Give Hand-Carved Soaps with Our Newest DIY!

1 November 21, 2014 - Archive

Young Living Carved Soaps Young Living products always make great gifts. To add an extra personal touch, try our newest DIY: Hand-carved Young Living soaps. These soaps are a thoughtful and creative way to share Young Living and make great gifts for friends and neighbors!


Materials needed:

  • Any Young Living bar soap
  • Paper
  • Cuticle pusher, nail file, or other small carving tool
  • 3 pins


1.    Choose your soap and design.

Lemon Sandalwood Cleansing Soap™ and Thieves® Cleansing Soap are my favorites, so I made a gift out of each: one for my neighbor and one for me! For the designs, I made a “T” (for my neighbor’s last name) and the Young Living logo. I measured the soaps (the top face is approximately 3 inches by 1 5/8 inches) and created a simple design on paper to fit. Here are some templates you can use to get started:


Young Living Soap Template    Young Living Carved Soap Template    Young Living Carved Soap Template

To use a template, copy and paste the image into your preferred word-processing program. Make sure the outside square has the right dimensions (3 inches by 1 5/8 inches) and print.


Young Living Carved Soaps 2.    Prepare your soap.

Use two pins to hold your design in place, inserting the pins into an area you plan to carve out later. Use the third pin to prick through the paper around the border of your design, creating an outline. If the design outline doesn’t seem clear enough after the paper is removed, feel free to go over it with a pen or pencil. You can remove the marks when you’re done carving.



3.    Carve your design.

Young Living Carved Soaps Don’t worry about buying any special tools. I used items I had around the house to carve my designs: a cuticle pusher and a nail file. When you’re done carving, remove any pen or pencil marks with a cotton swab dampened in hot water. You can also use this method to help smooth out the carving lines.

When you’re cleaning up, don’t throw away the soap shavings. I put the leftovers of each soap in their own organza bag, and then used them as loofas in the shower. They created a great velvety lather, and I was grateful I didn’t waste any of the soap!


Young Living Carved Soaps 4.    Add the finishing touches.

I added a simple ribbon to the box for embellishment, and then presented the “T”-carved soap to my neighbor, who loved it!


If you have ideas for exciting designs or any suggestions on how to best use the soap shavings, please give us your thoughts in the comments. Enjoy your personalized bar soaps!


Gloria Russo—International and Portfolio Brand Manager, Personal Care

  • Rose

    Would you be able to heat the cuticle remover in hot or warm water to help smooth out the carving lines also instead of using a cotton swab in hot water. I have never tried carving soap so just wondering.

    • Hi Rose, it might make the carving go faster if you’d like to try it, but it probably wouldn’t help with smoothing out the lines. Hope this helps!

  • I am making my own soap, new to this project so how much young living Essential Oil do you add to the mixture? I make 2 lbs. of base at one time. They are turning out real nice & make nice gifts for your customers!

    • Hi Jill – thanks for stopping by! We recommend our bar soaps if you would like Young Living essential oil-infused soaps, but if you would like to make your own, try an online search for recommendations on how much oil to add. The amount can vary with different essential oils, soap ingredients, method used, and personal preferences. Hope this helps!

    • Michelle

      Jill do you have a recipe for making YLEO bar soap?
      I have looked all over the internet????
      I dont even have a home made bar soap base recipe…..

  • Such a cute idea… Can’t wait to get my kit! 🙂

    • Go to for basic recipes then add yl essential oils. If you have more questions email me.

      Thanks Brenda

    • Go to for basic recipes then add yl essential oils. If you have more questions email me. I am a distributed with young living also

      Thanks Brenda

  • Anonymous

    Thanksfor the ideas. I also would use the shavings in my soap dispenser. You might want to heat a small amount of water and put the soap in it to liquefy before adding it to your dispenser.

    • How do you do that with a dispenser?

  • Lindsay

    Cute idea~ I too would use the shavings. Waste not, want not!

  • Terrie

    Thanks for this great idea.

  • Jeanette Castelino

    Thanks for the carving idea! I would use the shavings in my soap dispenser(s)! You would need to shake it once in a while to help dissolve the soap. You can divide the shavings between your dispensers, too.

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