My manly man asked me the other day to make him some soap. So, I made this Manly Sandalwood Soap Recipe that’s good for all skin types and leaves your skin feeling deep clean and smoooooth.
If you’re looking for more easy homemade soap recipes to make as gifts or for yourself, check out this wonderful smelling cucumber melon soap I made not too long ago. It’s so good, I’m thinking I’ll make another batch soon!
One of the reasons my he-man wanted some new body wash options was he’s got some areas of sensitive skin. So, I was able to leave out the harsh chemicals that irritate it and now, he’s pretty keen on my DIY Sandalwood Soap, to be honest.
He likes the way it smells, the manly way it looks, and, the fact that I made it for him. Makes it special, which a handmade gift should be, if you ask me.
And, bonus, it’s not like “rubbing a lava rock on my face” when he uses it–those are his words about the last store-bought soap I bought him. So, that’s always nice. LOL!
The best part, though, is that my sons got one look at this bar of soap for men and they each wanted their own. So, we’re down to just one extra left–and I’ll be making a new batch soon!
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While your manly man may not want as many pretty scents and fragrances in his soap as you’d like in yours, there’s a certain something about having a little bit of a manly scent in there.
So, to make this lightly-fragranced soap for men, you’ll need:
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How to Make Soap for Men:
There are so many ways to make handmade soap (and not just men’s bar soaps), and so many natural ingredients that you can include in your cold process soap, like olive oil, goat’s milk, shea butter, sunflower oil, steel-cut grains or coconut oil.
One of my favorite things to do for men’s soaps is to make them just like I’d make my favorite soap, then add a little oatmeal on the bottom or a different scent to make it more “manly”.
The cool thing about making soap is that each tiny change in any one ingredient you include adjusts the soap in such a way that it comes out unique and different, every time. It’s kind of an art that way.
But, the basics of making soap are always the same. So, with a few tips in mind, I made this excellent soap-making resource: Four Ways to Make a Soap Base
You can read in that resource that soap doesn’t always have to be the same–and there are a ton of variations. And the fun is in finding the combinations for all the variables that make a new favorite scent or texture for yourself (or loved ones if you’re making gifts).
Benefits of Sandalwood
Sandalwood is just an all-around fantastic smell that I’ve never heard anyone say they dislike. Doesn’t mean haters aren’t out there, but I haven’t met them. LOL!
But there’s more to sandalwood than just a good smell. And key on that list are these three benefits:
Uplift the Mood
Sandalwood is used to help uplift the mood and dispel less-than centered thoughts. And what a great way to start the day with a shower-full of that scent helping you to start the day off on a good note.
Calm the Mind
Sandalwood essential oils can helps you move into a deeper meditative state, allowing you to consciously create a calming, grounded environment. This is perfect for helping to promote restful sleep.
Imagine a good shower before bedtime with a scent that helps your man re-center himself after a long day and get those good, calming vibes before bedtime. Sounds pretty awesome to me.
Kind of makes me want to bathe with this soap, to be honest.
Nourish the Skin
Sandalwood Essential Oil’s woody aroma is said to help nourish skin, helping all those moisturizing ingredients in the soap recipe to capture the good oils and keep them on the skin.
More Sandalwood Recipes:
- Check out this easy Patchouli Soap Recipe for Men. You an make it in minutes and he’ll love the complex scents.
- I love these 13 Essential Oils to Help Reduce Anxiety and Stress. So many ways to help calm the whole family with the tools I have on hand.
- Oh, and wow–wow–this DIY Essential Oil Aftershave Recipe is still one my husband’s favorite gifts he’s ever gotten from me. So, it’s the gift that keeps on giving.
- Goats milk melt and pour soap
- Clear glycerin melt and pour soap
- 1/2 cup Epsom salts
- 1-2 teaspoons Sandalwood Essential Oil
- Teal soap dye
- Black soap dye
- Oval soap mold
- Spray bottle of rubbing alcohol
- 3 medium sized microwave safe bowls or measuring cups
- Cut soaps into cubes. Each cube is approx. .8 ounce. Add 9 cubes of goats milk soap base to each of two measuring cups and 6 cubes of the clear melt and pour soap base into the other measuring cup.
- Melt the goats milk soap in the first measuring cup in the microwave, doing so in 30 second bursts until the cubes are completely melted. Add sandalwood essential oil.
- Add teal soap colorant. Start with 1-2 drops and mix and repeat until the desired color is achieved.
- Spray your soap mold with the rubbing alcohol. Carefully pour an even amount of the teal soap mixture into each cavity. We did 1/4 cup per cavity. Spray top of mixture with rubbing alcohol. This removes any air bubbles from the soap surface.
- Melt the clear soap in the second measuring cup in the microwave, doing so in 30 second bursts until the cubes are completely melted. Add sandalwood essential oil.
- Add black soap colorant. Start with 1-2 drops and mix and repeat until the desired depth of color is achieved. Spray your teal soap layer with the rubbing alcohol. This helps each layer adhere to one another.
- Carefully pour an even amount of the black soap mixture into each cavity. We did 1.5 tablespoons per cavity. Spray top of black soap mixture with rubbing alcohol. This removes any air bubbles from the soap surface.
- Add a few drops of the teal soap colorant to the Epsom salts. You can do black if you prefer. We just liked the look of the teal. Mix in well. Do not add too much colorant or the mixture will get too wet.
- Melt the goats milk soap in the last measuring cup in the microwave, doing so in 30 second bursts until the cubes are completely melted. Add sandalwood essential oil. Spray your black soap layer with the rubbing alcohol. This helps each layer adhere to one another. Carefully pour the white soap mixture into each cavity, stopping about 1-4 inch from the top. Spray top of mixture with rubbing alcohol. This removes any air bubbles from the soap surface.
- Allow mixture to cool/harden for about 1-2 minutes. Sprinkle the colored Epsom salts onto the soap. Allow soaps to harden overnight. Gently release soaps from the mold and store in an airtight container until ready for use.
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