DIY Bergamot + Earl Grey Soap

How to make handmade Bergamot + Earl Grey soap
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How to make Bergamot essential oil Soap

Making handmade soap is both a useful and creative skill. You can customize your bars to be anything you’d like, from plain and unscented to swirly and fragranced. Personally, I like to make natural soap that uses herbs, roots, plants, and essential oils. My soap is simple and beautifully scented.

Bergamot is a citrusy and uplifting essential oil that’s used to flavor Earl Grey tea. I used both the oil and the tea to make this DIY Bergamot and Earl Grey soap. It’s a palm-free recipe with a scent that will please both men and women. The tiny flecks of tea that dot the bars will over time bleed into the soap around them.


Bergamot + Earl Grey Soap Recipe

Makes approx. 8 bars (120g / 40z)

Lye Water Ingredients
113g / 4oz Sodium Hydroxide
200g /7oz /200ml Water

Soaping oils
256g / 9oz Coconut oil
304g / 10.7oz Olive Oil
120g / 4.23oz Sunflower oil
80g / 2.8oz Castor oil

Add after trace
42g / 1.48oz Shea Butter
10 drops Grapefruit Seed Extract
4 tsp /50g /20ml Bergamot Essential oil
1/8 tsp dry Earl Grey tea

Soap Mould
Silicone Soap Loaf Mold

DIY Bergamot + Earl Grey soap. Blended with uplifting essential oil and flecks of Earl Grey tea

Making this recipe

To make the soap, please refer to my detailed soapmaking series. It’s free and includes everything you need to know about how to transform these ingredients into handmade bars of soap.

The process of making cold-process soap is similar for every recipe. Information specific to this recipe includes:

  • Mix the oils and lye-water at 110F/43C.
  • Stir the dry Earl Grey tea into the soap at trace.
  • Melt the Shea Butter and add to the soap at trace. Temperature does not matter.
  • Package with brown baking paper and tie with string. A staple on the paper tag makes it look similar to a tea bag label.

DIY Bergamot + Earl Grey soap. Blended with uplifting essential oil and flecks of Earl Grey tea

9 Discussion to this post

  1. Liz says:

    You can also substitute tea for the water to make the caustic solution. Which makes the sosp a lovely brown color 🙂

  2. Michelle says:

    Thank you for the simple and beautiful recipe!

    Why do you prefer to add shea butter at trace, rather than with the rest of the oils before mixing in the lye solution?

  3. Jennie says:

    Hmm, gives me an idea. This seems to make for a good rebatch as well. Take the base soap and shred it, add in some shea, some tea, place in a crock pot on low, once it looks like mashed potatoes, turn it off then add in the bergamot oil. Blend well. Put into molds and set aside for a day or two. ( you just have to play with measurements) I wonder if that would be as nice or at least nice for home use? I love the earl grey scent. Its neither feminine or masculine but reminds me of Star Trek and Captain Picard. LOL.

  4. saleem says:

    Hi, Just made this recipe. As I am still new to this, I saw that trace happens much earlier than I expected. Had to work quickly and forgot to add the grapefruit seed extract. Will that have a very big impact on shelf life?

  5. Lizzie says:

    Hi there

    A bit daunted so want to use the melt and pour method – do you list recipes for this type of soap making?
    Many thanks!

    • lovelygreens says:

      I’m sorry Lizzie but I’m a from-scratch soap maker. I’m sure it would be easy to adapt this to M&P though — just omit everything but the ‘After Trace’ ingredients. Use M&P soap for the base instead.

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