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Easy Goats Milk Soap Gift Baskets – Thrill Your Family & Friends

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What says I’m thinking of you more than a homemade gift?

This year make homemade goats milk soap gift baskets. Use HartNana’s Goat’s Milk Soap Recipe – so easy and so forgiving that even a novice can have terrific results. Of course HartNana will be there with you to help you out if you have problems or questions.

You can make goats milk soap gift baskets. Here is one gift basket I made a while back for the holiday and/or a baby shower gift. All you need to find is a basket, some “extra” goodies, some homemade soap, and a little creativity.

If you are wanting to give homemade soap as a Christmas gift now is the time to be making it. This recipe only needs about three weeks to cure.

We also have a super simple recipe for Goat’s Milk Lotion – Make it the same day you plan to ship it, as there is no lead time necessary (that’s a plus for last minute gifts right?)

Make Goats Milk Soap For Gifts – Putting It All Together

You can always make the lotion and put it in a cute container and don’t forget to use your imagination for wrapping your soap! Gift baskets are popular and easy to put together too.

All it takes is a basket, some cellophane wrap (you can get at the dollar store), some tissue paper, your soap, a container of lotion, and maybe a loofah sponge, a candle and a relaxing CD. Put it all in your basket after arranging the tissue paper, then wrap the whole thing in cellophane wrap and add a big bow.

Here is a video to give  you an idea about how to put it all together.

There you go super simple, super personal and quite frankly – lots of fun!!




Goat Milk Soap Gift Baskets For Extra Holiday Cash

The gift basket featured above I made for a craft fair. In fact I made a bunch of them. You can do it too! Find interesting baskets (or dig through your stores), add your homemade soap – because truly that is the gift – then add a few odds n ends. Coffee, wine, candles, chocolate, tea, cookies all make great additions. And don’t forget the huge bow.

Here are Some From Amazon to Give You Ideas:

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Homemade Shaving Soap Recipe – Round Up For Wet Or Dry Shave

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The first homemade shaving soap recipe features the traditional soap in a container with a brush applicator. This recipes comes from the soap queen

She explains how to make this homemade shaving soap recipe in this video. You might want to try our easy and forgiving soap recipe first before attempting this one.

What You’ll Need:
four 8 oz wide mouth containers
2.3 oz. Avocado Butter
3.5 oz. Castor Oil
1.2 oz. Cocoa Butter
4.6 oz. Coconut Oil
4.6 oz. Palm Oil
6.9 oz. Rice Bran Oil
3.2 oz. Sodium Hydroxide Lye
6.5 oz. Distilled Water (15% water discount)
1 tsp. Sodium Lactate
0.4 oz. Spearmint Essential Oil
0.6 oz. Patchouli Essential Oil
1 Tbs. Bentonite Clay
Optional: Shaving Brush

homemade shaving soap recipe that makes a good lathering soap and allows the blade to glide over your skin.

To get the Old Spice scent use equal parts sandalwood and allspice essential oils instead of the spearmint and patchouli essential oils.

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Homemade Shaving Soap Recipe That Works Best Wet

Only three ingredients are used to create this luxurious homemade shaving cream that Melody Joy shared over on  her blog

Only 2 ingredients plus water to make this super luxurious homemade shaving cream recipe.

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1 cup Dr. Bronner’s almond liquid castile soap (or your choice, but almond is fab)!
1 1/2 cups water
3/4 cup baking soda

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Stick blender
Stock pot (8 quart or larger)
Rubber spatula
Slotted spoon
Small mixing bowl
Pint size jar (wide mouth)

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STEP 1: Combine all ingredients in the stock pot and cook. Heat over medium-high, stirring slowly and consistently until a plume of foam reaches to just below the rim of the pot. (Watch carefully! This only takes a couple minutes). Turn off heat and remove the pot to an empty sink (in case it foams over, which I’ve had happen and it’s rather a mess).

STEP 2: Allow the mixture to cool for about 4 hours. As it cools, the plume of foam will shrink down to a sticky thick crust with a shallow watery substance separated and hanging out at the bottom of the pot.

