How to Make Melt and Pour Soap Recipes for Beginners: A Modern Guide to Natural Soapmaking

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How to Make Melt and Pour Soap Recipes for Beginners: A modern guide to natural soap making using natural soap bases, natural colorants, herbal infusions, botanicals and essential oils. Wondering, how do I make melt and pour soap recipes for beginners? I've got you covered. Learn how to make easy melt and pour soap recipes with this modern guide to natural soapmaking with fifty easy melt and pour soap recipes for beginner soapmakers. Plus melt and pour soap making tips, tricks and design techniques to help you create your own custom soap recipes and formulations.

How to Make Melt and Pour Soap Recipes for Beginners

Traversing the soap-iverse for the right information.

There is SO much information on the internet, and Pinterest especially, on how to make melt and pour soaps for beginners. Some of those so called easy melt and pour soap recipes are spot on. The recipe works exactly the way it should and you’re presented with all the right information from the start. Unfortunately, there’s also a lot of bad soap recipes mixed in. And if if you’re a beginner soapmaker, incorrect recipes or flat out bad information can be costly as well as discouraging. 

The first few times I made homemade melt and pour soaps, well, I messed up. One, I had no idea that using lavender buds in a melt and pour soap base would eventually turn the entire bar of soap brown! Not only did it not look pretty, but what was actually happening was that those botanicals were rotting. Can you imagine gifting a bar of homemade soap to a friend and then realize later on they’re slathering decaying plant matter on their skin? How embarrassing!  

I learned from that mistake pretty quickly, thank goodness. However, it still bothers me, that close to twenty years after that incident, there are still bloggers sharing recipes with botanicals that just don’t work with melt and pour soap recipes.

How to make melt and pour soaps the right way using natural ingredients and essential oils.

Not long after my first major mistake making melt and pour soaps, I had another. (I mean, that’s how many of us learned prior to the youtube era. So PLEASE don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Occasionally it leads to a happy accident.) I bought a (way back) organic soap base that I decided to add cocoa butter too. The soaps looked great. I wrapped them in scrapbooking paper and gave them as gifts to family one Christmas. Unfortunately, I didn’t test my homemade soap bars before I gifted them. (I know. I know. But to err is human.)

Shortly after gifting my bars of homemade soap, I was told they didn’t lather. At all. (Scented paperweight, anyone?) Back then there weren’t really guides on how much of an additional ingredient you should add to your melt and pour soap bases. Luckily, that information is out there now. Along with insight on where and how to select the right melt and pour soap base for your needs. But where can you find all the information your need to make melt and pour soap recipes for beginners? And how do you know that it’s the right information?

Tips and tricks for making melt and pour soaps. How to make melt and pour soap recipes for beginners using natural ingredients and essential oils along with melt and pour soap making techniques. Learn how to make easy melt and pour soap recipes with this modern guide to natural soapmaking with fifty easy melt and pour soap recipes for beginner soapmakers. Plus melt and pour soap making tips, tricks and design techniques to help you create your own custom soap recipes and formulations.

Where do I learn how to make melt and pour soap recipes for beginners?

Are you a beginner soapmaker? Or do you simply want to learn how to start making homemade soaps using melt and pour soap bases? Then this is the perfect place to start your soapmaking journey! The new book, Easy Homemade Melt & Pour Soaps, by Jan Berry (which you can purchase here) is a modern guide to navigating the world of soap crafting and learning how to create custom natural soaps using botanicals, essential oils, natural colorants and soap bases. The latest addition to Jan’s collection of books, which also includes Simple Natural Soapmaking, this guide is the perfect way to learn how to make melt and pour soap recipes for beginners!

I received an advance copy of Jan Berry’s new book today to review. For those of you who don’t know, Jan and I are *almost* neighbors. She lives about an hour and a half north of me right here in Virginia! I’ve long been a fan of her blog, The Nerdy Farm Wife, and I have to tell you – her books are just as amazing. The photos inside her new book, Easy Homemade Melt & Pour Soaps, are absolutely dreamy! I especially love all the information on natural colorants for melt and pour soaps. Along with the RIGHT way to use those botanicals you now have a slew of and just realized they’re not going to look as pretty as you thought they would a few weeks down the road.

There’s really so much more to this soapmaking book than just the easy melt and pour soap recipes! By the time you’ve worked your way through the book, you’ll have some pretty solid knowledge on how to formulate your own custom soap recipes. And you definitely won’t feel like a beginner soapmaker anymore! 

Are you a beginner soapmaker? Or do you simply want to learn how to start making homemade soaps using melt and pour soap bases? Then this is the perfect place to start your soapmaking journey! The new book, Easy Homemade Melt & Pour Soaps, by Jan Berry is a modern guide to navigating the world of soap crafting and learning how to create custom natural soaps using botanicals, essential oils, natural colorants and soap bases. The latest addition to Jan's collection of books, which also includes Simple Natural Soapmaking, this guide is the perfect way to learn how to make melt and pour soap recipes for beginners!

What’s Inside Easy Homemade Melt and Pour Soaps?

This book is divided into three parts. Each part combines for in depth information on making herbal soaps with natural botanicals, colorants and essential oils for successful products. There are also tips and tricks so you know the best way to make natural soaps without making the same mistakes I did. 

Part 1: Getting Started

Everything you need to know about the different types of  melt and pour soap bases, melting points and the ingredients. There’s also information on how to infuse soaps with herbs and flowers as well as the basic soapmaking tools and equipment you’ll need to get started. In addition, this section also includes a brief overview of tips for successful melt and pour soapmaking for your easy melt and pour soap recipes along with a basic melt and pour soapmaking tutorial to get you started.

Easy melt and pour soap recipes for beginners with skin nourishing herbal infusions. Easy melt and pour soap recipes made with classic, skin soothing flowers and nourishing green herbs. The recipes include chamomile honeycomb slices (soap bars) infused with chamomile flowers and naturally scented with lavender and orange essential oils as well as facial soaps infused with thyme and rose.

Part 2: Melt and Pour Soap Recipes for Beginners

Part two of the book, Easy Homemade Melt & Pour Soaps, is filled with fifty amazing melt and pour and pour soap recipes for beginners. These easy melt and pour soap recipes are divided into six separate sections:

  • Nourishing Infusions
  • Spa Day Luxuries
  • Springtime Delights
  • Sunlight & Seashore 
  • Field & Forest
  • Desert Inspiration

Recipes in the Nourishing Infusions section feature easy melt and pour soap recipes made with classic, skin soothing flowers and nourishing green herbs. The recipes include chamomile honeycomb slices (soap bars) infused with chamomile flowers and naturally scented with lavender and orange essential oils as well as facial soaps infused with thyme and rose.

Spa day recipes for eco-luxe skin care and clean beauty. Easy melt and pour soap recipes for beginners that are designed to polish, cleanse and pamper skin. Highlights include charcoal & sea salt spa bars, adzuki bean & rhassoul clay bars, moringa detox bars and mocha mint massage bars.

