Summer Beauty Recipes: An Easy Seashell Soap Tutorial & More Ways to Care for Skin This Summer!

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Celebrate summer with nine summer beauty recipes from top bloggers. Easy recipes for DIY seashell soaps, mermaid fizzing bath salts, an aloe vera face mask and more!

Summer beauty recipes for seasonal summer skin care. Discover 9 summer-inspired DIY beauty ideas for glowing skin this summer. Learn how to make homemade melt and pour soap recipes, mermaid bath salts, DIY solid perfume, a coffee body scrub and an aloe vera face mask. Plus DIY’s for natural sunscreen lip balm and a DIY strawberry lip scrub. Enjoy them yourself this summer or make these summer skin care products for seasonal handmade gifts!

Summer Beauty Recipes

Summer means more time outdoors, vacations and fun! So to celebrate the excitement and opportunities of summer, I wanted to share an amazing collection of summer beauty recipes. Not only will you enjoy making these summer skin care products (on a rainy day perhaps?) you’ll also love using them! Keep reading to discover how to make a super easy seashell embed soap. Plus find eight more summer beauty recipes you can make from some of my favorite fellow bloggers.

Summer DIY Beauty Recipes for seasonal skin care. Learn how to craft easy DIY seashell embed soaps using melt and pour soap base plus & more ways to care for skin this summer. Celebrate the season with nine summer beauty recipes from top bloggers. Easy recipes for DIY seashell soaps, mermaid fizzing bath salts, an aloe face mask and more!

Summer Beauty Recipe Inspiration

I grew up on trips to Myrtle beach every summer until I was sixteen. Most of those years, we saved money by camping out in a campground. Not only did it give me a greater appreciation for the outdoors, I also learned that you should ALWAYS wear flip flops when using a campground shower. (Thanks, Mom!)

One of my favorite things about staying on a beach campground was the lack of hotels. Sure, there were lots of people, but there were no hotels to mar the skyline. Just beach and plants and trees. It was easy to make daily discoveries of beautiful shells, sand dollars, tiny crabs and clams in the sand.

Much like my early adventures in a hometown creek that fed into our river, I always tried to take at least one of my live discoveries home with me. While at home, I tried to create a habitat for crawdads I caught. At the beach, I took baby clams and other small (yet to be identified) creatures home in a bucket of sand and water.

Being that Myrtle Beach is a good 8-9 hour drive from my home in Virginia, these tiny sea creatures never managed to survive the trip. However that didn’t stop me from trying. Being the stubborn girl that I was (and still am apparently) I tried again year after year, until the camping trips ended. My parents, probably in their wisdom to never argue with a strong willed little girl over something so simple, never protested. Although I’m not sure how they DIDN’T looking back. An eight hour drive in an old school Dodge van with zero air conditioning and sea water left quite the lingering aroma.

Summer DIY Beauty Recipes for seasonal skin care. Learn how to craft easy DIY seashell embed soaps using melt and pour soap base plus & more ways to care for skin this summer. Celebrate the season with nine summer beauty recipes from top bloggers. Easy recipes for DIY seashell soaps, mermaid fizzing bath salts, an aloe face mask and more!

Making Beach Themed Seashell Soaps

My DIY seashell soaps are a nod to those carefree summer beach trips of days past. They are reminiscent of time spent outdoors in the sun and sand. Long days hunting for seashells and mysterious creatures hidden just under the sand as the waves roll in and onto the beach.

What makes this summer beauty soap project so easy?

Made using a melt and pour soap base, this soap making tutorial incorporates pre-made soap embeds into the recipe. This eliminates some of the challenges that come with working with embeds as a beginning soapmaker. It also saves you money, as you’ll only need one soap making mold for this soap tutorial. This helps reduce the otherwise more expensive costs of investing in multiple soap making molds. There’s also no need to work with lye. So if you’re still not ready to make cold process soap, then this soap making project is perfect for you!

Beautiful melt and pour seashell soap embeds for making creative DIY beach soaps for summer.

Save on materials & time by purchasing pre-made elements for your summer beauty recipes.

While you can make your own melt and pour soap embeds for my beach soaps, this can be challenging and time consuming. Therefore I chose to use pre-made seashell soap embeds that I purchased from a fellow soapmaker. I used seashell soap embeds that I purchased from Spruce Mountain Soap to make this soap making project both simpler and faster.

My seashell soap is the perfect summer beauty recipe for cleansing your skin on hot summer days. Made with a blend of fresh litsea cubeba and peppermint essentials oils, these fun beach inspired soaps help to brighten and energize dull skin. Discover my summer soap making tutorial and recipe below. And don’t forget to check out the other summer beauty recipes for everything from an aloe vera face mask to mermaid fizzing bath salts after the recipe!

