Grapefruit Poppyseed Soap

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After my disastrous start with melt-and-pour soap, I’ve been leery of trying it again. It was way more of an accomplishment for me to learn how to make soap entirely from scratch, though nobody will let me near the chemicals these days. And with melt-and-pour soaps, you already know the chemical reaction is going to work, so newbies like me have much more freedom to experiment with the add-in ingredients. And this mixture from A Beautiful Mess has been haunting me for ages with its deliciousness. I had to do it.

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The simplicity of the ingredients is a definite bonus, and the fact that it’s so quick and easy to put together and then you can ignore it for a while is also a plus. I made this while painting two sets of lawn furniture so obviously my attention was divided. All you need is 1 grapefruit, 3 tablespoons poppy seeds, peppermint essential oil, grapefruit essential oil, and 2lb goat’s milk melt-and-pour soap base (which you can buy in craft stores and from Amazon). You also need something to pour your soap into to harden – I used the silicone trays I bought for making my jelly fish mobile.

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Grab your soap base. Apparently you can melt it in the container provided in your microwave but I decided that was unwise.

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Chop it into cubes.

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Plop those cubes in the top of a double-boiler and let that sucker melt for a while.

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You’ll find a skin develops as it melts. Just stir that back in.

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While that’s a-meltin’, go ahead and zest the entire grapefruit. Mmm, lovely.

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Then eat your grapefruit. It’s good for you.

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Gather your poppy seeds as well, about 3 tablespoons.

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Once the soap has fully melted, remove it from the heat and tip in your grapefruit zest and poppy seeds. Shake in about 12 drops peppermint essential oil, and about 30 drops grapefruit essential oil, and stir that in quite well.

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Pour the melted soap into your moulds to harden. You can use individual moulds if you like but mine was a big block rectangle – the soap is soft enough to cut afterwards so you can chop the soap bars down to size when they’re ready.

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The soap will harden in a couple of hours, but if it’s hot or humid where you are I would recommend leaving it for a few more hours just to be on the safe side. When I tipped out my soap I did find I had quite a bit of settling with the poppy seeds, but that’s okay. It means my soap will have an exfoliating side to it. I suppose I could have stirred it a bit while it was cooling, but I was painting furniture, so …

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I chopped it up into regular rectangles.

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The rounded corner bits I re-melted and poured into the same mould but with the corners blocked off so they had sharper edges.

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These make great gifts!

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Author: allythebell

A corgi. A small boy. A sense of adventure. Chaos ensues.

10 thoughts on “Grapefruit Poppyseed Soap”

  1. They would make great gifts, hint hint….or we could do a swap, I’ll make you clothes, cake and plants and you can make me soap and fudge and the other good shit you blog about!

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      1. Don’t want to sound like a creepy weirdo (or anything) but I actually had a dream about that mocha fudge last night. Do you think it would still work if I threw in a bit of kahlua or something? Strictly for research purposes, of course!

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      2. Hahah, that’s not as creepy as the time I had a full dream about visiting Heretherebespiders in Ireland.

        I bet Kahlua (for science!) would work really well. Add it instead of the vanilla at the end as the alcohol will do weird things, and try to not to add too much more than you would of the vanilla, just to ensure that the consistency doesn’t get thrown off.

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