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How to Make Soap that’s pH Skin-Friendly

How to Make Soap that Sits on the right pH Level?

“Mom, in this day and age, everything has a scientific basis,” my 8-year-old blurted out when I tried answering why peanut butter and jelly is yummy. Adorable, but the kid has a point. This made me think about the science behind how to make soap.

News, natural phenomena, even the existence of ghosts, is coupled with scientific explanations to rule out reason and invoke critical thinking. I deal with science every time I make soap recipes. Like when picking the right soap making supplies to match my oils. I can say I’ve had my fair share of lye burns when I fail to use a lye calculator properly.

Handmade soap can be hazardous to skin if consumers are misinformed and without scientific basis on how to make soap that is a perfect match for the skin’s pH level. 

Uhmm…  what is a pH again?

I know, it’s been ages since we were in school so, before anything else, let’s have a chemistry review!

pH means “potential of hydrogen” and specifies how basic or acidic a water-soluble substance is. It is measured by a scale from 0 to 14. Starting from 0 to 6 are acids like soda, lemon juice, vinegar, coffee, and milk (shocking, right?).

The golden number 7 is neutral ones such as pure water, river water, tap water and most spring water… yeah, it’s basically just water!  

Lastly, numbers 8 to 14 is on the alkaline or basic side. Examples of basic mixtures are ammonia, detergent, lime water (another shocker!), bleach, and lye. Read more about lye here!

This scientific knowledge is used to advance civilization from agriculture, better water supply, not to mention better-tasting beer, and of course, healthcare.

Fact: You are slightly acidic

We hear a lot of people saying they are acidic or on an alkaline diet, refusing to eat specific food and stuff. In reality, some parts of our body is naturally a bit acidic. Did you know that our saliva scores 6.5 to 7.5 in the pH meter? Did you also know that our digestive tract scales from 1.0 to 7 to properly dissolve food? That’s nearly the whole acidic plane!

You know what else is acidic? Our skin.

You read that right, sugar. Our skin has a thin, protective layer on its surface, referred to as the acid mantle. This acid mantle is made up of sebum (yes, the ones you hated as a teen) excreted from the skin’s sebaceous glands, which mixes with lactic and amino acids from sweat to create the skin’s pH, which ideally should be slightly acidic – at about 5.5.

The skin being acidic in nature complements the layer underneath that is our blood, which is slightly alkaline.

Coincidence? I think not!

Knowing your skin pH limits

Normal skin pH ranges from 4.5 to 6.5. Like everything else in the universe, your skin also needs balance. If it gets too much on the alkaline side, your skin becomes dry. If it’s too acidic, you get a bacterial infection. Easy math!

The acid mantle is actually the body’s first line of defense against viruses and bacteria. The mantle is also responsible for restructuring the skin from cuts and laceration.

Certain lifestyle choices like the food we eat, hygiene, our living conditions and the weather disrupt the mantle’s pH balance. With the exception of the weather, these factors are things that we can actually control!

pH and acne, related? *gasps*

Though experts don’t completely understand the cause of acne, a research in Rajasthan, India has revealed some main triggers. One of which is a pH imbalance.

The research involved observing 200 patients with acne and 200 healthy subjects who are 15 to 30 years old within the span of 23 months. Skin pH meters were used to measure pH levels of the test subjects’ chin, nose, cheeks, and forehead. The result showed that acne patients have significantly higher pH levels compared to the healthy subjects.

According to another study, excessive sweating from heavy exercise or being under the hot weather for long periods of time can increase the pH level of the skin. Sweating disrupts the acid mantle hence, bacteria that causes acne starts to thrive and infect the skin.

High levels of testosterone, unhealthy diet and poor cleanser choices are also factors that cause pH imbalance that leads to acne.

Is your skin pH balanced?

There are a couple of ways to know where your skin is on the pH scale:

First off, a pH meter. The study held in India used a skin pH meter. This hand-held device uses electrodes to measure the skin’s pH level. Don’t worry, it doesn’t hurt or causes cancer. It’s completely harmless!

Luckily, you don’t need to be in a chemistry lab to find one. Your nearest derma care clinic surely has an access to one like how a doctor has access to a stethoscope.

You can also find out your skin’s pH level with a pH pencil. It kinda looks like your retractable eyeliner but the difference is you buy it at Home Depot.

This pencil is a halochromic chemical compound. That means it changes colors depending on the pH level of the substance you rub it on. It comes with a color chart that shows you where exactly your skin is in the pH spectrum.

But setting all these technologies aside, the best way to really know is to ask your skin! Does it feel rough and dry? Is it a tad bit too oily? Does it feel itchy and appears flaky? Or does it have a burning sensation?

In this case, anything in between the extremes is your best case scenario. It has been demonstrated that skin with pH values below 5.0 are healthier, more hydrated, and have a stronger barrier function than those above 5.0.

Is your soap pH balanced?

 

Now that you know your skin better, let’s talk soap! Remember, a pH higher than 7 is considered basic or alkaline, and pH level of below 7 is acidic.

Cold process soap basically has a pH of around 9-10. This means they are alkalis. Now, we’ve been talking about how important it is to maintain the skin’s acid mantle. But rubbing alkalis on it will surely destroy that precious barrier! This doesn’t add up, does it?

Before you throw away your soap making supplies and commit to a soap-free lifestyle, let’s explore this topic a bit further.

Myth: Soap is bad… Busted!

 

As to the soap pH being alkaline… well, if it goes down any further it will cease to be soap.

