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5 Homemade Soap Recipes for Beginners with Essential Oils

Start making your own bar soaps with these homemade soap recipes. Even as a beginner, you’ll be surprised how quickly you can stock your cabinet with scented melt and pour soaps.

5 Homemade Soap Recipes for Beginners with Essential Oils collage.

Easy Bar Soap Recipes

Once you realize homemade soap making is as simple as following the recipes below, you’ll want to start right now. Now, there’s no excuse holding you back from making your first soap bars!

Pick any recipe, and you’ll only need a handful of ingredients. Namely, a melt and pour soap base, plus one to three bottles of essential oil.

In a matter of minutes, you’ll stock your entire home with handmade soap bars. These make lovely gifts for Mom or an upcoming anniversary and other occasions, so pass them around your workspace and save up for the holidays!

How to Make Simple Homemade Soap Recipes

Melt and pour soap recipes are safe enough for you and your children to make together. Naturally lye-free, they are the perfect introduction to soap making because you don’t have to worry about dangerous messes, exposure to toxins, or wearing safety gear. 

There are no chemicals or special protective gear necessary when you make melt and pour soaps at home. 

Start by melting the soap base.

Then, stir in essential oils.

Next, pour that liquid into cute molds. Use muffin tins, silicone soap molds, or anything else you have around.

Finally, let it set until ready.

What good, clean fun for the whole family!

Best Essential Oils for Homemade Soap Bars

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Easy Soap Recipes with Essential Oils

Have you dreamed of having homemade soaps on hand to give as gifts and adorn every sink in your house? Well, wake up and give these melt and pour recipes a try! Sorry, no need to be abrasive (unless, of course, we are talking about soap scrub). But seriously, these soap recipes could not be easier.

A bar of turmeric soap on a wooden board surrounded by tiny flowers.
DIY Turmeric Soap
A homemade face soap with skin-healing properties to remedy acne, dark spots, and red, irritated skin while bringing about a natural glow. The easy melt-and-pour method only takes 20 minutes before the soap is ready to set and then use.
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Lavender soap bars next to lavender flowers and green leaves.
Lavender Soap
Be transported to a field of lavender as fast as you can by popping a bowl of soap base into the microwave. All there is to this bar soap recipe is melt, mix and pour – it’s as easy as 1-2-3. Perfect for beginners.
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A stack of homemade soap tied with twine.
Homemade Bar Soap (for MEN!)
Make your man feel special in five minutes, and as a bonus for you, he’ll smell good, too. The blend of citrus, rosemary, and mountain savory essential oils creates the perfect “man-scent.” Factor in the easy melt and pour technique, and you can’t go wrong!
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Soap bars next to brown essential oil bottles.
Sinus Relief Goat Milk Soap
Here’s a great soap to make during the cold and flu season. A blend of mint, cedarwood, and eucalyptus essential oil soothes the sinuses, while goat milk and almond oil nourish the skin. You’ll get sinus relief, and your hands won’t crack or turn dry.
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Flower-shaped pink and orange soap bars on white saucer with blue towel in the background.
Orange Bergamot Guest Soap
These adorable rose and peach swirl soaps have only three ingredients. The simple instructions teach a fool-proof way of making swirl designs in soap. Follow the step-by-step video tutorial and see how easy it is.
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More Easy Homemade Soap Recipes

If you are looking for a luxurious gift idea, why not impress that special someone with this melt and pour Rose Soap Recipe (Valentine’s Day Soap)? If your special someone likes more complex scents, you can check out my essential oil blends for soap – I included my favorite scent combos like grapefruit + geranium and orange + vanilla. And of course, for a surefire hit with your guy, choose from any of my essential oil blends for men which feature the most masculine essential oils.

Have some leftover essential oils to use up? Try our Clean Cotton Essential Oil Recipe for a fresh and fragrant soap bar or diffuser blend.

Holly Bertone

Friday 29th of October 2021

Hi Jessica– What a great roundup of homemade soaps. PINNED! Thank you for including my soap for men. My heart is full of gratitude.

Hugs, Holly

Jessica Haggard

Friday 5th of November 2021

Thanks for sharing Holly. These are simple recipes everyone should be making!