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Love this!! my dry, itchy, sensitive skin has never felt better. -- Easy 3-ingredient essential oil soap that moisturizes, exfoliates, and soothes skin + FREE PRINTABLE of recipe & 25 custom EO blends

DIY Exfoliating Essential Oil Soap

I’ve had dry, itchy, sensitive skin my entire life.  So I’m always looking for new ways to take care of my skin, and this essential oil soap is exactly what I need!

It’s a triple dose of skin goodness:

(1) It gently exfoliates, removing dead skin and revealing healthy new skin.

(2) Unlike most soap which is drying, this soap actually moisturizes my skin as it cleans.

(3) The essential oils help calm and soothe my skin.

 


click here for a FREE PRINTABLE of the recipe and 25 essential oil blends to customize your soap


Love this!! my dry, itchy, sensitive skin has never felt better. -- Easy 3-ingredient essential oil soap that moisturizes, exfoliates, and soothes skin + FREE PRINTABLE of recipe & 25 custom EO blends

 

What’s in my Exfoliating Essential Oil Soap?

Melt & Pour Soap (like this)- if you haven’t used melt & pour soap yet, you’re going to love it.  It is super easy to use it to make all kinds of DIY projects – not only soaps, but also solid sugar scrubs, exfoliating scrubs, and more.  There are lots of kinds of melt & pour soaps.  Some are clear, some are lily white, some are made out of goat’s milk, some have oatmeal to exfoliate and calm skin, some have shea butter or cocoa butter added to them.  For this project, I chose to use a melt & pour soap (like this) with both glycerin and shea butter so that it was extra moisturizing and nourishing for my skin.

Poppy Seeds– Yes, you read that right, poppy seeds.  Pull out your little spice jar of poppy seeds from your cupboard.  It’s the perfect thing for natural, gentle exfoliation.  As you use the soap, the soap will lather up and expose those tiny little poppy seeds in the next layer of soap.  The poppy seeds gently slough away dead skin without aggravating or scratching your skin.  And once they’ve done their job, they simply fall to the shower floor and get rinse down the drain (without any of the bad environmental effects of those artificial microbeads that used to in manufacturered personal care products).

Essential Oil– I share lots of essential oil blend recipes in the free printable below that you can use to customize your exfoliating soap.  Or make up your own essential oil blend using your favorite oils.  You can choose essential oils that are soothing and calming for skin.  Or choose essential oils that energize and wake you up in the morning.  Or choose an EO combination that relaxes and grounds you.  Or choose essential oils that help support your clear breathing in the winter months.  Or choose a blend that is just a favorite scent.  That’s what great about this homemade soap, you can customize it however you want. 
CLICK HERE
for a  FREE PRINTABLE of recipe as well as 25 essential oil blends to customize your soap to be soothing & calming for your skin, energizing, relaxing, grounding, or a favorite scent.

 

How to Make Exfoliating Essential Oil Soap

step 1: cut up 1 pound of melt & pour soap into small chunks

Love this!! my dry, itchy, sensitive skin has never felt better. -- Easy 3-ingredient essential oil soap that moisturizes, exfoliates, and soothes skin + FREE PRINTABLE of recipe & 25 custom EO blends

 

step 2: put soap pieces into a heat-safe glass bowl or measuring cup

Love this!! my dry, itchy, sensitive skin has never felt better. -- Easy 3-ingredient essential oil soap that moisturizes, exfoliates, and soothes skin + FREE PRINTABLE of recipe & 25 custom EO blends

 

step 3: melt soap

melt soap using either

(1) double boiler method – place glass bowl with soap over a pot with a couple inches of simmering water, stir soap occasionally as it gently melts

or

(2) microwave – melt soap of 30 seconds, then stir, then melt again for 30 seconds, then stir- repeat this process 2-3 times until completely melted and smooth, for a total of 60-90 seconds in the microwave

Love this!! my dry, itchy, sensitive skin has never felt better. -- Easy 3-ingredient essential oil soap that moisturizes, exfoliates, and soothes skin + FREE PRINTABLE of recipe & 25 custom EO blends

 

This is what the melt & pour soap should look like when it is completely melted.

Love this!! my dry, itchy, sensitive skin has never felt better. -- Easy 3-ingredient essential oil soap that moisturizes, exfoliates, and soothes skin + FREE PRINTABLE of recipe & 25 custom EO blends

 

step 4: Add 30 drops of essential oil


(click here for a printable of 25 recipes for EO blends you can use to customize this soap)

Love this!! my dry, itchy, sensitive skin has never felt better. -- Easy 3-ingredient essential oil soap that moisturizes, exfoliates, and soothes skin + FREE PRINTABLE of recipe & 25 custom EO blends

 

step 5: Add 2 tablespoons of poppy seeds

Love this!! my dry, itchy, sensitive skin has never felt better. -- Easy 3-ingredient essential oil soap that moisturizes, exfoliates, and soothes skin + FREE PRINTABLE of recipe & 25 custom EO blends

 

step 6: Stir in the poppy seeds.  You may need to let the soap cool slightly at this point.  You want to be sure that the soap is cool enough to keep the poppy seeds suspended evenly throughout the soap.

