Non-Food Halloween Treats That Will Wow Your Teens!

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Whether Halloween parties or trick-or-treating take over your neighborhood on the last day of October every year, it seems there’s at least that one year when your new tween or teen loses that excitement for Halloween. Perhaps they feel too old for trick-or-treating and so they stay indoors, glued to a computer screen, realizing it’s both easier and cheaper to simply hit up the 75% off sales on candy the day after Halloween.

Non-Food Halloween Treats that will WOW your teens! Gifting your teen, or even your own friends and coworkers, these non-food Halloween treats can infuse some of the fun back into this spook-tacular holiday. And perhaps remind them to carve out a little time out for themselves devoid of technology and the drama of school life. Following you'll find the perfect creepy collection of handmade bath and body Halloween treats to haunt your bathroom this Halloween.

Of course, while sales are spectacular, they are not nearly as fun as participating in the holiday festivities. Gifting your teen, or even your own friends and coworkers, these non-food Halloween treats can infuse some of the fun back into this spook-tacular holiday. And perhaps remind them to carve out a little time for themselves devoid of technology and the drama of school/work life.

Following you’ll find the perfect creepy collection of handmade bath and body non-food Halloween treats to haunt your bathroom this year. (Quite honestly though, I seriously want to hoard all of these for myself!)

Spooktacular Non-Food Halloween Treats

Handmade Bloody Heart Halloween Bath Bomb from The Mad Bombers! This anatomically correct bath bomb from The Mad Bombers is shaped just like a heart and will turn your tub into a bloody mess. Luckily it smells just like black cherry. Day saved.

This anatomically correct bath bomb from The Mad Bombers is shaped just like a heart and will turn your tub into a bloody mess. Luckily it smells just like black cherry. Day saved. Buy it here.

Halloween Zombie Artisan Soap from The Charming Frog! If you have a The Walking Dead fan on your hands, then these pictures of rotting flesh may be in order for a bath time slaughter. Scented in your choice of either dirt or potting soil, these goons are actually a pair of soaps from The Charming Frog.

If you have a The Walking Dead fan on your hands, then these pictures of rotting flesh may be in order for a bath time slaughter. Scented in your choice of either dirt or potting soil, these goons are actually a pair of soaps from The Charming Frog. Snag the set here.

Til Death Do Us Part Halloween Bath Bomb from Psycho Bombers! The reviews for this creepy coffin bath bomb from Psycho Bombers doesn't disappoint. When she said "Til Death Do Us Part," she meant it. But that doesn't mean she won't make a return appearance to darken your Halloween - and your tub!

The reviews for this creepy coffin bath bomb from Psycho Bombers doesn’t disappoint. When she said “Til Death Do Us Part,” she meant it. But that doesn’t mean she won’t make a return appearance to darken your Halloween – and your tub! Buy it here.

Lizzie Borden Inspired Hatchet Bath Bomb from Sea Mist Co. Lizzie Borden took an ... well, a hatchet? A hatchet works just as well as an ax for round two of this slaughter from Sea Mist Co. that comes in the form of red & white bourbon barrel scented bath bomb.

Lizzie Borden took an … well, a hatchet? A hatchet works just as well as an ax for round two of this slaughter from Sea Mist Co. that comes in the form of a red & white bourbon barrel scented bath bomb. Get yours here.

Black Matte Lipstick from Zolia Vera! All dressed up and no place to go. If you're going to be surly you might as well look the part. This matte black lipstick from Zolia Vera is the only black lipstick you'll ever need. The natural, non-drying formula is uniquely whipped to perfection sweetened with a dark blackberry honey flavor with emollient-rich natural oils.

All dressed up and no place to go. If you’re going to be surly you might as well look the part. This matte black lipstick from Zolia Vera is the only black lipstick you’ll ever need. The natural, non-drying formula is uniquely whipped to perfection and sweetened with a dark blackberry honey flavor with emollient-rich natural oils. Stock up here.

Witch's Brew Cauldron Bath Bomb from Euphoria Soap Works! This witch's cauldron bath bomb from Euphoria Soap Works delights not only with it's green brew and bloody bones, but you'll be surprised to also find a bat ring hidden inside!

