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moisturizing grapefruit + tarragon baby soap {DIY}

I used baby products by JOHNSON’S® to create Homemade Grapefruit Tarragon Moisturizing Baby Soap as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #johnsonspartners

I’m pretty particular about the products I put on my baby’s skin. I have hyper-sensitive skin and I know how it feels to put irritating chemicals on my skin that it doesn’t agree with. That is why I keep all skincare for my kids baby mild. It is safe to assume that I have tried the whole spectrum of baby bath and skincare products… that’s a perk of running this blog. In the end, I wind back up at JOHNSON’S. It is mild yet moisturizing and can tackle even the biggest of toddler messes… and that scent! No other scent on the planet smells more like “clean baby”.

#johnsonspartners DIY baby soap glycerin

Recently I started to make my own soaps. One day I sat down and watched probably 2 hours of the Soap Queen YouTube tutorials, no lie. She literally is The. Soap. Queen. She’s a bit sticky sweet, Ms. Sunshine all day, but she knows her stuff! She fancy, but I’m sticking to the basics today – a glycerin soap that is baby safe.

Look, Gabriel is already clapping = )

#johnsonspartners homemade baby soap

You can put anything in your soap – food coloring, juices, zests, herbs, essential oils… whatever you prefer. Our grapefruit tree is exploding with fruit so I am working them into everything – I’m sure you will notice the trend! My favorite herb to put with grapefruit is tarragon. It tastes amazing and it smells amazing (but don’t eat the soap).

homemade baby soap #johnsonspartners

I like creamy, moisturizing soaps as opposed to the hard bars, especially when it comes to my baby.  The softer soaps are easier to use.  I added a heaping tablespoon of coconut oil to my glycerin/body wash mixture and the result is THE creamiest soap I’ve ever made.  It leaves behind super smooth and supple skin.

#johnsonspartners homemade moisturizing baby soap

I love the smell of unscented glycerin — so fresh yet sweet — but with added grapefruit juice/zest and tarragon, you’ve got a real winning combo.  Your skin will be fragrant for a couple couple hours after washing.  My son loves to play with and squish these soaps, and since I make them myself, I don’t have to wonder about what the ingredients are.

If you are wondering what mold I used for this run, it is a silicone cupcake mold by HABA.  You can use anything you like – silicone molds work best for me and they come in every shape, but ice cube trays work as well – even muffin tins (I actually really like the disk shape they make).

#johnsonspartners homemade grapefruit tarragon soap

I use JOHNSON’S Baby Head To Toe Baby Wash in my baby soaps and recommend you do too.  They are paraben-free, phthalate-free, hypoallergenic and have an added moisturizer that infant skin needs.


JOHNSON’S now offers a Peace Of Mind Guarantee.  Yeah, try any product for 30 days and if you don’t love it, JOHNSON’S will refund your money.  Now how is that for faith in their product?  I can’t imagine they will be making many refunds because the products are so solid, but it is nice to see a company take 100% responsibility for the quality of their product.

Keep in the know by liking JOHNSON’S on Facebook.

 Homemade Grapefruit + Tarragon Moisturizing Baby Soap


8 oz natural unscented glycerin soap (two bars), cubed
1 Tbl coconut oil
1/2 C JOHNSON’s Baby Head-to-Toe Wash
1 Tbl grapefruit zest
1/4 C grapefruit juice
1/2 Tbl fresh tarragon leaves

spray bottle with rubbing alcohol


  1. In a microwave safe glass dish, melt the glycerin cubes in 30 second intervals (max) until melted, stirring between each session.
  2. Add in the coconut oil and stir to incorporate.  Add in wash, juice, zest and tarragon.
  3. Pour quickly into lightly greased molds in equal amounts.
  4. With a spray bottle filled with undiluted rubbing alcohol, spray the soap tops to pop all of the bubbles.
  5. Allow to sit and set for at least 2 hours.  To speed up the process you can pop them in the refrigerator.
  6. Remove from molds and allow to harden overnight (2-3 days even better).

One more for good measure…

#johnsonspartners homemade baby soap

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  1. January 23, 2015 at 10:40 am — Reply

    This is amazing. I can only imagine how fragrant it is and they would make the best gifts.

  2. January 23, 2015 at 12:16 pm — Reply

    Oh my goodness what a wonderful idea!!! This would make such a cute baby shower basket. I never would have thought to make soaps like this!

  3. January 23, 2015 at 9:57 pm — Reply

    I made soap for the first time to give away as Christmas gifts. It was so simple, and I was so pleased with the results. But mine was nothing as delicious sounding as this! I need to up my game & give this a shot.

  4. January 25, 2015 at 7:39 am — Reply

    This looks awesome! I want to make this soap. We love J +J!

  5. January 25, 2015 at 8:16 am — Reply

    This is an amazing post! You son is ADORABLE and the soaps turned out great!

    Diary of a Debutante

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