Easy melt and pour soap tutorial with seashell embeds.Celebrate summer with nine summer beauty recipes from top bloggers. Easy recipes for DIY seashell soaps, mermaid fizzing bath salts, an aloe face mask and more!

Summer Beauty Seashell Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Soap Ingredients:

21 oz. clear melt and pour soap base
3 mL litsea cubeba essential oil
1 mL peppermint essential oil
12 drops amyris essential oil
1-2 oz. white melt and pour soap base
skin safe blue mica powder, of choice

Soap Exfoliate Ingredients:

1 teaspoon calendula flower powder
1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
1/2 teaspoon cornsilk powder

Additional Materials & Supplies:

seashell, beach rocks or sea glass soap embeds
rectangle silicone soap mold
digital scale
graduated transfer pipettes
glass measuring cups or bowls
spray bottle with 99% isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol
utensils (for mixing) and a large Chef’s knife
cutting board
measuring spoons
microwave
your imagination

Instructions:

Being by weighing out the clear melt and pour soap base. Cut the base into chunks and combine in a large Pyrex glass measuring cup. Heat the cubed soap the microwave in 30-second increments until melted.

Once melted, use the graduated transfer pipettes to measure out and add the litsea cubeba and peppermint essential oils to soap. Follow with the amyris essential oil. Then stir the soap to mix in the fragrance.

Now pour a few ounces of the clear melted soap base into a separate measuring cup. Stir in a pinch of the blue mica and set aside.

How to make beach soaps with seashell embeds for your summer skin care routine using a single mold.

Position your soap mold at an angle on a stable surface on a cutting board. (I used a cardboard box I cut at an angle for this step. I place the cutting board on the box, then put the mold on top of the cutting board for easy transport.)

How to make life's a beach soaps for homemade soap gifts and seasonal summer skin care using natural exfoliants that mimic sand from the beach.

Next, measure out the exfoliants into a small bowl. (You can make substitutions as desired for this step. The purpose of the exfoliants is to mimic the look of beach sand.) Mix to combine.

How to make life's a beach soaps for homemade soap gifts and seasonal summer skin care using natural exfoliants that mimic sand from the beach.

Then add a small amount of the mixture to each of the cavities of your soap mold.

Now slowly pour the clear melt and pour soap base onto the exfoliants and into the soap mold. Be sure to leave room for the seashell embeds by only filling each cavity about 1/3 of the way.

Summer Beauty Recipes (Easy Seashell Embed Beach Soap Tutorial & More Ways to Care for Skin This Summer!) Celebrate summer with nine summer beauty recipes from top bloggers. Easy recipes for DIY seashell soaps, mermaid fizzing bath salts, an aloe face mask and more!

Use a utensil to reposition the exfoliants along the bottom of the mold as desired. Then spritz the top of they poured soap with alcohol to remove any air bubbles. Allow the soap to cool and harden before proceeding to the next step.

Once the first layer of soap has hardened, place the mold flat onto your work surface.

Now weigh out the white melt and pour soap base. Cut into chunks then heat in a microwave safe container in 20-30 second increments until melted. Set aside.

Easy summer soap recipe. Inspired by summer vacations at the beach, this easy melt and pour soap tutorial is reminiscent of time spent outdoors in the sun and sand. Long days hunting for seashells and mysterious creatures hidden just under the sand as the waves roll in and onto the beach.

Spritz the tops of the soap in the mold with rubbing alcohol. Then place your seashell soap embeds onto the hardened soap, arranging as desired.

If necessary, gently reheat the remaining clear melt and pour soap base as well as the blue soap base. Then pour the clear soap base into each of the mold cavities leaving a small amount of space at the top.

How to use different melt and pour soap bases to create unique custom artisan soaps for summer. An easy beach soap tutorial for beginners with seashell embeds.

Add a drizzle of both the blue and the white soap base into the melted clear soap base in each of the cavities. Use a utensil to gently swirl the white and blue bases as desired.

Easy summer seashell soap recipe. Inspired by summer vacations at the beach, these fun beach inspired soaps help to brighten and energize dull skin. Plus 8 more summer DIY beauty recipes to make for your summer skin care routine this summer.

Spritz with rubbing alcohol to remove any air bubbles. Then allow the soaps to cool completely.

Once the seashell soaps have fully solidified, gently remove the soaps from the mold. You can clean up the tops or edges of your soap bars with a small knife or a potato peeler.

Summer DIY Beauty Recipes (Easy Seashell Embed Beach Soap Tutorial & More Ways to Care for Skin This Summer!) Celebrate summer with nine summer beauty recipes from top bloggers. Easy recipes for DIY seashell soaps, mermaid fizzing bath salts, an aloe face mask and more!

All that’s left is to tightly wrap your seashell soaps in foodservice film. They’re now ready for use or gifting!

DIY seashell soaps for life's a beach summer vacation inspired soaps. An easy beginner melt and pour soap making tutorial. Learn how to make DIY soap gifts with seashell embeds with this soap making tutorial for beginners that teaches you to make soap without lye.

