Fall Soap Ideas: Creative Homemade Soap Recipes & DIY Ideas for Fall Soap Crafts

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Looking for fall soap ideas? Whether you need soap making ideas for soaps to craft and sell, DIY ideas for autumnal make and take crafts or even seasonal homemade gifts, these fall soap making ideas are the perfect solution! Keep reading to discover a beautiful fall soap collection of creative homemade soap recipes for fall as well as DIY ideas for fall soap crafts. Many of these homemade fall soap ideas and recipes are easy enough for beginners. And they’re a beautiful way to decorate your bathroom sink for autumn as well as the holidays ahead.

Fall soap ideas for DIY soap crafters. Looking for fall soap ideas? Whether you need soap making ideas for soaps to craft and sell, DIY ideas for autumnal make and take crafts or even seasonal homemade gifts, these fall soap making ideas are the perfect solution! Keep reading to discover a beautiful fall soap collection of creative homemade soap recipes for fall as well as DIY ideas for fall soap crafts. Many of these homemade fall soap ideas and recipes are easy enough for beginners. And they're a beautiful way to decorate your bathroom sink for autumn as well as the holidays ahead.

Fall Soap Ideas for Therapy & Fun

As summer wraps up and fall takes hold, you’re probably finding that you’re spending more time indoors. Especially as the those nighttime temps begin to drop lower and lower. (Some of you were even getting snow in September!) I know that for me, as soon as Halloween is over, it feels like it’s full speed straight into the holidays. Literally, every single year, I blink and it’s suddenly Thanksgiving. Same with Christmas directly after.

It’s no wonder most of us feel stressed November through December. Everyone is demanding more time in one way or another and you can go broke just throwing a single holiday dinner. This is where soap making comes in for me. Studies show that art therapy, regardless of skill level, can really boost your mood. And it also helps with seasonal depression. So whether I take time out for self care and soap my little heart out solo – or with a few crafty divas I call friends – crafting soaps for fall throughout the holiday season is cheaper than therapy and way more awesome.

Easy melt and pour soap recipes for beginners. How to make pretty fall soaps without lye for decorative soaps for your sink or to give as seasonal DIY gifts. Easy fall soap ideas plus fall essential oil blends for soap to try this autumn.

Here’s a brand new fall soap recipe I wanted to share. It uses the same silicone mold that I used for leaf embeds on my cold process soap recipe for fall, but with a melt and pour base instead. (Be sure to check out that post for some amazing fall essential oil blends for soap!) I then added jojoba beads to the main bar of soap for mild exfoliation and extra hydration for skin. (For super dry or eczema prone skin, also be sure to try this moisturizing triple Brazilian butter soap recipe.)

Once you learn how to make this fall inspired soap, be sure to check out the links to other fall soap ideas I’ve shared after the recipe!

Fall Melt and Pour Soap Recipe. Easy beginner melt and pour soap recipe for beginners made with pretty leaf soap embeds filled with eco-friendly biodegradable glitter and moisturizing jojoba beads. A simple easy DIY beauty gift for homemade skin care.

Fall Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients for Leaf Embeds:

2.5 oz. white melt and pour soap base, of choice
.05 oz. Honey Apple Champagne fragrance oil
red-orange or similar soap colorant of choice
biodegradable red or orange glitter, to suit

Ingredients for Round Soap Base:

30 oz. white melt and pour soap base, of choice
.6 oz. Honey Apple Champagne fragrance oil
green jojoba beads, to suit
gold or brass biodegradable glitter, to suit
liquid green soap colorant or mica, to suit

Tools & Materials:

Leaf embed silicone mold
Round soap mold
Large glass Pyrex measuring cups, or similar
Utensils for stirring
Chef’s knife or other sharp knife
Spray bottle with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol
Digital scale

How to make melt and pour soap for beginners with jojoba beads for fall. Easy DIY fall soap making ideas and homemade soap recipes for seasonal holiday gifts.

Fall Soap Making Tips & Tricks:

I used a white melt and pour soap base for this fall soap idea. However, you can change the final look of your homemade fall soaps entirely by simply swapping out the white base with a clear melt and pour soap base. Alternately, you can also use a suspension soap base to have the glitters and jojoba beads evenly embedded throughout your soap bars. It’s also important to note that the glitter will sink to the bottom of the mold as it’s heavier than the base. While the jojoba beads will rise to the top.