STEP 3:Scoop the solids into a bowl. Using a slotted spoon, collect the sticky mass of solids into the small mixing bowl. Discard the leftover watery substance that remains. (This substance has lost it’s poop and it isn’t good for much. I tried using it on dishes and the result were sad. Somehow, all the soapiness and lathering action is captured in the thick paste, so what’s left is anti-climatic).

STEP 4: Whip it. Place about half of the cooled mixture into a wide-mouthed pint-size jar. Using the stick blender, whip the mix, moving the mixer up and down until you have a thick, rich cream that looks like something you’d glob onto a dessert. I like to use the stick blender and pint jar this way, because it just seems to work best for creating the right texture (very much like traditional shaving cream). The stick blender also makes for easy clean up.

STEP 5: Store and enjoy. Store your shaving cream in a separate pint-size jar, or the same one you used for mixing. You can keep your jar of shaving soap in your shower, but keep it sealed when not in use so it doesn’t dry out. It’s best used within two weeks, but it will last much longer. Over time, it may settle and become a bit stiffer than at first. You can try swiftly stirring it up with just a finger (you may be amazed at how well this creams it up again). Or you could simply give it another whiz with the stick blender to make it good as new.


4 Ingredient DIY Homemade Shaving Cream Recipe

Rachel Hollis offers this easy to make homemade shaving cream recipe as a fast last minute DIY father’s day gift idea. Personally I think this works great for any occasion – maybe even mother’s day?


4 ingredients to make a luxurious homemade shaving cream recipe.



1 cup Shea Butter

1/2 cup Coconut Oil

1/2 teaspoon Jojoba Oil

25 drops of Bergamot Essential Oil

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First, soften Shea Butter (it is very hard in natural form)

Add Shea Butter and Coconut Oil to large mixing bowl.

Add Jojoba and Bergamont oils to bowl.

Using a hand mixer, mix all ingredients for 10 minutes. (This will create a light, whipped texture).

Store in an air tight container.

Brandee’s Chic Tip: The key to getting a light, whipped texture is by letting the Shea soften. You can also whip Shea butter with a hand mixer in it’s natural form, but it will result in a thicker, creamier texture that is a little harder to spread evenly over skin.

Three Homemade Shaving Soap Recipes

These three recipes should offer  at least one alternative to enjoying a natural shaving experience. These work perfectly well for men and women. They also make perfect gifts or additions to a gift basket.

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Lose the Bottle – 5 All Natural Shampoo And Conditioner Ideas

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Over the years we have become so conditioned to purchasing our shampoo and conditioner at the local grocery story that we have forgotten the time honored, all  natural shampoo and conditioner ideas that our grandmothers used to use.  There are some things we need to talk about before diving in.  Since we have been using shampoo for years our hair and scalp have become accustomed to producing a certain amount of oil to combat the stripping action the chemicals in shampoo cause.  Therefore the more frequently you apply shampoo to your hair the faster it will get oily.  Weaning off of shampoo will take some time for your hair to adjust.

Finding All Natural Shampoo

You should find that by using more natural shampoo and conditioner ideas over time your hair won’t be oily as fast. Did you ever wonder what people did in the old days? Remember all those  young gals with long, long hair? Do you remember the 100 strokes before bed? Women and girls worn their hair up to minimize the amount of dirt that accumulated in it. They also didn’t wash their hair very often. Many of these old ways had a function. Now we are just encouraged to use, use, use, with little thought to what all of the packaging is doing to the environment or what the products are doing to us.

My own hair is fairly long. I wash it once a week. The rest of the time I wear it in a braid and brush it once a day to distribute the oil to the ends where it can benefit the most.  My hair is healthy and even though I am in my fifties my hair still grows almost four inches a year.

All Natural Shampoo and Conditioner Ideas:

  • You can use regular homemade soap if you want some lather. Goats milk soap will clean the oils and dirt from your hair and nourish the skin on your scalp.
  • Baking soda rinse instead of soap or shampoo. One tablespoon in an old squirt bottle filled with water. Rinse  your hair with water, then apply the baking soda mixture at the base. Massage it into your scalp and it will rinse through the rest of your hair. Follow that with a vinegar rinse to neutralize the backing soda. One tablespoon of vinegar to a squirt bottle of water. The vinegar will also cut any dandruff issues you may be suffering from.
  • Eggs – crack the eggs into a plastic cup and mix.  Once you are done with your “washing” apply the eggs while you finish bathing. Rinse thoroughly.
  • Mayonnaise – Apply as a conditioner while you wash, rinse out.
  • Olive Oil treatment – Once  you have “washed” your hair, apply very warm olive oil to it, then wrap your hair in a towel (right out of the dryer is best) Let your hair soak for ten to twenty minutes. Wash out the olive oil with hot water, baking soda and then the vinegar rinse.

