Bar Soap Recipes

Making soap is one of my all-time favourite things to do. It's like a wee bit of art you can wash with! Get ready to dive into a world of wonderfully sudsy scents, colours, oils, and shapes.

Can I make soap without lye?

There’s no such thing as making soap without lye, and here’s why.

As a vegetarian I feel very strongly about using tallow and lard in my soaps. Here’s why.

How do I make soap?

Here’s my most thorough overview of how to make your own bar soap.

Mojito Soap

My deep dive into beverage themed soaps continues with this minty lime tribute to the Mojito. It's bright green and smells wonderfully fresh, and I just love the sprinkling of coarse sugar on the top for a hint of sweet sparkle. The base of the bar is more or less my...

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Pink Lemonade Soap

I think it's about time we welcomed summer with a straight up summery soap (even if it is barely spring... let's just say we've built in ample aging time). This pretty pink bar is a tribute to pink lemonade, and as such it smells bright and lemony. The pink hue comes...

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Lavender Vanilla Soap

This pretty speckled, swirl-topped soap smells of soft lavender and vanilla. It brings to mind warm, dry summer days in Provence (in my imagination, at least). I can see pretty pastel-painted wooden furniture, bundles of lavender hanging to dry in the window, and a...

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Über Anti-Acne Soap

After years of DIYing, I’ve got a pretty good cache of acne-fighting ingredients. From clays to herbs to essential oils, my basement cupboards are a veritable arsenal of zit-busting weaponry, and these bars of soap have it all. They’re designed to clobber zits and...

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Winter Solstice Soap

Here in Calgary, December 21 is a short, dark day. The sun rises at 8:37AM and sets at 4:32PM, giving us a whopping seven hours, fifty-four minutes, and seventeen seconds with which to go about our daylight requiring business. That's less than half the daylight we...

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Cranberry Sauce Soap

I bought a bag of bright red cranberry seeds last year, and found them in the back of my cupboard just in time to make a Cranberry Sauce soap as my second Christmas soap for 2014. These pretty reddish bars are bright and spicy, and feature a sprinkling of pretty...

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Blizzard Soap

This crisp, clean white bar smells of cold air and cool mint, and is just perfect for winter. It's my first Christmas soap for 2014, and I'm not quite sure how it's Christmas soaping season already. This soap gets its whiteness from a combination of kaolin clay and...

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Pumpkin Pie Soap

Pumpkin pie is easily one of the best things about autumn. Americans seem to have really taken this to heart as the array of pumpkin pie flavoured and scented things available in October and November south of the border is truly shocking. From bagels to lattés to...

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Aloe Vera Citrus Soap

This pretty yellow and green soap smells of fresh citrus, suds up beautifully, and leaves your skin clean and happy. The colours come from some bright orange buriti oil (for the yellow), and a touch of green chromium oxide. Buriti oil can be a bit hard to find, so you...

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Pooch ‘Poo (Dog Shampoo)

I remember trips to the cottage as a kid with Brin, our first family dog. Like Tobyn, he was a Bernese Mountain Dog, complete with a heavy black coat of beautiful fur. He wasn't much for swimming, but he enjoyed wading about near shore, lapping at the water and...

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Low Tide Soap

I am thoroughly smitten with these pretty, seaside inspired low tide soap bars. With their dusty turquoise tone, deep green seaweed seam, and sparkling coarse salt topping, they're just beautiful. These soaps are scented using both essential oils and seaweed powder....

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