Like my easy seashell soap tutorial? Then be sure to pin it (along with the other summer beauty recipes you’ll find below) for later.

Alternative Ways to Make Seashell Soaps

Of course, you don’t have to make your seashell soaps the same way I did. The great thing about artisan soap making is that is unique to the creator. So don’t be afraid that you’ll mess up or get it wrong. There really is not right or wrong way to craft your own artisan soaps for summer.

How to make melt and pour ocean soap!

If you have a loaf mold, you can go into more detail creating water designs. Pictured above is a slice from the ocean portion of my mermaid soaps I made two years ago. You can find the tutorial for my melt and pour mermaid soaps here.

Handmade artisan island dreams soap with sea salt. Crafted by Spruce Mountain Soap, this handcrafted soaps are the perfect addition to your summer beauty routine. Because really, who doesn’t dream of soaking in the sun on a warm, soothing beach?

Alternately, Spruce Mountain Soap sells a beautiful Island Dreams Soap (pictured) that you can draw further inspiration from.

Summer DIY beauty recipes for seasonal beach inspired summer skin care. Discover 9 DIY summer beauty ideas for glowing skin this summer. Learn how to make homemade melt and pour soap recipes, mermaid bath salts, DIY solid perfume, a coffee body scrub and an aloe vera face mask. Plus DIY’s for natural sunscreen lip balm and a DIY strawberry lip scrub. Enjoy them yourself this summer or make these summer skin care products for seasonal handmade gifts!

More Summer Beauty Recipes to Try

Ready to try your hand at even more summer beauty recipes. Following you’ll discover eight more gorgeous skin care recipes that are perfect for your summer skin care routine!

After Sun Aloe Face Mask Recipe

This easy DIY aloe vera face mask recipe from A Life Adjacent is a wonderful addition to your summer beauty routine. It’s not only moisturizing — it can also soothe sunburn, irritation, and redness, as well as aid in calming the inflammation caused by acne breakouts. (Also be sure to check out my own aloe after sun lotion bar recipe for natural after sun skin care!)

Beach Body Coffee Scrub Recipe

Coffee scrubs are by far one of my favorite summer beauty recipes for summer skin care. This beach body coffee scrub recipe from Botaneri is great for exfoliation and gives a teeny hint of color to the skin.

DIY Mermaid Fizzing Bath Salts

These DIY fizzing mermaid-inspired bath salts by Creative Green Living are easier to make than a bath bomb but just as fun to use! Your kids will love using this fun bath fizz as they splash and play in the tub.

DIY mermaid whipped soap for summer skin care. This mermaid whipped soap recipe from Everything Pretty is so light and fluffy! Learn how to use a melt and pour soap based to make a creamy whipped soap that's perfect for the shower or as a shaving soap before you head to the beach.

Mermaid Whipped Soap Summer Beauty Recipe

This mermaid whipped soap recipe from Everything Pretty is so light and fluffy! Learn how to use a melt and pour soap based to make a creamy whipped soap that’s perfect for the shower or as a shaving soap before you head to the beach.

All-Natural Sunscreen Lip Balm Recipe

While you get chapped lips in winter, you can get burned lips in summer. Making this project from Garden Therapy a must for your to-do list of summer beauty recipes! Protect your lips with a homemade sunscreen lip balm. It will keep your lips safe from sunburn, make them kissably soft, and it’s made of all-natural ingredients!

Natural Solid Perfume Recipe

Learn how to make this solid perfume recipe at Life-n-Reflection. This natural perfume DIY is a luxurious multi-layered scent of the heady, rich florals jasmine and geranium with a top note of sweet, citrusy grapefruit. Blended with natural beeswax and oil and poured over delicate dried jasmine flowers into zero waste tins, this makes a lovely natural beauty gift.

DIY Melt & Pour Cactus Soap

Make these adorable shea butter melt and pour cactus soaps from Lydi Out Loud in just minutes for last minute gifts or party favors. Boasting a refreshing natural lime scent, these easy DIY soaps are perfect for an invigorating summer shower! (Discover more succulent soap inspiration and recipes at Soap Deli News here.)

DIY Strawberry Lip Scrub

This strawberry DIY lip scrub with coconut oil is another of my favorite summer beauty recipes. Perfect for exfoliating, this recipe from Country Hill Cottage makes dry, chapped lips feel and look smooth, soft, and supple. The scrub removes dead skin and moisturizes your lips at the same time. (You may also enjoy my own pink lemonade lip scrub recipe.)

Unicorn Glitter Butter! This magical unicorn glitter butter recipe is perfect for parties and summer festivals! Scented with a sweet candy crush fragrance oil, this lavender colored unicorn glitter butter leaves a lovely layer of iridescent sparkly glitter on skin wherever it's applied!

