Today I want to share a highly requested DIY: Homemade Lemon Soaps. This is something great for a gift or just to use at home as an eco-friendly alternative to store bought soaps.
This is what you’ll need for 8 “muffin” sized (I use muffin tins) soaps:
– 1 lb (450g) of soap base (crystal, white or goat’s milk – your choice; I’m using crystal in this DIY)
– 6-8 drops of lemon essential oil
– 3/4 cup of lemon zest
– large heat resistant bowl or measuring cup
– metal spoon
– silicone muffin molds or muffin tins
– spray bottle with alcohol
I prefer using the microwave version of melting the soap base but you’re free to use the technique of your choice. You need to melt the soap base before adding the scents or anything; the way you choose to melt it is irrelevant. Just be careful as the soap base will be extremely hot; also, don’t overdo it, as soon as it’s fully melted, add the rest of the ingredients.
Using a microwave you need to place the soap base in cubes in a heat resistant bowl and heat it for 1 minute. Mix everything together and heat for 20 second intervals until it’s fully melted. The first time you’ll be experimenting but you’ll quickly understand the potency of your microwave – right now I know exactly how much time I need to fully melt it and I don’t need to add any more time.
At this time add the lemon essential oil and mix until it’s combined. Mix carefully as the soap base is very hot and if you over mix it, it will start to form small bubbles – and you don’t want that.
As the soap base starts to thicken, add the lemon zest and combine everything. You need to wait a few seconds until it starts to thicken, otherwise the lemon zest would not be evenly distributed in the soap. When I was making the ones in the photos I should have waited a bit longer; you can see that the lemon zest is mostly in the bottom of the tins.
Carefully – but quickly – pour the soap base in silicone muffin molds or muffin tins and let it completely set for at least two hours.
If the soap base has small bubbles on the surface, spray it with alcohol – the bubbles will disappear, the alcohol will not linger and the finished surface will be smoother. Note: this will only work while it’s still hot.
After completely set, just release the soaps from the molds and they’re ready to use or gift!
I love the smell of lemon and these lemon soaps are amazing. If you like lemon, you should definitely try this. It’s perfect for these Spring/Summer days! =)
I have two more homemade soap DIYs that I will be posting soon: coffee and almond/oats! Keep checking back for those projects! 😉
See you all tomorrow!