This homemade citrus soap recipe has a vibrant, uplifting scent, luxurious lather and many skin care benefits. The natural DIY soap bars are made with a melt and pour base and need just 10 minutes prep – ideal for soap making for beginners! The tutorial shows how to make melt and pour soap and gives different citrus essential oil blends for soap.

This homemade citrus soap recipe has an uplifting scent, rich lather and many skin care benefits. Natural DIY lemon soap bars are made with goat milk, shea butter or glycerin melt and pour base and essential oils - ideal for soap making for beginners! The handmade tutorial shows how to make melt and pour soap, gives different citrus essential oil blends for soap, tips for molds, packaging ideas and more recipes inspiration. Cute hand soap teacher gift! #soap #soapmaking | countryhillcottage.com

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Homemade citrus soap recipe – Quick and easy melt and pour soap DIY

One sniff and you’ll fall in love with this homemade citrus soap recipe! Citrus essential oils are highly aromatic, and I find them very uplifting and energizing. This homemade soap recipe not only smells amazing, but citrus oils are also excellent for your skin. And while homemade soap recipes with essential oils look complex, I promise it’s easy to pull off at home.

In this easy soap making recipe, you’ll learn:

  • the skincare benefits of citrus soap
  • 5 citrus essential oil combinations for soap
  • how to make citrus melt and pour soap
  • tips for how to store melt and pour soap
This homemade citrus soap recipe has an uplifting scent, rich lather and many skin care benefits. Natural DIY lemon soap bars are made with goat milk, shea butter or glycerin melt and pour base and essential oils - ideal for soap making for beginners! The handmade tutorial shows how to make melt and pour soap, gives different citrus essential oil blends for soap, tips for molds, packaging ideas and more recipes inspiration. Cute hand soap teacher gift! #soap #soapmaking | countryhillcottage.com

Citrus soap benefits

Is citrus soap good for the skin? Citrus essential oils have a multitude of benefits for the mind, body and skin. Combine these benefits with a nourishing melt and pour base and you have wonderfully fragrant, skin-loving citrus soap!

  • anti-inflammatory – Many citrus oils contain d-Limonene, a compound with potent anti-inflammatory properties that soothe skin irritations.
  • antibacterial – Citrus essential oils possess antibacterial properties and are a natural option to banish bacteria from the skin. Orange EO is particularly effective. (source)
  • rejuvenating – The antioxidants found in citrus essential oils neutralise free radicals and protect the skin from oxidative damage.
  • brightening and anti-ageing – Essential oils from the citrus family even out your skin tone and are helpful to improve pigmentation, acne scars and other skin blemishes.
  • stimulates cell growth – Rich in antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients, citrus essential oils are said to boost the growth of new tissue and skin cells.
  • improves circulation – Citrus essential oils stimulate blood and lymphatic circulation, which can leave your skin looking plumper and healthier.
  • uplifting – The refresh and bright citrus scent never fails to evoke a positive mood and makes you feel good.

Citrus soap making supplies

Here is a list of the soap making ingredients and tools we need for this DIY melt and pour soap recipe:

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Best essential oils for citrus soap

You probably already guessed it: I love melt and pour soap recipes using essential oils! But can you use essential oils in soap? Yes, essential oils are perfect for how to scent soap naturally and give additional skincare benefits.

While pure lemon soap or orange soap are appealing, I enjoy combining oils to create more complex notes. Each member of the citrus family has a unique note and blending them creates the most wonderful, harmonious fragrances.

If you’re new to essential oils, try one of my suggestions first. As you become more familiar with EOs, you will gain confidence and discover your own scent combinations.

Citrus scent essential oil combinations for soap

Here is my citrus-inspired soap scents list. The amounts are for one 4-oz/ 115 g soap bar.

Citrus Fresh

Sunshine Burst

Uplift

Wake up

Gentle Citrus

Drop a comment and tell me your favourite citrus soap blend!

Citrus essential oils and photosensitivity

Some cold-pressed citrus oils are photosensitive and can cause a phototoxic reaction (burns and blistering) on the skin under sun exposure.

Good news first: sweet orange, blood orange, neroli, tangerine, mandarin, petitgrain and yuzu are NOT phototoxic and can be safely used in DIY skincare recipes.

Cold-pressed lemon, lime, grapefruit and bergamot are phototoxic. Since soap is a wash-off product, you could still use them. But ideally, choose bergapten free bergamot EO and steam distilled lemon, lime and grapefruit oils.