Summer Beauty Recipes & Inspiration on Pinterest

I’m always amazed by the creativity of others. Pinterest is a great way to expand on that creativity and find inspiration. If you’re looking for more summer beauty recipes for your next DIY adventure, then be sure to follow my boards on Pinterest. You’ll discover great DIY ideas for making 42 homemade sugar scrubs, 12 summer skin care recipes for dry skin, 17 whipped sugar scrubs you can buy or DIY, 10 magical summer skin care recipes for your inner child, a foaming strawberry salt scrub recipe and a unicorn glitter butter recipe (pictured.)

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Creative Cactus Soaps (To Buy or For DIY Soap Making Inspiration)

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Cactus soaps are all the rage these days. Now that unicorns and mermaids seem to be trending down, cacti and succulents are trending up. While it may seem strange to bathe with a soap that mimics a plant with sharp needles, that doesn’t seem to be off putting where artisan soaps are concerned.

Creative Cactus Soaps to Buy or DIY. Buy them to add a touch of summer to your guest bathroom or to give as simple housewarming or hostess gifts. Or simply gather inspiration for crafting your own unique DIY cactus soaps at home.

Buy them to add a touch of summer to your guest bathroom or to give as simple housewarming or hostess gifts. Or simply gather inspiration for crafting your own unique DIY cactus soaps at home. Plus discover 7 soap making tutorial for making homemade succulent soaps as your next weekend soap making project.

Creative Cactus Soaps for Succulent Lovers

If you love cacti and other succulents, then be sure to shop these amazing artisan soap finds from Etsy. Beautiful cacti and succulent soaps for handmade gifts or DIY inspiration. Here are just a few of my favorite handcrafted cactus soaps. For more soapy inspiration, be sure to visit my collection of artisan soaps on Etsy here.

Creative Artisan Cactus Soaps on Etsy

Clockwise: Desert Blooms Cactus Soap by Grouchy Owl Soaps / Cactus Flower Soap by Skyline Soapworks / Blooming Cactus Soaps by Joan’s Garden / Succulent Garden Soap by Sinfully Scented Shop

Beautiful handmade artisan succulent soaps on Etsy to buy for handmade gifts.

Clockwise: Succulent Soap Gifts by BeeUtifully Organic / We’re Rooting for You Succulent Soap Gift Box by Sunbasil Soap / Southwest Succulent Soaps by Soap Etiquette Inc. / Cactus Succulent Soap Favor by Seaside Soap Kitchen

Cactus soaps for your summer desert themed bathroom decor.

Clockwise: Green Cactus Calendula Infused Soaps by Calendula Skin Soaps / Cactus Succulent Soap Favors by So Cute Soap / Artisan Succulent Soaps by Wild Poppy Soap Co. / Cactus Flower Soaps by Honey Butter Bath Co.

Succulent soap collection of handmade artisan cactus soaps.

Clockwise: Desert Rose Cacti Soap by Moon Shine Suds / Potted Succulent Soap by Seapoint Trade / Fresh Succulent Soap Garden by Joan’s Garden / Sedona in Bloom By Trinity Soaps

Handmade soaps on Etsy. Creative cactus soaps for succulents lovers. If you love cacti, then check out these amazing artisan cactus soaps for handmade gifts or DIY inspiration.

Clockwise: Cactus Succulent Desert Bloom Soap by Land of Soap / Tequila Sunrise Eagles Inspired Soap by A Sea of Soaps / Margarita Cactus Gardeners Soap by Grounded Sage Skincare / Unscented Mini Cactus Goat Milk Soap by Soap Nerd Shop

Artisan soaps for cactus lovers. Handmade soaps on Etsy. Creative cactus soaps for succulents lovers. If you love cacti, then check out these amazing artisan cactus soaps for handmade gifts or DIY inspiration.

Clockwise: Rustic Cactus & Sea Salt Soap by The Little Soap Store / 3D Crafted Cactus Soap by Nerdy Soap / Cactus Soap Favors by Sunbasil Soap / Cactus Flower Soap Bar by Wild Elephant Soap

Cactus Soap Molds for Making DIY Cactus Soaps

Make Your Own DIY Cactus Soaps

Cactus Soap Making Molds

Ready to make your own DIY cacti or succulent soaps? You can find a plethora of unique and interesting soap molds for making cacti or succulent soaps and embeds here. (Including the cactus soap molds pictured above from Gold Miss Craft Supplies.)

Learn how to make your own colorful DIY cactus soap using melt and pour soap! This glittery, colorful cactus soap recipe is easier to make than you might think! And it makes a great DIY back to school teacher gift! Crafted using a combination of detergent free melt and pour soap bases and eco-friendly, biodegradable glitter, my DIY cactus soap is not only fun to use, but it's also safe for the environment and your skin.

