Homemade Soaps: Do Something Good For Your Skin

Posted on Wednesday 25 November 2009

There are many problems with most mass produced soaps on the market today. Perhaps through your own experience, you have noticed problems with your soap, or perhaps through research you have done or word of mouth, you would like to start treating your skin better. Learning to make homemade soap offers many benefits, and solves many of the problems present in commercial soap products.

Commercial soaps are bad for your skin and the environment: rather than being soap, they’re usually detergents, which are petroleum-based products. Because they aren’t really soap, they have the tendency to dry your skin with their harsh chemicals. Also, when buying commercial soaps, it’s often difficult or impossible to tell whether the soap was tested on animals, and whether such tests were conducted in an ethical manner.

Another of the huge problems with commercial soaps is the possibility that it was tested on animals, and whether such tests were conducted ethically. However, if you make your own soap, you know exactly what’s gone into making it, and often times you can make your soaps with environmentally friendly ingredients.

Homemade soaps can be tailored to your specific needs or tastes. Whatever the specific fragrance is your prefer, be it lilac or cinnamon, you can include it and produce a soap perfect for you. You can also exclude specific ingredients you know react negatively with your skin.

Making soap is also a great creative project, one that lets you use your imagination as you combine ingredients, fragrances, and colors. Homemade, handmade soaps also make great gifts, and it gives you a chance to learn how to make something which is essential to our lives, but which many people take for granted.

One easy soap making recipe uses only lye, purified water, olive oil, coconut oil, and grape seed oil. The basic procedure is to make a mixture of lye and water, and a separate mixture of all the oils. The two mixtures are then combined when they are at the same temperature – about 110F. The lye-water mixture will require some cooling, while the oils will require some heating. Then the combined mixture is mixed with a blender until it is the right consistency and finally poured into molds.

Isn’t that easy? Remember, however, to handle the lye carefully: lye is very caustic, and can harm your skin and eyes if you aren’t careful. It’s best to do some research on how to handle it, use care, and make sure to use gloves, goggles, and a thick apron to help make sure that you’re protected.

Making soap is a fun, easy, creative project that can help expand your imagination, help you and your family stay healthier, and also help the environment by keeping toxic chemicals out. There’s no reason not to give it a try!

Jen Hopkins has worked in the skin care industry for years. She maintains websites about organic soap making, and making organic soap. If you want to contact her, you can use the contact form at one of her sites.

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