Are you looking to make your own soap for the first time?
If so, then this blog post is for you! In this post, I will show you an easy homemade orange soap recipe using the simple pour-and-melt method.
This soap is both cleansing and refreshing, smells amazing, and makes a perfect DIY gift for Christmas. In fact, I like it so much that I have made 3 different versions with orange.
If you love the smell of oranges it is time to incorporate citrus soaps into your beauty routine. They are worth it!
Orange Soap Skin Benefits
What’s great about orange soaps?
In addition to presenting extraordinary health benefits thanks to their natural content of vitamin C, oranges also have specific effects acting on the structure, texture, and tone of our skin.
Orange soap is rich in antioxidants, thanks to the presence of vitamin E.
Oranges have beneficial properties for the skin. This fruit helps keep it hydrated and healthy. It is ideal for stimulating skin regeneration and repairing injured tissues.
It activates circulation and helps us prevent wrinkles from appearing. It is also an excellent remedy for cellulite.
Flavonoids are one of the main components in the orange peels that help counteract the imperfections of the skin like cellulite.
They act on blood microcirculation and strengthen the capillaries.
Blood oranges contain high doses of anthocyanins, with vasoprotective properties, to counteract the stagnation of venous and lymphatic circulation.
Many cosmetic products that contain orange essential oil want to take advantage of these perks!
Homemade Orange Soap Recipes: 3 Blends and Formulations Ideas
Ordinarily, orange soaps come with at least one other main ingredient.
Here are 3 easy homemade soap recipes you may want to make for yourself or to offer as a perfect homemade Christmas gift.
1. Orange Peel Soap Recipe With Cinnamon
Maybe the most popular variant on the market. This blend recalls warm Christmas nights, a cozy evening on the couch with friends and loved ones, and can be a very nice gift idea!
Cinnamon adds antioxidant properties to the mix. It helps reduce the signs of aging and protects against the activity of free radicals.
This spice can indeed work wonders for the skin, thanks above all to its antibacterial and anti-microbial properties.
Note: Cinnamon can, sometimes, cause skin reactions, so use it with caution.
- 270 gr Melt and Pour clear glycerin soap base (enough for 3 molds like these ones)
- dried orange slices and/or peel
- honey (one tbsp)
- sweet almond oil (one tbsp)
- cinnamon sticks (optional)
- 1-20 drops of sweet orange essential oil. You could add a few drops more to increase the smell of orange
- a pinch of cosmetic grade orange colorant
- rubbing alcohol
- silicone reusable soap mold
How To Make Orange Pour Soap Recipe
Place the glycerin soap base in the microwave and melt it in small intervals.
Keep melting the soap until all the small bits have gone.
Once it is melted add one tbsp of honey and 1 tbsp of almond oil.
Stir and spray with rubbing alcohol to get rid of air bubbles.
Add a pinch of cosmetic-grade orange colorant and stir. I have used this mica powder.
Add 20 drops of orange essential oil and stir again.
Place the mixture into the silicone molds and spray with alcohol to eliminate bubbles.
Place cinnamon sticks and dry orange peel on top of the soap bars.
Let them rest until they are dry and remove the soap bars from the molds.
2. Orange Soap with Calendula Oil/Flowers
Here is an example of an ultra-delicate formulation. It is among the most respectful of the sensitive epidermis.
The active ingredient is calendula macerated oil, which is known for its soothing and healing properties.
For centuries, calendula has been appreciated for its innumerable phytotherapeutic properties, including the indisputable beneficial effect on dry, red, and chapped skin.
Ingredients for 3 soap bars
- 270 gr white Melt and Pour base soap
- 1 tsp calendula oil (I have used macerated calendula oil. Find the guidelines to make it after the orange soap recipes).
- 1 tsp (3g) Shea butter
- 20 drops of sweet orange essential oil or fragrance oil
- 1 tbsp of dry calendula flowers
- 1 tsp of dry orange peels or orange peel powder
- silicone molds
I have used macerated calendula oil for this recipe. I have macerated dry calendula flowers in almond oil for 2 months.
If you don’t want to wait that long you can buy ready calendula oil or use almond oil instead.
How to Make It
First, place the dried orange peels at the bottom of the silicon molds.
Cut the soap base into 1-inch cubes approx. and add in the Shea butter.
Place it in the microwave and use small intervals to melt it.
Once it is melted add the calendula oil and orange essential oil.
Pour the melted soap on top of the orange peels you prepared earlier.
Spray with rubbing alcohol to get rid of any bubbles.
Throw in dry calendula flowers and stir.
Wait until the soap bars are completely dry and remove them from the silicone molds.
Your homemade citrus soap is ready to use.
3. Cranberry & Orange Soap
Another orange homemade soap. Cranberries have antioxidants like C, A, and E, which can help to boost the skin’s elasticity.
Ingredients (Makes 3 soap bars)
- 270 gr melt and pour soap base (I like Shea butter or goat’s milk)
- 1 tbsp dried cranberries
- 20 drops of sweet orange essential oil
- cosmetic grade orange colorant
- rubbing alcohol
- silicone molds
Melt the soap in the microwave at 30-seconds increments and add orange essential oil.
Now pour half of the mixture into a different container and add a pinch of orange color.
Fill half of the silicon molds with the mixture.
Once is almost dry, pour the rest of the mixture on top of the orange soap.
Fill the molds and add a few cranberries.
Wait until the soap is set and then unmold it.
Now is ready to use!
The cinnamon, orange slices, cranberries, and dandelion are for decoration purposes.
If you worry about blocking the bathtub or shower drain use a sink strainer like this one.
If you enjoy making your own beauty recipes check out these Homemade Skin Care Recipes.
Ideas To Wrap Your Homemade Soaps
Homemade soap makes a perfect gift for friends and family, and it’s easy to personalize with your own unique scent and design.
However, wrapping homemade soap can be a bit tricky, as you don’t want the soap to get wet or dirty.
- The best way to wrap soap is to first cover it in plastic wrap, cellophane, or another type of clear wrap.
- Then, use a piece of colored tissue paper or ribbon to tie the soap in place.
- You can also add a label with the name of the soap and the ingredients.
- For extra protection, you can place the wrapped soap in a small box or bag.
Other ideas include wrapping them in brown paper, placing them inside an organza bag with a cute ribbon, or using jute for a rustic look.
With a little bit of effort, you can create beautiful and professional-looking packages for your homemade soap.
Other homemade recipes you might enjoy:
- How to make lavender soap bars
- Easy DIY oatmeal soap bar
- Rose and lavender sugar scrub cubes
- Lavender clay face mask recipe
- Bentonite clay mask to detox hair
- Scented wax tablets with dry flowers
How to Make Macerated Oil
This is how I make my own macerated oils to use in homemade beauty recipes like the marigold and orange soap recipe above.
The aromatic elements contained in the dried plants are extracted by using a technique called maceration.
Oils to consider for maceration: sunflower, sweet almond oil, sesame, olive, grapeseed, and jojoba.
Dry plants to consider: calendula, lavender, rose petals, chamomile, jasmine, lily, maple, and rosemary.
- Place the dry plants in a container filled with vegetable oil. Make sure all the plants are covered with the oil.
- Close it tight and place the jar in a sunny spot.
- Let the plants macerate in vegetable oil for 3 to 4 weeks.
- Shake the jar every day.
- After that, strain the oil, which has absorbed all the properties of the plants you have used.
- Store in a sterilized clear bottle and place a label on it, stating the vegetable oil used and the date.
What’s your preferred homemade orange soap recipe?