Lemon Zest Soap
|I love citrus scented soaps and one can typically be found at my kitchen sink. I was making lemonade the other day and zippy, refreshing scent of lemons reminded me to think about making soap again. Then I started wondering if I could make a lemon soap and include the fresh lemon zest in my soap.
Today, I’m going to show that it is possible to using lemon zest!
Collect needed items:
Zest lemons. I used a fine Microplane / Zester to zest the lemon. Set aside.
Weigh the essential oils into a small beaker and set aside.
Measure fixed oils on your scale. Add lemon zest to fixed oils then warm on the stove or in the microwave. I melted the oils in the microwave. Add sodium hydroxide to the water. Mix well.
Combine oils and lye solution. Stir until thin trace. Don’t be alarmed when the soap turns a vibrant neon orange when beginning to mix the oils and lye solution together. Upon light trace, add the essential oils. Stir well. Pour soap into molds. I used the Guerrilla Mold from Dirk’s post. Allow to sit until soap is firm.
The next morning cut into bars. Stack to allow good air circulation. Allow to cure for several days before using. Longer curing will result in a harder bar.
As I was beginning to mix the lye solution and oils together and the mixture turned a bright orange, I was panicked. Oh, no! I continued to mix and while the color stayed bright, the soap behaved just like any other 5 lb batch I’ve made before. I poured the soap in the mold, covered it and then left it until the next day when I could cut it.
After cutting the soap, I took a small end piece and washed my hands with it. Oh, my! The soap had the best lemon scent as well as excellent lather. The zest was not noticeable in the finished soap as it has been broken down during the saponification process.
What can you do with the juice from the lemons that have been zested? Don’t add the juice to your soap because it can cause havoc with the saponification process. Instead, use the lemon juice to marinate a chicken, make lemonade, or bake lemon bars.
The Lemon Zest soap samples have been sent to the Shipping Department to send out in orders.
Try this recipe and tell me what you think! What other citrus fruits would you try?
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