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If you’re new to DIY beauty products, making your own soap can seem like a really intimidating process that’s probably best left up to the professionals. And, while some soap-making techniques can include complex recipes or require special safety equipment to handle tricky raw materials, you don’t necessarily need to start there. Luckily, there are plenty of fantastic non-lye melt-and-pour soap bases out there that are definitely both easy to use and beginner-friendly.

Non-lye soap is embarrassingly easy to make (which is why I love it) so here’s an easy, detoxifying activated charcoal soap recipe.

Looking for a good place to start? This DIY tea tree and activated charcoal soap recipe from Stephanie at Hello Natural will help you whip up a batch of luxurious complexion-friendly soap in no time!

Cold winter weather can be rough on skin, and, according to Stephanie, this soap recipe should make your skin happy without causing unnecessary dryness.

If you’re already an old pro at melt-and-pour soap and are looking for the next step up, give rebatched soap a try with this DIY Milled Soap tutorial right here on Make: CRAFT.