I’m going to start with something that’s a bit of an opinion, but probably something that you’ll agree with me on: Natural is always better.
Especially when it comes to products that you’re using on your own skin. You never know what kind of chemicals are packed into that stuff and how you’re skin will react to it.
It’s not worth the complications you could cause. Anything from eczema to dermatitis, rashing and a whole host of other issues, you just never know how you could be affected.
If you go natural with things such as the soap you use, you can eliminate the possibility of a lot of these issues.
So with that in mind, let’s discuss a good method to putting together a simple, natural soap. First things first, here’s the ingredients list:
- 12 oz olive oil.
- 2.5 oz coconut oil.
- 1.5 oz castor oil
- 2 oz food grade lye
- 4.5 oz distilled water
You’ll also need a silicone loaf mold for this. Try and get one that’s about 4-5 inches and you’ll get four bars of soap out of it.
Pretty straightforward list of stuff here but at the same time, you’re packing an awful lot of value into this concoction.
Aside from just having a natural soap, there’s benefits to each of these ingredients individually. Coconut oil in particular is good for your health in a huge variety of ways.
The first thing that you’re going to want to do here is make the lye solution. You don’t want this on your skin in its natural state so wear goggles, gloves and keep your arms covered.
Fill the distilled water into a large stainless steel pitcher, you could also use something that’s heavy duty plastic but just make sure it’s not tupperware or aluminium.
These materials tend not to react too well to a lyre solution but going the stainless steel route shouldn’t lead to much problems.
Slowly sprinkle the lye into the water all the while stirring it with a spoon or spatula that’s also either heavy duty plastic or stainless steel.
Do this until the lye is completely dissolved in the water. This is going to get very hot and very fumey, so be sure to leave a window open.
You might even want to wear a mask if you’re concerned about inhaling too much of these fumes. They don’t last for too long though so you should be okay.
You can now allow the lye solution to cool down for about a half and hour and get to work on the next phase of the process.
You’ll need to melt the coconut oil first, and you can do this by placing it in a pot over a low heat. This shouldn’t take too long, but while it’s melting you can get to the castor and olive oil.
Mix these two into heat-resistant soap making pot and then pour the coconut oil in once that one is good and melted.
The temperature of this mixture should rise instantaneously and you’re looking at it being about 100F. Give this a bit of a stir just so that all of the oils are well blended together.
Now you can add in the lyre solution which by this stage should be fairly well cooled down. The best course of action now is to get an immersion blender at this mixture.
Start off by using a stick though, just stir the solution for a about a minute and then get the blender running. Go back and forth between these.
Let the blender run for a minute, then stir for a minute, blend for a minute, stir for a minute and do this back and forth about five or six times.
This will prevent any build-up of air bubbles in the soap and you also won’t be overusing the blender.
At this point you can add in something to give the soap a little bit of a scent. But again, make sure it’s something natural.
To reap the benefits of a natural skin care product, every element must be natural in its own right.
Try something like lavender maybe. That’s always a reliable scent for soap. Mixing in a single tablespoon of it should do the trick.
So now it’s ready for you to pour it into the mold. You’re pretty much finished at this stage. Empty the mixture into the mold, cover it with a layer of freezer paper first and then a towel.
This is to hold in the heat because you’re not heating up this mixture anymore after it’s gone into the loaf mold.
Keep an eye on it anyway to make sure that it’s not cracking. If you do spot any cracks, move it to somewhere colder but don’t take the paper or towel off.
You’ll be leaving it covered for 24 hours so you’ll have to be sure to check it several times during this period. Once 24 hours are up you can take off the coverings and leave it for two more days.
By now it will be firm enough that you can remove it from the mold with ease. Slice it into the four individual bars and then leave it to cure for 4-6 weeks.
Then it will be good to use. There is an awful lot of waiting with this particular recipe but it’s well-worth it and four bars should last you for a while.
As you can see, this is a bit time-consuming but overall it’s a very simple method and the end result is an all-natural soap.
Soap is something that we use every single day and so switching to a natural alternative is great for your skin. It’s also a good place to start if you want go fully natural with your skin care.