DIY: Grapefruit, mint & poppyseed soap
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Happy Saturday my loves!
I've got a fun little soap DIY today. I found this on A Beautiful Mess and was so excited about it. I've been so curious about how to make homemade soap. Every time I'm at a farmer's market or craft fair I always gravitate towards the soap tables... they smell so amazing! It's an obsession of mine.
So last week I finally made some!
I'm not kidding when I tell you this was so freaking easy. Now I want to make soap for every gift-giving occasion.. and really just for myself. Since we're not making the actual soap base here, literally all you do is melt, mix and pour. And BAM, you have soap bars 2 hours later.
This particular mixture is great for your skin! The goat's milk is super soft and moisturizing, the poppy seeds exfoliate the skin and grapefruit oil is said to balance skin discoloration. DOUBLE BAM.
Here's what you need...
10oz goat's milk melt-and-pour soap base - They sell this at most craft stores or you can find
it on Amazon here. I bought a 30oz pack at Hobby Lobby.
1/2 grapefruit, zested
1 tbsp poppy seeds
10 drops grapefruit essential oil - oils also sold at most craft stores.
4 drops mint essential oil
Bowl for microwaving
Disposable wooden stick for stirring - I used the end of my spoon and it washed
off fine.. it is soap after all!
Soap molds - sold at craft stores.
Here's what you do...
Cut your soap base into large chunks and put in a microwave safe bowl.
Zest your grapefruit and have your poppy seeds and oils ready for mixing.
Microwave the soap base on high for 30 seconds. Keep microwaving in 10 second intervals and stirring until smooth. Be careful because it can burn if you over do it! You can also use a double boiler to melt on the stove if you prefer.
Once your soap is completely melted and smooth, add your oils and stir together. I couldn't find grapefruit essential oil at Hobby Lobby but they did have grapefruit soap fragrance which worked just as well. I read that it's not as powerful as essential oils so I used the entire bottle and did not regret it.
It smells so freaking AH-MAZING.
Add your poppy seeds and grapefruit zest to the soap mixture and stir until distributed. Then pour into your molds. If you're going to be making many soaps in the future I recommend purchasing a silicone soap mold. They work better than the plastic ones at the craft store.
Place your soaps to the side and let harden for 2-3 hours. Check that they're hard before popping them out. Then dress them up for a friend or keep for yourself!!
I seriously loved this project. I couldn't believe how easy it was and how fast the soaps hardened. I need that instant gratification that I usually do not get when painting things. Obviously I need to work on my crafting patience.
My mom and I tried to make lemon soap bars after this. Little did I know putting too much lemon juice in the soap base completely messes up the suspension.. aka they don't harden enough. Whoopsie! Craft fail! So in case you're thinking of experimenting with different scents... definitely use the essential oils. And not lemon juice....
Cheers my friends! Enjoy your weekend :)