Try these alternatives when it comes to all natural shampoo and conditioner  for a couple months and you will notice how wonderful your hair is and how much more time you have now that you aren’t spending so much of it messing with your hair.

Make Your Own All Natural Shampoo

½ сuр distilled wаtеr
¼ сuр liquid саѕtіlе soap
2 tsp аvосаdо oil
1/8 tsp рерреrmіnt essential оіl
1/8 tѕр tea tree еѕѕеntіаl oil
1 tsp vеgеtаblе glусеrіn  – this is optional but will add “body” to your shampoo
10 – 15 drops of еѕѕеntіаl оіlѕ – nothing like making your hair smell nice and nourishing it right?

Put the аbоvе іngrеdіеntѕ in a squeeze or pump bottle.  Shаkе wеll bеfоrе еасh uѕе. Pоur a lіttlе over уоur hеаd. Lather gооd. Gеntlу massage in thе ѕсаlр fоr a mіnutе or twо. Rinse соmрlеtеlу.

Find What You Need To Make All Natural Shampoo and Conditioner Here:



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Soap Molds – Which One Is For You?

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When it comes to making homemade soap, once you get past the actually making the soap phase, you need to have a soap mold to pour your lovely creation into.  The sky is the limit when it come to molding your soap, you just need to follow a few simple rules. NEVER USE ALUMINUM. Okay that was pretty loud. Also, Pringles chip cans don’t work so well either. I know, I’ve tried.

Methods of Making Your Own Soap Molds:


Soap Mold Made Out Of PVC


soap moldsYes, you can use PVC pipe to make a soap mold.  They make beautiful circular soaps. First you go and purchase the diameter pipe that makes the diameter of the soaps you intend for your finished product. Look at the hole in the center, not the measurement of the pipe.  You will need about a one foot section per mold. Slice the pipe length wise in half, all the way through so you end up with two troughs.

Then you need to purchase end caps and rubber bands (strong rubber bands). Velcro strips might work too. The object is to fashion the two pieces of PVC together with one end cap on it, pour your soap into the mold, put the other cap on, let rest standing up, then when you are ready to un-mold the soap, you simple undo the rubber bands pull on side off, dump the other side out and slice.

Another method for this is to push the soap out once it has hardened. You can avoid the need to cut the soap mold first.


Here is the PVC pipe soap mold concept with cardboard mailer tubes:

For you wood soap mold fans here are a couple videos on how to make a wood soap mold. In the last video he gives a list of the supplies you need to build this soap mold. Keith also has a nifty little twist he adds at the end so be sure to watch these videos!

Cool Soap Mold Idea!!!

In my wanderings I discovered using a loofa scrubber incorporated into a soap mold! You end up with a loofa/soap bar. How cool would this be to add to a spa basket gift? Or even to box up nicely for holiday giving?

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Loofa Soap Mold Ideas:

This is easy to do with this sort of mold. The method I would employ:

  1. Cut your loofa pieces into 1/2 inch sections.
  2. Pour in a small amount of soap at the bottom of the mold.
  3. Press your loofa piece into the soap.
  4. Fill the rest of the soap mold with soap.

For this type of mold – which I think could be super cute I would follow these directions:

  1. Cut your loofa pieces into 1/2 inch sections.
  2. Fill the mold most of the way up with soap.
  3. Press your loofa piece into the soap trying not to let it over flow the mold. (It is okay if the loofa piece is raised above the soap mold.)


And finally:

There is always the stand by cardboard box with wax paper that I talk about frequently, just line them with wax paper and you’re good to go. Catch up with us over on facebook and let us know what you use for soap molds, how your soap making adventures are going and help when things go array.

Here are a few items available through Amazon that you might find helpful for soap molds or just making soap in general.



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Lavender Essential Oil Aromatherapy Relaxation In The Air

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Lаvеndеr Essential Oil Aromatherapy: Lurе Of A Lusty Life

Using оf lavender essential oil aromatherapy іѕ іnеvіtаblе. Vаrіоuѕ essential оіlѕ соntrіbutе their ѕіgnіfісаnсе in аrоmаthеrару. Onе аmоng ѕuсh oils іѕ lаvеndеr оіl.

Lаvеndеr essential оіl is еxtrасtеd from lаvеndеr trее аlѕо knоwn as Lаvеndulа officinalis. During extraction оf this oil, a delicate рrосеѕѕ іѕ fоllоwеd, whеrе generally wаtеr оr ѕtеаm is uѕеd. Thе оіl, dіѕtіllеd from lavender tree соntаіnѕ the pure ѕсеnt оf the trее іtѕеlf. Lаvеndеr оіl lооkѕ сlеаr wіth a bіt tоuсh оf уеllоw. This оіl іѕ nоt ѕо оіlу. Hеnсе, in аrоmаthеrару, this оіl іѕ соnѕіdеrеd аѕ one аmоng thе thinnest essential oils.

Lavender Essential oil extraordinaire! The go to solution to almost any health problem (at least around our house)

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Thе оdоr оf lavender essential oil іѕ mеdіum and соnѕіdеrеd as оnе оf mоѕt relaxing smell. Nоrmаllу, this аrоmа is neither so strong nor so lіght. Inѕtеаd the smell іѕ sweet. In аrоmаthеrару, while dіlutіng lаvеndеr оіl, mаіnlу ѕwееt almond oil, арrісоt kernel оіl or grape ѕееd оіl іѕ used аѕ саrrіеr oils.

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lavender essential oil aromatherapy is used for trеаtіng vаrіоuѕ diseases. Massaging with mіnglеd lаvеndеr оіl can brіng the еffесt of rеlаxаtіоn аnd саlmnеѕѕ. In аrоmаthеrару, mаnу ѕkіn рrоblеmѕ, like, асnе, аllеrgіеѕ, oily ѕkіn, ѕсаr ѕkіn, ѕtrеtсh marks еtс can be trеаtеd wіth lаvеndеr оіl. Hоt bаth with a fеw drорѕ оf the оіl will аѕѕurе you about relieving аnxіеtу. Whereas, a cool bаth with this oil wіll brіng a feeling оf rеfrеѕh. Lavender oil can асt аѕ facial and ѕkіn оіl ѕuреrlаtіvеlу for hеаlіng vаrіоuѕ skin problems.

Mаѕѕаgіng wіth this oil wоrkѕ еffесtіvеlу in саѕе оf hеаdасhе. On thе оthеr hаnd, іn healing оf hypertension, sunburn раіn, insects’ or mоѕԛuіtоеѕ’ bite, bruises, mіnоr-burn, blisters, athlete’s fооt, rеduсе lаbоr pain, lavender oil works well іndееd.

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Lаvеndеr оіl can bе kерt іn Fіrѕt Aіd bоx. Wіth thіѕ oil, mіnоr іnjurіеѕ, lіkе burns, сut еtс саn bе healed. Mаnу a tіmе, lаvеndеr оіl is uѕеd іn trеаtmеnt оf various nervous рrоblеmѕ, such as, іnѕоmnіа, mіgrаіnе, nеrvоuѕ tension, ѕtrеѕѕ, PMS, rеѕtlеѕѕnеѕѕ etc. In such саѕеѕ, іn aromatherapy, раtіеntѕ are rесоmmеndеd ѕіmрlу to іnhаlе the frаgrаnсе that еffесtѕ оn thе сеntrаl nеrvоuѕ ѕуѕtеm роѕіtіvеlу. Respiratory problems lіkе, asthma, brоnсhіtіѕ, halitosis, thrоаt infection, whооріng cough саn bе solved wіth lavender oil аѕ well.

Be Sure To Dilute Your Essential Oil With A Carrier Oil

But always keep in уоur mіnd tо dilute it with some саrrіеr oil before uѕіng. Alѕо make ѕurе thаt there іѕ nо allergic rеасtіоn оn the ѕkіn. At thе ѕаmе time, іt is also rесоmmеndеd tо bе careful durіng the рurсhаѕе оf lаvеndеr оіl.

