DIY Father’s Day Gift Idea – Homemade Handmilled Soap Recipe

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Homemade Father's Day Gift Idea - DIY Handmilled Seriously Sexy Soap Recipe

Need a homemade DIY Father’s Day gift idea for Dad? These scented homemade soap rounds are sure to help dad unwind in the shower! He might not tell you, but I’ve found that most men do care about their skin. However whether they’re willing to admit it or not can sometimes be an entirely different story. So treat him with these simple handmade handmilled soaps in his favorite fragrance! I scented these homemade soaps with a Very Sexy for Men fragrance oil dupe, but you can find dupes of almost every cologne – as well as bay rum – to meet your Dad’s individual taste.

Natural Homemade DIY Handmilled Soap for Men - Scented with a Designer Cologne Dupe!

Men’s Seriously Sexy Homemade Handmilled Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen


23 oz.unscented cold process soap, grated
1 oz. deodorized and refined cocoa butter
1 oz. babassu oil
1 oz. grape seed oil
2.5 oz. distilled water
.85 oz. Very Sexy for Men fragrance oil*


I used my own unscented goat milk soap for this recipe that I grated two days after unmolding it. Fresher soap is easier to grate, however, the age of the soap isn’t super important. Using cold process handmade soap, however, is of upmost importance as typical commercial soaps aren’t really soap but are rather made of harsh foaming agents. These don’t rebatch quite the same way. (You can find my recipe for making an easy cold process goat milk soap here. To re-size the batch superfat at 6-7% with a 35% water discount.)

You’ll need a digital scale to weigh out the ingredients and a soap mold. I used the Crafters Choice™ Basic Round Silicone Soap Mold for this soap project. The final recipe will yield six round 5 oz. soap bars.

Begin by grating the unscented soap bars or loaf. Weigh out 23 oz. of soap using a digital scale and combine in a large stainless steel pot on the stove. Weigh out the water and add to the grated soap. Do the same with both the babassu oil, grape seed oil and cocoa butter. Set the heat on medium and mix, stirring occasionally.

Once the babassu oil and cocoa butter have melted, reduce the heat to warm-low and allow the soap to “cook” for a short time until it looks like it’s melting. Turn off the heat and weigh out the fragrance oil. Stir the fragrance oil into the soap until thoroughly combined then spoon the soap into your mold.

Once the soap has hardened completely, unmold the bars. If you used fresh soap allow your soap to finish curing for 3-6 weeks. If your soap was already cured, you can start using your new homemade facial soap whenever you like, however you may want to allow them to air dry for several days to a week to allow the excess water to evaporate.

Now that your homemade soaps for Dad are ready all that’s left is to package them for gift giving! Wrap each bar in foodservice film first if desired. To create the bands around the sides of the soap you’ll need one full sized sheet of brown kraft sticker paper. Turn the sticker paper over so the white side is up and place a ruler lengthwise along the paper. Starting at the edge of the sticker paper, place the ruler on the paper and draw a line on the right side of the ruler. Place the ruler so the edge is at the new line and then draw another line on the other side. Repeat until you have six strips then cut out the strips with scissors.

Turn the strips of brown kraft stickers over so they are brown side up and then place a strip of your favorite washi tape lengthwise along the sticker strip. Repeat for all six stickers.

Now simply peel the backing off the sticker paper strips and place around the soap bars.

For more great homemade DIY Father’s Day gift ideas you can buy and DIY, follow my Father’s Day Gift Ideas board on Pinterest. Or discover more homemade soap recipes as well as other DIY beauty, bath and skin care projects on my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest. Or keep up with all of my new projects and recipes by following me on Blog Lovin, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google + and Instagram!

*Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen and Soap Deli News are not affiliated or associated with Victoria Secret.

