DIY Lemon Zest Soap

DIY lemon zest soap

I’ve been experimenting with soap making for a while, but haven’t found many I like. This lemon zest recipe is one of the few. It smells wonderful and works well. I think I’ll experiment with some other bases for this one, too.

If you would like to make your own, follow the steps below! The whole process takes about an hour and the majority of that time is letting the soap harden. The actual creation part takes no more than 10 minutes.


lemon zest soap supplies

Homemade lemon soap supplies

  • lemon
  • soap base
  • soap mold
  • yellow soap coloring
  • lemon essential oil
  • glass measuring cup
  • knife or cheese grater

You can get all of the soap supplies at your local craft store or online. I chose an oatmeal and honey soap base for this recipe.


Oatmeal soap base

Step 1: microwave the soap base

First, cut your soap base into small cubes and put them in the measuring cup.

Then follow the instructions on the packaging. Most will tell you to microwave in 30-second intervals until the base has turned to liquid.

The amount of soap you want will depend on how much of the soap base you use. It doesn’t shrink or expand when you melt it so you can measure out the cubes pretty easily.


lemon zest for homemade soap

Step 2: make lemon zest

Using your knife or grater, slice off the skin of your lemon.

I like to use a knife to get bigger chunks, but you can do it however you prefer.


Step 3: add the zest, color and fragrance

It really doesn’t matter what order you do this in, because it’s all going to the same place. Throw in the zest, add coloring and the fragrance.

Stir well.


homemade lemon soap

Step 4: mold the soap

Pour your liquid soap into the mold. Let it sit for an hour or so until it has cooled and hardened.


DIY lemon zest soap

When you’re finished, flip the mold over and push the soap out from the bottom.

Tip: if you have any difficulty with this, put the whole mold in the freezer for 10 minutes and the soap will come right out.

I’ll be sure to post more when I discover new recipes! Let me know what you think. Leave your feedback or great soap recipes in the comments.

Happy crafting.


The Craft Challenge 2017

This tutorial is part of The Craft Challenge 2017. The ladies listed below are all contributors and have their own tutorial to share with you! Take some time and check out their January craft projects.

Emily from A Pop of Red: Baby Block Toys
Carin from Eclectic Soapbox: Home is Where the Heart is Map Craft
Heather from ShiftMama: Pony Bead Sun Catchers
Martha from The Art in Martha: Paving Stone Quilt
Vanessa from Social Stampers: Weathering the Storm Together Card
Mary from Sew Much Love, Mary: Easy Fabric Flowers Refashion
Jemma from Thimble and Twig: Children’s Room Door Letters

DIY Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

This was probably one the easiest projects I’ve ever made that actually served a functional purpose. The mason jar soap dispenser takes about 15 minutes to make and costs about $3 (depending on the soap you choose to put in it). I got the mason jar for $1 at Pat Catan’s (you can get them at any craft or thrift store) and I got the soap for $2 at Walmart.



Things You Will Need:
Mason jar
Hot melt glue



Step 1:

Use your knife to poke a small hole in the lid. Slowly work the knife back and forth to make the hole big enough to fit the top of your dispenser.



Step 2:

Glue the area under the top of the dispenser and hold it down for a few seconds.



Step 3:

Remove the lid and pour in your soap. Put the lid back on and make sure your tube is cut short enough. If it is too close to the bottom it won’t pull the soap through.



You are done! You have a handmade soap dispenser that will look awesome in your bathroom. Or Kitchen… wherever you choose to put it.


Happy crafting! 🙂





DIY Soap Cloth


I think bath poofs, or whatever you want to call those, are pretty gross. I’ve used them for years but the more I think about them the less appealing they seem. I needed a new solution. I decided to make a pouch for my soap from a wash cloth. 🙂


Things You Will Need:
Wash cloth

Step 1:
Fold the wash cloth in half and place your string across the top.

Step 2:
Fold the top part of the wash cloth over the string and sew across. Flip the bottom part of the wash cloth up slightly (as you did with the top) and sew across as well. Leave some room This way, you can feed the string through this part later.

Step 3:
Fold the bottom of the washcloth up to the top. (Make sure the you are going to be sewing the inside of the wash cloth because we will be flipping it inside out later.) then, sew down both sides of the cloth.

Step 4:
Flip the wash cloth inside out and feed the string through what used to be the bottom half of the wash cloth. Pull the string so the top part scrunches and tie the string tightly.

Step 5:
Add In your soap and you are good to go!

Shower time!