Conventional soaps can harm your intimate areas, which require specific hygiene routines to maintain its health.
Here you’ll find simple and effective recipes to create your very own homemade soap, made with natural ingredients to prevent infections, itching and other discomforts, as well as help you keep your most intimate areas clean and healthy.
Reasons to avoid conventional soaps
Many women wash their genital area with the same soap they use to cleanse their body. It is best to use a soap specifically made with your feminine hygiene in mind, since other soaps can contain harsh chemicals and materials that can harm the sensitive tissues found in these areas. A product made with calming ingredients can help rebalance your pH levels and prevent infections for those who are prone to them.
Below you’ll find a homemade soap recipe that is simple to make and includes essential greentree tea oil and other natural ingredients that can help prevent yeast infections.
Ingredients and tools
- 210 milliliters of coconut oil
- 30 grams of caustic soda
- 65 milliliters distilled water
- Green tea tree essential oil
- Thyme essential oil
- Soap mold, in any form you desire except aluminum
- Hand whisk
- Bowl for mixing and heating
- Glass container
- Long-handled mixing spoon
Follow this recipe with care and the steps indicated for safety and quality.
- Put on gloves
- In the glass container put first the caustic soda and slowly add the distilled water to avoid spilling. The mixture will produce a vapor. Cool the mixture in the refrigerator until they clear. Ideally this should be done near a window or in a room with proper ventillation.
- In the bowl combine the coconut oil over low heat. When it reaches around 40 degrees celsius remove from heat. Mix in the caustic soda very carefully to avoid spillage with the hand mixer until it takes on a gel texture.
- Immediately add 15 drops of green tea tree oil and 30 drops of thyme essential oil.
- Pour this mixture into the mold.
- Cover with a towel to help it maintain its temperature and complete the soap process. Leave to cool, between 12 and 24 hours, without moving or jostling.
- Once completely cool you can remove from the mold.
- Leave in a cool, dry space to allow it to harden. This should take around a month.
Tips to care for your intimate areas
If you have a history of yeast infections, we recommend the following tips to help you maintain a healthy vaginal area.
- Use underwear made of natural materials such as cotton.
- After washing you can protect and hydrate this area by applying marigold oil extract or salve with a clean applicator or cotton ball. Marigolds have antibiotic properties and fungicides to prevent vaginal infections.
- When you first suspect a vaginal infection, apply a few drops of green tea tree oil to your pantyliner. When this area heats naturally, the oils healing and disinfecting properties will take effect.
- Wash your vaginal area with wipes made specifically for genital use.
- Toss those conventional soaps and stick with products made of natural and organic materials.
- Remember that your vaginal health is directly related to your digestive health.
- A natural remedy you can try includes yogurt and salt water, mixed in equal measure, as an enema.
- Include foods proven to help prevent infections such as yogurt, kefir or garlic in your daily diet.
Images courtesy of mommyknows, Kim Becker, cuervo_J and Jess.