The Easiest Way to Make Your Own CBD-Infused Soap

Learn to make CBD soap the easy way.

The ingredients might be long but the potential benefits to using your own CBD soap are great.Image Credit: By rawf8 on shutterstock

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who’ve been caught up in the CBD skin care trend, making your own CBD-infused soap might be right up your alley. It’s a great way to give your skin some love and save a bundle of cash (CBD is not cheap, after all).

Without further ado, here’s why — and how — to add an infusion of CBD to your homemade soap.

Why Make Your Own CBD Soap?

It’s Good For Your Skin
One of the biggest benefits to using CBD soap is the anti-inflammatory effects that CBD oil can have on the skin. The skin can become inflamed for a number of reasons, causing it to become dry, itchy, and red. Skin inflammation can be chronic (caused by a recurring condition such as eczema or psoriasis) or acute (caused by temporary exposure to irritants like UV radiation, allergens, or harsh chemicals). Either way, it’s not much fun.

Skin inflammation can be quite painful and unsightly, so using a hand soap that has anti-inflammatory effects could be a great preventative measure to keep your hands feeling (and looking) great.

CBD has also been found by researchers to be a powerful antioxidant, which means it can significantly reduce the development of fine lines and wrinkles. Our hands tend to be one of the first body parts to show obvious signs of aging, so using a daily soap that slows down this process is a great way to add CBD to your anti-aging skin care routine.

It’s Good For The Planet
While some brands have embraced the “sustainable beauty movement” (which aims to reduce the amount of unnecessary product packaging and ensure that whatever’s left is recyclable), they’re still the exception to the rule. For most brands, catching the customer’s eye is more important than protecting the planet, even if that means putting a tiny tube of coconut oil lipstick in a big plastic coconut.

All this excess packaging is taking a severe toll on the world’s ecosystems. Every year only 9 percent of plastic is recycled, leaving the other 91 percent to clog up the world’s landfills — or, even worse, its oceans. It’s not sane, and it’s not sustainable: something has to change, and soon.

Making your own soap won’t singlehandedly save the environment, but it is the kind of small, mindful action that can snowball into a real social phenomenon (especially if you can get your friends and family to join you). Once they see — and feel — how great your homemade CBD soap is, it won’t be a hard sell.
How to Make CBD-Infused Soap for Beginners

How to Make CBD-Infused Soap for Beginners

If making your own CBD-infused soap sounds like your jam, this recipe adapted from author Sandra Hinchliffe of Posy & Kettle is a perfect one to get you started. After you’ve made a batch or two, you can start experimenting with different ratios and ingredients. Good luck, and have fun! Here’s What You Need:

  • 1.6 oz. of full spectrum CBD oil
  • 35 oz. of water
  • 40 soapberries, deseeded and split in halves
  • 2 large tablespoons of organic manuka honey
  • The peel of 3 fresh lemons
  • 1 cup of fresh lavender stalks, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup of fresh rosemary, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup of fresh mint, roughly chopped
  • 1 fresh aloe vera leaf, about 8 inches in length
  • 10 drops of lavender essential oil (or any other oil of your choice)
  • A blender
  • A food thermometer
  • A selection of old jars that have been properly sterilized


  1. Add half the water and the aloe vera leaf to the blender. Chop them roughly but don’t fully blend.
  2. Clean the soapberries thoroughly and pour them into a large mixing bowl or container. Add the lemon peel and the herbs.
  3. Pour the aloe leaf and water from the blender into the mixing bowl/container, then add the remaining water.
  4. Let it sit overnight.
  5. The next day, transfer the contents of your mixing bowl/container into a large pan and bring to a boil on the stove. Then, take it down to a simmer for 3 minutes and remove from the heat.
  6. Leave it to cool for 15 minutes.
  7. When the mixture is completely cool, strain it and pour the remaining liquid into your sterilized jars.

Then, all you have to do is put the jars of soap in your refrigerator, and use them within 30 days.

It’s normal for homemade soap to have some “imperfections” in terms of color and texture — but don’t worry, there’s nothing wrong with your soap. It might look different than the stuff you buy at the supermarket, but that’s just because it wasn’t made by a robot on an assembly line. It will still work just as well as store-bought brands (or even better).

Making your own soap, whether CBD-infused or not, can be a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, give yourself a sense of accomplishment, and bring a bit of spontaneity and joy into your life. If you can do all that and get the health benefits of CBD skin care, then DIY soap-making sounds like a no-brainer.

Sarah Tyrrell
Sarah Tyrrell
Sarah Tyrrell is a health, wellness, and lifestyle writer based in Ireland whose work has appeared in The Irish Times and The Independent, among others. In 2017, she founded the lifestyle brand “Self Love and Sarah” to promote healthy self image and body positivity for women.

1 Comment

  1. Jeff says:

    How many bars of soap does this recipe make?