In the Spa Day Luxuries section, you’ll discover melt and pour soap recipes for beginners that are designed to polish, cleanse and pamper skin. Highlights include charcoal & sea salt spa bars, adzuki bean & rhassoul clay bars, moringa detox bars and mocha mint massage bars. While the chapter on Springtime Delights includes easy melt and pour soap recipes for a spring weeds gardener’s soap, aromatherapy soap dough, floral bouquet (flower shaped) soaps and herbal soap favors perfect for weddings.

The Sunlight & Seashore section of the book highlights summer fun in the sun – and everything associated with that. Like the beach! Learn how to craft seashell mini soaps, sea glass guest soaps, ocean waves soaps, loofah soaps and mermaid tails soaps.

For those that love to forage, you’ll find the Field & Forest section perfect for your needs! There are melt and pour soap recipes for making pine resin infused soaps, a rustic woods shave soap, camping soaps and even a wildflower honey soap made from a goat milk soap base and scented with a natural blend of lavender and Peru balsam essential oils.

If aloe is your go to for soothing skin care, then the chapter titled, Desert Inspiration, may be your favorite. This natural skin care ingredient is key in these easy melt and pour soap recipes for beginners. Learn how to make triple aloe soap bars, cactus landscape soaps and even jojoba sage shampoo & body bars.

Melt and Pour Soapmaking Information & Techniques Library. This section of the book, Easy Homemade Melt & Pour Soaps, is a must for anyone looking not just to recreate melt and pour soap recipes, but to also harness the knowledge needed to develop your own custom formulations. This chapter alone is a must for any soapmaking library. You'll find yourself referencing it time and again for information on natural ingredients you can use in your own homemade melt and pour soap recipes.

Part 3: Melt and Pour Soapmaking Information & Techniques Library

This section of the book, Easy Homemade Melt & Pour Soaps, is a must for anyone looking not just to recreate melt and pour soap recipes, but to also harness the knowledge needed to develop your own custom formulations. This chapter alone is a must for any soapmaking library. You’ll find yourself referencing it time and again for information on natural ingredients you can use in your own homemade melt and pour soap recipes. 

Discover details on natural colorants along with photos of the finished soaps and the amounts needed to achieve the same look. There’s also in depth information on the properties of essential oils used in soapmaking along with essential oil blend ideas and recipes. Plus information on exfoliants and other additives you can use when crafting your own easy melt and pour soap recipes. You’ll also learn the eco-friendly ways to package and store the melt and pour soaps you create.

If you want to get extra creative with your melt and pour soap recipes for beginners, this section also highlight various melt and pour soap making techniques. Discover how to incorporate soap curls, cookies cutter shapes and embeds into your melt and pour soaps as well as how to use soap stamps and create layers. Can’t quite figure out that pencil line? There’s detailed information on creating a pencil line in melt and pour soaps as well as step-by-step photos on creating visually pleasing diagonals and triangles as part of your soap designs.

And, for those times, that things don’t quite work out the way you expected, information on troubleshooting things like separating layers, a lack of lather, soap shrinkage and more is also included.

In addition, there’s also a list of fourteen soapmaking suppliers you can source ingredients from in both the USA and Canada. (She even included one of my personal favorite suppliers, Mountain Rose Herbs.)

You can purchase Jan Berry’s new book, Easy Homemade Melt & Pour Soaps, on Amazon here.

Melt and pour soap making tips & tricks to easy melt and pour soap recipes for beginners. How to make melt and pour soap recipes for beginners using natural ingredients and essential oils along with melt and pour soap making techniques. Learn how to make easy melt and pour soap recipes with this modern guide to natural soapmaking with fifty easy melt and pour soap recipes for beginner soapmakers. Plus melt and pour soap making tips, tricks and design techniques to help you create your own custom soap recipes and formulations.

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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.

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Easy Fall Melt and Pour Soap Recipes for Beginners

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These easy fall melt and pour soap recipes are perfect for even beginner soapmakers. They can be scented with your favorite fall fragrance oils or your choice of fall essential oil blends. Keep reading to learn how to make six bars of homemade fall soaps in two designs using a single mold for seasonal holiday gifts.

DIY fall soaps. These easy fall melt and pour soap recipes are perfect for even beginner soapmakers. They can be scented with your favorite fall fragrance oils or your choice of fall essential oil blends. Learn how to make six bars of homemade fall soaps in two designs using a single mold and working with no lye. Simple beginning melt and pour soap recipes for DIY holiday gifts for friends & family. Easy DIY soap gift ideas the kids can help craft.

A Celebration of Fall!

For as long as I can remember (or at least since the last time I stepped foot into a classroom) fall has been my favorite season. I love not just the crisp cool air that accompanies autumn’s entrance, but also the deep connection I feel with nature as wildlife change habits to prepare for the winter ahead. Fall is when I reflect on the things that have passed as well as the future to come.

The squirrels tease us with fluffy tails as dart in and out of trees foraging for nuts to store for winter. The colors of scenery change to burnt umber, reds and oranges. The leaves fall to rejuvenate the earth the following year in a cycle of life that reminds us, that though some things end, new things are always born.

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When I was in the fourth grade, my class was given an assignment. We were to collect, at minimum, leaves from 40 different trees. These leaves were then preserved between two sheets of wax paper, identified and compiled into book form. My parents later used that book for one of their Boy Scout troop meetings.

While I, unfortunately, can no longer identify all forty of those tree leaves, that class project certainly brought me closer to nature. And it gave me a better appreciation of all the living things around us.

With this reflection in mind, I really wanted to create a few fall melt and pour soap recipes. So I picked up an acorn and leaf silicone mold at a local craft store. I then combined a variety of melt and pour soap bases with not just mica colorants, but some fun eco-friendly biodegradable glitter as well, to create unique one of a kind melt and pour soaps for fall.

These easy fall melt and pour soap recipes are perfect for even beginner soapmakers. They can be scented with your favorite fall fragrance oils or your choice of fall essential oil blends. Learn how to make six bars of homemade fall soaps in two designs using a single mold and working with no lye. Simple beginning melt and pour soap recipes for DIY holiday gifts for friends & family.

Easy Fall Melt and Pour Soap Recipes for Beginners

I used a Wilton mold I picked up at Joann’s for my fall melt and pour soap recipes. If you aren’t able to find this particular mold, you can use any silicone mold of your choice. Simply adjust the follow melt and pour soap recipes accordingly to fit the size of the molds you’ve chosen. I do this by pouring unscented plain melt and pour soap into the molds cavities. Once hardened, I weigh the soap to figure out the amount needed for my fall melt and pour soap recipes. Alternately, you can purchase a similar fall silicone soap mold here.

