Simple Homemade Glycerin Soap

It's easy to make soap bars with soap crafter's melt and pour glycerin soap base that you can purchase at almost any craft store. You can use items like clean dry yogurt cups, juice boxes, cream cheese containers, etc. as the molds. Add your favorite essential oil, strength as desired, for scent too. One pound of glycerin base will yield about 5 bars of soap if you are pouring 3 ounces of melted glycerin base into each mold.



  • molds
  • vegetable oil
  • 1 lb. glycerin soap base, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • double boiler or your own double boiler system
  • metal spoon
  • essential oil, if desired
  • rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle


  1. Very lightly oil the inside of molds with vegetable oil.
  2. Place glycerin soap pieces into double boiler and very slowly melt while slowly stirring over medium to medium high heat. Do not overheat!
  3. Once glycerin is melted, remove from heat. Slowly stir in essential oil if desired and pour into molds. If there are bubbles in the soap, allow the bubbles to rise to the surface of the molds and very lightly spray with the rubbing alcohol.
  4. Set molds aside for about a half hour and then place molds in freezer for about an hour.
  5. Remove from freezer, gently press on the sides of the molds to loosen the soap and then press the bottom of the molds to release the soap.
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  7. Wrap each soap bar in plastic wrap and store in a cool dry place until ready to use.

Of course, you'll want to place one of them out right away to use so don't bother wrapping that one ;-)

Source: Trial and error and a combination of recipes.

Editor's Note: A previous version of this post stated that these are "no lye soap bars." This is inaccurate because the initial soap base (and all soaps) were made initially with lye. The chemical reaction of sodium hydroxide (lye) and fat (saponification) creates the soap base and byproducts like glycerin. All the lye is converted into something else and is no longer dangerous to work with.

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October 26, 20110 found this helpful

What a reward to bath with soap you made yourself and the scent you like instead of what is available. Great idea.

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October 27, 20110 found this helpful

Sounds wonderful, Deeli!

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October 27, 20110 found this helpful

Sounds wonderful, Deeli!

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October 27, 20110 found this helpful

Might give this a try. I made pretty glass containers of bath powder a few years ago.


I like giving homemade gifts.
Thanks Deeli.

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October 28, 20110 found this helpful

Im guessing this should not be confused with one of your recipes which are always wonderful (and thrifty).

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October 29, 20110 found this helpful

This is a great idea! They could be personalized with a stamped design or initial. I wonder if you could add a tiny bit of food coloring? Or would that
mess up the glycerin's natural color. Wrapped in colored tissue paper they would make a nice gift.

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November 17, 20160 found this helpful

Nice!!! I can't wait to give it a try.

Also, nice ulo (Greenlandic female knife)!!!!
I am from Greenland and that's one of the first things I noticed on the picture.

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