a bar of homemade essential oil soap with a sprig of lavender and rosemary

DIY Essential Oil Blends and Recipes for Soap

Making soap with essential oils is a great way to save money, have fun and get creative. It also has many benefits such as being natural, non-toxic and environmentally friendly. I’m going to share with you a super fast and easy essential oil soap making recipe that will give you homemade soap in a few hours with only a few minutes of actual hands on time.

I’m also going to share some of my favorite DIY essential oil blends and recipes for homemade soap. These include Lavender, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, and Lemon Balm.

There are many benefits that come from making your own soaps.

1) Soap Making is a cost-saving process.

2) You can customize the soap to fit your needs or wants

3) It’s a great way to be creative and have fun crafting

4) You can use any type of essential oil you want for the recipe, so it will fit any skin type or preference

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Make sure to use real essential oil and not fragrance oils.

Fragrance oil is typically synthetic fragrance and is no different than buying a premade soap. It’s basically perfume.

To get all of the benefits of essential oils, make sure you are using a true essential oil.

If the bottle of your essential oil says “fragrance oil’ anywhere on it, then it is not a true essential oil.

Benefits of making your own DIY Soap with essential oils

a bar of homemade essential oil soap with a sprig of lavender and rosemary

Some of the benefits of using your own homemade Essential Oil Soap for Skin Care are:

  • It’s cheaper than buying commercial products.
  • It contains all natural ingredients so there are no harmful chemicals or preservatives that can disrupt hormones and cause other symptoms.
  • It is super moisturizing and doesn’t strip or dry out your skin
  • You can make the scent as strong as you like. If you like a strong scent, add more drops essential oil. If you prefer a lighter scent, add less drops of essential oil.
  • You can use this homemade soap as hand soap at your bathroom skin, or body soap in the shower/bath. It’s versatile and works wonderfully well as both.

Essential Oil to Use in your DIY Soap

There’s no limit to the essential oil blends and recipes that you can use in your homemade soap. I’ve included some simple essential oil soap blend recipes here as suggestions, but it’s entirely up to you which essential oils to use in your soap.

You can use just 1 essential oil scent, or combine 2 or more for a custom scent.

A Note about adding essential oils:

To add essential oils to your homemade soap recipes, you’ll want to start by adding small amounts of pure essential oil to your melted soap base. Start small and add more as needed.

The total amount of essential oils you use is going to vary depending on your personal taste, the essential oil, and the soap base you’re using.

I recommend experimenting with different oils to find a blend you love. You can try some of the blends below or come up with your own essential oil blends. Just combine an oil that has top notes with an oil that has base notes to come up with your own recipe.

Here is a list of the best essential oils to use in your soap:

Citrus oils smell fantastic and make great soaps. They are also good at cutting grease.

Favorite Essential Oil Blends for your Homemade Soap

Use these essential oil blends in the Homemade Soap recipe you’ll find below.

Spearmint and Rosemary essential oils

  • 15 drops Spearmint oil
  • 15 drops Rosemary oil
  • Optional: 1 – 2 teaspoons of additives such as Dried herbs, oatmeal, coffee, himalayan salt.

Disclaimer: Although these images show fresh herbs in the soap, we highly recommend only using dried herbs. The fresh herbs (although beautiful) turn the soap brown after a few days.

Adaptive and Lavender soap bars using melt and pour soap base

Combine the soothing and uplifting aroma of Adaptiv with the calming scent of Lavender to make your own soap bars. This simple recipe is the perfect way to introduce Adaptiv to your love ones and add a new dimension to your daily routine. 

  • Dried Lavender 
  • Soap coloring (optional)
  • 20 drops of Adaptiv essential oil blend
  • 5 drops of Lavender essential oil

Lemon Poppy Seed Soap

Between baby showers, birthdays, and weddings, gifts are a big part of our lives, but sometimes it’s hard to find the perfect thing. When it comes to those who love and support you, give them something homemade and meaningful. Instead of randomly searching for a gift they’ll never use, feel confident about our Lemon Poppy Seed Soap Bar recipe. Not only will they use it, they’ll love it.

Note: Citrus oils can cause photosensitivity, so we do not recommend exposing the skin to direct sunlight after topical application of these essential oils. However, essential oils in the soap bars are found in small, appropriate amounts that will not cause any phototoxic harm.

