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This pumpkin spice soap recipe is super easy and smells amazing. It would be a great addition to a holiday gift or something to make for yourself when you need a little fall-scented self-care.
Making Soap is Easy and Fun
I really enjoy making soap, and I don’t know why I don’t do it more often. (The last batch I made was this vanilla-almond melt and pour soap almost two years ago.)
When you use melt and pour soapmaking products you can literally make soap in a few minutes (ok, maybe it’s not “real” soap making but I am not about to be pulling out the lye and lard and all of that for the authentic experience). And you can change it up a bunch of different ways.
You don’t really even need a recipe to make your own pumpkin spice soap — or any other kind of soap, for that matter — but it’s nice to have a rough guide to get you started.
My Pumpkin Spice Soap Recipe
I actually had some soap base left over from a soap making kit I bought years ago, so I used a mix of clear soap base and coconut milk soap base for my pumpkin spice soap.
How much you need will depend on the size of your mold and how much soap you want to make. I was trying out this soap making kit, and to fill the full mold I needed about a pound and a half total of soap base.
Then I just added a tablespoon of pie spice (because that’s what I had on hand; you can use products called pumpkin pie spice, apple pie spice or even just cinnamon if you like) and 1/2 cup of oatmeal. I had rolled oats but again you can use whatever you have.
Making Pumpkin Spice Soap
Using a microwave safe bowl, melt the soap base in the microwave. Heat it for 30 second increments and stir in between as it begins to melt.
Alternatively you can use a pot you don’t use for food purposes and melt the soap base over low heat on the stovetop or an electric burner. Do not leave unattended and remove from heat as soon as it is melted.
Mix in the pie spice and oatmeal.
Pour into mold(s) and allow to cool and harden completely.
Because this soap mold makes on big brick of soap, I also had to cut it into pieces. You can make your bars whatever size you like.
Using Pumpkin Spice Soap
This soap smells really nice, and the addition of oatmeal makes it a little exfoliating and good for the skin. You can use it to wash hands or in the bath or shower.
The girl says it smells good when you are using it but I haven’t noticed that the scent lingers that much. I don’t love super strong soaps, so if you do you can add more spice or even throw in some essential oils (vanilla is good for PSL lovers).
How to Store Soap
If you make this pumpkin spice soap recipe in quantity, you might want to store it for a while before you give it as gifts. Melt and pour soap like this contains glycerin, which attracts water from the air, which can make little water droplets form on the surface of the soap.
This is known as glycerin dew, and while it isn’t actually a problem if your soap develops it, it isn’t very pretty. So you’ll want to wrap your soap in plastic wrap or store in an airtight container before using or gifting.
When you give this soap you can wrap it in parchment paper, put in a cute little bag (paper or cloth) or give it with a knit or crocheted soap sack.
Have you ever made your own soap? I’d love to hear if you have a favorite mix.