Last Updated on December 16, 2019 by Ellen Christian
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Check out this easy orange peel soap recipe! I love how cute these soaps look with the dried orange slices! This citrus soap recipe is such an energizing way to start the morning! Did you know that citrus is considered an energizing essential oil? So, if you’re struggling in the morning, just grab something with orange, lemon or lime zest or essential oil to get you moving.
Orange Peel Soap Recipe
So, if you’ve been looking for a handmade orange soap recipe, scroll to the bottom of this post. This orange peel soap recipe is very easy to make and the scent is truly amazing. Of course, like the other soap recipes I’ve shared, this soap is made using melt and pour soap base. It is so much easier (and less scary) than using a lye based soap.
There are a lot of benefits of using orange essential oil. The first is that it’s a mood booster. So, if you’re struggling, head to the shower and breathe deeply. Orange essential oil is also a disinfectant. So, if you struggle with acne, this orange peel soap recipe is a great choice to help manage your acne naturally. Orange oil also helps to dry out your skin. So, if you have oily skin, orange peel soap with essential oils will help.
Orange oil can also help to relieve nasal allergies. Simply inhale deeply and the essential oil should help to reduce inflammation caused by your body’s allergic response. You can also inhale a bit of the essential oil on a cotton ball for the same purpose. To experience the effects of using this orange peel soap recipe, be sure to use orange essential oil and not orange fragrance oil. They are not the same thing.
Using citrus zest in soap
Using citrus zest in soap is a wonderful way to give your soap visual interest and a bit of texture. This orange peel soap recipe uses dried orange peel for the citrus zest which is a great solution if you don’t happen to have fresh citrus zest on hand. It also uses dried orange slices which just make the soap really fun looking in my opinion.
Now, I’ve heard of making soap with orange juice but I’ve never actually tried it before. If you’d like to try that type of soap recipe, check out this video for the instructions. Here are some great beginner soap making tips from Soap Queen.
What do you need to make this orange peel soap recipe?
So, if this is your first time making melt and pour soap, you’ll need a few supplies. You need to have a microwave and a plastic measuring cup. You will melt the melt and pour soap base in the microwave. If you don’t have a microwave, a soap kettle will also work. I found mine a few years ago at Michaels.
You will also need:
- Round silicone soap mold
- Vegan soap colorant (this is optional)
- Orange essential oil (not fragrance oil)
- Dried orange slices
- Dried orange peel
- Melt and pour soap base
Now if you want this soap to have the pretty orange color in the photograph, you will need to add the vegan soap colorant I’ve mentioned above. It’s completely optional. So, you can leave it out. But, if you leave it out of the recipe, your soap will be the same color as the melt and pour soap base that you begin with. It will still smell just as amazing and work just as great. But, the color will be clear rather than orange. It’s entirely up to you what you want to do.
Other citrus soap recipes you can try
So, if you like this easy orange peel soap recipe, you might want to try a few other citrus-scented handmade soaps. Why not try my lemon poppy seed soap recipe or my orange flaxseed soap recipe. They both use melt and pour soap base so they’re very easy to make. Why not make a few bars for yourself and a few extra for gifts this year. I always love giving homemade gifts because they’re unique and one of a kind.
So, check out the recipe below and print a copy if you want to save it to use in the future. You may want to try this peppermint soap recipe.
- 1/2 pound clear melt and pour soap, cut into cubes
- 2 tablespoons dried orange peel
- 6 dried orange slices
- 10-20 drops orange essential oil
- 1-2 drops vegan soap colorant
- Round silicone mold
- Spray bottle of rubbing alcohol
- 1 plastic measuring cup
- Add clear soap to your measuring cup. Melt the soap in the microwave at 30 second bursts until soap is completely melted.
- Add soap colorant and orange essential oil to measuring cup. Whisk together. If you want a darker color, add another drop or two.
- And, add dried orange peel to the measuring cup. Whisk ingredients together.
- Spray your soap mold with the rubbing alcohol. This prevents bubbles from forming. Pour the soap mixture into the mold until it just covers the bottom of each cavity. Spray top of mixture with rubbing alcohol to prevent bubbles.
- Allow to harden for about 15 minutes. Place one orange slice in each cavity and add the soap mixture to the top of each cavity. I would stir the mixture in the measuring cup each time you pour, or they will clump at the bottom. Spray top of mixture with rubbing alcohol to prevent bubbles.
- Dry for at least 3-4 hours or until hardened completely. To release, pop gently from mold. Store in an airtight container or Ziploc bag until ready to use.
You are going to love this orange peel soap recipe with dried orange slices!
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Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.