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Lemon Chia Shea Butter Soap Bars

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Lemon Chia Shea Butter Soap Bars are a refreshing and lightly scented exfoliating simple soap bar that is great for beginner soap makers.

Making soap was one on my list for the longest time. The internet is packed with recipes and techniques. It can be overhwelming to decide on one and give it a go. For me, I hate to waste money on something like this. So it took me a while to dive in and try a few. Once I found this method, that was it. This type of simple soap making is for both beginners and long time soap makers.

It is my go to way to make soaps. They are fun to make as gifts and even to sell. People love them. It also helps that my daughter loves to cut the cubes of soap for me.

This recipe is one that is so versatile that you can use any essential oil you love. In fact, I have used sweet orange and even lavender in place of the lemon in these bars for a completely different smell. Another popular soap recipe is my Charcoal Lavender Soap Bars. You can use the same melt and pour soap base and make a completely different soap.

What You’ll Need To Make This Lemon Chia Shea Butter Soap Recipe

1 lb of Shea Butter melt and pour soap base

10 drops of lemon essential oil

1 tsp of organic chia seed


cutting up soap melt and pour soap base to make a simple soap

Take one pound of the melt and pour soap base, then cut it into small cubes.

Place in a heat tolerant glass bowl.

soap molds, esssential oils to make a basic soap
filling a pot of water to make simple soap

Using a double boiler or a sauce pot with a bowl over. For this I will be using a bowl and saucepan. I fill it just a few inches with water and then I place the bowl directly over.

Heat over medium heat.

**If you have a microwave, you can also opt to melt your soaps in there without the cover. Simple heat for several seconds, take out, stir and reheat. Repeat the process until the cubes are in liquid form. Make sure to take proper precautions when taking the hot bowl in and out of the microwave. Also make sure to use a microwavable bowl as well.

Cover with a piece of foil to speed up the process of the cubes melting. Make sure to stay by the stove and uncover to stir during the process.

melting soap base in a pot to make a simple soap

Use a rubber spatula to stir for easier removal.

When the soap melt is in liquid form, drop in the essential oil and the chia seed. Give the soap another stir to make sure the chia and oil is disbursed throughout the soap.

With a waiting mold ready and using a heat protective cloth or oven mit, pour the mixture into the mold.

Make sure to fill. If using 4 oz molds this recipe will make 4 bars total.

essential oil and soap bars
lemon chia seed soap bars

FAQ for Lemon Chia Shea Butter Soap Bars

Can I use another essential oil?

Yes! You most definitely can. I often use lavender and even sweet orange. I would like to try a grapefruit myself for fun. All will work just fine for this recipe.

What are the chia seeds for?

Chia seed is added for exfoliant purposes and to add a bit of texture to the bar. I personally like the way the seeds look in the bar. If you would prefer not to have the exfoliant factor, just simply omit it from the recipe.

I see other types of melt and pour bases, can I use an olive oil or goat milk for this recipe?

You sure can and I often do like to switch up with the goat milk base for my soaps. The olive oil will work just fine too. It all depends on what you are going for in your bars. The goat milk aids in exfoliation and the shea butter is better for moisturizing. Switch it up when you feel like it. The company I linked on here also sells those types in the 5 lbs and 2 lbs blocks.

If you try this recipe and love it I would love it if you would come back and give it 5 stars!

homemade lemon chia soap bars

How to Make Soap | Lemon Chia Shea Butter Recipe

Yield: 4- 4 oz bars of Lemon Chia Soap
Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Additional Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 32 minutes

a lemon simple soap with chia and shay butter


  • 1 lbs block of shea butter melt and pour soap base
  • 10 drops of lemon essential oil
  • 1 tsp of chia seeds


  1. Begin by cutting up the soap base into cubes.
  2. Place them in a heat resistant glass bowl.
  3. Using the double boiler method, fill a small pot with a few inches of water.
  4. Place the bowl over the pot and heat over medium heat.
  5. Place a piece of foil on top to help the heating process.
  6. Stay by stove and uncover the bowl to stir occassionally.
  7. When the soap base is melted, drop in the essential oil and chia seeds.
  8. Mix well with a rubber spatula to ensure the ingredients are distributed thoughout the base.
  9. Taking a heat protective cloth or oven glove, remove the bowl from the heat and pour the mixture into a waiting soap mold.
  10. If using a 4 oz mold, this mixture will make approximately 4- 4 oz bars of soap.
  11. Allow the bars to cool at room temperature for at least 45 mintures before removing from the mold.
  12. The bars are ready when firm to the touch.
  13. Store in a cool dry place.


**See the links under the tools you may need

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