If you’ve ever wanted to make your own soap without lye, to skip the hassle of working with chemicals and using protective gloves, here is an easy homemade soap making tutorial that’s fun and lets you focus on the creative part of easy homemade soap making.
To make easy homemade soap, start by getting a Melt and Pour Soap Base that can easily be melted on your stovetop or in your microwave oven. You can find these melt and pour soap base products in white or clear glycerine, goats milk, shea butter or olive oil.
And since you’re making homemade soap without lye, this is a great project you can do with the kids that they will enjoy.
Next, you will need a few molds to set your soap into. I think silicone molds are the easiest to work with because once your melt and pour soap sets, the mold can easily be peeled off to get the soap out.
Silicone molds also can be repurposed to make chocolates, candles, Jello and some are even great for baking. The molds you see here are assorted snowflakes, flowers and a fairy mold that were all purchased at Amazon.
To scent the homemade soap, you can use an essential oil like Eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender or whatever you like. I happen to have these oils on hand, so I didn’t have to go to the expense of buying them.
You can also use herbal teas like Pomegranate, Chamomile or Orange Cinnamon Spice, by just cutting open the tea bags and adding it to the soap base.
Another ingredient that you might have on hand in your kitchen is Quaker Oats, which can be ground up to make a nice oatmeal based soap.
The Melt and Pour Soap Base is easy to cut up into squares and melts in the microwave in less than a minute. Be sure to take the soap out every 20 seconds and stir it so it doesn’t burn.
After the base is melted and ready to pour, add about 4 to 5 drops of essential oil or one tea bag of loose tea to the soap base and stir it in well. Note: If you add the oil before you melt the soap, the scent is going to be very strong, so add it in after.
Before you pour the soap base into the molds, be sure to set your molds on a cookie sheet or flat tray. Silicone molds are very bendable so if you don’t have them on a tray, you won’t be able to pick them up and move them to a cool place to set.
Shown above is the 4 variety of soaps I made. The snowflake shaped ones are Peppermint and Eucalyptus and the fairy shaped ones are Oatmeal and Orange Cinnamon Spice.
Below you see a close up of the soaps. The tea soap is the top one and reason I’m showing you this is that some people don’t like the look of how the tea bleeds through the soap and recommend soaking the tea first then drying it out before using it.
But if you do that, you will not get all of the exfoliation or scent benefits of the tea, which to me defeats the purpose, so I use it right out of the teabag. But it’s really a personal preference.
These melt and pour homemade soaps make nice thoughtful gifts. For my fairy shaped soaps, I found a few antique glass dishes at the flea market, wrapped the soap in sandwich bags and put the soap gift into a clear and gold cellophane gift bag. They came out pretty and people really loved them.
With just one package of Melt and Pour Soap Base, silicone molds, and some scented oils or teas, you can have an afternoon of easy and fun soap making that even the kids will enjoy helping with.
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