Spiced Orange Christmas Soap

Spiced Orange Christmas Soap

Spiced Orange Christmas Soap. A sweet, spicy, creamy DIY soap recipe to make for Christmas gifts.
Course skin care
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 bars
Author Kyrstie Barcak - A Fresh Legacy


  • 215 grams Cocoa Butter
  • 100 grams Coconut Oil
  • 125 grams Almond Oil
  • 25 grams Avocado Oil
  • 35 grams Shea Butter
  • 175 grams chilled water
  • 65 grams lye
  • 2 oranges - zest
  • 4 sticks cinnamon
  • 6 star anise
  • 8 cloves
  • 5 ml pure Orange Essential Oil
  • 2 ml pure Geranium Essential Oil


  1. Place a saucepan filled ¼ full of water to heat to a simmer
  2. Measure out and place the cocoa butter, coconut oil, almond, avocado, shea butter, to a bowl that can be placed on top of the saucepan without the bottom of it touching the water in the saucepan. Set it aside for now and wait until the water in the saucepan comes to a simmer
  3. Line a plastic container/Tupperware with baking paper. This will be the soap mould.
  4. Line your work area with a plastic sheet or newspaper to protect the surface from any spills.
  5. Put on your gloves and mask
  6. Measure your chilled water into a high edged tub or bucket
  7. (I complete this step outside on the deck) Pour the lye into the water (DO NOT pour the water into the lye) Keep your face away from the mixture and avoid breathing in the fumes that will immediately start to be released. The mixture will immediately begin to heat up. Give the mixture a stir to allow the lye to dissolve and leave the container to sit outside
  8. The water in the saucepan should be coming to a low boil, place the bowl with the other ingredients on top and stir once in while until the solid ingredients melt. *DO NOT do this step over high heat, it is a gentle heating process.
  9. Once the ingredients are almost melted remove the bowl from the top of the saucepan and continue to stir until they are fully dissolved.
  10. Allow the ingredients temperature to drop to 40 or 45 degrees
  11. Check the temperature of the chilled water and lye, at this stage it should also be around 40-45 degrees C
  12. Slowly pour the caustic and water mixture into the melted oils. Use a stick blender to combine. Continue to use the blender until the mixture has thickened and when raised slightly above the mixture can make a line across the mixture that stays sitting on top. If the drizzle of the mixture sinks quickly into the bowl you need to keep going with the blender until it sits on top.
  13. Add the orange zest and blend again for a minute of two it will also color the soap
  14. Once the mixture reaches the correct thickness add the essential oils
  15. Mix again with the stick blender for a minute to mix the oils through.
  16. Add the cinnamon sticks, star anise and cloves to the bottom of the lined plastic container that will hold the soap
  17. Pour the soap mixture into the lined plastic container on top of the spices
  18. Cover the container with cling wrap and set it aside in a location that will not be disturbed and then cover with an old towel
  19. After a day the soap can turned out and sliced into bars of the desired size
  20. Allow the sliced soap to cure and dry on a rack. A cake rack is perfect for this.
  21. Allow to dry for approximately 3-4 weeks. The longer the soap dries the harder it will be and the longer it will last.

Recipe Notes

*All measures are grams NOT mls
*Ensure that all safety recommendations have been followed when making soap. Refer to this post for further instruction.
Total recipe time is calculated up until the point of pouring the soap into the mould