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Skip the processed, drying, chemical-ridden ingredients found in store-bought soap—and make your own.

Homemade soap is easy and relatively cheap to make. Start with an organic melt-and-pour soap base from a craft store, add a few common kitchen ingredients and a drop or two of your fave essential oil for a personalized brand.

Melt-and-pour bases can be melted over the stove, making homemade soap simple. You can find a whole range of melt-and-pour bases at craft stores or online. Try DeSerres on Broadway or Brambleberry online. If you’re feeling adventurous, make your own base using lye and water. But, be careful, lye is very toxic before processing, and the mixture can get messy.
 

In your soap,
On your skin

Click to learn how common ingredients in store-bought soap affect you.

Glycerin
Stearic acid
Pentasodium Pentate
Sodium chloride

After the base has melted, look around the kitchen for some fun ingredients to add. Ground-up oatmeal works great as a natural exfoliant, and mint leaves invigorate the skin. Mix together vanilla bean and cinnamon or try orange zest, cocoa powder and melissa oil.

Pour the melted soap into a mold and let it set. Examples of find-around-the-house molds include reusable plastic dishes and the stiff plastic that packages toys and other small items.
 

Colourants and Scents

Alfalfa
Carrot
Cinnamon
Cocoa powder
Coffee grounds
Basil
Tea leaves
Honey
Brown sugar
Avocado
Sage
Spinach
Vanilla bean
Orange zest
Mint leaves
Cranberry
Ginger
Sea Salt
Rose Petals
Wheatgrass