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

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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.


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.

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Soapmaker’s Guide to Marketing Soap Online

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Handmade Organic Tangerine Glycerin Soap from Rebecca's Soap Delicatessen at http://shop.soapdelicatessen.comSoapmaking has been one of my favorite past times for over a decade. I first really began selling my homemade soaps online back when Etsy was in beta. Then I moved onto selling full time for a good, solid four years on my local farmer’s market until the economy and my health took a turn. Now I sell my handmade soaps and other bath and body products exclusively online via my own storefront. I’ve  learned a lot, but as you know, the world of ecommerce is constantly changing forcing those of us who sell our handmade arts and crafts online, to keep in the loop or fall to the wayside. However, there is basic know how that every soapmaker should have under their belt before they begin their adventure into selling their handmade products to the public. This is where the new ebook from established author, Lisa Maliga, comes into play.

Selling homemade soaps online is one of the most difficult ways to get your products into the hands of customers. As people enjoy smelling and handling a product  – it’s very difficult to describe a scent through words in a way that everyone will get exactly what that fragrance is – homemade soaps can be an especially tough sale outside of farmer’s markets, craft shows and shops. So if you are considering selling your handmade soaps online and are looking for a basic foundation of information to get you started, The Soapmaker’s Guide to Online Marketing is for true beginners who really have no idea how to get started.

Want to sell you handmade soaps? Then be sure to check out the Soapmaker's Guide to Online Marketing. This beginner soapmaking book details how to get started making soap as a business and not just a hobby. Easy to read and understand, this soap marketing book is perfect for the average soaper just getting their toes wet and wanting to sell their handmade artisan soaps.

The Soapmaker’s Guide to Online Marketing starts you off with a questionnaire that will help you determine if you’re really cut out for selling homemade soap online and also advises against premature selling – with specific instances of mistakes and pitfalls. There’s also a brief section over viewing online marketplaces you can sell your handmade soaps, including self hosting creating your website (I’m a fan of the ease of Weebly) and obtaining a domain name. There’s also advice on setting up things like a policy page that covers deliveries and returns and how to handle delivery issues. In addition there’s useful information on SEO, using meta tags, branding, photographing your products, and finally promoting your website using methods from a press release and Pinterest to creating a newsletter and youtube videos to using both paid and free advertising. You’ll also discover useful information on business basics, running a home office, invoicing,  shipping, pricing guidelines, labeling, creating your brand and how to avoid online scams.

Finally, The Soapmaker’s Guide to Online Marketing provides a handful of beginner glycerin soap recipes as well as resources and online shops for buying wholesale supplies for soapmaking, fragrances, molds and packaging and information websites, books and forums you can use to research for further information into this wonderful craft.

If you’re interested in learning more about making handmade melt and pour soaps, be sure to check out Lisa’s first soapmaking book, The Joy of Melt and Pour Soap Crafting. You can also now buy her latest book on making homemade shampoo bars, How to Make Handmade Shampoo Bars: The Budget Edition, in paperback. (You’ll love the large, easy to read text!)

Or check out her video (above) for a recipe on making Lisa’s Pink Clay & Shea Shampoo Bars!

Do you have questions about marketing your online business? Feel free to ask questions in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer. Also feel free to share some of your own tips, tricks and basic know how! (Also be sure to follow Soap Deli News on Blog Lovin’ and never miss a post!)

Easy Kids Craft Project: DIY Handmade Soap for Mother’s Day

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Happen to have lots of leftover soap slivers? Don’t throw them out! Use them to craft new soaps. Here’s an easy handmade soap project you do on a weekend afternoon with the kids with quick results from left over glycerin soap slivers and a bit of new melt and pour soap. These soaps are quick and easy and make a fun kids’ project or a simple Mother’s Day gift that kids can craft mostly themselves depending on their age. (Be sure to always provide age appropriate adult supervision.)

What you’ll need:

leftover glycerin soap slivers
melt and pour soap base of choice
peppermint essential oil
mixing spoon
glass measuring cup
containers to use as molds
plastic wrap


1. Cut your left over soap slivers into small chunks.

2. Line your containers you’ll be using as molds with plastic wrap. I used lids to some of my pottery dishes. But you can also use muffins tins or cups. Just be sure the opening of the container is slightly wider than the base, otherwise it will be difficult to get the soap out!

3. Place an assortment of your soap chunks from your leftover soaps in the lined molds.

4. Cut up some fresh melt and pour glycerin soap base into chunks. I used a natural, opaque shea butter glycerin melt and pour soap base. The amount is up to you based on how many smaller soaps you want to create. Take note of how much soap you are using however, by weighing out the soap either before or after you cut it into chunks. This will determine how much fragrance to use.

5. Melt your uncolored, unscented soap base in a glass measuring cup or other glass container in the microwave. Don’t let the base boil.

6. Mix the melted soap base to be sure it’s melted through. Measure out your peppermint essential oil for fragrance. The essential oil should equal 2% by weight of the total amount of your soap base by weight. This makes for a great math lesson for the kids! Note that you can use any fragrance you like, but I like to use peppermint as it tends to mix well with almost any fragrance that may still be left in your cut up, leftover soap chunks. Plus it’s a refreshing scent most people like and it’s great for circulation! Use tripled distilled or Japanese peppermint essential oil for a more peppermint candy like scent rather than a medicinal fragrance. Mix the peppermint essential oil into the soap base and stir well.

7. Pour the peppermint scented soap base into the molds over top of your leftover, colored soap chunks. If you’d like your chunks to “float” within the soaps you’ll need to use a suspension soap base. However, you probably won’t need a suspension soap base unless you are using a larger mold like a loaf mold.

8. Place your soaps in the molds in the freezer for about a half hour. (Not necessary, but they will solidify faster this way and the kids won’t have to wait as long!)

9. Remove from the soaps from the molds once solidified and peel away the plastic film. Use immediately in your shower or by the sink. Or wrap tightly in plastic film to store for use later or so the kids can gift to friends and family.

If you don’t have leftover glycerin soaps, you can use soap slivers from your regular bath soap or cold process handmade soaps. This process is known as rebatching or handmilling soap and involves grating the leftover soap slivers and combining with a bit of milk or water in a pan over heat on the stove top or in an oven. This process is a great way to use up leftover soap bits, but it does take some time for the excess water to evaporate from your bars before use. You can find instructions on how to make handmilled soap here.

For more on making melt and pour soaps, be sure to check out Lisa Maliga’s The Joy of Melt and Pour Soap Crafting.