Soap is made up of an alkali, such as caustic soda and caustic potash, and fatty acids from oils (correct, it is an acid).  When they get to know each other, they produce salt and glycerin, both of which are alkalis. Both of them are also good cleaning agents… the very reason why we use soap.

According to FDA, lye + oil = soap. So, any other formula like beauty bars, cleansers, etc. that doesn’t say “soap” is not soap!

However, some liquid soaps and body wash add citric acid to their mix so it can be milder, resulting in a more acidic soap pH level. For best results, use low-level pH soaps and/or soap making supplies!

Not everyone is created equal. We differ from each other and so is our body chemistry. Your skin’s pH level differs from your equally-gorgeous neighbors. That is why it is important to know where is your skin’s current standing on the pH scale.

Once you know, you can start either working your way from there or maintaining your already healthy skin.

To sum it all up…

Now that you know your skin pH level should be slightly acidic, it is only proper that you use low-level pH soaps to match so as to maintain the health and glow of your skin.

But using soap that is slightly alkaline will not completely disturb the pH level as it will be washed off with water.

So why is this sud science mumbo-jumbo important? Because we need this to find and make the best soap for our skin. Hooray for science!

Battlegrounds: Commercial vs Natural soap

 

There are many speculations and debates on this matter. We’ve provided some pros and cons on both commercial and natural soaps below. Why don’t you take a peek and decide for yourself which one is better? The battle is on!

Commercial Soap

 

For starters, let’s weigh the cons.

Commercial soaps contain harsh chemicals. It includes, but are not limited to:

  1. synthetic perfume made from benzene (carcinogen) to make the fragrance last longer;
  2. parabens that stop fungus and bacteria when applied to skin linked to breast cancer;
  3. petroleum that breaks the oil in the skin surface, therefore, stripping it from the natural oils the skin produces;
  4. artificial dyes that post risks of possible allergens and irritants to the skin; and
  5. plasticizers that disrupt the endocrine system resulting in a birth defect, cancer tumors, etc.

Commercial soaps are also mass-produced in big factories and that means a lot of environmental waste that makes Mother Earth sick and unhappy. And what about working conditions inside the factories?

These factors cut production costs, therefore, making them less expensive and more readily available at your local stores.

But that doesn’t take away the fact that most of the low pH cleansers and soaps are commercially made. Chemical engineers are modifying the company soap pH in their recipes to get the lowest possible pH levels for safer and skin-friendlier formulas using synthetic ingredients can be a health risk in the long run.

This is a two-faced coin that cannot exist without the other.

Natural Soap

 

Okay, time to knit-pick natural soaps!

Unlike commercial soaps, natural soaps are made of organic and locally-grown ingredients! Every batch of soap is made fresh, guaranteed! Plus, it has no artificial fragrance (because it’s all-natural aroma)!

Natural soaps are handmade so you can also expect high-quality products every time. It also supports local communities by outsourcing soap making supplies, thus providing people jobs without the environmental risk.

Natural soap makers are always happy to entertain questions and concerns consumers have about their handmade soap products. In fact, apothecaries that sell soap making supplies welcome customers to tour their soap making labs to show how to make soap, including freebies like soap making kits after the tour!

However, because natural soaps are organic and chemical-free, pH levels cannot be harnessed and the soaps produced are a little higher than the neutral 7. On the other hand, it has more glycerin that can put your oily skin at bay and more able to fight and treat acne and skin infections.

pH level of soap brands

 

Not because a soap says it’s “hypoallergenic” or “gentle” on the packaging means it’s safe. Not to mention, you want your soap to be as chemical-free as possible while still being acid mantle-friendly. Here are tips to ensure you’re buying and patronizing the right product.

When buying commercial soaps remember to always read the label and check out the ingredients. It’s best to use paraben-free and fragrance-free ones to decrease your skin’s exposure to chemicals.

When it comes to picking your handmade soap, it’s best to use soaps that are made using the hot process method. It is also good to pick milk-based soaps or with lots of olive oil for better chances of ending up with low pH levels that your skin will surely love!

Myth: Acidic soap exists. Confirmed!

Let’s say you decided on keeping it organic and chose natural soap instead of the commercial one. You may be thinking, “I’ll just make my own pH neutral soap!”

Debates in the soapmaking industry says that it is impossible. There can never be a natural soap made sitting exactly at the pH level of 7 because it will cease to be soap!

Remember, handmade soaps tend to be more alkaline and as an organic soapmaker, you do not and simply cannot have access to emulsifiers and other chemicals the big companies use.

So, how to make soap that is pH neutral?

But thou shalt not fret, my soap-making superstar! It’s not entirely impossible. The secret lies in the process, the ingredients, and the perfect natural soap recipe.

How to make soap pH-neutral?

 

Let’s set aside soap making kits and do these babies from scratch. Are you ready? Let’s get to it!

First off, the process.

 

If you want to make soap that has a low-level pH, use the hot process method. It’s basically cooking your lye and oil under a double boiler or a crock pot. This method speeds up saponification.

However, you have to keep an eye out when you’re boiling. Patience is definitely a must when using this process as heating your soap in longer durations will greatly lower the soap’s pH level. If using soap making kits, follow the instructions carefully.

You can also salt out an existing batch of soap you have previously made. This process includes boiling the soap scraps in lye and water, precipitating it in salt, filtering, and then finally drying the resulting product.

The second method requires a lot of effort and mastery. But if you’re up for the challenge then go for it, girl!

