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How to Make Aloe Vera Soap at Home

By Mary Smith. Updated: March 30, 2020
How to Make Aloe Vera Soap at Home

Aloe vera is an excellent plant for skin care because it helps regenerate skin tissues and always keep them healthy and hydrated. In this oneHOWTO article, we will focus on how to make aloe vera soap, which is ideal for treating irritated, chapped or blotchy skin. It might also be helpful for acne, psoriasis and other skin disorders. With this very simple method you can make this natural soap at home. This method doesn't require a soap base, but it does need to use lye.

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You may also be interested in: How To Make Homemade Aloe Vera Lotion

What do you need to make homemade aloe vera soap?

To make this homemade aloe vera soap you will need:

  • Aloe vera gel
  • Olive oil
  • Distilled water
  • Caustic soda (lye)
  • An essential oil of your choice

The essential oil is used to scent the soap, but it is possible to use it without. Don't use anything which might irritate your skin. It is also possible to make soap with used oil. Some methods of making aloe vera soap require you to use a soap base, but this defeats the purpose. This homemade soap method is from scratch.

However, the reason many people use a base soap is because without it you will need to use a substance like lye. Lye, otherwise known as caustic soda, is a very corrosive substance which can react if not use properly. This is why you will also need:

  • A well-ventilated area
  • Rubber gloves
  • Protective eyewear

Now that you know what you need to make homemade aloe vera soap, you can follow the step-by-step instructions below.

How to Make Aloe Vera Soap at Home - What do you need to make homemade aloe vera soap?

Steps to making homemade aloe vera soap

First, boil the water and then pour it into a plastic container.

Leave the water to cool to room temperature (about an hour) and then add the caustic soda. Adding lye to water releases fumes. If you add it to boiling water it is dangerous. It can boil over and burn your skin. This is why it is a good idea to do this in an open space or in a well-ventilated area. Wear gloves due to the corrosiveness of the lye.

You need to next cut open the aloe vera to take out the pulp using a knife and a spoon. Beat the aloe vera pulp and temper the olive oil in the microwave for about 30 seconds.

When the mixture has cooled it is time to gradually add some olive oil. Don't forget to keep stirring the mixture in the same direction until you feel it thicken.

Now add the aloe vera to the mixture and stir. When it is almost set, if you want to you can add in a little essential oil such as lavender, rose, sage, etc.

Finally, when you get an even mixture, just pour it into a mould, which is broad and shallow. The next day, it will have turned into a solid mass allowing you to cut the aloe vera soap into pieces. Then you must let the pieces sit for 15-30 days to give them enough time to harden before you can start using them.

If you have enjoyed this article, at oneHOWTO you can also see how to make aloe vera lotion as well as how to make DIY bath bombs.

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hajiawa6
hey this is an amazing idea and I will defiantly try it guys ..thank you very much.
Fisseha Desta
How i remove tallow odor while i make soap?
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Fisseha
Some tips in keeping the tallow smell at a minimum is by:
1. Ventilating your home well, open windows and use a fan.
2. Make sure to preserve it well, the minute it shows signs of mould, remove it from your home.
3. Mixing lemon juice, salt and water to remove the smell after washing.
4. Freezing the tallow. Heat makes tallow smell stronger.
Rawat
Thanks for the information. Please suggest me the best glycerin soap with aloe vera that can nourish my skin during summers.
Bekalu Tesfaye Tirfe
I would like to prepare such type of soap
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waqar hussain
kindly tell me how i can make alovera soab at home
OneHowTo Editor
Follow the steps mentioned in the article above to make aloe vera soap.
Hope this helps
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elizabeth osei
i made an aloe vera soap and did not add any soda it did not work that why i used it the next and it did work
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haile
really i got it very intersiting, i been seen that some people makin
g aloe soap as one of IGA.

Cristina
Hello there! I just wanted to mention that this recipe doesn't sound right! If you want to make soap from scratch, yes you have to use LYE, but you don't boil the water, just add LYE to cold distilled water. if it's not from scratch - you use melt and pour soap (soap base). And is you really want to make it from scratch you have to wear the safety gear or you can burn yourself... If you are not an expert you better use m&p soap.
Raja
This recipe doesn't sound right to me either. I have made aloe vera soap before and did NOT boil the water. I used distilled in one recipe and Brita filtered water in another. I have only been soaping for four months now and my soaps have turned out beautifully.
elizabeth
Hi sorry caustic soda is lye. Also known as sodium hydroxide. It should never be added to hot water only to ice cold water
l pinder
step five says to add olive oil. should it say to add lye solution.
OneHowTo Editor
Hi there,
This recipe for soap doesn't use lye, olive oil is correct. Hope it helps

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