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.

Why tallow?

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.
Über Anti-Acne Soap

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

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

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

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 ...

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Pumpkin Pie Soap

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

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)

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

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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Chai Latté Soap

Chai Latté Soap

I seem to have a thing for turning my favourite beverages into soaps. Café Latté, Gin and Tonic, and now a Chai Latté. This wonderful, rich soap is scented with ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and vanilla. I blended with milk powder, ground...

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My All-in-One Soap Recipe

My All-in-One Soap Recipe

I'm not a big fan of having my shower crowded with two dozen bottles. I've had friends with roommates that had so many shower products there was barely room to stand in the shower! Their showers were crowded with a different shampoo and conditioner for every day of...

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Self-Cleaning You: Homemade Soap!

Self-Cleaning You: Homemade Soap!

Go ahead, make a Fight Club joke. I know you want to. Oh, wait, you can’t, or you’ll break the first rule of Fight Club and Brad Pitt will hunt you down and make you eat that bar of pink soap he’s always holding. (I realize some of you would probably like Brad Pitt to...

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