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Glycerin Soap Base: Homemade Soap Bar Recipe For Beginners

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Glycerin homemade Bar Soap Recipe

I've been interested in making my own soap for a while but needed help figuring out where to start.  After researching, I decided to try out melt and pour soap making for beginners.  It's a relatively straightforward process that doesn't require many specialized tools or ingredients.  I'm excited to share how I got started after experimenting with different scents and colors!  This is one of the homemade bar soap recipes I tried and loved.

Melt and pour soap making for beginners easy to follow a homemade soap bar recipe with recommendations of what you will need.  The main components of this Lavender and Copaiba Glycerin melt-and-pour soap are glycerin, or glycerol, derived from plant-based oils; it is non-greasy.  Therefore, it is beneficial for those who have combination skin.  Doing crafts with your kids, like soap making, is a good learning and bonding experience for you and them.  If you are new to making soap, learn the basics: melt and pour soap for beginnersNatural soap is an easy way of going green because it is made with non-toxic ingredients; plus, you can customize the scent and use the ingredients of your choice. 

Furthermore, to get more creative with soap making, see our more advanced recipe with Shea Butter and Calendula Flowers.  Another option is to make your foaming hand soap.  Plus, you can customize the scent; it is easy and inexpensive.

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What benefits does glycerin soap offer?

This pure glycerin soap is all-natural.  Unlike many over-the-counter soaps, this soap recipe does not contain alcohol, fragrances, or other chemical-based ingredients that could irritate your skin.  Suppose you are looking for a vegan-friendly soap and great if you have sensitive skin.  Hot water or harsh products often strip your skin's natural oils.  On the other hand, glycerin can help lock in your skin's natural moisture and prevent over-drying.  Learn to make homemade soap with this easy-to-make homemade soap recipe; learn here.

Glycerin Soap Benefits For Face

Yes, Glycerin soap is gentle on the skin.  Glycerin soap contains glycerin, which is neutral pH 7; therefore, it is very gentle on the skin.  Soaps made with glycerin have lower pHs and are typically mild and gentle on the skin.  Glycerin soap is excellent for use on the face; the face has thin skin and needs a more gentle soap.

Glycerin soap for acne and other skin issues.  Glycerin soap is especially beneficial if you suffer from drying skin conditions like:

In closing, glycerin soap is very beneficial for different skin types, and when you add essential oils, carrier oil also provides healing properties for your skin.

Lavender homemade soap bar recipe – Material And Equipment Needed

Additional Items Needed – You May Already Have

  • Heat Resistant Silicone Spatula
  • Clean Cutting Board (Covered with plastic wrap/parchment paper)
  • Rubbing alcohol in a small spray bottle
  • Plastic Wrap like Saran Wrap
  • Clean, Disinfected Double-Boiler
  • Sauce Pan and heat-resistant measuring cup
  • Measuring Spoons

Although I recommend the items above, you can use the material and equipment of your choice.

Detailed Directions for homemade soap bars:

1)  Sanitize and prepare equipment and work area 

To avoid contaminating your product, spray the work area with rubbing alcohol or an all-purpose cleaning spray, and then wipe dry with a clean towel (paper towel).  Wash the double-boiler, molds, spatula, and plastic/glass containers thoroughly with warm soapy water, then dry completely.

2) Prepare Soap Base

Cover the cutting board with plastic wrap or parchment paper unless you have a designated cutting board for your DIY products.  Next, cut the soap base into small, even-sized cubes to roughly 1″ cubes.  Place the large container you cleaned on your melt and pour soap calculator and tare the weight, then add the soap cubes into the pitcher until it reads 16 oz,

Glycerin Soap Base Cut Into Cubes

Soap Base Cut Into Cubes

3)  How To Melt Soap Base?

Place the container with your glycerin soap base in the microwave and heat for 1 minute, or pour the soap into your double-boiler.  If you use a double-boiler, boil about 2″ of water, then place the pot with the soap on the double-boiler.  Stir the contents gently to help break up clumps and help the soap melt more easily.  Keep stirring until the soap base is completely melted.  The dissolved soap will be very hot; hence, use caution when handling it. 

– Do not allow the soap base to foam in the microwave or double-boiler. 

Homemade Glycerin Melting Soap Base

Homemade Glycerin Melting Soap Base


4)  Add the Essential Oils, Carrier Oils, and Natural Coloring

Once the soap is completely dissolved and all the parts are melted, add the mica, essential oil(s), and carrier oil.  Stir the soap base well until the ingredients are thoroughly combined.  It is usual for thin skin to form on the surface of the soap when it starts to cool.  If the soap begins to thicken at this point, it is acceptable to re-melt it.

Melt And Pour Soap Add Natural Coloring

Add Natural Coloring

5)  Add soap base to molds

.  Pour the soap base slowly to minimize bubbles.  Fill to the rim of the mold.  To break up any bubbles on the soap bars, spray the surface with rubbing alcohol; it is OK to spray the surface of your soap several times to eliminate as many bubbles as possible.  Do not overspray because the alcohol will cause the soap to foam.

Add Soap To Silicone Mold

Add Soap To the Silicone Mold

6) Allow the Soap to Cool

After about 30 minutes, a thick skin will form on the surface of the soap.  Loosely cover the mold with plastic wrap.  Allow your product to cool undisturbed for 24 hours. 

*Tip – You can place your mold on a cookie sheet to move it easily without disturbing the soap.

7) Clean Up and remove soap from the mold

Wash your equipment with warm water.  After 24 hours, pop the soap out of the mold.  Wrap your soap bars with plastic wrap or with a sleeve.

This easy homemade soap bar recipe calls for Lavender and Copaiba essential oils, but you can use any essential oils.  Look at our beginner's guide to soap making for the basics.

Have you been wanting to try your hand at making melt and pour soap, but I'm not quite sure where to start? In this article, I have provided step-by-step tips to help you get started. I have been using glycerin soap base for my skincare routine lately, which has done wonders for my skin! It feels soft, moisturized, and looks much healthier than before. 

The Glycerin soap base is perfect for those who have sensitive skin and are looking for a gentle cleanser. It also helps to retain moisture in the skin, which is especially beneficial during the colder months. I highly recommend giving it a try! I'd love to hear your thoughts. Thanks!

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