Melt and pour fall soap ideas for beginners. How to craft DIY fall acorn soaps with this easy melt and pour soap recipe. These fall soaps can be scented with your favorite fall fragrance oils or your choice of fall essential oil blends. Learn how to make six bars of homemade fall soaps in two designs using a single mold and working with no lye. Simple beginning melt and pour soap recipes for DIY holiday gifts for friends & family.

Fall Acorn Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

This fall soap idea is pretty straightforward and the easiest of the two fall melt and pour soap recipes. It requires only a single melt and pour soap base, an Almond Milk & Chia fall fragrance oil, a soap colorant and a dash of glitter. The kids will have fun helping you make this fall acorn recipe to gift to their own friends and family members. This fall soap recipe yields three acorn shaped soap bars.

Ingredients:

7.5 oz. melt and pour soap base, white or clear
.15 oz. Almond Milk & Chia fragrance oil
brown mica or brown soap color bar, to suit
biodegradable brass or gold glitter, to suit

Melt and Pour Soap Making Tips:

Before you get started on my fall melt and pour soap recipes, here are a few soap making tips and tricks to help you achieve soap making success.

You can use either clear or white melt and pour base for this recipe. If you use a white soap base, your fall acorn soaps will be more of a pastel color, while a clear base will give you a dark, rich color. I want to remake these myself using a clear base and a brown sparkle color bar!

Should you choose to substitute the fall fragrance oil, then be sure you know what the max usage rate is for that fragrance oil you’d like to use. You don’t want to exceed that amount. At the same time, some usage rates are rather high.

The skin safe usage rate for the Almond Milk & Chia fragrance oil is over 90% for soap. But obviously you can’t make a bar of soap using more fragrance oil than product. Therefore I recommend a usage rate of 2-5% for this particular fragrance oil. You can adjust that number depending on how strong you’d like the scent to be in your fall melt and pour soaps. For my fall acorn melt and pour soap recipe, I used the Almond Milk & Chia fragrance oil at 2%. You can tweak this number accordingly depending on your own personal tastes. (The fragrance oils for my fall melt and pour soap recipes were obtained from Wholesale Supplies Plus.)

If you’d rather use a custom fall essential oil blend recipe for your homemade melt and pour soaps, then I recommend a usage rate of no more than 2%. However, you should use less if the essential oil in your blend contains oils that are known skin irritants such as cinnamon leaf or clove.

Placing your soap mold on a cutting board will allow for easy transport while soap is still fluid. So if you’d like to speed up the amount of time it takes for your fall soaps to harden, simply transfer the mold on a cutting board to the fridge.

Additionally, spritzing the tops of your melt and pour soaps with a spray bottle filled with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol (also sometimes referred to RA in the soap niche) will remove any air bubbles you may have. 

Ready to get started?

Melt and pour fall soap ideas for beginners. How to craft DIY fall acorn soaps with this easy melt and pour soap recipe. These fall soaps can be scented with your favorite fall fragrance oils or your choice of fall essential oil blends. Learn how to make six bars of homemade fall soaps in two designs using a single mold and working with no lye. Simple beginning melt and pour soap recipes for DIY holiday gifts for friends & family.

Melt and Pour Soap Making Instructions:

Using a digital scale, weigh out the melt and pour soap base. Cut the soap base into chunks and place inside a large glass Pyrex measuring cup, or similar. Then, heat in the microwave in 20-30 second increments, stirring after each heating, until melted. Take care not to overheat the soap base.

Now add the soap colorant of your choice and mix well. Follow the less is more guideline and slowly add additional colorant until you reach the desired color. (If using mica you may want to premix the mica with a bit of glycerin prior to adding it to the melted soap base.) Be careful not to add too much colorant or your soaps will bleed excess color when used.

Once the desired color is achieved, weigh out the fragrance oil and stir into the melted soap base. Set aside.

Next, place your soap mold onto a cutting board, if desired. Dust the inside of the soap mold’s three acorn cavities with eco-friendly, biodegradable glitter. Then slowly pour the melted soap base into each of the cavities of your mold.

Spritz the the top of the liquid soap you just poured with rubbing alcohol, if needed, to remove any air bubbles. Then follow with the second of my fall melt and pour soap recipes to make a set of three fall leaf soaps on the other side of the mold.

Once all the soaps have hardened, unmold and then wrap tightly in foodservice film.

Yield: 3 soaps

Acorn Fall Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

Acorn Fall Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

Learn how to craft acorn shaped DIY fall soaps with this easy melt and pour soap recipe. These fall soaps can be scented with your favorite fall fragrance oils or your choice of fall essential oil blends.

Materials

  • 7.5 oz. melt and pour soap base
  • .15 oz. Almond Milk & Chia fragrance oil
  • brown mica or brown soap color bar, to suit
  • biodegradable brass or gold mice, to suit

Tools

  • Wilton silicone soap mold
  • Glass Pyrex measuring cups
  • Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Spray bottle with rubbing alcohol

Instructions

Using a digital scale, weigh out the melt and pour soap base. Cut the soap base into chunks and place inside a large glass Pyrex measuring cup, or similar. Then, heat in the microwave in 20-30 second increments, stirring after each heating, until melted. Take care not to overheat the soap base.

Now add the soap colorant of your choice and mix well. Follow the less is more guideline and slowly add additional colorant until you reach the desired color. (If using mica you may want to premix the mica with a bit of glycerin prior to adding it to the melted soap base.) Be careful not to add too much colorant or your soaps will bleed excess color when used.

Once the desired color is achieved, weigh out the fragrance oil and stir into the melted soap base. Set aside.

Next, place your soap mold onto a cutting board, if desired. Dust the inside of the soap mold’s three acorn cavities with eco-friendly, biodegradable glitter. Then slowly pour the melted soap base into each of the cavities of your mold.

Spritz the the top of the liquid soap you just poured with rubbing alcohol, if needed, to remove any air bubbles.

Once all the soaps have hardened, unmold and then wrap tightly in foodservice film.

Fall soap ideas. Easy beginner melt and pour soap ideas for fall inspired leaf shaped soaps. These homemade melt and pour soaps make lovely DIY seasonal fall gifts for friends, family and teachers.

Fall Leaf Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

While this fall soap idea is slightly more complex than the acorn soap recipe, it’s still an easy enough melt and pour soap recipe for beginners. My fall leaf soap is poured in two separate layers to add visual interest and is scented with a fall inspired Wild Berries & Mimosa fragrance oil. This fall soap recipe yields three leaf shaped soap bars.

Ingredients:

3.75 oz. clear melt and pour soap base
5.25 oz. white melt and pour soap base
.2 oz. Wild Berries & Mimosa fragrance oil
crimson or copper soap color bar or mica, to suit
yellow or gold soap colorant or mica, to suit
brass or gold biodegradable glitter, to suit

Melt and Pour Soap Making Instructions:

Using a digital scale, weigh out 3.75 oz. of the clear melt and pour soap base. Cut the soap base into chunks and place inside a large glass Pyrex measuring cup, or similar. Then, heat in the microwave in 20-30 second increments, stirring after each heating, until melted. Take care not to overheat the soap base.

