Homemade Soap Recipe with Herbs and Citrus

Martha Stewart herb soap

First up from the herb garden – my very own homemade soap with herbs and citrus! I thought this would be a lovely homemade Mother’s Day or Teacher Appreciation gift. I picked up some plain, unscented glycerin soap and added herbs from the new garden and some citrus. I love the smell and bright green color of mint.

How to Make Homemade Soap with Herbs and Citrus

homemade soap with herbs and citrus

I diced up some rosemary to add with lemon zest.

herb soap recipe

I found some great napkins at Goodwill (where else) for 25 cents and some 50% off ribbon at Hobby Lobby for some easy gift wrapping.

homemade soap

herb soap recipe

I also thought about putting them on pretty antique plates found at Goodwill for $2. But does it look like I’m giving someone a slice of lemon cake? LOL

homemade herb soap

Herb and Citrus Soap
Recipe adapted from Martha

You’ll need:
Glycerin soap (sold at craft stores)
Assorted herbs & citrus – I used basil, mint, rosemary, orange and lemon
Food processor
Glass bowl or measuring cup
Plastic spoon or scraper
Soaps molds – any plastic or cardboard container will do
Cooking spray

1. Melt soap
Put the soap blocks in glass bowl & melt in the microwave for 30 second intervals until melted. Stir every so often to break up big chunks.

2. Prepare additives
While melting, puree the herbs and squeeze out excess water in a paper towel. For citrus, zest the peel. You’ll need about 1 tablespoon of additives for each cup.
FYI – Orange + basil = an unattractive muddy green brown color.

DIY Herb Soap

3. Get mould containers ready
You can buy cute moulds at the craft store, but any plastic container will work, even your Ziploc containers. Though you might want to use something you can just pitch in the recycle bin when finished rather than trying to clean. Use old milk cartons or even yogurt cups. Spray with cooking spray and wipe out excess.

4. Add purees
Once glycerin is melted, let it stand & cool for a few minutes. Before it sets too much, add the additives. Keep stirring to ensure they don’t all float to the bottom. When you have the color you want (more time stirring = darker color) pour into container.

how to make soap

5. Setting the mould
Let the soap sit on the counter for about an hour to completely set. Then put in the freezer for another hour or so. Then it should pop right out. Slice with knife, give to someone you love and use within 3 months.

homemade herb soap


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  2. Lauren says

    I have some homegrown chamomile & lavender left over from last season. I’m going to try the combo. If it doesn’t work, I’ll pick some sage from my garden & grate some lemon peels & see how that combo turns out.


  1. […] Why soap? Because I love it!  It is also all natural, better for the environment with no detergents or phosphates, and easy on the wallet if done right. DIY soap can have be any combination of scents and colors. DIY Herbs and Citrus Soap is a keeper. Having a zesty smelling soap in the bathroom  for the winter will be so nice! A hint of the spring to come to help make it through the long cold months. Happy soap making. Find the recipe and tutorial at Henry Happened  […]

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