Bonus tip: If the soap turns out a bit clear or slightly transparent, it’s a good sign that it’s near to neutral.

Second, ingredients.

 

Using additives such as powdered goat’s milk, flaxseed oil, olive oil, or sunflower oil will also help lower the pH level.

But, the most important magic tip is to add citric acid. It’s one trick you can use from commercial soap makers. It is more effective if you add it after boiling lye and oil together. Your citric acid can be fresh lemon or lime juice! It also gives a really nice fragrance to your soap… always a good thing!

Next time you go shopping for soap making supplies, make sure to buy these in bulk!

Another bonus tip: The more oil or fatty acid present in the recipe the better the chances of low-level pH.

DIY pH-friendly soap recipes!

 

We’ve decided to pick out natural, handmade soap recipes that highlight the major factors in making skin pH-friendly soaps. The first recipe is focused mainly on ingredients… the classic castile soap.

Here’s a bit of a history lesson! Castile soap-making is a couple hundreds of years-old tradition that soap historians say to have originated from Castilla, Spain. This handmade soap continues to be produced and sold today centuries later. It’s that effective!

Through the decades, the formulation has only improved, giving castile soap the nickname “100% olive oil soap”.

Wondering why it’s worth a try? Por que no, it’s completely safe for both babies and pets… and of course our vegan-savvy friends and mighty earth warriors alike. It’s organic and environment-friendly because it’s free from artificial foaming agents.

Check out other how-to-make-soap tutorials and handmade soap recipes here!

So, without further ado, the recipe…

Crema de Brotes Castile Soap

 

Ingredients:

600 grams lavender and chamomile-infused olive oil

76 grams Lye

228 grams buttermilk (frozen on ice cube trays)

a handful of our dried lavender and chamomile buds

Procedure:

  • Put your buttermilk cubes in a glass bowl then slowly pour lye.
  • Wangle-jangle them well until it’s completely liquid. Pro tip: stir it vigorously like your life depended on it! It will give your soap a lower pH level.
  • Add the infused oil (that you can also make with these) and mix until it’s heavy.
  • Add your lavender and chamomile buds
  • Pour the mix into cute little molds like these ones.
  • Spray the top with alcohol to prevent ash and cover with plastic wrap.
  • Freeze for 3 hours to achieve that creamy white color.

You can cut and unmold it after 24 hours. It needs to cure for 4 to 6 months but it’s absolutely worth the wait.

Notice that we used buttermilk instead of water, hence making the pH level of the soap lower and closer to neutral.

The recipe requires more oil and less lye! That means the salt and glycerin by-product will be less. You can use a lye calculator if you want to add more lye for that deep-cleansing effect!

And I mean… come on! It smells like heaven too!

Another Cool Natural Soap Recipe

 

This second handmade soap recipe focuses on the process and technique in soap making. Before you begin, a word of safety…

Lye is a very harmful chemical on its own and under heat, it can be an erupting volcano. If you think this recipe has too much lye, use a lye calculator app and modify. We won’t be mad, pinky swear!

Please be careful not to burn yourself or get lye in your eyes. Wear protective clothing and goggles to protect your beautiful eyes. You can get these in a soap making supplies store near you! You may want your work surface covered with newspaper too. Now back to the recipe…

Refreshing Coco Lemonade Soap

 

Ingredients:

453 grams coconut oil

170 grams Lye

1 cup distilled water

453 grams of amaranth oil

13 grams of citric acid

453 grams olive oil

A handful of our dried lemons

Procedure:

  • First, mince the dried lemons. Set aside.
  • Then, dissolve citric acid into ¼ cup of water. Set aside… prep is everything!
  • In a bowl, pour 1 cup of distilled water. Then, slowly pour lye into the water. Mix thoroughly and set aside in a safe spot to cool.
  • Next, heat your oils on the stovetop until hot (not boiling). You can also use a crock pot you don’t use anymore instead of a double boiler.
  • You can now add the lye water mixture and stir for 5 to 7 minutes using a stick blender until it’s consistency is like pancake batter.
  • Then, turn the heat to low and cover it. Do not leave the pot unattended but restrain from stirring. Be patient, again no peeking!
  • You will see the mixture puff up after about 15 to 30 minutes under the fire. When this happens, turn the heat off.
  • It’s now time to pour in your citric water and dried lemons into the pot. Stir until the mixture is smooth.
  • Finally, pour it into your favorite molds and let it sit for 24 hours before cutting them to bars.

Compared to castile soap, the curing period to this one is shorter. Give it one week and it will be ready to use. As you can see, we kept it basic with this recipe and made it fragrance-free. The citric acid in this recipe will lower the pH level of the soap.

Turkish Java Body Wash

 

Not a fan of soap bars? Here’s another castile-based soap recipe inspired by a famous coffee concoction mixed with rose water. This is a very simple one.

This recipe uses coffee oil that has a moderately acidic pH level. This also has extra pampering points with real rose petals for gentle exfoliation and that natural aroma.

We advise you pick a liquid castile soap that you love that is plain and fragrance-free. If you’re not sure what to buy, ask your favorite soap making supplies shop for their recommended brands. If want to make castile liquid soap from scratch, please use a lye calculator.

Let’s go!

