Continuing from our previous article on Make Natural and Organic Soaps at Home we would like to add some tips and ideas in this part.
Soap Making Tips
- To prevent air bubbles from forming, use rubbing alcohol.
- When making a multi-layered soap, do not let the first layer of mixture to cool completely. Wait only until it forms a thin layer. Spray some alcohol before pouring the other layer. This will prevent the mixing of the layers and help them bond better.
- Try not to move the molds until the soap has completely set. This might result into wrinkles on the soap. In such a situation, you can spray rubbing alcohol over the wrinkles.
- To speed up the setting process, put the molds in refrigerator.
- Do not store the soaps in a place that is too hot or cold.
- It is best not to make the soaps when the weather is humid. It will interfere with the setting process.
- Let the soaps dry for at least 3 weeks before you start using them. This will harden them properly and make them last longer.
- Remember that you must avoid stirring the solution to prevent the formation of air bubbles. Apply a coat of petroleum jelly on the entire inner surface to prevent the soap from getting stuck to the mold.
Homemade Soap Additives Ideas
- Herbs: Herbs provide various health benefits. Herbs such as lavender exhibit anti-inflammatory properties which help the skin relax. Chamomile is refreshing and soothing. It also works as a mild astringent and is effective in reducing irritation in skin with eczema. Rosemary has a mild astringent property which helps relax, and basil is naturally antibacterial. Eucalyptus adds the invigorating aspect to the soap, and for a cooling and stimulating effect, one can add lemongrass.
- Spices: For a spicy scent, add ground cloves to the soap mixture. Powdered cinnamon, when added to the soap imparts a spicy, speckled-brown natural hue and home-baked scents to the soap. Cinnamon is believed to be a stress reliever and stimulant. However, large amounts of cinnamon can result in skin irritation, thus it needs to be used sparingly. In order to give a warm brown color, cocoa powder can be added.
- Milk and Butter: Adding cocoa butter to the soap mixture causes the soap to become creamy, and Shea butter is added to soaps as an ultra-moisturizer. One can add instant powdered milk to the soap mixture as a natural cleanser. However, since milk softens soap, only a limited amount should be added. You can add about 1 tbsp of coconut or goat’s milk per pound of soap base. If fresh milk is added, then some amount of Vitamin E should be added to the soap in order to prevent mold. The Ingredients are to be added in small amounts (¼ tbsp). The maximum amount that should be added is 2 tbsp.
- Other Additives: Aloe Vera relieves dry as well as burned skin and is a good soap additive. Honey also has relaxing properties and can be added in a limited quantity, as too much honey softens soap. Oatmeal (regular oatmeal) with its soothing and exfoliating properties or Cornmeal, sugar and salts can be used as natural exfoliates. Poppy seeds are gentle exfoliate. For a natural colorant add Calendula petals as their golden color add natural beauty to the soap. Beeswax acts as a hardening agent and imparts a lovely, fragrant aroma. Coffee is a common natural deodorizer. People who have oily skin can add clay (Glacial or Bentonite), as clay has the ability to draw excess oil from the skin. Almond meal helps absorb excess oil from the skin and unclogs pores. While adding additives, it is advisable to place them in the mold before pouring soap. This will allow the additives to be on the top of the soap, giving them a unique look.