Dо you wаnt to kеер yourself hеаlthу аnd bеіng wеll? Usage оf lаvеndеr essential oil aromatherapy will bе thе right орtіоn for уоu. Wіth еnоrmоuѕ advantages, thіѕ оіl has bесоmе аn important component оf aromatherapy.

lavender essential oil aromatherapy is relaxation in the air for sure, it is easy to disburse with these inexpensive aromatherapy difusers. So instead of using store bought, how knows what’s in them scents to freshen up your house, why not be adding the relaxing scent of lavender to mellow out a rambunctious area of your home?



Lavender essential oil is a great addition to goats milk soap. It blends in easily especially when  you are making a homemade soap recipe like Hartnana’s super simple goats milk soap recipe.


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Making Goats Milk Soap For The First Time


Memories of “you’re gonna shoot your eye out” come to mind when I think about making goats milk soap for the first time. Or really making any homemade soap.  I knew almost twenty years ago now that I wanted to make homemade soap. It was while standing in “Summers Past“.  A wonderful little garden shop on the outskirts of San Diego that I made the decision that I really wanted to live a country life. Making soap, baking bread, playing in the garden and canning my produce was the life I wanted.

My last trip to San Diego,  my daughter, grand children and I went back to Summers Past for a Fairy Festival.


Such a wonderful, magical place. Being there brought back the memories of the stirring to live a more simple life.

Making goats milk soap for the first time

That first Christmas after telling my husband that I wanted to make my own soap; he bought me a big stainless steel stock pot.   Now I would have something to make the soap in. That was all I really knew that I needed. A big pot and something about using a paint paddle to stir the ingredients. In my mind I was going to be making vats of soap. (I laugh when I think back on how the process appeared to me at the time.)

My grandmother (who was an immigrant from Czechoslovakia, and whom my mother swears was a gypsy) used to make lye soap for washing clothes.  I am pretty sure she made it by running water through ash and then adding fat she rendered from the meat she cooked. My mother tells stories about the big vat my grandmother used in the yard to make the soap. We were never to touch “grandma’s lye soap” for fear (mostly on my mom’s part) that we would get burned by the lye.

I tell you this story so that you will understand, that my fear of lye and working with lye stemmed from hearing this story as a young girl. So that pot sat for many years before I actually worked up the nerve to buy some lye to make soap.  First I fiddled around with melt and pour soap. Also melting down bars of soap that were scraps and reforming them.

Making Goats Milk Soap – Just Go For It!

Then one day several years ago I decided that I was “going for it”. Armed with safety goggles, rubber gloves and stern warnings to the children and pets that no one, and I meant no one, was to come anywhere near the kitchen while I was working.  Carefully, I laid out newspaper every where, got all of my supplies out. I was ready!

I measured every ingredient exactly. Mixed everything together the way the instructions called for. And except for the fact that I did not have a stick blender while using a recipe that was heavy on the olive oil my first adventure went alright. I did have to stir my soap for five or six HOURS to get it to trace. So, when I suggest to people to get a stick blender if they are going to make soap, it is with that experience in mind that I recommend them.  A good friend of mine uses an old plastic bucket and a paint paddle hooked to his drill to make soap.

Making Goats Milk Soap From Start To Finish

The time it takes me to make homemade goats milk soap has gone down considerably. I can usually make two batches from start to finish including clean up in an hour and a half. Though I am still respectful of lye, I have discovered that keeping vinegar on hand will neutralize any mishap.  Always mix your lye into your liquid and then the liquid/lye into the oils, so it is not necessary to be fearful of it.

Making homemade soap and cooking — just different forms of the same thing. Once you get the hang of the basics, the sky is the limit when it comes to expressing creativity.  It is my hope that you will enjoy your soap making adventures too.  Feel free to leave comments below. I love connecting with other soap makers and want to be soap makers.


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Homemade Natural Soap Recipes Perfect For Gifts

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Homemade natural soap recipes for making that perfect and memorable gift. Nothing says, “I love you” like a bar of homemade soap.  Some of these homemade natural soap recipes are a little more advanced then the others. If you are just dipping your toe for the first time you might want to try Hartnana’s Easy Goat Milk Soap recipe. Hartnana’s recipe is a true homemade soap recipe using lye. A few of the following recipes use a base that  you melt so you don’t have to mess with the lye/oil mixing. You don’t even have to have goats or access to fresh goat’s milk to make Hartnana’s soap.

