Ginger Grapefruit Soap 2

Have you ever had homemade ginger and grapefruit marmalade? Imagine it on toast: citrusy, spicy and sweet. This marmalade is so good you can’t get enough! I am already imagining it in yogurt, thumb print cookies and paired with Indian curries. Yummy. Sorry, I have to dry out my keyboard.I wanted to make a soap that would remind me of this delectable marmalade: tangy, bright and spicy.I love ginger. To me, ginger is comfort in both smell and taste. (Guaranteed, every time I travel you will find crystallized ginger or ginger chews in my bag.) I love ginger snaps, ginger beer, ginger biscotti and everything else ginger related.

I wanted to make a soap that smelled of the spicy ginger I so love. For me, our Ginger Fragrance Oil doesn’t quite cut it. Don’t get me wrong! It is a great scent but it is more floral than spicy. I wanted a spiciness of when you bit into fresh ginger and it makes your eyes water. Now I didn’t want it to be too spicy, just somewhat spicy. (It still had to be used on the skin.) I decided to use some Ground Ginger in this recipe. Come join me for this absolutely divine Ginger Grapefruit Soap!

Collect Needed Items:

Hydrogenated Soy
Coconut Oil
Olive Oil
Grapefruit Essential Oil
Ground Ginger
Soap Bucket


Recipe in Ounces
6 ounces Hydrogenated Soy
5 ounces Coconut Oil
5 ounces Olive Oil
6 ounces Water
2.2 ounces Lye
.28 Grapefruit Essential Oil
1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
Recipe in Grams
170 grams Hydrogenated Soy
141 grams Coconut Oil
141 grams Olive Oil
170 grams Water
62 grams Lye
8 grams Grapefruit Essential Oil
1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
Recipe in Percentages
25% Hydrogenated Soy
20% Coconut Oil
20% Olive Oil
25% Water
Q.S. Lye
Q.S. Grapefruit Essential Oil
Q.S. Ground Ginger

Weigh all of the oils into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until liquid. Add the lye to the water to for a lye solution. Mix the oils and lye solution and blend until a light trace is achieved. Add the Grapefruit Essential Oil and ground ginger and mix well. Pour into a mold and allow to sit for 24 hours. Cut the soap. Allow the soap to cure. Longer curing time will result in a harder bar. Enjoy!

P.S. Did you know Ginger Essential Oil can accelerate trace?


Finished Soap

Heated Oils

Mixing Oils and Lye Solution

Adding Ground Ginger

Adding Grapefruit Essential Oil

Pouring Soap into Mold

Soap in Mold

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About Taylor

I'm a twenty something happy, animal loving, curious experimenter. I love reaching back into history and trying old recipes for cosmetics or foods. I'm constantly asking "Why?" My curiosity has me trying new things. I love taking walks with my dog as well as staying at home to cuddle with the dog and my cats. Some of my favorite scents include Hinoki Wood, Rose Garden, Jasmine and Gladiator.

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2 thoughts on “Ginger Grapefruit Soap

    • Andee

      Essential oils do not saponify. You can use them in soap. They are volatile and sometimes need a lot for the scent to hold. They may also work best with an anchor such as lemon with lemongrass.

      This soap has a wonderful light smell of grapefruit to it that is intensified when wet.

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