Essential Oils – Soap Recipes For Natural Clean
Soap making is much easier than most people think. The best reason for using homemade soap is because of the natural ingredients used. Natural soap with healing essential oils is much gentler than most commercial products.
There are lots of soap making books out there. I avoided making soap for years because I had the idea that it was hard to do. I kept having this image of old time movies showing pioneers stirring a big black pot over an outdoor fire. Not! It truly is easy. I like to make soap with small molds and give them for gifts to my friends at work. It was very easy to do, and they were very welcomed and appreciated.
First the recipe and then I have some tips for you. This soap recipe makes a small batch. Once you get the hang of it, you may want to make more at a time.
- 8 ounces glycerin soap
- 1 teaspoon of water
- 15-20 drops of essential oils (your choice)
I put the glycerin soap and water in a 16 ounce Pyrex measuring cup that has a pouring tip which can then be put into the microwave oven. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir gently. Put the cup back in the microwave for 30 seconds, and again stir gently. Do this until the soap is all melted. For this amount of soap it will probably take you 4-5 times. Add your choice of essential oils to the soap mixture, and then pour the mixture into molds. Let this set for a couple of hours. About 20 minutes before you are ready to remove the soap from the molds, put them in the freezer: this will help them easily pop out of the molds.
Now the purist (the ones who do not like microwaves) will have you use a double boiler and candy thermometer. If you use a double boiler, heat the soap and water until melted, and stir very gently, as vigorous stirring causes the soap to bubble. Heat to about 155 to 165 degrees F. Add the essential oils and gently blend them into the soap. Pour into molds.
If you don’t use molds, you can use a square pan, and then you can cut the soap to the shape you desire one it has hardened.
While the mixture is melting, I stir with a knife. This helps avoid bubbles. If a film collects on top, I just use the knife to skim the film off. When I first started making soap I thought it would make a mess like in candle making, but soap is very easy to clean up after.
Check with your certified aromatherapist to see which essential oils might be recommended for your particular needs. Honestly, since the oils are being added to the soap after removed from the heat, they will not deteriorate the therapeutic effectiveness of the essential oils, especially the aroma. The aroma is what I really like about soap making.
For the soap I made a blend called, “Summer Fun,” in which I added a blend containing bergamot, ylang ylang, geranium, rosewood, lemon, mandarin, jasmine, Roman chamomile, palmarosa, and rose. It smells heavenly! I put them in fun-shaped molds, and they were great.
Soap making is very versatile. You can also have fun experimenting with different essential oils or skin care products like honey or oatmeal.
About the Author: Judy Lausch
A registered nurse and a registered aromatherapist, Judy has a special interest in using essential oils in health care and prevention. For information about Judy and for ways to obtain her favorite essential oils, visit her Web page at: http://home.comcast.net/~judy922/site
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