I am going to introduce you to some soap making supplies, and now that you know what toxins are in your everyday, drugstore products show you that you could make your own. I did some research and realized that making soap, sugar scrubs, lotions, shampoo, bath salts, and shaving cream is much easier than it sounds. Several recipes only require 3-4 ingredients. That is what you want...simple and healthy. That was my motto for my all natural soap company, Skin Candy.
When I started making homemade natural soaps, I started with your standard melt and pour bases. I found that to be less hazardous than cold press and less time consuming. I also found several melt and pour bases that are all natural and use things such as shea butter, goats milk, and cocoa butter. I am going to go over both methods of making soap, what soap making supplies are needed, and share some of my favorite recipes.
My preferred method of soap making is the melt and pour method. The soap making supplies are pretty simple in either method. You get to reach out to your creative side. I suggest prior to starting that you get to know what scents you like. Do you like Lavender, Mint, Rosemary? That will help you to determine what scent combinations to use. I don't use any type of fragrance aside from essential oils in my soap. I also do not use any colorants. My soap is a natural color, and sometimes will take on a color of a plant that I add to it.
The soap making supplies needed for melt and pour are:
You start by melting the soap base slowly in a double boiler. Once your base is completely melted, you let it cool for a few moments. This is necessary because you don't want your essential oil to burn out of the soap, which it will if it is too hot.
One of my favorite soap making supplies is lavender. Lavender is a familiar scent to most people, and it is calming. I recommend visiting your local herb garden to purchase some dried lavender. It compliments your soap beautifully.
Another wonderful herb to add is Rosemary. Lavender and Rosemary are essential soap making. They are very versatile and can go into lotions, shampoos, scrubs, you name it. I even pour lavender oil in to a bath with a carrier oil, such as almond oil, and relax. Lavender is also a beautiful herb for cooking. Herbs de Providence contain lavender and can compliment any dish.
Rosemary is a beautiful earthy scent. It is known for boosting energy as well as helping to relieve nasal congestion. It pairs well with Tea tree oil and mint.
Mint is a sweet and refreshing scent. It can help with common colds, and allergies. If mint oil is applied to rashes or irritated areas, it can help calm those areas. It is also great for aching muscles. That is why it is so wonderful in soap and lotions. Mint is also essential in the perfect mojito!!!
Cold press is a method of soap making that has been around for centuries. It typically involves handling lye, so it requires safety goggles and gloves. The soap making supplies needed are more detailed than melt and pour. You measure out the ingredients precisely using scales and beakers. You also use a lye calculator with your recipe. Then you combine, use a mixer, and pour into a specific mold, and cut your soap. Here are the steps:
In my experience, cold press soap allows you to control what goes into it more. I do prefer soap without lye, and I have found several melt and pour bases that are lye free. Lye is made by leaching ashes and is very alkaline in its acidity level, which can make it fairly harsh to sensitive skin. I believe that soap making can be what you make it. If you want something more detailed, then cold press might be for you. If you like the idea of simplicity, yet beautiful then melt and pour is great.
I am going to share a few of my favorite melt and pour recipes. Also see my sugar scrub page for scrub recipes.
Making natural soap is fun and a wonderful way to ensure that only all natural ingredients are being used on yourself and your family. Health and love are what really matter in life!
Take a moment to check out the all natural skin care products I have available for purchase on my Skin Candy page.