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Homemade Soap Recipes

Updated on February 3, 2013
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Marye Audet-White is an internationally known food writer, food editor for Texas Living, cookbook author, and food blogger.

If you have never made soap before you might want to read How to Make Homemade No Cook Soap to review the process. These recipes are for the melt and pour soaps but can be used for any other soap recipe you like to use.

Making homemade soap is fun and it is easy to do. You can make it unique to your own skincare needs or create unique combinations of scents. When soap is homemade it has none of the chemicals and other impurities of soap that is made commercially. Best of all, it is a frugal gift that is welcome by most people.

Make up a variety of soaps now for gift giving later on. You can create soap gift baskets or make molded guest soaps for your own use. Use your imagination and your handmade soap is sure to be a hit with those you give it to.

You may want to adjust the scents up or down depending on your own preferences. The rule of thumb is a total of ¼ teaspoon to ½ teaspoon of fragrance per bar of soap.


Almond Cherry Soap

This is a gentle exfoliating soap that smells fantastic.

  • 1/3 cup whole almonds
  • 1 (4 ounce) bar Castile soap
  • 1/4 cup distilled water
  • 1 tablespoon almond oil
  • 5 drops vanilla fragrance oil
  • 5 drops black cherry fragrance oil
  • 10 drops almond fragrance oil
  1. Grind the almonds in a food processor until they are a fine powder
  2. Grate and melt the Castile
  3. Bring the water to a boil and add the oil, fragrances, and almonds.
  4. Stir into the melted Castile and spoon into a mold
  5. Let set until completely hardened

Brown Sugar Fig and Oatmeal Soap

A gentle cleaner for sensitive skin.

  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 bar Castile or glycerin soap
  • 1 tablespoon almond oil
  • 10 drops brown sugar and fig fragrance oil

Grate and melt the Castile soap. Stir in the rest of the ingredients and spoon into a mold until set.

Mocha Latte Soap

This is a great exfoliating soap that will also remove strong odors from your hands.

  • 1/3 cup coffee beans, ground
  • 1 bar Castile soap
  • 1 tablespoon of almond oil
  • 5 drops coffee fragrance
  • 5 drops chocolate fragrance
  • 5 drops vanilla fragrance

Grate and melt the soap. Stir in the rest of the ingredients and spoon into molds. Let set.

Lavender Tea Soap

  • 1/3 cup lavender buds
  • 1 bar Castile soap
  • 1 tablespoon of almond oil
  • 10 drops of tea leaf and jasmine fragrance oil
  • 5 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops of Vanilla fragrance oil

Grate and melt the soap. Stir in the rest of the ingredients and spoon into molds. Let set.

Men's Club Scented Soap

Great scent for the guys. Warm and masculine.

  • 1 bar Castile soap
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 5 drops tobacco fragrance oil
  • 2 drops vanilla fragrance oil
  • 2 drops leather fragrance oil
  • 1 drop clove essential oil
  • 10 drops coffee fragrance oil

Grate and melt the soap. Stir in the rest of the ingredients and spoon into molds. Let set.

Ready to Go

After the soap has hardened take it from the molds. Wrap it in tissue paper and tie it with raffia or ribbon. An afternoon of enjoyable crafting can give you gifts for year 'round giving.

The scents are endless. Use your favorite scent singly or in a variety of combinations. A quick glance at a soap making supply website will give you an incredible amount of ideas for scents, combinations of scents, and additions that you can make to your homemade soap recipes to make them unique.


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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      A friend just made lavender soap for her daughter's wedding shower (she put them in little drawstring bags). It made me curious about how to make homemade soap. When you melt the Castile, do you add water? Does it just melt on its own in a pan? Can you reuse pots used for soap, or are they no longer good for other things (cooking, whatever)?

      Thanks for the great recipes! As soon as I figure how to do this, I'll be trying it out!

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      Lisa 6 years ago from Central USA

      almond cherry ..I bet it smells great!

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      CARIBQUEEN 6 years ago

      These are wonderful recipes for homemade soap. I know first hand as I make my own soaps especially the melt and pour process. I do not use the commercial soaps as they tend to dry out my skin. I use a lot of good oils in my soaps that are really beneficial to my skin. I replace all the oils that have been removed from the commercial soaps. They are just wonderful and heavenly. I will also try your soap recipes.

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      craftybegonia 7 years ago from Southwestern, United States

      That almond cherry soap sounds wonderful! Thank you for the hub.

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      make homemade soap 7 years ago

      Your writing ability impressed me a lot.It was really a great read about soap recipes.

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      DennisWayne 7 years ago from Dennison,Texas

      can you make any kind of soap for bodily use that is kind to the gentler sides of life without making your feet crack and her hands dry out that's what I would need and look forward to hearing from you, thank you very so much today on 09/01/2010

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      Artoflegendindia 7 years ago

      Nice hub. I liked your recipe for making home made is cheap , pure and safe for body.

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      iburahimu 7 years ago

      Look like something nice to try. Yes making my own soap will be better since I'll know all the chemicals that I'll use.

      Thanks, great hub

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      Michelle Ofiana 7 years ago from Baguio City

      Hi. Last month, I made a lye soap for family use. I used only lye and lard and some coconut oil. I gave some to my aunties and uncles because I made many extra to give away. I got a lot of compliments. I would like to try your Almond Cherry Soap recipe. Who knows, this time I will be receiving orders after free samples. Nice Hub to bookmark. Thank you for the recipe.

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      mubi201 7 years ago

      great and interesting hub...very useful

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      Paula 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Would love to try the almond cherry soap! Thanks for sharing these:) Ocean

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 7 years ago from Maine

      This is a recipe for soap I like since lye is not used. I'll definitely try it!

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      Katrina Ariel 8 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada

      These soaps sound delicious! I can almost smell them from your descriptions.

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      anuritasingh 8 years ago

      hey Marye!!! great hub... i will try Almond soap... i use hand-made soaps but i did not get any idea of making soap at home. thanks dear..... :) this hub is very useful to me....

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      glendoncaba 8 years ago from Somewhere in the hubverse

      reading in a hurry as usual but this is a great home business idea to get back to.

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      sukhera143 8 years ago from Home

      let me try this.

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      Marye Audet 8 years ago from Lancaster, Texas

      Lots of as well as others.

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      judydianne 8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Is there somewhere online that you can get castile soap?

      This sounds like a fantastic gift!