You can control the suspension of the jojoba beads to some extent, however. By pouring the soap with the jojoba beads at a temperature between 120-125 °F, they are more likely to stay suspended than if you pour the soap hot. You do not want to add jojoba beads to your soap base at temps over 140°F as they will melt. Therefore, you may want to use a thermometer for this fall soap idea. (I love this digital laser infrared thermometer for soap making.)

Fall soap making recipes. Round melt and pour soaps with jojoba beads and red-orange fall leaf soap embeds with eco-friendly bioglitter.

Instructions:

You’ll want to make your leaf embeds for you fall soaps first. To do this, simply weigh out 2.5 oz. of melt and pour soap using a digital scale. Then, cut the soap into cubes with a sharp knife. (I like to use a Chef’s knife.)

Next, place the soap into a microwave safe container. I recommend a glass Pyrex measuring cup with a spout so your soap is easy to pour. Now melt the soap in the microwave in 20-30 second increments until melted. Be sure to stir the soap base after each heating.

Once melted, weigh out the fragrance oil and stir into the melted soap base.

Then, add the colorant to the soap. You can use any color you like as well as you choice of colorant type – whether it’s a soap color cube, liquid soap colorant or skin safe, cosmetic mica powder. Stir well to ensure the colorant is evenly incorporated throughout the soap. Be careful, however, not to go overboard. Less is more. So start with a little bit of color and work your way up. Otherwise your finished soaps may bleed color when used. If you’d like a really bold soap color, use a clear melt and pour soap base in lieu of the white soap base.

Now add the glitter to the melted soap base. Mix to combine. (You can also dust some glitter inside of the mold cavities, if desired.)

Slowly pour the soap into the leaf embed mold. The spritz the top of the soap you just poured with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol. Set the mold with the soap aside to cool and harden.

While the embeds for your fall soaps harden, you can get started on the round soap base. I made my soap base in two separate steps with less color the second go round. Therefore the bottom half of my soap was a different color green than the top half. You can make the base in two steps if you’d like to use alternating colors. Or you can make it all at once so the round soap bars are the same color all the way through.

Easy melt and pour soap recipes for beginners. How to make pretty fall soaps without lye for decorative soaps for your sink or to give as seasonal DIY gifts.

Weigh out 30 oz. of the melt and pour soap base. Cube the soap using a sharp knife, then combine in a large glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat the soap the same as you did for the leaf embeds, in 30 second increments until melted. 

Now add the soap colorant of your choice along with your favorite biodegradable glitter or bioglitter. Stir well to combine. Once the soap cools to between 120-125 °F, weigh out the fragrance oil and stir in.

Next, divide the soap mixture pouring one third of the soap into a separate container. Then add the desired amount of jojoba beads to the larger container of the melted soap base. Stir well to recombine, then pour the soap base into eight of the cavities of your round soap mold. They should each be filled about two thirds to three fourths of the way full. 

Then spritz the tops of the soap you just poured with isopropyl alcohol to remove any air bubbles and set aside to harden. 

Once your leaf soap embeds have hardened, carefully remove them from the mold. You’re ready for the next step as soon as the soaps in the round mold have solidified as well.

If necessary, reheat the remaining soap base, then add the desired amount of jojoba beads once the temperature cools. Mix well to combine.

Now spritz the round soaps in your mold with isopropyl alcohol. Place a leaf soap embed on top of each of the round soaps in the mold. Then carefully add the remaining melted soap base to the mold around each of the embeds. Spritz the tops of the soaps with isopropyl alcohol again to remove any air bubbles. Then set aside.

Once your fall soaps with leaf embeds have hardened, they can be unmolded. Wrap the unmolded soaps tightly in foodservice film for storage or for gifting. 

Fall Soap Ideas to try. Looking for fall soap ideas to craft and sell, autumnal make and take crafts or even seasonal homemade gifts? Then be sure to check out this beautiful fall soap collection of creative homemade soap recipes for fall as well as DIY ideas for fall soap crafts. Many of these homemade fall soap ideas and recipes are easy enough that enough beginners can make. And they're a beautiful way to decorate your bathroom sink for autumn as well as the holidays ahead.

