Make Your Own Soap Without Lye (well, you’ll see what I mean)

Want to make soap but you're worried about caustic lye? Here's How to Make Soap - without lye! This Easy Homemade Soap Recipe is great for making your own homemade soap or for easy homemade gifts.

I get such satisfaction from making natural personal care products from scratch like my Nourishing Sugar Scrub, Healthy Lip Scrub, Homemade Foaming Soap, and Citrus Body Wash, but I have always been afraid of making Homemade Soap.  Now, thanks to Andrea of It Takes Time , we can all learn how to make soap — without lye!

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Also known as melt and pour soap, this method allows you to forgo the hazards of working with caustic lye, while enjoying the creativity of soap making.  The reason being?  Well, this is why the title of the post includes “you’ll see what I mean.”  The lye work has been done for you already in making the melt and pour.

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Want to make soap but you're worried about caustic lye? Here's How to Make Soap - without lye! This Easy Homemade Soap Recipe is great for making your own homemade soap or for easy homemade gifts.

Again, the mold used in the above photo is this one.

Homemade soap - without lye!

7.  Allow soap to dry for several days or more. The more liquid you use the longer it will take to cure.

8.  Once you begin using your soap, be sure to dry it thoroughly between uses to extend its life.

That’s it!  Easy as–well, melting and pouring.

These would make a fabulous gift for almost any occasion.

Note that the top photo in the post is from Andrea’s store at Just So.  Aren’t they just gorgeous?

Have you made soap using the melt and pour method?

What herbal combinations would you like to try?

Andrea Fabry - A woman dedicated to detoxifying her family for health's sake.Andrea is a former journalist and the mother of nine children ranging in age from 28 to 12. Following a toxic mold exposure, Andrea and her family discovered the wonders of natural living. Andrea is the founder and president of momsAWARE, an educational organization designed to empower others to live healthy in a toxic world. You can follow her family’s journey at It Takes Time. She is also the owner of Just SoNatural Products.

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  1. I don’t understand how you call this melt and pour soap homemade. That is like buying a pie crust and pre made filling and saying its a homemade pie. There is a huge difference between melt and pour soap purchased at a store and hot/cold process soaps made from scratch.

    • Hi Candace. I’m sorry you feel this way — I tried to make it clear in the title of the post “you’ll see what I mean” that it wasn’t really homemade. Of course there’s a huge difference, but you can see from the comments that there are many people who are happy to have something that they can make without it being a bigger job. Thanks for commenting :).

  2. Do you think this method would work if i use breast milk as the liquid? Thanks!

    • I don’t see why not. I would be careful about sterility issues, however, as with any ingredient. Is there a reason you want to do this?

      • I just have some frozen breast milk that are not suitable for drinking anymore as its over 3 mths old. So, was thinking of turning them into breast milk soap for my lil boy to shower in. Just tot the milk is so full of nutrients so why not, The method calls for it to be boil along with the shaved soap therefore it would be sort of sterilised in a way i guess?

  3. Can I use gumamela in this kind of soap making ?

  4. This is me probably just being dense but I found a neat recipe for making soap and they said “white soap base” but I thought that just meant white soap so I bought a bunch of bars of Ivory. Would ivory soap work with your method or am I just stuck using that as my own soap and need to go out and find actual soap base and just try the recipe I found. I’ve never done anything with soap before so would love any tips/pointers :) thanks

    ps awesome blog!

    • Hmmmmm….I think it would work. But depends how much of the flowers, etc. that will show since it’s probably more opaque. Might be OK though. Thanks for the kind words!

  5. Melt and pour is soap molding. Not soap making. You are once again most likely putting things on your skin found in commercial soaps. Using lye is not as scary as people had me believing. Be careful. Follow instructions. Try it once and you will see, there is no need to resort to melt and pours.

  6. I guess I understand why some of you are upset with the title of this recipe. I however don’t feel some of them are called for! Some are down right snide! I understood from the moment I read it, that it was mixing, molding and shaping. I would think that everyone would have! It is pretty straight forward!

  7. i really would like to learn how to make soaps .

  8. This isn’t homemade soap. This is an arts and craft project. Please make sure that the title reflects content — otherwise, it is misleading and can waste people’s time. I am looking for a simple homemade soap recipe. This isn’t one.

    • Hello Kati. Thanks for commenting. I put the “you’ll see what I mean” in the title of the post so that people would know that there was something unusual coming. I didn’t think I was misleading anyone – did you miss that in the title, perhaps? Thanks.

      As for the wasting of time, of course anyone can click on a link and find that the information that they were hoping was there isn’t. I have that happen to me all the time. I didn’t at all mean to do that with this post. Hope that clarifies.

  9. That’s a great way to make soap ! I have done the melt and pour kind but you are limited to the premade selections. I also have a friend who makes soap from lye. It is much more time consuming and you have a lot more measuring and steps and curing. So this sounds like a best of both worlds. You can use a natural premade soap and give it your own special touch ! Thanks for the post.

  10. I really like this recipe, however I’m finding it difficult to find soap mold without palm oil and are 100% vegetable derived, also, when you put the essential oils in the soap can you also add other oils such as hemp oil or cocount oil?

  11. Hai, The making of this soap is good but i want to know how it would be chemical free when using a commercial soap (grated) in it.

    • Hi there. The author didn’t say it would be chemical free, and really even water is a chemical, but if you are looking for something non toxic, perhaps search “organic” soap base. I just added a link to natural soap bases in the post. Hope that helps!

  12. I have looked at a couple posts on your site and I love it!!! You are very informative and honest. I love this post, it’s a great way to get the kids involved without them coming near the lye. Your essential oils post was great as well. Thanks for the fun, kid friendly idea!

  13. Thank you for this. I am going to be making soap with my 3 little granddaughters and I did not want to use lye because of the dangerous possibilities. This will be fun for them and they will have something to show for their efforts.

  14. about a month I ordered 4 special offer miracle essential oil. I was wondered how long it will take before you before you will ship my order. I enjoy your newsletters very much. Inge may

    • Hi Inge – I’m sorry but I don’t know what you are talking about. I don’t ship oils and I don’t know what Miracle Essential Oil is. Can you clarify please? Thank you!

  15. Thank for your recipe, I will try to do it today. Just a question, why the use of lye is so common? What is the purpose of it? I am glad with this recipe that I can make without so much risk :)

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