This homemade lemon soap recipe smells amazing, it’s definitely one you’ll want to try. The lemon zest gives the soap a great texture and the citrus scent will leave your hands feeling rejuvenated. With only three ingredients required this soap recipe is easy to make and makes a wonderful handmade gift.
DIY Lemon Soap
If you’ve been following along my soap making adventures this year I have to say that this is my favorite so far! For this recipe I used the goat’s milk soap base, because it makes soap making a breeze and it’s available at most craft stores. Beside the citrus scent what I like is that I don’t need to add any colorant to the soap, it’s totally optional. The lemon zest mixed with the melted soap produces a yellow color on it’s own. To make lemon soap you will need a soap base (goat’s milk, shea, or glycerin), lemon essential oil and lemon zest.
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Homemade Lemon Soap
1 1/2 cups Goats Milk Soap Base or Shea Butter Soap Base, cubed
4-6 drops Lemon Essential Oil
Dried Lemon zest of 3-4 lemons
More DIY Soap Ideas
- Lavender Lemon Soap
- Exfoliating Loofah Soap
- DIY Peppermint Soap
- Honey and Oatmeal Soap
- DIY Watermelon Soap
- Pink Himalayan Salt Grapefruit Soap
Step one: Cut soap into cubes and microwave in 30 second intervals (I like to use a large Pyrex measuring cup to melt the soap in). This recipe makes 3 bars of soap and I used about 15 cubes of goat’s milk soap base.
Step two: Melt soap for about a minute. Add another 15-30 seconds if it’s not completely melted.
Step three: Once soap cubes have liquified add a few drops of the lemon essential oil and the lemon zest; stir well.
Step four: Pour into soap molds and allow to harden for at least one hour. Press mold to release soap.
***Update: For longer lasting soap omit the lemon zest and use yellow soap dye for color (if desired). The essential oil will provide enough lemon scent without the lemon zest.
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Mmmm. Lemon soap sounds so refreshing! Soap making has been on my to-do list for a while now, I might have to give this a try before I try it “the old fashioned way”. (Yes, I actually have lard hanging out in my freezer for whenever I get the guts to try it!)
This is such a cute idea. The soap is absolutely beautiful with the bright and cheery yellow.
I hope you will consider linking this up to the Pinworthy Projects Party over at my blog, Just Us Four.
How and where do I find the Goat’s milk soap base?
At a local michaels store (-:
I am in the UK & not @ all sure where to get this goats milk soap base can I make it & how?
I am planning to start embroidery towels and try to sell them. Need to make extra money. I would like to enclose home made soap in the packaging. Is there any way you can let me know where I can get the .materials.any hep in this matter you be much help. God Bless. Rose
Usually Michael’s Craft store or any Craft Store really.
Amazon has it.
Looks and sounds refreshing.
I am going to have to try some of these out! They look amazing!! I am a new follower from southern charm! I would love for you to check out my blog and hopefully you will want to follow me back! Happy weekend, Nicole!
crystal! what an awesome gift for mom! i think we’re going to give it a try :) thanks for sharing! ♥
Beautiful. I’ll bet this smells really good and makes the bathroom smell fresh! Thanks for the recipe!
You make it sound very easy so to challenge my cowardly ways I’m gonna have to try it. Love lovely smelling soaps for freshening bathrooms. What could be better than lemon? I’ve printed out your other home beauty aids also. Wonderful gifts for anytime, so glad you shared these ideas.Happy Weekend.
I have some pretty soaps I bought about 4 yrs. ago and they still have a fragrance after I put them in a jar or bag for little while to refresh their fragrance. To me that’s a big luxury. Love to pretty up our bathrooms for Spring or any season.
Just shared on Facebook and Pinned! This looks amazing Crystal, all of your Mother’s Day ideas are wonderful. Have a great weekend :)
This is a beautiful soap! And it’s EASY ~ finally I can try to make some!!! Thank you for sharing at the Nifty Thrifty party. PIN’d!! =)
Oh Crystal this soap looks so delightful!
Hi Crystal, I absolutely love lemon and this soap sounds heavenly! Thank you so much for sharing and am pinning! Happy Sunday!
This is such a pretty looking soap!
Do you sell your creations on Etsy?
Libby Sawyer » Hi Libby, I’m sorry I don’t currently have an etsy shop. Thanks for asking, I really appreciate it! :)
Can you use rice milk instead of goat milk base?
Lakota » Hi Lakota! I don’t think that will work, but I’ve never tried it. I’m using an actual soap base that’s solid and melts then is put into a mold which then hardens again. You can find the soap base online or at your local craft store. I hope that helps!
Your soaps look so pretty!! What a treat for any mom!!
I love following along on your soap making adventures! These look so pretty, and I bet smell amazing! I need to jump on the bandwagon and try making some! Thanks for sharing at Time To Sparkle : )
Where would I buy Goat Milk Soap Base?
Hi! Where can I buy the goat’s milk soap base? Or it is possible, that I would make it, whit oil, whater and sosa?
Gretelain » I’m sorry I haven’t used that method. I find using the soap base really easy to do and you can find it online at ConsumerCrafts.com or at a craft store like Michaels and Hobby Lobby. I hope that helps! :)
So pretty! It looks fabulous and I bet it smells great!