Now add the yellow or gold soap colorant of your choice to the melted soap base and mix well. Slowly add additional colorant until you reach the desired color. Then stir in a bit of gold or brass biodegradable glitter to suit.

Next, weigh out .1 oz. of the  fragrance oil and stir into the melted soap base. 

Then slowly pour the clear melted soap base evenly into each of the three leaf shaped cavities of your mold. Spritz the the top of the liquid soap you just poured with rubbing alcohol, if needed, to remove any air bubbles. Set aside until the soap has hardened.

Melt and pour fall soap scents & recipes. These easy fall melt and pour soap recipes are perfect for even beginner soapmakers. They can be scented with your favorite fall fragrance oils or your choice of fall essential oil blends. Learn how to make six bars of homemade fall soaps in two designs using a single mold and working with no lye. Simple beginning melt and pour soap recipes for DIY holiday gifts for friends & family.

Once hardened weigh, heat and melt 5.25 oz. of the white melt and pour soap base. Add crimson or copper soap colorant to suit.

Follow with .1 oz. of fragrance oil. Mix well. Set aside and allow the melted soap to cool slightly or just before the soap starts to form a film on top.

Next, spritz the tops of the clear soap base in the mold with rubbing alcohol. Then dust the tops of the soap in the three leaf cavities with eco-friendly, biodegradable glitter. 

Spritz again with rubbing alcohol, then slowly pour the white melted soap base into each of the leaf cavities of your mold over top of the existing clear, hardened soap base.

Now spritz the the top of the liquid soap you just poured with rubbing alcohol, if needed, to remove any air bubbles.

Once your fall soaps have hardened, unmold and then wrap tightly in foodservice film.

Leaf Fall Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

Leaf Fall Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

Learn how to craft leaf shaped DIY fall soaps with this easy two-layer, melt and pour soap recipe. These fall soaps can be scented with your favorite fall fragrance oils or your choice of fall essential oil blends.

Materials

  • 3.75 oz. clear melt and pour soap base
  • 5.25 oz. white melt and pour soap base
  • .2 oz. Wild Berries & Mimosa fragrance oil
  • crimson or copper soap color bar or mica, to suit
  • yellow or gold soap colorant or mica, to suit
  • brass or gold biodegradable glitter, to suit

Tools

  • Wilton silicone soap mold
  • Glass Pyrex measuring cups
  • Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Spray bottle with rubbing alcohol

Instructions

Using a digital scale, weigh out 3.75 oz. of the clear melt and pour soap base. Cut the soap base into chunks and place inside a large glass Pyrex measuring cup, or similar. Then, heat in the microwave in 20-30 second increments, stirring after each heating, until melted. Take care not to overheat the soap base.

Now add the yellow or gold soap colorant of your choice to the melted soap base and mix well. Slowly add additional colorant until you reach the desired color. Then stir in a bit of gold or brass biodegradable glitter to suit.

Next, weigh out .1 oz. of the  fragrance oil and stir into the melted soap base. 

Then slowly pour the clear melted soap base evenly into each of the three leaf shaped cavities of your mold. Spritz the the top of the liquid soap you just poured with rubbing alcohol, if needed, to remove any air bubbles. Set aside until the soap has hardened.

Once hardened weigh, heat and melt 5.25 oz. of the white melt and pour soap base. Add crimson or copper soap colorant to suit.

Follow with .1 oz. of fragrance oil. Mix well. Set aside and allow the melted soap to cool slightly or just before the soap starts to form a film on top.

Next, spritz the tops of the clear soap base in the mold with rubbing alcohol. Then dust the tops of the soap in the three leaf cavities with eco-friendly, biodegradable glitter. 

Spritz again with rubbing alcohol, then slowly pour the white melted soap base into each of the leaf cavities of your mold over top of the existing clear, hardened soap base.

Now spritz the the top of the liquid soap you just poured with rubbing alcohol, if needed, to remove any air bubbles.

Once your fall soaps have hardened, unmold and then wrap tightly in foodservice film.

Melt and pour fall soap scents & recipes. These easy fall melt and pour soap recipes are perfect for even beginner soapmakers. They can be scented with your favorite fall fragrance oils or your choice of fall essential oil blends. Learn how to make six bars of homemade fall soaps in two designs using a single mold and working with no lye. Simple beginning melt and pour soap recipes for DIY holiday gifts for friends & family.

If you like my easy, fall melt and pour soap recipes for beginners, then be sure to pin these recipes 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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Snickerdoodle Soap Cupcakes with Melt and Pour Soap & Essential Oils

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Cookies and cupcakes were a regular part of my childhood growing up. Since cutting back on sugar however, sometimes food scented soaps are the next best thing. Learn how to make homemade snickerdoodle soap cupcakes for your bath or shower. Made using melt and pour soap, this easy soap cupcakes recipe is naturally scented with essential oils and is simple enough for even beginners to craft.

Snickerdoodle DIY Soap Cupcakes with Melt and Pour Soap & Essential Oils. Learn how to make homemade snickerdoodle soap cupcakes for your bath or shower. Made using melt and pour soap, this easy soap cupcakes recipe is naturally scented with essential oils and is simple enough for even beginners to craft.

Isn’t it amazing how just the scent of food can trigger so many memories? Everytime I smell the warm cinnamon sugar fragrance of a snickerdoodle cookie, I’m instantly taken back to my childhood. From as young as four I often found myself in the kitchen making snickerdoodle cookies with my mom. They were my absolute favorite cookies at the time! And while I loved licking cake and brownie batter off mom’s hand blender beaters, rolling sugar cookie dough in cinnamon and sugar was the most fun.

I still get nostalgic whenever I see snickerdoodles in the store at our local Fresh Market. Making snickerdoodles with my mom as a kid is still one of my favorite childhood memories. While I’ve (mostly) giving up baking cookies for more grown up green things, I’ve since turned the tables and have been teaching my mom some new tricks in the kitchen.

While eating snickerdoodle cookies isn’t something I do all that often (it’s hard to forget the evils of sugar and inflammation when you have fibro) making snickerdoodle soap cupcakes is a fun (sugar free) experience that allows me to enjoy their warm seasonal fragrance!

Food inspired soaps are always popular because of their fun scents. Not only do the kids have fun with these at bathtime, they’re also great for adults! After all, what’s more fun than self care for the kid in you? I used a cupcake mold to make these cute snickerdoodle soap cupcakes. This mold contains both the top and bottom mold portions of the cupcake. So not only are these soaps easy to make, you basically get two molds for the price of one!

Whether you’re selling your homemade soap creations or making them for yourself, using a mold to make the whipped icing eliminates the trial and error of making soap icing. Not only does it save you time, the tops always come out perfect.

