41 Handmade Soap Recipes for Beginners

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Curious about soap making for beginners? These homemade soap recipes will get you started. Some are melt and pour, which is the easiest way to make soap.

What’s Great about Natural Soap Making?

Soap making is a great way to create natural, healthy and eco-friendly soap. You can control the ingredients that go into your soap. Choose from shea butter, cocoa butter or even castile soap bases for your bar of soap.

It’s also a fun and creative process that’s totally crafty. So you get to express your personality and style through your finished product.

Bars of homemade soap in a pile

And it can be cheaper than buying soap at the store. You can make a large batch of soap for a surprisingly small amount of money.

You can learn all about how to make homemade soap. Melt and pour soap making is easiest for beginners, because it doesn’t involve lye like cold process soap making.

Homemade Soap Recipes

The following DIY soap recipes vary in difficulty. Not all of them use lye. Some of them are simple re-batching or "melt and pour" recipes which are more suitable if you want to keep it simple.

Others are cold process soap recipes, which lets you make fantastic-looking layered or ombre bars.