Handmade Raspberry Lemonade Soap Recipe

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How to Make Cold Process Soap - DIY Handmade Raspberry Lemonade Soap RecipeRaspberry Lemonade has long been one of my favorite fragrances. The blend of ripe raspberries, lemon, sugar and vanilla conjures up joy for me. Aside from it smelling delicious, my customers have always enjoyed this fragrance as well so I have tried to make it every summer. This summer, however, I used it in a brand new recipe that I developed via an “oopsie” in which I accidentally used grape seed oil in place of the olive oil. The resulting soap was just as pleasing. Here’s that recipe.

Handmade Raspberry Lemonade Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen


4.5 oz. cocoa butter
4.5 oz. shea butter
2 lb. 7 oz. palm kernel flakes
1 lb. 2 oz. sustainable palm oil
1 lb. 6 oz. grape seed oil
1 lb. 6 oz. rice bran oil

36 fluid oz. distilled water
15 oz. lye (sodium hydroxide)

At trace:

6 oz. raspberry lemonade fragrance oil
lavender ultramarine pigment powder, optional


This recipe fills three of my wooden soapmaking molds and will yield 30-36 bars of homemade soap depending on how they are cut.

To make this soap, simply follow my basic cold process soapmaking instructions. At trace, stir in the fragrance oil, then pour half of the soap evenly into the three lined molds. Next, add small amounts of your lavender ultramarine pigment powder to the remaining soap and mix well with your stick (immersion) blender until color desired is achieved and pigment is thoroughly incorporated. Then pour the remaining soap evenly into your molds on top of the uncolored soap you poured previously. Cover and insulate your soaps for twenty-four hours, then unmold and cut into bars. Allow to cure for at least three weeks before using.

For more cold process soapmaking recipes as well as other bath and beauty DIY’s be sure to follow me on Pinterest.

Soaping with Meagan – DIY Cold Process Soapmaking

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Meagan Making Handmade Soap
Over the weekend my friend, Meagan, came over to my house to dig in and learn how to make soap! Cold process soapmaking is a lot like baking a cake. I know a lot of people who are afraid to give it a shot though because of the dangers of lye. I was pretty freaked making soap on my own the first few tries. But you quickly overcome that!
How to Make Handmade Cold Process Soap - DIY Soapmaking
Meagan had it easy since she had a teacher so there was no hesitation on her end. You basically just weigh out your ingredients and combine. The lye goes into distilled water and is then set to the side cool. The oils and butters go into a big non-aluminum pot, are melted, then set aside to cool as well.
How to Make Soap - DIY Cold Process Soapmaking
Once the lye-water and oils have cooled, you mix them together with a stick blender. Then you pour the soap into molds and insulate for 24 hours. Once that’s done you can unmold your soaps, cut into bars and set aside for 3-4 weeks to cure. Okay, so the gratification of soapmaking does take a bit longer than that of baking a cake.
Handmade Aloe and Cucumber Sented Shea Butter Soap with French Green Clay
Meagan and I made three batches of soap. We made one batch of Aloe and Cucumber Scented Shea Butter Soap with French Green Clay which is known for its ability to remove toxic impurities from skin, tone and revitalize complexion, tighten pores and clear problem skin.
Handmade Spiced Pumpkin Pie Milk Soap
To celebrate the arrival of fall we also made a batch of Handmade Spiced Pumpkin Pie Shea Butter Soap with Cow’s Milk. This bar will darken into a rich brown as it cures due to the vanilla content of the fragrance oil used, though it’s a rich warm, orange-brown at the moment.
Handmade Vanilla Buttercream Shea Butter Soap with Pink Himalayan Salt
And we also made a batch of Handmade Vanilla Buttercream Scented Soap with Pink Himalayan Salt. Pink Himalayan Salt is favored for its wide range of uses in both bath products and gourmet cooking. It contains 84 trace elements and iron. Unfortunately the salt lost it’s pink tinge in the soapmaking process – it’s a very lovely, coarse salt! This bar, like the Pumpkin Pie Soap, will turn a dark brown through and through once it finishes curing due to the vanilla content.
If you’d like to learn to make cold process soap for yourself, be sure to check out my DIY Cold Process Soapmaking Tutorial. Now is the perfect time to get started on making handmade soaps for Christmas gifts for the holiday season!