These pumpkin spice soaps smell like everything you love about fall! SUPER quick (under 10 minutes!) and easy to make, and they make an awesome gift idea!
Last winter I knocked your socks off with my quick and easy DIY peppermint soap that you can whip up in under 10 minutes (it makes a perfect holiday gift idea for friends and neighbors!), and this year I thought I’d try my hand at making a DIY pumpkin spice soap for fall…and it turned out even better than I expected! It has all of the wonderful scents of autumn wrapped up into one tiny little package!
What You’ll Need:
- Shea Butter Soap Base (2 lbs of soap base will yield eight large 4 oz. bars of soap)
- Red and Yellow Soap Colorant
- Soap Mold
- Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 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 2 tablespoons of pumpkin pie spice and a few drops of red and yellow soap colorant. I added 2 drops of red and 4 drops of yellow color to my soap because I wanted it to have a subtle color instead of being bright orange. If you prefer a brighter orange, just add more colorant until you reach the desired shade. No need to worry about the color coming off on your body in the shower since the colorant is designed specifically for this purpose. Pour the melted soap into the soap mold, and allow to sit undisturbed until cool (about 30 minutes or so). Remove & enjoy! I’m thinking that these soaps would also make great gifts for teachers (you can never have too much soap in a classroom, right?), and they would also make an awesome fundraiser or craft fair item.
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Jewel Farris says
I love, love pumpkin in any form to include scent, taste, and crafts! Thanks for this idea and for sharing your information! Can’t wait to make it!
Krista Heard says
Thank you Jewel! 🙂
Donna Wasman says
Can’t wait to try this soap recipe. I used to make lye soap but got rid of all my soap stuff a couple years ago. This simple soap recipe has sparked my crafty spot, and I have to try it. Thank you for sharing.
Barbara Jane Harper says
I have a cute silicone present mold will that work for the soap?
Hi, I just love this idea and I was thinking of selling the soap at a coffee morning, do you have any ideas for a price?
I just happened onto your site, and I a so happy I did! I just love making and enjoying homemade things, so I think I will be here often. Thank you for sharing!
Hi Heidi…I love your ideas and receipes. For the Pumpkin Spice soap you use the Shea Butter soap base. Would it be possible to successfully use the goats milk base as a substitjon?
Absolutely! Shea butter and goat’s milk base are easily interchangeable in most of my soap recipes since they have very similar properties. 🙂
I know this is an old post, but I had a question. I made the soap with pumpkin pie spice like instructed, but couldn’t really smell the spice? Do you have any tips? Thanks for your response, and thanks for the soap recipe!
Hello! I love this recipe by the way! Made this last year and just made it again last week. my question is (since I’m new to making melt and pour soap) is the life of the party soap bases (Shea butter, goats milk, etc) considered to be a “natural” soap base. I’m not very good at knowing what ingredients are haha. Really just looking to know if these bases sre chemical filled or pretty natural? Thank you so much for your help!!
Hi and thank you, I am inspired to try your M&P soap recipes with my bases. They look wonderful and smell great, even on the screen 🙂
Can I use a white casting soap? I cannot buy shea butter soap here.
Alice Brigman says
Do you have a recipe for Cold Process Pumpkin soap from scratch?
No, I don’t. Sorry!
Hey Heidi thanks for this great article !
I really enjoyed reading it , i love DYI articles, definitely i am gonna PIN this one.
Thanks again for your effort.
Thank you – I have lots of girls who meet at my house for a sewing club. I think they would love to try this!
Linda Walker says
Great idea, am going to try, hopefully Amazon.ca has these same items you used. We don’t have Joann’s but do have a Michaels. Thanks so much for sharing! LGW
Angel Stewart says
Hello, I am a student, and a recently divorced mom of two. That being said I have been looking for ways to make inexpensive gifts for teachers and others. I stumbled upon your website and I love it! I would like to make the cocoa butter lotion, but I don’t know where I would buy pure cocoa butter. Any suggestions? I live in Ohio, I have access to Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, and Joanne Fabrics. Or should I just try to purchase it online?
Thank you so much for sharing your recipes!
Do you have ideas for ways to color the soaps naturally instead of using the colorant?
Michelle Coleman says
I would suggest beet root or matcha for natural color. Maybe tea leaves as well.
Ellie Robinson says
This is such a great idea!
Mandee (Canna Mrs.) says
Can you use regular shea butter, or does it have to be the soap base?
beth lee says
hi I seen this on Pinterest and I have always wanted to make my own soap is there any that smell like pine trees or Christmas or apple pie or cranberry ? I love the fall! I’m so excited to try this where can I get all the stuff I need what kind of store? love pumpkin
Hi! This is an awesome idea! I am thinking of doing it as a craft with a large group of women. Any idea if using a crockpot would work? Also, since there will be so many women, I won’t have soap molds for everyone. I was thinking maybe a paper cup?! I’ve never made soap before, but am really hoping to figure this out… preferably before spending a lot of money only to find out it won’t work so well. (And I sooo want it to work!) Thanks for your opinion/tips!
Hi Leslie! I have heard of people having great success when using a crockpot to melt large batches of soap, but I personally have never attempted it. I am not sure that the soap will release from a paper cup mold very well though – perhaps you could coat the inside of the cups with a light spray of oil first to help avoid sticking? I’m going to ask a few of my soap making friends what they would suggest using as molds for a large group, and I’ll get back to you! 🙂