Cacti & Succulent Soap Tutorials

Also be sure to check out this collection of cacti & succulent soap tutorials for even more DIY ideas for your next soap making project.

How to make custom cactus soap molds for melt and pour soap making.

You can also learn how to make your own custom cacti and succulent soap molds with this soap mold tutorial from Soap Queen. Then use your homemade soap molds to make unique one-of-a-kind melt and pour soaps.

Creative Cactus Soaps to Buy or DIY. Buy them to add a touch of summer to your guest bathroom or to give as simple housewarming or hostess gifts. Or simply gather inspiration for crafting your own unique DIY cactus soaps at home.

Love these handmade artisan soaps and DIY soap making ideas? Be sure to pin this post for later!

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Homemade Soap Recipes for Every Skill Level

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130+ homemade soap recipes to make for every skill level. Learn how to make a variety of homemade soaps for three different types of soap making – cold process soapmaking, melt and pour soapmaking and hand milled soapmaking. This huge collection of homemade soap recipes can be made to naturally care for your family’s skin or to gift to friends. Many of these recipe you can also make to sell at your local farmers market, craft fairs or online on sites like Etsy.

130+ homemade soap recipes to make for every skill level. Learn how to make a variety of homemade soaps for three different types of soap making - cold process soap making, melt and pour soap making and hand milled soap making. A huge collection of homemade soap recipes to make for your family, to gift to friends or to make and sell for extra money online, at your local farmers market, craft fairs or on Etsy.

I’ve been making my own homemade soap recipes for close to two decades now. I’m constantly amazed by how the craft of soapmaking has changed and evolved over time. I was also a bit stunned by just how many different homemade soap recipes I’ve formulated or shared in that time. (And that doesn’t even count the recipes that never made it to my blog.) So, for those of you interested in trying more of my homemade soap recipes, but aren’t sure what to search for, I’ve compiled over 130 soap recipes all in one place for your convenience. (You can also sort through most of my soap recipes with photos via this Pinterest board.)

The best homemade soap recipes on Pinterest! Learn how to make a variety of homemade soaps for three different types of soap making - cold process soap making, melt and pour soap making and hand milled soap making. A huge collection of homemade soap recipes to make for your family, to gift to friends or to make and sell for extra money online, at your local farmers market, craft fairs or on Etsy.

Homemade Soap Recipes

Following you’ll find collections of my favorite homemade soap recipes ever made. Whether you want to make melt and pour soap, cold process soap or even hand milled soap, these homemade soap recipes make beautiful gifts as well as everyday skin care products for you and your family.

Cold process soap recipes. The biggest collection of no fail cold process soap recipes ever! Every single homemade soap recipe is a Pinterest favorite. Soap recipes for beginner soap making to intermediate soap making for soapmakers of every skill level.

Homemade Cold Process Soap Recipes

I supply a basic overview of the cold process soapmaking method, along with homemade soap recipes suitable for beginners, here. You can also learn how to customize your own cold process homemade soap recipes via my easy to understand tutorial here.

Homemade bacuri butter soap recipe with Brazilian Amazon ingredients including bacuri butter and murumuru butter. Learn how to make homemade soaps for your natural skin care routine using three different soap making methods.

Cold process coffee soap recipe in the mold. Made with real fresh brewed coffee, egg and cocoa powder as a treat for natural skin care.

Homemade apple donut soap with real apple powder for natural skin care.

Natural shampoo bar recipe. Learn how to make this natural no poo shampoo bar soap recipe with sea salt, an egg and organic essential oils for your natural hair care routine.

How to make eco friendly zero waste shaving soap recipe for your eco friendly lifestyle.

Donut soap recipe. Learn how to make DIY donut soaps with this homemade soap recipe for making cold process soaps with melt and pour soap icing and real sugar sprinkles.

Black clay soap recipe. Learn how to make this Naughty Kitty cold process soap recipe with Australian black clay for your daily skin care routine.

Tomato soap recipe. Learn how to make an acne fighting cold process tomato soap recipe for oily skin. Plus over 130 more homemade soap recipes to make.

Melt and pour soap recipes. Learn how to make beautiful homemade melt and pour soaps for your family and friends. Or to give as handmade gifts throughout the year. Over 130 homemade soap recipes for making cold process soap, melt and pour soap and hand milled soap for every skill level. The best collection of handmade artisan soaps on Pinterest!

Creative Melt & Pour Soap Recipes

This easy polar bear melt and pour soap recipe is a fun soap making project for the family. Discover this melt and pour soap making tutorial along with over 130 more homemade soap recipes to craft at home at Soap Deli News blog.

How to make mermaid soap. Learn how to make mermaid tail soaps swimming in the ocean with this fun melt and pour soap making tutorial. Perfect for intermediate to advanced soapmakers, this DIY mermaid soap makes the best gifts for mermaid lovers.

