Bare Essentials – DIY Soap

Customized soap to produce healing remedies for every skin type

By Katrina Johns - recipe & story & Chantal Payette, product styling

Photos By Renna Newman

customized soap to produce healing remedies

Nourish And Pamper Yourself With These DIY Natural Soap Blends

Making your own DIY soap sounds a lot more difficult than it actually is. Combining herbs and essential oils with glycerin creates a unique mixture than can be customized to produce healing remedies for every skin type.


Glycerin is completely naturally derived and is considered to be a key ingredient for the most moisturizing soaps. Derived from plant-based oils, it has hygroscopic properties, meaning it absorbs moisture. In fact, if it’s left alone, it would absorb up to a fifth of its weight in water. That’s how it keeps your skin silky smooth.


  • Glycerin soap base
  • Assorted herbs
  • Assorted essential oils
  • Glass bowl or glass measuring cup
  • Soap molds (You can use old cartons or yogurt cups to save money. You can also use a silicon mold – both pop out the soap easily and with minimal damage)


  1. In a food processor or blender, purée the herbs until you have a chunky paste.
  2. Melt the glycerin base in a microwavable dish or a double boiler.
  3. Combine the herbs and the soap. Stirring the mixture frequently will help infuse the soap with the colour from the herbs.
  4. Add 3-5 drops of essential oil.
  5. Pour the mixture into the molds. Spray a mix of alcohol and water on top of the soap to get rid of any liquid bubbles, to create a smooth finish.
  6. Let the soap set overnight.
  7. The soap is now ready to use. It can last up to three months!


Sage and orange essential oil, to detoxify skin, treat acne and dermatitis, or boost smooth skin

Thyme and ylang-ylang essential oil, to control oil production and minimize breakouts.

Mint and eucalyptus essential oil, for pain relief and anti-bacterial properties

Rosemary and lemon essential oil, for a natural astringent and bacteria prevention

Basil and tea tree essential oil, to prevent acne-causing bacteria