This witch’s cauldron bath bomb from Euphoria Soap Works delights not only with it’s green brew and bloody bones, but you’ll be surprised to also find a bat ring hidden inside! Get yours here before they’re gone for good.

Halloween Spider Soap From Sunbasilgarden Soap! As if having arachnophobia wasn't bad enough, this frightful spider soap from Sunbasilgarden Soap may bring out more than it's fair share of Halloween screams. Made of pumpkin spice and everything nice, this natural glycerin soap is scented with buttery pumpkin scent and topped with sparkling glitter. The spider? It's a bonus for your family's favorite prankster.

As if having arachnophobia wasn’t bad enough, this frightful spider soap from Sunbasilgarden Soap may bring out more than it’s fair share of Halloween screams. Made of pumpkin spice and everything nice, this natural glycerin soap is scented with buttery pumpkin scent and topped with sparkling glitter. The spider? It’s a bonus for your family’s favorite prankster. Buy it here.

Freaky Fingers Glow in the Dark Halloween Soap from AJSweetSoap! Skinny dipping on all Hallows' Eve can lead to some unfortunate events. Hypothermia aside, you never know when a severed body part may come into play. These severed fingers soaps from AJSweetSoap actually glow in the dark. So don't be surprised if you stumble into a dark bathroom and find more than you expected. Just like a page out of Friday the 13th.

Skinny dipping on all Hallows’ Eve can lead to some unfortunate events. Hypothermia aside, you never know when a severed body part may come into play. These severed fingers soaps from AJSweetSoap actually glow in the dark. So don’t be surprised if you stumble into a dark bathroom and find more than you expected. Just like a page out of Friday the 13th. Buy the set here.

Daryl's Severed Ears Soap Inspired by The Walking Dead from AJSweetSoap! Walking Dead fans will want to get their hands on a set of Daryl's apocalyptic severed ears. It's quite the spin off of soap on a rope.

Or, if fingers are too tame for your dark side, get your hands on a set of Daryl’s apocalyptic severed ears. It’s quite the spin off of soap on a rope. Add to your collection here.

Halloween Skull Soap from The Charming Frog! What's Halloween without a few skulls and crossbones? This incredibly creepy skull soap from The Charming Frog is anything but charming. Lucky for you though you can procure him in your favorite custom color and scent to match the decor in your guest bathroom to a tea!

What’s Halloween without a few skulls and crossbones? This incredibly creepy skull soap from The Charming Frog is anything but charming. Lucky for you though you can procure him in your favorite custom color and scent to match the decor in your guest bathroom to a tea! Find him here.

Meat Platter Brain Bath Bomb from The Mad Bombers! Brains are all the rage among cannibals and zombies alike. Get yours bath bomb style and served up on a platter from The Mad Bombers. Scented in winter apple, these bloody brains will look like a suicide in your bathtub by the time their done. After all a good hostess does prepare for every kind of guest.

Brains are all the rage among cannibals and zombies alike. Get yours bath bomb style and served up on a platter from The Mad Bombers. Scented in winter apple, these bloody brains will look like a suicide in your bathtub by the time their done. Get yours here. After all a good hostess does prepare for every kind of guest.

For more non-food Halloween treats, be sure to check out my Halloween favorites on Etsy here. You may also find some of my fall favorites tempting. And don’t forget to tell me which one is your favorite!

Still want more? Then be sure to follow my Bath and Beauty Pinterest board for unique and homemade bath and beauty products from both trending companies and handmade artisans alike. You can also follow me on your favorite social media platforms! You can find Soap Deli News on G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or subscribe to Soap Deli News via email for future updates, DIY projects and recipes.


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Homemade Fall Soaps for the Perfect Morning Pick Me Up!

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Let’s face it. Mondays suck. The solution? That one’s tough. But a little morning pick-me-up can go a long way towards perking up your mood. While these homemade fall soaps aren’t going to magically make your workload a breeze, they will bring a smile to your face. Plus they’re a great little reminder that sometimes it’s the little things that can turn it all around.

