Men’s Body Wash Recipe for Dry or Sensitive Skin

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This men's body wash recipe is perfectly suited for men who aren't a fan of traditional bar soap or want a more moisturizing product that won't leave their skin feeling stripped and tight.

This men’s body wash recipe is perfectly suited for men who aren’t a fan of traditional bar soap or want a more moisturizing product that won’t leave their skin feeling stripped and tight. Because this men’s body wash recipe uses a simple, unscented Castile liquid soap as a base for the body wash, it’s incredibly quick and easy to make. The addition of aloe vera gel, glycerin and natural carrier oils help to keep moisture locked into skin while also nourishing what is the largest organ on the human body. This men’s body wash recipe also includes one of my favorite go to ingredients – neem oil – that while optional, helps to combat body acne and other skin issues.

This men's body wash recipe is perfectly suited for men who aren't a fan of traditional bar soap or want a more moisturizing product that won't leave their skin feeling stripped and tight.

Men’s Body Wash Recipe for Dry or Sensitive Skin

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

5 oz. organic liquid Castille soap
2.5 oz. aloe vera gel
1 oz. rosehip seed oil
.5 oz. liquid vegetable glycerin
.1 oz. neem oil
3 mL skin safe masculine scented fragrance oil of choice, optional
2mL Polysorbate 20, optional

Instructions:

Using a digital scale weigh out the liquid Castile soap, aloe vera gel, rosehip seed (or other carrier) oil, vegetable glycerin and neem oil. Combine in a large Pyrex measuring cup then stir gently to mix all the ingredients.

Next, using a graduated plastic transfer pipette, measure out your skin safe fragrance oil of choice – or optionally half the amount of essential oil – and stir into the body wash. (The fragrance oil will mask the scent of the neem oil in this men’s body wash recipe.)

Now use a clean graduated transfer pipette to measure out the Polysorbate 20. Stir into the body wash mixture. (While this ingredient is optional it will help to keep your fragrance and other ingredients evenly combined within the body wash.)

Finally, use a funnel to pour into an 8 oz. container of your choice and label as desired for personal use. Shake gently then use as you would a regular body wash! (Psst. You can find and print out the “handmade” labels featured in this post at Everything Etsy here. Bulk blank sticker labels are available for a great price at World Label.)

If you like my men’s body wash recipe, you may also like my rose & lavender body wash recipe. Find it here. Or go here for even more men’s homemade skin care product recipes.

Also be sure to follow me on Pinterest for collections of not only my own homemade soap recipes and beauty DIY’s but also some of my favorites from around the web. You can also find me on Blog Lovin’Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, G+ and Instagram.

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Homemade Cold Process Glycerin Shaving Soap Recipe

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This homemade cold process glycerin shaving soap recipe includes extra glycerin that's added to this homemade shaving soap recipe during the soapmaking process for its humectant properties.

This homemade cold process glycerin shaving soap recipe includes extra vegetable glycerin that’s added to the regular soapmaking oils during the soapmaking process. Typically this is usually only done for shaving soaps as the extra glycerin contributes to the bar’s humectant properties. As glycerin is naturally created as a byproduct of the saponification process, there’s already some level of glycerin in every bar of cold process soap. This glycerin shaving soap recipe simply expands on that.

In addition, using palm kernel oil in a cold process soap recipe also helps to boost the naturally occurring glycerin already found in cold process soap. I chose to use palm kernel flakes as I had that particular ingredient on hand. However, you’re welcome to swap it for regular palm kernel oil.

In addition to the vegetable glycerin included in this cold process glycerin shaving soap recipe, I also used marshmallow root powder. Marshmallow root powder has been shown to soothe and lubricate skin as well as soften and heal.

I’ve also included sunflower oil which is naturally high in vitamin E and helps to lend a stable lather with conditioning properties to cold process soaps.

If you’re interested in creating your own glycerin shaving soap recipe, I recommend using .5 oz. by weight of vegetable glycerin per pound of soapmaking oils.

This homemade cold process glycerin shaving soap recipe includes extra glycerin that's added to this homemade shaving soap recipe during the soapmaking process for its humectant properties.

Homemade Cold Process Glycerin Shaving Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

18 oz. sustainable palm oil
5.4 oz. palm kernel flakes
7.2 oz. refined 76° melt point coconut oil
1.8 oz. castor oil
3.6 oz. sunflower oil

10.8 fluid oz. distilled water
5.1 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

1.15 oz. vegetable glycerin
1.8 oz. marshmallow root powder
2.25 oz. fragrance oil of choice, optional

Soap Notes:

Because of the extra vegetable glycerin added to my glycerin shaving soap recipe, I discounted my water more than normal with the water at 30% of the oil weight.