Once you have that super simple and forgiving soap recipe down you are ready to dip your toe into these more innovative and fun homemade natural soap recipes.

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What you will need to make this Honey Oatmeal Handmade Natural Soap Recipes

    • 2 tablespoons of honey
    • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon quick oats
    • 1/2 pound of goat’s milk soap ( this is measured by using 1/4 of the container of the goat’s milk suspension soap)

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  • measuring cup
  • knife
  • plastic spoon

How to make this:

  1. Use a coffee or spice  grinder to grind up the two tablespoons of oatmeal. It will become a fine powder.
  2. In the measuring cup, cut the soap suspension into cubes, using a knife. The soap cuts easily, like cold butter. It will be just a little more then a cup.
  3. Microwave in 30 second increments, and stir after each 30 seconds. If your house is warm it should take just a little over a minute to melt fully. Over heating will cause the soap to bubble up, so watch this carefully. ( NOT speaking from any experience or anything there) ahem..
  4. Stir well with the plastic spoon and make sure all the lumps of soap are melted.
  5. Remove from microwave and add in your ingredients, the ground oatmeal and the honey.
  6. Stir the mixture well. If you bought colorants, add in 6 drops of yellow and 2 drops of red to make a deep pale yellow color. It did bubble up a bit, but I didn’t mind that, especially when I saw how pretty it actually made the soap. Perfectly imperfect.
  7. Into the mold, sprinkle the teaspoon of whole oatmeal flakes all around two soap molds. Each cup of melted soap will make about 2 bar sized soaps.
  8. Pour in about half the mixture to one soap mold. Then pour the other side, trying to make the soaps even.
  9. Do not move the soap mold once you have poured the soap. If you need to, place the molds on a tray before beginning, so that you can move them later on.
  10. Allow the soap to set for at least 20 minutes. Then place in a cool spot to dry ( really to cool) for several hours.
  11. I removed my soap the next day- they just pop right out of those silicone molds- and I let them sit on a couple sheets of paper and dry out a bit. I also use this trick for the bar soap in our bathrooms. They make the room smell  nice and  it helps them to last longer in use.  Three or four days is a good amount of drying time.


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Goat Milk And Coffee Homemade Natural Soap Recipes

I use about 1 lb (or half of the block) of soap base at a time which makes four large 4-ounce soaps. The block of goats milk soap base cuts easily with a kitchen knife. I slice the soap base into cubes, place them inside a 4-cup Pyrex measuring cup, and melt in the microwave in 20-30 second increments, stirring well after each microwave session to ensure that the soap is completely melted. For 1 lb of soap, I generally microwave for 30 seconds, stir, microwave for another 30 seconds, stir again, and microwave a final time for 20 seconds.

When the soap base is completely melted, add the coffee grounds and 15 drops of coffee essential oil. You can use as much or as little of the coffee grounds as you prefer – they are mainly for exfoliation purposes as the majority of the soap’s fragrance comes from the coffee essential oil. Pour the mixture into the soap molds and allow to sit undisturbed until cool (about 30-60 minutes depending on temperature/humidity).

homemade natural soap recipes

Stacy from share links to 33 different homemade natural soap recipes here.

Most of these can be made either on the stove in a heavy bottomed pot or in a basic crockpot. I keep an extra pot and an extra crock pot that I picked up thrift store shopping on hand for making my soaps. It keeps my soap supplies separate from my cooking supplies so that there isn’t any chance of the two being cross contaminated. If you do need to use pots and things that you cook in, be sure to rinse them extremely well and to soak them in white vinegar to help remove any residues.

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Calendula Homemade Natural Soap Recipes

This is Jan’s recipe for Calendula Soap from Natural Soap Making


  • 4.17 oz (118 g) lye (6% superfat)
  • 9 oz (255 g) calendula tea


  • 15 oz (425 g) olive oil (50%)
  • 8 oz (227 g) coconut oil (27%)
  • 2.5 oz (71 g) castor oil (8%)
  • 4.5 oz (128 g) sunflower oil (15%)

She suggests substituting sweet almond oil for the sunflower oil, so that’s just what I did.  I used lye from Essential Depot but you can find it on Amazon.  You will also need dried calendula flowers for this recipe, to make the calendula tea.


