Blood Orange Soap Recipe with Blood Orange Essential Oil
This blood orange soap recipe is made with real orange powder and blood orange essential oil. Blood orange essential oil has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial properties that make this blood orange soap recipe especially suitable for acne prone and combination skin.
These soaps are great for summer when our skin tends to be oilier and we sweat more. While I did use a higher percentage of coconut oil in my blood orange soap recipe than I normally do, it’s still a lower cleansing/higher conditioning bar so your skin doesn’t feel stripped and dry after washing. After all, stripping too many of your skin’s natural oils can result in the overproduction of oil which leads to acne and blemishes.
In addition, I used colored mica powders to give my finished blood orange soaps some extra pop. However, you can also leave these soap bars al naturale if desired. You can find my blood orange soap recipe below along with my soapmaking notes.
Blood Orange Soap Recipe
9.75 oz. distilled water
4.3 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide
As with some of my past soap recipes, I’ve included a screenshot from SoapCalc (above) to make resizing my blood orange soap recipe easier. It also gives you an idea of the overall soap bar quality. (SoapCalc is great tool for anyone wanting to create their own custom soap recipes from scratch. You can learn how to create your own custom soap recipes using a lye calculator here.)
Also, as my blood orange soap recipe is palm free, I did a steep water discount and included both sodium lactate and a bit of salt for a harder bar.
For the molds, I used the Crafter’s Choice basic guest round silicone soap molds. However, you can also use two of the Crafter’s Choice basic round soap molds if you’re wanting larger bars.
You should be familiar with making cold process soap before trying my blood orange soap recipe. If you’ve never made cold process soap before – or any kind of soap in which you’re working with lye – I strongly recommend you start with a beginner soap recipe so you get a feel for the process and know you can create a successful soap. Otherwise, you’ll follow your basic cold process soapmaking instructions to create this soap. You should adhere to all basic safety precautions when working with lye.
Begin by measuring out the amount of water called for in the recipe into a heat safe container. Next, use a digital scale to weigh out the lye.
Slowly pour the lye into the water in a well ventilated area. Stir the lye until it has dissolved, then set the lye-water aside.
Heat until melted then set aside.
Allow the lye-water and the melted soapmaking oils to cool to around 95°F. Once they’ve reached this temperature, you’re ready to make soap.
Weigh out the sodium lactate and stir it into the cooled lye-water.
Then weigh out the pink salt, essential oils and orange powder. Add these ingredients to the soapmaking oils/butters. Then, using a stick/hand blender, thoroughly mix the ingredients into the soapmaking fats. (Alternately you can add the essential oils once your soap reaches a light trace.)
Now slowly pour the lye-water into the melted oils.
Mix with a stick blender until you reach trace then evenly pour the blood orange soap batter into the molds’ cavities.
If you blood orange soap gels, you should be able to remove the soap from your molds the next day or the day after. If your soap doesn’t gel, or it’s still soft the next day, wait 2-4 days before unmolding.
Allow your homemade blood orange soap bars to cure 4-6 weeks.
If desired, you can paint your homemade soaps after they have cured.
To do this, combine mica powder in your choice of color to a small dish. Slowly add isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol to the mica powder, mixing with a small brush. You don’t want to add too much alcohol or the mica will be translucent on your soap. But you don’t want to add too little as the mica will clump on the soap. You want a paint-like texture that flows easily off the brush.
I used an orange vibrance mica powder to paint the tops and sides of my soap bars. (Alternately you can tint your soaps with mica powder by adding two to four teaspoons of mica powder to your soapmaking oils and mix prior to adding the lye-water.)
Once the orange mica “paint” dried on my soap, I used candy apple red mica powder to paint designs on my soap bars and allowed them to dry.
Once you’ve decorated your own soaps, carefully wrap your blood orange soaps tightly in foodservice film. You can then label your soaps as desired for personal use or gifting.
If you’re planning to sell your blood orange soaps, you’ll need to label them according to FDA guidelines. Not sure how to label your homemade soaps? I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.
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