lemon grass soap
lemon grass soap
Handmade Lemongrass Soap -
Oh So Good!
You may recognize the nice scent and flavor of Lemongrass if you have enjoyed (or at least experienced) certain spicy hot Thai soups.
...or if your sweetheart has used it in soap form in the shower, and you walk into that beautiful “citrusy” aroma in the air. It’s a Fresh Awakening in the morning!
Lemongrass (Cymbopogen citratus) is a grass in the same family as citronella (Cymbopogon winterianus). In fact, it is claimed by some to be a mild insect repellent like it’s relative citronella.
Lemongrass Melt and Pour Soap
It's not really Cheating - But it is pretty easy
Supplies and Ingredients
1 lb. Clear Glycerin base soap
4 cup Pyrex measuring cup
Lemongrass essential oil (fragrance)
Yellow or Green colorant (you pick)
2 tablespoons dried or chopped lemongrass I bought my full lemongrass stalks at Harry’s Farmers Market ($2.99/lb). I also saw it at Fresh Market in the fresh herb section. If you can't find it at your local store or Farmer's Market, check an Asian or Mexican ethnic store.
If you get the full stalks and you are excited to use it for a couple things including cooking, check out how to Grow Your Own.
Wooden mixing spoon
Rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle
Start your double boiler boiling (If using a microwave, see below). A quick makeshift double boiler I use is a saucepan with about 2 inches of water, and a 4-cup Pyrex measuring cup sitting right in the middle.
Cut the Glycerin base soap into small (1/4 inch) strips. Place the strips into the Pyrex measuring cup and cover with plastic wrap (or aluminum foil if you're using the double boiler. Ensure you don't put the aluminum foil in the microwave). You can gently break up the clumps of soap with a spoon, but Do Not stir vigorously as this will cause the dreaded Air Bubbles. Conversely, you can melt your soap in the pyrex measuring cup covered with plastic wrap in the microwave. Give it 15 seconds on then stir, 15 seconds on then stir, until it's a nice fully melted liquid
After the soap is completely melted, let it cool slightly (2 minutes), then add the other components in this order (there is a reason): Lemongrass essential oil (fragrance)
Color (A little at a time. Can’t remove color, so be careful)
Dried or chopped Lemongrass
Pour the warm mixture into your clean molds. The molds should not require any additional preparation.
Allow the molds to set for a couple minutes allowing any air bubbles to rise to the surface. Spray the surface with a small amount of rubbing alcohol. This will result in a nice clear bar of soap.
Once in the molds, allow the soap to sit for approximately 60 minutes (or until it is hard and cool).
Remove the soap from the molds. If you are having trouble, place the molds in the freezer for a short time (15 minutes). But do not allow the soap to freeze.
Grow Your Own Lemongrass - It's easily rooted from the fresh stalks that you can find at a Farmer’s Market. Find a piece that has a bit of the root (even if it is just a cut piece of the base, that's OK, it doesn't need actual roots) left on the bottom.
Place this cut piece in a glass of water, and it will root in about two weeks. Plant it in nice potting mix, then sit back and watch it grow.
It won’t tolerate a cold winter, so I bring mine into my day basement in November through March.
Now for those of you wanting to get into some more advanced soap making, try out this