Download this Local Life “How-To” Here
Raise the bar
Making citrus soap at home is easy and fun.
This pandemic has created a time of DIY-ing nearly everything imaginable, but if you haven’t made your own soap yet, now is the time. More often than not, commercial soap is made with harsh ingredients such as chemical detergents, hardeners and synthetic lathering agents. These ingredients can sometimes lead to dry and irritated skin. Lack of glycerin plays a big role in this. Glycerin attracts moisture from the air, giving your skin a smooth and hydrated feel. There are big soap-producing companies that remove this vital ingredient in order to sell lotions and creams. Thus, the beauty of making your own soap. You can make certain that the soap base you purchase has glycerin in it, and you can add several benefits by creating a citrus soap with a citrus essential oil.
Get oiled up!
Essential oils can have a different effect on everyone, but the citrus ones are commonly used as a mood booster to reduce stress and anxiety. They’ve also been said to aid in relieving stomach pain and reducing pain or inflammation. Another benefit of making your own citrus soap is you get to decide which fruit you want to add, and lucky for you, there are tons of options of all shapes, sizes, and colors that will pair well with the citrus scent:
Navel oranges, Valencia oranges, Blood oranges, Cara cara oranges, Seville oranges, Tangerines, Clementines, Kumquats
The really fun part of creating a soap masterpiece, though, is the options you have for silicone mold shapes. You can get almost any basic shape — square, star, rectangle, circle, etc. — but there are pretty unique ones out there now like frogs, flowers, honeycomb, paw prints, and even some that resemble a Spanish tile. Take it a step further by adding soap-compatible dye (P.S. don’t use food coloring unless you want to turn into a smurf). Happy soap-making!