So, I finally made my own soap
I usually use Dr. Bronner’s and I am fine with that, but I wanted something I could make cheap for my husband and me that would last a while, on a budget. I decided on a melt and pour soap base so as to avoid using lye, while making this a simple recipe. We bought an oatmeal melt and pour soap base in a two-pound slab for $7.98, and a soap mold tray for $4.58. The soap mold tray can be found on Amazon. I got my soap base from bulk apothecary online. The other necessary tools I had already, including a makeshift double broiler, wooden spoon, and tea tree oil.
Here’s what I did:
Melt one or both soap bases in a double broiler (I cut the block of soap in two pieces).
Stir occasionally with wooden spoon.
When the soap is melted, remove from heat, add a few drops of your essential oil (I used tea tree) and pour into the soap mold. It’s that easy! NOTE: I only used one of the pound bars of soap base, since it’s just my husband and myself. It was just enough to pour into the four soap molds. The process took me about 10 minutes or so, just waiting on the soap to melt, which did so quickly. I had the heat up to med/high on 5 or 6, but adjust to your stove’s heat settings, stirring often.
For about $13 I made 8 bars of soap! (Well I only did half but that’s what it would have made). Dr. Bronner’s costs me almost $5 a bar of soap. These soap bars, broken down, cost me $1.63 a bar. It’s all natural (be sure you don’t buy a soap base with propylene glycol in it), and cheap! Oatmeal is great for my sensitive skin, and the tea tree is an added bonus for keeping breakouts at bay and it smells great!