Summer Citrus Soap Recipe with a Natural Essential Oil Blend

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This homemade summer citrus soap recipe contains a citrus inspired natural essential oil blend of peppermint, orange and lemongrass. Formulated to be both cleansing and conditioning, this natural soap works great at tackling sweat and grime without over drying skin.

Summer Citrus Soap Recipe with a Natural Essential Oil Blend. This homemade summer citrus soap recipe contains a citrus inspired natural essential oil blend of peppermint, orange and lemongrass. Formulated to be both cleansing and conditioning, this natural soap works great at tackling sweat and grime without over drying skin.

Because I have hard water and dry skin throughout the winter months, I’ve been formulating a lot of high conditioning/low cleansing soap recipes. However with the arrival of spring and the heat of summer on the way, I thought I’d create a new soap recipe with extra cleansing power. After all, real women sweat – even if we don’t like people to know about it.

Recently I’ve been dating a guy originally from the deep South. His name is Greg. He found his way to Roanoke by way of Florida on to Georgia then South Carolina. Now he’s here. He’s a carpenter now by trade. So he tends to get dirty. As such, he was super psyched about me making a homemade soap that tackles tough grit, grime and sweat. Me? well I’m psyched he actually uses homemade soap and not some surfactant infused body wash. (If you’re a soapmaker then you understand my dilemma entirely.)

Summer Citrus Soap Recipe with a Natural Essential Oil Blend. This homemade summer citrus soap recipe contains a citrus inspired natural essential oil blend of peppermint, orange and lemongrass. Formulated to be both cleansing and conditioning, this natural soap works great at tackling sweat and grime without over drying skin.

Greg calls this homemade soap recipe the Florida Gators soap. To be quite frank, I don’t follow sports. And I have absolutely no idea what sport the Gators play. What I do know is that orange is their color. And seeing as how Florida is the sunshine state, Greg thought it fitting to scent this homemade soap with a blend of orange and citrus.

Where my sports education is lacking however, I was properly schooled on Jacksonville, where Greg attended college. The culture of which was all readily explained via a Katt Williams comedy show at the Florida Theater.

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But I digress. I made a sweet summer citrus soap recipe with natural essential oils – which is the point of this entire post. Greg helped me make it and rather enjoyed the process. (Hooray! It’s always nice to have a new partner in crime, isn’t it? Also my dog loves Greg and to me, that kind of says everything.)

So, as they like to say, without further ado, here is my summer citrus soap recipe for your soapmaking pleasure. I hope you enjoy it!

Summer Citrus Soap Recipe with a Natural Essential Oil Blend. This homemade summer citrus soap recipe contains a citrus inspired natural essential oil blend of peppermint, orange and lemongrass. Formulated to be both cleansing and conditioning, this natural soap works great at tackling sweat and grime without over drying skin.

Summer Citrus Soap Recipe with Natural Essential Oils

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

.8 oz. castor oil (5%)
4.8 oz. refined coconut oil (30%)
2.4 oz. jojoba oil (15%)
2.4 oz. mango butter (15%)
5.6 oz. pomace olive oil (35%)

4 fl. oz. distilled (or filtered) water
2 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

1/8 teaspoon red iron oxide powder
1/8 teaspoon yellow oxide powder
.15 oz. peppermint essential oil
.15 oz. 5-fold orange essential oil
.25 oz. blood orange essential oil
.35 oz. lemongrass essential oil
Dash of petitgrain essential oil

Soap Notes:

As my summer citrus soap recipe doesn’t yield a particularly hard bar, I used a steep water discount. The water weight for this recipe is 25% of the oil weight. Additionally the super fat is 6%. While the essential oil weight is 5% of the oil weight in this recipe (based on recommended usage for these essential oils in cold process soap.)

You can use this information, if desired, to resize my summer citrus soap recipe using a lye calculator. Or to make changes to the super fat or water percentage. Learn more about using a lye calculator to adjust a homemade soap recipe or to craft your own custom homemade soap recipes with the information found in this tutorial.

