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Making Your Own Bath and Body Soap: Recipes & Decorative Ideas

Updated on March 21, 2011

Shatter Bars

These bath and body soaps are wonderful for using extra chips and color pieces left from other projects. When individual bars of soap are cut from the whole loaf, the added chunks make interesting and unusual shapes and designs. There are hundreds of possible variations for this bath and body soap, so experiment as you please.


  • Melt-and-pour glycerin soap base
  • Glycerin soap chunks of various colors
  • Soap bar mold


  • Gather together chunks of glycerin in varying colors and shapes.
  • Freeze the chunks.
  • Melt one batch of glycerin base in a double boiler, adding color if desired.
  • Pour a layer of this glycerin into the bar mold. Allow it to cool enough to hold the weight of the chunks so that they don’t sink to the bottom of the mold.
  • Spray frozen chunks with rubbing alcohol (to aid adhesion) and place them in the partially thickened glycerin.
  • Melt a second batch of glycerin base in a double boiler, adding color if desired.
  • Fill the mold with this second batch of glycerin, covering and surrounding the chunks of color.

Tip: Remember that embedded soap pieces will appear to change color when added to a translucent colored bar of soap. A blue star in a red soap bar will look purple, for example.

Embedded Toy Soaps

These bath and body soaps make unique and fun gifts for children as well as adults, and the process is not difficult. Clear glycerin will reveal the wonderful embedded treat, whether it be a rubber duck, frog, or toy car. Almost anything can be embedded, but if the gift is for a child, make sure that it is age appropriate and does not contain small parts that could be hazardous.


  • Clear melt-and-pour glycerin soap base
  • An object or toy to embed
  • A mold with at least ½ inch extra space on all sides of the object you’d like to embed


  • Melt glycerin in a double boiler.
  • Pour about ½ inch of melted glycerin into the mold you have chosen. Let it become slightly thickened before placing the toy on it. It should be firm enough so that the toy will not sink to the bottom of the mold.
  • Add the rest of the clear glycerin, covering the toy inside the mold.

Oatmeal Honey Scrub Soap

With natural ingredients and the soothing properties of oatmeal, this bar is great for use on sensitive skin.


  • Melt-and-pour glycerin soap base
  • Honey fragrance oil
  • Oatmeal (not instant), ground in a blender or coffee bean grinder (about one cup per pound of glycerin)
  • Desired color (remember that the oatmeal will give the soap a slightly beige tint)


  • Melt glycerin base in a double boiler.
  • Add desired color and honey fragrance oil. Honey itself will work, but it will not give off an aroma as strong as fragrance oil.
  • Stir in ground oatmeal.
  • Allow to sit until soap thickens slightly.
  • Stir the soap again to disperse the oatmeal.
  • Pour into desired mold.


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