Soap making, you know you’ve thought about it, have you ever tried it? Well NOW is the time! Give yourself the time, you deserve to get creative with your essential oils. Take time to gather the soap making supplies and then take a Saturday or Sunday to get creative! What better way to spend a rainy spring day indoors. Keep reading on for an essential oil recipe for soap and where to get soap making supplies.
Whether just for yourself or to make a bit of money to a full fledged business, soap making can open the doors to a wonderful niche market in your local area. It’s more important than ever to purchase locally made products with ingredients you can pronounce and put a face to where it came from!
Instead of telling you all about soap making, get in the kitchen and give it a go! Don’t be afraid, you got this! Here’s a wonderful DIY lotion bar recipe from Young Living to try with YOUR favorite essential oils…
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin coconut oil
- 1/2 cup beeswax
- 1/4 cup shea butter
- 1/4 cup cocoa butter
- 15-20 drops essential oil of YOUR choice (say 10 lavender essential oil and 10 peppermint essential oil or 10 lavender and 10 lemon, get creative!)
- Optional ingredients: dried lavender and lemon zest for exfoliation, plus it looks cool!
- 16-ounce measuring cup
- Medium-sized saucepan
- Silicone molds or a muffin tin
- Combine the coconut oil, beeswax, shea butter and cocoa butter in a 16-ounce glass measuring cup
- Place it in a pot with water that rises halfway up the measuring cup.
- Bring the water to a boil stirring frequently until all the ingredients are completely melted.
- Remove the measuring cup from the pot (carefully, it is HOT)
- Add the optional dried lavender and lemon zest if desired.
- Add the essential oils and stir until completely combined.
- Immediately our it into molds.
- Let it sit overnight,
- Once cooled, remove the lotion from the molds, voila, YOU are now a soap-maker!!!
- Store in a cool, dry place AND make sure to enjoy 🙂
TIP: When reading about a DIY recipe the first thing that comes to my mind is, where the heck do I buy the stuff? Well let me tell you it’s actually quite easy even though the ingredient list can sound foreign lol!
Most ingredients like the coconut oil, shea butter and cocoa butter will be able to be purchased at your local health food store and even some grocery stores! Check with your local bee farmers for the beeswax… or check your local craft stores. You can also click on the ingredient names in the recipe above and you will be directed to where you can buy them on Amazon 😉 Some like to support local vendors and some like to shop online, the choice of where to buy the ingredients is completely yours!
Finding the molds is easier than you think, you’ve actually got them laying around the house! Try a mini muffin tin, a large muffin tin or a loaf pan. Make mini soaps from those silicone ice cube trays you have laying around! Silicone molds are by far the nicest for their flexibility especially if you’re making mini soaps. So start digging through the cupboards and see what you’ve got right at your fingertips.
Maybe you’re ready to take it to the next level… yes there are a million recipes in the land of Google and on Pinterest, it can be overwhelming filtering through all the options AND holding the phone while handling ingredients is annoying, trust me! Been there, tried that…
A book, in my opinion, is still the way to go! To the right is a picture of my go-to soap making book that I purchased a few years ago. It’s been a handy companion in my DIY library. I make soap for fun, not for re-sale, they make great personal gifts and decorate the bathroom and kitchen a bit more than the average white bar of soap from the grocery store. I also enjoy knowing what’s in the soap, and since I made them I definitely know what they are made of!
Below are some BOOK suggestions to help you along with YOUR new found hobby! I’ve added a few options as it’s nice to have a few to choose from yet not a million to choose from. Looking at all the available options can get overwhelming as each DIY book offers something different. These are just my personal reviews on the books as I could not find the same one I bought years back…
This book will have you step up your soap making skills a notch. There are some good beginner recipes to the advanced recipes. I think this book worth a try. Pure Soapmaking has great step by step instructions and I will repeat that it offers a variety of recipes from easy to the more complicated and fancy. Make sure to sue your therapeutic grade, pure essential oils.
32 recipes will take you from plain castile bars to intricate swirls, marbled and layered looks. The ingredient lists for these are kinda cool including black tea, and coffee grounds to mango and dandelion-infused water (and we all have dandelions in our lawns lol!!!).
Click the book, go right to adding it to your collection!
Just starting? You will need a beginner guide to avoid being overwhelmed! This book may just be a good place to start for beginners, Making Soap from Scratch.
These easy to follow step by step directions from soap maker, Gregory White are awesome! Create natural hand made soaps perfect for gifts at Christmas time and birthdays OR take them to your local farmer’s market and make a little on the side.
This book also includes tips and advice for how to cut and cure soap, how to begin selling your soaps, packaging and labeling AND how to get set up at your local craft fair or market.
Enjoy over 45 soap recipes from luxurious to the basics! A must have for the soap making library, just click on the book and the link will direct you to where to buy it.
My last suggestion will be the Soap Maker’s Workshop. This book from artisan soap maker Robert McDaniel kicks it up another notch with liquid soap recipes and more!
Learn even more soap making techniques such as cold and hot process soaps, melt and pour soaps along with re-batched soaps. This may sound like a foreign language now, just wait until you read and follow the book, you’ll be an expert in no time!
This book is great for all levels of craft soap making. Whether you’re just starting or you’ve been doing this a while… it’s another check it out kind of book, and yes, like the other two clicking on the book will take you to where to get it 😉
I must warn you… Once you begin DIY’ing, it is addictive! I know I am always up for trying something new. A new recipe in the home is always exciting… and if you enjoy baking or cooking, you will enjoy soap making…
The biggest thing though is to have fun with it. Don’t be afraid of trying something new. and remember… friends and family will be your best first customers! They are usually my test subjects, you’ve got to start somewhere, why not start where you know you”ll get an honest opinion about your product!
I’d LOVE to hear back from you, please leave a comment or suggestion below! Have a most wonderful day 🙂