DIY rainbow soap. How to make melt and pour rainbow soaps with colorful rainbows nestled in white and blue fluffy clouds. Plus more homemade melt and pour soap recipes you can make and sell. The best crafts to make and sell at farmers markets, craft fairs and online on Etsy.

DIY Loofah Soaps. How to make easy melt and pour loofah soap for natural skin care and handmade gifts. An easy handmade artisan soap recipe for beginners. Plus 130 more homemade soap recipes you can craft at home.

How to make hand milled soap and easy hand milled soap recipes. Learn how to make soap using the rebatch or hand milled soap making method with this collection of luxurious and giftable homemade soap recipes from Soap Deli News blog.

Hand Milled (& Other) Easy Soap Recipes

How to package homemade soaps. Learn how to package round soaps as well as square or rectangle shaped soaps with these creative soap packaging ideas.

How To Package Your Soaps to Gift or Sell

Now that you’ve made one or more of my favorite homemade soap recipes, it’s time package and label them for sale or to give as handmade gifts! You can find some amazing DIY ideas for packaging your homemade soaps here. (There are even creative ideas for tackling the packaging for round soaps.) You can also learn how to create custom soap labels with this tutorial.

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How to Make Hand Milled Soap (With A Charcoal & Anise Soap Recipe from Amanda Gail Aaron)

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Making hand milled soap is an easy way to learn how to make soap for beginners. Keep reading to learn how to make hand milled soap with an easy charcoal & anise soap recipe from Amanda Gail Aaron’s new book, The Complete Guide to Natural Soap Making. 

Natural Soap Making Book. Is soap making a new hobby you've been wanting to explore? Have you made soap before but want to learn other soap making techniques? Learn a variety of soap making methods and explore easy to follow soap recipes and tutorials in Amanda Gail's book, The Complete Guide to Natural Soap Making. New and beginning soapmakers will learn how to craft natural homemade soaps using five different soap making techniques plus 65 natural soap recipes.

New Natural Soap Making Book

Is soap making a new hobby you’ve been wanting to explore? Have you made soap before but want to learn other soap making techniques? Learn a variety of soap making methods and explore easy to follow soap recipes and tutorials in Amanda Gail’s new book, The Complete Guide to Natural Soap Making.

As we discover in Amanda Gail’s new book, there are many different ways to make soap. New and beginning soapmakers will learn how to craft natural homemade soaps using five different soap making techniques. These natural soap making methods include:

  • Hand Milled Soap Making
  • Melt and Pour Soap Making
  • Liquid Soap Making
  • Hot Process Soap Making
  • Cold Process Soap Making

In addition to comprehensive, easy to follow soap making tutorials, Amanda’s book also contains numerous natural soap recipes. Each of these recipes enable you to explore all of the soap making methods mentioned, then further build on that knowledge. In addition, you’ll also gain insight on essential soap making equipment and ingredients you need to get started. The book also contains insider soap design tricks and soap making techniques that will further guarantee your success.

Regardless of your preferred soap making method, you’ll find that soap making quickly becomes an addictive hobby. Therefore it won’t be long until you’re not only supplying natural soaps for your family, but for friends and coworkers too! You’ll also begin to build the foundation for achieving not just your soap making goals, but for starting a business to sell your natural soaps.

What Is Hand Milled Soap?

Two of the easiest ways for beginners to get started in soap making are through melt and pour soap making and hand milled soap making. While most of you are likely familiar with making melt and pour soap using a glycerin soap base, you may be less familiar with how to make hand milled soap.

If you’re looking for an easy (and affordable) way to learn how to make soap for beginners, then I highly recommend you learn how to make hand milled soap. You’ll find, that if you’re already a fan of handmade soaps, making hand milled soap is a great way to use up leftover soap slivers. It also allows you to customize your natural soaps with ingredients that offer additional benefits for your skin type.

Hand milled soaps are created by rebatching unscented (or leftover) soaps on the stovetop or in an oven. This is done to add scent and color, conditioning skin care ingredients or to salvage a botched cold process soap batch. Typically one makes hand milled soap by grating an existing soap bar, then mixing it will milk or water. Once the soap melts, other ingredients can be added to customize the fragrance, color or other properties of the soap.

Hand milling soap is an easy way to learn how to make custom natural soaps. The process is easier than making soap completely from scratch in which you combine lye and soap making fats. It’s also a safer process for anyone who has pets or small children in the home.

Making hand milled soap is an easy way to learn how to make soap for beginners. Learn how to make hand milled soap with an easy charcoal & anise soap recipe from Amanda Gail Aaron's book, The Complete Guide to Natural Soap Making. If you're looking for an easy way to learn how to make soap for beginners, then learn how to make hand milled soap. Making hand milled soap allows you to customize your natural soaps with ingredients that offer additional benefits for your skin type.

