Pink Grapefruit And Lavender Handmade Cold Process Soap Recipe

Pink Grapefruit Soap Recipe

I make all of my own soap because it is fun to do, makes thoughtful gifts, and is really great for my skin. One of my very favorite blends is this pink grapefruit soap that I made using this process. The bright citrus scent is invigorating and smells good enough to eat.

pink grapefruit and lavender handmade cold process soap recipe


Recipe Update: The original recipe for this soap was submitted by a natural soap book author and thanks to your feedback I made my own version that is palm oil free. This recipe for Pink Grapefruit Soap is now 70% olive oil and 30% coconut oil, making it moisturizing and luxurious. I’ve also outlined some easy steps to get the two-tones of my bars.

This soap is sure to put a spring in your step, just when you need it most in the morning. The refreshing scent combined with moisturizing coconut, grapeseed, and olive oils makes for a soap that smells amazing and leaves skin feeling soft and replenished.

Pink Grapefruit Soap Recipe

This bar has a great scent to wake you up! Pink clay and ratanjot give this soap it’s color, but it’s up to you whether you want to add that or not. Without them, the bar will be yellowish (like olive oil). Just omit the color powders if you decide to leave the bar uncolored—it will still smell awesome.


Make it!

Head over to this post on how to make cold process soap and follow those instructions, substituting in the ingredients listed above. Be sure to take safety precautions and wear protection when working with lye, and work in a well-ventilated space.

Note: to color the soap, I split the batch into two bowls at trace and quickly added pink clay to one and ratanjot to the other. I then poured them side by side into a milk carton.

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  1. Kat White
    Kat WhiteAugust 16,13

    I think you did it with this one. This is the recipe that will push me to try making soap with lye. It’s going on my winter craft list.

  2. Barbara
    BarbaraJanuary 24,14

    If only I had enough confidence to make these wonderfol items. Sounds fun and I’d be so proud i’dI’d done it. Maybe one day iI will.

  3. Peg Fiechter
    Peg FiechterMay 24,14

    I’m a candlemaker interested in making soap. What are your thoughts on essential oils versus fragrance oils. Thanks! Peg

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseNovember 17,17

      Hi Peg, see the reply to Jenn on the same question. Thanks!

  4. Jenn
    JennNovember 20,14

    Hi: I love your sit here. Great information and “all”. I would like to ask you though, where to find the juicy pink grapefruit F.O. you used in that soap. I had one that was incredibly wonderful but the tag is long gone now. Would you mind sharing where to find this apparently “good” one with me ? Your soap turned out beautiful by the way. I was really impressed and hope I can make one as nice as yours are.
    Thank you,
    Jenn in Oregon

    • Stephanie
      StephanieNovember 21,14

      Jenn, I never use fragrance oil. This recipe was submitted by a guest blogger, the author of the soap book and I didn’t want to change it. Even though it’s not 100% my soap-making style, it’s a really great recipe and it’s easy to swap out FO for natural scents. I, personally, always use pure essential oils for all of my soap recipes and grapefruit is a wonderful natural scent! The first photo is of my soap made with grapefruit and lavender essential oils and natural colours (tumeric and rottanjot). I love grapefruit and lavender together, but if you prefer a sweet citrus aroma only, then add a few drops of sweet orange essential oil to the grapefruit e.o. and you will be in heaven!!

  5. Debora Cadene
    Debora CadeneOctober 4,15

    Hi there. I think I can almost smell this soap. I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind telling me how many drops each of the grapefruit and lavender Pure Essential Oils you used vs the fragrance oil. Thank you so much and you have a wonderful day!!!

    Debora Cadene

  6. lindsey marie
    lindsey marieApril 10,16

    I am just wondering how many bars one recipe makes?

  7. Soap World
    Soap WorldAugust 20,16

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  8. Nora
    NoraOctober 21,16

    Nice idea – a natural way to color the soap. What else can we use besides paprika? What can we use for a purple or pink color? Thanks in advance!

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseOctober 21,16

      Hi Nora, you can use madder root or pink clay for pink and rattanjot for purple. :)

  9. Adrianne
    AdrianneSeptember 29,17

    I don’t like to use Palm Oil. What’s a good substitute please?

  10. Steph
    StephNovember 17,17

    Hi, iis there a sustainable alternative to palm oil that could be used?

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