How to Make Homemade Soap

Many people make soaps at home as a hobby, as they are very easy to make once you know the basics. The following article will help you with some simple homemade soap recipes.
Soap making is a fun-filled hobby. You can use soaps for your personal use or gift them to your loved ones. If you become an expert soap-maker, you can even sell fancy perfumed soaps and earn some extra money. I am sure this will catch your attention and make you more interested in learning how to make homemade soaps.

There are two things that are required to make a soap, viz., fat and lye. The other ingredients that you may add will make it more luxurious. If you are learning to make your own soap, keep in mind that the best and the safest way is to use the uncolored and unscented soap base so that you won't have to handle lye. Lye is a dangerous chemical and, if not handled with care, may lead to serious burns and even death.

Homemade Soap without Lye

  • Uncolored, unscented soap base
  • Essential oils of your choice (for adding fragrance)
  • Food color of your choice (for color)
  1. Take one bar of soap base and melt it in a double boiler. You can even melt it in a microwave oven.
  2. Once the base melts, add ½ ounce of essential oil of your choice and a small amount of food color to it.
  3. You can also add a tablespoon each of honey, oatmeal, and butter or beeswax (one teaspoon).
  4. Mix well and pour the melted soap in plastic molds.
  5. The soap will harden after several hours. Once set, wrap it up in wax paper or any other non-sticky material.
Once you get a fair idea of making homemade soap, you can attempt the other recipes using lye. Prepare the soap in a well-ventilated room, and do not breath in the toxic fumes of lye. Use rubber gloves when pouring lye to protect your skin from coming into accidental contact with it. Be careful when handling the lye container, as it may get extremely hot.

Homemade Soap with Lye

  • 9 oz. of lye. Set this aside in a large measuring cup.
  • 4 ½ cups of olive oil (use the very cheap kind, as it makes the best soap)
  • 2 cups of coconut oil
  • 2 tsp essential oils of your choice (for adding fragrance)
  1. Warm the oil to medium heat. Wait till the lye gets slightly cooled. The oil and lye should be at the same temperature. Touch the side of the bowls and try to judge if both the temperatures are same.
  2. Once they reach the same temperature (approximately 110°F), pour lye into the large bowl containing oil.
  3. Mix the oil and lye thoroughly. You can use a hand blender for this purpose.
  4. Add two teaspoons of the essential oil to this mixture and mix it well.
  5. Pour the mixture into plastic molds.
  6. It may take 24 to 28 hours for the soap to harden.
  7. Once set, wrap it up in wax paper or any other non-sticky material.
You must have realized that it is very easy to make soap at home. You can use different essential oils not just for fragrance, but also to treat skin conditions such as acne, eczema, aging, etc. They also help in relieving stress and depression. You can try using different mold shapes to prepare the soaps. You can use different animal-shaped molds for children and a rose-shaped mold for a gift. The possibilities are endless, and you can even turn your fragrant hobby into a sweet-smelling, part-time business.
Last Updated: September 22, 2011
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I want to start manufacturing of soaps for marketing. Please guide me in detail. - Mini Jayanand [October 31, 2013]
i want to start manufacturing of soaps for marketin please guide me in detail... - neeta deshpande [July 12, 2012]
i am wanting to make soaps i live in the country nsw how easy is it to get everything i need .can i start of with a kit - lyn [May 6, 2012]
It's good to see the pros and cons here, before anyone gets involved in anything, research about it thourghly, no matter what it is, that way if something gets screwed up its your own fault and not some one else's, we all need to be carefull when trying anything that can end up harming us. I make my own hair color, i research all kinds of things, some say something like, do this lighting treatment every day for a month, but it has to do with ingredients that can dry hair out, So I think to myself, no, i'll try once a week for two weeks, if i like what I see and maybe even if I dont , I give my scalp a break and hair, and wait about three weeks, we just have to be carefull, what we drink, eat and put on our skin, When some makes a mistake on the computer or any where and some one knows the right way things should be done, just let who ever know they are going it about it the wrong way then explain to them the propper procedure, its good to know things and help people, its good to catch the mistakes some one made that could hurt some one, but if they didnt know, dont be so condeming be,.just be more helpfull with what you know, and explain the safe and propper way to do what ever it is. - jen [November 23, 2011]
I think this looks like fun, when I have a chance this is something to look into.Thank you for your info. Have a Happy Thanks giving to you and all. - jen [November 23, 2011]
Your instructions on making soap with lye is a little vague. You kinda skip some steps also you should explain "soap base" more thoroughly. - Brad [November 17, 2010]