I used to think making soap was complicated and time-consuming. NOT TRUE. You can buy blocks of “melt and pour” soap base at your local craft store, melt it in the microwave, and personalize with your favorite colors and scents!
I recently made glycerin soaps for my daughters with cute little frogs inside and couldn’t resist making a new soap with a moisturizing shea butter base.
Since Father’s Day is coming up, I decided to make some manly scented soaps for my husband and dad.
I started with some shea butter soap base and added orange, bay, and cedarwood essential oils for a fresh, spicy scent.
The bay reminds me of cloves that I use in the kitchen. Yum. The final product smelled so great that I was tempted to keep one for myself!
I wrapped my bars of soap with plastic wrap and a cute printable: Spicy Orange Soap Free Printable Label
Homemade Soap for Men with Essential Oils
Yields: One, 4oz bar of soap for men
- 4 oz shea butter soap base
- 4 oz soap mold
- 1/4 teaspoon cedarwood essential oil (about 25 drops)
- 1/4 teaspoon bay essential oil (about 25 drops)
- 1/4 teaspoon orange essential oil (about 25 drops)
- Spray bottle filled with a little bit of rubbing alcohol (optional)
- To package: printable label and plastic wrap
I am selling a pack of these three essential oils in my shop. If you combine them with a 2-pound block of shea butter soap base, you’ll have exactly enough materials for eight bars of soap!
I bought my soap base and molds at my local Michaels craft store with a 50% off coupon from their iPhone app. (Total cost around $7.00.)
- Place your soap base in a glass liquid measuring cup, and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and continue to microwave for 10 second increments until fully melted. (Mine took 40-50 seconds total.)
- Add essential oils and stir to combine. (1/4 teaspoon of each oil is a total of a 3% dilution.)
- Pour into mold.
- Spray once or twice with rubbing alcohol to remove bubbles on top. (Optional.)
- Set your soap harden. (About an hour.)
- Loosen around the edges of the soap mold and remove your bar of soap.
To label: 1) Wrap your bar of soap with plastic wrap like a present. 2) Make sure the plastic wrap is pulled tightly across the front of the soap and tape the ends together on the back of the soap. 3) Print the .pdf file on regular 8.5×11″ computer paper (I used a natural-colored cardstock from Kinkos). 4) Cut along the dotted lines. 5) Wrap around your soap and secure on the back with a piece of tape.
I gave my husband his bar of soap early so he could test it out, and he said he loves it and has been using it every morning in the shower. “It’s much better than the regular soap I use.”