Eucalyptus, Cedar and Grapefruit Soap


Making soap in the winter is so nice. The home is warm and cozy, and then you crank open a nearly frozen shut window to release the noxious lye fumes. No, really… it’s nice. The chilly air helps the lye cool faster!

I bought a bunch of cocoa butter on sale recently, and I’m using a ton of it in this recipe. I also tried my new flower silicon soap mold. It worked perfectly.

The below recipe makes about 5.5 lbs of soap. I used my long wooden mold, one circular  silicon soap mold (six 4 oz bars) and one flower silicon soap mold (six 3 oz bars).


*All measurements are weight measurements, not liquid measurements.

  • 54 oz Olive Oil
  • 18 oz Coconut Oil
  • 18 oz Cocoa Butter
  • 28 oz water
  • 12.2 oz lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
  • 1 oz Cedar EO
  • 1 oz Grapefruit EO
  • 1 oz Eucalyptus EO
  • 1 tbsp Kaolin Clay
  • Purple mica powder (color)

Base Oil Composition:

  • 60% Olive Oil
  • 20% Coconut Oil
  • 20% Cocoa Butter


More detailed directions here.

  1. In a heat-safe container, add lye to your water, stir, set aside to cool to about 100-110F.
  2. In a separate container, melt and combine the base oils. I like to break up the hard cocoa butter into small chunks so that it melts more evenly. It will melt around 130-140F.
  3. When the lye water is about 100-110F (within 10F of the oils), pour the lye water into your base oils and blend with a stick blender.
  4. After a few pulses with the stick blender, add the mica powder and the clay.
  5. Just before the soap traces, stir in the essential oils by hand. If you use the stick blender, do so with caution! You may accelerate trace.
  6. Pour in your mold, and allow to sit for 1 day.
  7. Unmold, cut, and cure for 6-8 weeks.