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19 Incredible Natural Handmade Soap Recipes

Handmade soap is not only therapeutic and fun to make, but it’s a great way to infuse the healing properties of plants into something that touches our skin daily. Take a look at these beautiful homemade soap recipes, and make a batch of your own!

19 Incredible Natural Soap Recipes

I have been making my own soap for quite a while now. At this point, I have enough soap recipes published on Garden Therapy that I thought it was time to give you a post where you can find them all listed in one handy place.

I make all of my own soap because it is fun, is great for my skin, and makes beautiful gifts. I absolutely love playing with all the fun add-ins like natural colors and botanicals. In fact, I like it so much that I made an entire book all about melt and pour soap-making, called Good Clean Fun.

If you’re interested in soap making, I highly encourage you to give it a try. I had no idea back when I got started how much I’d love making natural soap. Looking for a place to start? Here are all of the soap recipes that are currently published on Garden Therapy – I even divided them up based on the method I used to make them.

What Are The Benefits of Handmade Soap?

Handmade soaps are made using a variety of natural sources, such as plant-based oils and butters that are rich in nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants. These are the types of ingredients that your skin, hair, and body and will love.  

Enhance natural soaps with many other incredibly good ingredients that come straight from the earth, such as botanical extracts and essential oils. With so many different options and combinations, there is truly a perfect natural soap for everyone.

You’ve probably heard of glycerin – ever wonder what it is? Handmade soap contains glycerin which is a natural byproduct of the soap making process. Glycerin is an excellent moisturizer that coats the skin and gives it a silky soft feeling.

Handmade Soap and Nail Brush

How Do I Make Handmade Soap?

Soap can only be called soap if it goes through the saponification process of turning fats and oils in water and sodium hydroxide into soap. This process makes the most nourishing, gentlest, and healthiest cleanser for your skin.

There are many methods of making handmade soap, including cold process, hot process, milk soap, and rebatching. You can also make melt and pour soap at home very easily and skip the lye, as well as the weighing and mixing of the ingredients.

The main two ways I have made soap are cold process and melt and pour. Each produces a very different type of soap, but both are equally useful. 

Cold Process Homemade Soap Recipes

I like cold-process soap most as my everyday soap. However, there’s quite a bit of work involved in making a cold process soap—there’s quite a bit of chemistry and science involved, as well as some challenging, potentially dangerous ingredients.

If you’ve never made cold process soap, it’s doable, but it will take time and patience. It’s well worth the effort as you can completely customize your soap with natural additives and colours. See how to make cold-process soap here.

Plant-Based Natural Unscented Soap – 3 Recipes!

This unscented soap  has three vegan recipe variations so you can choose which is the right one for you. It’s a return to basics and a great way to use the soothing ingredients in soap without any additives. I love how these bars come out looking like scrumptious truffles…they honestly look good enough to eat!

Homemade Natural and Unscented Plant-Based Cold Process Soap

Wildflower Soap

This wildflower soap is natural, vibrant, and gorgeous while being nourishing and good for the environment. It reminds me of walking through meadow flowers. This is a soap that you spend the time to create and enjoy, not one that you rush through. 

Cut wildflower soap

Lemon Balm Soap 

This lemon balm soap recipe is soft and rich from the high percentage of olive oil. Its bright lemon-mint fragrance makes it a refreshing soap with a clean and bright aroma that’s perfect for using in the kitchen to cleanse and moisturize hard working hands. 

This lemon balm homemade soap is natural and incredible.

Sea Sponge Soap Bars

These sea sponge soap bars are topped with natural sea sponges to make a very gorgeous, organic-looking handmade soap that lathers up beautifully. 

This sea sponge handmade soap is natural and incredible.

Rosemary and Peppermint Energizing Soap

Rosemary’s aromatherapy benefits include promoting focus, memory, and mental clarity. Likewise, peppermint boosts energy and enhances mental focus. And both of them smell amazing, which is why I combined them into this delicious energizing rosemary peppermint morning shower soap. 

handmade soap bar resting on a nail brush


Lemongrass, Ginger, and Coffee Kitchen Soap

One of my very favorite blends in homemade soap is this fresh smelling kitchen soap that I made using this process. The bright citrus scent is energizing and smells incredible. This bar has a great scent to wake you up and get rid of strong cooking smells from chopping onions and garlic!


Orange Vanilla Cinnamon Soap

This scrumptious-smelling soap reminds me of the holidays, especially topped with festive saffron. It’s like Christmas baking while showering. Just watch out because it might make you hungry! (Be sure to use it in the morning before breakfast.) Get the recipe for Orange Vanilla Cinnamon Soap in my post on cold-process soap making.

Melt and Pour Homemade Soap Recipes

This is the soap-making method I would recommend to beginners or those looking for a simple project. I enjoy melt and pour for quickly making fun, decorative soaps. You can see some examples of in my melt and pour soap idea book, Good Clean Fun.