How to make soap cupcakes. DIY soap cupcakes scented with a natural snickerdoodle essential oil blend recipe. Craft these easy DIY snickerdoodle soap cupcakes with melt and pour soap & essential oils for DIY holiday gifts throughout the winter holiday season. The perfect in shower treat for your winter skin care routine, these cupcake soaps are easy enough for beginners and make wonderful DIY beauty gifts for kids and adults!

How to Make Snickerdoodle Soap Cupcakes (with Melt and Pour Soap)

Snickerdoodle Essential Oil Blend

There are snickerdoodle fragrance oils that you can use to make snickerdoodle soaps. I wanted to use an essential oil blend because I had the essential oils already.

To make a snickerdoodle essential oil blend, combine:

5 drops sweet orange essential oil
2 drops cassia or cinnamon essential oil
1 drop clove essential oil

To be honest, I was surprised at how wonderful this smells! The three oils combine for a sugary sweet and cinnamon spice scent that’s perfect for making snickerdoodle cupcake soaps.

Learn how to make DIY soap cupcakes with a snickerdoodle essential oil blend recipe. With just 3 essential oils, you can craft an easy snickerdoodle cupcake soap recipe to give as homemade holiday gifts for naturally scented winter skin care. Try this simple beginning melt and pour soap recipe today!

You can create a master blend in an empty essential oil bottle, or you can add the essential oils by the drop. I give you directions to use it either way in this recipe.

(For my snickerdoodle essential oil blend recipe I used essential oils from a past Simply Earth essential oil box. If you’d like to give them a try, use coupon code: SOAPDELIFREE to receive a FREE bonus box worth $40 with your first order. You’ll also get an e-coupon for $40 off anything on your next purchase. Free diffuser anyone? Take advantage of this offer here.)

If you do use a snickerdoodle fragrance oil blend, you can use twice as much as you would an essential oil. I would start with the amount suggested in the recipe and add more as needed to get the scent that you want.

Eating less than perfect piped icing flowers my mom made for her cakes when I was a six year old kid.

Cupcake Mold for Soap Cupcakes

I wanted to make soap cupcakes, but I don’t like piping soap on top for the icing. I consider myself pretty crafty, but cake decorating is not among my talents. My mom used to make cakes all the time however. Which worked out well enough for me. She was pretty intent on piping the perfect flowers for her cakes, so I always got to eat the icing flowers that didn’t quite make the cut. (As photographed above. Me at age six in 1981 wearing a nightgown for the evening. Remember those?)

Whipped soap isn’t an easy recipe to master. It tends to be soft, so iced soap cupcakes are hard to package for gifts or for selling.

Rather piping soap icing, I picked up this silicone cupcake soap mold instead. It makes adorable two piece cupcakes with melt and pour soap. Now the icing tops for my soap cupcakes are always perfect. And they won’t get dinged or damaged when you handle the soap.

DIY soap cupcakes scented with a natural snickerdoodle essential oil blend recipe. Craft these easy DIY snickerdoodle soap cupcakes with melt and pour soap & essential oils for DIY holiday gifts throughout the winter holiday season. The perfect in shower treat for your winter skin care routine, these cupcake soaps are easy enough for beginners and make wonderful DIY beauty gifts for kids and adults!

Melt and Pour Soap Bases for Soap Cupcakes

I wanted these soap cupcakes to look like real snickerdoodle cupcakes, so I used two different kinds of melt and pour soap.

For the icing, I used white melt and pour soap base. The essential oils, which contain vanilla, turned it cream. So it looks like real vanilla icing.

I wanted the cake part to be darker, so I used a cream or almost tan oatmeal soap and added real cinnamon.

Cinnamon can be irritating to children or those with sensitive skin. If you’re giving these soap cupcakes as a homemade gifts, you can skip the cinnamon and add some mica or soap colorant to get a darker color.

Adding real spices like cinnamon to melt and pour can be tricky. Cinnamon tends to clump in the melted soap. To avoid this, you can stir the cinnamon in a little bit of glycerin or rubbing alcohol and add it to the soap.

I just added it to the soap and stirred it really well. If there are clumps, press them against the side of the container with the back of a spoon to break up the clumps. There may be a few small clumps of cinnamon left, but I think it gives the soap a more realistic look.

Either way you add the cinnamon, it will tend to settle to the bottom of the soap. To help it stay dispersed through the soap, let the soap cool until it just starts to form a film on the top. Then stir a few times and pour. The cinnamon is less likely to settle when you pour the soap at a cooler temperature.

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Snickerdoodle Soap Cupcakes Recipe

Ingredients:

8 ounces white melt and pour soap
10 ounces white or cream melt and pour soap
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon snickerdoodle essential oil blend (or 64 drops sweet orange, 24 drops cassia, and 12 drops clove, divided)

Instructions:

The top and bottom are two separate pours, so let’s start with the icing on the top of the soap cupcakes. Cut white melt and pour soap into 1 inch cubes and microwave 30 seconds at a time until melted. Stir every 30 seconds.

How to make icing for DIY cupcake soaps by using a dual cupcake and icing silicone mold rather than a whipped soap icing.

When it’s melted, add ½ teaspoon of the snickerdoodle essential oil blend or 32 drops sweet orange, 12 drops cassia, and 6 drops clove. (Here’s an easy essential oil conversion chart if you need it.) Stir well and pour into the top, or the icing, cavities in the mold. Spray with rubbing alcohol to remove air bubbles.

How to make melt and pour soap cupcakes that smell like snickerdoodle cookies and are scented with natural essential oils.

Now cut 10 ounces of cream or white melt and pour soap and microwave it as before. When it’s melted, add ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon and stir well to remove lumps.

Then add ½ teaspoon of your homemade blend or 32 drops sweet orange, 12 drops cassia and 6 drops clove. Stir well.

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Pour into the cupcake or bottom part of the mold. Spray with rubbing alcohol to remove air bubbles.

Let sit until completely cooled, about an hour.

Score both sides of the melt and pour soap for the bottom cupcake and the icing soap top.

Remove the soap from the mold. This mold is very flexible, so they will come right out. Use a knife to score the tops of the cupcakes and the bottom of the icing tops. Scoring the soap helps the two pieces stick together better.

Use melt and pour soap base to glue the bottom of your cupcake soaps together with the icing soap tops for this easy beginner soap making project.

Melt about half an ounce of white soap for 10 seconds in the microwave. Carefully spoon it on top of the cupcakes and set the icing on top. Let sit until completely cooled.

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If you’re gifting or selling these snickerdoodle cupcake soaps, you can package them in clear bags and add a ribbon to the top.

Yield: 4 soap cupcakes

Snickerdoodle Soap Cupcakes

Snickerdoodle Soap Cupcakes

Learn how to make homemade snickerdoodle soap cupcakes for your bath or shower. Made using melt and pour soap, this easy soap cupcakes recipe is naturally scented with essential oils and is simple enough for even beginners to craft.

