Nourishing Bar Soap - Everyday Essentials

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Nourishing Bar Soap

By: Kimberly Daun, Certified Aromatherapist


This natural handcrafted soap is so perfect for dry and/or reddened skin.  It gently cleanses while nourishing your skin at the same time.  It lathers up nicely and I feel uplifted and calmed by the gentle aroma.  As an added bonus, it’s safe for the kids (over 2) and since the Bergamot, I used is Bergaptine Free I don’t have to worry about it causing any sensitivity in the sunshine!  If you prefer, here’s a great DIY Body Wash.

Shea Bar Soap-2

What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
  1. Put soap in a microwave-safe container.
  2. Melt for 20 seconds bursts until fully melted.
  3. Remove from microwave and add essential oils.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Pour into molds and wait until hard (it was late so I left mine on the counter overnight to harden).
  6. Pop out of molds and enjoy!

33 thoughts on “Nourishing Bar Soap”

    1. Nope, it’s different. You’ll want to search Amazon (or another retailer) for Shea Melt and Pour Soap. Or look for a different nourishing melt and pour soap.

  • I used this recipe as a base for a lemon lavender soap for mother’s day. I didn’t add the oil, just the melt & pour base and the EO. They smelled great and scent the whole bathroom.

  • I used this recipe several years ago, without noting where it came from. I just remembered how beautiful it smelled, and how the fragrance lingered even as the soap became smaller from constant use. I was looking for this recipe recently, and was so surprised and pleased to find that it is a recipe from the Plant Therapy blog! I am planning to make this for Valentine’s Day gifts for friends.

  • I don’t know if this can be answered on the blog post but i was wondering where to get the best melt and pour soap base that doesn’t have a bunch of chemicals in it?

    1. Lindsey, try searching for organic melt and pour soap base on Amazon, they have quite a few options. No matter where you get it from, keep in mind that the product will have emulsifiers and preservatives in it.

    1. Amanda, for a KidSafe alternative to Lavender, you can try Vetiver, Chamomile, or Mandarin. For your husband, I would keep the Bergamot and probably replace the Lavender and Geranium with Frankincense and Cypress. I like to think of earthy and forest-y smells for something more masculine, but of course, it is all individual! You could also replace all the drops of oil with one of our blends, like Wood Spice, which is very popular with guys 🙂

  • I made this soap several weeks ago except I only used 60 total drops of EO. I just thought 100 drops sounded like to many…

    1. Was there still a nice scent as you use the soap? 100 does seems like a lot, but I also want to have that wonderful EO scent the whole way thru use.

  • Do you have to use the microwave, or can you use either a double boiler or a candy/chocolate melter to melt the soap? Thanks!

    1. You could definitely use a double boiler instead :)I do not have any experience with a candy/chocolate melter, so it may be best to do the double boiler before trying that

  • I added fresh lavender, but while it hardened, they all floated to the top. How can I keep them throughout the whole bar?

    1. I’ve found adding them once it’s cooled some helps. Meaning, when it starts to harden, but can still be mixed.

  • If I use fresh lavender, do you think I would need EO’s as well? I’m doing this as a baby shower favor and I’m using honey melt and pour soap base. I have some dried lavender that I bought in France! 🙂 If I use the dried lavender, and should still use oils, do you think I would just use less? Or same amount? Thanks! 🙂

    1. Hi Jaimie, you’re question is a difficult one as it is really based on personal preference. You will certainly get some of the benefits of Lavender from using the dried herb however, the concentrated essential oil may boost the therapeutic effects and provide a stronger fragrance. You might try experimenting a bit to create a finished product that will meet your expectations.

    1. Hi Sherri,

      I haven’t added fresh lavender to soaps before but I know that many people do! The amount of bars this recipe would make will depend on the size of your molds. Have a great day!

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