Lavender Ombre Melt-and-Pour Soap

This attractive lavender ombre soap is lightly scented with lavender and contains moisturizing rich shea butter. It may look like a high-end decorative soap from a fancy shop, but it’s easily homemade. 

Rosemary Lemon Soap-On-A-Rope

Soap-on-a-rope is more than just fun to say. It’s really an artistic way to display soap that also effectively keeps it from sitting in a little puddle in your shower. This project comes straight from the garden and is a fun way to combine the stars and bars. 

Exquisite Botanical Soap

These botanical soap bars use flowers, herbs, and leaves found in the garden to look almost too pretty to use. This simple project brings the delight of your backyard into your bath or shower. These soaps look much more difficult to make than they actually are. 

Lavender Oatmeal Soap Cupcakes

This lavender oatmeal soap is soothing and calming for your skin. And any recipe that uses my garden-grown lavender is a favorite of mine due to the amazing scent and natural beauty that it lends to any recipe! 

Homemade Honeycomb Soap

This honey soap is not only gorgeous, but it’s also fun and easy to make too! I love that this soap looks like it comes straight from the honeycomb. It’s really an aloe, cucumber, and carrot soap mixed with manuka honey and scented with citrus. Find out the trick to making the attractive honeycomb texture without buying an expensive mold. 

Sakura Cherry Blossom Soap

Similar to how cherry blossoms only bloom for a short time each year, these cherry blossom soaps are not meant to last long. These small ‘blooms’, or personal-sized soaps, will only last for a few uses. 

Amber Fossilized Bug Soap

These ultra-fun amber fossilized bug soaps are inspired by the fascinating look of fossilized insects in amber. What a way to make bathtime feel more like an adventure than a chore for little ones. 

Winter Forest Soap

This winter forest soap recipe smells like a walk through the forest in the brisk winter air. Scented with essential oils from forest trees that make it both fresh and woodsy, this soap will perk you up and combat the dreariness that comes with the long, cold winter nights.

Foaming Hand Soap

I love the silky luxury of foaming hand soap, but I don’t love using chemicals and substances I can’t even pronounce in my products. Since ingredients like that are often listed on the bottles of store-bought foaming soap, I set out to make a fantastic basic foaming hand soap recipe

Beautiful Foaming Castille Soap Recipe

The basic version is amazing, and what’s even better is that you can easily customize it to suit your tastes. Try my herbal tea foaming hand soap version, which combines all the foamy fun of store-bought soap with the benefits of herbs and the comfort of knowing that you are using a very safe product.

Want To Learn How To Make Handmade Soap?

If you’re interested in learning how to become a soap artisan yourself, grab my ebook Good Clean Fun: THE Idea Book for Creative Melt and Pour Soap Projects.

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  1. Thanks so much for this great post! I used melt & pour for making lavender and oatmeal cupcakes. Can’t wait to try ALL the recipes!! We’ve been using the bars in our scrubby mesh bags; they lather up so nicely and last a l-o-n-g time :)

  2. This was so informative and you share so many great recipes. Thank you for the post and thank you for offering the free mini course. It is quite generous!

  3. Thank you for the soap recipes… I have a mens grooming line at and I wanted to feature a couple of soaps that would be popular with men. Can you suggest any types of soaps that have been a favorite withthe fellas?
    Thank you so much.

  4. Thank you soo much for your ideas about these natural soaps, it’s a great thing that you have discovered to “use natural be natural” thanks for your ideas😍😍

  5. Hi, I’m a newbie and made my first batch today. I used a lye calculator to get the quantities of oils, lye, and water; however, when adding my fragrance oils to the mixture it went from a nice viscous liquid to lumpy-like pudding in about 30 seconds. By the time I was able to pour into into the mold – (my wife was laughing as I was sprinting across the yard to the kitchen to pour), it was no longer pourable. So my first batch is looking ugly and right now smells too strong for my taste. I used: 30 az water, 14 oz lye, 10 oz avocado, 10 oz canola, 30 oz coconut, 30 oz olive, and 20 oz red palm oil. For fragrance 3 oz sandalwood, 0.5 oz lavender, and 15 drops tea tree oil. Lye water was at 105F, oil was at 115F. My questions are; did it gel so quickly because I only used 30 oz water (range was 28-38)? Will the fragrance mellow out as it cures? I live in AZ – do I really need to insulate it as it cures in my 105 degree garage?

    • Hi Ron, I really recommend following soap recipes that are proven for best results. It can gel quickly for many reasons, including using the wrong mixing bowl material!Essential oils always dissipate over time, and yes, insulate it. My recommendation is to take follow a recipe strictly for the next batch and but this batch into chunks to be added to the new batch. You can cut it for this after 48 hours. If you don’t add much scent to the new batch, it will help mellow it out but also you will have a cool looking chunk soap.


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