DIY soap

Make your own eco-chic soap with mostly recyclable materials found around the house.

  • Final product

  • Final product

Final product

Anne-Marie Failoa, founder of Bramble Berry (, a supplier of soap-making products, shows us how it’s done.


* The exfoliant: Herbs (fresh or dried), oatmeal, coffee grounds, spirulina, clay or charcoal (.25 ounces of each)
* 1 pound (16 ounces) Bramble Berry Organic Melt and Pour soap base
* 1 ounce essential oil (we used lavender and eucalyptus)
* Soap mold (or small Tupperware, or anything you have on hand like an empty yogurt container, old tofu container, empty soy milk container, etc.)
* Rubbing alcohol


1. Prep your herbs by making sure they are finely chopped to provide gentle exfoliation. Coarsely chopped herbs may be too abrasive on the skin.

2. Cut the soap base into 1" x 1" cubes.

3. Using your microwave, heat the soap on medium/high in 30-second increments until it is fully melted.

4. Add 1 ounce of essential oil. Remember, if you use a yellow- or orange-colored fragrance, your soap base will appear that color and not look clear.

5. Mix in the exfoliant. Stir until the ingredients seem mostly suspended.

6. Pour your scented soap into the mold. (Tip: Don’t fill the mold to the brim. It’s easier to release the soap from the mold if you fill it about 85 percent.)

7. Pass a cloth with rubbing alcohol on it over the soap to give it a nice, smooth surface.

8. Wait for the soap to harden at room temperature, then remove it from the mold, wrap it with plastic wrap, label it, and enjoy!

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