Father’s Day… Birthday… Christmas… does the special man in your life really want another tie as his token present? I think not. This all-natural homemade bar soap is a perfect gift for the man in your life – regardless of the occasion. It has the perfect combination of “man-scent” and skin nourishing moisturizers. It’s all natural, does not contain any lye – and oh by the way – takes all of 5 minutes to make!
I wanted to experiment with soap making, but I wasn’t sure where to start. I wanted the soap to be free of lye (a dangerous process to make) and made of all natural ingredients. It took a while to research different recipes and soap making techniques, but once I figured it out, I was shocked at how easy it is!
This man-soap has a combination of mountain savory, citrus, and rosemary. It’s got that man-scent but also has a refreshing aroma for those early morning showers.
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The ingredients are as simple as making the soap.
Goats Milk Soap Suspension Base
Mountain Savory Essential Oil
Citrus Essential Oil
Bar Soap Directions
The ratio is three squares of soap base per one bar of this size (3x2x1). So for example, if you want to make three bars of soap, you will want to cut out 9 squares.
The ratio of essential oils is 20 drops of mountain savory and 10 drops of citrus per one bar. Use more or less to your scent preference.
The ratio of Rosemary is 1 TBSP per one bar. Use more or less to your preference.
- Cut out the desired amount of soap base squares.
- At half power, heat the soap in a large glass container or glass measuring cup at 30-second intervals. Depending on your microwave, this should take a total of 90 seconds to two minutes.
- Let cool for one minute.
- Stir and add the essential oils.
- Depending on how large the dried rosemary is, you may want to crush it in your palms. Add to the mixture and stir again.
- Ideally, you will want to pour the soap mixture through a funnel into the soap molds. It helps to minimize the bubbles. But if you don’t have one and don’t mind a few bubbles, it’s optional.
- Pour almost to the top of the soap molds.
- Let sit for four hours at room temperature.
- Gently remove from the silicone molds.
That’s it! I broke it down into detailed steps, but honestly, it only takes like 5 minutes to make. SIMPLE! And there is no right or wrong amounts of ingredients. Use a little more or less as it works for you. Be sure to heat only the soap in the microwave, you only want to add the essential oils after it cools for a minute.
Since this is going to be a Christmas present for a special man in my life (shhhhh…… don’t tell!!!!)… I had the other special man in my life try it out. He really liked it. It was sudsy, it had the right amount of man-scent, and it was nourishing on his skin. Winner!
So a funny thing happened when making this soap. I loved it! As in… REALLY loved it. I loved experimenting with the different scents and the gentle (and quick) process of making the soap. I always thought it was a difficult process. Which it is, if you use lye, and making real lye soap also has some risks involved. I had no idea that you could purchase the pre-made base and it was sooooo quick and easy. And therapeutic. Get emotionally prepared to see more of my soap creations in some future posts!
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Oh my gooses, my husband is going to LOVE this! I have never made my own soap before, but we both certainly love handmade stuff.:) Thank you!
Hi Tiffany – You are so sweet, thank you for stopping by to say hello and share! Hope to see you again soon! Hugs, Holly
Hi Holly! I’ve never made soap before, but this makes me wanna try it!!! I love the idea, it’s always so hard to find a gift for a man, I think. So this would be the perfect solution this holiday season! Thank you, Have a super day!
Hi Katrin – Thank you for your kind words! Oh my goodness, it was so easy to make! I can’t wait to experiment with more scents. Hugs, Holly
Super excited to try this version. I just got the supplies to make Christmas gifts and was surprised how easy it is to do.
Hi Shannon – How awesome! Once you have the supplies, it’s super quick to whip up a new batch. I hope you enjoy making the soaps for your Christmas presents! Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon! Hugs, Holly
This sounds so good, I can’t wait to try it!! Thanks for sharing!
Hi Cheryl – Thanks so much for stopping by to say hello! Hope to see you again soon! Hugs, Holly
I wish my computer came equipped with scratch-n-sniff! These look wonderful. I have some olive oil soap base left over from a (failed) attempt at soap making. I wonderful that would work instead of the goat’s milk?
Hi Meredith – Too funny! Even though they are “man-scented” I do love the aroma. Weirdly enough, I actually ordered 2 sets of shea base and they sent me one of each, so I actually used the goat’s milk first and loved how it turned out. Hugs, Holly
I’d love this soap for myself! Just letting you know I will be featuring your soap at Best of the Weekend tomorrow night!
Hi Amy – Oh my goodness, thank you so much for the feature! I am going to make some more “flavors” this week! Hugs, Holly
Holly, I really did enjoy your excitement in writing your article. However, I must disagree with the statement of NO LYE. Check the ingredients in the base soap, if it has Sodium Hydroxide in the ingredients, that is lye. You CAN NOT make soap without lye. Even the commercially made soaps have some form of lye whether it be Sodium Hydroxide or Potassium Hydroxide, it is still lye. What you have in your Suspension Base is pre-made lye soap. What happens when you make lye soap is the chemical process of saponification.
In this reaction, the triglyceride fats first hydrolyze into free fatty acids, and then these combine with the alkali or Lye to form crude soap: an amalgam of various soap salts, excess fat or alkali, water, and liberated glycerol (glycerin). The glycerin, a useful by-product, can remain in the soap product as a softening agent, or be isolated for other uses.
OMG! Did you look at the ingredients on the soap base??? I would never use something with so many possibly toxic ingredients.
I appreciate your explanation I wish you wouldn’t mind to explain the different in mixing liquid and bar soap
HI Edom – Thank you for stopping by! The base is a goats milk bar soap that can be melted down into a liquid, but it will then solidify when it cools. Hope this helps. Hugs, Holly
Holly, you have the greatest ideas and I just love love love them. I can’t wait yo make the soap for the special men in my life, the laundry soap too. My skin is so sensitive we always have to do extra rinses.
Hi Karen – OH my goodness, you totally made my day you are so sweet, thank you! Stay tuned… I have plenty more projects in the works! Hugs, Holly
Greetings, thank you for sharing that wonderful recipe. “GOD” Bless YOU
This recipe is wonderful. Thank you for sharing.
I hope you appreciate me mentioning that the goat milk you provided on the link does not contain natural ingredients. If you want a truly natural soap you will have to use natural goat base.
I bet this smells divine, planning on trying my hand at homemade soaps, pinning this one for later!
Hi Brenda – Thanks so much for pinning! I love making soaps… I need to post a few more on the blog. Hugs, Holly
I love that idea and I love how easy this looks to make.
Thanks for sharing at Waste Not Wednesday.
Thanks so much Kimm! Love your party! Hugs, Holly