Make Your Own Soap With This Homemade Recipe

DIY guru Anne-Marie Faiola shared this recipe for making soap. Best part? It's surprisingly simple.

Make Your Own Soap With This Homemade Recipe
(Source: Anne-Marie Faiola)

We're convinced one of life's greatest pleasures is decorative soaps. If you agree with our love of freshly scented soap in colorful hues, listen up. DIY guru and founder of Handmade Beauty Box, a DIY subscription service that delivers beauty and spa projects monthly to your door, Anne-Marie Faiola, shared with us her 30-Minute Melt-And-Pour Loofah Soap recipe. Warning, this DIY is a bit of work, so be sure to allot the proper amount of time and use the suggested ingredients to get the best results!


Two pounds clear melt-and-pour soap base

One dropper

One spray bottle (for rubbing alcohol)

Two heat-safe containers

Two spoons


Paper towels

Rubbing alcohol

Eight soap molds with lids

One ounce sunny herb garden fragrance oil

Electric Bubble Gum color block

One Tangerine Wow color block

One loofah 


Loofah Prep: Cut the dry loofah sponge into eight even pieces by cutting once vertically then cutting each half into four pieces. Next, add the loofah sponge pieces to water to reconstitute and remove seeds as needed—this is a natural vegetable product so you may have seeds. Towel-dry each loofah piece to remove excess water. Set aside.

Make Your Own Soap With This Homemade Recipe
(Source: Anne-Marie Faiola)

Rubbing Alcohol Prep: Add rubbing alcohol to the two oz spray bottle. Spritzing the melted soap with rubbing alcohol eliminates air bubbles.

1. Cut the soap base into one-inch cubes and divide equally into two microwave-safe glass containers.

2. Melt the first container of soap in the microwave on 30 second bursts, stirring in between bursts with a spoon, until the soap is fully melted.

3. Slice off a sliver of the Tangerine Wow color block and mix a small amount into the first container of melted soap until you achieve a bright orange hue. What you see is what you get with these colorants so feel free to add more if you want a brighter color.

Make Your Own Soap With This Homemade Recipe
(Source: Anne-Marie Faiola)

4. Add four droppers full of fragrance oil to the melted orange soap base and stir until the fragrance oil is fully distributed—about 12 ml.

5. Repeat steps 2, 3, and 4 using the Electric Bubble Gum color block and your second container of soap.

6. Place one loofah sponge in each rectangle mold. It’s ok if the loofah sponges are still a little damp. Trim the sponges if needed. Ideally, we want both containers of soap around the same temperature when we pour. If you have a thermometer, the magic temperature is about 130° Fahrenheit. If you don’t have a thermometer, no problem. Let thesoap cool down until it gets a little bit thicker and starts to form a “skin” on top of the soap. The soap should not be hot. If the soap cooled down too much, just pop it back in the microwave on 30 second bursts. Heat as needed.

Make Your Own Soap With This Homemade Recipe
(Source: Anne-Marie Faiola)

7. The color fusion technique is about the “pour.” Pour the pink soap into four molds only filling up the molds half way. Next, pour the orange soap on top of the pink soap to fill the mold all the way to the top. Repeat this step for the remaining four soap molds pouring the orange soap first and the pink soap second. Spritz all of the soaps with rubbing alcohol to eliminate bubbles.

8. Let the soap harden for 12–24 hours before unmolding. The soap is ready to use right away or decorate and give away as gifts. 

Learn more about Handmade Beauty Box and get crafting, here.

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