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.

Maple Syrup Soap

Welcome to the next recipe in my very Canadian quest to maple syrup ALL the things! This lovely, creamy bar of maple syrup soap incorporates a wee bit of dark maple syrup for added lather and the fun of knowing you're sudsing up with the best pancake topping/natural...

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Fairy Bread Soap

I was originally going to call this Fairy Bread Soap "confetti soap", but as I made it I was reminded of Fairy Bread—a snack I saw my Aussie friends chow down on (when they weren't devouring slices Vegemite toast) when I lived Down Under. For the uninitiated, Fairy...

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The Original Vinolia Soap Notes

A couple months ago William Burrows commented on my Vinolia soap recreation recipe. Vinolia soap is the soap that was used in First Class on the RMS Titanic, which is something I'm pretty passionate about, so it made sense that I'd try to recreate the soap they had on...

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Lots & Lots of Clay Soap

I adore clay in my soap, so I thought I'd try a bar with lots of the stuff. The general rule of thumb I've been following is one tablespoon per 500g/pound of oils so I decided to take that up by about 10x and I'm loving the results. All that clay makes for an extra...

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Love Lines Valentine Soap

This pretty Love Lines Valentine Soap is great for use all year, but the pretty red mica veins in it are quite lovely for Valentine's Day, as are the pretty shimmery swirls on top. It also smells like roses and vanilla—yum! I tried a few new things with this batch of...

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Fruitcake Soap

It’s time for our last Christmas soap of the season! This one is inspired by the eternal fruitcake—that lump of sherry soaked brick-like substance that appears on Christmas potluck dessert tables every year (it may be the exact same lump, if we’re being honest). I...

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Chocolate Orange Christmas Soap

Terry’s Chocolate Oranges have been a Christmas constant to me for most of my life. The square little box filled with an orange foil-wrapped globe of orange-scented chocolate was usually found near the toe of my stocking, and was quickly rapped on a nearby hard...

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Sparkly Snowball Soap Balls

These pretty, sparkly balls of soapy, sudsy goodness are pretty cool. They look like snowballs (or candies), but are perfectly at home in your soap dish or on your Christmas tree. They’re great for guest bathrooms or traveling, and are just neat in general. We’ll kick...

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Second Summer Soap

The part of the world I currently live in is not known for having amazing summers. Amazing summer days? Sure. But summers on the whole? Reliable beautiful days, all in a row, without question? Not so much. We're moreso known for "Monsoon June", mild to severe...

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Lemon Meringue Soap

This soap is inspired by pie. Delicious, bright, lemon meringue pie. The real thing is made from puckering sweet and sour lemon curd and topped with airy whipped egg whites. My version is a lovely blend of oils, spiked with lemon and litsea cubeba essential oils and...

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Rose & Lavender Princess Silk Soap

A few months ago I got to thinking about princess soap. Something the littler ladies would love. Something with a bit of sparkle and swirl, and some pretty colours. Something that would smell pretty and be perfectly at home with a Disney Princess shower curtain and...

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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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Exfoliating Creamy Cleansing Balm

I’ve had a few requests for a facial cleanser that’s creamy, yet exfoliating, and here’s what I’ve come up with. It’s thick, creamy, scrubby, and sudsy, and smells awesome to boot—an exfoliating creamy cleansing balm! Based around my Gentle Cleansing Balm, this creamy...

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Egyptian Magic Liquid Soap

This quick-to-assemble Egyptian Magic liquid soap mixes all the best parts of Egyptian Magic with a gentle liquid soap base to make for a bee-riffic honey kissed hand soap. Egyptian Magic is made from just six ingredients—olive oil, beeswax, pollen, honey, propolis,...

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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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Egyptian Magic Cleansing Balm

After falling madly in love with my gentle cleansing balm, I just had to keep playing with the idea. Sabine mentioned that she liked to wash her face with my DIY Egyptian Magic, and that sounded like the perfect place to start playing. Cleansing balm + Egyptian Magic...

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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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Green Tea & Silk Soap

Annie was the first person who suggested silk soap to me, and it was like a thunderclap. I immediately wondered what rock I'd been living under for the past few years as it is such a brilliant idea (thanks, Annie!). So, silk soap has been on my to-do list ever since...

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