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Basic Soap Balls Recipe

Makes approx 6 soap balls

You will need:

  • 450g Vegetable Soap Flakes
  • 30g Corn Starch
  • 1-2 tablespoons of natural colourant oil  (for example: alkanet root macerated in sunflower oil - see Natural Colourants page for details)
  • Dried Petals or Herbs 
  • 50-70 drops of Fragrance Oil or Essential Oil
  • 150ml Spring Water


  • Grind the soap flakes into a coarse grit in a blender (or use a mortar and pestle).
  • Transfer to a glass mixing bowl and blend with the corn starch.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of natural colourant oil and stir in. Add a little more if you want a stronger shade. 
  • Add the essential oil or fragrance oil and mix well to combine evenly.
  • Warm the water in a pan and then pour over the soap mixture.
  • Stir well with a fork and then knead the mixture with your hands until smooth.
  • Divide the mixture into six portions.
  • Brush a little oil on your hands and roll each portion into a ball smoothing out the surface.
  • Roll the balls in ground petals or herbs for decoration if you wish.
  • Leave to air-dry and harden for around a week before use.