Sweet Almond OilSweet Almond OilLye For Making SoapLye For Making SoapCalendula flowersCalendula flowers


 To make the calendula Tea Do this:

The first step is the make the calendula tea.  This is pretty straightforward, just steep dried calendula flowers in boiling water, then strain.

How to Make the Calendula Soap for this Homemade Natural Soap Recipes:

  1. Then cool the tea completely so that it is at room temperature.  This is very important, so don’t be in too much of a hurry!  Then weigh out the tea into the heatproof plastic container.
  2. Put that in the sink (or outside, if that’s where you’ll be soaping), then carefully weigh out the lye, making sure you are taking all the necessary precautions with gloves, long sleeves and goggles if needed.  You absolutely do not want to come in contact with the lye at all.  Make sure there are no children or pets in the area.
  3. Next you pour the lye into the liquid (in this case, the calendula tea).  You always want to pour lye into liquid to avoid a volcano!  It will become very hot very fast, so be careful.  Stir well, but don’t breathe in the fumes.  Make sure there are open windows and fans blowing if needed, if you are indoors.  Once the lye is completely dissolved in the liquid, leave it be and weigh out the oils.
  4. Pour the oils into the big pot and gently warm them to about 100°F or so.  When both the liquid and lye mixture and the oils are around 100°F (+/- 20°F is ok), slowly drizzle the lye mixture into the oils.  Rinse the lye container with cold water and set aside.  Then use the immersion blender to mix the soap batter, alternating 30 seconds on and 30 seconds off.  You may have to tilt the pot a bit in order for the blender to be completely submerged.
  5. After a couple of minutes you will notice that the mixture will start to thicken.  What you are looking for is called “trace”.  This is when it is thick enough that the soap leaves a pattern on the surface before sinking back in.
  6. When you get to this point, it’s time to pour it into your parchment lined mold.
  7. Cover with something (I used a piece of cardboard) and wrap a few towels and blankets around it to keep it warm.  Check on it every hour or so for the first few hours to make sure it isn’t cracking.  If it is, take the towels and blankets off to let it cool quicker.
  8. Put all of your soap making equipment aside in a safe place to wash the following day (isn’t that great?).  It won’t be as harsh after it sits for a while, so it’s better to wait.
  9. Let the soap sit in the mold for 24-48 hours.  Here is what mine looked like when I took it out.
  10. You have to wait to use it for 3-4 weeks so that it can cure!  It will mellow with time, become harder and more gentle, so you gotta wait.  I know, it’s tough!  Lie them out on a parchment lined rack and flip every so often.

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Rosemary and Tea Tree Oil Homemade Natural Soap Recipes

Here’s what you will need to make this homemade natural soap recipes:

*1 lb. of Organic Goats milk soap base- Where to buy
*1 oz of Beeswax- where to buy
*A few sprigs of Rosemary- Grind leaves till fine in a coffee grinder till it makes about 1tsp- we have some growing in our yard but you could get some at the grocery store or your local nursery
*2Tbs. honey- we of course use our own raw honey;)
*2Tbs. Almond oil- Where to buy
*1Tbs. Vitamin E oil-Where to buy
*15 drops of Rosemary oil- where to buy
*15 drops of Tea Tree oil- where to buy
*a few drops of lavender oil if desired
*Pyrex 2 cup measuring cup- where to buy
*Soap mold- where to buy
*Kitchen scale- optional- where to buy

Fill a pot with water and place a heat proof bowl on top that fits to make a double boiler. Keep on low. Should be simmering not boiling. Cut up soap base and place in bowl. Add beeswax. Mix until melted. Add Almond  and Vitamin E oil and Rosemary. Remove from heat and add essential oils. Transfer to Pyrex measuring cup and pour into molds. Then keep on a flat surface until it hardens or place in freezer for quicker results. I usually make it in batches and make enough to last for at least a couple of months.

Not only are these great practical gifts to give but they are so easy to make. All you need is a little time to melt the ingredients and let them harden.

So there you go a whole bunch of different easy to make homemade natural soap recipes that would be perfect gifts or for using at home with your own family.



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