How to make clear transparent glycerin soap

Updated April 17, 2017

Homemade glycerine soap is both moisturising and gentle on the skin. It also makes a beautiful gift for friends and family. Using the melt-and-pour method, glycerine soap is one of the easiest soaps to craft at home, making it a great choice for beginners. Starting with a crystal clear glycerine soap base and using the right amount of alcohol to prevent air-bubbles will ensure an absolutely clear, transparent result.

Place the glycerine soap base in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover it loosely with cling film and microwave on medium heat for one minute.

Remove the bowl from the microwave and gently stir until no solid chunks remain. If the soap base isn't completely melted, you may heat it in the microwave it for an additional minute.

Fill the spray bottle with rubbing alcohol.

Lightly spray the soap moulds with rubbing alcohol to prevent air bubbles from forming on the finished soap.

Carefully pour the melted soap base into the moulds. Fill the moulds completely for the best results.

Spray a small amount of alcohol on the surface of the filled soap moulds to keep air bubbles from forming.

Let the soap sit at room temperature for 30 minutes or until it's hard.

Place the soap in the freezer for 30 minutes.

Remove the soap from the freezer. Allow it to sit for several minutes.

Remove the finished bars of soap from the mould. Wrap them tightly in cling film until you're ready to use them.


Melted soap base is very hot. Handle it with care to avoid burns or injury.

Things You'll Need

  • Clear glycerine soap base
  • Soap moulds
  • Small spray bottle
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Microwave-safe bowl
  • Spoon
  • Cling film
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