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.”

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