Lemon oil is so versatile, that you won’t have any shortage of ideas on how to mix this recipe up. Because lemon is a food item, and so are so many other herbs and oils, they pair really well together. The hard part, coming up with the fun flavor combinations is already done. For instance, this lemon oil soap recipe is for lemon poppyseed. We got the idea from lemon poppyseed cookie bars. The poppy seeds make a great exfoliator, and add visual interest to the soap.
The sky is the limit, here are a few extra ideas we had for upcoming bar production:
- Lemon and Honey
- Lemon Verbena
- Lemon Peel
- Lemon Lavender
- Lemon Almond
- Lemon Oat
One of our favorite rainy or snowy day activities is making beautiful lemon oil bath bars out of these super easy to use melt and pour soap kits. The kids love them, and they are so easy.
Here are a few tricks to help you be successful in this recipe. First, we want people to “think” lemon when they see this soap, even before they smell the lemon oil. The best way to do that is to start with a white base, and add a little bit of yellow colorant. That will get them into creating the association in the brain between this visually delightful soap and something edible that looks just like this which would be delicious. You can use a shea butter base, a goat’s milk base, or a white glycerin base, and achieve the same visual results, but with different textures and soap performance.
The second trick is that poppy seeds float. The first time we made this lemon oil soap recipe, we melted the soap way too hot. We added the poppy seeds and poured it all into the form. What we ended up with was plain soap, and a solid black crust. It looked scary. The second time we made this recipe we stirred like crazy in the saucepan before each pour. We broke the recipe into about 8 little pours, and spaced them 5 minutes apart. That gave each pour time to set up, and lock the poppy seeds in place before we added another layer. The end result is superb, the poppy seeds appear to be evenly distributed throughout each bar, and you cannot see “layers” in the finished product. We also kept the soap temperature down as low as possible in the saucepan. That sped up the set time for each pour, and prevented one pour from melting the layer under it.
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- 3 lbs white glycerine soap making kit
- 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
- A few drops yellow soap colorant
- 40 drops lemon essential oil
- Place the glycerine base kit into a saucepan
- On medium-low heat, slowly melt the base.
- You want it to be almost solid, just barely liquid - the lowest possible temperature to achieve that melt.
- Measure and add the poppy seeds to the saucepan
- Add the essential oil, counting each drop with the included dropper
- Stir well
- Transfer to loaf mold in small batches
- Allow to cool
- Remove from form by taking off sides and bottom of form
- Cut into 12 equal size bars using a dough card
- Tie three bars together with some jute twine to make an adorable presentation
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