Today, dear reader, our Tuesday Spotlight shines upon our citrusy favorite, Lemongrass Grapefruit. Lemongrass Grapefruit is our sole citrus-based scent. Although I love the smell of fresh lemon, lime, and orange, citrus scents are notoriously challenging to get to “stick” in cold process soaps. You may notice that I often blend citrus oils with other more sustainable scents like sandalwood, lemongrass, and yuzu, but I don’t have any strictly citrus scents.
The saponification process is brutal. Saponification is the chemical reaction between the lye, the fats, and the oils. Saponification is the process that takes all my luxurious ingredients like goat’s milk, olive oil, coconut oil, and essential oils and turns them into soap. The mixture can reach temperatures of 200-250 degrees. Most citrus oils can stand up to temperatures of 100-130 degrees, but anything over that, the essential oils break down and evaporate.
If blended with oils that can withstand higher temperatures, the citrus oils retain their scent a bit better. Lemongrass essential oil has a lovely citrusy scent and holds up beautifully in cold process soap making. When blended with red grapefruit essential oil, the smell is heavenly. During my journey in soap making, I had a lot of failed attempts to create a natural, citrusy scent. Many artificial citrus scents are available, but most are filled with synthetic ingredients, fillers, and harmful chemicals. Your widely popular bath products may smell delicious, but trust me, you don’t want to slather your body’s largest organ with them.
This week, our safe, naturally scented Lemongrass Grapefruit soap and moisturizer are available exclusively on the website for half-off. No promo code is needed, and discounts will be applied at checkout. The half-off weekly special is a lovely time to stock up on a favorite, try something new, or purchase an affordable gift for someone special. On this cold November day, stay safe, be smart, enjoy the savings and keep washing your hands.