Rosemary-Lemon-Sage soap with cornmeal


Cinnamon-Orange-Ginger soap with coffee grounds:


Related Post: You may also love this Rosemary Lavender Infused Goat’s Milk Soap Recipe

How to make your own handmade soap using melt and pour base

bars of homemade essential oil soap with dried flowers and coffee beans

There are several ways to make your own soap at home. The easiest way is to microwave olive oil pour soap base until it’s liquid, add your essential oils, and then pour it into molds.

Melt and Pour base is a ready to use base for your soap that has already gone through the saponification process. Which is a fancy word that means the soap base has already undergone the chemical process to turn lye into a useable, safe form to use and eliminates the need for your soap to cure for weeks on end.

With a melt and pour soap base, your homemade soap bars will be ready in a few hours instead of weeks!

Supplies you’ll need to make your own DIY Soap

  • Silicone soap mold – There’s so many fun shapes available. I bought THESE basic rectangle shape molds.
  • melt and pour base – see my recommendations below
  • Glass jar or microwave safe bowl – I used my glass pyrex measuring cup.
  • essential oils for fragrance – see my essential oil soap blend recommendations below

There are so many fun silicone molds available. I’m loving THESE SILICONE MOLDS that are a basic rectangle shape and have beautiful patterns on them. I bought the plain molds without patterns, but wish I had bought these:

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Melt and Pour Soap Base for your DIY Soap

You can use whatever type of melt and pour base you like. There are many to choose from. A few of my personal favorites to use are:

  • Goat’s milk – I have bought and used THIS ONE and LOVE IT
  • Olive oil
  • Oatmeal – I haven’t tried oatmeal yet, but it’s on my list to make. I will be using THIS ONE. It’s the same brand as the Goat’s Milk soap base that I love
  • Honey – I recommend THIS ONE
  • Shea Butter – I recommend THIS ONE
  • Organic Glycerin – Use THIS ONE if you want a certified organic soap base.

Not sure which one you want to try first? Then check out this sampler pack that contains 7 different types of melt and pour soap base. You can try them all!

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Essential Oil Recipes for Homemade Soap using Melt and Pour Soap Recipes

Here is a really good basic homemade soap recipe to follow. This essential oil soap recipe takes only 5 – 10 minutes to make!!

a bar of homemade essential oil soap with a sprig of lavender and rosemary

Easy Homemade DIY Soap with Essential Oil Blends Recipe

Author: Dawn Goehring
It's easy and fun to make your own homemade soap with this DIY recipe. Use the suggested essential oil blends for scent or come up with your own.
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  • microwave safe glass bowl
  • silicone or wire whisk or spatula


  • 1 pound Melt and Pour Base goats milk, olive oil, oatmeal, etc.
  • 30 drops essential oil You'll want to use 30 total drops of essential oil – how much essential oil you use is up to you. Use more for a strong scent, less for a lighter scent. See the recommended blends for ideas on which essential oil blends to use or come up with your own blends.
  • optional additives like dried flower petals, honey, vitamin e


  • Break up 1 lb melt and pour base into glass bowl
  • Microwave in 30 second increments until fully melted. Or you can use the double boiler method by putting a few centimeters of water in a saucepan on the stove and bring it to boiling. Put you glass jar into the boiling water until the soap base has melted.
  • Add in your essential oils. Start small and add more until you get your desired scent.
  • Add in optional additives
  • Stir with a wire whisk or silicone spatula to completely mix everything together
  • Pour into your silicone mold
  • Let sit for 1 – 2 hours until completely cool
  • Remove from mold


Did you make this? Comment below with your favorite essential oil soap blends!

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About The Author

Dawn Goehring Desert Naturals Essential Oils

Dawn Goehring

Owner / Founder of Desert Naturals

Dawn Goehring is the founder of Desert Naturals where she writes educational articles on essential oils, DIY's on natural beauty products, homemade cleaners, and provides related essential oil accessories like Planners, Journals, Trackers, tshirts, and custom made essential oil storage.

Dawn discovered essential oils about 10 years ago to support her then 4 year old son who was struggling to manage a respiratory condition. She then learned how to use essential oils for everyday natural remedies for her family, and has helped hundreds of women incorporate essential oils in their lives to live a healthier, more holistic lifestyle using natural products and essential oils.

Dawn has earned an aromatherapist degree and has earned a doTERRA essential oil specialist certification which is a fancy way of saying she has learned a lot about the chemistry of essential oils and how they work in the body.

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