How to Make Bars of Soap

You can make your own customized, natural, healing soaps. Essential oils, herbs and vegetable glycerin are used to create soap for any skin type. Use this easy process to make your own bars of soap or guest soaps, or give them as gifts or as party favors.

Things You'll Need

  • Melt-and-pour glycerin soap base
  • Sharp knife
  • Ruler (optional)
  • Glass pan
  • Soap or candle color
  • Vitamin E oil
  • Essential oil
  • Dried herbs (optional)
  • Soap mold


    • 1

      Cut the melt-and-pour glycerin into 1-by-1 inch squares with a sharp knife by following the pressed lines on the surface. Cut three squares of glycerin for each bar of soap. If the soap base does not have pressed lines on the surface, use a ruler to measure 1 by 1 inch, and mark as many squares as you need with a sharp knife before cutting.

    • 2

      Place the cut glycerin into a glass pan over the stove top. Turn the heat on medium-low and stir constantly with a wooden or plastic utensil until the glycerin has melted completely. This can take several minutes. Be prepared for the next steps once the soap is melted, since it begins to harden quickly.

    • 3

      Turn off the heat, but leave the pan on the burner. Quickly add 2 to 3 drops of soap or candle color per bar of soap and stir to combine. Adjust until you get the color you desire. Mix colors, if you like, such as red and blue to get purple.

    • 4

      Add 2 to 3 drops of essential oil of choice per bar of soap you're making. Choose an essential oil based on your skin type. Lavender is a good choice for normal to dry skin, tea tree or peppermint for oily or acne-prone skin. Rose geranium or neroli essential oil is ideal for sensitive skin.

    • 5

      Stir to combine all the oils, and add 1/2 tsp. dried herbs of choice per bar of soap. Dried herbs are optional and can be left out if you don't like plant material in your bars of soap. However, they can lend additional healing properties to the soap and a little extra scrubbing action. Stir again to combine herbs.

    • 6

      Pour the soap mixture into soap molds carefully. Allow the soap to harden for at least 4 hours, although overnight is preferable. Once hard, pop the bars of soap from the mold by turning it over and applying slight pressure to the bottom. Store in a cool, dry place until ready for use.

Tips & Warnings

  • Have all of your items such as oils, herbs and color prepared and ready to mix in as soon as you turn the heat off under the glycerin. You have a only few short minutes before the glycerin begins to harden, so it must be poured into the molds as soon as possible.
  • Solid soap and candle color can be used in place of liquid, if desired. Simply use a few flakes in place of the drops of liquid.
  • Dried herbs such as lavender flowers, chamomile flowers and jasmine flowers all work wonderfully in these bars of soap, adding visual interest and adding their specific healing properties to the soap.
  • All of the ingredients used to make these bars of soap, including the soap mold, can be found at craft and hobby stores or ordered online from reputable retailers.
  • Do not use metal utensils or a metal pan to make your soap. This can have a negative effect on the finished product and cause metal flaking to end up in your bars of soap.
  • Do not reheat the soap once the essential oils have been added. Essential oil is extremely volatile and will burn away if placed over heat.
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  • Photo Credit Emiliano Spada

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