Homemade Fall Soaps for the Perfect Morning Pick Me Up!

While my Mondays aren’t as insane as they used to be when I worked for someone else, they can still just as challenging. Don’t get me wrong. Self-employment has its merits and its perks. However, I still have weekly goals, challenges and deadlines that I have to meet to keep advertisers. Otherwise, I don’t make the money I need to live off of. And just like you, when you’re sick but don’t have paid sick days, I’m typing away at the computer planning social media or struggling through processing photos for my next DIY.

In fact, last week I had a fibro flare up. This was followed by a return of TMJ. Both of these things are aggravated by stress but also in turn cause more stress. So I had to find something to help break the cycle. In the end, it’s you all – and some of my long time fans – that reminded me that it’s all worth it. And that, no, I’m not just writing for myself but also people that I relate to and that relate to me. Browsing all of the new homemade falls soaps out now on Etsy – that brought it all back home.

The best homemade soaps for fall! These lovely artisan soaps are inspired by the colors and scents of fall and are the perfect Monday morning pick me up to start off your week!

As a former seller on Etsy myself (and no stranger to farmer’s markets either!) I wanted to share some of my favorite fall soaps that I discovered. These amazing soaps are not only inspiring, but the artisans who crafted these homemade fall soaps are also small businesses owners. Perhaps like yourself. So I hope you’ll take the time to check out the creative soapmaking ideas they developed to celebrate the season as well as support those artists and soapmakers you love in their endeavor by making a purchase.

The Best Homemade Fall Soaps!

Artisan Vanilla Pumpkin Marshmallow Scented Ice Cream Soap for fall handmade by Sparkle and Splash

Ice Cream Soap by Sparkle & Splash // This artisan ice cream shaped soap is scented with a confectionary worthy blend of creamy vanilla, spiced pumpkin and fluffy marshmallow that’s perfect for fall. Get it here.

Pumpkin Spice Soapicorn Unicorn Artisan Soap for fall from LeeLoo Soap

Pumpkin Spice Soapicorn by LeeLoo Soap // This pumpkin spice scented unicorn soap is a limited edition fall soap just for us unicorn lovers and is scented in a classic blend of pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon and clove. Get it here.

Pumpkin Molasses Soap for fall from Zolia Vera

Pumpkin Molasses Soap by Zolia Vera // This handcrafted pumpkin spice scented soap is made with a combination of olive oil, coconut oil and blackstrap molasses. Get it here.

Autumn Lodge Glycerin Soap handcrafted by Seaside Soap Kitchen

Autumn Lodge Glycerin Soap by Seaside Soap Kitchen // This handcrafted glycerin soaps boasts a beautiful pattern of fall acorns and leaves while indulging your senses with the fragrance of warm fall spices blended with background notes of cinnamon, pine needle and wintergreen. Get it here.

Pumpkin Spice Soap Cupcake for fall handmade by Euphoria Soap Works

Pumpkin Spice Soap Cupcake by Euphoria Soap Works // Fall colors and spices make this pumpkin spice scented soap cupcake a perfect choice for fall! Scented with a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, and a pinch of clove, this soap also offers a delicious visual delight of soap frosting, caramel drizzle and a cute little sugar pumpkin on top! Get it here.

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Soap for fall by Beauty & Beast Soap

Pumpkin Pie Soap by Beauty & Beast Soap // These homemade fall soaps look just like pumpkin pie! Made with real pumpkin seed oil and pumpkin puree, these pumpkin pie soaps are scented just like the real deal! Get yours here.

Autumn Leaves Goat Milk Soap by Red Flower Farm

Autumn Leaves Goat Milk Soap by Red Flower Farm // This handcrafted goat milk soap is beautifully decorated with hand sculpted soap autumn leaves and branches and is dusted with cosmetic biodegradable glitter. Get it here.

