12 Homemade Soap Recipes

12 Homemade Soap Recipes

Creating homemade soap can be fun! It also allows you to customize the ingredients to DIY your soap recipes with the fragrances you like while controlling what goes into the recipe itself.

Homemade soap is also great for helping keep your skin healthy and balanced. Many contain oatmeal and other soothing ingredients to help keep your skin from getting irritated and are great for those with certain skin conditions.

Whether you are just getting started making homemade soap or are experienced and looking for new aromas and methods, these DIY homemade soap recipes are worth trying!

Homemade Soap Recipes

DIY Homemade Soap Recipes:

Lavender and Herb Soap

This lavender and herb soap is just like the luxury boutique type soap, except you make it at home for a lot less than you would pay for at the store!

Cinnamon Oatmeal Soap

With the fantastic aroma of cinnamon and oatmeal, this homemade oatmeal soap recipe is easy to make and will leave you feeling fresh.

Cranberry Vanilla Soap

This unique cranberry vanilla shea butter soap offers a homemade soap recipe with a soft, pretty holiday fragrance to it. The shea butter helps keep the skin soft and smooth.

Oatmeal Lavender Soap

This Oatmeal and lavender soap is not only great for your skin but also helps to moisturize. The lavender scent will help you relax, making it perfect for a self-care day at home.

Donut Soap

Not only is this soap shaped like a donut, but it also smells like a fresh one that just came out of the bakery! The unique soap features a fun donut shape that is topped with the look of colorful sprinkles and icing.

Jelly Soap

Perfect for the kids, this jelly soap is squishy and playable! Kids will have a blast playing with the soap in the shower, sink, or at bath time.

Laurel Berry Soap

An Aleppo soap copycat recipe, this laurel berry soap is a mild soap that provides conditioning and is gentle enough for skin conditions.

Soap Balls

These homemade soap balls can be customized with your favorite colors and scents. The soap balls make the perfect gift or to keep for home use!

Lavender Oatmeal Soap

Another fun lavender-scented oatmeal soap that’s soothing to the skin and easy to make, this soap recipe is great for beginners.

DIY Vanilla Coffee Soap

Using some melt and pour soap from your local craft store, this soap is full of coffee and vanilla fragrances! Because it starts with a melt and pours soap, it’s another great recipe perfect for beginners.

Matcha Soap

This DIY Matcha soap is made with matcha tea, which has been noted to help keep your skin healthy, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and help with blemishes.

Pure Castile Soap

This pure castile soap is made with olive oil, water, essential oils, and soap lye to help you create a homemade soap that will help nourish your skin.

12 Easy DIY Holiday Wreaths

12 Easy DIY Holiday Wreaths

Looking to make your own DIY holiday wreaths this year? Need some inspiration or how-to examples of some cute and festive wreath ideas for the front door? I have 12 easy DIY holiday wreaths for you!

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Store bought holiday wreaths are beautiful, but they can get expensive. I know this first hand because I wanted a custom wreath for someone for Christmas and found one on Etsy I just couldn’t pass up. And of course, I bought one for myself… $100 later, I had two beautiful wreaths that I could have probably made myself.

It’s so much fun to create your own wreath for the holidays because you can put your own twist on the designs and add some extra flair to it. Which is why I absolutely love these DIY designs. These festive wreaths are beautiful and will impress anyone whenever they see your front your door!

12 Easy DIY Holiday Wreaths:

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  1. DIY Farmhouse Christmas Wreath – Farmhouse decor is a favorite decor theme for many! This creative DIY farmhouse Christmas wreath is easy to put together and will look beautiful on any country or farmhouse door. 

  2. Joy Christmas Wreath – This easy DIY holiday wreath is a fun, rustic decor option for you. This step by step tutorial shows you how to make a fun joy to nature themed Christmas wreath.

  3. Poinsettia Christmas Wreath – Who doesn’t love glitter and festive holiday colors? This poinsettia wreath will be a beautiful addition to any door and allows you to get super creative with the design!

  4. Metallic Accented Wreath – Want to add some metallic accents to your home this holiday season? This wreath uses holiday metallic accents to create a fun and festive decor look for your front door!

  5. Festive Red Buffalo Plaid Wreath – This festive red and black plaid Christmas wreath is a beautiful way to celebrate the holidays and to impress your holiday guests. [psst… red buffalo check is totally in right now.]

  6. Simple White Yarn Christmas Wreath – This super easy DIY Christmas wreath is made by using white yarn and a few decorated holiday trees. Simple, yet chic.

  7. Winter Snow Covered Wreath – This beautiful Christmas wreath is sprinkled with faux snow to give it a holiday snow covered transformation.