Ingredients:

2/3 cup liquid castile soap

48 drops of coffee essential oil

13 drops of rose absolute essential oil

¼ cup raw honey (learn how to make DIY honey facial here

½ tbsp. Vitamin E

2 teaspoons grapeseed oil (because we all need more Vitamin E)

2 tsp. minced  rose petals

Procedure:

  • Well, just wangle-jangle them up in bowl and store in a pretty mason jar or bottle.
  • Shake well before use.

If you’ve already tried our soap making supplies, click here for a freebie!

Take your soap to the test!

 

After making your first batch of our soap recipe, be sure to test them out. Here are two methods of testing their pH levels:

Use a pH strip! You may remember this one from chemistry class. Like the pH pencil, the pH strip is also made from a halochromic chemical compound and changes colors to indicate the pH level of a substance.

It’s pretty simple to use. First, wet the soap with distilled water and rub your hands on the soap to create bubbles. Place the pH strip on the wet soap to get a pH reading. Compare the reading with the color chart that comes with the packaging.

The second method is the zap test. All you wanna do is to dampen one of your fingers, rub it on the soap and slightly lick your finger.

If you feel a zap or something like a shock or electric sensation or a burn, it means their excess lye is present in your lye and is not very suitable for use. Do you feel just a slight tingling sensation? That means lye concentration is just mild.

What if you don’t feel anything? Then you’re a rookie! Bazinga! You aced your first try.

Pro-tip: Make sure to use top-quality soap making supplies every time you make soap. In the science of soap-making, safety and quality should be first in your list.

What did we learn today

 

Congratulations! You now have a better understanding of skin pH and the chemistry behind soap.

Remember, pH balance is required for a healthy and glowing skin. Carefully considering the pH levels of the soaps you use will help you achieve that ideal skin pH. Next time you shop or make soap choices for you and your family, you’ll know better.

We’ve shown you how to make soap pH-friendly. If you want more info, find the rest here. Feel free to modify the recipes we have shared and compare them to soap making kits you have. Always use a lye calculator to modify or create new recipes based on ours. 

Tell us what you think or what you have discovered by commenting below. We always have a blast responding to you! And… don’t forget to share this site and get a chance to win a free product. Adieu for now!

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Running Out of Christmas Gift Ideas? Make Cold Press Sea Salt Shark Invasion Soap This Winter

Let’s make adorable Shark Embed Salt Bars!

If you are new to soap making be sure to learn the basics before attempting this advanced design tutorial. Be sure to follow all safety precautions when making soap. Wear goggles and gloves.

What is a salt bar?

 

A salt bar is typically a soap made with 50-100% of oil weight in salt. For example, if your salt bar recipe contains 32 oz. of coconut oil and 8 oz. of castor oil, then you would use 20 – 40 oz. of sea salt.

Why on earth would we want to make a salt bar?

  1. Sea salt is purifying, drawing and acts as an astringent.
  2. Salt bars last FOREVER in the shower. In my experience, they last longer than regular bar soap. (This is a great selling point.)
  3. Salt bars are hard! Salt soap cures out super hard. Salt bars are great for individual cavity molds that you can’t usually use with your regular recipe. The soap gets hard fast and will pop right out.
  4. They are inexpensive to make. Salt bars contain mostly coconut oil (a cheaper oil than say…olive oil or shea butter) and sea salt, thus creating a pretty inexpensive bar of soap.
  5. They are easily marketed as spa type or facial bars of soap. Customer love to hear about the benefits of sea salt and will pay more money for these special bars of soap.
  • Coconut Oil – 405 grams (90%)
  • Cocoa Butter – 45 grams (10%)
  • Sodium Hydroxide – 64 grams (20% superfat)
  • Water – 128 grams
  • Fine Sea Salt – 225 grams
  • Peppermint Essential Oil – 15 grams
  • Yellow Clay
  • Black Walnut Hull Powder
  • Peacock Mica
  • White Mica

This soap is all about the shark squirters that you can find on Amazon.

Check out the video below to see how to make it!

Check out other soap making recipes and methods here!

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How to Turn Your Soap Making Kit Into a Face Mask with ..HONEY

Why Honey is a Good Addition to Your Soap Making Kit

Sometimes, career women need to have time to unwind and relax in the most natural and organic way possible. Let’s see how our soap making kit helps us make our own honey face mask!

Everyone around the office has been busy with their newly found natural soap making kits (find quality soap making supplies here) or obsessing on the latest bath bomb hauls. I can’t blame them, this is what we love to do here, organic handmade soap make me giddy, too.

But the royal way of distressing while keeping skin healthy and glowing is by using all-natural honey. I’m talking about smothering honey all over the face. Yes! Honey on the face. Make me-time also bee-time! Keep the kids away for a second. I know I could use some of that sugar and a whiff of fragrance oils before I incorporate some on my soap recipe. 

Read on for easy DIY Honey Face Mask recipes! The more the merrier. For more click here!

Now, let me take you back to history a little bit. Why you may ask? No big deal. It’s just that Cleopatra’s (Yes, Cleopatra the Queen of Beauty herself) beauty secret will be revealed here right now.

 

Cleopatra’s Beauty Secret Revealed

It’s no secret that Cleopatra was and remains to be a source of unfailing beauty tips and tricks to this day. Her beauty regimen has been followed and known to be effective across generations for centuries now.

We’re lucky to have had the honour of getting access to this beauty legend’s secrets so we can all have a taste of her queenly splendor.

Aside from her intelligence, skills, talent in music, dancing, amazing voice, and not to mention being a great leadership skill, she believed in SELF-CARE a lot.