Love this!! my dry, itchy, sensitive skin has never felt better. -- Easy 3-ingredient essential oil soap that moisturizes, exfoliates, and soothes skin + FREE PRINTABLE of recipe & 25 custom EO blends

 

This is what the soap mixture should look like when it is ready to pour into the molds.  See how the poppy seeds are evenly suspended throughout the mixture, even when you look at the mixture through the side of the measuring cup?

Love this!! my dry, itchy, sensitive skin has never felt better. -- Easy 3-ingredient essential oil soap that moisturizes, exfoliates, and soothes skin + FREE PRINTABLE of recipe & 25 custom EO blends

 

step 7:  pour soap into silicone mold.  You can choose any shape or size of silicone mold you like.  If you have a silicone cupcake mold, use that.  Or you can turn this soap into cute little flowers or hearts.  I used a simple 2.5″ by 3.5″ silicone soap mold (find it here).

Love this!! my dry, itchy, sensitive skin has never felt better. -- Easy 3-ingredient essential oil soap that moisturizes, exfoliates, and soothes skin + FREE PRINTABLE of recipe & 25 custom EO blends

 

step 8 (optional): spray the top of the soaps with 91% rubbing alcohol (find it at your local drug store or here).   This is an optional step.  The alcohol helps to make the tops of the soap smooth so that there’s no bubbles or sweating.

Love this!! my dry, itchy, sensitive skin has never felt better. -- Easy 3-ingredient essential oil soap that moisturizes, exfoliates, and soothes skin + FREE PRINTABLE of recipe & 25 custom EO blends

 

step 9:  Let the soap solidify completely before removing it from the molds.

Love this!! my dry, itchy, sensitive skin has never felt better. -- Easy 3-ingredient essential oil soap that moisturizes, exfoliates, and soothes skin + FREE PRINTABLE of recipe & 25 custom EO blends

 


click here for a FREE PRINTABLE of recipe and 25 essential oil blends to customize your soap for soothing skin, energizing, relaxing, grounding, and fresh-smelling


Love this!! my dry, itchy, sensitive skin has never felt better. -- Easy 3-ingredient essential oil soap that moisturizes, exfoliates, and soothes skin + FREE PRINTABLE of recipe & 25 custom EO blends

 

Here’s the Recipe for Exfoliating Essential Oil Soap

1 pound melt & pour soap

30 drops essential oil

2 tablespoons poppy seeds

 

And Here’s a recap of the Step-by-Step Instructions

step 1: cut up 1 pound of melt & pour soap into small chunks

step 2: put soap pieces into a heat-safe glass bowl or measuring cup

step 3: melt soap

step 4: Add 30 drops of essential oil
(click here for a printable of 25 recipes for EO blends you can use to customize this soap)

step 5: Add 2 tablespoons of poppy seeds

step 6: Stir in the poppy seeds.  You may need to let the soap cool slightly at this point.  You want to be sure that the soap is cool enough to keep the poppy seeds suspended evenly throughout the soap.

step 7:  pour soap into silicone mold.  You can choose any shape or size of silicone mold you like.  If you have a silicone cupcake mold, use that.  Or you can turn this soap into cute little flowers or hearts.  I used a simple 2.5″ by 3.5″ silicone soap mold (find it here).

step 8 (optional): spray the top of the soaps with 91% rubbing alcohol (find it at your local drug store or here).   This is an optional step.  The alcohol helps to make the tops of the soap smooth so that there’s no bubbles or sweating.

step 9:  Let the soap solidify completely before removing it from the molds.

 

Where to Get Supplies to Make Exfoliating Essential Oil Soap

Melt & Pour Soap choose the kind you like – glycerin & shea butter, clear, white, goat’s milk, oatmeal to exfoliate and calm skin, or cocoa butter

Poppy Seeds – from your spice drawer or the baking section of the grocery store

91% rubbing alcoholfind it at your local drug store or here

silicone molds in any shape you likesilicone cupcake moldcute little flowers , hearts, or a 2.5″ by 3.5″ rectangular silicone soap mold like I used

 


click here for a FREE PRINTABLE of recipe and 25 essential oil blends to customize your soap for soothing skin, energizing, relaxing, grounding, and fresh-smelling


Love this!! my dry, itchy, sensitive skin has never felt better. -- Easy 3-ingredient essential oil soap that moisturizes, exfoliates, and soothes skin + FREE PRINTABLE of recipe & 25 custom EO blends

 

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