Materials

  • 8 ounces white melt and pour soap
  • 10 ounces white or cream melt and pour soap
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon snickerdoodle essential oil blend (or 64 drops sweet orange, 24 drops cassia, and 12 drops clove, divided)

Instructions

    The top and bottom are two separate pours, so let’s start with the icing on the top of the soap cupcakes. Cut white melt and pour soap into 1 inch cubes and microwave 30 seconds at a time until melted. Stir every 30 seconds.

    When it’s melted, add ½ teaspoon of the snickerdoodle essential oil blend or 32 drops sweet orange, 12 drops cassia, and 6 drops clove. Stir well and pour into the top, or the icing, cavities in the mold. Spray with rubbing alcohol to remove air bubbles.

    Now cut 10 ounces of cream or white melt and pour soap and microwave it as before. When it’s melted, add ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon and stir well to remove lumps.

    Then add ½ teaspoon of your homemade blend or 32 drops sweet orange, 12 drops cassia and 6 drops clove. Stir well.

    Pour into the cupcake or bottom part of the mold. Spray with rubbing alcohol to remove air bubbles.

    Let sit until completely cooled, about an hour.

    Remove the soap from the mold. This mold is very flexible, so they will come right out. Use a knife to score the tops of the cupcakes and the bottom of the icing tops. Scoring the soap helps the two pieces stick together better.

    Melt about half an ounce of white soap for 10 seconds in the microwave. Carefully spoon it on top of the cupcakes and set the icing on top. Let sit until completely cooled.

Soap Cupcakes DIY with melt and pour soap and natural essential oils. The perfect in shower treat and DIY beauty gift! Learn how to make homemade snickerdoodle soap cupcakes for your bath or shower. Made using melt and pour soap, this easy soap cupcakes recipe is naturally scented with essential oils and is simple enough for even beginning soap makers to craft. Gift them to yourself for self care or make them for DIY holiday gifts throughout the winter season.

Love my snickerdoodle soap cupcakes? Then be sure to pin this soap making tutorial for later.

This easy to craft festive holiday homemade cranberry orange soap recipe is perfectly sized for homemade stocking stuffer gifts this Christmas!

More Seasonal Winter Soap Recipes for DIY Holiday Gifts

Looking for more beginner melt and pour soap recipes? Try one of these other DIY holiday soap gift ideas! 

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Fall Essential Oil Blends for Soaps (Plus A Fall Soap Recipe with Cocoa Butter)

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Looking for fall essential oil blends for soaps? Try one of several great essential oil blend recipes in your fall inspired soaps this autumn. Plus learn how to make my easy fall soap recipe. Decorated with cute leaf embeds, this cold process fall soap recipe with cocoa butter is the perfect choice for daily cleansing as temps cool down and the stifling humidity of summer dissipates. 

Fall Essential Oil Blends for Soaps (Plus A Fall Soap Recipe with Cocoa Butter) Get into pumpkin spice season with this collection of fall essential oil blends for soaps for your autumn inspired natural soap recipes. Plus how to make the perfect cold process fall soap recipe with cocoa butter for your natural fall skin care routine. Decorated with cute leaf embeds, this homemade fall soap recipe is the perfect choice for daily cleansing as temps cool down and skin needs extra conditioning.

Plus discover fall skin care recipes for pumpkin spice bath bombs, DIY sugar scrubs, vanilla chai latte lotion bars and rebatched apple pie spice soap!

Crafting Fall Soaps with Essential Oils 

Fall is more than just pumpkin spice. So if you’re looking for creative ways to scent your fall soaps, then you’ve come to the right place.

Essential Oil Safety Tips

There are a number of fall essential oil blends for soaps that you can use in your homemade soap recipes for a natural fragrance. However, it’s important to keep in mind that some essential oils, while they may smell amazing, aren’t always skin friendly.

Cinnamon bark essential oil, for example, is not skin safe. It causes skin irritation and therefore should not be used homemade soaps or skin care recipes. On the other hand, cinnamon leaf essential oil, while also an irritant can be used as a small percentage of your recipes when properly diluted – sans those sensitive parts and mucous membranes. However, I know that I am allergic to cinnamon essential oil. Even in small concentrations as part of a fragrance oil, it makes my skin red, irritated and itchy when used in soaps. So it’s important to perform a patch test on skin prior to using oils that are known irritants.

It may be that you choose to avoid using cinnamon leaf essential oil in order to avoid possible skin sensitivities when making soaps for your family. Therefore I’ve chosen to include several fall essential oil blends for soaps that omit cinnamon essential oil entirely.

There’s so much to learn about essential oils. Not only are some essential oils, such as cinnamon, known skin irritants, many are also not safe to use when pregnant. While other essential oils should not be used on children, are or if you have certain medical conditions. Certain essential oils, including most citrus oils, can also be phototoxic. Therefore care should be taken to cover skin and use sun protection when spending time outdoors. Pets can also be affected by essential oils being diffused in your home. So follow up with your vet on which essential oils are not pet safe to avoid causing harm to your pets. You also should never leave your pets in a closed room with an essential oil diffuser

Where to Learn More

If you aren’t sure whether an essential oil is a skin irritant or not – unfortunately many of the scents for fall have the potential to be – you can check out the essential oil profile for each of the essential oils in these fall essential oil blends for soaps at Mountain Rose Herbs to learn more. You can also discover more tips for safely using essential oils here as well as an essential oil dilution chart here.

I’m so excited to use my own custom fall essential oil blends for soaps in upcoming recipes. Any one of these essential oil blends is the perfect match for my fall soap recipe with cocoa butter. So pick your favorite to customize the perfect homemade soaps for your family this fall! Or, if buying multiple essential oils is outside of your reach financially at this time, try out my fall soap recipe with your favorite seasonal, fall fragrance oil instead.  

Fall essential oil blends for soaps. Ready to bask in your favorite fall scents as part of your morning bath routine? Following are a number of my favorite fall essential oil blends for soaps. They can be used in both cold process soap recipes as well as melt and pour soap recipes and hot process soap. The best essential oil recipe blends for your soap making projects this autumn.

Fall Essential Oil Blends for Soaps

Ready to bask in your favorite fall scents as part of your morning bath routine? Following are a number of my favorite fall essential oil blends for soaps. They can be used in both cold process soap recipes as well as melt and pour soap recipes and hot process soap.

As these fall essential oil blends for soaps contain essential oils that can irritate skin if not properly diluted, I don’t recommend using more than .5% (or a half percent) in your soap formulations for those containing a high percentage of spice essential oils such as cinnamon and clove. However you can increase the amount up to 2% maximum for fall essential oil blends that either omit those essential oils or that are used in lower concentrations in a scent blend. Essential oils such as patchouli, lavender and frankincense have higher usage rates as they are generally skin safe and not irritating.

Additionally, if you’re looking to get more bang for your buck scent wise, you may find you can use a smaller percentage of fall essential oil blends in melt and pour soap recipes as well as hot process soaps. Alternately, you can also pop your soaps in the fridge, if you are making cold process soap, to prevent gel phase. (You can learn more about the gel phase in soap making at Lovin’ Soap here.)

