Soap Base

Here I will provide you with four different variations of a soap base. This will also serve as a reference point for all face and hair cleanser recipes. You will simply add one of the following to any recipe that calls for a soap base. Choose whichever one you find most convenient. Each variation will keep forever once made.

Castile Soap Base


All-One Hemp Baby Unscented Pure-Castile Bar Soap finely grated  *      5 Oz.
Purified water       5 cups

This is the cheapest option. A single bar of  Dr. Bonners Castile Soap is $4.79.
You can get a pack of 3 on Amazon for $15, which breaks down to $5 a bar. I suggest checking your local grocery store, natural health food store, or target first. I always recommend shopping in your local community first before heading online.

*I suggest the baby unscented bar because it has no added fragrance and is good for sensitive skin.

• Add water to a pot and bring to a simmer.
• Add the grated soap and bring to a low boil, stirring until the soap completely dissolves.
• Store in a glass jar.

18-In-One Hemp Baby Unscented Pure-Castile Liquid Soap        1/4 cup

This is the most convenient option in my opinion. You just simply add 1/4 cup of this soap to any recipe that calls for a soap base. Easy peasy, right?


Pure Soap Flakes

Soap flakes can be found at most health food stores and pharmacies so check there first before heading online.

Soap flakes     5 ounces
Purified water    5 cups

• Add water to a pot and bring to a simmer.
• Add flakes, stirring until soap dissolves.
• Let cool and store in a large glass jar.

This mixture will most likely gel and become clumpy after sitting for a while. Rest assured, it’s still good and safe to use. Just take the amount you need and whisk it or put it in a small blender when you make your hair or face cleanser recipe.

Soapwort Root


Soapwort root is the raw material of soaps and other cleaning products. You can most likely find some at a natural health food store or an herbalist may be able to provide you with some or possible point you in the right direction.

Crushed soapwort root     1 oz.
Purified Water    6 cups


Place crushed soapwort root in a large glass pyrex bowl.
Bring water to a rapid boil and pour it over the soapwort root.
leave it to infuse for about an hour.
Once ready, filter it through a cheesecloth, milk bag, or coffee filter.
(I prefer the milk bag. It’s the easiest to use and wash)

Store in a large glass jar


When you shampoo using this option, you will need to use larger quantities of the final recipe. About 2 tablespoons EXTRA of the finished recipe.
Ex: If the direction calls for you to use 2 tablespoons of a shampoo recipe you will need to use 4 tablespoons of the FINAL recipe when using this option as your soap base.


Okay, now that we got the basics out of the way let’s get started making our first face soap cleanser! It’s super simple. I promise!

NOTE: If you’re in a pinch and want to make one of the hair or face cleansers I share on my blog but don’t have the ingredients needed to make the soap base (or you just don’t feel like making your own soap base), simply use a 1/4 cup of your favorite store-bought shampoo or facial cleanser as your soap base. If you are not already, I suggest using something that is natural and free of harsh chemicals. The whole point here is to create skincare products that are simple, pure and as natural as possible.

Anywhoo, happy soap making if you try it out! Let me know how it works out for you…PLEASE!

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