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Making soap balls from industrial soap flakes

Industrial soap flakes are available from the laundry aisle of most supermarkets and can be used to make soap balls even if you do not have access to a natural, handmade soap base.
As industrial soap flakes can be much less skin-friendly than natural handmade soap, you can add small amounts of nourishing vegetable oils to make your soap balls milder.



  • 350 g soap flakes (half a box)
  • 100 g water (5 standard tablespoons)
  • 18 g olive oil (1 standard tablespoon)
  • Liquid food colour (optional)
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Ground ginger
  • Poppy seeds
  • Sesame seeds

Tools you will need

  • Kitchen scales or standard measuring spoons (Australian)
  • Large bowl
  • Smaller bowl with rounded bottom
  • Butter knife


handmade soap balls: measuring soap flakes and nourishing ingredients 1. Measure out the soap flakes into the larger bowl. Add the water and oil, and a few drops of liquid colour (if used).
handmade soap balls: kneading the soap dough 2. Mix well with a butter knife, then knead with your hands until the mix resembles playdough. Divide this "soap dough" into 4 portions, and shape each portion into a ball.
soap balls: kneading 3. Place approximately one tablespoon of sesame seeds into the smaller bowl. Quickly run the first soap ball under cold water, and roll it between your hands to evenly wet its surface.
soap balls: shaping the balls 4. Drop the ball into the bowl with the sesame seeds; rinse and dry your hands, then spin the bowl around to coat the soap ball evenly.
handmade soap balls 5. Roll and press the seed coated ball between your hands to "fix" the seeds.
soap balls rolled in spices and seeds 6. Clean the smaller bowl and repeat steps 3 to 6 for the other soap balls and spices.

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