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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!

Homemade soap for men with essential oils

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.

Homemade soap for men

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.)


  1. 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.)
  2. Add essential oils and stir to combine. (1/4 teaspoon of each oil is a total of a 3% dilution.)
  3. Pour into mold.
  4. Spray once or twice with rubbing alcohol to remove bubbles on top. (Optional.)
  5. Set your soap harden. (About an hour.)
  6. 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.”  

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9 years ago

Would this work with a glycerine base as well?


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7 years ago

Very interested in making this but just to verify,it equals out to 1tsp of Oils per bar of soap right?
So if I’m making 2 bars,it would be 2 tsp. of oil correct? Do you add the drops into a Carrie oil first or put the drops directly into the soap base?


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3 years ago

Do u hv the label that u hv in pic – that is really cool & finishes off the lovely soap. Was thinking of making these for the men in my family for Christmas and that label wud really finish it off.

3 years ago

Wud u hv the label that u have in the pic – that is really cool – it really finishes the soap. Wanted to make these soaps for the men in my family for Christmas and this label wud really look nice on them. I am willing to buy the label if it is available. Many tks for yr help. Love this soap – looking fwd to making it. Will definitely check yr site for other soap recipes. Love to make them as gifts – I hv PSW’s (Personal Support Workers) that come in 3 times a week & am… Read more »