  8. Modern Chic Christmas Wreath – This modern and simple wreath is made out of recycled boxes! Want to recycle all of those Amazon boxes that you keep getting? Make one of these for each one of your family members this year!

  9. Jingle Bell Door Hanger – This jingle bell door hanger is unique, beautiful, and festive. Head down to your nearest Hobby Lobby or craft store to pick up all of the supplies!

  10. Upcycled Book Wreath – Made from book pages, this upcycled wreath is a beautiful way to show your holiday spirit.

  11. Upcycled Sweater Wreath – This upcycled Christmas wreath is made from a sweater. It is a beautiful holiday wreath that will look great on any door.

  12. Grapevine Snowman Wreath – This super simple grapevine wreath is made with burlap ribbon and a cute little DIY hat ornament.

Do you have any DIY wreath ideas that you want to share? Pop them in the comments below!

Happy Holidays From Believe and Balance!

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DIY Orange Mint Sugar Scrub Bars

DIY Orange Mint Sugar Scrub Bars

Sugar scrub is great for exfoliating your skin, though it can be rather messy to use. The good news is that you can make sugar scrub in a more solid, bar form, which is less messy than a regular sugar scrub, and rather easy to make.

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Simply start with a small amount of melt and pour soap base, which will help to solidify your sugar scrub bars.  These bars are nice and small, so they are perfect for one time use. The remaining sugar scrub bars can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Supplies To Make DIY Orange Mint Sugar Scrub

Orange Mint Sugar Scrub Bar Ingredients

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Directions

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  1. Place soap base in microwave safe measuring cup and heat on high for 30 seconds. Stir well. If not fully melted, heat for an additional 10 seconds and stir. Repeat for 10 second intervals until fully melted.
  2. Add sugar and grapeseed oil. Stir well. 
  3. Place in microwave for an additional 10 seconds to help soften everything again.
  4. Remove from microwave and quickie add soap colorant and essential oils. Stir well.
  5. Immediately pour into ice cube tray.
  6. Let set for about 30 minutes to harden.
  7. Remove from tray and store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
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Red, White and Blue DIY Sugar Scrub

Red, White and Blue DIY Sugar Scrub

This Red, White and Blue DIY Sugar Scrub is a perfect addition to your self care routine and for your bathroom decor on the 4th of July!

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Of course, you could make the sugar scrub without the coloring, but where’s the fun in that? Here are all the supplies you need and the directions you should follow to make your own at home!

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Supplies To Make DIY Red, White, and Blue Sugar Scrub:

Directions:

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  1. In a small bowl, combine sugar and grapeseed oil. Stir well.
  2. Divide the mixture into 3 bowls.
  3. Add 3 drops Forget Me Not Soap Colorant to one bowl and mix until color is fully blended.
  4. Add 4 drops Cherry Soap Colorant to one bowl and mix until color is fully blended.
  5. Layer the sugar scrub into your jar, filling it ⅓ of the way with the blue, ⅓ of the way with the white, and the remaining ⅓ with the red to complete your sugar scrub.

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Hazelnut Coffee Bath Bombs

Hazelnut Coffee Bath Bombs

If you’re anything like me, you love coffee and taking baths! These hazelnut coffee bath bombs are super easy to make and smell amazing.

Hazelnut Coffee Bath Bombs

Take charge of your next self-care Sunday and DIY your own spa experience!

Here’s What You Need To Make Hazelnut Coffee Bath Bombs:

Ingredients

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●     2 oz Epsom salt

●     4 oz baking soda

●     2 oz corn starch

●     2 oz citric acid

●     1 tbsp olive oil 

●     ½ tbsp water

●     2 tablespoons Hazelnut coffee grounds

Coffee Bath Bombs

Supplies:

●     Large bowl

●     Whisk

●     2-3 medium size round bath bomb molds 

●     Small jar with lid

●     Measuring cups

●     Measuring spoons

Directions:

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  1. Mix the dry ingredients first (Epsom salt, baking soda, cornstarch and citric acid), using the whisk. Mix well to ensure there are no clumps.
  2. Add half the coffee grounds. Stir well until combined.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients (coconut oil and water) into jar, secure the lid and shake well.
  4. Very slowly add the liquid mixture to the dry mixture, about a few drops at  time, while whisking. If you’re not pouring slowly enough, the mixture will start to fizz and you don’t want that to happen.
  5. Once all of the liquid has been poured into the dry mixture, mix very well until the color is consistent. 
  6. Put some of the coffee grounds into one side of each mold.
  7. Immediately fill the molds with the mixture, firmly stuffing each side full.
  8. Secure both parts of the mold together and let set. I always give it about a day, just to be on the safe side.
  9. Carefully release bath bombs from molds and put into an airtight container, or individual cello bags.
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