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Homemade Hand Soaps

Hello everyone! Talitha from Love, Pomegranate House here again! And I’ve got another super cute and simple DIY Mother’s Day gift for all of you! Seriously, can it get any cuter than Handmade Hand Soaps!?

Homemade Hand Soaps

Homemade Hand Soaps

My mom was in town last week to help us get settled into our new house. I knew I wanted to make her something special for Mother’s Day that was handmade, you know… because I’m all crafty. {winks} And I had to have it ready for her while she was here since I wasn’t going to be with her for Mother’s Day. So I whipped up 3 different “flavors” of hand soaps, for lack of a better word. The scents are honey-oatmeal, aloe vera, and chamomile. But it is really easy to make your own variety and “flavor” your soap any way you want!

Homemade Hand Soaps


When it comes to making soaps, I was definitely a novice. I hadn’t done it since I was in 2nd grade. And I don’t really remember that. So I went the simple route: melt and pour glycerin soap. Here are the basic supplies for the base of every soap:

  • 4 cubes {4 ounces} of glycerin soap {this can be found at Michael’s craft store. I chose a clear glycerin but you could choose any variety you want}
  • Petroleum jelly or vegetable spray
  • Spray bottle {set to mist} filled with rubbing alcohol
  • Soap molds {you can get molds specific to soap making or use the base of a yogurt container or any other plastic container}
Homemade Hand Soaps

How to Make Hand Soaps

Now on to the basic instructions for soap making. Regardless of the “flavor” of soap you want to make, the basic steps are the same.

Begin by coating your molds with either petroleum jelly or vegetable spray. Set aside.

Cut your glycerin into cubes and placing your cubes into a microwave safe container with a spout. The glycerin comes molded into cubes. Four cubes is all you need per soap mold.

Heat the glycerin in the microwave in 20-second intervals until melted but not boiling. Stir until smooth. Mix in other additives to “flavor” your soap.

Homemade Hand Soaps

Pour “flavored” soap into your prepared mold. Mist with rubbing alcohol to eliminate any bubbles on the soap’s surface. Allow soap to harden for 2 hours.

To release the soap from the mold, pull the mold away from the side of the soap. Then press on the bottom of the mold to pop the soap out. If the soap is still resisting coming out this way, place it in the freezer for 10 minutes and try again.

Homemade Hand Soaps


Phew! Now that the steps are done, I can share the wonderful recipes with you! All of these are added into the melted glycerin before pouring it into the mold.

Chamomile Hand Soap

1/4 tsp chamomile tea leaves

Honey-Oatmeal Hand Soap

1 1/2 tsp honey
1 pinch ginger
2 tsp oatmeal

Aloe Vera Hand Soap

2 tsp aloe vera gel

Homemade soaps on I Heart Nap Time... a great gift idea!

I made several different kinds of soaps all in one afternoon! They really don’t take very long to make and are a wonderful gift just in time for Mother’s Day. Or you could even make them up fast and share them this week for Teacher Appreciation Week! I even made a few extra just for myself!

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  1. {Oops – hit enter too soon!} Anyway, Talitha these are so pretty! I used to make gift soaps all the time and completely forgot how easy it is! I usually made the regular bar shape but I adore the round molds. So cute!!
    Thanks for having Talitha over Jamielyn!! πŸ™‚

  2. In the honey oatmeal soap, how did you keep the oatmeal at the bottom? Or top… I feel like if I tried that one it’d get all mixed up.

  3. I was wondering if this recipe can be converted to an oven recipe? I do not own a microwave but I really like the simplicity if this!

  4. Thank you for this amazing recipe ! I love the idea of homemade soap but I have a question – can I use glycerin syrup instead of glycerin soap ?Β 

  5. It looks like the green one is frosted. Is it just the photo or did it frost up. I like it frosted. Β If it is how did you do it, thanks.Β 

    1. Since we used clear glycerin, the color came from the additives. Typically colors for soaps are sold right next to the glycerin in craft stores. πŸ™‚

    1. I would use the Ginger from the spice cabinet – the only reason being it has much less moisture, and will not offset the chemistry of the soap. πŸ™‚

  6. These are just lovely ! May I ask where you bought the color for the mint
    green soap and what color it is. Everything came out so pretty, from theΒ 
    soap to the packaging ! Thank you for sharing .

      1. Thank you! Btw My friend gave me the great idea of using coffee grounds for one of the soap bars, if anyone else wanted to use that idea πŸ˜‰ Thanks for the recipe this will make great Xmas gifts for the extended family!