Cheap Soap Recipe for Free – Vegan

Would you like to make your own soap on a budget? Here is the recipe for you!
The soap is still very nourishing and a wonderful soap for later experiments, without ruining you.

The cheapest recipe is made from leftover animal fats from cooking, we have a recipe on that HERE but if you (like most people) prefer vegan soap, this is the recipe for you.

This cheap soap recipe is also perfect for people who like to experiment with colors, scents, or techniques. We love soapmaking, and you may sell the soap without paying for the recipe, but we absolutely love a link or being mentioned.

This soap is not only cheap, it couldn’t hardly be any easier. It is made by 3 equal amounts of oils and by using the cold process method.

As you can see in the Soap Quality chart, this recipe is not very creamy. We get about this by exchanging some of the water for milk. The heavier your milk is, the more creamy your soap will become. You can even use cream or vegan kinds of “milk” like Almond or Oat for a complete vegan soap.

How to add milk to a soap recipe

There are two safe ways to add milk to your recipe:
One is to freeze the milk and use it in your Lye, or you can add it to your oil phase and stick blend it before mixing the lye and the oils.

You should not use milk with your NaOH without freezing it because it can give the finished soap an unpleasant color.

Oils used in this recipe

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Benefits of the oils in this recipe

Olive Oil makes a great, mild, purifying, and moisturizing soap, that will not clog your pores. Instead, it will help dissolve bacteria, excess sebum, and dead skin.

Coconut Oil makes your bar of soap harder and very cleansing. It is a great moisturizer for both the skin and helps remove dead skin cells and dirt from the skin. The oil also helps prevent or reduce acne and firm up your skin and make you look younger as the soap is rich in antioxidants.

Canola Oil is one of the cheapest oils for soap-making, but don’t be fooled. It is a great oil for soapmaking. It contains Vitamin E, an antioxidant that will help protect your skin from free radicals. It also contains omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids that help combat premature aging and soothe dry, irritated skin.
One of the main causes of using Canola Oil is that it will slow down the rate your soap gets to trace. So it is perfect for swirls and other techniques that take time.

Recipe percentages, lye, and superfat

This information is for advanced soapers. Go to recipe if you are new to soap making.

  • 33,3% Olive Oil
  • 33,3% Canola Oil
  • 33,3% Coconut Oil 76 deg
  • 38% Water percent of oil weight
  • 27.540% Lye Concentration
  • 4% Superfat
  • 22 oz Total oil weight (624g)

Soap Quality

Soap QualityRangeThis Recipe
Hardness29 – 5434
Cleansing12 – 2222
Conditioning44 – 6961
Bubbly14 – 4622
Creamy16 – 4812
Iodine41 – 7068
INS136 – 165140

Recipe for Cheap Vegan Soap

Cheap Vegan Soap Recipe

Keyword: basic soap, beginner soap, body-soap, Bubbly soap, hand-soap


  • 2 plastic, glass, or steel bowls
  • Wooden or plastic spoon
  • Stick blender
  • Thermometer
  • Silicone molds
  • Kitchen scale
  • Microwave oven
  • pH meter or test strips
  • Safety gear


  • 7.33 oz Olive Oil 208 grams
  • 7.33 oz Canola Oil 208 grams
  • 7.33 oz Coconut Oil 208
  • 3.18 oz NaOH 90 grams
  • 8.36 Water 237 grams
  • OR

Substitute some water with milk

  • 6.36 oz Water AND 180 grams
  • 2 oz Milk 57 grams


  • Use the cold process method
  • Substitute water for milk as described above

Soap Fatty Acid Profile

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