Do you know why you should not use commercial soap? Well, commercial soap contains parabens – which are chemical preservatives that can damage your skin. Most commercial soaps also contain Phthalates, which cause skin cancer.
In addition, manufacturers also use petrochemicals in skincare products such as soaps and shampoos. Such products are not safe for use. Artificial coloring and synthetic perfume scents are linked to hormonal issues and allergies in both women and men.
So much so, we can give you hundreds of reasons about the unsafety of commercial soaps. On the other hand, you can use natural or homemade soap in order to protect yourself from harmful chemicals that can cause serious damages to your health.
Natural soap contains essential oils and nutrients that not only give you the desired hygiene but also keep you healthy and away from harmful chemicals.
Healthy oils are important ingredients in natural soap and are useful for people who have acne or oil-prone skin. For instance, grape seed oil, coconut oil, and olive oil moisturize and nourish your skin. They are also helpful in bringing back the PH to its normal levels.
Oatmeal, Aloe Vera, and Honey are organic and biodegradable ingredients used when you make natural soap. Companies that make natural soaps harvest, produce, or source these ingredients is a conscious and safe way.
Unlike chemicals, a consumer can easily comprehend the usefulness of these ingredients and determine better reasons for their usage in homemade soap.
How to Make Natural Soap
The making of soap involves a basic chemical reaction between oils or fats and lye.
This is it!
When you carefully choose a combination of quality essential oils, add your favorite fragrance, and swirl them in a lively colorant, you make a charming soap and most commercial soaps cannot even compete with it.
The basic equipment you need for making a natural soap are gloves, face mask, protective eyewear, stainless steel thermometer, hand blender, mixing bowls, stainless steel pot, measuring spoons and cups, silicone spatula, parchment paper, soap mold, and towel.
You need olive oil, coconut oil, coffee, lye (sodium hydroxide), oat bran, and coffee grounds. Make sure you don’t utensils or containers that come in contact with Lye for cooking or eating. You should only use them for making soaps in the future.
Measure 8.5 oz. coconut oil using a kitchen scale. Measure 12.5 oz. olive oil in bowl no.1 and 8 oz. coffee in the bowl no.2. Similarly, use a third bowl to measure 3.5 oz. Lye. Then, measure out 1/3 cup oat bran and 1 tablespoon coffee grounds in bowl no.4. Set aside.
Put on all protective great and make sure to use an area, which is well-ventilated. Then, add the lye (sodium hydroxide) to the coffee and keeping string until it is dissolved. (Note: you must add lye to liquid only).
Adding lye to coffee will start a chemical reaction. The mixture will get hot. So, set aside. Make sure your gloves remain on. However, you can remove your face mask and eyewear at this point.
Use low heat to melt the coconut oil so that there are no solid remains. Next, add olive oil to it. Check the temperature of these oils using a stainless steel thermometer. Then, compare the temperature with that of the lye solution. Adjust until they are within 100 and 110 degrees.
Pour the sodium hydroxide solution into the oils. Use a stick or hand blender to emulsify until the solution or mixture starts to thicken. Check whether the texture is resembling pudding.
If it is, you are on the right track. The process will take 8-12 minutes with a stick blender. Once you see that the soap has thickened, stir in the oat bran and coffee grounds with stainless steel spatula or spoon.
This step involves pouring the mixture into a soap mold. Moreover, it is important to lift and tap the mold – especially against the counter a couple of times in order to release bubbles.
Next, the process goes through insulation. You can do this by covering it with parchment paper and then wrapping the mold with a towel.
After 36-48 hours, you need to remove the towel. Take the soap out of it. Cut the soap into bars. Keep them in a well-ventilated and cool area for four weeks.
The soap is ready for use.
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