Essential Oils Soaps
Some people never think much about soap, but for those with dry, rough skin, the type of products you use on your larger organ can make a big difference in how you feel. A common problem is dry skin. Dry skin can be caused by exposure to the elements like the sun or the wind; some people are naturally more likely to have dry skin too. When looking for ways to hydrate the skin, many turn to lotions, which will help, but also makes a big difference when selecting a non-drying soap, such as essential soap. Essential soap not only works to prevent dry skin, but it also smells wonderfully fragrant a bonus.
The essential oils used in essential soaps are derived from plants. Some plants, like herbs, are especially notable for their essential oils, which are expressed from plants and are the concentrated essence of the plant. This is where the aroma of your favorite essential oil soaps comes from. You can choose a variety of essential oil soap fragrances, such as cedar soap or peppermint bar soap, to name just a few tempting options. Imagine starting your day by washing your hands and face with an invigorating peppermint bar soap and taking a relaxing bath with cedar soap to relax at the end of the day. A simple luxury soap, but with essential oils, it is affordable and beneficial for the skin.
Essential soaps that contain lush vegetable and fruit oils are what people with dry skin will want to look for when buying soap. When coconut and palm oils are used in the creation of essential oil soaps, a by-product produced by those two oils is glycerin. Glycerin is very hydrating for the skin and can help rehydrate it after the sun, and the dry wind has affected it.
Best Essential Oils for Soaps and Descriptions
The list of different essential oils that are used in soaps and Walmart links so you can purchase them.
Choose an essential oil that suits the requirements of your skin; you can always substitute your essential oil ingredients for others that are more suitable, more affordable, or simply one that you already have.
Lavender essential oil
headaches, stress, insomnia, minor burns, rashes, lower blood pressure Pain-relieving. Basil essential oil: antibacterial, headaches, mental alertness, fatigue, stress, menstrual pain (combines well with lemon and fennel).
Lemon essential oil
cellulite, oily skin, antibacterial, asthma, and other respiratory conditions.
Patchouli essential oil
tightens pores, fights wrinkles, and mobilizes cellulite, stress relief, insomnia, relaxant, acne, eczema, psoriasis, sores, and minor burns (combines well with lavender and sandalwood).
Sandalwood essential oil
calms the mind and spirit, oily skin, calms irritated skin and is an aphrodisiac for men. (It combines well with lavender and sandalwood).
Spearmint essential oil
soothes the skin, calms, and calms the bellies.
Lemongrass essential oil
toner for skin, oily skin, fatigue, muscle aches, and gastric infections (pairs well with tea tree and lavender).
Tea tree essential oil
antifungal, acne, skin tonic. (It pairs well with spearmint, sandalwood, lavender, and eucalyptus.)
Juniper berry essential oil
cellulite, uplifting (pairs well with lavender, patchouli, and sandalwood).
Fennel essential Oil
Diuretic, circulation. Cleaning oil, indigestion, and gas. (It combines well with lavender, lemon, basil, and sandalwood).
Cypress essential oil
diuretic, varicose veins, circulation, cough, and colds. (Pairs well with lavender, sandalwood, and patchouli)
How to make the Soaps?
Soap making is becoming a very popular home business. I guess it is because it is quite easy to do and you only need a small amount of investment. You don’t need to start big to get into soap making; Simple little steps are all you need to take to succeed in this business.
But first, you must learn how to make soaps. And then, once you’ve honed the craft, you can now explore new ways to improve your soap. One of the ways to improve your homemade soap is to get into the making of essential oil soap. This simply means using essential oils to improve the overall quality of your homemade soap.
There are several oils from which you can choose. But I have my favorites. And this is what I will share with you in this article. I will try to help you create your version of essential oil products that will improve your overall wellness. So, let’s start with the basics, the knowledge of oils, and their multiple uses.
The next essential oil that you can add to your soap is mint. Although peppermint has become popular as a food ingredient, it’s also good to know that it can be a very effective soap-making additive.
