How To: Herbal Pyramid Soaps

Earlier this month, I showed you how to make some single use soaps using a sulfate free, Ecocert surfactant called Disodium lauryl sulfosuccinate. We're going to make a few more soaps today with the same surfacant, but switching things up just a little bit.

These little pyramids were pressed into a mold, but don't worry, you don't need a press or anything fancy like that. I used a chocolate candy silicone mold to make these but you could use any mold you like.

If you want single-use soaps, look for a mold that is specifically for making filled chocolates.

Shall we get started?

This amount makes 100 grams / 3.5 ounces

LisaLise’s Herbal Pyramid Soaps

Ingredient Grams Ounces
Foam ‘Paste’ 19.5 0.69
Cucumber Glycerite 19.5 0.69
Green Clay 2.0 0.071
Peppermint Powder 2.5 0.088
Demineralised Water 3.5 0.12
Cornstarch 53.0 1.87


Sift the herb powder and clay together (make extra if you want to use some for decorating)
Mix the first 5 ingredients together in a bowl
Add cornstarch and work together to form a dough
Press into mold of choice - chill for about 15-20 minutes
Optional: dust soaps with leftover herb and clay mixture
Unmold carefully and allow to set and air dry

About the Ingredients


If you make your own glycerites, this is a great opportunity to get creative. For these soaps, I used a handcrafted fresh cucumber glycerite. If you don't make glycerites, don't worry, you can easily replace with glycerine.

Clay and Herbs

Use any clay and powdered herb you like. I chose to combine green illite clay with powdered peppermint to add a bit of freshness to these soaps and complement the cucumber glycerite.

Shaping Your Soaps

You can shape your soaps by hand if you prefer. The dough is pretty easy to work with, but be aware that it sets up pretty fast. Here's the silicone mold I used to make these pyramids. I bought it in the baking section of a home supplies store.

It's a little tricky to unmold these soaps if they haven't been chilled enough so be sure to give them enough time before attempting to unmold them. Pictured below is the first one I unmolded. It's a bit rough around the edges because the mixture hadn't quite set yet.


Check this previous post for links to a few suppliers of the surfactant and a little lather demo of how creamy and lovely these soaps are.

If you're interested in learning how to make your own glycerites, this book might be just what you're looking for.

Do Tell

Have you worked with this surfactant? What did you make?


Anonymous said…
Hello LisaLise.
I'm excited about this idea, until I found this ...Disodium lauryl sulfosuccinate an the watch list.
Sorry for my comment.
LisaLise said…
Hey there Anon - Thanks for your comment. I bet there is not an ingredient on the planet that you will find no warnings about - particularly if you look to watchdog sites - many seem to enjoy fear-mongering. I did a blogpost about this kind of thing called Why Vetting Cosmetic Ingredients is a Bad Idea. If you do a search on the blog for it, it should pop up. You might find it interesting reading.

That said, you are free to replace this surfactant with a liquid surfactant of your own choosing if you want to make these soaps. :)
Alla said…
Sorry,anonymous, this is the only way that allowed me to go with my comment.
Thank you, but I won’t take risks.
My friend a doctor whose hands bleeding from the mysterious ingredients in the soaps, will not enjoy it.
LisaLise said…
Hi Alla — sorry I didn’t notice you had signed your name on your first comment. You should of course use the ingredients you trust and are mist comfortable with. :)
Laurie said…
Having way too much fun with the paste. I made one today with. raspberry glycerite, amla powder and kaolin clay and while the colour is maybe not the most attractive, the aroma is gorgeous! Keep the formulas coming with this❤️
Laurie said…
Hi Lise - thought you might be interested in a little experiment I had with this. I was a little shall we say not so patient in unmoulding mine and only really had one that looked okay so was going to just use as is. Then I thought about letting them dry and then I ground up and put in a little shaker jar. I sprinkle out some powder on my hand for some instant soap powder. Looks quite pretty in the jar!
LisaLise said…
Laurie — I love this idea! Going to try it out - thanks for sharing!