Craft your Own Soap

Learn how you can create personalized melt-and-pour soaps using colors, herbs, and scents that best fit your home and lifestyle.

| Fall 2019


Kids often grumble and protest when they’re told to wash their hands or take a bath. But if they’re using soaps they’ve made themselves, bath time turns from a struggle to a treat. They may even look forward to their daily bath.

Displaying and using soaps you’ve made yourself adds a personal touch to your home. Luckily, the melt-and-pour method is easy, and it’s safe enough to do with children. Melting down glycerin — the main ingredient for this method — involves no chemical changes, so you won’t need any special safety equipment beyond some adult supervision for the kids when working around the stove.

Though glycerin is the base for this method, it’s the rest of the ingredients that make the soap unique; different colors, herbs, scents, and other additives personalizes your soaps. Once you’ve experimented a bit with soap making, you’ll likely build up a list of favorites to work with. Personally, I love using mint, because it’s especially refreshing on my hands and feet, and it helps stimulate my skin. You can even try your hand at swirled-color soaps, which make stylish gifts for a housewarming, bridal shower, or birthday. The possibilities are endless.

Most of the ingredients needed for this recipe can be found either at a craft store, kitchen store, or online.

Ingredient Index

If you put in the time and effort to make your own soap, you’ll want to make sure the final product is the best match for your skin. You’ll also want your ingredients to mix well to result in a satisfying batch of soaps. Consult the following list of ingredients when first making melt-and-pour soaps.



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