Bar Soap RecipesMaking 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.
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Here’s my most thorough overview of how to make your own bar soap.
This beautifully marbled soap is a wonderful example of things not turning out quite how you expected, but being wonderful anyways. My working title for these bars was "Indigo Swirl", but this batch of soap had different ambitions. The particular level of trace in the...read more
Today's soap is in honour of Robbie Burns' day, but it also doubles up nicely as a Valentine's Day soap with its rosy scent and dusty pink layers. I had a lot of fun making this soap, even though it turned into a bit of a learning experience (a.k.a. things didn't go...read more
Welcome to our second and final soap of the 2018 holiday soaping season—Christmas Tree Soap! These clean white bars feature an abstract Christmas-tree-inspired swirl down the centre and a topping of dancing mica swirls. I had so much fun creating these bars, and the...read more
Welcome to our first Christmas 2018 soap—Sugar Plum Christmas Soap! Sugar plum will be one of our ongoing themes this season, and I'm really excited about all the different projects I've devised for it. We're kicking off the theme with these stunning purple, swirly,...read more
I had so much fun creating these sunny, speckled bars. The idea was to create a swirl using texture—as opposed to colour—to differentiate the swirl from the rest of the soap. When I set out to make these bars it had been positively ages since I’d made soap. Who else...read more
I had so much fun crafting up these creamy, sweet-smelling, sparkly bars of tea latte inspired soap. The batter is silky smooth and has great play time, so the whole mixing-pouring-swirling experience is calm and easy and fun (no pudding panic here, ha!). A dusty...read more
I don't remember when I first fell in love with the lavender/spruce scent combo, but it's been a long standing favourite of mine for a while now. The woodsy, calming sweetness of lavender blends beautifully with the bright, fresh, camphoraceous notes of spruce and...read more
This simple, warm, wintery soap is just the thing for January. The first month of the year is typically hit with at least one cold snap here in Calgary, necessitating hot tea and warm baking and a general refusal to leave the house for anything less important than a...read more
I had so much fun making this pretty soap. Coloured with powdered indigo and some pretty purple and green micas, I wanted to channel Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights—and the winter solstice seemed like a great time for it. I had a lot of fun thinking through...read more
Welcome to the second soap (and the second theme) of the 2017 Christmas DIY-ing season! These beautiful bars have a striking pale blue corner that contrasts the creamy white majority, and the whole lot is topped with a double glitter topping. These aren’t beginner...read more
Welcome to the start of the 2017 Christmas DIY season! As usual we're kicking off with soaps so they've got plenty of time to age while we round off our gift sets with other goodies like lotions, lip balms, body butters, and other varieties of pampering goodness. The...read more
Soaps starring cedarwood and mint seem to be perennially popular; I think I see a few at every farmer's market and craft fair I attend. And honestly, it's not hard to see why! The scent combination is fantastic—soft, sweet cedarwood pairs beautifully with bright,...read more
I'm not sure what it is about this hobby (or maybe it's just me), but people always assume I have a green thumb (people who have never seen my yard, at least). With the utmost faith in my ability to nurture and create they assume I have an abundant vegetable garden...read more
This Morning Frost soap was inspired by a beautiful walk I took back in November with the oh-so-friendly Scotch—potentially the world's nicest goldendoodle. Scotch and I were out in the morning, walking down one of Calgary's bluffs into a valley. This was before real...read more
I often hear that my soaps look downright edible, but I think I may have outdone myself with this decadent Chocolate and Roses Valentine Soap. It's a beautiful dark bar with what looks like a swirl of nougat running through the center, and if you don't want to lick it...read more
After a few weeks of some fancy-pants, layered-up, Christmas themed soaps, I fancied a bit of a rustic break. A simple to make, quick-to-assemble, low-fuss bar soap made with some lovely oils and butters, lots of creamy clay, and no timers or pomp and circumstance....read more
This beautiful dusty-blue gradiated Winter Wonderland Christmas Soap is my last soap of the 2016 Christmas soaping season, and I love it. I tried a new technique for the first time, and while I'm super excited to play with it more and improve, I'm still really happy...read more
Brace yourselves, ladies and gentleman—it's Christmas soaping season already! I'm not sure how this has happened already as my brain is still patiently waiting for summer to arrive, but I'm assuming the calendar doesn't lie, so holiday soaps, here we come. Today's...read more
This pretty double-sided bar of Minty Poppy Seed Scrubby Soap has one end that’s scrubby and one side that’s minty fresh for a bit of end-of-summer tootsy scrubbing. If your summers (and feet) are anything like mine, you likely need it! These bars are also fantastic...read more
These bright, colourful Citrus Summer Punch Swirl Soap bars are perfect for summer. They smell like fresh, juicy grapefruit and they're basically a swirly chunk of beautiful sunny weather in sudsible form. This soap recipe is also the first soap recipe I've made a...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more