How to Make Whipped Soap: A Step-by-Step Tutorial

By Marsha Harrison

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You may have seen a lot of self-care and beauty influencers using colorful, cream-like products as a body wash. In case you did not know, that thing is called whipped soap but there are other fancier names for it like cream soap or body soufflé.

More than just a trend, this type of soap is quite versatile in terms of usage. Apart from body wash, you can use it as a hand soap or a shaving cream.

If you want to learn how to make whipped soap but do not have enough experience, I invite you to check out this beginner-friendly guide.

What You Need

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If you don’t want to use a whipped soap-making kit, follow this recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Your choice of foaming or whipped soap base
  • Additional items of your choice:
  1. Carrier oils (e.g. Jojoba oil or almond oil)
  2. Essential oils
  3. Mica
  4. Additives like exfoliants
  5. Preservatives

Equipment:

  • Empty jar with a lid
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Microwave-safe mixing bowls
  • Hand mixer
  • Spatula
  • Spoons
  • Digital scale
  • Piping bag

Step-by-Step Guide

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Step 1: Prepare all ingredients

Using your knife, chop the soap base into small cubes on a chopping board. After that, place the soap base in a mixing bowl.

For experienced soap makers, estimating the quantity of soap base and additives to use will be easy. If you are a first-timer, you may want to get some ideas from other soap makers.

I recommend following this whipped soap recipe from Your Beauty Blog:

  • 35 grams soap base
  • 10 grams grapeseed oil
  • 3 grams of essential oils
  • 52 grams of distilled water
  • Preservatives

Combine the carrier oil, distilled water, and preservatives in a separate bowl.

Step 2: Melt the soap base, mix ingredients, and whip until it’s fluffy

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Pop your bowl of chopped soap base in the microwave at intervals. I like to follow this technique from Dummies:

Heat the soap for 45 seconds then take it out to stir. After that, run it again in the microwave in 15-second intervals and stir again in between. You can stop once it completely melts.

Pour the oil and water we mixed earlier into the melted soap very slowly. While doing so, use your hand mixer to combine all the whipped soap ingredients.

For best results, slowly combine the mixture from the other bowl into the melted soap while you simultaneously mix with the hand mixer. Slow pouring is key to giving the mixture time to whip!

At this point, you can add essential oils and mica then continue to whip. To make whipped soap scrub, add your salt or sugar exfoliants.

You can stop with the hand mixer until the consistency is similar to shaving cream.

Step 3: Transfer to a jar

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The lazy way to transfer the whipped soap is by scooping it with your spoon and stuffing it in a jar.

This should be ready to use so feel free to place it on your bathroom shelf or by the sink.

But, if you want to make whipped body soap to give as a gift, Candle Science suggests using a piping bag. Fill the jar as though you are decorating a cake with frosted icing.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How can I properly store my DIY whipped soap?

If you plan to use it at a different time, just make sure to take out the excess moisture before closing the lid. You can store it in a cool, dry place. What matters is that it is not close to any heat source.

Which is better: Make whipped soap with melt and pour or cold process?

Many avid soapmakers prefer the cold process because they can customize ingredients and concoct a more creative handmade soap.

If you are a beginner, chances are you do not have enough experience in handling lye. This particular ingredient can be hazardous to your health if safety protocols are not followed.

Hence, first-timers are encouraged to use pre-made soap bases to create their whipped soap in tutorials like this. Anyway, this method will cut the time spent on soapmaking.

Regardless of the method, however, you can produce decent-quality jars of soap if you follow the steps correctly.

What are the benefits of using whipped soap?

As explained earlier, this 3-in-1 product can be used for handwashing, bathing, and shaving. In other words, you don’t need three different products sitting on your bathroom counter. It’s a true space saver!

Furthermore, whipped soap is best known for its moisturizing properties. Showering with it will leave your skin smooth. Plus, its creamy texture will make you feel like you’re in a high-end spa!

How do I use whipped soap?

For showering, just scoop a small quantity of soap from the jar then apply it directly to your skin. You can spread it with your hands or use a shower puff.

The same amount will also make your tub foamy. Instead of rubbing the soap on your body, run it under the tap with running water and enjoy your bubble bath!

If you need to shave, use your finger to get a bit of soap. Let it froth so that your skin is smooth as you shave.

Do I need to add preservatives?

It is up to you. If you choose not to add preservatives, you need to use your soap within one to two weeks.

Otherwise, you can make small batches of whipped soap to avoid wasting the product.

Conclusion

We can always buy ready-made jars of whipped soap. Still, there is nothing more satisfying than bathing with a product that we crafted on our own!

Intended for newbies, this tutorial on how to make whipped soap uses ingredients that will not pose any safety issues. However, you may need a few tries to produce something that you like.

Fortunately, the recipe I shared leaves some room for you to experiment with essential oils, carrier oils, exfoliants, and colors. Just keep exploring new combinations and have fun with it!

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