An adventure in Soapmaking.
The thing with soap is- it goes on the body, not in the body, so if soap is loaded with chemicals and toxic ingredients, they just wash right off, right? That’s what I always thought, anyway.
Unfortunately, that is far from the truth. The epidermis, being the largest organ in the body absorbs everything we slather on it. After reading about skincare over the years, I came to the conclusion that if you wouldn’t put it in your mouth, then you probably shouldn’t put it on your skin. Since high quality skin care prodcuts can get pretty pricey, I took a stab at making my own. It turned out to be a very simple project that took me about half hour to make one large batch of soap. You don’t need any fancy equiptemtnt, either. Just get a good quality organic Melt and Pour Base. The best soap supplies are at www.brambleberry.com.
This is good place to start if you’re wondering about skin care products;
If you’re wondering about making real, good, wholesome soap, here’s how to do it…
Honey Oat Soap
8 oz. melt and pour organic base from www.BrambleBerry.com
1 Tbls honey
1 Tble oats
Melt the base in a double broiler on low. Be careful not to let it get past 160 degrees or it may become cloudy. If you don’t have a double broiler, put a small pot on top of a larger pot filled with hot water. Keep the pot covered to keep in the moisture.
Once it is completely melted, add the honey and stir gently. Pour into the mold (I used another Pyrex glass baking dish). Sprinkle the ground oats on top of the soap. Oats and honey are both natural moisturizers, and have a healing component for dry, irritated skin. When oats are sprinkled on top, they act as an exfoliator.
I believe you are supposed to spray the top of the soap with alcohol to reduce the bubbles in the soap, but I forgot to do this step, and I put the oats on top, anyway!
Let cool for at least 3 hours and cut into bars.
Wrap each bar with wax paper and check out some creative packaging ideas in the next post.