Gardener's Bar

Gardener's Bar

Makes approx. 20 x 65 g or 12 x 100g Soap Bars


2 Bottles of Cocoa Butter Blend Refill Kit

132 g Lye

1 1/2 cup Distilled Water

20 ml Orange Sweet Essential Oil

2.5 ml Tea Tree Essential Oil

4 Tbsp Orange Peel Granules

2 x 6 Cavity Soap Molds or 2 x 12 Cavity Mini Soap Molds


Stainless steel mixing bowl

Stainless steel pot for melting oils if using Stove Method 

Long handled wooden spoon, spatulas

Stick blender

Pyrex Cups 

Rubber gloves


Digital Scale


Pour 2 bottles of pre-blended oils from the kit into a stainless steel pot or a pyrex cup

Stove Method: Gently heat oils in the stainless steel pot on stove. 

Microwave method: In the pyrex cup, microwave oils for 1 min on high, and use 20 s intervals after, until temperature has reached 150 F or 65 C.

In a pyrex cup, add water, then slowly add lye while mixing gently with a long handled wooden spoon. Take care not to breathe the vapour. Mix until the mixture is clear. Let cool to 150 F or 65.

Pour hot oil into a large stainless steel mixing bowl. When both oil and lye mixture has reached the above temperatures, slowly pour the lye mixture into the oil mixture. Use stick blender and star mixing.

Continue to stir with the blender until the soap has traced. To check whether the soap is ready, using a spatula, drizzle a small amount of soap across the top of the mixture. If a mark or trail remains for a few seconds before disappearing again, your soap has traced. The mixture will have the consistency of custard or pudding before being poured.

After the soap traces, add the essential oils and orange peel. Mix well and pour into molds.

When the soaps has harden completely, pop them out of the molds. Place bars on a tray with about 1 inch of space in between. Allow them to cure for several days before packaging. 

For more details on soap making tips, visit our Soapmaking Guide.