More Fall Soap Ideas to DIY

Now that you’ve made my Honey Apple Champagne Fall Melt and Pour Soaps, be sure to try out one of these other fun fall soap ideas.

Pumpkin spice soap recipe with ginger essential oil. Learn about ginger essential oil benefits for natural skin care and beauty. How to craft homemade soap recipes using ginger essential oil for its natural beauty and skin care benefits. Plus more ginger oil recipes you can make at home for your natural beauty regimen.

Fall Soap Projects to try. Looking for fall soap ideas to craft and sell, autumnal make and take crafts or even seasonal homemade gifts? Then be sure to check out this beautiful fall soap collection of creative homemade soap recipes for fall as well as DIY ideas for fall soap crafts. Many of these homemade fall soap ideas and recipes are easy enough that enough beginners can make. And they're a beautiful way to decorate your bathroom sink for autumn as well as the holidays ahead.

If you like these DIY fall soap ideas, then be sure to pin this post to Pinterest for later. You can also find and follow Soap Deli News blog on Pinterest here. Alternately, you can also discover more fall soap ideas here. Or try one of my other easy melt and pour soap recipes.

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Hot Process Pumpkin Pie Soap Recipe

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This hot process pumpkin pie soap recipe is made using the crockpot method and is made using frozen coconut milk cubes and canned pumpkin. It's a sure hit for fall and beyond for anyone who is a fan of pumpkin pie!

This hot process pumpkin pie soap recipe is made using the crockpot method and is made using frozen coconut milk cubes and canned pumpkin. It’s a sure hit for fall and beyond for anyone who is a fan of pumpkin pie!

Created by Beth Walker of Soap Mage, an online shop dedicated to bringing you handmade artisan soaps, Beth used the hot process soapmaking method to lend this homemade pumpkin pie soap a more rustic, true handmade look. Typically Beth loves using goat milk in her handmade soaps, however at the request of a loyal customer she crafted this hot process pumpkin pie soap recipe with coconut milk instead with her in mind. The result was a handmade soap that turned out to be one of Beth’s favorite milk soaps. As Beth is a self-defined foodie and lover of all things autumn, she also wanted to make this with hot process pumpkin pie soap recipe with real pumpkin so she chose to use actual canned pumpkin in addition to the coconut milk. And she was even more pleased that the pumpkin scent she chose also survived the saponification process and the fragrance shined through in the finished soap bars.

Following you’ll find Beth’s own hot process pumpkin pie soap recipe along with her directions for making your own handmade pumpkin pie soap. And, if you don’t have the time to make your own, you can always purchase Beth’s handmade soaps in her online shop. For those of you who are still getting the hang of things or aren’t entirely sure about using lye calculators yet, I’ve include the actual amount of each ingredient you’ll need to make a batch that fits into one of my DIY wooden soap molds.

This hot process pumpkin pie soap recipe is made using the crockpot method and is made using frozen coconut milk cubes and canned pumpkin. It's a sure hit for fall and beyond for anyone who is a fan of pumpkin pie!

Hot Process Pumpkin Pie Soap Recipe

© Beth Walker, owner of Soap Mage

Ingredients:

14.4 oz. olive oil (40%)
7.2 oz. sustainable palm oil (20%)
7.92 oz. 76° melt point coconut oil (22%)
3.6 oz. avocado oil (10%)
2.88 oz. almond oil (8%)

4.98 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide (6% superfat)
12.78 oz. coconut milk, frozen into cubes (35.5% water discount)

2.34 oz. canned pumpkin (approx. 6.5% of oil weight)
1.8 oz. pumpkin fragrance oil, of choice (5%)
1.33 oz. of 60% solution liquid sodium lactate (3.37%)

Instructions:

If you prefer to make this pumpkin pie soap recipe using the cold process soapmaking method, then you will need to follow my cold process soapmaking instructions here. Otherwise follow Beth’s instructions for making this pumpkin pie soap using the hot process soapmaking method below using your crockpot. And don’t forget to take all proper safety precautions when working with lye.

“Turn your crockpot on low while weighing out the oils. Then using a digital scale weigh out each of your soapmaking oils and then add the oils to the crockpot allowing any hard oils to melt down. While the oils are warming you should prepare your lye solution using the frozen, cubed coconut milk. (One of the great things about hot process soapmaking is that you don’t have to be too concerned about temperatures!) Create your lye solution by adding the lye to the coconut milk and mixing together until it has fully dissolved. Now add the sodium lactate to the lye solution and stir to combine. You’re now ready to add your lye solution to the oils! Slowly add the lye-coconut milk solution to the crockpot of soapmaking oils and blend with a spatula.

