DIY Exfoliating Soap

There is a dilemma in my house.  I need exfoliation.  I bought one of those exfoliating brushes on the end of a long handle and my husband banned it from the house because every time he looked at it, it reminded him of the old lady in the shower in Caddy Shack.  I also don’t like to pay a lot of money for stuff like soap.  My solution? DIY it.

DIY Exfoliating Soap

First let me say I didn’t “make” soap.  Apparently only chemists should do that.  I would call this “designing” soap.  You buy a plain, meltable brick of soap at the craft store and then you add what you choose to it.  Here’s how I did it.

materials for diy soap


Melt and Pour soap, 12 oz for about 4 bars

1/2 c of Oatmeal

Essential Oil of your choosing (I chose Honey Almond and it is awesome)

Plastic mold in a soap like shape (I bought mine at Michael’s)

Step 1:

Melt your soap.  You can do this in a double boiler on the stove, or you can melt it in the microwave in :30 increments.  I chose to do this in the microwave because I didn’t really like the idea of using one of my cooking pots to melt soap.  Don’t pop your soap in for 5 minutes and not check it.  It can burn.  You’ll probably do about 5 or 6 :30 second increments.

Step 2:

Grind your oatmeal.  I used my magic bullet and pulsed for just a few seconds until it was coarse.  The coarse oatmeal will act as an exfoliant and oatmeal is moisturizing and helps with itchiness from the dry winter air.

Step 3:

Sprinkle some ground oatmeal into your mold.  A word about choosing your soap mold…  Michael’s has an inexpensive soap mold that makes ovalish and round soap.  I used that.  You can also use a silicon baking mold. Those come in some cute shapes.

Step 4:

Add the ground oatmeal and your essential oil to the melted soap.  I used maybe 15 drops of the essential oil and I could have used more.  Mostly because I really love the way it smells.

Step 5:

Pour the melted soap into the mold.  I filled the mold right up to the top.  Then you have to wait.  For like 2 hours.  Actually, in the grand scheme of things, two hours is pretty quick. I made the soap and let it harden and then I used it the next day.  Can’t complain.

DIY Soap Honey Almond Exfoliating w Oatmeal on Table

Adding the little bit of oatmeal to the mold before the soap will give you that extra bit of exfoliation on one side of the soap.  I use that side for rough spots and the smoother side of the soap for the rest.  I can feel a difference in the softness of my skin when I’m done showering.

And if I could digitize the smell of this honey almond soap and email it to you, I would.  It’s good.  Really good.  It’s a little sweet and really fresh. It’s definitely not perfume-y.  Just clean and delicious.  But don’t eat your soap.

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And, yes, I would totally wrap this up and give it as a gift.

In all, the actual making of the soap was pretty quick, about 20-25 minutes not including the time it takes for the soap to harden.  I spent $5 on the melt and pour soap (with a 50% off coupon at Michael’s!), $5 on the essential oil and I think $2 on the soap mold.  I only used half of the soap and a tiny bit of the essential oils and I already had the oatmeal. If I overestimate, I spent about $4-5 dollars for 4 bars of soap.  Not bad for a custom product made just for me!

Linking up to:  Plucky’s Second Thought, Merry Monday Link Party, Motivational Monday, Frugal Crafty Home Blog, My Two Favorite Things, On Display Thursday

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  • Erica Loop | January 5, 2015 | Reply

    Great idea! This will come in handy during the dry winter months.

    • Undercoverdiyer | January 5, 2015 | Reply

      Thanks, Erica! I do notice a difference. Now if I could just get my dry hair under control!

  • Jess | January 5, 2015 | Reply

    What a neat idea!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

    • Undercoverdiyer | January 5, 2015 | Reply

      Thanks Jess!

  • elaine | January 5, 2015 | Reply

    In the winter I really need this!! Thanks for sharing!! Hey I would love it if you shared you stuff on my new Link Party that starts tomorrow…Thursday! Its called My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday! here is the link…You have great stuff!! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Undercoverdiyer | January 5, 2015 | Reply

      I will definitely be linking up! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you give the soap a try!

      • elaine | January 5, 2015 | Reply

        I really will!! Thanks for linking up!! and come back next week!!

  • Brenda Thomas | January 5, 2015 | Reply

    I understand the easy factor of using the microwave to melt soap but not because you are uncomfortable with putting soap in your pot. If you were doing a CP or HP with actual lye, I would totally relate to you on the trepidation of using pots/dishes I need to reuse for cooking. However, you use soap to wash your pot right? MP soap is the same thing as the bar of soap you put in the shower to wash yourself, why are uncomfortable eating off it?

    • Undercoverdiyer | January 5, 2015 | Reply

      Huh, excellent point Brenda! I think I was thinking about the fragrance, but there is no fragrance to the melt and pour soap, of course, until after I’ve added it. Thanks for pointing that out!

  • Audrey | January 5, 2015 | Reply

    I am sure that honey almond smell is wonderful. And the oatmeal is also supposed to be soothing to dry skin.

    saw this on On Display Thursday

    • Undercoverdiyer | January 5, 2015 | Reply

      Thanks for stopping by Audrey! I highly recommend Anything honey almond!

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