Autumnal Bouquet Essential Oil Blend

Chai Tea Latte Essential Oil Blend

Pumpkin Spice Fall Essential Oil Blend

Fresh Baked Gingerbread Essential Oil Blend

Earth & Spice Fall Essential Oil Blend

Pumpkin spice soap embeds for fall soaps scented with natural fall essential oil blend recipes.

Patchouli Lovers Fall Essential Oil Blend

Mulled Cider Fall Essential Oil Blend

Frankincense Fall Essential Oil Blend

Fall Colors Essential Oil Blend

Fall Garden Wreath Essential Oil Blend

Simple 2-Ingredient Fall Essential Oil Blends

Not quite ready for the more complex fall essential oil blends? Try one of these simple two-part essential oil blends in your homemade soaps or even your essential oil diffuser at a one-to-one ratio. For soap making, I recommend using the Lavender 40-42 essential oil as it is standardized oil used in the perfume and fragrance industry. Primarily used for soap and candle making, it’s important to note that lavender 40-42 is not intended for therapeutic use.

Autumn Harvest Soap Recipe for Fall. A natural cold process soap recipe scented with fall essential oil blends for warm & spicy seasonal autumn scents.

Formulating a Fall Soap Recipe

As the seasons change from summer to fall, the air outside becomes drier and cooler. Our skin feels the environmental effects from this change and as a result it can also feel dry or itchy. Therefore you may find you need to switch up a number of your skin care products to account for this. I always find that I need to make a simple soap swap to negate the effects of the changing seasons. My easy fall soap recipe is perfectly suited for this time of year. It’s formulated so it won’t strip skin of the beneficial oils your skin needs to look and feel healthy as we make the transition from hot summer weather into the fall season.

My fall soap recipe is easy to make. It includes just four soap making fats – castor oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter and pomace olive oil. Perfect for both body and facial skin care, this homemade soap recipe contains a whopping 25% cocoa butter to condition skin in addition to 45% olive oil. While this fall soap does contain a high percentage of olive oil, you’ll find that the higher percentage of cocoa butter not only conditions skin, it also helps the bar harden faster. Thereby reducing the long cure that often comes with Castile and Bastille soap recipes.

Moisturizing DIY fall soap recipe with natural fall essential oil blend recipes for soap making. Learn how to make beautiful pumpkin spice inspired fall harvest soaps with this natural essential oil cold process soap recipe with cocoa butter for fall. Made with moisturizing cocoa butter, this homemade soap recipe is the perfect addition to your fall natural skin care routine. Make extra artisan handmade soaps to give as DIY gifts for back to school or seasonal fall gifts.

Adding Fall Essential Oil Blends to Your Soaps

To scent your soaps, you can make up a master batch of your chosen fall essential oil blends for soaps above. Then add your essential oil blend to your soap batter at a light trace. Alternately you can also substitute the fall essential oil blend with a fragrance oil of your choice. Typically fragrance oils have a usage rate of around 5% for homemade soaps. However, some fragrance oils have a lower usage rate so be sure to refer to manufacturer guidelines when determining the amount of fragrance you need for your fall soap recipes.

You should also be aware that some essential oils, such as black pepper, may increase trace. Typically, if I know an essential oil will hasten trace times, I add it to the oils prior to mixing the soap making oils with the lye. However, should your soap seize on you, don’t give it. As it heats up it will go into gel phase and your fall soap batter will start to look translucent. At this points you’ll be able to remix the soap batter as you would if you were making hot process soap. Once the soap looks a bit like mashed potatoes, it’s ready to go into the mold.

Fall Essential Oil Blends for your fall soap recipes. Plus a moisturizing fall soap recipe with cocoa butter for dry skin for your natural daily beauty regimen. Get into pumpkin spice season with this collection of fall essential oil blends for soaps for your autumn inspired natural soap recipes and homemade skin care recipes. Plus how to make the perfect cold process fall soap recipe with cocoa butter for your natural fall skin care routine for natural beauty.

Essential Oil Fall Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients for Fall Soap Embeds:

.8 oz. castor oil (10%)
1.6 oz. coconut oil (20%)
2.6 oz. cocoa butter (25%)
3.6 oz. pomace olive oil (45%)

2.85 fl. oz. distilled water (36% of oil weight)
1.05 oz. sodium hydroxide/lye (8% superfat)

.05 oz. fall essential oil blend, of choice (about .5%)
1/2 teaspoon apple green moss mica, or desired color
1/2 teaspoon copper sparkle mica, or desired color

Ingredients for Fall Soap Loaf:

2.4 oz. castor oil (10%)
4.8 oz. coconut oil (20%)
6 oz. cocoa butter (25%)
10.8 oz. pomace olive oil (45%)

7.9 fl. oz. distilled water (33% of oil weight)
3.25 oz. sodium hydroxide/lye (6% superfat)

.15 oz. fall essential oil blend, of choice (about .5%)
1 Tablespoon turmeric powder, or desired mica color
additional mica to swirl, if desired in color of choice

Autumn Leaf Soap Embeds for Autumn Harvest Soap

Fall Essential Oil Soap Making Notes:

If you’d like to incorporate soap embeds into your fall soap loaf, you will need to make these ahead of time. As the silicone leaf soap mold I chose had lots of smaller nooks and crannies, I did not apply a water discount to the recipe for embeds. However, this did mean I had to freeze my soap embeds the next day for about 3-4 hours to get them to come out of the mold cleanly.

I used this leaf soap mold for the embeds and this silicone loaf mold for the soap loaf. However, you can adjust this fall soap recipe to suit any size mold of your choosing. I also used a pumpkin shaped mold (and cut off the jack-o-lantern faces) to see what pumpkins inside the loaf would look like for two of my fall soap bars.

The embed soap recipe also has a higher superfat. Therefore it is soft enough that you can work with it like playdough to create custom shapes for soap embeds as desired. There is more than enough leftover soap to play with. Alternately, you can always use the same fall soap loaf recipe for both the embeds and the loaf. 

To make both the fall leaf soap embeds, as well as the fall soap loaf scented with your favorite of the fall essential oil blends, you need to follow basic cold process soap making directions. Simply make the soap embeds first, per the cold process soap making instructions below. Then, once the embeds have hardened, you are ready to make the soap loaf. You can find more detailed cold process soap making directions here to further guide you on your soap making journey.

You need to follow all safety precautions when making cold process soap from scratch. This includes using heat safe containers and non-aluminum containers and utensils. Protective clothing and eyewear is also highly recommended.

Autumn Leaf Soaps for Natural Fall Skin Care.

Fall Soap Making Instructions:

Now let’s make a loaf of homemade falls soaps with your favorite fall essential oils blends for soaps!

