Homemade Cocoa Butter Lemon Soap is a great smelling soap.
I like that this soap makes for a great gift idea too!
Homemade Cocoa Butter Lemon Soap
This is a great smelling soap that is surprisingly easy to make.
I like that this soap is also perfect for gift giving (think holidays, birthdays, Mother's Day...).
Did you try my DIY idea for Calendula Sugar Scrub?
This DIY project reminds me a lot of this one because they would both be nice for using yourself or for gift giving.
I should also mention that both the scrub and this this soap use calendula essential oil.
This project uses simple silicon soap molds to shape the soap.
People ask what is calendula good for.
You will probably agree that calendula, or marigolds, looks pretty nice in the garden because of how colorful and plentiful they are.
However, calendula is useful for us in other ways as well.
We are using calendula on the skin for several reasons.
Calendula can improve the texture of the skin because of its antioxidant properties. The anti-inflammatory properties of this flower can protect the skin from the environment.
Lastly, the flower is said to also have the ability brighten skin (including age spots!).
People ask what does cocoa butter do in soap.
Because this is a soap project, or make soap, we will use a cocoa butter melt and pour soap base rather than just cocoa butter. The cocoa butter melt and pour base is simply a soap base that also has cocoa butter added to it.
The cocoa butter is added for a couple of great reasons.
Cocoa butter adds to the unique scent of this soap.
However, more importantly (my opinion), is that the cocoa butter is nourishing for the skin, which is nice when you are making a homemade gift right?
Here are some tips for making homemade soap.
Following the directions is essential for the success of a project such as this one.
Also important, is using the correct amount of ingredients as listed below.
More helpful tips for you.
- Have a simple spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol nearby after pouring the soap into the molds. This will help cut down on the bubbles that may result.
- This project is made in a microwave. Please use a large (4 cup) microwave safe cup to melt the soap base.
- Adding dry flowers, oatmeal, or even sea salt can add a bit of texture to your soap. I would only add one of these items for texture and in a small amount.
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People often ask what the difference between cold press and hot press soap.
This project is considered to be a cold press soap project.
A hot press soap project uses a heat source, such as a slow cooker, to melt the soap base while a cold press can use a microwave.
This cold press method of soap method is an easier and thus, better method for beginners.
Cold press soap, in my opinion, is easier to make, which is why I like it.
Once the soap has hardened and cooled, you can store it in an air tight container or wrap it well for gift giving.
What you need to make Homemade Lemon Cocoa Butter Soap
- Cocoa Butter Melt and Pour Base- 1 lb.
- Lemon Soap Colorant- 6 drops.
- Calendula Essential Oil- 30 drops.
- Lemongrass Essential Oil- 10 drops.
- Silicon Soap Mold Such as this one.
- Microwave Safe 4 Cup Measuring Cup
- Wooden Craft Stick for Stirring
How to make Homemade Cocoa Butter Lemon Soap
Step 1. Cut the soap base into 1" cubes and place them into the microwave-safe cup for melting. Heat on high for 30 seconds and the stir the melting soap base using the wooden craft stick. Place the microwave safe cup back into the microwave and repeat this process until the soap base is fully melted. *Warning, take caution as this can be hot.
Step2. Once the soap base has fully melted, stir in the soap colorant and then the essential oils. Stir well using your wooden craft stick. Once blended, you can transfer the ingredients to the molds. Fill each mold cavity about ¾ of the way full. Tip: Spray the mold ingredients with the running alcohol to reduce any bubbles that may have formed.
Step 3. Allow to cool and set. It will take about two hours at room temperature.
Homemade Lemon Cocoa Butter Soap
- Cut the soap base into 1" cubes and place them into the microwave-safe cup for melting. Heat on high for 30 seconds and the stir the melting soap base using the wooden craft stick. Place the microwave safe cup back into the microwave and repeat this process until the soap base is fully melted. *Warning, take caution as this can be hot.
- Once the soap base has fully melted, stir in the soap colorant and then the essential oils. Stir well using your wooden craft stick. Once blended, you can transfer the ingredients to the molds. Fill each mold cavity about ¾ of the way full. Tip: Spray the mold ingredients with the running alcohol to reduce any bubbles that may have formed.