Getting Started:

Begin by gathering the materials you’ll need for this soapmaking project. You will need a digital scale, a digital thermometer, an immersion blender and this 6-cavity silicone mold.  Additionally, you’ll also need aluminum free, heat safe containers and utensils for mixing your soap.

You should also take necessary safety precautions when working with lye. If you are unfamiliar with making cold process soap, I recommend this soapmaking tutorial to get you started. I also offer several beginner soap recipes to try before attempting this soap including this beginner soap recipe and my palm free olive & babassu soap recipe.

Instructions:

Begin by preparing the lye solution for my summer citrus soap recipe. To do this, measure out the distilled water into a heat safe container. In a separate container, weigh out the lye called for in the recipe. Then pour the lye into the water – I recommend a well ventilated area – and mix until the lye has completely dissolved. Now set the lye-water solution aside in a safe location to cool.

While the lye solution cools, weigh out the soapmaking oils and the mango butter. Combine in a stainless steel pot. Then gently heat the oils and mango butter on the stove over low heat just until the mango butter has melted.

Remove the soapmaking oils from heat and allow to cool.

In the meantime, measure out the colorants for my summer citrus soap recipe. Then weigh out the essential oils and combine in a small glass beaker.

Once the oils have reached 90°-95°F you are ready to make soap.

Check the temperature of both the soapmaking oils and the lye solution before you begin. Both of these ingredients should be within ten degrees of one another.

Now add the red iron and yellow oxide colorants to the soapmaking oils. Mix briefly with an immersion blender to incorporate the colorant throughout the oils.

Next, pour the lye solution into the soapmaking oils and mix with the immersion blender until you reach a light trace. You’ll know you’ve reached trace when you drag the blender through the soap batter and it leaves a visible trail behind. It’s a little like pudding.

Add the essential oils to the soap batter, then continue mixing until thoroughly combined.

Once you bring the soap to a medium trace, pour the soap into each of the cavities of your mold. Then gently cover the soap with plastic wrap or parchment paper.

Set the soap aside for 24-48 hours. After this time you can unmold your summer citrus soap bars.

Allow your soap to cure for four to six weeks in a cool, dry location. After that, your homemade soaps are ready to use.

Summer Citrus Soap Recipe with a Natural Essential Oil Blend. This homemade summer citrus soap recipe contains a citrus inspired natural essential oil blend of peppermint, orange and lemongrass. Formulated to be both cleansing and conditioning, this natural soap works great at tackling sweat and grime without over drying skin.

Get Creative with My Summer Citrus Soap Recipe

Once your cold process summer citrus soaps have cured, you can get creative! I was able to use one bar of my summer citrus soap to make three round orange slice soaps.

To create your own round soaps that resemble orange slices, cut one bar of the summer citrus soap in half lengthwise. Then cut each half into triangles. Set aside.

Now cut a block of clear melt and pour soap base into chunks. (The amount you use will depend on how many soaps you plan to make as well as the size of your mold’s cavities.) Combine in a Pyrex measuring cup or another heat safe container. Melt in the microwave in 20-30 second increments, stirring after each heating.

Once the clear soap base has completely melted, add a yellow liquid soap colorant to the base until you reach the desired color. (Or you could also use a liquid blue soap colorant. Go Gators!)

If desired, add a fragrance or essential oil of your choice. (I used blood orange essential oil for this step at 2% of the soap weight.) Then stir the soap to incorporate the fragrance evenly throughout the soap.

Now pour a small amount of the melt and pour soap into three cavities of a round silicone mold. Then spray the soap with isopropyl alcohol to remove any air bubbles.

Next, place the triangle soap embeds you made from the summer citrus soap into the soap you just poured. Arrange the embeds as desired.

Once the melt and pour soap base is firm – you don’t want your embeds to shift – spray the soap again with isopropyl alcohol. Then pour the remaining melt and pour soap base into the same three cavities of the mold. Fill the cavities to the top of the mold, then spray again with isopropyl alcohol to remove any air bubbles.