Begin by measuring out the water called for in the soap recipe. Pour into a heat safe container. Then use a digital scale to weigh out the lye into a separate container. Carefully pour the lye into the water in a well ventilated area. Then mix well until all the lye has dissolved and set aside. (This step can emit fumes. Therefore I recommend using an exhaust fan. Alternately, you can mix the lye into the water outdoors.)

Next, weigh out all the soap making oils and butters. This includes the cocoa butter, coconut oil, castor oil and pomace olive olive. Combine the carrier oils and cocoa butter in a heat safe container. Then melt the ingredients on the stove, in a crockpot or at reduced power in a microwave. Once melted, remove the melted oils and cocoa butter from the heat source and set aside.

While the lye-water and soapmaking oils cool, weigh out the the fall essential oil blend you’ve chosen for your soaps into a glass measuring cup. (You should prepare a master batch of your favorite fall essential oil blends for soaps prior to starting the soap making process.)

Then measure out the mica powder or other cold process soap colorant of your choice into a small dish or container separate from the essential oil blend.

Once both the lye-water and soap making oils reach about 85°F-90°F, you’re ready to continue making my fall soap recipe.

Fall leaf soap embeds in silicone leaf candy mold.

For the soap embeds.

Mix the lye water and soap making oils together, using an immersion blender, until the soap batter reaches a light trace. Then pour half of the soap batter into another heat safe container. Add the green mica powder to one container and the copper mica to the other. Then mix separately and pour into your mold(s.)

For the soap loaf.

Start by adding the soap colorant (and the essential oil blend if desired) to the melted soap making oils and cocoa butter. Mix briefly with an immersion blender to distribute the additives throughout the oil mixture.

Follow with the lye-water. Then mix until you achieve a light trace.

Add the fall essential oil blend to the soap batter if you did not add it in previous step. Then continue mixing the soap batter until you reach a medium to heavy trace. (I overmixed my soap batter to be sure I did not get a false trace as my fall soap recipe calls for a high percentage of cocoa butter.)

Wet soap in loaf mold. Fall soap recipe made using the cold process soap making method.

Pour a small layer of soap into the bottom of the loaf mold, then add any embeds you’d like to appear inside your fall soap loaf. Then pour the rest of the soap batter into the loaf mold. Use a fork or other utensil to add designs to the top of the soap loaf as desired. Then place the remaining soap embeds onto the top of the soap loaf. Set aside.

Unmolded fall soap loaf. A cold process soap recipe for natural fall skin care with leaf soap embeds.

You should be able to unmold your soaps after 24 to 48 hours. Once unmolded, cut the loaf into slices as desired. Then allow your fall soap bars to cure in a cool, dry location for four to six weeks. After which, you can wrap and label your soaps for personal use or to give as seasonal fall soap gifts.

If you’d like to sell the homemade soaps you create from my fall soap recipe, you need to follow good manufacturing practices (GMP) when making your homemade soaps. The book, Good Manufacturing Practices for Soap and Cosmetic Handcrafters by Marie Gale, is a valuable resource if you’re just getting started making your own homemade soaps, skin care products and cosmetics.

In addition to GMP, you also need to follow FDA guidelines for labeling your homemade soaps. If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding labeling cosmetics, the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English by Marie Gale, spells out everything you need to know to legally label your products in the United States.

Beautiful autumn harvest artisan soaps to craft in your kitchen this fall.

Love my fall soap recipe and collection of fall essential oil blends for soaps? Then be sure to pin this post to your Pinterest boards for later!

Creative Ways to Package Fall Soaps

Need ideas for creative ways to package your fall soaps you scented with your favorite fall essential oil blends for soaps? Check out this collection of soap packaging ideas to discover ways to use scrapbook papers, bakers twine, ribbon and other elements to elevate your fall soaps to the next level. There are also soap packaging ideas for using boxes and bags as well as tips for packaging round soaps. You can also find more inspiration for your soap packaging on Etsy here.

DIY pumpkin spice soap recipe. How to make moldable fall pumpkin spice melt and pour soaps shaped like pumpkins for fall skin care seasonal fall gifts.

More Soap Recipes for Your Fall Essential Oil Blends

You can swap out the fragrance oils in other fall soap recipes with your favorite fall essential oil blends for soaps to customize your creations with natural fragrances. Here are some of my other fall soap recipes you may enjoy. Just be sure to reduce the amount of the fall essential oil blends your use in these soaps to between .5%-2% depending on the recommended usage rate for those essential oils.

Not quite ready to try my fall soap recipe with your favorite fall essential oil blends? Then be sure to shop for handmade artisan soaps on Etsy here. I also have a huge collection of pumpkin spice bath and body favorites that you may enjoy. This collection includes not just seasonal fall soaps in pumpkin spice, but bath bombs, bubble bars, body butters, dry shampoo and more!

DIY beauty recipes for fall. Learn how to make fall inspired homemade skin care recipes for your daily skin care routine. Bring on the pumpkin spice and discover your favorite fall essential oil blends with beauty recipes for DIY solid sugar scrub cubes, rebatched apple pie spice soap, vanilla chai latte lotion bars & easy DIY pumpkin spice bath bombs from top bath and beauty bloggers.

New Fall Skin Care Recipes to Try 

Once you’ve made homemade soaps for fall, be sure to check out some of these other fantastic fall skin care recipes for all over body care. You’ll find that your favorite fall essential oil blends will work great in these cool weather inspired homemade skin care recipes.

  • DIY Sugar Scrub Cubes (3 Recipes for Fall)

Learn how to make three fall-inspired DIY sugar scrub cubes: fall bouquet, cinnamon churro and caffè mocha. These easy to make sugar scrub cubes exfoliate, moisturize and cleanse your skin all in one simple step. They’re made with melt and pour soap, shea butter and coconut oil for gentle cleansing. Plus, they’re scented with fall essential oil blends and dried flowers so they’re both non-toxic and all-natural. Get the recipes here.

  • Apple Pie Spice Oatmeal Doughnut Soaps

Turn hotel soaps into adorable DIY apple pie spice oatmeal doughnut soaps for autumn with this easy soap making tutorial.  These rebatched soaps are easy to make with bars of soap, ground oatmeal, and an apple pie spice fall essential oil blend. Learn how to make yours here.

  • Vanilla Chai Latte DIY Lotion Bars

Turn your favorite fall drink into easy DIY lotion bars with this fall skin care recipe! These chai latte massage bars are made with all-natural moisturizing ingredients. The recipe includes traditional chai ingredients (and a hint of vanilla) to spice up your new go-to fall lotion bar. Get the recipe now.

  • DIY Pumpkin Spice Bath Bombs (3 Fall Bath Bomb Recipes)

Celebrate autumn with three fall bath bomb recipes! Pumpkin spice, pumpkin spice latte and pumpkin pie bath bombs create cozy fall vibes while you relax in the tub. These easy homemade bath bombs are also made with fall essential oil blends and contain natural, moisturizing ingredients that hydrate your skin while you enjoy the aromatherapy benefits of the essential oils. Learn to make them now.

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