Artisan Apple Orchard Soap for fall handcrafted by Marvelous Soap

Artisan Apple Orchard Soap by Marvelous Soap // This limited edition green apple scented soap features hand sculpted stems and leaves along with custom seed embeds in each bar. It’s also vegan and palm free! Get it here.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Soap for fall handmade by Rainy Daze Naturals

Pumpkin Spice Soap by Rainy Daze Naturals // This irresistible homemade fall soap is scented with the perfect blend of sweetness and spice that’s certain to remind you of Grandma’s kitchen filled with Thanksgiving desserts. Get it here.

I hope you enjoyed this small collection of some of my favorite homemade soaps for fall. I am continually impressed by how far soapmaking has come since Etsy was in beta when I first joined way back in 2005.

The collective of soapmaking suppliers, soapmakers and soapmaking groups has since grown and expanded into a wonderfully supportive community that’s not only helped women and men delve into a new hobby or business, but it’s also shown how amazing and creative we can be when we all work together and support one another. I thank everyone of you for your myriad of inspiration over the years.

For more seasonally inspired homemade fall soaps be sure to check out all of my favorites on Etsy here.

Pumpkin Spice Soap Recipe! Learn how to make your own fall inspired DIY pumpkin spice soap made with real organic pumpkin via the homemade soap recipe and soapmaking tutorial at Soap Deli News blog! These make great seasonal gifts for teachers and neighbors too!

Want to make your own homemade fall soaps? Try my recipe for crafting a cold process pumpkin soap made with real organic pumpkin! Or check out my tutorial these fun DIY melt and pour pumpkin spice pie soap slices!

Natural Pumpkin Spice Roll-On Perfume Recipe for Fall

You may also like my natural pumpkin spice roll-on perfume recipe that I shared recently over at The Nourished Life blog!

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And, if you’ve created your own homemade fall soaps, I’d love to see them! So be sure to share the photographs of your fall soaps you crafted using the hashtag #soapdelishowoff on instagram.


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Summer Sweets to Treat Your Skin + Weekly Wrap Up

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As much as I love making my own bath and body products, I simply adore buying them too! Sometimes perhaps a little too much. But there are just so many amazing and creative soapmakers and artisans out there, it’s sometimes hard to resist.

Summer Sweets to Treat Your Skin! Shop for sweet summer bath and body treats to indulge in this summer!

So, to kick off the end of spectacular week, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite handmade bath and body products I recently discovered. Even if you’re just window shopping, you can still sweeten up your summer with a little eye candy! Following are just a few fun handmade summer sweets to treat your skin!

Summer Sweets to Treat Your Skin

Unicorn Parfait from The Bath Candy Shop
Unicorn Parfait via The Bath Candy Shop

Beach House Whipped Sugar Scrub from Nectar Fresh Body
Beach House Whipped Sugar Scrub via Nectar Fresh Body

Mermaid Cove Bubble Bar from Shimmer & Luxe
Mermaid Cove Bubble Bar via Shimmer & Luxe

Summer Collection Bath Bombs from The Bath Candy Shop
Summer Collection Bath Bombs via The Bath Candy Shop

Beach House Cold Process Soap from Nectar Fresh Body
Beach House Cold Process Soap via Nectar Fresh Body

Unicorn Magic Bubble Bar from Shimmer & Luxe
Unicorn Magic Bubble Bar via Shimmer & Luxe

Hot diggity dog bath bombs from The Big Meltdown

Hot Diggity Dog Bath Bombs via The Big Meltdown

Pink Sprinkled Donut Lip Balm from Sweet Suds by April

Pink Sprinkled Donut Lip Balm via Sweet Suds by April

Donut Bubble Bar from Yours Truly

Donut Bubble Bar via Yours Truly

Don't Be Sour Shower Jelly from The Big Melt Down

Don’t Be Sour Shower Jelly via The Big Meltdown

Birthday Cake Soap Slice from B Sweet Soap

Birthday Cake Soap Slice via B Sweet Soap

L Frank Rainbow Bath Bomb from The Big Meltdown

L Frank Rainbow Bath Bomb via The Big Meltdown

Confetti Sprinkled Fudge Brownie Soap via Sweet Suds by April

Confetti Sprinkled Fudge Brownie Soap via Sweet Suds by April

David Bowie Bath Bomb created by Glittery Nightmares on Etsy! This Starman inspired bath bomb is crafted using a handmade mold. It's then hand painted. Drop this homage to David Bowie in water and it will release an array of colors in red, yellow, pink, orange and blue. Plus a dash of glitter!