How to Make Hand Milled Soap

I hope that you’re as excited as I was the first time I learned how to make hand milled soap. Amanda was gracious enough to share her charcoal & anise hand milled soap recipe from her new book, which you can find below.

Anise & Charcoal Natural Soap Recipe

This stark black hand milled soap is naturally scented with anise, peppermint and lavender essential oils. Formulated with an easy to use hand milled soap base, this homemade soap recipe also contains activated charcoal. The addition of charcoal makes this hand milled soap perfect for acne prone skin, as charcoal works to draw out impurities, oils and toxins from skin.

Following is Amanda’s recipe for charcoal & anise soap (from her book) along with her instructions on how to make hand milled soap. This recipe yields four hand milled soap bars, each weighing approximately 113 grams. It can be made from start to completion in about an hour. You can use pre-bought soap shreds for this recipe. Alternately, you can also grate your own soap from bars of unscented cold or hot process soap.

Equipment Needed:

Digital scale
Glass container
1 (16-ounce) heatproof glass measuring cup
Silicone spatulas
Measuring spoons
Oval silicone mold (with at least 4 cavities)

Ingredients:

450 grams unscented and uncolored soap shreds
1/2 tablespoon charcoal powder
1 tablespoon dried rose petals
4 grams lavender essential oil
4 grams anise essential oil
2 grams peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

Start by prepping the essential oils for this soap. Do this by weighing out each of the three essential oils called for in the recipe. Then blend together in glass container and set aside.

Now wet the soap shreds.

Heat the moistened soap shreds until they become translucent and resemble mashed potatoes.

Once melted, remove the soap from heat.

Working quickly add the prepared essential oil fragrance blend. Then mix in the essential oils and the charcoal powder until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Now divide the rose petals among each mold cavity.

Quickly spoon the the soap into each mold cavity, covering the rose petals. Then use a spatula to smooth the soap down.

Once the soap has hardened, remove it from the mold.

Allow the finished hand milled soap bars to cure for two weeks prior to use.

To use, massage onto wet facial skin. Allow the soap to sit on your face, as you would a mask, for about one minute. Then rinse off and pat dry.

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DIY Glitter Galaxy Unicorn Soap

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We can all use a little more magic in our lives. Bring some of that magic into your shower with this DIY glitter galaxy unicorn soap. Made with a ridiculous amount of eco-glitter, this unicorn soap recipe offers a fun spin on galaxy soaps. And, because it’s made using melt and pour soap base, anyone can tackle this project as a fun weekend DIY.

Unicorn soap DIY for unicorn lovers in need of a little magic. We can all use a little more magic in our lives. Bring some of that magic into your shower with this DIY glitter galaxy unicorn soap. Made with a ridiculous amount of eco-glitter, this unicorn soap recipe offers a fun spin on galaxy soaps. And, because it's made using melt and pour soap base, anyone can tackle this project as a fun weekend DIY.

Sometimes you don’t FEEL like a unicorn.

It’s easy to forget sometimes, especially in times of emotional turmoil, that we are all magical creatures. Since sneaking into my forties, my life has been wrought with its fair share of chaos. Not only is this (middle?) age thing a tough pill to swallow, it’s also brought with it an array of unexpected side effects. Wrinkles, thinning skin, weight gain – and this crazy thing called perimenopause.

I don’t remember my mom ever going through the change before the change. She had a hysterectomy (due to an abnormally heavy menstrual cycle) when I was in high school. So perimenopause – or even menopause – was not a subject that ever came up in those mother daughter talks. Recently I did garner a discussion with her on the topic. As it turned out, my mother started hormone therapy at some point surround her hysterectomy. “Because I was bitchy all the time. Don’t you remember?” “I mean, no? You’re my mother. It’s your job to be occasionally bitchy.”

Sadly, my mother’s need to always be pleasant and helpful resulted in FIFTEEN years of prescription hormone pills. (Made from horse urine, mind you.) That’s ten years longer than is recommended. Of course, her doctor assured her she’d be fine. She wasn’t.

My mother ended up with cervical cancer.

Luckily, surgery seemed to handle the unfortunate consequence of being over-prescribed hormones. Chemo, thankfully, was decided against due to the high probability of toxicity at her age. And later genetic testing put her at almost zero risk of developing other cancers later in life.

The sheer fact, however, that my mother took a prescription to tamper her mood – up to the point it gave her cancer – has stuck with me. Are we, as women, not supposed to be angry? Because there are days I am outraged over so many things. And when women are angry, men say we’re crazy. But we aren’t crazy. We’re coping with life while there’s a war raging inside us.

Recently I learned that it’s NORMAL for perimenopause to cause difficulty sleeping, irritability, loss of libido, vaginal dryness, irregular periods, mood swings, anxiety and depression. In addition, it can also cause RAGE. And for those of us who had severe PMS growing up, in addition to prior episodes of depression or other mental health problems, perimenopause rage is COMMON. And the science backs it up. (Source.)

