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RECIPE: Grapefruit Lilac CP Soap Loaf

Spring is in the air and so is the smell of fresh flowers. Lilac bushes will soon be blooming and their aromatic scent will be enchanting! This recipe will make a double layer bar. The bottom layer will be a purple lilac layer and the top a sweet and tart grapefruit layer. The combination of the two scents complement each other beautifully. 

Project Level: Advanced – Danger Chemicals
Estimated Time: 1 Hour
Yield: (8) 5 oz. Bars


  • 9.2 Ounce(s) Distilled Water
  • 4.62 Ounce(s) Sodium Hydroxide Flakes
  • 14 Ounce(s) Palm Oil
  • 9 Ounce(s) Coconut Oil - 76º Melt
  • 9 Ounce(s) Olive Oil - Refined A
  • 1 Ounce(s) True Lilac Fragrance Oil 96
  • 1 Ounce(s) Grapefruit Fragrance Oil 114
  • 1 Teaspoon(s) Matte White Pigment Powder - For Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon(s) Matte Lavender Ultramarine Powder
  • 1 Piece(s) Regular Loaf Silicone Mold 1501


  •  Microwave or Double Boiler
  •  Large Mixing Bowls - 2
  •  Mixing Spoons
  •  Spatula
  •  Stick Blender
  •  Scale - Digital Display (Professional)
  •  Microwave Safe Bowl
  •  Safety Equipment (Goggles, Gloves, Mask)

Recipe Directions

  1. NOTE: This project and these instructions have been written for someone who has experience making soap and knows the potential dangers due to working with sodium hydroxide. It will not outline all safety methods of working with dangerous chemicals, it is simply a soap recipe for advanced soapmakers.
  2. Put on your protective gear. This is very important since you will be working with an extremely caustic base that can and will burn you if you touch it. Noxious fumes are also released from the exothermic reaction that occurs when you mix the sodium hydroxide with water. 
  3. Wear a face mask or leave the vicinity quickly after stirring the sodium hydroxide into the water. If you get any lye on your skin just wash it off quickly with copious amounts of cool water.
  4. Prepare the lye solution by weighing the water and lye in two separate containers. Pour the lye into the water, carefully mix in a well-ventilated area and set aside to cool while you prepare your oils.
  5. Melt the solid oils (Coconut Oil and Palm Oil) either by microwave or stovetop until melted.
  6. Add Olive Oil and stir.
  7. In one mixing bowl place a teaspoon or 0.17 oz. of the Matte Lavender Ultramarine Powder with a few drops of your melted mixed oils and stir. This helps break down clumps of color when adding to the soap batter. Set aside.
  8. In the other bowl add a teaspoon or 0.17 oz. of  Matte White Pigment Powder - For Oil with a few drops of your melted mixed oils to break up the powder. Set aside.
  9. When lye has cooled, pour lye into liquid oils and hand stir for a minute with the stick blender. Blend with small bursts and stir until it has emulsified to a light trace.
  10. Split the soap batter into the two prepared bowls with colors.
  11. Add 1 oz. of True Lilac Fragrance Oil to the prepared lavender ultramarine/oil mixture and stir with spatula for a minute. 
  12. Stick blend until it comes to a thick trace and make sure the color is well blended.(florals move a little fast so this is a great bottom layer scent) It will make pouring the top layer easy.
  13. Pour into the bottom of the silicone loaf mold and gently tap down (make sure not to get it on the sides).
  14. Clean off stick blender.
  15. Add 1 oz. of Grapefruit Fragrance Oil to the other half of soap and stick blend until it reaches full trace.
  16. Slowly pour over top of the first layer. Give a few gentle taps on a counter with a good grip on the mold.
  17. Let sit for 24-48 hours in mold.
  18. Take soap out of mold and slice into bars. You can put loaf in freezer for 45 min. to help pop out the loaf from the mold. Let cure 4-6 weeks.
  19. Wrap and label your soaps. There are cute decorative papers (even ones with lilacs on them at the craft store). You can add a cigar band around them, shrink wrap or place in a cello bag with a cute ribbon.  

INCI Ingredient Label: Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Water, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance, Titanium Dioxide, Ultramarines

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"Can we substitute the palm oil for a different oil in this recipe?"

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"The top layer appears a light yellow but the instructions only mention the matte lavender color. Why is the top layer yellow?"

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