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Homemade Exfoliating Soap

Homemade Exfoliating Essential Oil Soap

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I have been buying what I would call ‘luxury soap’. It is an exfoliating bar of soap infused with essential oils and it is absolutely wonderful! What is not wonderful is the price! It is 7$US and since I am in Canada it means I am spending close to $10 on a single bar of soap! While I love the soap I have only bought it a few times because that money could be better spent elsewhere on ACTUAL necessities! So I decided to make my own essential oil soap for a fraction of the price!

I have made a promise in my other diy posts (play dough, bath bombssugar scrub & body butter) that I will only share recipes that are easy to make, mainly because I don’t have the patience for in-depth diy projects! This essential oil soap is SO easy! It uses only one bowl and takes under 10 minutes to make!

The shea butter soap base & chia seeds (exfoliator) will make your skin feel soft and nourished and the citrus essential oils will help to uplift your mood and get you ready for the day!

Ok let’s get going, here is the recipe:


Homemade Exfoliating Essential Oil Soap

What You Need:

Yield: This will depend on the size of your soap mold. My mold allowed me to make 3 bars of essential oil soap.

How to Make It:

1)  Cut the 6 oz of shea butter soap base into cubes. This shea butter soap base is already formed into cubes in the container. Since it was a 32oz container, I just cut out 6 squares.

2)  Put the cubes into a glass bowl or glass measuring cup and put in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir the soap base (which should be mostly liquid at this point) and put it back the microwave for another 15-20 seconds until all of the soap base has melted.

3)  Add 1 & ½ teaspoons of chia seeds to your soap base.

4)  Add 14 drops of citrus essential oil. You can add 14 drops of one oil or make your own combination using oils like lemon, lime, orange, tangerine or grapefruit.

5)  Stir everything together.

6)  Pour the mixture into your silicone mold.

7 ) Let sit for 2 hours

8) Pop the bars out of the mold and that’s it, they are ready to use!

Please note that citrus oils are photosensitive which means that when exposed to direct sunlight, they could create a burn on your skin. I have not had any reactions after using this soap and being in sunlight. That being said, everyone’s skin reacts differently. Please read these safety precautions for photosensitive essential oils.

There you have it, exfoliating essential oil soap which takes under 10 minutes to make and costs a fraction of the cost of fancy factory made essential oil soap! This soap is perfect both for daily use or for an easy diy gift for mom this Mother’s Day!

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29 thoughts on “Homemade Exfoliating Essential Oil Soap”

  1. I might have to try this recipe. I don’t like bar soap these days because it’s so drying. I’m using a body wash too. I could replace that too. I love my essential oils.

  2. Be careful to read whats in the base. The one on the link does not show all the ingredients but will likely contain chemical ingredients that are not found in your $10 “luxury” soaps. Unfortunately, natural ingredients are expensive.


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