Our bodies serve us well in many ways. It seems unfair to mistreat them with commercial chemical soaps. That is why pure and natural soap is a great alternative. Pure and natural soap does not dry out or irritate your skin. It adds to a soothing gentle massage during washing. It can be like an aromatic “facial” for your whole body.
You can purchase many brands of organic soaps. However, some of these brands can be a little pricey, so it is a good idea to do some comparison-shopping to find the soap you want at a price you can accept. Although these soaps may be a little more expensive, just remember, your skin will benefit and you are taking a step that leaves a smaller carbon footprint.
For a real treat and a little nostalgia, why not make your own organic soap just like Grandma did? Here is a brief recipe for making soaps.
The ingredients you will need include: water, lye (sodium hydroxide), base fat and aromatic oil. You can also add scrubbing agents like brown sugar, sea salt or crushed apricots, all of which add to the aromatic pleasures of pure and natural soaps.
Add 12 ounces of lye slowly to three cups of water in an enamel or glass pan, stirring well with a wooden spoon. When mixed, let this sit for a few hours to cool. Next, you add 48 ounces of base fat and mix well. Then add the other ingredients you choose to add to get the texture and aroma you desire. Once mixed thoroughly, let the soap stand for two days and then cut into bars. These you should let stand for a few days before using.
It may seem like a lot of effort for pure and natural soap, but your body and skin will be very grateful.
Younger generations in Dubai are always looking for new and inventive ways to be more eco friendly and cost saving. One of the best ways to do this is to make your own natural soaps at home. By doing this, you will need some supplies but you also get to choose what fragrance, if desired, and what quantity you would like to produce.
By making your own natural soaps at home you can help to keep chemical exposures down on you and your family and also it helps your piece of mind knowing all of the ingredients are natural and healthy and not harmful.
Soap making is a lengthy process but the quantities you make in one sitting could be beneficial to your skin and your pocketbook. All soaps are started from some type of oil. Normally a palm oil, olive oil or even coconut oil is mixed together with water and lye. The lye and water would be heated separately from the chosen oil and then when the final temperature is met by both they are combined together. You would want to stir or whisk this mixture until you are able to see stir lines on the top.
The best way to describe this is when you are making a pancake batter and the batter forms a raised line on top when a spoon is drug across it. That is the consistency you are looking for. Once this consistency is achieved this is when you would want to add any of the natural sources that you have collected to make the soap your own. For example, you can add beeswax to make it smooth or even cocoa butter to soften the skin. To make a successful natural soap though, you want to make sure to only use natural ingredients.
Once you have instilled the additives that you selected then you would want to pour the soap mixture into pre-greased molds. Normally the molds are brick shaped or tubular and you would want to make sure that they are greased with a vegetable oil to make sure when removed from the molds that they slide out easily without breaking. The soap mixture needs to be left in the molds to form for about 24 to 4 hours.
During this time the soap will go through many changes, for example, it may darken in color or even begin to bubble and turn warm. This is what happens when the lye/water/oil mixture is set to rest after being emulsified together. This setting period is what neutralizes the soap and allows it to set into the chosen mold. Once again, it is extremely important to remember to oil the molds because if you don’t you will not be able to remove the soap from the molds easily to continue onto the next steps.
You will need to have a cool, dry place established ahead of time to let your soap sit after you have released it from its mold. The soap can be cut into any shape you desire and then needs to be placed on wire racks lined with preferably wax paper, and then set in the dry, cool, dark place to cure.
The entire curing process will take anywhere for 3 to 8 weeks. But once this curing process is complete and the soap has dried out any moisture that was left then you will have a finished product. Most people are relieved knowing that what they are washing their bodies and faces with is healthy and not harmful to the community. This is an invaluable lesson that can be passed on for generations to come.