|Autumn brings cooler weather, warmer jackets, and the desire to feel cozy and comfortable. This time of year is also when things slow down a bit before the winter holidays and festivities begin. A time to reflect on the experiences of the summer months and to recharge our energy and mindsets.
What better way to unwind and comfort ourselves than creating an energizing aromatic soap that is perfect for those self-care moments?
This post will outline how to create your own Wild Orange & Clove Shea Butter Soap made with essential oils. This recipe is actually surprisingly simple to create and can also make a great gift for fall or winter holidays. The smell reminds me of a crisp autumn day, watching the leaves fall while sipping on a hot apple cider. I hope you enjoy it!
Homemade Wild Orange & Clove Soap
Step 1: Cut up the Shea Butter Soap base into cubes and place in glass bowl. I recommend dedicating a bowl and spatula to soap-making rather than using ones from the kitchen. Boil water in a pot and place glass bowl on bowl to make a double-boiler. Stir until soap base is melting and there are no lumps remaining.
Step 2: Allow soap to cool slightly before adding essential oils to preserve aroma. Add desired amount of wild orange and clove essential oil (I used 15 drops of wild orange and 10 drops of clove because it's more potent). Add food/soap colouring (optional). Thoroughly mix together.
Step 3: Pour the mixture into the silicone soap mold (careful, it's hot!). Make sure the mold is on a level surface. Leave to set for a minimum of 20 minutes before removing from the mold (I let it set overnight to be completely safe).
Pro tip: Spritz the top of the soap mixture with a bit of rubbing alcohol to get rid of bubbles!
Step 4: Turn silicone mold upside down and remove from wooden box. Gently pull sides of the mold from the soap to loosen until the soap is free. Place soap block on flat surface such as a cutting board or baking tray and use the soap crinkle cutter or knife to cut soap into desired size.
Step 5: (Optional) wrap soap in corrugated cardboard and ribbon if giving for a gift.
There are so many fantastic essential oils you can use in your homemade or DIY products. Here is some more information about the ones used in this recipe.
This citrus oil enhances any essential oil blend with a fresh, sweet, refreshing aroma. Wild Orange possesses stimulating and purifying qualities, making it ideal to support healthy immune system function.
This oil has a very spicy, warm, woody with subnote of leather. Clove essential oil has been used for years in dental preparations, candy, and gum for its flavor and ability to cleanse the mouth, yet it provides a myriad of benefits.
PRINTABLE RECIPE - ORANGE & CLOVE SOAP
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Please note: Essential oils are highly concentrated and as such should be used with great care, particularly with children, pregnant women, or those with medical conditions. The statements and information on this website are not intended to diagnose, cure, or prevent disease. This post may contain affiliate links.
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