Melt and Pour Turmeric Soap Bars Tutorial

Are you looking for a fun and creative DIY project that will not only be enjoyable but also leave your skin feeling amazing? Cool, then you’re going to love making these melt and pour turmeric soap bars!

Turmeric is a powerful ingredient known for its many skin benefits, including reducing inflammation, improving skin tone, and fighting acne.

In this tutorial, we will take you through the process of creating your own soap using the melt and pour method, which is perfect for beginners.

Our easy-to-follow instructions will guide you through every step, from melting the soap base to adding the turmeric and other beneficial ingredients.

Whether you want to make personalized gifts for friends and family or simply indulge in some self-care, making your own melt and pour turmeric soap is a rewarding and satisfying experience. So grab your ingredients, get creative, and let’s get started!

Melt and pour turmeric soap recipe

Benefits of turmeric in soap

  • Anti-inflammatory Properties – Can help soothe and calm irritated skin
  • Antioxidant Effects – Turmeric is rich in antioxidants, which can help protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals.
  • Skin Brightening – Turmeric is believed to have skin-brightening properties, which may contribute to a more radiant complexion.
  • Acne Relief – the anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of turmeric may help in the treatment of acne and other skin blemishes.
  • Eczema Relief – Some individuals find relief from conditions like eczema due to turmeric’s anti-inflammatory effects.
  • Oil Balancing – Turmeric is believed to help balance oil production on the skin, making it suitable for various skin types.
  • Anti-Aging Properties: The antioxidants in turmeric may help combat signs of aging by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Complexion Improvement: Regular use of turmeric in soap may contribute to an improved overall complexion by addressing various skin issues.

Ingredients for making Turmeric Soap

You don’t need many ingredients to make your own melt and pour turmeric soap. All you need is a melt and pour soap base, turmeric and essential oils!

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Melt and pour soap base – I’ve tried many melt and pour soap bases and I always come back to the goats milk recipe. It’s so soothing and lathers very well. Other good options are shea butter, aloe vera and glycerin. Keep in mind though that the color of the soap base will impact the color of your soap bars. If the soap base is white or cream colored your soap bars will be a little more muted. If you used the same amount of turmeric in a clear soap base the end color will be darker. Make sense?

Turmeric – I used powdered turmeric when making my soap bars. I wouldn’t recommend using a turmeric paste or raw turmeric as it won’t integrate well into the mixture and can add too much liquid.

Essential Oils – This is my favorite part! Choose an essential oil of your choice. Just make sure that it is skin safe. You can make your soap have any scent that you want when choosing essential oils. You can even mix them up to create custom scents. How fun! I went with tea tree for my soaps since I’m using them as hand soap and tea tree oil has natural antibiotic properties!

Tools for making Turmeric Soap

Other than the soap mold, you’ll probably have the other tools already in your kitchen. Here is what you’ll need to make turmeric bar soap.

I used one of my favorite soap molds for these soaps and they came out so cute! I figured if they were going to be yellowish orange why not go with a bee design. Here is a link to some traditional rectangular bar soap molds if that’s more your thing.

How to make melt and pour turmeric soap

Step 1: Prepare the melt and pour soap base

If you purchase the same soap base that I used it will come in 2 blocks. Each block is 1 lb and will fill 1 soap mold. So if you are using both blocks (2 lbs) you’ll either need 2 molds or you’ll have to wait until your soap cures before you melt and pour the second block.

To prepare the soap base, cut 1 lb of the soap base into small chunks so that it can melt easier in the microwave.

Then place the chunks into your microwave safe 4 cup measuring cup. If you don’t have a large glass measuring cup you can use another microwave safe dish but try to find something with a pour spout. Trust me, it makes pouring the soap into the mold much easier and cleaner!

Step 2: Melt the soap base in the microwave

Place the microwave safe measuring cup into the microwave and heat in 30 second intervals. After each interval stir the soap and if there are still chunks put it back in for another 30 seconds. My microwave took 2 minutes to melt the soap base all the way. At my old house the microwave was stronger and only took 90 seconds.

It’s important not to overheat the soap base so once it’s all melted you are good to go!

Step 3: Add turmeric to the melted soap base

Now that your soap base is melted and slightly cooled, it’s time to add the star ingredient – turmeric. Turmeric powder can stain surfaces and fabrics, so it’s important to work quickly and avoid any spills.

Add the desired amount of turmeric powder to the melted soap base and stir well to ensure even distribution. The amount of turmeric powder you use will depend on the intensity of color you desire. Start with a small amount and gradually add more until you achieve the desired shade. Remember, a little goes a long way with turmeric, so start conservatively.

Once the turmeric is fully incorporated into the soap base, you can move on to the next step.

For my first batch I used 1 tsp of turmeric and had a little bit left over after filling the 6 bee molds. I poured it into a rectangular mold that I had and you can see it on the bottom portion of the soap bar below.

For the second batch I used 1/2 tsp of turmeric and it was a bit lighter (which is what I expected). The soap base had start to set a bit which is why the top is a little lumpy. If that happens you can just pop it in the microwave for a bit to melt it down. I didn’t mind since this was a test soap bar.

Step 4: Add essential oils to the melted soap base

To enhance the scent and benefits of your turmeric soap, you can add essential oils and other optional ingredients at this stage.

Essential oils not only provide a pleasant aroma but also offer their unique skincare properties. Lavender essential oil, for example, is known for its calming and soothing effects on the skin. Tea tree oil, on the other hand, has antibacterial properties that can help fight acne and other skin infections. Choose an essential oil that suits your preferences and skin needs, and add a few drops to the melted soap base.

If you want to further customize your soap, you can incorporate other optional ingredients like honey for added moisturization, oats for gentle exfoliation, or coconut oil for extra nourishment. Stir well to ensure all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed.

Step 5: Pour into the soap molds

With your turmeric soap base ready and infused with essential oils and optional ingredients, it’s time to pour it into molds. Place your soap molds on a flat surface. Carefully pour the soap base into the molds, filling them to the top.

Step 6: (Optional) removal bubbles with alcohol

If want to remove the bubbles at the top like the ones shown below, just spritz the bubbles lightly with alcohol and they will disappear before your eyes. It’s like magic.

I just put rubbing alcohol in a small spray bottle like the one shown below.

This is after I sprayed the tops. See, no more bubbles!

Step 7: Allow the soap to cool and harden

After pouring the soap into molds, it’s important to let them cool and harden completely before unmolding. The cooling and hardening process can take anywhere from a few hours to overnight, depending on the size and thickness of your soap molds. To speed up the process, you can place the molds in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. However, avoid placing them in the freezer, as this can cause the soap to crack or become brittle.

Step 8: Remove the soap bars from the mold

Congratulations, you’ve successfully made your own melt and pour turmeric soap! Now it’s time to unmold and store your creations. Carefully remove the soap from the molds and inspect them for any imperfections. If you notice any rough edges or air bubbles, you can gently smooth them out with your fingers or a clean cloth.


  • Wrap each soap individually in wax paper or cling film to protect them from moisture and keep them clean.
  • Store the wrapped soaps in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
  • When stored properly, your turmeric soap can last for several months, allowing you to enjoy its benefits for an extended period.


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