Also sweet, just not in an edible sort of way, is this crazy cool David Bowie Bath Bomb. Created by Glittery Nightmares on Etsy, this Starman inspired bath bomb is crafted using a handmade mold.

It’s then hand painted. Drop this homage to David Bowie in water and it will release an array of colors in red, yellow, pink, orange and blue. Plus a dash of glitter! It’s made to order, so be sure to plan ahead if you need this sweet bath bomb by a certain date or for an event. You can get it here.

Julep Bright & Bold Summer Nail Polish Colors!

Also, now through July 24th, 2017 at 11:59 PM PT, or while supplies last, Julep is offering hot deals on their summer nail polish colors! Score a nail polish duo for just $10 or get your hands on a trio of polishes for only $12! What a deal, right?!

These bright and refreshing nail colors will look great when you’re lounging out by the pool or hitting your favorite summer festival! Shop here now before this offer expires.

Beauty at your doorstep! Enjoy a customizable Julep Beauty Box subscription that lets you choose full-size beauty and polish from brand-new collections every month.

In addition to their summer sale, Julep also has a sweet deal when you join their monthly beauty box subscription. Visit Julep here to take their 1-minute beauty quiz so they can customize your first box. Then use coupon code: SUMMERPOP to get your first box FREE! Even better, you can customize the products you want in each of your monthly beauty boxes AND you can also skip boxes at any time! Offer ends August 31st, 2017.

Alternately, you can get a FREE K-Beauty Fresh Start 5-piece skin & nail care gift ($114 value!) with your subscription to Julep’s Beauty Box. This introductory gift includes their pampering Korean skincare favorites and Julep’s award-winning nail treatment. To get this offer instead, use coupon code: FRESHGIFT at checkout and sign up here. But hurry, this offer ends July 31st, 2017.

Bath & Body Summer Sweets! Share your sweet summer treats you've made for your skin this summer!

Do you make your own handmade bath and body projects? Be sure to share your own homemade summer sweets by tagging them with #soapdelishowoff on instagram for a chance to have your products or shop featured on future weekly wrap ups!

For more great bath and body finds as well as homemade soap, bath and beauty recipes, be sure to follow my Pinterest boards here. You can also find and follow me on G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or sign up to receive new posts directly to your email via FeedBurner.


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DIY Wedding Favors

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Need DIY wedding favor ideas? Consider this lovely collection of DIY wedding favors that are easy to make in bulk for your big day.

Need DIY wedding favor ideas? Consider this lovely collection of DIY wedding favors that are easy to make in bulk for your big day.

DIY Wedding Favors

1. DIY Mango & Coconut Milk Soap Wedding Favors – Learn how to make your own cold process soap wedding favors with this tutorial. There are two homemade soap recipes for making mango and coconut milk two different ways – choose from a simple homemade soap recipe that won’t break your budget or a splurge worthy luxurious mango and coconut milk homemade soap recipe – plus a full tutorial on how to customize your DIY soap wedding favor labels for your big day.

2. DIY Gem Bath Melts Favors – This super easy DIY gem bath melts recipe requires just a few simple ingredients to create beautiful and luxurious DIY wedding favors! Scent however you like – I scented mine with a Champagne fragrance oil – and customize with different colors of mica for a touch of shimmer on skin and/or fine glitter for a more obvious color play that fits your wedding’s color theme.

3. DIY Massage Candle Wedding Favors – These nifty 2-in-1 candles not only make your home smell great, but the melted, liquified wax can also be used to massage onto skin to moisturize and add a lovely fragrance to your skin. Make them in any fragrance of your choice for wedding favors that are sure to get some use by your dearest friends and family.

4. DIY Snowflake Solid Lotion Wedding Favors – If you’re planning ahead for a winter wonderland themed wedding then consider these lovely pale blue snowflake solid lotion bars with a touch of silver shimmering mica! Crafted from a collection of luxurious oils like argan, sweet almond, and macadamia nut oils, these cute snowflake shaped solid lotion bars provide long lasting skin benefits all season long and are sure to be appreciated by wedding guests.

