Make Your Own Exfoliating Soap Bars

Make-Your-Own-Exfoliating-Soap-Bars-8I know I have said it before, but I love to make soap! And now with the Oui Fresh essential oils, I love making soap even more because I can make my own blends in my soap bars.

So not only are they pretty, but they are a great way to incorporate essential oils into my everyday. In addition to the essential oils in these soap bars, I added pink Himalayan salt for an exfoliating bonus.

And of course since it is February, I went with a pink marble heart shape. But you can easily make these bars using the same technique in any color and shape.

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Make-Your-Own-Exfoliating-Soap-Bars-8Materials:
white melt and pour soap
essential oils
-soap colorant (you can use liquid colorant from the craft store or these color blocks)
-pink Himalayan salt
square silicone pan
-shaped cookie cutter
-microwave-safe bowls
-spoon
-sharp knife

Step 1: Begin by cutting your soap base into 1″ pieces. There is no need to be precise here, but you will want to cut up about 1 pound of soap.

Make-Your-Own-Exfoliating-Soap-Bars-8Step 2: Divide the pieces of soap into two bowls and melt in your microwave for 1 minute or until the soap just melts and begins to bubble.

Stir and add in 5-10 drops of your essential oil. I went with lavender because I love the smell and calming nature of it, but you can use any oil. Just make sure to stay clear of strong oils if you are using these soaps for kids.

Step 3: Pour the white soap into the mold and then use a spoon to drizzle on the pink soap.

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Make-Your-Own-Exfoliating-Soap-Bars-8Step 4: Let the soap in the mold cool for about 30 seconds to 1 minute and then drizzle on a bit more pink soap and sprinkle the salt crystals on the soap. Some will sink into the soap and some will stay on the surface. Now let the soap cool for an hour or two.

Step 5: Remove the soap from the mold and use a cookie cutter to cut the soap into your desired shapes. If you don’t want to have extra waste soap leftover, just use a knife to cut the soap into bars.

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Make-Your-Own-Exfoliating-Soap-Bars-8So simple and yet so much good is packed into these soap bars. And as I mentioned, these bars can easily be customized to your needs.

You can use a black charcoal powder in your soap to give even more cleansing power and give it a traditional black and white marble look, or swap out the pink Himalayan salt for Epsom salts.

Plus, you can use any essential oil or blend of oils you want, depending on if you are looking for anti-bacterial, calming, or rejuvenating properties. I hope you all will try to make your own exfoliating soap bars, and I promise it is easier to do than you might think. xo. Kara

 

Credits // Author and Photography: Kara Whitten. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
 Make your own exfoliating soap bars

Exfoliating Heart Soap Bars

Keyword soap, valentines day

Ingredients

  • melt and pour soap white
  • essential oils
  • soap colorant you can use liquid colorant from the craft store or these color blocks
  • pink Himalayan salt
  • square silicone pan
  • heart-shaped cookie cutter
  • microwave-safe bowls
  • spoon
  • sharp knife

Instructions

  • Begin by cutting your soap base into 1″ pieces. There is no need to be precise here, but you will want to cut up about 1 pound of soap.
  • Divide the pieces of soap into two bowls and melt in your microwave for 1 minute or until the soap just melts and begins to bubble. Stir and add in 5-10 drops of your essential oil.
    I went with lavender because I love the smell and calming nature of it, but you can use any oil. Just make sure to stay clear of strong oils if you are using these soaps for kids.
  • Pour the white soap into the mold and then use a spoon to drizzle on the pink soap.
  • Let the soap in the mold cool for about 30 seconds to 1 minute and then drizzle on a bit more pink soap and sprinkle the salt crystals on the soap. Some will sink into the soap and some will stay on the surface. Now let the soap cool for an hour or two.
  • Remove the soap from the mold and use a cookie cutter to cut the soap into your desired shapes. If you don’t want to have extra waste soap leftover, just use a knife to cut the soap into bars.

Notes

And as I mentioned, these bars can easily be customized to your needs. You can use a black charcoal powder in your soap to give even more cleansing power and give it a traditional black and white marble look, or swap out the pink Himalayan salt for Epsom salts.
Plus, you can use any essential oil or blend of oils you want, depending on if you are looking for anti-bacterial, calming, or rejuvenating properties.
  • Always admired soap Crafters. I’m inspired to create a space in my tiny home for soap making. Any begginers advice? Thanks

  • These are cute!!
    I usually make lye soap and wonder how the curing process would work with salt. I usually use toasted oats for the exfoliating grit.

  • nice. maybe i’ll try to make it at home today for my wife. thanks for sharing 😀

  • This is such a cute idea! Love that it’s exfoliating but a little extra moisture might be nice as well. ????

  • As someone who makes soap a lot please be aware that adding salt to soap will make it weep. This doesn’t effect the soap or how it works but it will make a mess if u plan to wrap these prettily or plan to store them for a while.

  • I love making soap, me and my mum use to do it all the time! We would experiment with all sorts of scents, colours, and bits to add in like flower petals, rose buds, coconut etc. It was always so fun to make! Loved this, and yours look so pretty!! xx

    https://zoe-ware.blogspot.ca

  • I would love to try making my own soap someday, I really want to try this!
    https://www.makeandmess.com/

  • I love the heart shaped soap! This would make a great weekend project, the soap sounds super lush too! ❤️

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

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