A homemade soap recipe for citrus lovers. Fresh and tart with a great lather and an awesome checkerboard design. Naturally scented with essential oils and naturally coloured using Red Palm oil** and calendula petals.
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Take note that this recipe uses only 650 grams of base oils rather than the full 900 grams my recipes usually use.
This is to make room for the 300 grams of soap strips needed to create the checkerboard pattern. If you do not want to add the pattern, be sure to adjust the recipe size.
To make this recipe Palm Free, simply switch out the palm oil for lard, tallow, shea butter, cocoa butter or mango butter and re-run the recipe through a lye calculator to get the proper amount of sodium hydroxide (lye).
Remember that the soap will not be as yellow as pictured if you do this but you can always add a yellow colourant to the soap base such as annatto or turmeric before pouring.
Coconut Oil - 195 gr. | 6.88 oz. | 30%
Olive Oil - 195 gr. | 6.88 oz. | 30%
Castor Oil - 65 gr. | 2.29 oz. | 10%
Red Palm Oil** - 195 gr. | 6.88 oz. | 30%
Distilled Water - 214.5 gr. | 7.57 oz.
Lye - 93.25 gr. | 3.3 oz.
Water as % of Oils = 33
Super Fat/Discount = 5%
Lemon E/O - 1 tsp. (5 ml)
Lemongrass E/O - 1/2 tsp. (2.5 ml)
Litsea Cubeba E/O - 1/2 tsp. (2.5 ml)
Rosewood E/O - 1 tsp. (5 ml)
Sweet Orange E/O - 2 tsp. (10 ml)
Palmarosa E/O - 1 tsp. (5 ml)
Lemon Eucalyptus E/O - 1/2 tsp. (2.5 ml)
Citronella E/O - 1/4 tsp. (1.25 ml)
Cinnamon E/O - 1/4 tsp. (1.25 ml)
Calendula Flower Petals(finely ground) - 1 Tbsp. (15 ml)
Plain white soap cut into strips - 300 grams (give or take)
**If you cannot find ethically sourced palm oil or would prefer to not use palm oil at all, it can be substituted with lard, tallow, shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter, etc. Re-run the recipe through the lye calculator before making.
You can make the base for this recipe following the instructions for either cold process soap making or room temperature soap making and incorporate the following steps.