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Homemade Glycerin Soaps

Almost as appealing as the beautiful soaps themselves is how easily they can be made.

Introduction

Glycerin is usually sold in large blocks at crafts stores; to melt it, cut it into small cubes that will fit in a microwavable bowl or measuring cup. You can also make multiple mini soaps by using ice-cube trays as your molds.

Materials

  • Clear glycerin soap
  • Food coloring
  • Coffee stirrers
  • Clean milk or juice carton
  • Petroleum jelly

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Heat glycerin in a microwave on high, stirring at 15-second intervals, until it's completely melted.

  2. Step 2

    Mix liquid food coloring into bowl with a coffee stirrer. (Food coloring is very strong, so use it sparingly.)

  3. Step 3

    Coat the inside of the milk carton with petroleum jelly. Pour in melted glycerin. Let cool completely (about 2 hours).

  4. Step 4

    Tear away carton, and, using a bench scraper, slice block into individual bars.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, January 2006

Reviews (16)

  • Mokhe 17 Apr, 2014

    This is a VERY poor tutorial. If you are actually interested in MAKING soap I suggest you Google 'Cold Process Soap'. This glycerin soap (and any glycerin soap) is called Melt & Pour. This is because you purchase the soap base from a soap/craft supply store, melt it and essentially just customize already made soap with colors and fragrances. You should use soap-approved fragrance or essential oils at the safe usage rate. You should not use food coloring, and instead use soap safe colorants.

  • myron36 30 Aug, 2013

    I have bought glycerin already in liquid soap.How should I proceed

  • jasper 22 Jul, 2013

    Thank you for sharing ,I was thinking about a especial gift for my friend,this is a good choise,it is suit girls,boy-friend....I think I should think about walkera rc helias well,thank you!

  • blt 17 Dec, 2012

    I would like to put bubbles into my glycerin soap bars. Is there a way to do this? blt

  • k9lvrjtp 13 Sep, 2012

    When making DIY hand soaps can you use bottled perfumes instead of the fragrance oils?

  • syndi13 18 Aug, 2012

    I have recently acquired a couple hundred gallons on glycerin, the product leftover after making biodiesel. I want to make both laundry soap as well as a liquid body, or bars, out of some of it but it is very dark. Can anyone tell me how to clean this up and possibly point me in the direction of a recipe? Thanks in advance for your help.

  • craftykarens 13 Apr, 2011

    since glycerin soap has a 2 to 3 month shelf life, is it possible to freeze the soap and take it out of the freezer when needed? craftykarens

  • elanaks 2 Jan, 2011

    How do I make this recipe if I bought the glycerin already in liquid form? Thanks!

  • homemadesoaps 23 Dec, 2010

    So sorry, the last of my post got cut off. If you put the molds into the refrigerator for about 15 minutes after the poured soap has cooled down, then the soap will "pop" out of the molds a lot easier.
    Homemade Soaps @ http://homemadesoaps.webs.com

  • homemadesoaps 23 Dec, 2010

    Yes, making glycerin soap is not difficult at all and it is so much fun! You can also pour the melted soap into soap molds that can be found in almost any craft type store.
    My daughter and I just started our own website using our old tried and true glycerin soap recipes, but we do not use colored soap. We would love to because you can make so many interesting combinations of colors that are just amazing to look at. Also, if you use soap molds, after they are cool try putting them into the refrig

  • homemadesoaps 23 Dec, 2010

    Yes, making glycerin soap is not difficult at all and it is so much fun! You can also pour the melted soap into soap molds that can be found in almost any craft type store.
    My daughter and I just started our own website using our old tried and true glycerin soap recipes, but we do not use colored soap. We would love to because you can make so many interesting combinations of colors that are just amazing to look at. Also, if you use soap molds, after they are cool try putting them into the refrig

  • djk17 18 Jun, 2008

    If you want to make soap from scratch, just google "cold process soap recipes" and you'll get a lot. I've made cp soap for a few years now as a hobby and it's not much more difficult than this process (melting the blocks from craft stores is called "melt and pour",and while a lot of fun is just using the glycerine byproduct of soap.) Have fun! it's a great hobby!

  • Ninaed 18 Jun, 2008

    Does any one have the actual reciepe to make this soap or any other soap from scratch I want to make it right from the get go rather than purchasing already made soap. Thanks N

  • teestayovahea 30 Apr, 2008

    Aloha! I been wanting for years to try and make my own soap. I will try it and use some of the tips that the others here have kindly left! :-)

  • Pablena 18 Jan, 2008

    I'm new to candle making, thanks for the hint for removing those
    troublesome bubbles!
    Pablena

  • KennTab 9 Jan, 2008

    I make my own glycerin soap all the time. There are many many ways one can make them attractive, but if you get bubbles on the surface of the freshly-poured warm melted soap, spray those bubbles with isopropyl alcohol in an atomizer and they will disappear without affecting the soap.