I know our days can be busy and we sometimes forget to take care of ourselves. Cleopatra is the exemplar of balance, being the diva that she is while ruling Egypt from Rome. We don’t have excuses for not looking great!

I’ve gathered simple and easy DIY face mask ideas for you to start your journey to looking great.

Cleopatra also believed in the power of rose oil. Find out all about rose bath bombs here. It will also be great to start acquainting yourself with fragrance oils as it would help a lot with relaxation and making you feel good inside and out.

Cleopatra’s Taste of Honey

Aside from using her own handmade soaps and fragrance oils, the Queen of Beauty is a huge fan of the sweet smell and hydrating abilities of honey.

First, she used honey in her baths. How? She indulges herself in milk and honey baths whenever she wants. Legend has it that she would bring some donkeys with her during travels to produce milk for her in case she needs a bath anytime (Now, that’s the life of a queen).

You can feel like a queen yourself by having your own honey baths!

Just clean your skin up with your favorite handmade soap before mixing 3 cups of milk with half a cup of honey and 5 tablespoons of almond or olive oil.

You may also add your preferred fragrance oil for additional aroma. Then, enjoy a bath fit for a queen!

As for her face, she does not skip facial masks to keep her youthful and glowing facial skin. For refreshed and nourished face, just gather soap making supplies for this homemade face mask below and you’re on your way to eternal youth.

All you need to do is mix an egg yolk, a tablespoon of almond oil, and a teaspoon of honey. Just mix everything up and leave it on your face for 10 to 15 minutes.

That’s Cleopatra’s secret right there. Try it and thank me later.   

 Honey is a Miracle in a Jar

Honey has been around for over 5,000 years. Being around for this long must mean something, right? Well, this sticky substance made by our bee friends is one heavenly product.

Ancient Egyptians have used honey to treat wounds and have mixed it with medicine to treat other illnesses. What can be in honey that makes it a miracle worker?

This gift from the heavens is loaded with vitamins and minerals, which includes Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Iron, and Calcium. Sounds great? There’s even more. Honey is also composed of antioxidants and generous amounts of amino acids.  

Honey makes a good addition to your beauty routine for several reasons. It is the answer to dry skin, acne problems, aging skin, scars, and uneven skin tone. Don’t we hate all these? What if one product can get rid of our mortal enemies? I’m telling you it’s possible with the use of all-natural products.

Grab your soap making supplies to make the best soap for your face and pair it with honey face mask, and you’re on your way to smooth and glowing skin!

Why is honey good for your skin and why is it best to include it in your beauty regimen? First, honey is a good moisturizer. Second, it has anti-aging properties. Third, honey fights acne. Fourth, it makes your skin have a better complexion. Lastly, honey naturally removes scars.

HONEY IS A SKIN MOISTURIZER

What do you do when you run out of facial wash? You use honey on your face? Yes, that’s right. Honey on your face is always a good idea. Soap and other store-bought facial washes can dry your skin out (except for organic handmade soap).

Honey is truly magical as it has properties that can retain and preserve moisture, thus helping to keep the natural moisture of your skin without making you feel greasy. Isn’t that great? No need for any other synthetic chemicals.

You can choose various soap making kits from this link.

At first, it may seem weird to touch sticky honey, but trust me just get a dollop of honey and massage it onto your wet face gently (Remember to apply on wet skin, as it can be hard to spread on dry skin).

Just as you would do with your regular facial wash, rinse your face thoroughly (honey actually rinses with water quickly) then pat dry with a soft towel.

It’s worth the try and I love how simple and quick it is to get a moisturized skin.

 

HONEY IS AN AGING SKIN DEFENDER

When it comes to defending your skin, honey is your best bet. From now on, you can kiss your aging goodbye because you just got your best weapon against skin aging.

The best way to go is to be HONEY-fied. Along with regular intake of fruits and vegetables and using all natural products (like natural handmade soap or soap recipes) adding honey to your diet and skincare routine might just be the best thing to ever happen to you. That youthful glow you’ve always wanted is now just one cupboard away.

The antioxidants found in honey will help stop time by giving you soft, smooth, and glowing skin all the days of your life.

Goodbye wrinkles and fine lines!

 

HONEY IS AN ACNE FIGHTER

Do you have a love-hate relationship with your zits? (I mean they love you, and you hate them. Who doesn’t hate zits?) If your zits love you a lot, it’s now time to bid them farewell. Gone are the days when you would try to conceal your zits with makeup, which makes them even worse. Hello to the best acne remedy ever!

Honey has been used to be one of the main components of pimple treatment meds, but you don’t actually need to add any more chemicals to it to make it work. Plain and simple honey is enough to zap those zits away.

The antibacterial and cleansing nature of honey prevents pimples and cures existing ones while keeping oiliness out.

As you clean your face with honey, it unclogs your pores leaving your skin clean, pimple-free and oil-free. Now you can also reduce touch-ups within the day.    

For best results, consider getting into a homemade face mask routine twice a week. I would suggest a honey and lemon mask for acne-prone skin. You can also use a honey and oats soap recipe.

You can find a honey and lemon mask recipe below.

Also, keep in mind that healthy skin means clean skin. Make it a habit to wash your face every night with all-natural handmade soap products because these can’t harm your acne-prone skin. (To start, find soap making kits in this link.)

 

HONEY IS A COMPLEXION BOOSTER

I’ve been on the lookout for the best remedy for uneven skin tone. I always fall back on makeup to conceal dark spots on my face, but now that I found the simplest solution to my problem, I can go makeup free more often. Hooray for lazy days!

