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Coconut Shea Butter Soap

This Coconut Shea Butter Soap is super easy to make. It smells delicious and has a luxurious lather.

Making my own DIY beauty scrubs inspired me to branch out into other beauty products. I’ve always been intrigued about soapmaking, but figured it was too complicated. I pictured myself stirring a huge vat of chemicals on a stove trying to not burn the house down.

Little did I realize is that there is a simple way to make your own soap. The answer is melt and pour.

It’s as easy as it sounds. Pick up some soap base at Michael’s or online on Amazon. Melt the soap cubes in your microwave, add some fragrance and/or colour, pour into a soap mold. Boom. Handmade soap. It’s really that easy.

Coconut Shea Butter Soap - Making your own soap couldn't be any easier! This Coconut Shea Butter Soap smells heavenly and feels luxurious on your skin.


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    And if I can make my own soap, then anyone can. Michael’s had a variety of melt and pour soap bases to choose from. I started off with shea butter to help soothe my dry, winter skin.

    Coconut Shea Butter Soap - Making your own soap couldn't be any easier! This Coconut Shea Butter Soap smells heavenly and feels luxurious on your skin.

    They also have soap fragrances at Michael’s. I picked up the coconut scent so I can close my eyes and be whisked away somewhere tropical and warm.

    Coconut Shea Butter Soap - Making your own soap couldn't be any easier! This Coconut Shea Butter Soap smells heavenly and feels luxurious on your skin.

    A friend of mine mentioned coconut extract. That might be another option if you can’t find coconut soap fragrance.

    Coconut Shea Butter Soap - Making your own soap couldn't be any easier! This Coconut Shea Butter Soap smells heavenly and feels luxurious on your skin.

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    The soap mold I used was purchased at Michael’s. It’s plastic and has four different shapes. I really wanted a silicone soap mold, but they didn’t have any. I’m planning to order one on Amazon so I can have uniform shapes.

    Coconut Shea Butter Soap - Making your own soap couldn't be any easier! This Coconut Shea Butter Soap smells heavenly and feels luxurious on your skin.

    After you’ve poured your soap mixture into the mold, let it sit on your counter for about 40 minutes to an hour. I was surprised how quickly it was ready!

    Coconut Shea Butter Soap - Making your own soap couldn't be any easier! This Coconut Shea Butter Soap smells heavenly and feels luxurious on your skin.

    It was a bit tricky to push the soap out of the plastic mold. You have to play around with it and push up on the base for it to release. Thankfully, mine came out perfectly without any breakage.

    Coconut Shea Butter Soap - Making your own soap couldn't be any easier! This Coconut Shea Butter Soap smells heavenly and feels luxurious on your skin.

    Coconut Shea Butter Soap

    What You’ll Need

    Coconut Shea Butter Soap - Making your own soap couldn't be any easier! This Coconut Shea Butter Soap smells heavenly and feels luxurious on your skin.
    1. In a microwaveable bowl, add your cubes of shea butter soap base. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Microwave an additional 10 seconds and check to see if it’s melted. Repeat for another 10 seconds until it’s melted. Stir.
    2. Add in drops of Coconut Soap Fragrance and stir. Carefully pour into soap mold. Let sit for 40 minutes to an hour before attempting to remove it.
    3. To remove, carefully push on the bottom of the mold until the soap releases.
    Coconut Shea Butter Soap - Making your own soap couldn't be any easier! This Coconut Shea Butter Soap smells heavenly and feels luxurious on your skin.

    I used two rows of the melt and pour soap base to make these four soaps. The recipe below is broken down into one soap in case you don’t want to make a ton. It also depends on how big your soap mold is if you’ll need less or more of the soap base.

    Coconut Shea Butter Soap - Making your own soap couldn't be any easier! This Coconut Shea Butter Soap smells heavenly and feels luxurious on your skin.

    If you are planning to give the soap as gifts, buy some jute or twine and wrap it up. They sell cute little mesh bags at Michael’s for gift giving. I ended up storing ours in a plastic sandwich bag though. Nothing fancy here!

    Coconut Shea Butter Soap - Making your own soap couldn't be any easier! This Coconut Shea Butter Soap smells heavenly and feels luxurious on your skin.

    The soap smells heavenly! It gives a nice, rich lather that makes my skin feel soft and smooth. I had fun with this little soapmaking project and I’ll most likely end up doing more! Don’t worry, I promise to share the fun with you so you can give it a try too if you like!

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    4.42 from 29 votes

    Coconut Shea Butter Soap

    Created by Stacie Vaughan
    Servings 4
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 1 hour
    Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
    Making your own soap couldn’t be any easier! This Coconut Shea Butter Soap smells heavenly and feels luxurious on your skin.

    Ingredients
      

    Instructions

    • In a microwaveable bowl, add your cubes of shea butter soap base. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Microwave an additional 10 seconds and check to see if it’s melted. Repeat for another 10 seconds until it’s melted. Stir.
    • Add in drops of Coconut Soap Fragrance and stir. Carefully pour into soap mold. Let sit for 40 minutes to an hour before attempting to remove it.
    • To remove, carefully push on the bottom of the mold until the soap releases.

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    64 Comments

    1. April Gilman says:

      I just made some of the goats milk soaps using the same method…. I bought a silicone mold from Micheal’s, out of the cake and treat area and I love it…. It will only be used for soap. It worked like a charm.

    2. How much is 6 cubes of soap base in weight please? 

    3. Margaret Dubuc says:

      I always wanted to learn how to make soaps, but never did.Looked for classes but again couldn’t find anywhere. So after reading this I’m going to try it.thanks

    4. Thank you for the recipe. I am just curious if this requires curing time after the mold set like I have seen in some other soap recipes. I have seen this mostly in soaps using lye that require 4 weeks of curing after making. Please advise.

      1. Nope, not with the melt and pour soaps. After it hardens in the mold which takes about an hour, it’s ready.

    5. Lizzy Fan says:

      I leave my soaps in the mesh bags, and use them in the shower like that. It helps to lather them up, plus I hang it on the tap when finished

      1. Debbie dart says:

        5 stars
        I make scrubbies that I put my soap in which makes it last longer,never attempted soap making,usually buy the natural ones,SO getting the ingredients to try my own,if I knew how to send you a pic I would

    6. How much do six cubes weigh? or how big are the cubes you cut?

      1. I didn’t weigh them out. You want to make them about an inch in size so they’ll melt easier.

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