Published on November 9th, 2013 | by HowToMakeBathSalts
Pink Grapefruit Soap
Here’s an amazing pink grapefruit soap recipe for you. Ever wonder why grapefruit is considered to be one of the healthiest foods on earth? This sweet, with a strong kick of tanginess, grapefruit has been found to prevent and cure internal and external diseases and maladies. Tracing back its history, grapefruit came a long way before it reached the US. Two centuries back, this half orange-half pomelo fruit was discovered in Barbados. Though no one, not even the scientist, was able to prove that grapefruit is the result of crossbreeding orange and pomelo, there is one thing certain about this fruit – its name.
This fruit was named after grapes due to the fact that the fruits also hang clusters, and just like the latter; grapefruit is a rich source of vitamin C. The vitamin content of this fruit has been proven to prevent arthritis, cancer, gum bleeding, and formation of kidney stones. It also helps alleviate infections, cholesterol problems, and respiratory problems. For health buffs who follow weight loss regimens, drinking grape juice is a good substitute for food since it contains water soluble fiber that can make any person full.
Skin wise, grapefruit is rich in Vitamin A, C, and anti-oxidants that protect the skin from free radicals. Retinol in this fruit refreshes the skin leaving it firm and soft as it renews damaged skin and treats pigmentation. Potassium, on the other hand, smoothen wrinkles and prevents age spots.
For best results, beauty conscious women, and men for that matter, does not settle only in drinking grapefruit juice. They have to take care of their health and skin inside and out that is why many beauty aficionados use grapefruit as their soap. This can be quite expensive if bought in any local stores. But for practicality sake, it is always best and fun to make your own pink grapefruit soap.
Pink Grapefruit Soap Ingredients:
6 oz. Shea butter
6 oz. palm oil
4 oz. coconut oil
4 oz. paprika infused oil
1.2 oz. pink grapefruit fragrance oil
For the lye mixture:
2.7 oz. sodium hydroxide
7.5 oz. distilled water
- Measure the fragrance oil and place it in a glass container. Set aside the fragrance first.
- Next, measure the oils and place it all in a small glass container. In a large pot, place the container in the center and pour in water until the container floats. Heat up the pot and insert a thermometer into the oil (desired temperature is 115°F).
- Prepare the lye mixture. First, measure the distilled water and place it in a glass container (which can be heated in the stove). Measure the sodium hydroxide using a separate glass container. Heat up the distilled water and slowly add the sodium hydroxide. Stir the mixture with a spatula. It is advised not to stir near the stove to avoid inhaling the fumes. Insert another thermometer (desired temperature is 115°F).
- Monitor the temperatures. If the temperatures are still low, raise the temperature of the burner. If it turns high, use cold water to bring the temperature down.
- If both mixtures reach 115°F, pour the lye mixture into a container and the oils. Blend the mixtures using a stick blender until it reaches a light trace stage. Add in the pink grapefruit fragrance oil and blend the mixture again until it reaches medium trace.
- Prepare a chilled mold and pour in the blended mixture. For texture, peel and mince some grapefruit skin and top it on the mixture.
- Refrigerate it overnight. On the following day, unmold the pink grapefruit soap and cut it into bars.
Both in and out, grapefruit has been proven and tested beneficial. Enjoy your pink grapefruit soap!