How To Make Exfoliating Soap At Home – Do It Yourself Series

How To Make Exfoliating Soap At Home – Do It Yourself Series

Hi Everyone,

I am going to start a new “Do-It-Yourself” series on IMBB where I will be posting fun things you can create yourself at home, by using products/contents from your kitchen shelf.  I am a big fan of D-I-Y stuff and keep experimenting a lot. So, I thought why not share it with you all here.

I love to use body scrubs and more often, I reach for exfoliating soaps to save me some time in the shower.  Today, I will be showing you how you can make an exfoliating soap with ingredients easily available at home.

Here is what all you will need for it:

How To Make Exfoliating Soap At Home Do It Yourself Series

1. A clear soap – I use normal glycerine-based Pears soap. I haven’t used any other soap as yet, so not sure if they will work too or not.

Pears Soap

2. Oats, some body scrub and coffee (optional).

Body Scrub

3. Some rose petals.

Rose petals

4. Coconut oil/Olive oil.


5. Any essential oils of your choice.

6. A glass/plastic bowl which is microwave safe.

Glass bowl

7. A spoon and a steel/plastic bowl.

Steel bowl


Step 1:

Take your clear soap in a glass/plastic bowl and melt it. Use a double boiler to melt it or you can even microwave it. Just make sure, if you opt to use a microwave, that you should “not overheat” on high temperature. Heat for 10 seconds and then keep checking if it has started to melt. One soap bar does not take a lot of time to melt completely.

Pears Soap

This is how it should be like after melting, like a clear liquid.

Pears Soap

Step 2 :

Add the ingredients in it “quickly,” like the coffee, oats, body scrub, essential oils to the soap liquid. You can also add some oil to make it a more moisturising soap.

How to make soap

Step 3:

Give it a quick mix and make sure there are no lumps.  Transfer it to a “greased with coconut oil” mould or plastic/steel bowl.

How to make soap

Step 4:

Set it in the refrigerator. Wait for 15 minutes.

“Demold” the soap and its done!!

Here is your handmade exfoliating soap:

How to make soap

Not looking cute 😛

Turn it! 😀

How to make soap

:happydance: :happydance:

How to make soap

You can use this soap normally like your exfoliating soaps for body (not for your face though).  You can go ahead and experiment with the base scrub you would like to use in the soap and mix oils to make it a rather moisturising one. I prepared another soap last week using sugar and just oats.

Here it is:

How to make soap

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203 thoughts on “How To Make Exfoliating Soap At Home – Do It Yourself Series

        1. haainggg … 😐 😐 😐
          Piiidddjaa Treat toh hum waise bhi niklwaa jenge :vampire: :vampire: :vampire: :vampire: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue:

    1. thankoooooooo Radsss… Like u say… “i m feeling so einsteinishhh 😀 😀 😀 :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin:
      U wait… i ll make lussss soap dupess now :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

  1. OMG this is soooo amazing Nupur! I love it and I am going to make one today itself :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance:
    BTW I love the look of the 2nd soap you made with sugar n oats :toothygrin:

  2. wowieee. :woot: :woot: Amazing Tips nuu :victory2: :victory2: M so gonna try these :pompom: :pompom: :pompom: These look like our ghar ka lush.and if we use the molds available for bakery stuff then we can get so many different shapes too :happydance: :happydance: luving it :clap:

  3. Nupur…..both the soaps look so good….I will also try…..can I melt cadbury’s chocolate into the soap as well :yahoo: :yahoo:

      1. Yes Shamiiiiiiiiiiiiiii…..image all that cadbury’s in a soap….I will put my son’s Kinder Joy ladoos also in my soap :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance:

        1. Oh finally dont eat the soap jomol :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

          Try melting some gold on the soap too, then it will be “GOLD Soap – Jomol’s invention” 😆

          1. Shami…..a mallu in need is a mallu indeed……now give me your gold mallu sister…I will share half the soap with you :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot:

            1. :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank: :pan: :pan: :pan:
              i dont want Gold soap me happy wearing it :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

  4. Me bookmarking and tryin next week… :yahoo: :yahoo: I feel hungry after seeing the brown soap.. Weird of me right.. 😛

  5. Hey Nupur..I want to know that how much quantity of coffee,oats,body scrub and oil is required in making this soap?

    BTW lovely recipe.. :yahoo:

  6. Awesome DIY Nupoor… love the idea… :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: Since pears is very drying for me… any other soap that can be used? Any pointers? if we don’t have microwave and need to do it stove top…how much time will it take in the double boiler method??
    me :jog: :jog: :jog: to do it today itself…. :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

