How much does it cost to make soap?

The cost of making your own soap

How much it costs to make soap depends on the ingredients you are using and where you are purchasing those ingredients.

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A few years ago I spent the time to figure out how much my supplies were costing per gram.  I did this because most of my recipes I weigh by grams.  I have some oils I had figured out the price per ounce below you will find my list.  This was done a few years ago so the prices are probably a little higher now, but it will give you an idea.

Lets take a basic soap recipe and price it out

  • 850 Grams Olive Oil @ .006 per gram = 5.10
  • 250 Grams Coconut Oil @ .007 per gram = 1.75
  • 200 Grams Palm Oil @ .007 per gram = 1.40
  • 100 Grams Almond Oil @ .027 per gram = 2.70
  • 90 Grams Calendula Oil @ .056 per gram = 5.04
  • 25 Grams Grape seed Oil @ .02 per gram = .50
  • 215 Grams Lye (Sodium Hydroxide) @ .009 = 1.935
  • 2 – 2.25 cups (500 grams) Water

The total cost before adding scent to this batch of soap would be $18.42 and this batch will make approximately 15 bars

The cost to make a bar of soap using this recipe would be $1.22 per bar.  If this bar was scented with Lavender Essential Oil an additional $3.51 should be added which would raise the price of each bar of soap to $1.46

This is your cost before any overhead or labour, so keep that in mind when selling your soap.


Price of Oils

Here are prices on some of the oils you may use in soap making note they are all per gram unless otherwise noted:

  • Lye (Sodium Hydroxide) – .009
  • Coconut Oil – .007
  • Palm Oil – .007
  • Palm Kernal Oil – .007
  • Grapeseed Oil – .02
  • Castor Oil – .0168
  • Olive Oil – .006
  • Hemp Oil – .05
  • Shea Butter – .0368
  • Cocoa Butter – .0356

Prices on some essential oils – these prices were from a few years ago and these oils have gone up in price considerably the last few years so keep that in mind.  These prices are per ounce.



Essential Oils – price per ounce

  • Eucalyptus Globulu – 16.08
  • Ginger – 28.51
  • Rose Otto – 108.26
  • Rosewood – 65.28
  • Chamomile – Roman – 128.08
  • Chamomile – German – 69.68
  • Bergamot – 23.54
  • Cinnamon – 4.36
  • Spearmint – 9.35
  • Lavender – 3.51
  • Lemongrass – 3.67
  • Rosemary – 4.25
  • Orange – 6.89
  • Sandalwood – 89.96

This gives a general idea of the cost to make your own soap.  Some Essential oils are really expensive which is the reason most soap makers do use fragrance oils.  For comparison here are some of those prices

Fragrance Oils – price per ounce

  • English Rose – 3.76
  • Sage n Citrus – 3.58
  • Cranberry – 3.89
  • Patchouli – 3.54
  • Egyptian Musk – 5.22

The cost of your ingredients really depends on where you are buying them.  If you are buying your supplies from a soap supplier chances are the prices will be better, and of course the larger the quantity the cheaper the price.  With my most popular essential oils I buy them in 1 litre bottles which are expensive but in the long run save me a lot of money compared to buying them in 4 or 8 ounce bottles.



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