Clean and Green: How to Make Herbal Soap

Make your own all-natural soap with fresh ingredients from your garden.

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ashley English

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ashley English

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ashley English

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ashley English

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ashley English

Make Your Own Herb Soap

Making homemade herbal soaps is incredibly easy. The simplicity and creative possibilities in creating homemade soaps make this a great project to try with children. You will need: glycerin soap, cubed / fresh minced herbs / fresh citrus zest / citrus or herbal essential oils (optional) / muffin tin / vegetable oil or spray

Step 1: Melt the Glycerin Soap

Every 4 ounces of glycerin melted will yield 3 standard muffin tin sized soaps. Melt as much glycerin as you’d like to ultimately produce in the finished soap. The melting can be done via a double boiler, or by using the microwave. If using the latter, place the cubes of glycerin in a pourable glass container. Microwave for 30 seconds. If there are still solid cubes of glycerin, stir and then melt for an additional 30 seconds.

Step 2: Add the Herbs

Add the minced herbs, citrus zest and two drops of essential oils (if using). You will need 3 tablespoons of both herbs and zest for every 4 ounces of glycerin melted. Stir to combine; let rest for about 1 minute (this step allows the color from the herbs and zest to be imparted to the glycerin).

Step 3: Pour the Mixture Into the Mold

Gently spray or wipe a small amount of oil onto each tin you’ll be using (if you’re using silicone muffin trays, this step may be omitted). Pour about ¼ cup into each muffin tin. Set aside at room temperature for several hours to firm. Place in a freezer for 30 minutes.

Your Herb Soap Is Ready

Once set, insert a butter knife or similar flat edged knife into the inside of each tin to dislodge the soaps.