Moisturizing Essential Oil Pink Grapefruit Soap
How stinking cute are these soaps?! They are super hydrating for your skin and smell wonderful too. I had never tried making soap before and didn’t know what it entailed, so I called in an expert friend on this one. We spent an afternoon creating and laughing and repeatedly pointing out how much better she is at taking pictures than I am. For this tutorial you not only get great instructions, you get a beautiful photo of every step of the process. Making the soap was easier than I thought it would be, but I never expected her to put an egg in it!
The most difficult part of making soap is gathering the supplies, which isn’t difficult at all! If you don’t make soap often (or ever) these supplies are probably spread out in your home (grapefruit in the kitchen, essential oil in the bathroom, etc.). Get them all out and on your work surface where you can grab items quickly because they will need to be added to the soap base while it is melted. Many of the supplies are linked below in case you need to ordering something.
- 1/2 Pound Glycerin Soap Base
- 2 Tablespoons Cocoa Butter
- 1 Tablespoon Cetyl Alcohol
- 1 Tablespoon Vitamin E or Argan Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
- 2 Tablespoons Heavy Cream
- 1 Egg Yolk
- 1 Tablespoon White Vinegar
- 1 Teaspoon Olive Oil
- 1 Teaspoon Sea Salt
- 10 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
- 10 Drops Grapefruit Essential Oil
- Juice of 1/4 of a pink grapefruit or pink grapefruit juice
- Pink and Yellow Food Coloring
- Spray Bottle of Rubbing Alcohol
- Soap Mold
Step 2: Add cetyl alcohol and cocoa butter to bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds. Continue to heat in 30 second intervals until completely melted.
Step 3: Add coconut oil.
Step 13: Divide the mixture evenly into two bowls. Add pink food or soap coloring to one bowl and yellow coloring to the other. (If you only want one color soap, you can just add one color to the bowl and skip separating the colors.)
Step 16: When the pink layer is hardened, gently fill the each mold with the yellow soap mixture. Spray the top of the soap with rubbing alcohol, and allow it to harden for an additional two hours. Gently pop the soap out and store in an airtight container or bag until ready to use.
The cocoa butter, heavy cream and egg yolk make this soap super hydrating for your skin. They are perfect for gift giving too. Combine a soap with a wash cloth soap holder for a practical and thoughtful teacher appreciation gift, add it to a gift basket, or just give it as is. I know I would love to receive handmade soap!