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11 DIY Handmade Soap Ideas that are Perfect as Gifts

Handmade soap are perfect as gifts during the holidays. They make thoughtful and creative gifts for people that you care about. They’re perfect size for stocking stuffing as well!

Tie the soaps with rustic twine or wrap them up with some paper. They make perfect and thoughtful gifts for anyone on your list.

Yes, I know handmade soap sold in stores can be really pricey because they take time and labor to make. Don’t worry, you can learn how to make your own following these easy tutorials.

Some materials you’ll need:

  • Kitchen scales
  • Silicon soap molds
  • Measuring spoons
  • Mixing bowls

💡Tips for Beginners 💡

If this is your first time making soap, it’s easier to follow the melt and pour method. Which is really simple and easy.

  1. Use a premade soap base (goat milk, clear, hemp, shea butter, etc.)
  2. Melt it on the stovetop or in the microwave
  3. Mix in additives you would like to add
  4. Pour it into molds and wait until it hardens
  5. Done! ✨

More advanced way of making soap – cold process

It requires the use of a base solution which is often lye. Please do your research before working with lye as it is a very strong chemical that can burn your skin.

Cold process also takes longer to cure so that’s why the melt and pour process is recommended for beginners.

 

After you’ve learned the basics of making your own soaps, feel free to get creative with the colors and ingredients.

#1 Pumpkin Spice Soap


Image and tutorial found at A Beautiful Mess

Method: melt and pour

Mmm, don’t you just love the scent of pumpkin spice? Now that the weather’s getting colder, you have all the excuses in the world to get everything pumpkin spice.

Yup, that includes your soap!

Wrap the soap with the printable included to make it a perfect gift for your loved ones!

#2 Goat’s Milk Citrus Soap


Image and recipe found at Hello Wonderful

Method: melt and pour

For this soap, you can use any citrus you like: oranges, lemons, or limes.

You will need to dry the citrus slices in the oven first before making the soap. I love how the slices look inside the soap. Very pretty and can imagine it smells great too!

 

#3 Honeycomb Soap


Image and tutorial found at Everything Pretty

Method: melt and pour

Honey is a great ingredient to use in your handmade soap. Honey moisturizes our skin without making it oily.

Wondering how you get that honeycomb-like texture on the soap? You actually use a piece of bubble wrap to create that look! How creative is that? Head over to the link above to learn more.

 

#4 Vanilla Coffee Soap


Image and tutorial found at Simply Stacie

Method: melt and pour

Next time you make a cup of coffee at home, don’t throw away the coffee grounds! They can be used to make your own DIY bar soap.

If you’re not a coffee drinker and wants to give this recipe a go, ask a friend to save you some coffee grounds next time! (not weird at all right? 😉)

 

#5 Tea Tree & Charcoal Soap


Image and tutorial found at Soap Queen

Method: cold process

This handmade soap is meant to be used as a facial soap. The combination of tea tree and charcoal is perfect for those with oily skin.

The activated charcoal is what makes the soap color black, giving it an unique look that’s different from your typical soap. The charcoal helps to pull dirt and oil from your pores, leaving your skin nice and clean.

 

#6 80’s Inspired Soap


Image and tutorial found at A Kailo Chic Life

Method: melt and pour

Super fun soap with a mixture of different colors and patterns that are inspired by the 80’s. You need clear melt and pour soap base and soap colorant to achieve this look.

You can get totally creative while making this soap. Play around with using different colors and cutting out different shapes. It’s a little more challenging than most of the recipes here but the result is totally worth it!

 

#7 Lavender Honey Lemon Soap


Image and tutorial found at Sisoo

Method: melt and pour

Look at these soaps and how pretty they are! They look like they cost at least $20 each if you buy them in a store. It’s amazing to learn how you can make them for cheap at home.

Use a piece of burlap to wrap up these beauties and decorate them with lavender flowers to make them extra special as gifts.

 

#8 Herb and Spice Glycerin Soap


Image and tutorial found at Hello Glow

Method: melt and pour

This clear soap is beyond stunning and I can’t stop staring at them! Luckily, it’s so easy to make them that it will surprise you.

Add some dried flowers, herbs, leaves and spices and arrange them however you like. Get creative!

 

#9 Grapefruit Mint Poppyseed Soap


Image and tutorial found at A Beautiful Mess

Method: melt and pour

This soap is perfect for those that love the fresh citrus scent. And thanks to the peppermint essential oil, it also has a hint of minty scent, which makes it even more refreshing.

The poppy seeds are great for exfoliating and as I mentioned earlier, the goat milk is perfect for moisturizing.

#10 Honey Walnut Milk Soap


Image and tutorial found at Offbeat and Inspired

Method: cold process

I love how this soap recipe is simply inspired by the blogger Tiffany’s pantry. She used what she had on hand to create this fun experiment.

Without using any additional fragrance, the soap smells great because of the walnut and honey. The milk base also helps with dry skin in the winter months and keep it moisturized.

 

#11 Lavender Oatmeal Soap


Image and tutorial found at Beauty Crafter

Method: melt and pour

This easy recipe only requires 4 ingredients to make! They are goat milk soap base, oatmeal, dried lavender flowers, and lavender essential oil.

It’s a perfect recipe for beginners to try out before trying out the more complicated recipes!


 

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