Superfat/Discount = 8%

If you’re resizing this homemade cold process glycerin shaving soap recipe the vegetable glycerin was used at 3.19% of the oil weight and the marshmallow root powder at 5%.

If you are substituting palm kernel oil for the palm kernel flakes in this glycerin shaving soap recipe your lye amount won’t change. However, if you are sizing this recipe either up or down, you will need to run the numbers back through a lye calculator.

This cold process glycerin shaving soap recipe will yield 10-12 bars of soap approximately 4 oz. each depending on how they are cut and fits inside my DIY wooden loaf soap mold.

Instructions:

To make this homemade cold process glycerin shaving soap recipe, you’ll need to follow your basic cold process soapmaking method instructions. (If you’ve never made cold process soap before here’s a good, inexpensive beginner’s cold process soap recipe you can try.) Be sure to take all proper safety precautions when working with lye including goggles and gloves.

You’ll begin the soapmaking process for this glycerin shaving soap recipe by first measuring out the distilled water in fluid ounces. Pour into a heat safe pitcher. Next, using a digital scale weigh out the lye. Slowly pour the lye into the water in a well ventilated area and stir until all the lye has dissolved. Set aside to cool.

Now weigh out the palm oil, palm kernel flakes, coconut oil, castor oil, and sunflower oil using a digital scale and combine in a stainless steel pot. Heat until all of the oils have melted, then remove from heat and set aside.

Next weigh out your fragrance oil and vegetable glycerin in separate containers. Set aside. Also weigh out the marshmallow root powder and set aside. (You can also use essential oils in lieu of a fragrance oil, but you’ll want to use half the amount.)

Once the lye-water and soapmaking oils have cooled to around 90°-95°F you’re ready to make this glycerin shaving soap recipe.

Begin by adding both the glycerin and marshmallow root powder to the soapmaking oils. Mix with a stick blender until the ingredients are fully incorporated.

Now slowly pour the lye-water into the soapmaking oils. Using your stick blender, mix until you reach a light trace, then add the fragrance oil. Mix again until the soap starts to thicken again and all ingredients are fully blended into the soap, then pour the soap into your prepared mold.

Because of the high palm content and the extra glycerin this cold process soap recipe does get rather hot. So you’ll either want to avoid covering and insulating this soap or pop into the fridge lightly covered to keep it from overheating and cracking on top or forming a heat tunnel.

This homemade cold process glycerin shaving soap recipe includes extra glycerin that's added to this homemade shaving soap recipe during the soapmaking process for its humectant properties.

After 24 hours you’re ready to unmold your glycerin shaving soap and cut it into bars. Allow your soaps to cure 4-6 weeks before use, then wrap and label as desired.

For more of my homemade soap recipes as well as bath and beauty DIY’s be sure to visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen. You can also follow me on Pinterest for collections of not only my homemade soap recipes and beauty DIY’s but also some of my favorites from around the web.

Keep track of all my new homemade soap recipes and other DIY creations by following Soap Deli News blog via Blog Lovin’ and Tumblr. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, G+ and Instagram.

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Homemade Bacon Soap Recipe for Men

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This homemade bacon soap recipe makes a great DIY Valentine's Day gift idea for men! Made with real bacon fat this homemade soap recipe yields a hard, extra conditioning soap that can either smell like bacon or any other scent of your choice!

This homemade bacon soap recipe is the perfect DIY gift idea for men who love bacon! And with Valentine’s Day right around the corner what better way to say “I love you” than with a bar of heart shaped bacon soap? Made using real bacon (rendered) fat, this homemade bacon soap recipe yields nine hard, extra conditioning homemade soap bars perfect for the shower! So there are plenty to go around to all of your bacon loving friends. Scent this homemade bacon soap with a bacon fragrance oil or your sweetheart’s favorite scent – your choice!

This homemade bacon soap recipe makes a great DIY gift idea for men! Made with real bacon fat this homemade soap recipe yields a hard, extra conditioning soap that can either smell like bacon or any other scent of your choice!

Homemade Bacon Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

8.75 oz. bacon fat, rendered (lard, pig tallow in soap calc)
5 oz. 76° melt point refined coconut oil
3.75 oz. castor oil
7.5 oz. pomace olive oil, (virgin olive oil is ok too!)

8.25 fluid oz. distilled water
3.5 oz. sodium hydroxide/lye

1.5 oz. fragrance oil

Soap notes (in case you want to resize the batch):

water as % of oils – 33%
fragrance oil used at 1 oz. per pound
8% superfat

Instructions:

You’ll need to begin by rendering your bacon fat. Basically all this means is you’ll need to cook up a bunch of bacon and save the grease that’s left at the end. I saved up my bacon grease over many weekend morning breakfasts in cups in the fridge. Once you have the necessary amount you can either strain out the tiny bits of bacon that may have snuck in or leave them in just for fun. (I totally left mine in.)