Next, use a stick blender to mix the lye solution and soapmaking oils until the soap reaches a light trace. Once the soap batter has reached a light trace add the canned pumpkin. Then use a stick blender to bring your soap to a thick trace.

Now put the lid on your crock pot and set the timer for about 15 minutes. Check your soap once the timer goes off. You should start to see the first stage. (For a pictorial on hot process soapmaking go here.) Continue checking the soap about every 15 minutes until your soap looks like mashed potatoes. You can zap test your soap if you like by sticking a wooden chopstick in the soap, allowing it to cool for a minute, then sticking it on your tongue. If there’s no zap then your soap is ready. If you feel a zap then this means the lye is still active and has not fully gelled. In this case it will feel a little like sticking your tongue to a 9V battery – which doesn’t hurt – but does tingle. Some soapers prefer to use pH strips, so if you have them handy, feel free to use them instead.

Once your soap has reached the “mashed potato” stage and there’s no zap, turn off your crockpot and use a thermometer to check the temperature of the soap. You don’t want to add any fragrance or essential oils while the soap is still fairly hot. Add your scent (if desired) and any colorants you’ve chosen to use at this time. For this particular hot process pumpkin pie soap recipe, I added a half teaspoon of orange mica to give the light orange color of the pumpkin pie soap a little more pop.

Now plop a layer of the soap into your prepared mold making sure to tap the mold on the table to get rid of any trapped air, especially since hot process soap is “fluffy.” If desired, you can add a light pencil line with some cocoa powder or a darker colored mica at this time. Next, add the remaining soap to the mold and tap the mold on the table again. You can help your soap cool down faster by placing your soap in the freezer as it’s likely still hot from cooking as well as from using milk in the recipe. Once your soap has cooled completely, you can remove it from the mold.

Although your soap is technically safe to use right away, hot process soap still needs to be fully cured just like cold process soap to allow the water to evaporate out. This not only makes for a harder bar but also a less harsh bar with a better lather. If I’m making soaps for myself and I’m impatient, I cure typically cure my hot process soaps for about 2 weeks before use. However, If I’m selling my soaps I’m always sure to give them a full four week cure.”

Your final soaps will yield the following properties (via SoapCalc.) This of course does not take into account the extra conditioning properties the fat from the coconut milk and the pumpkin lend to this soap.

Properties of Beth's Hot Process Pumpkin Pie Soap Recipe

Want to learn more about the woman behind Soap Mage?

Beth refers to herself as a soap alchemist. She loves everything to do with the middle ages including alchemy, ancient soapmaking (which she thinks of as alchemy!) and the artwork and architecture of the time. She’s also a hardcore RPG (role playing game) gamer, and is influenced heavily by gaming, Medieval history, science fiction, fantasy, and horror in her soapmaking. She’s currently working hard on branding her product line which is aimed more at the younger adult crowd as well as goths, gamers, and the like. Her desire is to set herself apart from other soapmakers which has allowed her to find her niche. Her inner geek loves to come out when she’s designing her handmade soaps in what she likes to call her soap alchemy lab.

While Beth has moved into creating handmade soaps with a more gothic look, she still loves to create the handmade soaps that got her started on her soapmaking journey prior to her branding her handmade soap line. This includes the more “familiar” homemade soap recipes like homemade coffee soaps and goat milk soaps, as well as foodie inspired homemade soaps like the her hot process pumpkin pie soap recipe featured here.

Moving forward Beth will be giving the pretty mica swirls she used in this pumpkin pie soap recipe a rest for a bit as she’s planning on making more handmade soaps with essential oils and natural colorants rather than synthetic ingredients to add to her growing product line. But don’t fret, because you can bet that all of Beth’s handmade soaps will still have some reference to alchemy since that her brand is becoming known for.

If you’re interested in seeing more of Beth’s handmade soaps or purchasing her products, you can visit her shop, Soap Mage, here. You can also keep up with all of her new soapy creations and news by following her on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest as well as by visiting her blog.

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