We’ve heard and done homemade DIY (do it yourself) shampoos, conditioners, face masks, face scrubs, essential oils, hair masks, etc. Going all natural, organic, and DIY with respect to skincare and healthcare is the current obsession of every self-care lover. Have you ever tried a DIY soap yet? Yes, it might sound a bit intimidating for those of you who are used to buying soaps from the nearby supermarket but try it once and we bet that you’ll start turning soap making into your favorite hobby. Creating your own batch of DIY soaps is fun, cost-free and also comes with the guarantee that your soaps are non-toxic and natural.
So, if you’re bored of using those over pricey soaps, here’s a quick guide for you to know all about homemade DIY soaps that you have to try. Read on!
For Beginners: Quick Primer About Soap Making
If you look at the core of this, soap making involves using a combination of animal or vegetable fats along with alkaline (lye). This process is called saponification and it’s a chemical reaction that occurs between these two elements.
- The Melt And Pour Process:
This is the easiest process for a novice soap maker. All you need is a premade soap base. Melt it on the stove or you could microwave it. Then you need to add in all the fragrances, herbs, essential oils, color, minerals — basically whatever your heart desires. Pour the mixture into molds. Once it’s cooled down and hardened, it’s ready for use.
- The Cold Process:
This technique is a little advanced but is a traditional way of making soaps. This process involves the mixing of oils with a base of lye solution. The advantage of this way of making soaps is that you can experiment with various ingredients and your soap will last longer as well. However, you need to wait a good 4-6 weeks for the soap to cure completely and become firm.
Homemade DIY Soap Recipes
1. Lavender Oatmeal Soap
If you have an itchy, dry, and sensitive skin, then this soap is the cure you’re looking for. Oatmeal’s reparative qualities and the therapeutic powers of lavender serve as a match made in heaven (of the soap world of course) (1). This soap also acts as a scrub because of the oatmeal present in it. To make this, all you’ll need is oatmeal, lavender flowers (dried), lavender essential oil, and goat’s milk (for the soap base).
2. Black Raspberry Soap
If you want your soap to look and smell delicious, then your search ends here. Use the melt and pour method to make this. You’ll need a soap base, olive oil, black raspberry scented oil, and a bowl.
3. Snowflake Soap
This year on Christmas’s eve, how about gifting DIY homemade soaps? This snowflake soap is perfect for gifting! To make these Christmas beauties you’ll need a snowflake mold, a white soap base, peppermint oil, silver glitter of cosmetic grade, and washi tape. To make this, use the melt and pour method. Melt the soap base, then add the rest of the ingredients. Mold and use.
4. Coffee Soap
Using this soap is going to wake you up from a gloomy morning start. Who doesn’t love the coffee aroma? Its intoxicating aroma refreshes our minds! You can make this soap with the pour and melt process. For the base, use goat’s milk, almond oil makes for good conditioning, and the coffee grounds can be included which will act as a fresh exfoliator. For the fragrance bit, you can either go for coffee or vanilla essence.
5. Calendula Soap
For centuries, the calendula plant has been used to protect, heal, and hydrate skin because of its richness in antioxidants. You can make this soap using the cold process by adding calendula’s dried flower petals. It’s better if you infuse these petals in olive, rice bran, and coconut oil for added benefits.
6. Rose Vanilla Soap
How about gifting a bouquet of rose-vanilla soaps instead of a rose bouquet to your girlfriend? This DIY soap is all that women need to pamper their skin. Use the melt and pour process to make this one. You’ll need a shea butter soap base for this. A cup of dried and crushed rose petals and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Go ahead, try this soap recipe out and surprise your lady!
7. Pumpkin Spice Soap
In the world of baking, who doesn’t know the “pumpkin pie spice” mixture, right? It’s a mixture of ginger, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon which is great for not just your inner health but also for your skin’s beauty. To make this soap, use the melt and pour method. All you’ll need is a shea butter soap base, few teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice powder, and natural yellow or orange colorants.
8. Winter Solstice Soap
As the name suggests, it’s definitely a wintering soap! Winter is that time of the year when our skin needs extra care. To make this striking soap, you’ll need some Dead Sea mud, white clay, Australian black clay, titanium dioxide, and shea butter for the base. You can use eucalyptus as a scent agent here. Use the cold process way to make this winter soap.
9. Shea And Hemp Soap
Hemp oil forms a critical component of healthy skin owing to its richness in omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids (2). This soap includes a lot of fat ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, castor and olive oil, hemp seed oil along with a generous amount of kaolin clay which makes it extra sudsy and creamy.
10. Grapefruit And Pink Himalayan Salt
We all are certainly aware of the vast range of benefits that the Himalayan pink salt offers us (3). Making soap with it is only going to add on to that range now. To make this soap using melt and pour method, you’ll need Himalayan pink salt, goat milk soap base, and essential of grapefruit.
These are some of the many beneficial combinations one can think of while making soap. Which one is your favorite here? Do try them and let us know about your experience in the comments section below.
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