For the rest of the bacon soap recipe you’ll need to follow your basic cold process soapmaking instructions. You’ll also need two Wilton 6-Cavity Silicone Heart Molds.

Begin by preparing the lye-water. Measure out the distilled water into a pitcher. Then, using a digital scale, weigh out the lye. Slowly pour the lye into the water in a well ventilated area and stir until the lye has fully dissolved. Set aside to cool.

Now prepare the soapmaking oils by weighing out the bacon fat, coconut oil, castor oil and olive oil into a large stainless steel pot. Heat on the stove over medium heat until all of the oils have melted then remove from heat and set aside.

While you are waiting for the oils and lye-water to cool you can go ahead and weigh out the fragrance oil. For this particular homemade soap recipe I used Nature’s Garden Cracklin Birch fragrance oil as my boyfriend really liked this scent. It does accelerate trace a bit but nothing too crazy and it stills smells great once it goes through the soap’s saponification process. Alternately Nature’s Garden also sells a Bacon fragrance oil if you’re looking for an authentic bacon scented soap.

Once the lye-water and oils have cooled to around 95°-100°F you’re ready to make soap. Slowly pour the lye-water into the soapmaking oils and mix with a stick blender until you reach a light trace. Add the fragrance oil and mix thoroughly until you reach about a medium trace. You don’t want the soap to thicken too much or you’ll have trouble filling your mold cavities so there are no air bubbles or pockets.

Now pour the soap evenly into nine of the mold cavities. This will fill one mold completely and half of the second mold. Cover the mold with cling wrap or foodservice film.

My homemade bacon soaps were ready to unmold the next day. However if you live in a particularly humid area you may want to wait an additional day before unmolding to ensure your soaps come out of the molds cleanly.

This homemade bacon soap recipe makes a great DIY Valentine's Day gift idea for men! Made with real bacon fat this homemade soap recipe yields a hard, extra conditioning soap that can either smell like bacon or any other scent of your choice!

Once you’ve unmolded your heart shaped bacon soaps set them aside to cure for 4-6 weeks. Then wrap and label as desired for gifting.

For more DIY Valentine’s Day gift ideas be sure to follow my DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts Pinterest board. Or get inspired by any one of my other creative DIY boards on Pinterest.

You can keep up with all of my new homemade soap recipes, bath and beauty DIY’s and DIY craft projects by following Soap Deli News on Blog Lovin’ and Tumblr as well as on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and Instagram.

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DIY Handmade Cedarwood & Baking Soda Soap Recipe

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DIY Handmade Deodorizing Cedarwood and Baking Soda Soap Recipe for Men

I have a new homemade men’s cold process soap recipe available now. You can find it exclusively in the February 2014 issue of Wholesale Supplies’ Plus eHandmade magazine (page 24.) This particular handmade soap recipe was inspired by a local restaurant owner, Hunter, who owns a fantastic little restaurant called Lucky in downtown Roanoke, VA.  It’s been one of my favorite places to eat and drink – Hunter is quite the mixologist – since it opened. If you’ve ever worked in a restaurant you’re well aware of the array of odors you take home with you everyday. Not being the biggest fan of smelling like his restaurant during his off duty hours, Hunter asked me to create a deodorizing soap for him that would not only get him clean, but also wash away the smell of food and other odors you pick up in the service industry.

Natural Handmade Deodorizing Cedarwood and Baking Soda Cold Process Soap Recipe for MenMy Handmade Natural Cedarwood & Baking Soda Soap is the result of that request. I created this particular recipe to be palm free for those who aren’t able to locally source sustainable palm oil or prefer not to use it entirely. What this homemade soap does have, however, is odor zapping baking soda and cedarwood essential oil as well a touch of skin loving cocoa butter.

Palm Free Homemade Soap Recipe - Natural DIY Cedarwood and Baking Soda Deodorizing Cold Process Soap Recipe for Men

Download the PDF version of Wholesale Supplies Plus’ February 2014 eHandmade Magazine here to find my new, natural deodorizing soap recipe as well as a great collection of other homemade soap, bath and body recipes created specifically with men in mind.

For a limited time, you can buy this handmade soap while supplies last from Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen. It’s only available in a very limited quantity however and once it’s gone, it’s gone for good. For more great homemade soap recipes I encourage you to follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest.

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Madagascar Black Pepper Soap Recipe for Men

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This homemade black pepper soap recipe makes a unique homemade gift idea for men and combines both cold process soapmaking with melt and pour soapmaking.

