Organic, GORGEOUS, Homemade Soap #recipe

Soap is legitimately one of THE easiest and most rewarding things to make! It makes an excellent gift or stocking-stuffer! It's inexpensive, and fun to personalize.

Below I'm going to give y'all my favorite recipes for homemade soaps, including loofah soap, oatmeal soap, foaming hand soap and more!

BUT, first I'm going to give y'all a little rundown of my favorite ingredients and materials for soap making, and tell you why I've chosen these specific ones!

Loofah- Natural loofah is an excellent, gentle exfoliant, and it's an environmentally friendly, biodegradable option. I like to get these logs and slice them to the size that I need them. I've chosen these specific ones because some have been dehydrated and flattened for shipping. Re-hydrating them to regain their round shape is simple enough, but it's an extra unnecessary step. I've been super happy with these.

Jojoba Beads- A natural exfoliant, Jojoba beads are tough enough to remove dead skin cells, but gentle enough not to harm the skin. Many exfoliants out there are far too harsh on the skin and can actually cause micro tears in the surface of skin leaving it open to acne-causing bacteria and damaging the overall texture of the skin. My favorite jojoba beads to use in homemade scrubs can be found here. A little bit goes a VERY long way when adding it to your scrubs!

Organic Cane Sugar- This is also an excellent natural exfoliant because it dissolves quickly making it gentler on the skin. This is also a much more cost effective exfoliant then jojoba beads. I usually buy the big 10 lb bags of organic cane sugar from Costco, but if you aren't a member, this is a good alternative.

Natural Pigment Mica Powder- Why go synthetic when you can go natural? Especially when it's something that's going on your skin! I love these colors, and you only need a TINY amount of mica to color your soap. One pot will last you through an incredible amount of uses. I've been super happy with this brand, and there are a ton of colors to pick from.

Rolled Oats- Oatmeal is known for it's soothing effects on sensitive skin. It's a great additive to baths when you're suffering from eczema, rashes, even the chicken pox. You can leave these whole and add them to your soap when liquid, or you can toss them in a blender for a finer consistency. I think it pairs beautifully with either lavender essential oil, or with Thieves essential oil! These oats are my favorite, but you can easily grab some at your local supermarket.

Lavender Buds- These make a pretty addition to your homemade soaps. They smell great, they're food safe, and it's the little details like lavender buds that make your soap special. These are my favorite. A little goes a long way! These will last you a long time!

Rose Petals- Rose petals make a gorgeous and luxurious addition to your homemade soaps. These organic rose petals are my favorite!

Silicone Soap Molds- I've tried those hard plastic molds and I'm here to tell you... silicone is hands down the way to go! You don't have to worry about cracking the plastic and the silicone makes it incredibly easy to pop them out! Listed by shape are some of my favorite silicone soap molds. Oval, Rectangular, Round Flowers, Round & Square, Snowflakes.

Clear Organic Glycerin Melt and Pour Soap Base- I love this soap base because it's so easy to work with. It's transparent, which makes it ideal for showcasing additional ingredients like loofah, oatmeal, rose petals, lavender buds and more! You can add color to it while still maintaining it's transparency. Glycerin soap is highly moisturizing and I also love that it's organic!!

Organic Goat's Milk Melt and Pour Soap Base- I love goat milk soaps because they contain alpha-hydroxy acids, such as lactic acid, which helps remove dead skin. It also contains many vitamins, and is particularly high in Vitamin A, which is necessary to repair damaged skin tissue, and maintain healthy skin cells from your skin’s surface. This soap is easy to work with, easy to color, and it's a product you can feel good about using. I like this one best!

Goat's Milk Suspension Melt and Pour Soap Base- Anyone that's tried their hand at soap making before will tell you if you want to add things to your soap like buds, oatmeal, flower petals, coffee, sugar or anything else... you NEED suspension soap! Regular melt and pour bases will allow your additives to sink and clump together in one area. You want your additives evenly dispersed and that's where suspension soap comes into play. This one right here is my favorite.

Organic Unscented Liquid Castile Soap- I love castile soap because it's non-toxic and makes it so much easier to create gentle, personalized washes, scrubs etc. You can personalize it as needed and it's non-irritating on the most sensitive skin. Just make sure that you purchase one without any added synthetic scents.