DIY herbal soap has become very common in recent times, although Herbal soap has been pushed out of the limelight somewhat since the invention of synthetic soap-making processes, which tend to produce a cheaper and more consistent product.
However, there are still numerous reasons to make your own soap. You have power over the quality of the ingredients you use, so you know what the condition of your final product will be, and you can twerk your soap any way you like. You can guarantee that only natural ingredients are used and reduce the environmental impact from waste materials generated by the commercial soap industry. You can also save yourself from the severe side effects of synthetic alternatives. So, if you are convinced and excited to make your own herbal soap, read ahead.
DIY Herbal Soap
- 5 oz. palm kernel oil
- 8 oz. palm oil
- 2 oz. cocoa butter
- 6 oz. coconut oil
- 3 oz. castor oil
- 11 oz. olive oil
- 7 oz. sunflower oil
- 5 oz. soybean oil
- 4 oz. lye
- 15 oz. water
- 2 oz. lemongrass essential oil
- 2 oz. eucalyptus essential oil
- 5 tsp. steeped green tea leaves
- Green and yellow colorants (optional)
- Wooden ladle
- Plastic pail
- Mortar and pestle
- Glass or cup
- Cheesecloth or strainer
- Stainless steel cookpot
- Cutting board
- Soap molds
- Protective equipment (gloves, goggles, long pants, long-sleeved shirt, shoes and socks, apron)
- Boil the water, and double-steep the clean green tea leaves in it.
- Next, keep it aside to cool the tea completely; you can also plan on refrigerating it to cool it faster. (It is vital to make sure the tea is completely cool because the water and lye will generate a notable amount of heat when combined, and you don’t want the blend to boil over.)
- Next, properly strain the leaves out of the tea, and keep them aside.
- Wear protective equipment, which includes gloves, goggles, long shirt/pants, socks, shoes, and an apron.
- Mix the pure lye into the cold tea slowly, and keep it aside to cool down.
- Head and measure your solid oils until thoroughly melted. Add and measure the liquid oils to the melted oils.
- When both the oils and the lye are at about 120 °F, gently pour the lye extract into the oils.
- Stir it properly with a stick blender.
- Next, mix the soapy solution until it reaches a light trace. At trace, add in the eucalyptus and lemongrass essential oils and the tea leaves; blend them into the soap completely.
- Pour the ready raw soap into your mold and keep it aside for a day or until it has cooled off perfectly and is hard enough to cut.
- Next, please remove it from the mold and, using a sharp knife, slice it into bars. Keep it aside for around 21 days.
Package as desired, and your herbal soap is ready.
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