Once the soap has fully hardened, remove the soap slices from the mold. Then, if desired, you can bevel the edges of the soap using a potato peeler. Now simply wrap your soaps tightly in food service film to store until use.

Natural Blood Orange Soap Recipe for Summer. This blood orange soap recipe is made with orange powder and blood orange essential oil which has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial properties making it a great homemade soap for acne prone and combination skin.

More Homemade Soap Recipes

If you like my summer citrus soap recipe with natural essential oils, then you may also want to try my homemade blood orange soap recipe. Made using blood orange essential oil and orange powder, this summer inspired soap is painted with mica for a fun, fresh appearance.

Some of my other favorite homemade soap recipes include the following:

Learn how to make this homemade green apple soap recipe! Crafted using the cold process soapmaking method, this green apple soap recipe is made using real apple powder rich in alpha-hydroxy acids that can help to improve skin texture. In addition to rejuvenating skin and promoting skin elasticity, apple powder also has moisturizing properties that make it suitable for even dry or mature skin.

Or simply explore all my cold process soap recipes here. Alternately, you can find my melt and pour soap recipes here.

You can also find more homemade soap recipes by way of my DIY Bath & Body Pinterest board and my Simply Soapmaking Pinterest board. Or, if you’d rather purchase handmade soaps, you can discover a collection of my favorite handmade artisan soaps on Etsy here.

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Natural Homemade Beauty Recipes for Summer Skin

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Peppermint isn’t just for candy canes and winter treats. It’s perfect for summer too! Not only does it offer a lovely cooling effect – I use it in my Natural Sore Muscle Salt Scrub Recipe – but peppermint essential oil also helps to repel those awful biting insects.

You can combine it with a blend of several of these essential oils – Citronella, Clove, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Cajeput, Eucalyptus, Cedarwood, Catnip, and Lavender – along with some witch hazel to make a homemade natural bug repellent. (You can buy trusted organic essential oils here.)

Natural DIY Peppermint Foot Scrub Recipe and Other Essential Oils and Skin Care Recipes Perfect for Summer and Keeping Biting Insects at Bay

So naturally I’m happy to recommend this easy all natural recipe via Blah Blah Magazine for crafting your own Homemade Peppermint Foot Scrub. Just combine three simple ingredients – I’d opt for the Epsom salts over the sugar since it never fails that I get bit by swarms of insects in the summer the sweeter I am – and in under five minutes you’re ready to get your feet into tip top shape for those new sandals you’ve been dying to wear. Follow up at night with Cybele’s Handmade Peppermint Foot Cream Recipe followed by a pair of socks overnight and say bye bye to dry, cracked feet.

And just in case you want to cover all of your bases – or rather your body – Blah Blah Magazine (Yes! This is an amazing blog!) also has a recipe for a Homemade Zesty Lime and Coconut Whipped Body Butter and a Homemade Cuticle Oil Recipe scented with a summery blend of lemon and lavender essential oils. (Don’t just reserve that lime essential oil for the bath though. It’s great for making homemade non-toxic cleaning products too!)

Homemade Soap Recipe - Coconut Citrus Melt and Pour Glycerin Soap Recipe

For more fun with summer citrus, give these luscious Homemade Citrus Coconut Soaps via Petit Elefant a try. It’s made from a natural, detergent free shea butter soap base, fresh citrus zest, shaved coconut and sweet orange essential oil. Or try an avocado and banana hair mask, lavender hand & foot wash, and pumpkin & papaya facial mask with natural beauty recipes courtesy of Brunch at Saks. Or give our fine feathered friends some love by drying sliced oranges and apples in the oven and crafting a tasty, edible birdhouse with fruits, nuts and seed.

Grow your own lavender or just simply in love with the benefits lavender offers? Visit Live in Art to learn how to craft your own Natural Homemade Lavender Salve from a lavender blossom oil infusion, beeswax, and vitamin E oil. For more fun summer bath and beauty recipes and projects, be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body Board on Pinterest!

Infuse a little love. Recipes for infusing vodka, sugar, and water for entertaining, gifting, or just enjoying.

