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Pantry Soaps

Raid your pantry for materials that add texture, color, and fragrance to handmade soaps.




Learn Soap-Making Basics

Honey-ginger: For each cup of glycerin, add 1 teaspoon honey and 2 pinches ginger

Cinnamon-clove: 2 pinches cinnamon, 2 pinches ground clove

Oatmeal-honey: Use only clear glycerin in this soap; add 1 teaspoon honey, 2 pinches ginger, 2 teaspoons oatmeal

Chamomile: 1/4 teaspoon chamomile tea


  • Glycerin
  • Honey
  • Ginger
  • Cinnamon
  • Ground clove
  • Oatmeal
  • Chamomile tea
  • Yogurt cups, 1 1/4 inches deep, or cottage cheese containers


  1. Step 1

    Use common household items for your molds. We filled round yogurt cups 1-inch deep; oval yogurt or cottage-cheese containers create other shapes.

  2. Step 2

    After each soap has set, press on sides of mold to loosen the soap and on bottom to release it.



Reviews (13)

  • Mary NC 11 Apr, 2013

    Hello, I made the soap and it turned out really pretty and i just want to eat it. I have a question, I tested out the soap and it leaves my skin dry, is there any kind of oil you would recommend to be added?

  • naturalsoap 27 Jan, 2013

    I'm the Old Fashioned Style I like the wood box
    I have use for many and many years

  • yamaribbon 26 Dec, 2012

    Hey. I found that you decorate your gift with Grosgrain Ribbon and Satin Ribbon . It's reall a good idea and it makes the gifts much more pretty.

  • sahara_0000 1 Dec, 2012

    craftymom9 ... I would try a place like Bed Bath and Beyond. I have seen seen small shallow kitchen drawer organizers ( that are individually sold) that look a lot like what was used in the photos above. You could also use a flat marble soap dish or even pretty tiles. :)

  • sahara_0000 1 Dec, 2012

    Lesuko ... You can buy Honey melt and pour base. It will harden perfectly. I buy this from Bramble Berry when I make melt and pour. They have olive oil base, goats milk base (which is the most mild) and many others. Have fun. :)

  • sahara_0000 1 Dec, 2012

    Snkdmk0619 ... I have been a soaper for MANY years now. You can only use hard glycerin (otherwise known as melt and pour) base. Liquid glycerin will not harden. You can buy the base at Michaels or a co. which I prefer called Bramble Berry. They sell different types of melt and pour base as well as everything else. scents additives etc. They also have tutorials and step by step videos. Just look for the soap queen on their site or look for it on YouTube.

  • Snkdmk0619 14 Nov, 2012

    Are you supposed to use liquid glycerine or hard glycerine for the diy hand soaps?

  • Lesuko 14 Dec, 2011

    I can only find liquid glycerine. Does anyone know if this will work? How will it harden? Also, I was at the apothecary and they said they wouldn't mix honey or add any liquid to a soap base since it may not solidify. So, I'm confused with this recipe. Thanks

  • craftymom9 18 Nov, 2011

    Does anyone know where I can find similar wooden boxes like the picture shows? Thanks

  • pbhp 10 Apr, 2011

    This was great and so easy to do. I used an olive oil glycerin base with the suggested additives. Turned out really well.

  • mareesha 7 Mar, 2011

    This was such a budget-friendly and fun craft! I started out making really small batches of several scents and they all turned out amazing! I did all the varieties Marth recommends plus vanilla and peppermint. I wrapped mine in pretty scrapbooking paper and tied them with raffia. I already have plans to send these little beauties to my mom, mother-in-law and best friend!

  • soapgal 2 Mar, 2011

    I remember seeing this article in one of Martha's magazines years ago. It sent me down a path of making homemade bath and body products. This is a great hobby to have with your older, teenage children. My daughter was in high school when I started making soap and it gave us such wonderful quality time together. She is 25 and we still find time every once in a while to make our own products.

  • Jewel 6 Dec, 2010

    Such a fun and customizable gift! All I needed to buy was the soap base. Everything else was at home. The oatmeal makes it so pretty. I used quick cooking steel cut oats for texture, plus some ground oats. I topped those soaps with a mini cutout of a leaf, and used pumpkin pie spices for those.