Upcycled Soap – How to Make Soap the Frugal Way!

by Sarah - Craft Invaders

Soap making is great fun and makes a lovely homemade gift. However, it’s so easy to fall into the trap of buying loads of supplies just to try out a craft.Why not start out by upcycling a couple of bars of store-bought soap before you take the plunge and fill yet another cupboard full of supplies! In this upcycled soap tutorial we show you how you can try out soap making at home with just a couple of items from the supermarket – you may even have them in your cupboard at home already!

In this upcycled soap tutorial we show you how you can try out soap making at home with just a couple of items from the supermarket – you may even have them in your cupboard at home already!

Note: For this project, you need to use a translucent glycerine soap, such as Pears or Neutrogena. It does not work with the opaque lotion based ones – I know I’ve tried!

What you need to make our honey and pears upcycled soap

In this upcycled soap tutorial we show you how you can try out soap making at home with just a couple of items from the supermarket – you may even have them in your cupboard at home already!

We used 2 bars of Pears soap, honey, bubble-wrap, a flexible mould (you can use anything as long as it has a bit of flex to help remove the bar), a microwavable jug and a spoon.

How to make honey and pears upcycled soap

Chop up your soap and place in a microwavable jug.

In this upcycled soap tutorial we show you how you can try out soap making at home with just a couple of items from the supermarket – you may even have them in your cupboard at home already!

Heat in microwave for 20 sec at a time. Check on the progress after each blast.

The photo below shows the soap half melted after 40 secs. Remember the soap will be hot!

In this upcycled soap tutorial we show you how you can try out soap making at home with just a couple of items from the supermarket – you may even have them in your cupboard at home already!

If you feel the need to stir your soap, do so carefully – you don’t want to introduce any bubbles.

Once melted, add your honey (I used about a tablespoon) and stir carefully until combined.

In this upcycled soap tutorial we show you how you can try out soap making at home with just a couple of items from the supermarket – you may even have them in your cupboard at home already!

Immediately pour into your moulds. The soap will start to harden quickly, so don’t hang about!

Place the bubble-wrap over the soap, and press gently to ensure it is in contact with it.

In this upcycled soap tutorial we show you how you can try out soap making at home with just a couple of items from the supermarket – you may even have them in your cupboard at home already!

Leave to cool and set for an hour or so. Remove from the mould and admire!

This is a great way to try out soap-making at home, without having to invest in lots of supplies.

In this upcycled soap tutorial we show you how you can try out soap making at home with just a couple of items from the supermarket – you may even have them in your cupboard at home already!

For more frugal upcycled craft ideas, why not check out our Easy Fabric Covered Books and our Marbling Bottles with Nail Polish posts.

In this upcycled soap tutorial we show you how you can try out soap making at home with just a couple of items from the supermarket – you may even have them in your cupboard at home already!

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20 comments

Rosa Ferguson February 14, 2020 - 12:42 pm

Can you add a scent to this or does the honey give it a scent?

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Sarah - Craft Invaders February 19, 2020 - 1:54 pm

This particular soap has quite a strong scent so I didn’t but you definitely could add one Rosa 🙂

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Belinda Kelly October 28, 2019 - 1:38 pm

Your Ideas are brilliant. Lovem!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders October 28, 2019 - 5:32 pm

Thank you so much for your kind comment Belinda 🙂

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Cindy Hurst October 28, 2019 - 12:38 pm

Can you use Castile soap and melt it?

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Sarah - Craft Invaders October 28, 2019 - 5:31 pm

Hi Cindy I have only melted glycerine soaps for use in crafts, but I had a google and found quite a few references to people melting Castile soap successfully so it’s definitely worth a go. Here’s one guide I found https://www.ehow.com/how_5689114_melt-castile-soap.html I’d love to hear how it works out if you do try it 🙂

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MotherGeek November 29, 2018 - 5:10 pm

Such a brilliant idea! Tempted to do this with my daughter for her Teacher and TA’s Christmas gifts 🙂

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Sarah - Craft Invaders December 10, 2018 - 12:46 am

Thanks Mothergeek, it’d be perfect for teacher presents 🙂

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Ginny November 7, 2018 - 11:25 am

Just found your site & love it. I would love to make these, but don’t have a microwave. Can it be made using a water bath do you think? Thanks.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 7, 2018 - 11:57 am

Hi Ginny, Thanks so much for your kind comment. Although I haven’t tried it I know that melt and pour soap type soap is meant to melt well in a water bath or double boiler so I think it would work well for the pears soap too. Do come back and let us know how you got on 🙂

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Linda at Mixed Kreations May 23, 2017 - 4:29 pm

Oh how pretty! I love how the print from the bubble wrap looks. I have tried some soap making, and it can get expensive. This sounds a lot easier and it turned out so pretty, and would great gifts.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 8, 2017 - 8:33 am

I was delighted with how it turned out Linda, and was pleased to come up with a way to try it without people having to spend lots – it’s so easy to spend a fortune on craft supplies!

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Jenny Eaves December 9, 2015 - 8:55 am

It looks great! I love the idea of using bubble wrap for the indentations too, makes it look very professional and a perfect gift. It would look excellent in a Christmas hamper too. Thank you for sharing and linking up to #howtosunday 🙂 x

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Sarah - Craft Invaders December 10, 2015 - 10:56 pm

I love the bubble wrap effect too. We’ve made honey soap with melt and pour soap as well which was lovely but it didn’t have the amazing colour that the pears soap gives this one.

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Robyn December 7, 2015 - 9:07 am

This looks really fun and easy. I love to give and receive soaps as gifts, and I especially love honey scented soaps so I’m really keen to give this a go 🙂 #howtosunday

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Sarah - Craft Invaders December 7, 2015 - 11:02 am

It’s a great way to dip your toe into soap making – and really is simple 🙂

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Training Mummy December 6, 2015 - 10:06 pm

hat a great idea, just a pity we never have this type of soap lying about 🙁 #howtosunday

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Sarah - Craft Invaders December 7, 2015 - 11:03 am

Sadly it only works with some of the ‘clear’ glycerin based soaps – I did try with lots of different brands and the results weren’t pleasant!

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Sara at Handy Herbs December 6, 2015 - 10:47 am

That looks like a lovely idea and as you say, perfect for a gift, particularly at this time of year. I am surprised how easy it is! Thanks for sharing #HowToSundays

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Sarah - Craft Invaders December 6, 2015 - 9:37 pm

It’s a great way to try your hand and making soap without having to buy loads of bits and pieces 🙂

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