If you love making soaps, a DIY massage soap bar recipe could be your next project.
They are really easy to make and will make a great gift for any occasion.
The soaps have dual benefits for the body: massage and exfoliation.
To make them we will use natural ingredients that act as scrubs to help eliminate dead cells and maintain the skin smooth and soft.
The massage action is great to help relieve tension and knots in muscles, especially after work or exercise.
You don’t need to use essential oils, but I like to add them to help me unwind, to ease muscle pains, or just because I love their smell.
These 4 massage soap bars are made with lavender, green tea, calendula flowers, and soap leftovers.
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How to Make Massage Soap Bar (3 Recipes)
Some of the soaps have a ribbon or cord to hang them while you are showering or just to keep them hanging from the bathroom wall.
It comes in really handy.
Don’t add the cord if you don’t like it, I just made them both ways so you can see the difference.
1. DIY Exfoliant Green Tea Soap
- 180 gr melt and pour clear soap base (I like this one)
- one green tea bag
- 30 drops of tea tree essential oil (optional)
- rubbing alcohol in a spray
- a piece of cord or ribbon
- silicone soap mold like this one
How to make it:
- If you are using a cord or ribbon, place it in the mold (see picture) before adding the ingredients.
- Melt the soap in the microwave and add a bag of green tea,
- Stir and add tea tree oil essential oil.
- Stir again and pour into the mold.
- Spray with rubbing alcohol to dissipate any bubbles and let it dry.
Once it has dried, remove it from the mold.
Homemade Dandelion Massage Soap Bar
- 180 gr clear soap base (Melt and Pour)
- one tablespoon of dried Marigold flowers
- 30 drops of essential oil of your choice (I used jasmine)
- a piece of ribbon or cord
- massage bar silicon soap mold
- rubbing alcohol (sprayer)
How to make it:
- Once the soap has completely dissolved add one tablespoon of calendula dried flowers and the essential oil of your choice.
- Stir and pour into molds.
- Don’t forget to spray with rubbing alcohol to make sure there are no bubbles.
- Once it dries it is ready to unmold.
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3. Lavender Exfoliating Bar Soap
- 180 gr white soap base (Melt and Pour) (check this one)
- one tablespoon of dried lavender flowers
- 30 drops of lavender essential oil like this one
- cosmetic grade purple soap colorant (I used this colored mica powder)
- rubbing alcohol
- a piece of ribbon or cord
- massage bar silicon soap mold (I used this one)
- The first step is to place the cord in the mold.
- After you melt the soap, add one tablespoon of lavender seeds, purple colorant, and 30 drops of lavender essential oil.
- To make sure the seeds are well distributed in the soap add half of the mixture first and let it dry for about 5 minutes.
- Then pour the rest of the mixture on top and spray with rubbing alcohol.
DIY Massage Soap Leftovers
I made this massage soap bar using leftovers from other soaps.
- To make it just combine all the soap leftovers and melt them in the microwave.
- Add about 30 drops of rosemary essential oil or any other essential oil of your choice.
- I added a black colorant but you can add any other color or skip it altogether.
- Place in the massage soap mold until it sets.
- Pop soap bars out of the silicone mold.
The ribbon or cords are useful to hang from your bathroom wall.
✅ Other homemade ideas for yourself or to use as gifts:
- sugar scrub cubes without soap
- easy oatmeal soap bar recipe
- solid lotion bars without beeswax
- easy DIY lavender soap recipe
- homemade lavender clay face mask
How To Use Them
Once in the shower and with the skin moist, start massaging the body in circular motions, insisting on knotty and stubborn areas.
Use the other side of the soap if you want an exfoliating action, instead.
These soap bars will last for a long time.
To store them keep them away from water and humidity. You can hang them from the shower wall, but make sure they remain dry when not in use.
Alternatively, store them in a soap dish or in plastic wrap.