Easy Glycerin Soap Recipe Base! Make 4 Different Soaps with 1 Recipe

This is a great recipe - easy enough for beginners and still varied enough for advanced soap makers! 

First – remember when we talked about lye, and how we can’t make soap without it? Well, that is still true, but perhaps you recall me saying that you can use melt-and-pour soap versions of the soap base – which is safer and non-complicated for beginners.

I remember when I made my first soap – I used melt-and-pour soap, and it worked fantastically. So, today we’re going to use glycerin melt-and-pour soap base. It saves time, it’s simple, and so fun.

glycerin soap

You can buy glycerin melt-and-pour soap in certain drug stores, craft stores, or on online shops – you can get the basic one, or you can get some that are infused with goat’s milk or clay.

Let’s repeat what we need – the most important thing is to be safe, so always use your gloves, masks and protective eyewear.

We’re going to make 4 different glycerin soaps, but the base for all of them is the same; melt-and-pour glycerin soap, some food coloring, essential oils, and if you’re feeling adventurous – even some dried herbs and dried fruit.

We will make -

  • Half Red & Half White Strawberry soap.
  • Orange Citrus soap
  • Blue Lavender soap in shape of little hearts
  • White Pine soap in shape of little stars

Ingredients for Glycerin Soap Recipe

  • Melt-and-pour glycerin soap base – It can be transparent, white, or any other color you like – but in this particular recipe I will use two base colors - transparent and white

Essential oils – in this recipe you will need:

  • Orange Essential Oil (This oil is anti-inflammatory and antidepressant) - If you don’t have this one, you can substitute lemon, tangerine or any kind of citrusy essential oil 
  • Strawberry Essential Oil (Anti-acne and anti-aging oil) – Now, this one is harder to get, so you can substitute cherry or apple essential oils  
  • Lavender Essential Oil (It helps heal burns, and it is a very calming scent, great for anxiety) – If desired, as a substitute you can use other essential oils which are also great for anxiety, such as rose or chamomile essential oils  
  • Pine Essential Oil (Reduces inflammation and redness, protects against sinus infections) – This oil is most commonly used in our households, but if you don’t have it or want a substitute, use rosemary or frankincense oil
Essential Oil

Food coloring – Orange (you can also choose yellow), 

Red (as a substitute use pink), and Blue (or purple as a substitute).

You can also use vegetable or fruit-derived colors, but they won’t be as intense – Tumeric or Calendula petals for orange, Beet roots or Madder root for red/pink, and Alkanet root for purple

  • Dried herbs – I will use dried lavender and dried orange peel – you can also use dried rose petals or dried chamomile, and instead of dried orange peel you can just use any dried citrusy peel you have
Dried herbs
  • Petroleum Jelly so you’ll be able to get the soap out of the molds
  • Rubbing Alcohol in a spray bottle – you’ll need it to remove bubbles out of glycerin before it sets
  • Molds – I will use square shaped molds – milk carton and butter tray, but you can also use – a muffin tray or a yogurt cup. I will also use cookie cutters – I will make different shapes from the square soap, but you need to be careful to do it the right time. 

You can also use the proper ‘soap molds’ – you can buy them in a store, and the good thing about using these is that you don’t need to use petroleum jelly because they’re made out of silicone.

Step by Step Directions to Make My Easy Glycerin Soap Recipe

Okay, got all your supplies? Great, then we are ready to go!

  • Your 1st step– The first thing we’re going to do to make this glycerin soap recipe is –melts the white melt-and-pour glycerin soap base.

 This one usually comes in small cubes – but if yours is larger, cut them into smaller cubes and place them in a heat-proof bowl. Remember - do not melt the transparent glycerin soap just yet!

white melt-and-pour glycerin base
  • Your 2nd step– Put the bowl into the microwave and heat it up in 30 seconds intervals – heat the mixture until it is completely liquid. 

If you don’t have a microwave, just use your stove. Take a large pot and put some water in, then place it over medium heat. In this pot you will place a smaller bowl – preferably glass one, place in the cut up soap, and stir until it melts.

heat the base mixture

Now comes the fun part!

  • Your 3rd step– First, coat your molds with petroleum jelly - that’s how the soap won’t stick when you take it out. You don’t have to do this step if you’re using a silicone mold. 

Separate your mixture into 4 molds – I used 4 empty butter trays, you can also use milk cartons, muffin molds, yogurt cups, and empty chocolate boxes.