The acids found in honey gently exfoliate the skin, thus making it a complexion booster by brightening your skin tone.

There’s even more to honey than this because it can also help reduce age spots! Through the enzymes found in honey, healthy skin cell production gets heightened, giving you that natural glow.

Now you can confidently face the world makeup free!

To make a complexion booster, find a DIY face mask recipe below that will best suit your skin’s current needs.

 

HONEY IS A SCAR REMOVER

As I’ve mentioned earlier, honey has been used in ancient times to heal wounds, so why not use it to remove scars as well? Oh yes, those scars will just be a thing of the past with the use of honey on your face.

Sure, you got rid of pimples on your face, but what about the marks and scars they left behind?

Oh I know, you can have them treated with laser and have them treated for a series of sessions. Why am I not a fan of this solution?

First, it can get expensive. Second, it will require you to alter your busy schedule just to go to the clinic. Third, it will take you to several expensive sessions before seeing results. What if you can get rid of acne marks and scars at home?

Can I get an Amen? AMEN! Treating acne marks and scars can be easy, cheap, and not time-consuming. Honey can be used alone or in combination with other natural soap and soap recipes to heal damaged skin cells and fade scars.

So how does honey become an amazing scar remover? It reduces any skin inflammation you may have. Having antioxidants also makes honey repair the damaged skin, which makes your scars heal faster.

No need to buy expensive meds or visit the laser center for those acne scars and marks on your face. Leave it to honey and your skin will thank you for it.

To start getting rid of your scars, try out the DIY honey face mask recipes below.  

 

What is the Difference Between Raw Honey and Regular Honey?

You might ask if it is better to use raw honey or regular honey for your skin needs. You might be thinking, “Can I grab any kind of honey from the supermarket?” “Does it matter?” “Why does it matter?”

I say you can never go wrong with going au naturel. When you go out to purchase your jar of honey, make sure you get raw honey for your skin. Why?

Regular Honey (aka processed honey, fake honey) is the kind of honey we usually see in store shelves. Regular honey undergoes pasteurization before packing happens. This is to ensure that the honey is free from any harmful bacteria, as it is used on food. But it also gets rid of microorganisms in the honey but removes the good microorganisms as well.

What does this mean? This means that you can’t get the most out of the honey anymore due to the lost benefits from processing it.

Honey is only effective when it has all the necessary enzymes to work well. If you see “pasteurized” in the label, stop and look for another one.

Raw Honey (aka unprocessed honey) as the name suggests, is honey that comes straight from the beehive (no heating or processing involved.) This is one of those times when you’d say that “pure” is not always clean. What did I just say? You read it right. To spot raw honey, you will notice that raw honey is cloudier and has very fine crystal-like substances. It can even have bee wing fragments sometimes.

When you see this, then you’ll know that you’re choosing unfiltered, raw honey. Though some raw honey can be filtered to remove the particles for easy selling, it also helps to check the label to see if what you are buying is raw.    

How to know if Your Honey is Pure

Check out these three quick and easy tests you can do at home to test the purity of your honey:

1. Thumb Test

Place a small drop of honey on your thumb.

Wait and watch if the honey spills from your thumb.

You will know your honey is pure if it does not spill and stays in your thumb.

2. Water Test

Place one tablespoon of your honey in a glass of water.

Wait and watch if the honey will settle at the bottom of the glass or dissolve in the water.

You will know the honey is pure if it settles at the bottom of the glass.

3. Flame Test

Dip a matchstick in your honey. Try to light the match by striking it against the matchbox.

You will know your honey is pure if the matchstick lights up easily. Pure honey is flammable so this test will help you find out if you have pure honey.

Follow these steps with caution though as the matchstick may keep burning with pure honey on it.

Once you have found out the purity of your honey, you’re ready to make a DIY Honey Face Mask for your skin needs.

Though raw honey can be great by itself, much more benefits and better results can come out from mixing it with other natural soap making supplies as well.

Find the most suitable DIY Face Mask recipe for you below.  

 

Quick and Easy Homemade honey face mask Recipes

Try out these Quick and Easy Homemade honey face mask recipes for different types of skin and skin needs.

 

After knowing all about how magical (I hope I have convinced you) honey is, I’m sure you all want to know how you can start using it today for daily use or producing some to share to your friends and family.

I have compiled the easiest (ones with minimal soap making supplies) just for you. Happy mixing and pampering!

 

The PORE-fect DIY Face Mask for Acne-Prone Skin

Acne is a result of dirt buildup on your face. And what is the culprit for a dirty face? Clogged Pores! I’ve got just the PORE-fect solution for your problem. This homemade face mask recipe might just be your new best friend.

Mix 3 teaspoons of raw honey with ½ teaspoon of cinnamon. Massage mixture onto your face and leave the mask on for 10 – 30 minutes.

It is always best to do a patch test before applying to the face.

Cinnamon can be a bit harsh on the skin especially for those with sensitive skin.

Rinse gently or use a warm washcloth to wipe the mask off.

This mask can be used once a week to avoid any irritation. You may also use honey and lemon mask for acne-prone skin or make a honey soap with these natural soap recipes!

 

Smooth and sMILK-y Honey Face Mask for Dry skin

When the weather is cool, there are also a lot of cool things to do. Sweaters = cool, Boots = cool, Scarfs = cool, but Dry Skin = not cool. Never cool. Dry and flaky skin is a major uncool way of wearing your face.

