How to Make Herb Garden Soap


Herbs are more than culinary seasonings. They are frequently used in homeopathic remedies and to provide ornamental value to the backyard, patio and even the kitchen. Herbs are easy to grow and provide a soothing main ingredient for home-made herb garden soap. Whether you choose to use rosemary, thyme, mint or a combination of your favorite herbs, they must be ground to a very fine powder before adding them to the other ingredients to avoid scratching your skin when you use the soap.

Step 1

Place the glycerin in a microwave-safe bowl, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and heat in the microwave, on high, for 1 minute. If the glycerin has not melted, heat again, in 30-second increments, until it is completely melted.

Step 2

Add the dried, powdered herbs, aloe gel and essential oil and mix well.

Step 3

Pour the soap into the mold and let it sit for 30 minutes. Place the mold in the freezer until it is cool and the soap is hard.

Step 4

Remove the soap from the mold and allow it to dry for three days. Makes two bars of soap.

Tips and Warnings

  • Essential oils are highly flammable. Keep them away from open flame and store in a cool place, out of direct sun.

Things You'll Need

  • Microwave-safe bowl
  • 5 herb leaves, ground to a fine powder
  • 1 tbsp. aloe gel
  • 8 oz. glycerin soap base
  • 6 drops essential oil in your preferred scent
  • Spoon
  • Soap molds


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About this Author

Victoria Hunter has been a freelance writer since 2005, providing writing services to small businesses and large corporations worldwide. She writes for, GardenGuides and ProFlowers, among others. Hunter holds a Bachelor of Arts in English.