Making your own homemade soap recipes can be a fun, creative activity. It also gives you the ability to control the ingredients in your soap. You get to decide what point on the spectrum between toxic and natural or organic is acceptable to you.
Types of Homemade Soap Recipes
There are several different kinds of soap that you can make at home.
- bar soap
- liquid soap
- glycerin soap
- soap without lye
- beeswax soap
Methods for Homemade Soap Recipes
Most methods to make homemade soap at home are very easy.
One of the many easy homemade bar soap recipes that is perfect for beginners is the melt-and-pour method. Pre-made bases can be purchased in many craft supply stores. Begin by melting the base in a double-boiler or a microwave. Then stir in any essential oil or fragrance you choose. Finally, add colorant if you so desire, and pour into molds.
Glycerin bar soap can be made at home using this same melt-and-pour method. To get your homemade glycerin soap recipes, just replace the base with glycerin, which can also be purchased at a craft store.
Homemade liquid soap recipes are also very simple. One method involves grating a bar of soap, then heating it with distilled water to form liquid soap. If you prefer to start with your own ingredients rather than using a bar of soap, try this:
- Distilled water – 1 c.
- Liquid castile soap – 3 tbsp.
- Vegetable glycerin – 1 tsp.
- Tea tree oil – few drops
Simply combine all ingredients and pour into your soap dispenser. The tea tree oil acts as an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent. You can also add a few drops of essential oils for fragrance.
Homemade Soap Recipes – Lye-Free
Making your own soap usually requires the use of lye. However, lye contact with the skin can cause burns or irritation, and the fumes can be harsh on the eyes and lungs. Many novices and those with health concerns in regard to the use of lye prefer to try a gentler, lye-free recipe.
One method for homemade soap recipes without lye is to grate bars of Ivory soap, add herbs, essential oils or fragrances, and re-mold. If you prefer not to use a pre-made bar like Ivory to make your soap, you can use the melt-and-pour method with a natural soap base. Just add the essential oil and follow the basic melt-and-pour instructions. You can also add a tablespoon of honey or beeswax.
You can also make your own shampoo at home. Homemade shampoo recipes call for you to combine one cup of distilled water with one cup of castille soap and two teaspoons of grapeseed oil. Shake all the ingredients together in a bottle, and it’s ready to use. Again, you can also add essential oils for fragrance.