My Favourite Homemade Soap Recipes

My Favourite Homemade Soap Recipes

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Below are three of our favourite homemade soap recipes, but wait, before you begin, why not head over and check out this article, to ensure you are following safe soaping practices.

Homemade Soap Recipes

Rose and Oatmeal Scrub Bar Soap

Ingredients
550 g Coconut Oil
190 g Shea Butter
300 g Grapeseed Oil
10 g Wheat Germ Oil
330 g Distilled or Spring Water
15 g Powdered Madder
150 g Sodium Hydroxide
15 g Ground Oatmeal
8 g Ground Rose Petals
10 mL Vitamin E Oil
Dried Rosebuds for decoration

Essential Oils
5 mL Geranium
2.5 mL Patchouli
2.5 mL Sweet Orange

Instructions

  • Weigh out both the Coconut and Shea Butters, chop into small chunks, and place in a plastic bucket.
  • Weigh and add the Rapeseed and Wheat Germ Oils.
  • Put on your safety goggles and rubber gloves and weigh out the water into the bucket.
  • Measure out 100 mL from the bucket and heat slightly, then add the Powdered Madder until it blends together.
  • Next, blend together the oils and weigh out the Oatmeal.
  • Then weigh out the Rose Petals and blend them with the Oatmeal and Essential Oils.
  • Either outside or in a well-ventilated area, wearing the protective gear, carefully pour the Sodium Hydroxide into the water.
  • Stir the ingredients together with a long-handled stainless steel spoon; once everything has dissolved, remove the mask.
  • Next, add the Madder, which will become a paste; however, don’t put it in all at once, as you want to add it one spoonful at a time until it has taken on the desired colour.
  • Add Vitamin E. Oil, which will work as a preservative.
  • Then put the Rose Petals, Essential Oils, and Oatmeal blend into the mix.
  • Mix everything together thoroughly with the blender, until trace.
  • Pour into individual moulds.
  • Leave the soap in the moulds for 48 hours until the bars have hardened enough.
  • Then put them out to air and leave for six weeks before using.
  • Notes: You need to use a 1.5 kg mould; this is one of the homemade soap recipes that are superfatted at 3%

    Fig and Honey Homemade Soaps

    Ingredients
    500 g Coconut Oil
    150 g Shea Butter
    350 g Olive Oil
    330 g Distilled Water
    154 g Sodium Hydroxide
    2 Fresh Figs
    15 mL Honey
    5 mL Vitamin E

    Essential Oils
    10 mL Ylang Ylang
    2.5 mL Cinnamon
    2.5 mL Ginger

    Instructions

    • Start by weighing the Shea Butter and Coconut Oil, then cut into small chunks and put in plastic bucket.
    • Next, weigh the water in a plastic bucket, with the Sodium Hydroxide in a jug.
    • Either outside or in a well-ventilated area, pour the Sodium Hydroxide into the water and stir until thoroughly dissolved.
    • Blend the figs together with the stick blender to a pulp.
    • Pour the figs and honey into the caustic soda and stir until everything is dissolved.
    • Blend the Essential Oils and Vitamin E together and combine with the mix.
    • Then, pour into your prepared mould.
    • Leave the soap in the moulds for 48 hours until have become hard.
    • Finally, turn the soap out of the mould and leave to cure for 4 to 6 weeks

      Notes: You need to use a 1.5 kg mould; this recipe is super-fatted at 3%

      Moisturising Melon and Shea Butter Bar

      Ingredients
      400 g Coconut Oil
      300 g Shea Butter
      300 g Watermelon Seed Oil
      330 g Distilled Water
      147 g Sodium Hydroxide

      Essential Oils
      2.5 mL Tea Tree
      2.5 mL Rosemary
      2.5 mL Lavandin
      7.5 mL Mandarin

      Instructions

    • Weigh both the Shea Butter and Coconut Oil together and cut into small chunks and place in the bucket.
    • Next, weigh out the watermelon oil and add to the other oils.
    • Then weigh out the water in a plastic bucket, with the Sodium Hydroxide in a jug.
    • Either outside or in a well-ventilated area, pour the Sodium Hydroxide into the water and stir until thoroughly dissolved.
    • Pour the caustic solution into the Oils and stir with a spoon, until the Oils have dissolved.
    • Then, bring the soap to a light trace.
    • Pour the soap into a 15 kg prepared mould and leave the soap to set for 48 hours.
    • Finally, turn the soap out of the mould and leave to cure for 4 to 6 weeks.
    • This is one of those homemade soap recipes that are great for making a really moisturising bar of soap.

      Notes: You need to use a 1.5 kg mould; this recipe is super-fatted at 3%

      If your keen to learn how to learn more about DIY soap making, then the following article offers some really good recipes.

    17 thoughts on “My Favourite Homemade Soap Recipes

    1. MJ says:

      Sure you use expensive oils with your soap but some of the fatty acid profiles are way beyond limits, too much lauric acid (from coconut oil) in a formula can feel drying. Still you can always add whatever value of oils to your liking. But I think a balance formulation will yield a best bar of soaps.

    2. Sheila says:

      Hi, thanks for all your wonderfully ideas, I have ready made glycerine for soap making so can I just add my goatsmilk with other fats and essential oils to the mixture, thanks

    3. Rafidah says:

      Hi.. your recipe is awesome. Thx for sharing.
      I would to ask , if i would like to put fresh strawberry and goat milk.
      Can i blend together the strawberry and goat milk then i freeze it.
      When its ready, i mix the lye onto the freeze milk goat and strawberry.
      Is it posible to do?

    4. Cara says:

      Hi, I was wondering if the Fig and Honey soap also needs to be blended to the trace stage, I couldn’t see it mentioned in the recipe. As I am new to making soap I wasn’t sure if this is just assumed knowledge 🙂

    5. Anne says:

      Did you find grapeseed oil in a store? i couldnt find it anywhere… i plan on getting some online from bulkapothecary.com/categories/soap-making-supplies.html , they seem to have everything. i am excited to make this recipe. thanks for the post.

    6. Peggy says:

      I was really happy to see a recipe with fresh figs, I am very new to soap making and would like to use any fresh fruits I have growing in my yard. Do you have any recipes to share that incorporate more fresh fruits? I happen to have a lime , orange, guava and fig tree. Thank you it is the generosity of people like you that help us newbies learn. Much appreciated.

    7. Jenny says:

      I have a question, how do you get your soap shaped like that? Is it two separate molds and then joined together or one mold that makes it round with a line around it.

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