Orange + Tea Tree Soap

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I have a hard time staying focused on one hobby at a time. I love dabbling in about 10 projects at once. I currently have soap curing, pallets in the garage waiting to become furniture, spray paint on hand for finishing my deck upcycle, and random ingredients (like Himalayan pink salt) in my pantry waiting to be featured in recipes I have yet to create.

Orange Tea Tree Soap 1

That may make me sound a lot more productive than I actually am. While I have the supplies to make all those ideas come to fruition, I have a bad habit of getting something 75% done and then taking months (if not years) to complete it.

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Soap making has been the perfect hobby for someone like me who lacks creative tunnel vision. Once I got the hang of it, I found that it didn’t take much time to make one batch, and when finished, I could leave my supplies alone until I got the next recipe idea. Supplies don’t take up much room, I can finish other projects while the soap cures, and I can formulate recipes based on what inspires me in the moment.

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My latest inspiration was orange and tea tree oil. The combination of those two essential oils creates a revitalizing scent that’s perfect for summer, and tea tree oil has antiseptic and acne treating qualities to help keep your skin clean and refreshed.

Do you dabble in lots of different hobbies simultaneously, or do you prefer to focus on one or two things at a time?

Orange + Tea Tree Soap
Makes about 16 4 ounce bars of soap

For the full cold process soap making instructions, check out Tiffany’s beginner’s soap making tutorial.

Base Oils
21.25 oz. olive oil (48.30%)
15.5 oz. coconut oil (35.23%)
4.25 oz. sunflower oil (9.66%)
3 oz. walnut oil (6.82%)

Lye Solution
11.75 oz. water
6.25 oz. lye

Essential Oils
2 oz. orange essential oil
.5 oz. tea tree essential oil

Follow Tiffany’s soap making instructions here. As always, remember to let your soaps cure for 4-6 weeks before using or gifting.

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Comments

  1. meds says:

    recipes just make such craftwork look like anyone can try. your pictures are beautiful! I should give this a shot soon :) I do get caught up in a particular set of baking goods every now and then (there’d be a period of muffins and pound cakes)

  2. Taylor says:

    I’ve been thinking about soap making! I’ve recently fallen in love with coconut oil so this recipe sounds great!

    ~Taylor

  3. Katy says:

    I love this idea! I remember reading once that orange EO gets eaten up in cold process unless you mix it with something else as a stabilizer. Did the orange scent survive the lye? I’d love to try this!

    • So glad you like the recipe! I haven’t had any issues using my orange EO, but I’ll have to research a bit more to prevent any issues for future recipes! I hope you try this and please let me know what you think!

  4. Sophie says:

    Orange EO seems to stick much better if it’s used with something else. The ‘something else’ seems to act as an anchor – clove, for example, seems to enhance the orange. I’ve also read of cornflour being used to fix the scent, and clay, too.

  5. Misty says:

    I made soap from one of your recipes last year, gave it away as Christmas gifts and it was a hit! I’m so excited to see more recipes now! I think I’m going to make this one today. Might even make two batches and do the lime and coconut one too. mmmmm.

  6. Peggy says:

    I would like to know where you got the burlap for wrapping your soaps

  7. Sydney says:

    I have heard that citrus eo’s can turn your skin dark (and not in a good tan way!). Have you ever heard this, or had any issues with this? I love this recipe idea, but don’t want to give a gift that could turn someone’s skin! I’ve seen lots of recipes with citrus eo’s- does something in the saponification process change the eo so that doesn’t happen?

    • I haven’t personally had an issues with this at all. I’ve done several recipes with citrus EO and haven’t had any skin darkening. My suggestion would definitely be to make sure you’re using good quality essential oils. Happy soaping!

  8. Lovely! I am a great fan of tea tree oil soaps, it makes perfect as well as healthy addition to your personal care regime. :)

  9. carmen says:

    What is something to use in place on the walnut oil

  10. Colleen says:

    Hi, I have had This recipe (orange & teatree soap) sitting on my desk top for ages and been wanting to make it. Would you be able to convert it into gms for me. Love your page.

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