DIY Bergamot + Earl Grey Soap

Bergamot + Earl Grey soap recipe
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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



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

Bergamot + Earl Grey soap recipe

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.

Bergamot + Earl Grey soap recipe

17 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.

  6. Theresa says:

    I’m just wondering about the purpose the grapefruit seed extract serves in the soap? It’s not something that I have in my home and I’m trying to not buy anything extra right now for soaping and am wondering if there is something that would be a good substitute for it in your recipe?


  7. Gia Jacobson says:

    I love love love sunflower oils in soap! Nice creamy bubbles, will be trying this recipe, thank you for sharing your recipe.

  8. Clay says:

    A beginner here – any suggestions or tips on diluting the bergamot oil for all ages and skin types?

  9. Audrey says:

    Just a quick question about the essential oils. I don’t have either of those, can I substitute for something else and/or leave them out all together?

  10. Varga Zsuzsanna says:

    I made this soap yesterday and cut it this morning. After 8 batches I could finally hit the right, perfect trace – hurray! Not too thin, not too thick, just right. And now it is official – bergamot is my favourite EO. It is citrusy and uplifting, always makes me smile. I’m going to order a big bottle of it. Thank you, Tanya!

    • lovelygreens says:

      Great news! Bergamot is absolutely lovely isn’t it? It goes really well with other citrusy essential oils and also with some deeper scents like Oak Moss, Frankincense, or Clary Sage. Happy soaping Varga 🙂

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