Nikki Nurtures | DIY Homemade Soap
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DIY Homemade Soap

More and more, I look for ways to make my own products because at the end of the day, I’ll know exactly what’s in them. Over the weekend, I decided to make my own soap. It was a relatively easy process and the final results were awesome! So, I wanted to share the steps with you!

Melt and Pour Soap Base and AccessoriesOk, so maybe I cheated a little, but I used Stephenson’s Melt & Pour soap base. There are tons of soap bases you can choose from, so pick the one that’s right for you. You’ll also need a a soap mold, a cutter, and a miter box to make cutting the soap easier.

Try these picks:

Melt and Pour Soap Base – $12.75

Soap Mold – $16.99

Soap Cutter – $8.99

Miter Box – $29.99

Essential Oil Infused Homemade Soap
I wanted my soap to be ultra-moisturizing, so I added one small ice cream scoop full of shea butter, 6 drops of Vitamin E oil, and 2 TBSP of sweet almond oil. For the scent, I went Grapefruit essential oil.

What are benefits of Sweet Almond Oil?

Rich in vitamin e, fatty acids, protein, and potassium, sweet almond oil is perfect for keeping skin soft, softening fine lines and wrinkles, relieving dry skin, psoriasis, and eczema, and reducing muscle aches. It’s also great for controlling hair loss, so definitely try using it as a hair serum!

What are the benefits of Vitamin E oil?

Vitamin E protects against toxins like air pollution. It improves moisture and elasticity in the skin, which helps maintain healthy, younger looking skin. Vitamin E also naturally slows aging and repairs damaged skin.

Why is Shea butter good for your skin?

Shea butter is skin smoothing, anti-inflammatory, and nourishing. It can be used as a base for many of your beauty products, like hair conditioner, lotion, and deodorant. Shea butter works with your body’s natural collagen.

What are the benefits of Grapefruit Essential oil?

Grapefruit essential oils is a natural antibacterial, it improves circulation, and the scent not only uplifting, but it also reduces “brain fog”. It’s also a skin brightener and helps fight acne.

Try these:

Sweet Almond Oil $11.99

Vitamin E Oil – $24.99

Shea Butter – $10.44

You can use whichever essential oils you’d like. Maybe you want a lemon lavendar soap or patchouli… the possibilities are endless. Either way, you don’t have to break the bank for you oils. Twig and Petal offers pure essential oils.

You’ll want to cut your soap so that it will fit in a double boiler. It will also melt easier if it’s broken up. I used a large glass measuring bowl with a spout to create my double boiler.

Place in a large pot of water and bring to a boil. Using a double boiler method will ensure that the soap does not burn.

As the soap starts to melt down, add your liquids (vitamin E and almond oil) and add your scoop of shea butter.

It took about 45 minutes for the soap to melt down. Afterwards, I added 40 drops of Grapefruit oil. Stir it up with the end of  knife, then turn the flame off.

Carefully, but quickly, pour the soap into the mold. Let it cool– about another 45 minutes.

Carefully push cooled soap out of the mold and place it in the miter box.

I suggest using the miter box so that all of your cuts are even. Gently push the cutter down into the soap… and… VOILA!

You have made soap! I already used it in my shower and I LOVED it. It smells amazing and it made my skin feel really soft. I think this is a DIY win!

This made 10 bars, so I won’t be needing soap for a while. But, I can’t wait to experiment with other bases and adding things like coconut milk, honey, and coffee.


Another great resource for soap making, candle making, essential oils, etc. is Bulk Apothecary. You can find all of the ingredients I used there! Prices are below market value and you can buy in bulk!

“BULK APOTHECARY started in mid 2010 as a small brick and mortar specialty retailer and has quickly expanded to become one of the nation’s leading suppliers of Essential Oil, Soap Making Supplies, Candle Making Supplies and Specialty Ingredients.”

Quality is Everything.

Market Leading Prices on Essential Oils and Natural Ingredients.

  • Rebecca Bryant
    Posted at 15:57h, 06 September Reply

    YUM…Homemade soap is so delicious. I love that you can add any scent you want and that you can keep it all natural. I love the smell of homemade lavender soap so yummy

  • Scott
    Posted at 17:39h, 06 September Reply

    We recently bought a book on how to make our own soap. It really doesn’t look that hard, just have to decide what scents we want!

  • Keikilani
    Posted at 18:24h, 06 September Reply

    I have always wanted to try making my own soap. It looks so fun. I would love to add coffee!

  • Bree
    Posted at 21:22h, 06 September Reply

    Almond oil and vitamin e are so good for your skin! I’ve been wanting to try this. Thank you for sharing! I love DIY home and bath products.

  • Sarah Bailey
    Posted at 13:34h, 07 September Reply

    I have to admit I have never tried making my own soap before, but it sounds like such a great idea, I love that you add your own scents. Might have to try this for christmas.

  • Amber Myers
    Posted at 13:39h, 07 September Reply

    Ooo I bet this smells amazing. I need to try this out soon. I’ve never tried to make my own soap before.