Looking for a homemade gift idea for men? This homemade black pepper soap recipe is just your ticket! Created using both cold process soap and melt & pour glycerin soap, these homemade black pepper soaps are scented with a Madagascar black pepper fragrance oil. The top and bottom layers are made from a cold process black pepper soap recipe that contains flecks of ground black pepper while the center layer is made from a translucent soap base and contains organic whole black peppercorns.

My boyfriend says that this homemade black pepper soap bar reminds him of Southern biscuits & gravy because of both the way it looks as well as the peppery scent. You’ll find this Madagascar black pepper soap recipe below.

This homemade black pepper soap recipe makes a unique homemade gift idea for men and combines both cold process soapmaking with melt and pour soapmaking.

Madagascar Black Pepper Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients for Cold Process Soap Layers:

6 oz. sustainable palm oil
4 oz. 76 degree melt point  (refined) coconut oil
3 oz. sesame oil
2 oz. castor oil
4 oz. sunflower oil
1 oz. cocoa butter

6 oz. distilled water
2.7 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

1.2 oz. Madagascar Black Pepper fragrance oil
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Ingredients for Melt & Pour Soap Layer:

12 oz. Crafter’s Choice crystal clear soap base
.3 oz. Madagascar Black Pepper fragrance oil
2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns

Supplies:

digital kitchen scale
measuring spoons
spatula and utensils for stirring
loaf soap mold
glass pyrex measuring cup(s) and/or pitcher
stainless steel pot
stick/immersion hand blender
office trash bag and masking tape to line mold
rubbing alcohol in spray bottle

Instructions:

This homemade black pepper soap recipe fits inside my DIY wooden loaf soap mold, although a slightly smaller sized mold can accommodate this recipe as well. If you have never made cold process soap before, I recommend starting with a basic cold process soap recipe until you are familiar with the process as the fragrance oil will cause soap to seize if the temperatures are too hot.

Start by lining the soap mold with plastic. I used an office garbage bag as shown within this tutorial as it’s quick and easy. You’ll be making the center layer of melt & pour soap first and you need to easily be able to remove the soap from the mold.

Once the mold is lined, weigh out the clear melt & pour soap base using a digital kitchen scale, cut into cubes and place in a microwave safe dish like a large Pyrex measuring cup. Melt in 30 second increments until base is melted, then weigh out .3 oz. of fragrance oil and stir into the base. Next, measure out the whole peppercorns and stir into the liquified soap, then pour the soap into the mold.

Once the glycerin soap has set up, remove from the mold and peel off the plastic. Set aside.

Now make your cold process soap for the top and bottom layers of the soap. You will use the same mold for this so that the glycerin soap fits into it. Line your mold then begin making the remainder of the soap.

Measure out the distilled water into a pitcher or large glass Pyrex measuring cup. Then weigh out the lye and mix into the water in a well ventilated area. Set aside to cool.

Next, weigh out the soapmaking oils and cocoa butter using your scale and combine in a stainless steel pot on the stove. Heat over medium heat until melted then remove from heat and allow to cool.

While the soapmaking oils and lye/water are cooling, grind a teaspoon of pepper and weigh out 1.2 oz. of the black pepper fragrance oil.

When your ingredients have cooled down start by mixing the ground pepper into the oils with a stick blender. Then slowly pour the lye/water into the oils and mix until you reach a light trace. Now add the fragrance oil and combine thoroughly. Keep in mind that this fragrance will accelerate trace.

Working quickly pour half of the soap into the mold and spritz with alcohol (optional.) Then press the pre-prepared melt and pour soap onto the layer of cold process soap. Spritz the layer of glycerin soap with alcohol, then pour the remaining cold process soap on top. Smooth out the top if desired.

Should your soap seize from the fragrance oil – mine did and it’s likely yours will too – you can save the soap. I got the first layer in before the top layer and the top layer seized into solid soap in the pot. Wearing heavy gloves I scooped out the remaining soap and mashed it onto the top layer until it started to gel, then covered and insulated as usual.

This homemade black pepper soap recipe makes a unique homemade gift idea for men and combines both cold process soapmaking with melt and pour soapmaking.

After 24 hours you can unmold your soap loaf and cut it into bars. Allow to cure for 3 – 6 weeks before use, then wrap and label if desired. I recommend wrapping this one in plastic food wrap film because of the middle layer of glycerin soap.

For more homemade soap recipes and ideas including other handmade soap recipes for men, be sure to visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen as well as my DIY Bath & Body board on Pinterest. Also be sure to check out my post with 32 DIY Homemade Gift Ideas for Men That Don’t Suck.

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