Why make your own soap? Homemade soaps are often gentler on the skin, more affordable than the natural handmade soaps you find at specialty boutique stores, and can be made with scents tailored exactly to your liking! Most soaps start with a glycerin base, which can be customized with flowers, fruits, herbs, and essential oils. These natural ingredients affect the color, fragrance, and texture of the soap: think poppy seeds for exfoliating properties, lavender for a soothing scent, or shea butter for a silky-smooth finish. Make your soap in any shape you can imagine using custom molds or by simply use a pan or baking dish. Make a batch for family and friends -- they make great personalized gifts. (But if you keep several to yourself, we won’t tell.)
Tin-Mold Soaps and Soap-Making Basics
The varied hues, stimulating textures, and refreshing scents of our mix-and-match soaps rejuvenate the senses and wash away winter doldrums.AdvertisementAdvertisementVideo
DIY Milk Carton Citrus SoapsMartha Stewart and Marcie McGoldrick create fresh citrus and fruit soaps with recycled milk cartons.
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Fruit and Herb SoapsWe used plain, unscented glycerin soap base for these projects (available at most crafts stores). Soap bases with natural additions, such as aloe vera, goat's milk, or olive oil, are great, too.
Lavender Soap How-To
Heart-Shaped SoapStamped soaps, inspired by candy conversation hearts, are great gifts for friends.
Homemade Grass Soap
Carton-Mold SoapsMake Carton-Mold Soaps this Christmas with an idea from Martha Stewart.
Pantry SoapsRaid your pantry for materials that add texture, color, and fragrance to handmade soaps.
Dr. Brent Ridge's Goat Milk SoapUse this how-to from Dr. Brent Ridge to make unscented and chemical-free goat-milk soap.
Homemade Glycerin SoapsAlmost as appealing as the beautiful soaps themselves is how easily they can be made.
Striped SoapsDelight someone with a fresh-scented and boldly striped soap. Purchase clear and white glycerin soap at a crafts store. Use a mini loaf pan as a mold; each "loaf" of soap requires 2 cups of each soap and yields six bars of soap.
Japanese-Motif SoapsCreate extra sets of these pretty soaps to have on hand for unexpected guests.
Soap on a RopeAll too many pretty, fragrant soap bars meet their fate in a slimy dish.
Savon de MarseilleWrapped in unbleached parchment paper and tied with waxed twine, our version of this classic soap is great to give as gifts and to use for houseguests -- but don't forget to keep a stash for yourself.
Homemade Body ScrubSlough off dry winter skin with an invigorating homemade body scrub. It's easy, all-natural, and so inexpensive that you'll want to make enough for gifts.Article
Big batches of homemade soap are affordable yet indulgent.Video
Fragrant Citrus and Fruit SoapsMartha Stewart and Marcie McGoldrick create fresh citrus and fruit soaps.Video
How to Make Goat's Milk SoapMartha Stewart and Dr. Brent Ridge mix ingredients for goat's milk soap which naturally moisturizes skin.Video
How to Make All Natural SoapAlexis Stewart and Jennifer Koppelman Hutt watch and comment on a Martha Stewart segment about homemade bars of all natural soap.Video
Making Savon de Marseille Soap at HomeMartha Stewart uses a double boiler, vegetable oil soap, and natural oils to create a block of soap in the style of French Savon de Marseille soap.Video
Goat SoapDr. Brent Ridge and Martha make natural goat soap.Video
Dr. Brent Ridge CraftsDr. Brent Ridge and Martha make natural goat soap.Video
Fish in a Bag SoapMartha shows you a simple way to make fish in a bag soap, a charming Handmade Holiday gift.Video
Felted Soap CraftMartha and Garry Marshall make a felted soap craft that resembles a loofah.Article
Tin-Mold Soaps and Soap-Making Basics
The varied hues, stimulating textures, and refreshing scents of our mix-and-match soaps rejuvenate the senses and wash away winter doldrums.Article
Seashell Soap Dish
Want to put your beach finds to practical use? Turn a pair of pretty shells into a soap dish.AdvertisementAdvertisementArticle
Felted Stone Soap
This innovative felted soap craft, made to resemble a stone, makes for an eco-friendly exfoliating experience in the shower.Article
Natural loofah and store-bought soap base combine to create these lovely, exfoliating soaps. Make a batch for gifts, or as a hands-on activity at a child's birthday party.