    1. thanksLalitha,
      i have mentioned that I have not tried any other soap… and i have also mentioned that you can add oils to it to make it a rather moisturising soap…..
      It wont take more than 1 minute with the double boiler method too

      1. Thanks for the clarification Nupur…this is on my to do for this weekend… will let you know how it comes :puchhi: :puchhi:

  7. Awesome one nupur, never knew about this, thanks for sharing.. :))

    Hope there will be a new brand in market soon “Nupur’s handmade Cosmetics” :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

    1. my comment is on moderation, last week only i was sooo proud that my comment never go for moderation and this week it happened 😀 😀 😀

        1. Laxmi, i think i told to you or JW or both only :stars: :stars: :stars: about moderation.. :huh: :huh: :huh: now it happened to me :toothygrin:

      1. Wish your dream comes true nupur :rose: :rose: :rose: … hope you will print your pic :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: in all the products like the way SH aunty does

      1. Deepa,
        I have mentioned that you need to grease the bowl before setting it ….
        it comes off easily…coz of that…. Just move ur knife lightly on the sides of the soap

  8. Super cool!!!!! :woot: :woot: :woot: :love: :love: :love: :happydance: :happydance:
    Please tell me how u did the sugar and oats soap. It s so beautiful! I wanna do it today :waaa:

      1. yay yay yay yay!!! Thanks nupur :puchhi: :puchhi: I will try today! Pls post lots of DIY stuff and also lush dupes! :jalwa: :jiggy1:

  9. Lovely!!! Nupur. I loved it. Keep these coming. I am going to try this at home today itself 🙂

    BTW just one question, what will be the shelf life of such soaps? any idea?

  10. Arpita….once you turn the 12th image over, you will get the 13th image which is a beauty, so don’t worry and turn over :specs: :specs:

  11. Wow Nupur, thats double creativity at its best!!!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: and the soap looks so gooooooooooood :inlove: :inlove: wonder what it wud smell like…coffee + pears fragnance must be prominent ones.. :jalwa: :jalwa:

    1. Thanks Tara 🙂
      :makeup: :makeup: :makeup: :makeup: It smells of cofffeee and also of the essential oils i add in it … so overalll…. just awesome :makeup: :makeup:

  12. thanks mansi 🙂
    I wud suggest u make a mild scrub soap then, like use just oats… n if u think ur sholder area is more prone to breakouts, avoid using a scrub soap thr 🙂

  13. lovely post nupur… awesome idea :puchhi: … love DIY STUFF.. will try this weekend :yahoo: plz post more diy stuff like moisturiser, sunscreen , any soap/face wash to be used on face..

  14. kya baat kya baat behenna….tumahara dimaaag preserve karna chaye..inne mast mast ideaaa 😉 :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: main bhi try kalungi shundayyyyy kooooooo :toothygrin:

    1. Farhaaa :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: 1 bas tujhe hi mere ddddiiimmaaaaggg ki kdrrrrr hai behennnnnnnnnnnn :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :teddy: :teddy:
      u also try n meiko btana kaisha bnaa :yahoo: :yahoo:

        1. aur chameli ka tail bhi daalna ismei, eddie ko pasand aayega :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi:

  15. Awesome, mindblowingly innovative :worship:
    Aise idea kaise aate hain aapko? My mind is just going on a over drive thinking all the possible things I can put in it…orange peel, honey, grated coconut! 😛

  16. Mind blowing idea.. i am gona do it today…
    U made this soap for one time use kya? or u store it in the fridge ? :woot:

    1. Visakhi, one time nhi kaafi times k liye use ho jaata hai yeh soap :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin:
      I have made 2 till date, jab yeh finish honge I ll make more, not making n storing them atm O:) O:)

  17. Wow.. what an idea nupurji.. :high5: Btw, hw abt adding fruit bits like papaya.. ?? Nice clicks and clr instructions… :yes:

      1. Aparna, there are lots of clear soaps in market these days- santoor/ doy care / fiama di wills etc. Fiama is very nice. it comes in two variants – clear springs and mild dew…..both are nice!