    • Nikki Nurtures
      Posted at 16:08h, 07 September Reply

      It does smell amazing. It’s a great pick me up in the morning for sure.

  • Jen Walker
    Posted at 16:01h, 07 September Reply

    I have never made my own soap before, but it’s something I’ve always wanted to try. I think these can make great gifts with the perfect scents and shaped molds!

    • Nikki Nurtures
      Posted at 16:09h, 07 September Reply

      They would totally make great gifts! I know I love when people make me things. And there are so many pretty molds to choose from!

  • Alaina Monster
    Posted at 18:50h, 07 September Reply

    I’ve never made my own soap before, but I’d defiantly try this! With Christmas coming (Sorry for the C word!), I’d love to make some for my SIL. I think i’d use those silicone soap molds though… they look user friendly.

    • Nikki Nurtures
      Posted at 18:53h, 07 September Reply

      I’m thinking about Christmas too! Haha Yes, the silicon molds are super easy to use.

  • peter @feed your soul too
    Posted at 18:50h, 07 September Reply

    I am so impressed with DIY projects. Especially ones that I have not yet tried. This is great and you know exactly what goes inside.

    • Nikki Nurtures
      Posted at 18:53h, 07 September Reply

      Yes! I love knowing what’s in there. Let me know if you try it out.

  • Claudia Krusch
    Posted at 18:54h, 07 September Reply

    I would love to try making my own soaps. I have been using essential oils for years. They have so many great benefits. I love grapefruit essential oil.

    • Nikki Nurtures
      Posted at 19:01h, 07 September Reply

      It’s a great way to use all those oils for sure!

  • Hannah Marie
    Posted at 18:59h, 07 September Reply

    Time to buy ingredients for soap, thank you for the guide. I would love to make some for myself and give it as gift to some friends

  • Andrea
    Posted at 20:23h, 07 September Reply

    I didn’t know it was so easy to make homemade soap. I’ve been wanting to try this DYI for a while now and now I feel like I can finally try it out.

    • Nikki Nurtures
      Posted at 10:18h, 08 September Reply

      Yes!! Try it and let me know how you liked it. It was way easier than I thought it was going to be too!

  • Tammy
    Posted at 05:59h, 08 September Reply

    I have always wanted to make my own soap but never sat and really looked at how to do it. Thanks for sharing this. I’m pinning for later instructions. Would make great gifts this Christmas

    • Nikki Nurtures
      Posted at 10:19h, 08 September Reply

      You’re very welcome! I think they would make great gifts too!

  • Kitty
    Posted at 09:25h, 08 September Reply

    wow handmade soaps are always a yes for me as they are naturally made and has no artificial chemicals in it… I would love to try it and also gift some to my friends 😀

    • Nikki Nurtures
      Posted at 10:19h, 08 September Reply

      No artificial chemicals are super important!

  • Kelly Hutchinson
    Posted at 11:21h, 08 September Reply

    I recently found out how easy it was to make soap at home. I love to give it as gifts for the holidays.

  • Utminh
    Posted at 18:35h, 08 September Reply

    I have always wanted to try making my own soap. Your post has a lot of useful information. Thanks

  • Natalie
    Posted at 07:53h, 09 September Reply

    I have been considering making my own soap for a while now. I will have to give your ‘recipe’ a try!

  • David Elliott
    Posted at 10:13h, 09 September Reply

    I don’t think that I have made soap since I was in high school. It was a cool project. Although I think this would be something very cool to do with my daughter. And I think the natural and beautiful smells would be awesome.

  • LeAndra
    Posted at 11:39h, 09 September Reply

    I’ve never thought about making soap before but I have really dry skin and since it’s rich in essential oils, it may be helpful. Thank you for sharing.

  • Shaheen Khan
    Posted at 14:21h, 09 September Reply

    This is an awesome DIY idea. I didn’t know soap making was so easy and creative. Love the idea of infusing it with essential oils and added moisturising agents.

  • Rebecca Swenor
    Posted at 20:32h, 09 September Reply

    I have always wanted to make my own soap since I make my own candles now. This recipe I am going to have to try. It sounds like it would be great for the skin in my opinion. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  • Kim
    Posted at 03:19h, 10 September Reply

    What a fun idea to make your own soap! These would be great for stocking stuffers this year!

  • Nicole
    Posted at 09:41h, 11 September Reply

    I have never tried to make my own soap, bu I have purchased some and I love it! I never really knew how to do it myself, so thank you this is super helpful! I just might have to try attempting it now! Thanks for sharing!

  • fashionmommywm
    Posted at 16:05h, 11 September Reply

    It seems like a quite expensive undertaking to start with, but if you have sensitive skin this could be the perfect way to avoid those ingredients that irritate,

  • blair villanueva
    Posted at 20:47h, 17 September Reply

    This is perfect! Can we a humble gifts for this holidays. Do you also sell them?

    • Nikki Nurtures
      Posted at 07:59h, 18 September Reply

      I was thinking about it. Might want some more practice first!

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