When we, as women, transition into perimenopause, we also experience (unfamiliar) changes in estrogen. These estrogen changes then directly affect the serotonin levels in our brains. As I’m sure you’re aware, serotonin is a chemical in our brains that regulates mood. When it’s up, we feel happy and elated. Yet when it’s down, we are sad, irritable and depressed. As our estrogen fluctuates throughout this period known as perimenopause, it throws off our estrogen-serotonin balance. This in turn causes a decline in our emotions. So we feel sad. We cry for no reason. Or we’re just really really angry. (Source.)

So, yes. I’ve had quite a few days, especially when those days are coupled with chronic pain, where I feel like I’m going mad. Some days I feel like giving up. I cry over songs and television shows. Other days I’m just pissed at the whole world. (And yes, my ex-husband in particular.) Days that I forget, yes, I am still as magical as a unicorn, even if I don’t feel like it.

Making my glitter galaxy unicorn soap, then seeing it when I take my shower in the mornings, reminds me I am more than just how I feel in that single moment. And in the end, I’ll survive whatever comes my way. (And so will you!)

Glitter Galaxy Unicorn Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

13.5 oz. white melt and pour soap base
5.7 oz. clear melt and pour soap base
.2 oz. fragrance oil, of choice
purple mica or soap colorant, to suit
eco-friendly biodegradable cosmetic glitter, to suit

Materials & Tools:

Rainbows & Unicorns Silicone Unicorn Mold
Digital scale
Glass Pyrex measuring cups
Utensils, for stirring
Spray bottle with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol

Instructions:

I used the same awesome unicorn mold for my DIY glitter galaxy unicorn soap as my super sparkly DIY unicorn air fresheners I made for Galentine’s Day. So if you already have this mold, you’re all set. Otherwise, you get this mold in two days via Amazon. Or you can simply adjust the recipe to fit inside an existing unicorn mold you already have. (Just fill one of the mold cavities with soap base, weigh once it’s hardened, then go from there.)

Unicorn soap DIY for unicorn lovers in need of a little magic. We can all use a little more magic in our lives. Bring some of that magic into your shower with this DIY glitter galaxy unicorn soap. Made with a ridiculous amount of eco-glitter, this unicorn soap recipe offers a fun spin on galaxy soaps. And, because it's made using melt and pour soap base, anyone can tackle this project as a fun weekend DIY.

Begin by weighing out 13.5 oz. of white melt and pour soap base. Cut the base into chunks, then combine in a large glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat in the microwave in 30-second increments, stirring after each heating, until melted. Once melted, mix in your choice of skin safe purple soap colorant as recommended by the manufacturer. Then stir in .15 oz. fragrance oil. (I used this vanilla free Pomegranate Noir fragrance oil.)

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Now pour the melted soap base into each of the six cavities of your unicorn mold. (Each cavity should be around 3/4th of the way full.) Then spritz the top of the soap with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol to remove any air bubbles.

Set the mold aside and allow the soap to fully harden.

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Once the base for your unicorn soap has set up, you’re ready to move on to the next step. Weigh out 5.7 oz. of clear melt and pour soap base. Cut into chunks, then combine in a glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat the clear soap base in the same manner as the white soap base. Then, once melted, weigh out and stir in .05 oz. fragrance oil.

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Now dust spritz the top of the soap in your mold with isopropyl alcohol. Dust with glitter as desired.

Spritz with alcohol once more, then gently pour about half of the clear melted soap base into the unicorn mold. Dust the soap with additional glitter, then pour the rest of soap base into the mold. Spray the top of the soap with alcohol to remove any air bubbles.

Next, use a utensil to lift the glitter up into the clear base as it cools to create a layering effect. While still fluid, spray the top of the unicorn soap once more with isopropyl alcohol. Then dust with a final layer of glitter.

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Once the glitter galaxy unicorn soaps have solidified fully, remove the soaps from the mold.

Unicorn soap DIY for unicorn lovers in need of a little magic. We can all use a little more magic in our lives. Bring some of that magic into your shower with this DIY glitter galaxy unicorn soap. Made with a ridiculous amount of eco-glitter, this unicorn soap recipe offers a fun spin on galaxy soaps. And, because it's made using melt and pour soap base, anyone can tackle this project as a fun weekend DIY.

Then wrap each unicorn soap tightly in foodservice film until ready to use.

Unicorn soap DIY for unicorn lovers in need of a little magic. We can all use a little more magic in our lives. Bring some of that magic into your shower with this DIY glitter galaxy unicorn soap. Made with a ridiculous amount of eco-glitter, this unicorn soap recipe offers a fun spin on galaxy soaps. And, because it's made using melt and pour soap base, anyone can tackle this project as a fun weekend DIY.

More Unicorn Soap & Beauty Recipes

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