This pretty yellow and green soap smells of fresh citrus, suds up beautifully, and leaves your skin clean and happy.
The colours come from some bright orange buriti oil (for the yellow), and a touch of green chromium oxide. Buriti oil can be a bit hard to find, so you can use some red and yellow iron oxides instead, or some orange soap dye (New Directions Aromatics has a natural one derived from paprika). Make sure you break out your immersion blender for the oxides so you get a nice, smooth colour instead of little blobs of oxides.
I used a few grams of 200x concentrated aloe vera powder to work the aloe into the soap, but if you only have the juice, just replace half the water in the recipe with aloe vera juice and carry on as usual.
I used lemon and orange essential oils, but you can feel free to mix it up, based on whatever citrus essential oils you have on hand. Just be sure to stick to the 30g of essential oils per 500g of soaping oils rule and you’ll be right.
Aloe Vera Citrus Soap
Per 500g (1.1lbs) oils:
- 15g 5-fold lemon essential oil
- 15g lime essential oil or 5-fold orange essential oil
- 1 tbsp kaolin clay
- 3g aloe vera 200x powder
- ½ tsp buriti oil
- pinch green chromium oxide
Use SoapCalc to calculate your final amounts of oils, lye, and water based on the size of batch you want to make.
Follow my standard soap making instructions. Once you reach a medium trace, add the essential oils, clay, and aloe vera powder. Thoroughly blend with your immersion blender, and then divide the soap between two bowls. Stir the buriti oil into one bowl, and blend the green chromium oxide into the other. Pour the soap batter into your mould, one colour on the bottom and one on top, and lightly swirl with a spoon.
Cover the mould and lightly insulate it. Let saponify for 24 hours before removing from the mould to slice. Age for at least 3–4 weeks before using.