Elderflower & Lavender Soap Recipe

This is a recipe for an old school skin smoothing soap with elderflowers and lavender infusions. This recipe only takes thirty minutes to steep and we have a few substitution ideas if sunflower oil is not your thing. Like most recipes you will prepare the oil, do necessary measuring, and pour your final product into a mold. You can add cocoa butter to help harden the mixture. lavender essential oil can make a nice replacement for rosemary and bergamot oil.

Key Takeaways:

  • Taking all necessary precautions, stir lye into a homemade tea made from fresh or dried elderflowers.
  • Five oils are used: refined cocoa butter, coconut oil, sunflower oil, olive oil and castor oil.
  • Use a trace amount of essential oil of lavender and (if desired) bergamot and rosemary.

“If you don’t have bergamot and rosemary essential oil to create the suggested scent blend, try using 35 grams of lavender essential oil instead.”

Read more: https://lovelygreens.com/elderflower-lavender-soap-recipe/

Soapmaking Books to Create Your Own Handmade Soaps

There are tons of tutorials and other resources online for making soap. This works for some people but books still take the cake for being an all in one resource that doesn’t leave anything out. I have a few recommendations based on my own experience. Simple and Natural Soapmaking by Jan Berry has a lot of great palm-free recipes. The Soapmaker’s Companion by Susan Miller Cavitch goes into depth with making cold pressed soaps as well as other great similar products like laundry soap. Read the rest of the list for more recommendations.

Key Takeaways:

  • Jan Berry is a longtime soap-maker that also goes by the sobriquet the nerdy farm wife.
  • Berry is a teacher, herbalist, author and of course veteran soap creator.
  • Berry’s tome, Simple and Natural Soap-making, is the book to get tips and techniques for creating handmade cold process soaps.

“I particularly love that Professor Dunn shows you how to make small single bar quantities of soap for testing purposes and encourages you to experiment to see how various fatty acid profiles in oils create different qualities of soap.”

Read more: https://onemotivatedmommy.com/soapmaking-books-to-create-your-own-handmade-soaps/

Aloe Vera and Cucumber Handmade Soap

Some of us had Grandmothers who raised their own Aloe plants that we would use any time we had sun burn. While we sometimes take for granted the thought of producing our own crops, we can make our own Aloe Vera and Cucumber hand soap with just a few ingredients and a little time. We will prepare the lye water then prepare the cucumber and aloe vera juice. We’ll use a scale, some mixing dishes, and a mold to complete our soap.

Key Takeaways:

  • Aloe vera is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and is great for mositurizing the skin. It also can even help regenerate collagen.
  • You can use any fragrance or essentail oil that you want in order to add a pleasant scent to your handmade soap.
  • To make this soap you will need coconut oil, olive oil, palm oil, castor oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, distilled water, sodium hydroxide, aloe vera juice and essential oils.

“Aloe vera has so many beneficial properties. It is packed with numerous vitamins, minerals, enzymes and more!”

Read more: https://onemotivatedmommy.com/aloe-vera-and-cucumber-handmade-soap/

Oat & Shea Hand Lotion

You can make your own DIY Oat && Shea hand lotion by following these easy steps. This lotion is real nice if you’ve been washing your hands or using a ton of hand sanitizer because of the COVID pandemic. We’ll use soothing natural ingredients like Aloe Vera and Vitamin B5. All we need to make this lotion is the ingredients listed as well as a scale, a syringe, mixing dish, measuring dish, and a place to hold the contents when we’re done.

Key Takeaways:

  • Months of hand sanitizing and assiduous washing will leave hands dehydrated and undernourished. They need revamping.
  • One possible solution is a lotion with an oil phase which includes nourishing apricot kernel oil.
  • Shea butter and cetyl alcohol, a blend of creamy and silky textures, round out the vitamin rich base of the cream.

“For soothing ingredients, we’ve got some lovely things; aloe vera juice, panthenol (Vitamin B5), colloidal oatmeal, allantoin. Not only are all of these ingredients soothing, but we’ve also got some anti-inflammatory, anti-irritation, moisturizing, and healing-boosting benefits as well. All great things for dry, irritated hands!”

Read more: https://www.humblebeeandme.com/oat-shea-hand-lotion/

Swirled Mantra Cold Process Soap Design

Making a swirled manta cold process soap is fun and allows you to be creative with different ingredients and colors. For this recipe you will need coconut oil, shea butter, olive oil, avocado oil, rice bran oil, sodium hydroxide and water. When you prepare your lye solution it’s important to take safety precuations. Use goggles and gloves and make sure you’re in a well ventilated area when creating the solution. After you are done creating the soap, let it harden for 24-48 hours and cure it for 4-6 weeks before using.

Key Takeaways:

  • For this recipe you need coconut oil, shea butter, olive oil, avocado oil, rice brain oil, water and sodium hydroxide.
  • To prepare your lye safely, make sure you prepare it in a well ventilated area and you wear gloves and goggles.
  • The soap needs to harden for 24-48 hours and then it needs to be cured for 4-6 weeks before you can use it in the shower.

“One third is a tiger stripe pour in bright colors and two thirds is a solid color.”

Read more: https://www.lovinsoap.com/2020/06/swirled-mantra-cold-process-soap-design/