17 Dec Understanding Organic Soap Supplies
A thousand calculations happen in your mind when you browse through the supermarket shelves to pick up a few bars of soap. Safe for sensitive skin? Check. Moisturizer-rich? Check. Looks nice? Check. Organic? Check. Pocket-friendly? Check.
If this sounds like you, we suggest you get a change. A tiny bar of soap actually does a lot for you; and not just in terms of skin health, but internal health too. For starters, it helps cleanse the largest organ of the body-the skin, and gently removes all the dirt, grime and sweat that may have accumulated in the pores. Next, it gently moisturizes the skin, making it soft and supple. Most soaps also pack in antibacterial agents which destroy harmful bacteria and keep both-your skin and internals free from infections.
While you can easily pick up one from your nearby store, why not actually get creative and make your own soap? It’s efficient, natural and cheaper than your store-bought variety, and the best part is you’ll actually enjoy making it!
Interested? Read on-we’ve put down a simple list of some of the best organic soap supplies and a couple of simple recipes for you to get started with.
List of Organic Soap Supplies
For your first soap making project, it’s preferable to stick to simple. Here are a few things you might need.
To make an effective organic soap, you’ll need the power of natural oils and butters like ucuuba butter, soy butter, coconut oil, sweet almond butter, mango butter, avocado butter, shea butter, jojoba oil, cocoa butter etc.
To help brush away dead skin cells and give the skin an extra healthy boost, you may need to add some natural exfoliating agents like jojoba beads, pumice and loofah to your homemade soap.
Some botanical extracts like cucumber peel extract, gingko biloba extract, green tea, orange, watermelon, mango, and strawberry fruit extracts can also be used in your soaps-they help add antibacterial, antioxidant, revitalizing, stimulating, repairing and anti-ageing properties to the soaps.
Floral waters can be added to add fragrance to the soap. Some popular floral waters include chamomile, rose, lavender and neroli.
When you look up soap making recipes on the internet, you may find a good number of these in the ingredient list- vitamin E, zinc oxide, citric acid, camphor powder, stearic acid, witch hazel, lye, soy lecithin, talc, sodium bicarbonate etc.
Simple Green Tea Soap
This soap recipe is wonderful for beginners, and yields impressive results. To construct this soap, you’ll need-
- 134 gms lye
- 380 gms distilled water steeped with green tea
- 150 gms castor oil
- 150 gms coconut oil
- 100 gms olive oil
- 300 gms palm oil
- 300 gms shea butter
- A few drops of your favorite essential oil
Heat the distilled water to a high temperature, preferably until boiling and slowly and carefully, mix the lye into the water and keep stirring gently. Take it off heat and allow it to cool till it reaches around 80 degrees centigrade. In another container, mix together all the remaining ingredients, and slowly pour them into the lye-water mixture; blending it gently till the solution becomes thick.
Once the solution appears uniform and thick enough, pour it into moulds and allow it to set. Your home-made soaps are ready!