So to get that smooth and sMILKy face you’ve always dreamed of, try this sMILKy face mask recipe.

Prepare 1 teaspoon of mashed avocado, 1 teaspoon of plain whole milk yogurt, and 1 teaspoon of raw honey.

Mix all of them together in a small bowl until it reaches a smooth consistency.

Massage the mixture onto your face and let it stay for 20 – 30 minutes.

Then rinse or use a warm washcloth to wipe off.

The moisturizing properties of these three soap making supplies will surely give your skin a smooth and sMILKy feel.

Use the mask as you see fit since the mixture is very gentle on the skin.

 

SpOILer Alert Homemade Face Mask for Oily Skin

You know what they say, “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away.” Nothing else can spOIL your day than oily skin getting in your way. Who would’ve thought apples can fix that for you. Get ready to show your freshest face forward.   

Blend apple slices and 3 tablespoons of honey in a blender.

Stir the mixture until smooth.

Apply the mixture onto your face and leave it for 10 minutes.

Rinse with warm water or use a warm washcloth to wipe off.

Add some rosebud herbs to your mixture to have better results. You can find rosebud herbs here.

Use it on your face as you see fit. It’s not a bad idea to stock up on apples and honey at home. (Apples dipped in honey can be a nice treat too.)

 

No Chemicals ALOE-d DIY Honey Face Mask for Sensitive skin

As you know, chemicals can harm your skin, especially those with sensitive skin. Who wants to make their skin conditions worse? Nobody here would want that for sure.

Here, I’d like you to know that artificial chemicals are not ALOE-d in any way as a fix for your skin issues. All you need are two things: honey and aloe vera.

Mix 2 teaspoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel in a small bowl. Massage the mixture onto your face and leave for 10 – 20

minutes.

Use the mask as you see fit, and it is ALOE-d to be used every day if you like to be pampered that way.

 

Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezy Skin Brightening Facial Mask

Brighten up your day first thing in the morning. Attract positive vibes by waking up on a positive note upon seeing your brightened up face. How do you this?

Simply use this honey and lemon mask recipe before you sleep, and you can surely wake up with positive vibes all over you.

Mix one tablespoon of honey with 2-3 drops of lemon essential oil. It will be best to add some lemon botanical herbs found here to add more relaxation and better benefits for the skin.

Massage the mixture onto your face and let it stay still for 15 – 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water or use a warm washcloth to wipe off.    

Remember that lemon is acidic, so be wary of direct sun exposure within 24 hours upon using the mask.

You can also use this mixture to get rid of scars and dark spots on your face.

 

Holy Oats Homemade Anti-Aging Face Mask

Yes, we’ve found the secret to eternal youth. I like to call it, “Holy Oats.” These small grains of oats can do wonders to your face. Aging skin will not be an issue anymore. It can easily be stopped by just following this recipe below.

Mix one tablespoon of honey and 2 tablespoons of cooked oatmeal (with milk or no milk) in a small bowl.

Apply the mixture onto your face and let it stay for 15 – 20 minutes.

Rinse with warm water or use a warm washcloth to wipe off.  

There you have it. You can adore the Holy Oats as often as you like.

Wake up to a new and refreshed you each morning that you rise.

 

From My Head Tomatoes Facial Mask for Blackheads

It is not enough to only look good from afar or under heavy makeup. On days when you go makeup free, it is always impressive to look good even up-close.

Blackheads are the enemies when it comes to dealing with up-close encounters. Those tiny black dots have no place in my skin “from my head tomatoes” which is why I’m sharing this wonderful recipe to get rid of yours too.

Just take a cup of oats, 1 tablespoon of honey, and 3 tomatoes.

Extract the juice from the tomatoes and add it to the oats and honey mixture.

Let it stay on your face for 10 minutes.

Rinse with warm water or warm washcloth to wipe off.  

Use the mask often until you reach your desired result. Goodbye, blackheads!

 

Voila, A Healthy Glow!

There you have it! Have fun with your super smooth, healthy and glowing skin.

Always remember that SELF-CARE is one of the best favors you can do for your body and your loved ones. Don’t feel guilty and learn about pampering yourself here! Maintain that radiant young-looking skin and indulging in long luxurious baths with fragrance oils, scented candles and soothing music on the side.  

 

The recipes above are all super easy and affordable. You can do them for your own consumption or as a new business venture. You can find strategies to start your face mask business here.  

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Follow These Easy Steps to Make Adorable Unicorn Horn Salt Bar

Since we starting sharing Unicorn bath bomb recipes,  we have also been receiving the requests on how to make unicorn salt bar!  Thanks to Loving Soap who shared the article and video tutorial, now we can start making cute Unicorn Horn Salt Bar.

 

What is a salt bar?

A salt bar is usually a soap made with 50-100% of oil weight in salt. For instance, if your salt bar dish consists of 32 oz. of coconut oil as well as 8 oz. of castor oil, after that you would certainly utilize 20– 40 oz. of sea salt.

If you are brand-new to soap making, do make sure to find out the essentials prior to trying this fun tutorial. Take a look at our blog articles for your soap making or bath bomb making. To be safe, always use gloves and protective glasses.

 

Why in the world would we want to make a salt bar?