Need DIY wedding favor ideas? Consider this lovely collection of DIY wedding favors that are easy to make in bulk for your big day.

5. DIY Watermelon Guest Soap Wedding Favors – These watermelon wedding soap favors are made using a melt and pour soap base so they’re easy to make and ready in a jiffy. They’re perfect for summer weddings! (Scroll to the bottom of the tutorial for instructions on making them guest sized!)

6. DIY Terrarium Wedding Favors – This easy no maintenance DIY terrarium is not only a snap to make, but it’s also great for gifting! You can quickly and easily create these faux DIY terrariums in bulk to gift as DIY wedding favors.

7. DIY Chamomile Balm Wedding Favors – This simple homemade chamomile balm recipe is simply divine. Made using healing chamomile infused olive oil, this homemade chamomile balm recipe is perfect for hands, feet, body and even lips! The eco-friendly packaging and easy sticker embellishment makes this perfect for woodland and rustic themed weddings.

8. DIY Mix Tape Soap Wedding Favors – These DIY mix tape soap favors make great DIY wedding favors. Make your own soap or use pre-made soaps for these retro wedding favors along with my full tutorial on how to make the mix tape soap labels.

9. DIY Moisture Rich Lip Balm Wedding Favors – This naked natural homemade lip balm recipe adds rich moisture to lips in need. And because it’s not flavored or colored it’s pretty much suitable for all of your wedding guests.

10. DIY Mineral Bath Soak Favors – These natural mineral bath soak recipes are a snap to make and are the perfect end to a long day. Leave them unscented or add some of your favorite essential oil(s) for a complete aromatherapy experience! These are just perfect as DIY bridesmaid favors who’ve helped you work hard to pull off your big day!

Visit my blog here for more of my DIY wedding favor ideas. And also be sure to check out my DIY Wedding board on Pinterest here.

Need DIY wedding favor ideas? Consider this lovely collection of DIY wedding favors that are easy to make in bulk for your big day.

Don’t have time to craft your own wedding favors? Visit Beau-coup for an extensive collection of seasonal wedding favors you can buy that focus on current trends at affordable prices. Their wedding favors include personalized soaps, lip balms, candles, and candy as well as custom drinkware and favor boxes.

Choose from their collections of summer wedding favors, fall wedding favors, winter wedding favors and spring wedding favors. You can also browse their collection of wedding ideas and inspiration as well as visit their blog for fun tips and sound advice for planning your wedding. You can also create an Amazon Wedding Registry for a 10% off coupon for select items across Amazon after your wedding. Plus, with Amazon’s universal registry, you can even add items to your Wedding Registry from websites anywhere on the web.

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How to Make Your Own Cold Process Soap Recipe

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Learn how to make your own cold process soap recipe from scratch plus information on how to use a lye calculator and other soapmaking notes and tips.

Now that you’ve read my cold process soapmaking tutorial on how to make cold process soap from scratch and turned out a few successful batches, you’re probably ready to explore some of your own creative soapmaking ideas and learn how to make your own cold process soap recipe from scratch. This does require knowledge of basic chemistry about your soapmaking ingredients – fats and alkali.

Your fats – or soapmaking oils and butters – will very much determine what properties your soap will have. For example, three of the traditionally popular soapmaking oils, especially for beginners, are olive oil, coconut oil, and palm oil. Olive oil helps to create a moisturizing bar with a stable lather; coconut oil produces a hard, cleansing bar with a fluffy lather; and palm oil makes for a hard bar with a stable lather. Each of these oils has its own SAP (or saponification) value which determines how much lye should be used in the soap recipe for saponification to occur in such a way that it makes soap. Too much lye and you have an unusable bar of soap. Not enough and you could end up with a really soft soap with excess oil.

A great resource for learning more about the saponification process and the properties of various soapmaking fats & oils is Susan Miller Cavitch’s book, The Soapmaker’s Companion. Her book also contains a great troubleshooting section to help you figure out what might have gone wrong with a soap recipe as well as a nice collection of her own recipes.