  18. It was surely a lovely dovely day when i came to know of IMBB :clap: :clap: this looks so easy 🙂 🙂 i am a big DIY person..i will be doing it today itself…i really look forward to your posts Nupur..thanks for sharing 🙂

  19. i am sooooo addicted to IMBB blogs that i open them before loggin on to fb..! evryone out here does a superb job..hats off people :clap: 🙂 🙂

  20. 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯

    What a brilliant idea, Nupur!! Love it!
    I’m definitely trying this out!! :jiggy1: :jiggy1: :jiggy1: :jiggy1: :jiggy1: :jiggy1:

    BTW, you mentioned that this DIY shouldn’t be used on the face. Any specific reasons?? :sidefrown:

      1. thanks Preithi :yahoo: :yahoo:
        reason being, bathing soaps(base-pears usedhere) are not really good for sensitive facial skin , plus on ur face u shud not use harsh scrubs…

  21. wow Nupur :jaiho: i must say you are really intelligent you have loads of such good ideas. looking forward to more and more of these.. :puchhi:

        1. If Tsunami hits Andaman in next 15 minutes as predicted, it will hit east coast of India around 4.50PM in Tamilnadu, Chennai around 4.57PM and in next one hour rest of east coast. Pray there is no Tsunami!

          Shami… careful……. :-/ :-/ :-/

          1. Actually me in office na, i am quiet far from sea, but my home is just 600mts away from sea, my mom, my son and nephew (1 yr baby) are all at home, hope there will be no tsunami!!

  22. :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: easy peasy cute one…..!!!!!!!!!!!!! will try this…. but i don have a microwave at home…!!!! any ides hw can i do with out microwave… Nupur help me….!!!!

  23. IMBB ROCKS !!! :announce:
    what an amazing post Nupur…. I can already think of a zillion variations to this…. Hats off !!! Will try asap :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

  24. i have been a silent reader of this blog :specs: !! but i just could not help myself from commenting , the soap looks so cute ,, i am so making it this weekend :makeup: :makeup: :makeup: :makeup: :makeup:

  25. Uhhhmazing idea and great work done Nupur!!!! :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: Very original,the soap looks very lushish and classy! :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: please do post lot of recipes. I Love DIY!. O:)

    PS: I use the same to same Oats you used for scrubbing but i have a Big pack of it :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

  26. superb post nupur… slowly i am becoming ur fan :puchhi: :puchhi: really i love all your posts… :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
    its such a gr8 gr8 product but i knw i am too lazy to prepare it at home.. but wl definitely make up my mind. currently i just use besan for exfoliation…

  27. Nupurisss thanks for this lovely poshtt just when I was looking up for DIY handmade soap material on internet… :teddy: :teddy:

    ohh CCD Charge is my favorite.. :drool: :drool: :drool: did you get the coffee filter?? I noe have filter I use a strainer and cloth to strain.. I am not sure which filter to buy :nababana: :nababana: ..suggest no.. :methinks: :methinks:

    oh and your piccys turning out amazing every passing day.. keep it up Nu.. :haanji: :haanji: :clap: :clap: :clap:

        1. but strainer se fine particles bhi aa jaate hai na .. thats why I use cloth under the strainer..muslin cloth waise wala

          1. Dipti, i let it stay in a glass for sometime, us se jo b bache kuche particles hotein hain, they settle down at the bottom :victory2: :victory2:

  28. Goodness Gracious…..You are my long-lost-DIY-sistaahhh :happydance:

    How innovative & thoughtful & sophisticated & practical & doable & Ye & woh preparation it is.. :jaiho: Me lurved it..gonna wait for more updates in this DIY series as its my mosshhhtttt faabbrriiteee… :teddy:

      1. I to bus google & use sum grey matter with pure matter & maaro try in my Alma Mater (Read : Kitchen/Bathroom) but it DOES work most of the times. Even for minor pains/ailments I prefer to treat ’em at home only by Daadima ke Nuskhe..even though we are covered by Premium Health Insurance & Hospital is very much mere ghar ke paas..but am toooooo lazy to go there & spend hours in diagnosis & tests & bla bla.. :doctor:

        Same with Salons..I have got one Raffle Prize in Diwali 2 yrs back..which includes a combo of 5 treatments in Jacques Janine..which is a Premium chain of Salons in Latin America. And as it doesnt have xpiry still thinking when to go.. :toothygrin:

  29. i missed all of you so much today. there was no light the entire day and now i have come to office :waaa: :waaa: :waaa: :waaa: :waaa: :waaa: :waaa:

    Good morning :yawn:

    the only good thing the entire day was , i went and had supper at imperial. :happydance: :happydance: :happydance:

    1. :spank: :spank: :spank: Rati…its going to rain here today…..its kind of gloomy now….what you had at Imperial

