Homemade bars of soap are amazing. I love how different they are from those typical store-bought bars. In this post, I’m going to show you how to make soap. I’m going to walk you through the process of how to make soap without lye through the melt and pour soap method.
Making soap can seem intimidating but once you get the hang of it, you’ll become addicted to making soap yourself. I’ve created a free simple checklist to walk you through the process yourself that you can download below. Here is an easy recipe for making soap at home. If you love skin care products, you will enjoy this DIY soap recipe.
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Learn How To Make Soap At Home
By starting with the melt and pour method you don’t have to worry about any special equipment or how to handle the lye. You get to jump into the fun part, the decorating.
Since fall is right around the corner I thought it would be perfect to share a pumpkin spice melt and pour recipe with you today.
Melt and pour soap is:
- Perfect for beginners
- Quick to make
- Very customizable
A few years ago I thought it’d be fun to make my own soap. I was so tired of how quickly we went through the soap and I was tired of not being able to find amazing smelling bars of soap.
I had read that homemade soap lasted longer than store bought and since you’re making them yourself, you are in charge of the scents. This was a perfect win-win for me.
I was like most people, completely scared of using lye so I decided to start off with using melt and pour bases for the homemade soap.
These bases are easy to find and later on, I’ll be linking everything I used for this project so you can recreate this project yourself.
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Supplies For Homemade Soap
- 1/2 block of (2 lb) melt and pour shea butter soap (suspension formula)
- 3-4 drops Vitamin E oil
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice powder or essential oils
- Soap colorant (I used red and yellow)
Download the free checklist to help walk you through the soap making process below. This recipe makes 4 3 oz soap bars
How To Make Soap At Home Directions
Cut the shea butter soap base in half. Place one of the halves back in the container. You can use the extra for another batch of this recipe or another.
Continue to cut the “squares” that are already scored into the soap and place in a medium microwave-safe bowl. (I used a large Pyrex measuring cup). Cutting the soap into cubes will help with melting time.
Microwave until completely melted (around 30 seconds, depending on microwave wattage). Remove from microwave and stir.
**Do not overdo this. I did 30 seconds then checked and stirred with a wooden skewer.
Add 3 drops of red soap colorant and 6 drops of yellow soap colorant and stir. If you want a darker orange soap, add more red colorant. Stir well to distribute the color.
Add the vitamin E oil and pumpkin pie spice and stir to incorporate. (You want to make sure that your soap base is a suspension formula. This will allow the pumpkin pie spice to be distributed throughout each soap bar instead of accumulating at the bottom).
Pour the soap evenly into your molds and allow to harden at room temperature for at least 2 hours. (Or you can chill for 1 hour to speed up the cooling process).
Once hardened, gently pop out each soap bar from the molds and ENJOY!!
Here’s a short video showing you how to make soap.
Easy Melt and Pour Bar Soap
Making your own soap is so rewarding. You can use these bars at home for you and your family or you can give them as gifts. Everyone will love the way their hands smell and feel after they use this homemade soap.
Are you ready to make soap at home? You can download the free checklist to walk you through the soap making process.
Here’s everything that I used to make these pumpkin spiced bars of soap