Make your own DIY apple pie soap in 10 minutes! It smells delicious (just like fall!), and makes a great hostess or teacher appreciation gift idea!
It’s that time of year again – time for pumpkins and fall leaves and apple everything! I love apples, especially in dessert form, so when I decided to make a new batch of my homemade soap, I naturally gravitated to the alluring aroma of apple pie. It smells AMAZING!
I have to admit that the color turned out more pink and less like the red-orange than I was going for though…do any of you have a great natural red soap colorant recommendation? Color mishap aside, this soap is seriously divine – the fragrance is out of this world, and the moisturizing properties of the shea butter soap base are top notch!
What You’ll Need:
- Shea Butter Soap Base (2 lbs of soap base will yield eight large 4 oz. bars of soap)
- Soap Mold
- Soap Colorant (if desired)
- Apple Fragrance Oil
- 1 Tbsp. Vanilla Extract
- 1 tsp. Cinnamon
- Microwave Safe Measuring Cup w/ Spout
I use about 1 lb (or half of the block) of soap base at a time which makes four large 4-ounce soaps. The block of shea butter soap base is smooth and silky, and it cuts easily with a kitchen knife. I slice the soap base into cubes, place them inside a 4-cup Pyrex measuring cup, and melt in the microwave in 20-30 second increments, stirring well after each microwave session to ensure that the soap is completely melted. For 1 lb of soap, I generally microwave for 30 seconds, stir, microwave for another 30 seconds, stir again, and microwave a final time for 20 seconds.
When the soap is completely melted, stir in apple fragrance oil (amount depending on personal scent preferences), vanilla extract and cinammon. I also used a mix of soap colorant in wine and orange colors to achieve the color shown here. Pour the melted soap into the soap mold, and allow to sit undisturbed until cool (about 30 minutes or so).
While my soaps were firming up, I created some pretty labels for them. I printed out a sheet of “Apple Pie Soap” labels on to kraft paper, and then decided to add some shimmer and shine with my Minc Foil Applicator machine. I simply placed the label sheet into the transfer folder and topped it with a sheet of gold heat reactive foil.
Run the folder through the Minc machine, and voila! Easy peasy, and SO pretty!
Cut the paper to size, wrap it around the soap, and secure it with a small piece of tape. I love the extra shine on the labels!
These soaps are not only perfect for fall, but they would make a great teacher appreciation gift, too (an apple for the teacher!).
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Amaya Canale says
Hi! I absolutely love the printable soap label you created! do you have an editable template of it id love to change the words and use it for all the soaps i make!
Sarah Z says
New to all this and would like to try this. May be silly question, the vanilla extract and cinnamon…can I use what I have in my cabinet or is there a specific for the soaps?
The same kind in your kitchen cabinet! 🙂
Thanks for sharing! I like the labels too!
I use beet juice to get nice reds. You have to experiment a bit to find the right amount.
Turmeric makes a nice orange. I like natural dyes, they are easy to make and cheap too.
Krystal Stanich says
Hi, I’m a librarian at a public library and I would love to do this craft this fall. Would it be okay if I used one of your images to promote the event? I would make fliers to post around the library and have a social media post.
Yes, that is fine as long as you credit my site for the use of the image/craft tutorial. Thank you for asking!
NAncy Peters says
Just found you for soapmaking. I made some for Christmas for family and will be trying your recipes. Love ’em. Thank you for sharing.
tonya rebhahn says
great post. love that you included the labels!
Denise/DIY Crush says
Oh these must smell so amazing! Thanks for the recipe! Pinned! 🙂
Love this, I kinda like it’s a pink soap and not green like Id imagine an apple scent to be.
Nature’s Garden (a candle and Soap supply company) sells a rainbow of soap colorants that are true to nature…try Fun soap Tomato Red..
Thanks, Denise! I’m going to have to check them out! 🙂
I had pushed away the idea of soap making when I saw how much time it takes – then I found your page! Thank you!! I have tried some of your recipes and really love it and it was so easy! Have you ever tried adding additional oils such as coconut, grapeseed, vitamin E, etc.? I’d like to add some extra moisturizing agents but wasn’t sure how it would affect the texture or the “setting” of the form. Before trying it myself, thought I’d ask.
Love the recipe!! I usually get my soap making supplies from Bulk apothecary. They are a such an enhancement to my DIY soap making.
Great! just 10 minutes for a natural and non-toxic soap. I think my child will be very happy when he uses it.