      1. here also it’s going to rain. i had tea and sandwiches. :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: My pati had colorless looking chai, which he said was awesome. I toh had my kadak masala chai. :preen: :preen:

        1. Me also ordered mast kadak adrak waali chaiiiiiiiiiiiiiii…..pakoron waala mausam hai :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance:

              1. whyyyy you no like pakodas ? you know we had one drawing sir… (yes i used to have drawing toosion too. :huh: ) toh jab bhi aisa weather hota tha na he used to give chuti and he used to say.. no drawing today, aaj toh bread pakodon ka din hai :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance:

    2. But aaaj to mosammmmmmmm bdaaaa acha hai na Rati yahaan :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance:

      1. haan furr furrr… bada awesome hai. :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: what you doingz.. me settling down and going to read all the posts ek ke baad ek. On such days I realize how much I love IMBB and miss it when I dont get to see it the entire day. :tongue: :tongue:

        sniff snifff :dumb:

        1. Me habbbinggg tea :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:
          U know Rads ki mom called me today, me happyyy :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance:

            1. She said Rads bahar gaon jaa k haath se nikal gyi hai, woh bhot shopping karti n kharcha usko thoda samajhdar bnaa do beta apne jaisa
              :dumb: :dumb: :dumb: :dumb: :dumb: :dumb: :dumb: :dumb: :dumb: :dumb: :dumb:
              :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance:

              1. hum samjaajenge radiga ko ki saare dollars humaare account mein transfer kar de. We will take care of them. :snicker: :snicker: :snicker: :snicker: :snicker:

                1. hihihihihahahahah, yesh….. :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:
                  abhiii Rads must be snoringggggg 😀 😀
                  I am waiting for her to get up so i tell her :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: :tongue:

  30. OMGG furr it look awesome and i saw the steps, they are not so difficult. sanjeev bought an exfoliating soap for 500 bucks from kiehls and that is for men. I was thinking of hunting one for women. and here i have it. lets see when i find time, I will give it a shot for sure. Next time i give roses to sanjeev, uske pehle hi 4-5 petals maar loongi :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

    aweeeeomeeeooo!!! :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot:

    1. haan Rati…. its supa dupa easy and gives me that lusshhh k soaps wali feel :yahoo: :yahoo:
      I am not trying to brag, but it makes an awesome customised exfoliating soap :toothygrin:
      I am totallyyy hooked to it… I dont think I will ever buy an exfoliating soap in my life now 😀 😀

  31. This is awesome!! I’m gonna try it soon 😀 showed it to mom, she liked it too :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

    and i’ll be waiting for your more DIY recipes!! :yes: :yes:

  32. wow wow wow…. its g8…. 🙂
    lovd it… will try soon… :woot:
    thanx 4 sharg such ideas… :puchhi: :puchhi:
    hey nupur i use to have ghamoriya (Prickly heat) alot can i use it??? :smug:
    tell me solution for tht if u hav ny plez….
    thanx in advance… :teddy:

  33. Nupur.. This is such an amazing idea. :woot: :woot: :woot: I am so very impressed by this post. :yes: I think I’ll never ever shed my money on expensive body scrubs anymore.. Thank you !! :happydance: :happydance:

  34. Awwweeeeeeeeeeeeeesooooooooomeee Nupur!!!! :teddy: :teddy: :teddy:
    Many thanks for the lovely idea!!!!! :woot: :woot: :woot:

    Can i use aloe vera gel in the soap!?!?! :stars:

    1. Hi anu, i wud suggest not to add any perishable stuff in this , otherwise the soap will spoil in a day or two :\
      not sure abt kasturi manjli and gram flour 😐

  35. :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: Totally bookmarking this! I hope this helps me get rid of my tan! :pray:
    Thankoo Furfur! :preen:

  36. i want to thank you for this tip…i went ahead and used fiama di wills gel soap and one medimix glycerine soap. I made sugar + rose powder scrub soap with fiama di wills and multani mitti with oats,haldi and rose powder with medimix soap. It turned out really well. I love soaps in general and for a long time i was looking for an ubtan soap. I can now make one at home using more ingredients and oils than normally available in the market.

  37. I’m very late in posting this comment, but couldn’t stop sharing.
    Tried this DIY and I must say its amazing!! Saves time in shower on a busy morning :p

  38. I tried it with pears glycerin 1 it took almost 40 secs to melt in microwave. As soon as I mix the ingredients it became flaky n was not able to pour in the mould.???? Plz help wat went wrong. I so loved this diy but failed??

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