This homemade cold process glycerin shaving soap recipe includes extra vegetable glycerin that's added to the regular soapmaking oils during the soapmaking process.

How to make your own cold process soap recipe.

When creating your own homemade soap recipes, there are also a lot of additional free resources to help you with this process. Lye calculators, for example, will automatically calculate the amount of lye you need in a recipe based on the amounts and types of oils you plan to incorporate into your recipe. You can find multiple links to lye calculators by conducting a google search. However, the lye calculator at SoapCalc.net can help you to create a soap recipe that meets your expectations for the properties you’re looking for in your own soaps. It does this by giving recommended ranges for the various soap qualities and fatty acids and tells you where your soap recipe falls in regards to each of these ranges.

Learn how to make your own cold process soap recipe from scratch plus information on how to use a lye calculator and other soapmaking notes and tips.

However, the soap calculator at SoapCalc.net is a bit more complex than some of the other soap calculators available so you’ll need a little more information to get started with this lye calculator. Certainly don’t let that intimidate you though. You can discover some pretty fantastic soap recipes through trial and error.

To use the lye calc at soapcalc.net you’ll need to enter a little bit of information in addition to your ingredients. Since you’ll be making cold process soap you’ll need to choose the radio button for NaOH (sodium hyroxide.) KOH or potassium hydroxide is used to make liquid soap.

Next, choose which measurement you’ll be using to weigh your oils. I recommend using either grams or ounces. I typically weigh out my ingredients in ounces however for smaller recipes you’ll find that grams will always be the most accurate as it’s a smaller unit of measure.

Third choose your water as % of oils or the water discount. I highly encourage you to set this at 33%. Otherwise you’ll likely have a very soft soap to start out with which will not only take longer before it can be unmolded but will also take much, much longer to cure as there’s so much more excess water that needs to evaporate. Occasionally I use less than 33% for soap recipes that are using a lot of oils that are know for creating a softer soap. For example, a 100% olive oil soap – or what is known as a traditional Castile soap – is going to start out as a much softer soap and requires a cure time of 4-6 months rather than 4-6 weeks. In this case I typically use 30.5% as the water discount amount.

Next choose a superfat amount. A soap with 0% superfat has no extra oils left over in the final soap bars once saponification is complete. To superfat a soap means you have extra fats (or oils) that are left unsaponified in your final bars of soap. These unsaponified oils help to make soap more conditioning. It is standard practice to use at least a 5% superfat unless you are making a laundry soap. This saves your butt in case of small errors in measurements and keeps your soap from stripping too much excess oil from your skin when bathing. For a more conditioning soap you would use a higher superfat of up to 8%. However, in some situations, you may choose to use an even higher superfat amount for personal reasons or simply because it’s “good science.”

For example coconut oil has natural cleansing properties in soap. As such it’s recommended you only use up to 30% coconut oil in your soap recipe to avoid an overly cleansing soap that will strip skin of its natural oils. (I typically only use 20% or less as I prefer soaps that are more conditioning than cleansing.) 100% coconut oil soaps are very cleansing which is great for making laundry soap. However, it’s not so great for skin. You can overcome this in a 100% coconut oil soap however by superfatting your soap recipe at 20%.

There are times however, or “bad science,” that a really high superfat doesn’t make sense. Coconut oil has a very long shelf life and therefore isn’t prone to going rancid. Other oils, however, have a much shorter shelf life. Because of the higher percentage of oils left unsaponified at a superfat percentage above 8%, they can go rancid more quickly than you might like and cause what is commonly referred to as DOS. DOS or dreaded orange spots are basically unsaponified oils that have gone rancid. Should this occur to any of your soaps, and sadly it sometimes does, you can salvage the soap by grating it and using it as a laundry soap.

