This Coconut & Lime Soap DIY project is easy to make and the soap is great for normal to dry skin.
The combination of coconut and fresh lime, makes it a great fragrance and the soaps are perfect little gifts or treats for your friends and family.
This recipe for Coconut Lime Soap makes 5-6 bars, if you’re using the same long soap mould I used. Different moulds can yield different quantities based on size or volume held.
If you are just starting with soap making you might find my introduction to soap making blog post useful.
Materials & soap making suppliers
Here is what you’ll need to create your own Coconut & Lime Soap at home. You might have some of these ingredients already, such as fresh lime and other are easily available online. Most soap making ingredients come in quantities that will last you for 2-4 different projects, which makes making soaps at home very affordable.
● ¾ pound melt & pour goats milk soap base (buy here)
● 1 tablespoon fresh lime zest
● 10 drops coconut soap fragrance oil (buy here)
● Silicone soap mold (buy here)
● Large Pyrex measuring cup
● Wooden stir stick
STEP 1 – PREPARE THE INGREDIENTS
Zest a fresh lime, using a cheese grater or very fine grater or zester. Pat dry with paper towel to make sure that the moisture from the lime zest won’t dilute and spoil the soap base.
If you don’t have a fresh lime zest, you can use lemon or even orange. The essences will work well with coconut and will still give you a fresh zesty soap.
STEP 2 – MELT THE SOAP BASE
Cut the soap into 1 inch chunks to allow the soap to melt more easily. Melt the soap in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time. Stir thoroughly. If the soap base is not completely melted, put it back on for 10 second at at time, until fully melted; stirring each time. Add the fresh lime zest.
STEP 3 – ADD THE COCONUT OIL
Add the coconut essential oil and mix well into the soap base. The amount of coconut oil drops will really depend on how strong your essence is.
STEP 4 – POUR THE SOAP INTO THE MOULD
Pour into your silicone mold. If you have spare lime zest, sprinkle the top of the soap with more lime zest on top of the liquid soap mixture. Mist lightly with rubbing alcohol to help to reduce air bubbles.
STEP 5 – LEAVE TO SET, CUT & WRAP
Let set for at least 3-4 hours. Remove carefully from mold, making sure that you don’t break the soap. Using a straight scraper or a large knife, cut the soap into 1 inch (2,5 cm) bars.
I usually wrap my soap first tightly in a cling film and then in a pretty paper wrapper. This way the soap keeps for few months and doesn’t dry.
These are a few items I find helpful when making this Coconut Lime Soap
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My other soap recipes
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Can I use coconut oil instead of coconut essence?
Not quite! The coconut essential oil is a strong fragrance that adds the fragrance to the soap. If you use coconut oil the soap would not set properly. It’s best to use a high quality coconut oil to make sure that the essence is strong enough.
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Coconut & Lime Soap
- Soap Mould
- Measuring jug or double boiler
- Stiring spoon or a wooden stick
- Rubbing alcohol
- Soap wraps – waxed paper, plastic or strong paper
Materials & Ingredients
- ¾ pound melt & pour goats milk soap base
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime zest more to sprinkle on the top of the soap
- 10 drops coconut soap fragrance oil
- Zest a lime, using a cheese grater or other fine zester or grater. Pat dry with paper towel to reduce the moisture in the lime zest.
- Cut the soap into 1 inch chunks to make sure the soap base melts evenly.
- Melt the soap base in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time.
- Stir the soap base. If it is not completely melted, put it back on for 10 second at a time, until fully melted; stirring each time.
- Add the lime zest and mix in to the soap base.
- Add the coconut essential oil drops and mix well.
- Carefully pour into your silicone mold and tap the mould gently to release any air bubbles and to make sure the top of the soap is level. Lightly sprinkle with more lime zest on top of the liquid soap mixture.
- Mist lightly the top of the soap with rubbing alcohol to help reduce bubbles further. Let set for a minimum of 3-4 hours or overnight.
- Remove carefuly from mold making sure that you don't break the soap. Using the straight scraper, cut the soap into 1 inch (2,5 cm) bars.
- I usually wrap my soap first tightly in a cling film and then in a pretty paper wrapper. This way the soap keeps for few months and doesn’t dry.
Originally published 14/05/2019, last updated 19/08/2021