If you're wondering how to capture the fresh scent of your Meyer lemons in more ways than food and drink, here's how to make an amazing lemon soap bar!
Hydrating, vitamin C containing, antimicrobial, and collagen production igniting − are we describing the next super ingredient in skincare?
Let's just say, when life gives you lemons, make lemon bar soap.
Yes, lemons surprisingly have many skincare benefits that you might have missed. All of which can be accessed by washing your hands and body with simple lemon soap.
But you don't need to spend a fortune or have fancy equipment to reap these skincare benefits. Here's how to make lemon soap bars.
Step One: Collect Your Ingredients
Making a lemon soap bar is pretty straight forward. There are three baseline ingredients required.
The first ingredient you'll need is six ounces of hard glycerin soap. Glycerin is what binds all the ingredients together and gives the soap form.
The next ingredients are the zest of one ripe lemon and about one teaspoon of lemon essential oil. Lemon zest gives the soap that natural, bold lemon scent while the essential oil provides the health benefits (and even more scent).
Step Two: Collect Your Supplies
If you've never made soap before, you might be surprised by how easy it is to make. No special tools are required. You likely already have everything you need to make lemon soap bars in your kitchen.
You can make Meyer lemon soap in the microwave or over the stove. It just depends on what you have access to. If you want to make soap in the microwave all you'll need is a microwave-safe container, the microwave, a wooden spoon, and a container to use as the soap mold.
If you want to go the more old-fashioned route via stove-top, you can use a normal cooking pan or small pot, a wooden spoon, and a container to use as a soap mold.
Silicone molds work best for soap making, but you can use any plastic container to form the soap bar.
Step Three: Fire
Place the glycerin soap and lemon zest into either the microwave-safe container or a pot or pan over low heat on a stovetop. If you're using a microwave, heat the soap in increments of 30 seconds, checking and stirring the soap after each round of heating.
If you're using a stovetop, occasionally check and stir the soap as it melts. Be careful to not let the glycerin burn or boil. If you overheat the soap, you'll decrease how strong the lemon scent is.
Step Four: Mix It Up
Once the soap mixture is liquified, remove it from the pot or microwave and continue to stir. Allow the picture to cool down before staring in the essential oils. If you add the essential oils while the mixture is too hot, the essential oils will just burn off.
Step Five: Pour
After you've thoroughly mixed in the essential oils, pour the soap mixture into the molds you're using to harden. Place the cooling soap into an airtight container so that none of the lemon scents escapes.
Lemon Soap Bars: Only the Beginning
Lemons have become a kitchen staple for good reason, they are packed with dozens of skin and nutritional benefits and great for use in a a variety of delicious lemon recipes.
Making a lemon soap bar is only the beginning. You can easily make high-quality, affordable cleaners, teas, lip balms, and more using Meyer lemons.
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