Next, if you are using a fragrance for your soap recipe choose your fragrance amount. Typically fragrance oils are used at 1 oz. per pound or less and essential oils at half that amount or less. However, this can vary depending on the type of fragrance oil or essential oil you are using. Typically fragrance oils are used at a max of 5-6% of your recipe. Sometimes the maximum usage amount for a cold process soap recipe is lower. In this case you’d need to refer to the manufacturer’s guidelines on the maximum amount of fragrance oil that is safe to use. For essential oils, the usage rate is typcially between 1-3%.

Now select your soapmaking oils, fats and waxes for your soap recipe. Click on the first oil, fat or wax you are using then click on the plus sign for the #1 spot on the Recipe Oil List. If you know the specific oil weight you’ll need for your soap recipe – say you have a 3 lb. mold – hit the lb radio button. Enter the amount of the first oil you plan to use.

Learn how to make your own cold process soap recipe from scratch plus information on how to use a lye calculator and other soapmaking notes and tips.

For example, if you are making a 3 lb. batch of soap and you want to use coconut oil at 20% of your recipe, multiply 48 ounces (if you chose the weight of the oils to be in ounces) times .2 for 9.6 ounces. Enter 9.6 in the first box.

Now repeat with all of the remaining oils until you’ve reached the total oil weight of your recipe. Click on Calculate Recipe then View or Print Recipe. Your recipe will open in a second window and give you the amount of lye and water you’ll need based on the data you entered, the amount of fragrance oil to use and information on what the soap bar quality will yield. While it’s not a hard and fast rule that you fall within the recommended ranges of soap bar quality for hardness, cleansing, conditioning, bubbly, creamy, iodine and INS, it’s safer to stay within these ranges if you’re just starting out and learning for more successful results until you learn more through experience and further research.

Learn how to make your own cold process soap recipe from scratch plus information on how to use a lye calculator and other soapmaking notes and tips.

Pictured above is a test recipe I threw together as an example of what your final recipe will look like after inputting your information into SoapCalc. Pretty neat, huh? (This lye calc has actually taught me that both hemp seed oil and sunflower oil are high in iodine.)

FYI It is good practice to always double check the amount of lye in a recipe with a lye calculator if you are unsure of its source.

Re-sizing your cold process soap recipe.

Not using the lye calculator at SoapCalc? Other lye calculators, like the one at Brambleberry automatically give you a more standard amount of water or liquid needed for your soap recipe. This makes it somewhat simpler to use if you’re just getting started. While it doesn’t offer as many oil choices as SoapCalc and won’t give you an idea of what properties your soap will have, Brambleberry does have a simple and easy tool to resize your soap recipe once you input it into the lye calculator. You can learn how to re-size a cold process soap calculator using Brambleberry’s lye calculator here.

Need a quick and easy way to learn to what properties the soapmaking oils you want to use have? It’s as easy as a google search! Properties and suggested amounts can be found on most soapmaking supplier websites. So typically you can visit the website of your favorite supplier and the product page of the ingredients you are interested in buying will tell you what properties a particular ingredient will lend to the soap as well as the recommended amount. Alternately you can type into your search box phrases like “properties of hemp seed oil in soap” or “recommended amount of hemp seed oil in soap” and you’ll find all kinds of valuable information.

Summer Bee Meadow also has a simple chart for quick reference on their website that provides a collection of commonly used oils in soapmaking along with their fatty acids and resulting soap characteristics. Another website, Lovin’ Soap Studio, has a chart with commonly used oils and the recommended usage rates. You should also be able to determine the shelf life of your ingredients from the manufacturer or soap supply company you purchase your ingredients from.

Learn how to make your own cold process soap recipe from scratch plus information on how to use a lye calculator and other soapmaking notes and tips.

How to determine how much soap you need to fit your soap mold.

Need to re-size a soap recipe to fit into a mold but aren’t sure what to scale the recipe to? There’s a simple formula for determining the weight of the soapmaking oils needed for your mold. About.com has a formula and instructions for calculating the amount of soap needed to fill a mold here. They give the basic math equations for determining the correct soap recipe size for standard square or traditional molds, round or tube molds and odd or irregularly shaped molds.

Got it? Great! Be sure to head back over to my article on how to make cold process soap from scratch for reference when making your homemade soaps and links to other great soapmaking resources.

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