I never imagined I’d be posting how to make your own soap, but hey why not! It’s Friday and while most of you are probably excited for the weekend to start in a few hours, I’ve still got a few days to go!
The nature of my job means I work 2 weeks in a row and then I get 1 week off, phew! There are plenty of pros and cons working away in the mines. For me, one of the biggest pros is making a difference to peoples lives in what can be a very challenging environment at times. I teach a variety of group fitness classes, including; spin, core, boxfit and a stretch class which is more or less my own version of yoga (self taught). Plus we run health/injury seminars and guide people to making healthy food choices while they’re away from home.
The downfalls are the early starts (sleep deprivation), not enough greens, food is pre-prepared (a bonus if you hate cooking) and kazillion flies that land on your face every day in summer.
The other negative that sparked my interest in soap making is the harsh water and the soap that is provided in your accomodation. It’s a no brainer that a combo of harsh water and super anti-bacterial soap leaves you feeling and looking like an alligator. I hate to think what’s in the soap, so I decided to make my own at home.
If your new to the soap making world, I recommend you do what I did and start with a beginners kit like this one here:
Saponification is a process that produces soap, usually from fats and lye. Here I am blending the two together until the consistency is thicker.
What you put on your skin is just as important as what you put in your body.
I’m no expert in cosmetics, skin or the ingredients used to create any of the beauty products that flood the industry. I am just very skeptical when it comes to beauty products, or any man-made product for that matter!
Our skin absorbs up to 60% of everything we lather on it. Moisturisers, deodorants, make-up, shampoo & conditioner, after-shave, anti-aging everything, anti-cellulite everything plus soaps that promise to get rid of 99.9999% germs and bacteria. Every time we use these products we are allowing a long list of man-made ingredients into our bodies.
But they wouldn’t sell it if it were harmful, you say? How do we really know? A day, week or month in a laboratory doesn’t cut it in my eyes. What happens when we apply these ingredients to our skin everyday over a lifetime?
Your safest bet is to make your own, or at least only choose natural products that you could literally eat. It doesn’t actually take long, the only time consuming part is waiting for the soap to set for a few days before you cut it.
The kit comes with:
- coconut oil
- macadamia oil
- rice bran oil
- castor oil
- cocoa butter
- essential oils (milk & honey is YUM)
- shredded loofah to add for roughage
Obviously you could buy all these oils in bulk and save a bit of moolah. I started with the kit to begin with in case it was a disaster! Once you’ve got the hang of it you can start adding all sorts of natural goodies to your soap. I used rolled oats but you can add clay, ground nuts, flower petals and I’m pretty sure I read someone using leftover vegetable scraps from their juicer!?
You can use a knife, or use a special cutting tool like this one.
Images: Jeremy Thorns