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

Want to make soap but you're worried about having to handle caustic lye? Here's How to Make Soap - without having to handle 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!

The Story of My Desire to Make Soap……

For years, I have wanted to make my own soap.  And yet, I have never done it.

I’ve oogled over the craftiness of others and felt that somehow I was deficient in my thriftiness, my craftiness, my domesticality…simply because I have never made soap. 

One of my clearest memories is of a friend back in the Chicago area who made HUGE batches of olive oil soap.  This friend had enough money to buy whatever soap she wanted, but she just LOVED making soap and her soap was just gorgeous.  

I first tried this lovely soap when I was pregnant with my first child, so basically I wrote off making it because I knew that it would necessitate my working with lye in a kitchen where I would have to time things so I didn’t have a busy and inquisitive infant or toddler underfoot.  Let alone the fact that during nap time I would often be napping myself!

So I basically gave up all dreams of soap-making, and they never really came to be.

I even, at a second hand store, bought the very book that my friend’s soap recipe came from, and I STILL haven’t made soap.

So when Andrea approached me about sharing a recipe for melt and pour soap that was easily made into “homemade soap” style, I was thrilled.

I assumed that many other busy moms out there would love the chance to be crafty without being around something caustic that might be a problem for their children’s safety.

So here you go — “sort of ” Homemade Soap :).

Update 4/16: Please note – I have gotten a lot of comments from angry readers insinuating that I made this post in a deceptive manner.  I wrote the title as I did so that it wouldn’t seem to be something that it wasn’t so please take that into consideration before making any more accusations.  Thank you!

Now – to Andrea……

Would you like to create an all natural product, free of harsh chemicals, that radiates your personality and taste? Consider hand-milled soap!

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 having to handle caustic lye? Here's How to Make Soap - without having to handle 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.

These comments do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Whole New Mom, LLC.

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  1. Cindy Sandberg says:

    I really do not understand the superior and condescending attitudes of the ” it’s not REALLY soap making ” crowd. I think everyone understands that this is a shortcut method of achieving a CUSTOMIZED batch of soap without really “making” soap from scratch. What’s the big deal? I for one, am happy to have the option of combining a natural soap base-yes there are plenty out there that are organic/ natural/no icky stuff- with other natural ingredients that are good for my skin needs and scented naturally with scents that I enjoy! I see no reason to act all judgy toward someone who is happy to do that, or the person sharing with others how to do that. I make my own pie crust… If someone else wants to buy the refrigerated kind, I COULDNT CARE LESS…. nor am I offended or threatened in any way if they happen to say they “made” the pie! Thanks for a good starter recipe! Going to go “make” some citrus/ coconut milk soap now:)

    • Thanks so much, Cindy :). I was a little shocked too, particularly since I gave a hint in the title that it wasn’t really making soap. Thanks and I would love to try your soap!

      • Cindy Sandberg says:

        Well, it’s done and it smells amazing! Started with organic castille soap base, added coconut milk as the liquid, some pink sea salt and used lemon, orange, grapefruit and clary-sage essential oils. Can’t wait to use it!

    • Amanda Murray says:

      Totally agree with Cindy. This is great. Having a lot oc young children around crying, laughing, running etc. I want something like this to let them make a mess and be totally fine getting it all over thier bodies. (We should ake it near the pool or at the beach) lol I too will start with Casitle Soap as it is the cheapest and easiet for me to find. Thank you o much for this!!!!!!! I cannot wait to get messy and creative. LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous says:

      “Update 4/16: Please note – I have gotten a lot of comments from angry readers insinuating that I made this post in a deceptive manner. I wrote the title as I did so that it wouldn’t seem to be something that it wasn’t so please take that into consideration before making any more accusations. Thank you!”
      Hope you see this

  2. Cas Smith says:

    Can a person use castile bar soap as the “base soap”?? Thank you!!

    • I think it should work – hope it goes well!

    • Kaliha E Brooks says:

      Yes you can. I have done that. The amount of lather depends on the amount of castile soap you use. I used a cheese grader, my soap was more of a cream though. My mother loved it; add sugar ir Epsom salt for exfoliating affect.

  3. hello, I have a question, doesn’t the “natural soap base” have Lye in it?…if so, then is it really “making soap without lye? Just because you didn’t place lye in it yourself doesn’t mean it is “without lye”
    “Ingredients:
    Common Name: Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Safflower Oil, Glycerin (kosher, of vegetable origin), Aqua/Water/Eau, Sodium Hydroxide (saponifying agent), Sorbitol (moisturizer), Sorbitan oleate (emulsifier), Oat protein (conditioner), Titanium Dioxide
    Botanical Name: Cocos Nucifera Oil, Elaeis Guineensis Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius Oil, Glycerin, Aqua/Water/Eau, Sodium Hydroxide, Sorbitol, Sobitan Oleate, Avena Sativa Protein Extract, Titanium Dioxide” is the ingredients from the company Brambleberry you listed. “Sodium Hydroxide”, or “Sodium Hydroxide (saponifying agent)” is lye, is it not? I am not trying to be mean, it is just I am just very tired of people not being truthful

    • Hello there. We wrote the title the way we did to make that point – that the soap base used lye, but you didn’t have to use it to make the product in your home. So we weren’t being misleading at all. Hope that helps. It’s an easy way to do a crafty project w/ soap without having to use lye.

      • Colette says:

        I think that the title is a great idea, especially as there’s not any soap making classes in my area. I desire to make my own soap for shampoo bar (still not sure what to do to achieve that), however I like the castile soap recipe and think it “might” be a good start. I’m so sick and tired of chemicals that I cannot recognize or read names of on commercial products.
        Thank you so much.

  4. Hello! I saw people here being upset, also I got your point. Maybe you were not bad intentionaly, but maybe the title should be something like: ”How to make your own soap without working with lye yourslef…” (something like that….) (otherwise people misunderstand and they get upset because they have different expectations…) Other than that, the recipe is good and easy to use! I make my own soap with lye, but I think this is also a good way to fix some failed soaps 🙂

    • Thanks, Angela. I think maybe it’s the folks coming from Pinterest. I’m working on redoing all kinds of images and haven’t gotten to all of them :). Great idea on the failed soaps.

  5. Barbara says:

    Thank you so much for this great and very helpful article. I did not want to have to handle lye around my little ones.The perfect step by step tutorial. Thanks again!

  6. Christie says:

    I was so excited to stumble across this recipe online. I have a very small space to work with and multiple ingredients is not ideal! Getting a recipe like this for homemade or semi homemade soap, that can save both time and money for a full time working mom who is health contentious and trying to pinch pennies is both ideal and greatly appreciated 🙂 Thank you

  7. Do you think Fractionated coconut oil could be used as the liquid or even melted normal coconut oil? I already buy bars of natural soap to make my washing powder, but didn’t think of using it to make my own soaps.

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