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Natural Citrus Soaps

Homemade Glycerin Citrus Soaps. I’ve been wanting to make some soap for a while now. To tell you what I used for the molds for the little soaps, I have to go back to Christmas and tell you about the HUGE box of candy that hubster got from my Mother. The box is about 2 feet long by 18 inches wide.  It’s the biggest box of chocolates I’ve ever seen. It was only one layer of chocolates, though. Still, there were a lot of chocolates in there and I can attest to the fact that these candies were tasty! :) 

Anyway, there were these 2 beautiful candy box inserts that I knew could be used for something but I wasn’t sure what! One day, Michele, my niece and one of the main players of Crafts a la mode, casually said, “why don’t you use these to make little soaps?”. OMG  it hit me like a ton of bricks. I was thinking of making candy or starting seeds in these but when Michele said “soaps”, I KNEW that was exactly right! Thanks, Mich.


These aren’t as small as they look. When I told my sister about it she said, “Won’t the soaps be too small?” So here is a measuring stick to show how large the pockets are.


The square soaps were about 2 inches, which is still small but it’s a nice personal size soap.

Next up? Glycerin soap to melt from Michael’s Craft Store. Our Joann’s didn’t have soap making supplies.

Here it is here: I bought some olive oil glycerin soap and some clear glycerin soap.

glycerine soap

I just cut some off with a knife and melted it in the microwave. It melts really fast and is very easy to pour. I was a little concerned that the hot melted soap would melt the candy plastic insert  so I let it cool down a teensy bit.
I don’t like highly scented soaps so I didn’t buy a scent to go in the soap. I wanted a natural scent and thought, hmmm.. lemon is nice. Then I thought about oranges and my sister said grapefruit is nice for soap also.

Here’s how I did it. I used a grater to grate the rind of a lemon, orange and grapefruit.


I  poured the gratings into the melted soap and poured the melted soap into the candy inserts... This seriously couldn’t have been easier. Cleaning the grater was the hardest part of this.


candy insert

melted glycerine

I made the lemon soaps first.

lemon soaps

Is this too cool or what? Here’s the orange. I added a little orange soap dye to the orange soap and red to the grapefruit soap.


See the little bits of orange zest and rind? It’s just enough for a pleasant orangey scent.


And the grapefruit...

grapefruit (2)

My Mom has a cute angel /cupid soap dish so I took some pictures of her soap dish with the orange tiny soaps.

soap stand

Here they are in my upstairs  bathroom.

white bathroom sink

I think they’d make great little hostess gifts, too. Here they are tucked into a little box.

tiny soaps

citrus soaps

Aren’t these the cutest?

I think that these candy box inserts and I are going to have a long and creative relationship. Wonder what else I could make with these? Have any ideas?

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  1. Gosh golly darn. I don't have a candy insert laying around to do this project. I guess I should just suck it up and buy one full of candy...

    1. Yea, that's a shame. Question is: what to do with the chocolates? ha ha

  2. Neat project! I love that you repurposed the liner to a candy box for the soaps. That is super smart.

  3. Love how pretty and colorful your personal soaps are, so cute. The colors are so pretty, natural and imagine they smell heavenly. So glad to see you repurpose a candy container liner for something so wonderful.
    My son-in-law always teases me when I keep a plastic container, like from KFC. The little containers the beans, mashed spuds and gravy are great with the lids. I just take them into the rest room to wash out. I'm not throwing something that great and reusable in the trash, no way. They're great to keep buttons, brads, etc. in.
    Bravo to you for seeing something else in that liner. I can imagine crafters are some of the best recyclers. Oh and Taco Bell bowls/containers are great too.

    1. Yes, I've started seeds in old cooked chicken containers! It's great to reuse! Thanks for joining the conversation! Linda

  4. These look so fresh - and I bet they smell wonderful! I love citrus.


    1. They smell faintly of citrus. It's not overwhelming and that's one reason I like them! Thanks for joining in the conversation! Linda

  5. Linda, this is a great project! I did them too for my 22 month old baby (the alphabet) he really liked it! great idea of how you used lemon and grapefruit! it's very smart using a candy box! ;-) Ingrid

  6. Those turned out so cute and it looks super easy. I'm gonna have to try this out. Thanks!

  7. Those are so pretty! I bet they smell fantastic too! Thanks for linking them up at Monday Funday!

  8. So cute and I bet they make a room smell good, too!! Thank you for linking up at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase!