DIY Citrus and Himalayan Salt Soap Bars

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Eva Amurri Martino of Happily Eva After shares a DIY citrus soap bar craft

I love crafts that are really simple but create something beautifulpractical, and giftable! This Spring, I wanted to find something cute to make for Mother’s Day gifts, party favors, and a baby shower I was involved with.  I’d never made soap before, but I started doing research and realized how easy it is– and totally customizable! Once you get the hang of the process, there are so many sweet ways to personalize soap bars and really experiment with textures and scents.  I love bath products with a goat milk base, since I find that it is so nourishing and moisturizing for the skin.

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Next, I decided that I wanted my soap bars to be exfoliating! I love getting a good scrub in during the summer months when there is so much sand, dead skin buildup, and sunscreen residue to contend with! I already make DIY body scrub, and thought I would take a page from that book and marry the two.  I decided to add one of my favorite essential oil blends, Citrus Bliss, because I love the mix of sweet and citrus! A note on essential oils: I love utilizing essential oils for a range of benefits, but I always make sure I’m using the purest ones! I love DoTerra oils because they’re so pure that they are food grade! You also want to make sure you do your research before using any essential oils on a baby under two years old – and always dilute with a carrier oil when applying topically.

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Eva Amurri Martino of Happily Eva After shares a DIY citrus soap bar craft




Step by Step

Step 1

Melt Soap Base

Begin by melting your goat milk soap base.  I like using a double boiler, because it’s easiest! Set the burner to medium, and melt it slowly, stirring often.

Step 2

Add Salt

While the soap base is melting, add a layer of salt crystals to the bottom of each soap mold.

Step 3

Add Essential Oils

Once the goat milk base is melted, add 10-20 drops of essential oil.

Step 4

Mix & Pour

Mix well and quickly pour the soap in to your molds.

Step 5

Add More Salt

While the soap is still liquid, but has become more viscous (about three minutes), sprinkle a bit more salt in to each soap bar.

Step 6


Allow the soap bars to harden for two hours before gently removing from the molds.

Eva Amurri Martino of Happily Eva After ties a ribbon around DIY citrus soap bars as a gift

Eva Amurri Martino of Happily Eva After ties a ribbon around DIY citrus soap bars as a gift

Photographs by Julia Dags

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  1. Dawn says:

    Oh that soap!!!! Citrus bliss is my all time favourite oil but their new oil Green Mandarin is a close second you should try it. Can I make the soap if I if I don’t have a double boiler? Thanks for this recipe ❤️

    05.21.19 Reply
    • Ooooo I need to try that new blend!!
      So I think there are some videos or tutorials online for how to fake a double boiler with a pot of water and metal bowl. I’m not an expert at it so I won’t give advice for the method, but I know it’s definitely possible!

      05.22.19 Reply
  2. Sambulo kunene says:

    Can I try this recipe?

    05.25.19 Reply
  3. Maryann says:

    How many bars does this make and what size block of soap base are you using?

    05.31.19 Reply
  4. Thanks for sharing knowledge with us!
    Great Article… I love to read your articles because your writing style is too good, it is very very helpful for all of us.

    10.10.20 Reply
  5. VedaOils says:

    Thanks for this wonderful post!! I love to read this type of post which explains things step by step.

    01.12.21 Reply