Using soap is an important part to keeping things clean, whether it’s a pile of dishes, a heap of laundry or our own bodies. While consumers have been using soap products for quite some time, it hasn’t been until recently that organic soaps have become a popular alternative. These organic soaps are much better for our lives and for our bodies, as they do not contain any harmful chemicals and instead are made from all-natural ingredients.
The downside to choosing organic products is that the prices are steep, which can be difficult if you’re already on a tight budget. Fortunately, you can make organic soap on your own for a fraction of the price. Not only do you save money, but you know exactly what’s going into the soap and can choose the different scents and oils based on your mood and personal preference.
The Difference between Organic and Regular Soap
Everyone knows that the term organic represents something good, pure and natural. Yet many consumers are still unable to tell what sets something organic apart from something non-organic. Regarding soap, organic products are free of chemicals and dyes, which can cause long-term effects over time. Some of these chemicals are known for actually damaging skin, causing wrinkles and dry skin. In addition, organic soaps do not have artificial ingredients added that can leach into your body.
There are further benefits to choosing organic soap beside the obvious. With natural soap products, you can choose essential oils that have positive effects on the mind and body. For example, a soothing eucalyptus scent is great when you’re suffering from a cold, while relaxing lavender is perfect for a calming effect. Not only will you get a great clean, but you can also benefit from feeling soothed and at ease.
Gather Your Ingredients
Before getting started, you will need your soap making ingredients. These vary depending on the particular recipe you use, but in general you will need an organic soap base, along with essential oils and fragrances. For example, try pure cocoa butter, coconut oil and olive oil, mixed with a variety of herbs. Or you can choose beeswax mixed with vegetable oils and herbs.
In order to guarantee that the products you are putting into your soap are organic, be sure to buy your products from health food stores or online that only sell products that are 100% certified organic. Otherwise, read the ingredients on the label and make sure that everything in the soap bases and oils are organic. To complete your ingredients, you will need soap molds. Choose from standard rectangular molds or opt for something creative, such as hearts or candy cane shapes.
Combine Your Ingredients in a Crock Pot
To make your soap, you will need to combine your ingredients over an indirect heat, such as that from a crock pot or boiler. Melt together the soap base of your choice, such as beeswax or cocoa butter, and add the vegetable oils. You can then add the essential oils, fragrances and herbs once the soap base is melted. Once the ingredients are combined in the crock pot, you can pour the mixture into the soap molds. It is best to let the molds sit for about 24 hours, while they cool and harden and will then be ready to use. After 24 hours, you can pop the soap of the molds and you are ready to get washing!
It won’t take long before you notice the effect on your skin, as organic soap begins working immediately. This easy process will have you enjoying soap making, which comes in handy when looking for unique gifts or creative party favors.