This homemade citrus soap recipe has an uplifting scent, rich lather and many skin care benefits. Natural DIY lemon soap bars are made with goat milk, shea butter or glycerin melt and pour base and essential oils - ideal for soap making for beginners! The handmade tutorial shows how to make melt and pour soap, gives different citrus essential oil blends for soap, tips for molds, packaging ideas and more recipes inspiration. Cute hand soap teacher gift! #soap #soapmaking | countryhillcottage.com

How to make citrus soap

How do you make homemade citrus soap? It turns out, this citrus soap recipe is incredibly quick and easy to make. Let me walk you through the process:

  • Prep. Place the soap mould on a cutting board or small tray. Using a tray allows us to lift and move the mould.
  • Cut the soap. Chop the soap base into 1-inch / 2 cm pieces and place in a microwave-safe jug or container.
  • Melt the soap. Melt the soap base in the microwave using 30-second bursts.
  • Add essential oils. Once melted, add the essential oils and mica powder. Stir with a spoon or spatula to fully mix in.
  • Pour the soap. Spritz the soap mould with alcohol. Pour the soap into the mould and spritz the top with alcohol to disperse any bubbles.
  • Decorate the citrus soap. Carefully put a dried citrus slice on the soap or sprinkle the top with citrus zest and calendula petals.
  • Cool. Put the mould into the fridge and let the soap fully harden, which usually takes 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Unmould. Once hard, remove the citrus soap bar from the mould.

How to decorate homemade citrus soap

I dyed my citrus soap recipe with mica and decorated the DIY soap bars with dried citrus slices, zest and calendula petals. Here’s what you need to know about adding lemon zest to melt and pour soap:

Can I add lemon zest in melt and pour soap?

  • fresh lemon zest: If you plan to use your homemade lemon soap quickly, it’s okay to add fresh lemon zest. Eventually, fresh ingredients will go bad in melt and pour soap, so I don’t recommend storing the soap for long periods of time.
  • dried citrus zest: Dried citrus zest doesn’t spoil, and your citrus soap bar will last longer.

No matter fresh or dried, expect the zest to “bleed” into the soap (meaning some of the colour from the zest will leak into the soap.) I think this is a rather pretty effect.

Shelf life and storage of DIY citrus soap

How do you store melt and pour soap? Once the citrus soap is completely hard and cool, unmould it and wrap it tightly with plastic wrap/clingfilm. I also place my DIY hand soap bar in an airtight container to protect it from humidity.

Store this citrus soap melt and pour soap recipe in a dry, cool place until you’re ready to use your homemade soap bars. Avoid direct sunlight and heat.

The soap has a one year shelf life.

This homemade citrus soap recipe has an uplifting scent, rich lather and many skin care benefits. Natural DIY lemon soap bars are made with goat milk, shea butter or glycerin melt and pour base and essential oils - ideal for soap making for beginners! The handmade tutorial shows how to make melt and pour soap, gives different citrus essential oil blends for soap, tips for molds, packaging ideas and more recipes inspiration. Cute hand soap teacher gift! #soap #soapmaking | countryhillcottage.com
I used all 5 essential oil blends and dyed every soap bar differently. Mica powder is an excellent dye for soap and I prefer it over liquid soap colorants.

More melt and pour soap recipes

 If you like free soap tutorials like this one, here are a few more easy homemade soap recipes to try:

Yield: 1 x 4-oz soap bar

Citrus Soap Recipe (Easy Homemade Melt and Pour Soap)

This homemade citrus soap recipe has an uplifting scent, rich lather and many skin care benefits. Natural DIY lemon soap bars are made with goat milk, shea butter or glycerin melt and pour base and essential oils - ideal for soap making for beginners! The handmade tutorial shows how to make melt and pour soap, gives different citrus essential oil blends for soap, tips for molds, packaging ideas and more recipes inspiration. Cute hand soap teacher gift! #soap #soapmaking | countryhillcottage.com

This homemade citrus soap recipe has a vibrant, uplifting scent, luxurious lather and many skin care benefits. The natural DIY soap bars are made with a melt and pour base and need just 10 minutes prep - ideal for soap making for beginners! The tutorial shows how to make melt and pour soap and gives different citrus essential oil blends for soap.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cooling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Difficulty easy

Instructions

  1. Place the soap mould on a cutting board or small tray. Using a tray allows us to lift and move the mould.
  2. Chop the soap base into 1-inch / 2 cm pieces and place in a microwave-safe jug or container.
  3. Melt the soap base in the microwave using 30-second bursts.
  4. Once melted, add the essential oils and mica powder. Stir with a spoon or spatula to fully mix in.
  5. Spritz the soap mould with alcohol. Pour the soap into the mould and spritz the top with alcohol to disperse any bubbles.
  6. Carefully put a dried orange slice on the soap or sprinkle the top with citrus zest and calendula petals.
  7. Put the mould into the fridge and let the soap fully harden, which usually takes 30 minutes to an hour.
  8. Once hard, remove the citrus soap bar from the mould.

Notes

Shelf life and storage

How do you store melt and pour soap? Once the citrus soap is completely hard and cool, unmould it and wrap it tightly with plastic wrap/clingfilm. I also place my DIY hand soap bar in an airtight container to protect it from humidity.

Store this citrus soap melt and pour soap recipe in a dry, cool place until you’re ready to use your homemade soap bars. Avoid direct sunlight and heat.

The soap has a shelf life of one year.

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