Natural Soap Bath Bars – DIY

These are disintegratable bars that you crumble under running bath water to soak up all of their nourishing benefits. Similar to bath bombs, but without the bomb.

Now, I’m not going to lie, these were originally supposed to be natural bubble bars. I was determined that we could make a solid bubble bath bar without the slsa BUT as most of us know, natural castile soap does not lather into a bubble. I haven’t given up on the idea but as of right now, I don’t have a recipe that works.

I didn’t want to completely throw away this recipe because, let’s face it, they look pretty neat and can still be used in the tub.

They soften the water, balance pH levels, they contain natural soap, which contains lots of amazing oils and the oils are great for the skin!

Natural Soap Bath Bars - DIY



  • Mixing Bowl
  • Parchment Paper
  • Whisk
  • Knife (or something to slice into bars)


In a large mixing bowl, measure out your corn starch & baking soda.

Pour melted coconut oil, and soap onto dry ingredients. Mix with a whisk until it starts to form a dough. If you’re adding essential oils you can mix them with the coconut oil and pour into the mixture. (Leave the colour out for now)

When a dough starts to form, use your hands to kneed into a consistent dough. (Use gloves if you’re gifting)

Once you have a good dough, separate into 2 equal parts. If it’s too sticky, you can add a bit more dry ingredients or if it’s too dry, add in a bit more soap or oil. You don’t want it so dry that it’s cracking when you try to form it, but not so sticky that you can’t roll it.

Using your natural colourant, colour one or both halves. (different colours) Mix with gloves.

(photos below)

Once you have a equal consistency, flatten your first colour on a baking soda sprinkled sheet of parchment paper.

Try to form in a bit of a rectangle shape if possible.

Next lay on your second colour and do the same thing. you can push the sides in to each other, there is no perfect science here.

Next start rolling your dough, with the parchment paper. Each rotation, release the parchment and start again. This will go slowly.

Once you have a log, you can start moulding it together so all the edges are tucked into a neat little log.

Using a sharp knife, start slicing through your log to form bars. (You can measure and score before you start cutting)

Natural Soap Bath Bar - Instructions

Let dry at least overnight or until they’re solid. (away from humidity) I’ve kept mine out several days.

To Use:

Crumble under running water until dissolved. Soak up the nourishing benefits.

Natural Soap Bath Bars

Natural Soap Bath Bars - All Natural - DIY


I recommend Mountain Rose Herbs & Starwest Botanicals for all of your herbal healing needs!

Harmonious Mind is also a great Canadian supplier of essential oils and other great things. & check out our post on Canadian Suppliers for Essential Oils. 

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12 thoughts on “Natural Soap Bath Bars – DIY

  1. Christina Glass says:

    I was reading about lauroyl lactylate Nd looked up to see if it’s carcinogenic it says it’s not it’s a plant derived liquid like bubble for making soap it’s on Amazon I think I may substitute it for the Castile and see if that works.


  2. Tara says:

    Are you sure 3/4 cup and2 tbsp of coconut oil is the same thing? I followed this recipe with 3/4 cup coconut oil and my mixture came out like a soup! In the end I had to add about 4 extra cups of baking soda and 2 extra cups of corn starch to absorb the liquid, but then the problem is, it wasn’t nearly bubbly enough ( I was scared to add more soap because then I would have to add more dry ingredients) any suggestions ?
    Thanks 🙂


    • Briar-Rose says:

      Oh no! I’m so sorry this happened. I’m going to remake the recipe now and see where I made the mistake. This recipe won’t bubble as it has natural soap in it which doesn’t really bubble. People have said there are ways to get the bubbles without the SLSA but I haven’t figured one out yet. I’ll report back once I’ve figured this out. I apologize again.


    • Briar-Rose says:

      I must have meant 1/4 :O Or maybe we should go with 2 heaping spoonfuls. I just tried a batch and used only 1/3 bronners and 1/4 coconut oil ^ it’s still softer than I remember. I’m going to try and figure this out. I’m sorry again. 😦


  3. Melissa says:

    When I made this it had the consistency of mashed potatoes
    I add a lot more of the dry mixture and got to a more thick version of mashed potatoes but not dough recipe


    • Briar-Rose says:

      I’m SO sorry Melissa. It appears I made an error when typing out the recipe. I’m playing around with it now to try and get it sorted out. I apologize again. (I updated this one with an aproximate of 2 spoonfuls of coconut oil.) 😦


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