One of its many known uses is that it can alleviate various types of aches throughout the body and is the only oil that can truly reduce headaches. It has been found that peppermint can help a person recover from jet lag by turning their natural time clock back to normal. So by putting this powerful essential oil in your soaps, you can get all of these benefits in one.
Another popular essential oil worth looking at is cedarwood. Do you know that it has a unique name among essential oil enthusiasts? It is known as the oil of “harmony.” One of its many benefits is that it is an aid in curing impotence. So how’s that for an essential oil use? Not surprisingly, cedar is a popular masculine scent, used primarily in soaps and other personal care products intended for men. But it can also be beneficial for women, as this can help alleviate asthma symptoms.
These are just three essential oils that you can use for your soap-making project. But I’m sure once you get familiar with other types of oils, you can add more to your collection of essential oils for making soaps.
Recipes of how to make Soaps
Soap making is much easier than most people think. The best reason to use homemade soap is because of the natural ingredients used. Natural soap with healing essential oils is much milder than most commercial products.
There are many soap making books out there. I avoided making soap for years because I had the idea that it was difficult to do. I kept having this image from old movies showing pioneers stirring a large black pot from an outdoor fire. No! It is easy. I like to make soap with small molds and give them away. I just made a batch of heart-shaped soaps to give to my friends at work for Valentine’s Day. It was very easy to do, and they were very welcome and appreciated.
First, the recipe, and then I have some tips for you. This soap recipe makes a small batch. Once you get used to it, you may want to do more at once.
8 ounces glycerin soap
One 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 that can then be put in the microwave. Microwave at high temperature for 30 seconds. Stir gently. Put the mug in the microwave for 30 seconds and stir gently. Do this until all the soap is melted. For this amount of soap, it will probably take you 4-5 times. Add your choice of essential oils to the soap mix, and then pour the mix into molds. Let this set in for a couple of hours. About 20 minutes before you’re ready to remove the soap from the molds, put them in the freezer – this will help them come out of the molds easily.
If you don’t use molds, you can use a square skillet, and then you can cut the soap into the shape you want to have hardened.
As the mixture melts, stir with a knife. This helps avoid bubbles. If a film accumulates on top, I only use the knife to remove the film. Cleaning is easy. When I started making soap, I thought it would be a disaster like making candles, but soap is very easy to clean afterward.
Check with your aromatherapist to see what essential oils can be recommended for your particular needs. Honestly, my thought is that the heat of the soap will deter the therapeutic effects of essential oils, but not the aroma. The scent is what I like about soap making.
More and more people learn to make soap at home. Not only is it a fun hobby, but homemade soap is much better for your skin, and doing it at home can save you money! It is not often that something can be fun, good for you, and save money. The good news is that you can learn how to make soap and have your first batch ready to go very quickly.
The first thing you will need to do is to gather the equipment you will need.
- A glass or stainless steel pot
- 2 – 3 plastic jugs (CLEARLY marked as poison)
- Plastic or wooden spoon
- “Kitchen” rubber gloves
- Some measuring cups and spoons
- Mixer (VERY useful!)
- a digital scale
- Soap mold (PVC pipe will do)
- Large bucket or Tupperware container for ice water
- Liquid/caramel thermometer
- Safety glasses
Some of this equipment (such as a bar mixer) is not necessary, but it is very useful to facilitate and speed up the process. All of this equipment can be purchased at a local or online grocery or hardware store.
Now that we’ve covered the kit, it’s time to make sure you have all the ingredients you need to make your soap. Specific ingredients will vary depending on the recipe, but here are some of the basics:
- Distilled water
- Coconut or palm oil
- Olive oil
- Essential oils (vary according to the recipe)
- Herbs (vary according to the recipe)
Frankly, you can make soap out of nothing but water, bleach, and olive oil. It just won’t be very luxurious or interesting. The other ingredients add health benefits to your skin and aromatherapy benefits to your entire body.
Finally, after you’ve gathered your equipment and ingredients, it’s time to make some soap! The first steps are:
Find a recipe
Choose a simple beginner recipe for your first two batches. After that, you can experiment with more complex recipes and even start creating your own.
Make sure you have enough time.
Clear 3-4 hours so you can make the soap without interruption. It may not take you that long, but you need to make sure you don’t have to leave in the middle of the process.
Gather your equipment and ingredients in the same area.
I make soap in my kitchen, so I clean the counter of everything and then fill it with my soap and ingredients, making equipment before I start. I also pour some ice water in my large bowl. Approximately 3 to 4 inches is good.
Now place your bleach/water mixture in the ice bath. Let it sit while you measure the hard oils in your recipe. Put these in your pot over medium heat. Melt them, stirring occasionally. As they melt, measure your essential oils and herbs and set them aside for later.
Once the hard oils are completely melted (meaning there are no lumps left), remove the pan from the heat. Check your bleach mix to see if it’s between 100 and 120 degrees. Once that’s the case, you simply have to wait for your melted oils to reach the same temperature range.
Once the oils and lye mixture is in the same temperature range, it’s time to slowly pour the lye mixture into the oils. Add a figure-eight move while doing this. Once the bleach mixture is in all the oils, use the mixer in a medium to mix them.
After about 5 to 10 minutes, start checking your soap mixture for traces. To do this, lift the blender from the soap and gently shake the mixture on the surface. If it leaves visible traces, you have reached the trace. This normally takes 5 to 15 minutes to accomplish when using a bar mixer. When you are not using a bar mixer, it can take 45 minutes to an hour.
When you have reached the trail, add your essential oils and herbs to the soap. Mix another 2-3 minutes, and then pour the soap into your soap mold.
Cover this mold with plastic or cloth (like an old towel) and leave it alone for 48 to 72 hours. After this, remove the soap and cut it into bars with a sharp knife or a miter box. Now that you have bars, all you have to do is leave them in one place to cure for 4 to 6 weeks. Then you will have usable soap!
Safety – there are more safety concerns with making soaps
The scents of most soap depend on the fragrance oils or essential oils used in the soap. Fragrance oils are often synthetic, which is less than ideal for those who want all-natural soap. Essential oils made from plants and are completely natural, yet they are much more potent and can give soap certain properties. Soaps made with these oils are soaps that carry the fragrance of the oil, but essences are also a way to improve the characteristics of the soap.
Essential oils are commonly used to give a therapeutic soap property, specifically aromatherapy. The scent of these oils can calm, invigorate, relax, and soothe a person while enjoying their bath. Oils are also often used to give the soap a property that will add to the consumer’s benefits. For example, tea tree oil, which has antibacterial properties, can help make natural antibacterial soap. It can also make soap ideal for treating acne.
There are many different types of essential oils for soap making, leading to many different types of soap. However, care must be taken when working with these oils because they can be volatile, so they should be kept away from heat and should always be sealed properly. Very expensive oils should be kept in the refrigerator. Not only will this make it last longer, but it’s also likely to be expensive because it’s pure.
In addition to being volatile, these oils are also very powerful. This means that you should ideally wear gloves when mixing and wash your hands after each use. It is important to have nothing in the eyes, and if you do, wash your eyes immediately. When mixing, be sure to mix in small batches and always mix essential oils with a fixed oil. This will ensure that your mix is not overwhelming and will also ensure that your final product is skin safe.
Essential oils are often added before a soap mixture reaches the trail. Each batch of soap will only need a few drops of oil. In addition to making sure the aromas mix well, it’s also important to make sure that the oils don’t harm the soap, as it can sometimes do when mixed with certain ingredients. To avoid waste, run a few test batches and check the soap to see how well it reacts. When you’re not sure, study the various soap making recipes and see how oils mix with soap and in what amounts. This should give you a decent guide on how to use these oils.