Beyond Basic Soap



If you already know how to set up your natural soap base in order to make homemade soaps, you can then experiment with different soap recipes to find out what works. Most soap recipes start out the same way, but the ingredients differ vastly. You can follow some of these tried and true recipes, or make your own using some of the ingredients listed.


  1. Herbs and citrus are two great ingredients to add into your soaps. You can use either fresh or dried herbs, with fresh ones making the soap expire within three months of making. Use basil, mint, rosemary, orange, and lemon to make a delicious-smelling soap. Mix all the herbs and lemon using a food processor. Use 1 tablespoon of mixed herbs per cup of soap mix.
  2. Coconut oil is a popular soap additive, and you can use it to make a strong soap using just 3 ingredients. You need to have 33 oz. coconut oil, 4.83 oz. of lye, and 12.54 oz. of water. However, you can also use soap base for this. Just prepare the soap as normal, and you’ll end up with a wonderful body soap.
  3. If you make loofah soap, the center of the soap bar has a slice of loofah in it. This recipe requires making 2 different colored batches of soap. You can scent them the same or differently if you want. Making the center an orange color and adding orange essential oils makes it look like there is an orange slice is in the soap.
  4. You can make chai tea soap by using a chai tea essential oil mixed in with your soap. You can also create a similar scent by using actual chai tea in the soap mix. If you want more of a latte kick, add some coffee essential oil into the soap mixture.
  5. You can make shampoo bars for washing your hair. When making this type of soap, set your weights of ingredients to create 5% superfat soap. You should make sure to add coconut oil and olive oil for lather and conditioning, respectively. Cocoa butter is another ingredient that is very good for your hair.
  6. Pumpkin soap is a great fall soap recipe. You’ll need to use the following oils: olive oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil, and cocoa butter. The only other ingredient you need to blend in before cooling is about 2 oz. of canned pumpkin. For a nice twist, add in a small amount of vanilla and clove essential oils.
  7. A nice mint soap is a great thing to use to relax during a hot shower. To make it you need several oils, including avocado oil, coconut oil, olive oil, castor oil, and mango butter. After mixing those in, you’ll need to add mint infused water or tea, French green clay, and peppermint essential oil.
  8. Oatmeal and goats’ milk are both really good for your skin. An added benefit is the scrubbing properties that the oatmeal adds to the soap. Always blend the oatmeal before adding it to the melted soap base. Mix the oatmeal, goats’ milk, and soap base. Then add 40 drops of almond oil to add a scent to the soap.

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