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infusion: an infusion is the outcome of steeping plants with desired chemical compounds and/or flavors in water or oil. Source: wikipedia
Water. Oil. Alchohol? Sugar? Lately I’ve been infatuated with recipes for infusions. After discovering a fun recipe for vodka infusion over at The Backyard Bartender, I went on the hunt for more recipes you can create just by mixing a little of this with a little of that. Here are some of my favorites.
1.) Adventures in Vodkaland. Infusing vodkas in a simple process and certainly easier than making moonshine. Not to mention legal. All you need is a great vodka – who wants a hangover, right? – an airtight jar, some edible herbs, fruits, veggies and spices, and time. The Backyard Bartender offers several infusion recipes. Combos include Vanilla Bean + Cardamom, Celery + Bay Leaf, and Fennel + Lemon. While not all of her ideas were entirely successful, it’s really the fun of coming up with your own recipes then trying them out on your friends.
For more vodka infusion recipes ideas, visit Taylor Takes a Taste. There are recipes for tried and true Bubble Gum Vodka and Limencello as well as new test recipes for combinations like Pineapple + Red Pepper, Honeydew + Cucumber, and Cranberry + Orange + Nutmeg.
2.) Inviting Waters. If alcohol’s not quite up your alley, try making infused water instead. Martha Stewart recommends using rosemary sprigs, lime, and orange zest for a citrus-rosemary water. Or combine sliced ginger, cucumber, and mint for another refreshing alternative.
Donna Hay suggests flavoring your water with green apple and mint leaves, raspberries, or lemongrass and pieces of ginger as another tasty option.
 
3.) Make: Infused Sugars. Issue 3 of Joie Magazine offers some great ideas for making your own infused sugars on page 28 along with presentation ideas for those of you who love to give handmade gifts.
 
You can also grab ideas for scented sugars from Martha Stewart and a recipe for Vanilla Infused Sugar from Soap Deli News.
 
Sugar not quite your thing or just looking for a twist from the obvious? Style Me Pretty offers a diy for tangerine flavored sea salt. Sea salt with some zest from tangerines and lemons is a great way to finish off a fish or poultry dish.
Do you have a favorite infusion combo you like to add to your cooking? Please share!

Make Infused Sugars for a Little Spice to Everyday Life

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Sweeten up your culinary style by creating your own infused sugars. Sprinkle them on fresh baked cookies and pies or use them in place of plain sugar in coffees and teas!
Vanilla Sugar

Here’s a recipe for making vanilla infused sugar. Use more or less vanilla to taste. Click here for the recipe. Also give orange and lemon infused sugars a go by adding the dried zest from three fruits to two cups of your sugar of choice, then grind together in a food processor. Get creative with a variety of other herbs and spices as well. Try adding not just vanilla  bean pods but whole cloves,  star anise, cardamon pods, lavender buds, fennel seeds, cinnamon sticks, crystallized ginger, fresh rosemary, fresh mint, and even organic rose buds to create your own unique blends. Layer these tasty options with your sugar and allow to infuse for at least one week before use, shaking jar daily to insure a thorough infusion. Store in pint jars for future use or for gift giving.

Lavender Citrus Soap – Handmilled Soap Recipe

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Ingredients:
2 cups grated soap
1/2 cup water
6 vitamin E capsules
1 T. ground dried lemon verbena leaves
1 T. dried lavender buds
10 drops lavender oil
20 drops sweet orange oil
Instructions:
Melt soap with water over low heat, stirring occasionally. Once melted, remove from heat and mix well. Add vitamin E oil and remaining ingredients. Mix well. Pour into molds and allow to harden.
To Make Soap Balls:
Rather than pouring into molds, allow the soap has to cool and thicken slightly. Then scoop out a small handful of the soap and roll into a ball. As the soap cures, press the soap into a firmer and smoother shape. Cure for about one week.
Note:
Lavender buds will discolor the soap. Use calendula petals if you like the look of the buds to avoid this, or omit the lavender buds altogether. Shop for ingredients at Mountain Rose Herbs.