The grapefruit soap at The Body Shop was popular, so we made a natural version. Our grapefruit soap recipe with grapefruit essential oil is one of the essential oils that doesn’t have a great staying power. It smelled really great at first, but slowly the scent evaporated till you could barely smell it.
Needless to say, we tested it a couple of times with various amounts of grapefruit essential oil and it just wouldn’t cooperate. The option was to use a fragrance oil, but we were wanting to be as natural as possible, so the Grapefruit soap was discontinued.
You may have better success than me, so here’s the grapefruit soap recipe:
- Basic #2 recipe: (more basic recipes here)
51.2 oz Olive oil (can use up to half Canola oil)
6.2 oz Coconut oil
6.2 oz Palm oil
23.4 oz water
8.6 oz lye crystals
- for this scented bar, add:
- 4 T of grapefruit essential oil
- 1/4 tsp of liquid pink colorant, mix in 1 cup of base first then add back to pot
- OR try the color scheme of any of the soaps on this page!
The soap below would be fairly easy to try, looks like 3 colors, base being a medium pink, layer of darker pink, then another layer of base color, and a small amount of white layered on the top. All finished with a minimal amount of stirring. Then the imprint of the soap company name is a great idea.
This next soap is how I did my grapefruit soap recipe. With a pretty pink tone as the base, with no swirls or other additions. Pretty in it’s simplicity.
And here is one of the biggest misleading soap companies of the century. The Body Shop lead consumers with it’s term of ‘naturally inspired’, which means absolutely nothing! There is nothing natural about the body shop!
Soapmakers that say their soap is all natural when they use un-natural, synthetic, laboratory manufactured scents, drives me crazy! When I casually interrogate them at markets, they say things like that the soap is made from vegetable oils, or that the amount of scent is small. I figure that if someone is allergic to peanuts, and asks if something is peanut free, then the cook should not think that a little peanut is okay. Yes, it’s not quite the same, but still. People are handing over their money for a natural, 100% natural, soap bar, so don’t lie.
Speaking of un-natural scents, this Egyptian Musk bar was absolute the worst offender for chemical fragrances, as all musk scents have parabens, but it was the absolute best seller in the store. And we didn’t lie either.
Scientific America has an article on toxic fragrances here.
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