  • Your 4th step– Now, safely pour in the colorings:

A:- Orange coloring into the first white glycerin base

Orange coloring

B:- Blue coloring into the second white glycerin base

Blue coloring

C:- Leave TWO of the glycerin bases white, no food coloring

OMG, you did it! If you’re asking how much food coloring- honey, just place in as much as you want – if you use a little, you get lighter color, and if you use more you get very bright and strong colors. Stir it with a wooden spoon. 

A little helper tip from me: if you only slightly mix in the color, you’ll get a marble pattern! You can also match colors together, be creative, see what you can do!

  • Your 5th step– Okay, now comes the sweetest part – essential oils! Remember, you can also mix some together, but be careful – not all scents match.
putting essential oils

A:- Orange Essential Oil (or Lemon, Tangerine, and other Citrusy essential oil) goes into the orange-colored batch.

B:- Lavender Essential Oil (or Rose, or Chamomile) goes into the blue –colored batch

C:- Pine Essential Oil (or Rosemary, or Frankincense) goes into the white batch

  • Your 6th step–  Take the Rubbing Alcohol in a spray bottle and spray a little bit on the surfaces of all the mixtures – the alcohol prevents bubbles from forming when the soap mixture sets. 

It’s okay if you don’t have the alcohol, your soap will probably have a layer of bubbles, but sometimes I find that even more beautiful.

Rubbing Alcohol
  • Your 7th step– The next step is mixing in the dried herbs and dried fruit!
mixing dried herbs

A:- Mix the dried orange peel into the orange batch! As a substitute you can use any other citrusy dried peel. 

Here’s a tiny hint – if you’re feeling in the holiday spirit – use some cinnamon, as well!

B:- Sprinkle the dried lavender or any other herbs (dried rose petals or dried chamomile) softly over the blue batch.

C:- In just one of the white batches I sprinkled a little lavender, as well, I just couldn’t help it. I love the smell!

Your 8th step– Remember when I told to hold on to your transparent glycerin? Okay, now’s the time to use it!

transparent glycerin

Do the exact same thing as before – melt the glycerin in a microwave, or in a glass bowl on a stove, stir. Now:

A:- Put the Red coloring into the transparent glycerin base

Put the Red coloring

B:- Mix in the Strawberry Essential Oil (or Cherry, or Apple) goes into the red-colored batch

C:- Take a bit of dried herbs you have left (preferably lavender) – and gently mix them into the red batch

gently mix dried
  • Your 9th step– Now, poke the white batch with NO dried herbs mixed in with a wooden spoon. Is it sort of set, but still soft? That’s great! Pour over the red batch, and let it set! Don’t forget to spray it with rubbing alcohol!
  • Your 10th step– You must let the Red and Orange batches to cool for an hour, or two.
  • Your 11th step–  Now, take the white batch with dried herbs and the blue batch, make sure they’re still a bit soft, but not too soft – it must be sort of creamy to the touch.

Turn over both molds, and gently tap on them. If the petroleum jelly did its job, the soap will slid out, onto the plate. Now, remember the cookie cutters? Yes, use them!

cut the soap
  • Your 12th step–  Push the star shaped cookie cutter into the white batch, press hard.
Push star shaped cookie cutter
  • Your 13th step–  Push the heart shaped cookie cutter into the blue batch, also press hard.

And voila, let the cute little hearts and stars dry on the plate! These little soaps are great gifts for your friends and family – just place them into a fancy gift bag, and you have yourself a lovely present!

Has it been two hours? Okay!

  • Your 14th step–  Now, let’s pop out that orange and that red batch! 

Here’s a hint – if your milk carton stick to the sides of your soap – just slice it off with a knife.

slice it with a knife

Slice the large soap squares into smaller, handy soap squares, or if you used a small enough mold, and you’re happy with the size of your soap – you can just leave it as it is.

  • Your 15th step–  So, now what you’re supposed to be left with is:

1. Half Red & Half White Strawberry soap. 

Tiny hint – if you want it to be a bit more ‘Christmasy’ – put some mint essential oil into the white batch – you’ll have your soap smelling and looking like a candy cane!

Half Red & Half White Strawberry soap

2. Orange Citrus soap

Orange Citrus soap

3. Blue Lavender soap in shape of little hearts 

Blue Lavender soap

4. White Pine soap in shape of little stars

White Pine soap

Happy Soapy to You.......

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