Natural handmade soaps are not only a hobby or an art but too much in vogue. When people are moving fast towards organic and homemade stuffs be it for food, personal care or medicinal treatment, Soaps /Body wash or Bubble Bath come across as an item used on daily basis. Harsh chemical based soaps are not only harmful for skin but are also not bio-degradable and leave behind harmful chemicals which are not good for the environment.
Glycerin is a natural base used for quality soap as it is gentle to the skin. Glycerin based soaps are easy to make, economic, have health benefits and safe for skin.
Shea Butter Glycerin Soap
- 2 – 3 cups soap base, grated.
- 60 gms oatmeal, ground.
- 30 gms castor oil.
- 30 gms Shea butter.
- 1 teaspoon beeswax.
- 1 – 2 drops orange or purple food color.
- 7 – 10 drops lavender or sweet orange essential oil.
Take a medium bowl, place soap and beeswax in it, and microwave to melt it. You can also use a double boiler (a big bowl of boiling water and a smaller bowl) to melt the soap and beeswax on low heat. Once the soap melts, pour it in another bowl and add all other ingredients one by one. The castor oil makes the soap to lather while using it, and as for Shea butter, it works as a moisturizing agent. The beeswax keeps the soap hard and prevents it from losing its shape. After adding all the ingredients, mix them properly and pour it inside different mold sizes and shapes. Leave them to dry overnight (longer if you live in humid area). You can store the soaps by wrapping in plastic wraps.
Lavender and Rosemary Glycerin Soap
- 3 cups soap base, grated
- 1 teaspoon fine-grained rosemary, dried
- 1 ½ teaspoon lavender oil
- 1 ½ teaspoon rosemary oil
- ¼ cup lavender flowers and rosemary leaves
Directions: Take a medium bowl, place the soap in it, and microwave to melt it. A double boiler can also be used to melt the soap on low heat. Infuse fresh or dried lavender flowers and rosemary leaves. For that, mix them in a bowl and pour distilled hot water over them. Let them steep for about 10 minutes. Once the soap melts, pour it in another bowl and add all other ingredients one by one. Mix everything properly and pour it inside different mold sizes and shapes. Leave them to dry overnight. Store the soaps by wrapping in plastic wraps.
Sweet Orange Glycerin Soap
- 2 ¾ cups soap base, grated.
- 2 teaspoons orange food color (This is optional as I personally don’t recommend artificial colors).
- 1 teaspoon sweet orange essential oil.
- ½ teaspoon dried marigold flowers.
- ½ teaspoon orange zest, dried.
Directions: The process of melting the soap is same as the above mentioned processes. This soap has citrus fragrance and looks really attractive. Add the food coloring when the base is almost melting. Turn the heat off, pour the liquid in another bowl, and add all other ingredients one by one. Mix everything properly and pour it inside different soap molds.
Lavender Beeswax Glycerin Soap
- 2 – 3 cups soap base, grated.
- 1 teaspoon beeswax.
- 1 – 2 drops violet food color (This is optional as I personally don’t recommend artificial colors).
- 10 drops lavender essential oil.
Directions: In a medium-sized bowl, place soap and beeswax and melt it in a microwave. A double boiler on low heat can also be used for the purpose. This soap has a beautiful lavender color (and scent). Turn the heat off, pour the liquid in another bowl, and add the other ingredients. Mix everything properly and pour it inside different molds. Let the soaps dry. After that you can store them by wrapping in plastic wraps.
Rose Glycerin Soap:
- 1 glycerin soap bar.
- A few rose petals.
- 5 to 6 drops of red or pink food color (This is optional as I personally don’t recommend artificial colors).
- 4 to 5 drops of rose essential oil.
Direction: Melt 1 glycerin soap bar in a double boiler on a low flame. While the glycerin bar is melting on one side, boil water with the rose petals in a bowl for 10 to 15 minutes. After they are boiled enough, pick them out and keep them aside on a tissue, so that the water from the petals gets absorbed. Add the essential rose oil, food color and the rose petals to the melted glycerin and stir it continuously, till all the ingredients are mixed well. Apply petroleum jelly to the molds. Now pour the mixture into them and let it set for a minute or two, so that the bubbles rise up. Spray rubbing alcohol over each soap mixture. Let it dry for 2 to 4 hours. Release the soap from the soap molds.
Liquid Glycerin Soap
- 2 cups of grated soap bar.
- ½ gallon water (optional).
- 3 tbsp. of glycerin.
Direction: Melt 2 cups of grated soap bar in a double boiler. Heat it on a low flame, and keep on stirring it till it melts evenly. Add ½ gallon water to it. While adding water, keep on stirring the melted soap. You can also add 1 gallon water, if you want the liquid soap to be less thick. Then, pour the glycerin into this hot mixture and stir, till the three ingredients mix very well. Now, store this liquid in a jar and cover it tightly.
Goat Milk Glycerin Soap
- 1 glycerin soap bar
- A few rose petals
- 2 tbsp. goat milk powder
- 5 to 6 drops food color (This is optional as I personally don’t recommend artificial colors)
- 4 to 5 drops of essential oil
Directions: Melt the glycerin soap bar in a microwave or double boiler. Add the goat milk. Heat on a low flame. Add the food color and essential oil, and mix well. Apply petroleum jelly to the molds and pour the mixture in them.
Multi-Layered Glycerin Soap
- 2 bars of glycerin soap.
- 10 drops essential oil of your choice.
- 2 drops each of two food colors (It is required to give multi-layer effect but you can think of some other natural ingredients like flower petals, oat, turmeric etc. So colour is optional as I personally don’t recommend artificial colors)
Directions: Heat the soap in the microwave on high for 30 seconds. Remove container. Swirl the mixture. Place it back in the microwave and heat for another 30 seconds. Remove the container and swirl until it melts completely. Now, add the first food color and essential oil. Pour half of this mixture into two separate molds (filling each one just halfway).Wait for about 20 minutes. Melt the second bar just like the first one. Add the essential oil and the other food color to this mixture. Pour it in the molds. This forms the second layer of the soap.
Homemade Baby Soap Recipe
- Soap base, preferably organic (grated)
- Essential oils
- Petroleum jelly
Direction: Heat the soap base on a low flame till the soap base melts completely. Add essential oils of your choice to the soap base. You should preferably use mild aromas like sage, calendula and chamomile and avoid oils that might cause even mild skin irritations. Add a small quantity of olive oil or Shea butter to make the soap softer. Pour the mixture into the mold allow it to cool and solidify.