Three Natural Soaps You Can Make at Home
Homemade soaps have been getting quite popular. They’re made from herbal extracts and essential oils along with vegetable and animal fats. And they’re good for you! The soap’s properties vary depending on its ingredients.For example, some can be very stimulating while others can be relaxing.
The benefits of natural soaps
The major difference between homemade natural soaps and those made on an industrial scale is their production. Artificial soaps contain a lot of synthetic ingredients, like most other cosmetics.
However, this isn’t the case when they’re made with natural ingredients. Here are some advantages of using natural soaps as opposed to commercial ones:
- They contain glycerin. Glycerin is very good for your skin and hair. However, in synthetic soaps it is taken out. The reason? So that it can be sold separately. As a result, they lose a lot of their great properties.
- They don’t contain chemicals. Generally, chemicals are added to make it foam up more and for fragrance. However, they can also cause allergic reactions and irritation.
- You can make them fit your needs. Depending on what skin issues you have or what you’re looking for in a soap, you can decide which ingredients to use. There is a wide variety, each with their own healing properties.
- You can be sure of the quality of the ingredients while protecting the environment by not contributing to the pollution that commercial processing causes.
Natural soaps to make at home
1. Soap for acne
When looking for ingredients to treat your acne, consider the following:
Here are the steps to follow to make anti-acne thyme soap.
- Dried thyme
- Olive oil
- Coconut oil
- Rectangular mold
- Soap cutter
- Demineralized water
- Almond oil
- Thyme essential oil
- Gloves, goggles, and a protective mask
- Mix the water and lye in a heavy-duty bowl. The mixture will be exposed to very high temperatures. As such, stir gently without splashing; it’s best to cover your skin while stirring.
- Heat the oils in a saucepan to about 40°C (100°F).
- Mix the two mixtures once temperatures reach 40°C to 50°C (100°F to 120°F). First, add the oils followed by the lye and water, then stir with a whisk for several minutes.
- Add the thyme oil and dye (optional).
- Pour into the mold and decorate with thyme. Cover until dry; it may take between one and three days.
- Remove from the mold, cut, and store for a month or 40 days for it to saponify.
2. Soap with olive oil
Did you know that olive oil can also be used to make soap? It helps keep the water and fats that make up your skin balanced and thus enable it to defend itself against external pathogenic microorganisms.
- 1 liter of virgin olive oil
- 300 ml of water (1 ½ cups)
- 125 g of lye (½ cup)
- Add the lye little by little to the water and stir, as described in the first recipe. Again, be very careful not to burn yourself as this mixture will reach very high temperatures.
- Heat the oil in a pot until it reaches a similar temperature to the first recipe (it shouldn’t be too high).
- Very carefully combine both mixtures, stirring continuously and preferably with a whisk.
- Keep over low heat and stir for about 30 minutes. When it becomes more solid, turn off the heat.
- Keep stirring without any heat until it reaches a consistency that’s similar to a paste. At this point, add the herbs or essential oils that you’d like.
- Place in molds. Once it has solidified, remove from molds and let saponify.
3. Natural green tea soap
On top of its many health benefits, green tea can also be used to make soap. What properties does it offer? It’s extremely moisturizing and full of antioxidants.
- 450 g of coconut oil (3 ½ cups)
- 80 g olive oil (8 tablespoons)
- 300 g shea butter (2 ½ cups)
- 125 g lye (½ cup)
- 320 ml demineralized water (1 ½ cups)
- 30 g of green tea or Camellia oil (3 tablespoons)
- 10 g of green tea powder (1 tablespoon)
- Green tea aromatic essence (to your liking)
- As with the previous soaps, combine the lye with the water and stir.
- While the previous mixture cools, in a saucepan melt the shea butter and coconut oil. When it’s almost melted, add the olive oil, then turn off the heat.
- Weigh 30 grams of green tea oil and 10 grams of green tea powder to add to the mix. This will be used at the end.
- Pour the oil into a large bowl and stir in the water and lye mixture when both have reached room temperature. Stir gently using a whisk.
- When the texture resembles a paste, add the green tea and green tea oil, stirring continuously. Next, add the aromatic essence to your liking.
- Transfer to the mold and sprinkle green tea powder on top. Let dry 24 hours and remove from mold.
- Cut into bars and let saponify for 4 weeks.
Finally, we should mention that your workspace needs to be properly ventilated. The combination of acids can have harmful effects if they’re not quickly dispersed.
Aside from the safety recommendations, making these soaps is simple. In just minutes, you’ll have natural soaps that are perfect for soft, protected, and moisturized skin.