Soaps that are being sold over the counters in the market have unpleasant and degradable effects on your skin. Soaps sold in the markets are alkaline in nature and drastically alters the pH levels of the skin and body, making it look dull and dry. Our body produces natural oils that are protective in nature and defends our skin from various environmental damages, but soaps make our skin more susceptible to such damages by stripping off the natural oils. Moreover, as acidic content of the skin gets reduced, skin gets flakier and develops fine lines and wrinkles easily and before time. Commercially sold soaps are made of chemicals that may produce rich lather on your skin, but does not necessarily cleanse the clothes deeply. These chemicals may also cause allergic reactions and dermatological problems, such as eczema, etc.
So, it is highly advisable that you should discard that old soap (s), which you have been using since long back and make your own soap at home. It is not only easy to make, but is also pure and natural that will improve the texture of your skin while restoring the natural moisture that your skin is deprived of.
Here is the easiest of recipes to make your own soap at home in a few easy steps.
1. Coconut Oil Soap
- 33 oz coconut oil
- 4.83 lye (NaOH)
- 12.54 oz water
- 1 ounce essential oil (any)
- Stick blender
- Digital scale
- Glass measuring cups
- Small glass bowls
- Plastic spoon with a long handle
- Rubber spatula
- Soap mold
- Parchment paper for coating the soap mold
Step#1 : Wear the gloves. Take the respective quantity of water in a ceramic bowl and slowly add lye while mixing them gently. Make sure that you do not inhale the vapors as it could be hazardous. Perform it outside your room in a garden area or balcony. As you mix both the ingredients, mix is going to become very hot, so you have to be careful while handling it. Mix will have somewhat cloudy appearance and wait until it gets transformed from cloudy to clear appearance.
Step#2 : Next step is to place the coconut oil in a saucepan and heat it so that it gets melted completely. Now, transfer the oil from pan to Crockpot carefully.
Step#3 : Add the water-lye mix from the mixing bowl into the Crockpot containing the coconut oil. Mix all the ingredients together.
Step#4 : Use a stick blender to blend all the ingredients and make the mix a little fluffy and thick.
Step#5 : Next step is to cover the Crockpot and let the whole mixture cook on low flame. The purpose of doing this is to let oils rise and fold back into the mixture so that all the ingredients will get mixed, seamlessly.
Step#6 : Now, dip a pH strip in the mix to check whether it is done or not. If the pH value is more than 10, it is not done yet. If pH has attained the value between 7 and 8, it is done. The other way to test it is to rub a little quantity between your palms. If you feel a little waxy, it is done.
Step#7 : As the whole process is done, allow the mix to get cooled down a little and then, add the essential oil of your choice.
Tip: Do not add essential oils when the mixture is hot as doing so will make the oil lose its entire aroma.
Step#8 : Last step is to oat the soap mold with parchment paper and transfer the mix from the Crockpot into the soap mold. Let the mix get hardened over time. If you want to speed up the process, cool the mix in the refrigerator. You can use the very first bar soap made from the pure coconut oil right away, but it is advisable to use the rest of the bars after 2-3 weeks so that conditioning properties get developed completely within the soap bar.
Your DIY homemade natural coconut soap is ready, and it is very mild and gentle on your skin.
2. Herbs and Citrus Soap
Ingredients and Tools
- Glycerin soap
- Assorted herbs and citrus fruits – rosemary, basil, mint, orange, and lemon
- Food processor
- Glass bowl
- Plastic spoon
- Soap molds
- Cooking spray
Step#1 : Cut the glycerin soap into pieces and melt them in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds so that the lumps that are formed get melted away.
Step#2 : Next step is to blend all the herbs together in a blender and squeeze out any extra water content. Make sure that you are using all the fresh leaves for this purpose. For the sake of citrus additives, zest the peels from both orange and lemon and keep aside.
Step#3 : Next is to keep your soap mold ready to put the soap mix in it. Spray a little cooking spray and wipe out the excess content.
Step#4 : Now, add all the herbs and citrusy zest into the melted glycerin and keep stirring it for a few minutes, so that they do not get settled at the bottom and keep floating throughout the mixture.
Step#5 : Transfer the contents from the mixing bowl to the soap mold. Let it sit there for an hour before you transfer it to the fridge to get cooled and hardened.
Your DIY natural homemade soap is ready and will look like this: