Homemade soap has excellent benefits for the skin, helping to ease conditions like eczema, psoriasis and acne. Soap making recipes are now widely available in book stores and on the internet and include hundreds of soap variations. Once you have grasped the basics of soap making, you can start making your own natural soap products using only those ingredients that you want to have in your soap.
Basic soap recipe ingredients:
Lye (sodium hydrochloride)
Fats and oils (lard, tallow fat, olive oil, coconut oil)
Fragrance oils and essential oils
Your chosen soap recipe should include the right type of fats or oils for you. Many soap making recipes use animal fats, but you can also use vegetable shortening. Various types of oil appear in soap recipes too. Olive oil helps make soap moisturizing, while coconut oil gives your soap a good lather effect. Other oils often seen in soap making recipes include almond oil, coconut oil and sunflower oil. When you’re making homemade soap, you must take care to use the correct combination of fats and oils as they have different “saponification” properties, so you can’t just substitute the same quantity of lard for olive oil, for example.
Fragrance oils and essential oils are the additives that give soap making recipes their appeal. Fragrance oils tend not to be so widely used in beginners soap making recipes as they contain alcohol and can interfere with the soap making process. Essential oils on the other hand, while a bit more expensive, are easier to use. Soap making recipes will usually tell you to add fragrance oils at the trace stage, although essential oils can be added earlier, with the base oils. Fragrance and essential oils come in a huge variety of scents and all have different aromatherapy and skin conditioning properties. Some of the soap making recipes you see today include these types of natural additives:
* Lavender soap making recipes; lavender is an essential aromatherapy oil said to have calming effects. It is also gentle on skin and acts as an insect repellent.
* Chamomile soap making recipes; with a gentle sweet scent, chamomile helps relieve stress and aid peaceful sleep.
* Citrus oil soap making recipes; lemon, orange and lime oils can give your soap a stimulating aroma and help you feel refreshed.
Of course, many of the aromatherapy and fragrance oils can be put together to create even more interesting soap making recipes. You can have a lot of fun playing around with the different scents and blends to come up with a perfect recipe for making your handcrafted soap!
Soap Making Recipes