Close your eyes, and imagine inhaling fresh rosemary combined with lemon and orange zest. Sounds amazing, right?
Today, I’ll show you how to capture that perfect blend of aromas into homemade rosemary citrus goat’s milk soap bars.
Never made homemade soap before? That’s okay. It’s a lot easier than you might think!
What You’ll Need for Rosemary Citrus Goat’s Milk Soap:
- 2 lb block of Goats Milk Glycerin Melt & Pour Soap Base – this is enough for 12 bars
- Silicone Mold
- Orange Essential Oil
- Lemon Essential Oil
- Rosemary Essential Oil
- Liquid Soap Colors – you will need yellow
- One orange and one lemon
- Citrus zester
- 2 cup glass measuring cup
- brown paper, twine, and fresh rosemary
Makes 12 bars
One note about the goat’s milk glycerin melt: you can find cheaper blocks of goat’s milk soap online, but let me caution you. Since I always try to save money, I’ve tried them and they do NOT work as well. The cheaper blocks of milk don’t melt as smoothly and they are not as natural. Take my word for it; pay the extra couple of dollars and get Dr. Adorables Goat’s milk soap base! (Not sponsored either!)
The large block of the goat’s milk soap base is smooth and silky, and it cuts easily with a kitchen knife. Slice the soap base into strips, then cubes, and place them inside the microwave safe measuring cup. My Pyrex measuring cup holds about half of the soap – so I made my citrus rosemary soap bars in 2 different batches.
Microwave your soap for 1 minute. Take it out and stir; you’ll see that it’s starting to melt. Put it back in the microwave for another 30 seconds and stir again. Repeat until all the solid soap is melted.
Next add 8 drops of yellow soap coloring and stir until the color is mixed well and smooth. This will give you a nice pale yellow color. If you want soap bars a brighter yellow, then add a few more drops of coloring.
Zest one orange and one lemon. You will want about 2 tablespoons of both orange and lemon zest for each soap batch – so 4 tbsp total orange and 4 tbsp of lemon zest.
Add 2 tablespoons of orange and lemon zest, 2 tablespoons of dried rosemary, 15 drops lemon essential oil, 5 drops orange essential oil, and 15 drops rosemary essential oil. Stir this all together well.
Now pour your liquid soap into the silicone soap mold. You can see in my picture that I should have stirred a little more in between pouring the bars so the rosemary was spread out better in each bar of soap. But it’s not a huge deal.
Let your rosemary citrus goat’s milk soap bars cool and harden for a few hours before popping them out of the mold.
You can finish your freshly made goat’s milk soap bars by wrapping each bar in brown wrapping paper with some twine and a sprig of fresh rosemary.
Homemade rosemary citrus goat’s milk soap make wonderful gifts; the scent is lovely and inviting. You can make them for your kids’ teachers this school year or save them for your own family!
Here’s a couple more varieties of homemade goat’s milk soap:
Easy Lavender Goat Milk Soap Recipe
Ellen LaFleche-Christian says
That sounds absolutely amazing. I love the scent of rosemary.
I love homemade soap. I buy ours from a local crafter but would love to start making it myself.
Audrey McClelland says
Oh, that sounds FANTASTIC! I love goat’s milk soap, and this rosemary and citrus variety sounds divine. I can’t wait to make some of this!
Angela Ricardo Bethea says
Oooh, that is yummy! Citrus is EXCELLENT for the pores, and rosemary is so relaxing. I’ve dabbled in making my own soap, so I can’t wait to give this a try.
Olivia Douglass says
I’ve always wondered how to make homemade soap! This one sounds like a great one for me to try out! Thanks for sharing! These would be GREAT gifts.
May we use fresh rosemary in the soap instead of dried rosemary?
Is everything you added for half of the recipe or is it for the full recipe (i.e. 30 drops of rosemary oil. Is that for half of your batch or your full batch?).
Do you use a preservative in your soap? And if not would it not turn moldy.
Hi Sherry, since we are using a pre-made soap base, there may be a preservative in it – you would need to read the ingredients of the soap base you use. I’ve never seen mold on any of the bars I’ve made – and some of them have been sitting around for over a year.
I am actually concerned about the fresh zest we are using in this recipe. Wouldn’t be safer to use died zest instead?
Hi Carole, we haven’t had any issues using fresh zest in this recipe however you can certainly substitute something else if you prefer.
I made a batch of this soap and it looks lovely and smells divine however it’s really oily. I’d like to make another batch, is it supposed to be oily to touch?