Making soap can be complicated. Don’t get me wrong, it can be done at home as a DIY project, however, I would recommend getting some guidance, taking a class or two, or watching some tutorials before you attempt it. I personally avoid working with lye (very dangerous if mishandled) and it’s not something I want around the home, but that’s me, and you’re you.

Soooo, I use the ‘cheat’s’ version aka melt and pour soap base; it requires chopping, melting and pretty-ing up. I love that there are so many variations to try. This here is a citrusy, zesty, summery soap, and as you can see by the pic I took, it packages gorgeously as a gift!

SIMPLE MELT & POUR SOAP WITH LEMON ZEST

Makes: 255 g Prep Time: < 15 min. (plus setting time)

Ingredients

• 250 g melt and pour soap base – roughly chopped (see recipe notes)
• 30 drops of essential oils
• 1-2 tbsp lemon/lime zest (finely chopped and dehydrated)
• 1 tbsp clear alcohol (in a spray bottle)

MY CHOICE OF ESSENTIAL OILS

My favourite essential oils in this recipe are lemon and orange, but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.

Extra equipment required

Silicone moulds

Method

1. Add soap base to a glass bowl and heat until completely melted. (Double boiler method– place bowl on a pot of gently simmering water and stir frequently; Microwave method– heat in short bursts on low, stopping and stirring frequently). Remove from heat.
2. Add essential oils and zest and mix until combined.
3. Pour soap mixture into mould.
4. Spray the top of soap with clear alcohol (this removes any air bubbles from the surface), and allow to set in a cool, dry place (not the fridge – this causes soap to sweat) for a minimum of 3-4 hours. Once set, it may help to place the moulds in the freezer for 5 minutes before unmoulding them.
5. Allow to dry for 24 hours on a tray or sheet of baking paper, before storing in container of choice.

To Use

Massage onto wet skin and rinse with warm water. Keep soap dry between uses.

Recipe Notes

It is important not to heat the soap to a very high temperature (60˚C is perfect) or it has a tendency to sweat once set.
Be sure to fully dehydrated zest to prevent mould and slime from forming.
Any chocolate moulds work as soap moulds; Kmart & IKEA have cheap and funky designs.

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

AUTHOR & ADVOCATE FOR NATURAL LIVING

Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious choices that honour both humans and habitat. It is her mission to gently guide people towards this beautiful way of life. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to increasing awareness on common and avoidable toxins, as well as educating individuals on simple ways they can adjust their lifestyles to better serve themselves, and the planet. Natural DIY is Krissy’s speciality, and she has sold over 50,000 copies of her recipe books, including her latest book, The Lifestyle Edit, the award-winning, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and her kids book, Make & Play - Natural DIY Recipes for Kids. She offers honest and gentle guidance, education and 100+ free natural DIY recipes on her website.

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