Summer went by so fast this year and fall has swooped in so quickly. I’m not necessarily in the summer year round camp, but I do prefer a gradual transition because I need time to dig out all the boots after wearing nothing but flip flops for the past six months.
My other big gripe about the fast changing weather is that my skin hates it. It’s like my hands dry out overnight and it feels gross and sometimes even a little painful if I don’t get them over-moisturized with a quickness. The last couple years I’ve decided I like soap making and this particular soap, helps me keep my delicate skin moisturized and the grapefruit smell gives me a little hint of summer as well to help ease into Eskimo season. It also makes a pretty great gift so making up a batch is really a win-win!
1. ½ pound glycerin soap base
2. 2 tablespoons coco butter
3. 1 tablespoons cetyl alcohol
4. 1 tablespoon vitamin E or argan oil
5. 1 tablespoon coconut oil
6. 2 tablespoons heavy cream
7. 1 egg yolk
8. 1 tablespoon white vinegar
9. 1 teaspoon olive oil
10. 1 teaspoon sea salt
11. 10 drops tea tree essential oil
12. 10 drops grapefruit essential oil
13. Juice of one 1/4 of a pink grapefruit or pink grapefruit juice
14. Pink and yellow food coloring
15. Spray bottle of rubbing alcohol
16. Soap mold
Step 1: Cut the soap base into squares and place into a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds.
Steps 2-3: Add cetyl alcohol and cocoa butter to bowl. Return to microwave and heat for an additional 30 seconds. Continue to heat at 30 second intervals until all is melted.
Step 4: Add olive oil to the bowl
Step 5: Add coconut oil to the bowl
Step 6-7: Add egg yolk to cream and beat gently. Add egg mixture to cooled soap base. If you don’t wait a few minutes for the soap base to cool down, the egg will cook!
Step 8: Add vinegar to bowl
Step 9: Add Vitamin E or argan oil
Step 10: Add sea salt
Step 11: Add the tea tree essential oil
Step 12: Add the grapefruit essential oil to the bowl
Step 13: Add the grapefruit juice to the bowl and mix everything together.
Step 14: Divide the mixture evenly into two bowls. Add the pink food or soap coloring to one bowl and the yellow 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 15: Spray bottom of the mold with rubbing alcohol.
Step 16: Pour pink mixture halfway up each mold. (If you only want the one color, slip the next step). Spray the top of the soap with the rubbing alcohol. Allow to harden at least 2 hours.
Step 17: Once the pink layer is hardened, gently pour the yellow mixture to the top of the mold. Spray the top of the soap with the rubbing alcohol. Allow to harden an additional 2 hours.
Gently pop out and store in an airtight container or Ziploc bag until ready to use!
What’s your favorite homemade self care item? DIY gifts? Let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading!!!!
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