There’s something about citrus that makes it perfect for morning showers. Bright, happy, clean, and refreshing. Grapefruit is a nice quasi fringe citrus fruit—lemon and lime are so cliché, don’t you think?


Calendula is one of the only flower petals you can put in soap without it turning weird, gross, dead colours. Lavender turns brown (and has a tendency to look like mouse poop if you don’t mince it first), and rose petals turn black (sadly). Calendula stays a nice, bright, sunny yellow. Thanks, calendula. You’re a champ.


Grapefruit & Calendula Soap

40% olive oil (pomace) (USA / Canada)
30% refined coconut oil (USA / Canada)
15% lard or beef tallow
10% unrefined shea butter (USA / Canada)
5% castor oil (USA / Canada)

30g pink or white grapefruit essential oil per 500g oils

¼ tsp red iron oxide per 500g oils
1 tbsp white white kaolin clay (USA / Canada) per 500g oils
3 tbsp calendula flower petals per 500g oils

Follow standard soap making procedures. Take to a light trace. Mix the essential oil, clay, and calendula petals into the entire batch and pour half of the soap into the mold. Stir the red iron oxide into the remaining soap, and then pour that into the mold on top of the white half. Swirl with a spatula. Let set for 24 hours, cut, and age at least 3 weeks.