interesting. What a great idea for holiday gifts!


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Peg,

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. The more interesting molds I've found are sold online, and the prices are reasonable. I own an electric pot for melting soap, but if I don't make a lot at a time, the Pyrex measuring cup / microwave oven method is terrific.

Please post another comment after you've made some soap. I know you'll enjoy the project.


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Torrs13 2 years ago from California

Thanks for this tutorial! I've been looking for different ways to make things at home and this sounds like it would be a nice little project for me to take on.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Tori (Torrs13),

Welcome to HubPages. It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment.

The melt and pour method of soap making is a very easy craft to learn. Plan on making a double-batch of soap. You'll want soap for yourself and to give as gifts.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

I'd like to try making soap. Hemp would be my choice. By following your instructions I think I could do this. I'm thinking of adding the soap to the bath salts for gifts.

You create great, easy DIY projects. I could use about 20 more. :) Pinning, tweeting and more.

Thank you so much Daisy.


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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

This looks simple with your easy to follow instructions.

I have never tried making soap, but I think it's a good idea. You are sure about the purity of the ingredients.

Great idea and a wonderful hub! Voted up and pinned!


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Audrey (vocalcoach),

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. Gift baskets for Christmas which contain both bath salts and soap made using the instructions from my Hubs is a great idea!

My four-year degree is in Fine Arts and I'm certified to teach all art subjects in Kindergarten through the 12th grade. I enjoy "teaching" crafts to people of all ages via my Hubs.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Chitrangada,

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. Thanks, too, for pinning my Hub.

Soap making using "melt and pour" soap is a very easy craft. I like being able to vary the type of soap I use and to vary the additives.


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lrc7815 2 years ago from Central Virginia

Finally, someone (you) wrote a craft article that even a dummy can do. I love hand made soaps and was intimidated by most of the articles I had read. This...I can do and I can't wait to try it. Thank you!!!!


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Linda (lrc815),

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. I've made soap by melting the soap base in a rice cooker dedicated to that purpose, but then I discovered that it's not necessary to do so.

Using a Pyrex® cup to melt the soap base is so much easier. Remember to use the rubbing alcohol if you don't want small bubbles on what will be the bottom of the bar of soap.


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Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

Hi Daisy, loved the mariposa soap. Pinned this to two boards on Pinterest. :)


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mdscoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

Great article Daisy. I have never tried making soap but has always been an interest. Seems relatively simple to do. Thanks for the great ideas. Voted up and shared.


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DreamingBoomer 2 years ago from Jackson, MS

we used to make candles and mold soap years ago, but I never did it the old fashioned way. These are lovely!


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Paula,

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. Thanks, too, for pinning my Hub. When I saw the mold with the daises and butterflies, I had to purchase it!


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Michelle (mdscoggins),

Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. Melt-and-pour soap is very easy to make if you do it in small batches using a microwave. It becomes more complicated when you melt the soap in a rice cooker that you've dedicated for craft projects.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Karen (DreamingBoomer),

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. I also used to make candles, too. Melt-and-pour soap is so make easier to make. Plus, I found the clean-up after making candles took more time than I really wanted to spend.

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