Uh.. Because I am tired of paying over $15 for one salt bar at LUSH when I can make a batch for under $15…

Sea salt is cleansing, attracting and also works as an astringent.
Salt bars last PERMANENTLY in the shower. In my experience, they last much longer than routine bar soap. (This is a wonderful marketing factor.).
Salt bars are tough! Salt soap remedies out incredibly difficult. Salt bars are fantastic for private tooth cavity mold and mildews that you can not normally make use of with your routine dish. The soap obtains hard rapid and also will certainly stand out right out.
They are low-cost to make. Salt bars consist of primarily coconut oil (a less costly oil than claim … olive oil or shea butter) as well as sea salt, hence producing a quite cost-effective bar of soap.

They are conveniently marketed as health club kind or face bars of soap.  These days, we all prefer to pay more and get the benefits out of the sea salt, especially for these unique set of bars of soaps! If you are running a soap business or thinking to start a soap business, do scroll down to get more tips and inspirations to 10X your soap business. 

 

What do you need

Coconut Oil– 405 grams (90%).
Shea Butter– 45 grams (10%).
Salt Hydroxide– 63 grams (20% superfat).
Water– 126 grams.
Penalty Sea Salt– 225 grams.
Lavender Important Oil– 10 grams.
Lemongrass Crucial Oil– 10 grams.
Queens Purple Mica– 1/2 tsp.
Multi Color Mica– 1/2 tsp. Read more about how you can use MICA here.
Caribbean Blue Mica– 1/2 tsp.

Have a look at the video clip posted by lovingsoap below to see just how to make it!

 

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The Secrets to Making the Best Essential Oil Blends for Soap

Ever since I’ve tried out essential oils, I’ve been wanting to try to make some for myself.

So one Saturday morning, I dashed to my local apothecary to buy some soap making supplies. Once I got my soap making kits, I tried making fragrance oils, and I can say I have no regrets at all!

I think it is definitely worth my time and effort especially after creating something that’s enjoyable and beneficial for my handmade soap. How to make soap without essential oils? That’s preposterous! It does not only benefit my soap business but my temporal well-being.

With this, I can say that the increasing popularity of essential oils will be here to stay for a long time. Essential oils are really essential in every sense of that word.

What makes it essential?

The essential oil is directly extracted from different parts of a plant or a tree. The oil from a plant or tree is concentrated, transferring all the healing compounds of the plant into a bottle of oil.

Did you know that one will need 65 pounds of rose petals just to fill a 15ml bottle of rose essential oil? Amazing, isn’t it? Now, that’s powerful! Nature has given us this gift, so why not use it?

Essential oils have been used in ancient times and has been found to be helpful in many ways up to this day. If you are not aware yet, essential oils are used for medicine, food, cosmetics, and perfume. Add aromatherapy and of course, soap.

After you learn how to make soap, it will always be a great idea to add fragrance oil or essential oil for soap to complete your soap making routine. 

Find out how to make soap here with avocado here. 

Once you’ve tried adding essential oil for soap, you will never want to run out of this as one of your homemade soap making supplies in your soap making kits. Knowing more about using essential oil for soap will surely add spice to your soap making hobby or business.

Using essential oil for soap will add fragrance to your finished product and bring a ton of health benefits as well.

Are you ready for the best part? Let me share to you the secrets to making the best essential oil blends for soap that you can start making now.

Find the Best Essential Oil For Soap

There are lots of variety of essential oils you can choose from, but remember that essential oil for soap may be different from essential oil for medicine or food.

Here, let me tell you some kinds of essential oil for soap that you can choose from. I like to call this the essential oil blending starter pack.

 

 

Lavender Essential Oil

This essential oil and fragrance oil in one is one for your soap making kits. The best one to use is lavender 40/42, also known as Lavandin. True lavender may be too strong as an essential oil for soap. (See more about fragrance oil here.)

Lavender is ideal to use for those who want to mass produce handmade soap because the aroma always remains the same or standardized.

Flower petals like lavender petals, rose petals, and the like are also great additions when using lavender as an essential oil for soap.

Complete your soap making kits by adding lavender, rose petals, etc. to your homemade soap making supplies.

Rosemary Essential Oil

Just like the lavender fragrance oil, you also need to choose the right kind of Rosemary as your essential oil for soap. The usual fragrance oil of choice would be the Spanish Rosemary and the Moroccan Rosemary. You may also choose your own fragrance oil depending on your type.

To get best results, it is always great to have actual flower bits like flower buds and rose petals available into your soap making kits.

If you haven’t got into soap making yet, then this is your chance. Click this link to learn how to make soap.

Lemon Essential Oil

Doesn’t the smell of the actual lemon fruit already refresh you? Just imagine using it as an essential oil for soap.

If you already knolw how to make soap, you will also know that you want to use ingredients for their lasting effect on the skin. Folded lemon essential oil for soap can do just that.

Your soap making kits will not be complete if you don’t add this fragrance oil as one of your homemade soap making supplies must-haves.

Want to add more flare into your soap making business? Try making it more fun by adding color to your soap product. You can find some homemade soap making supplies here.

Cedarwood Essential Oil

Unlike the first two fragrance oils mentioned above, if you want to use Cedarwood as an essential oil for soap, you can get to choose the variant that you want. That’s because all varieties are good to use for soap making.

The woodsy aroma of this fragrance oil can be a good match to lavender or rose petals as well.

What can rose petals possibly add to the value of your soap? Find out more about it by clicking this link.

Patchouli Essential Oil

The combination of aromas found in Patchouli makes it a unique fragrance oil to add as an essential oil for soap making. Feel free to choose the variant that suits your type or your client’s type. You can choose between the dark and light variants of Patchouli.

If you are looking for a fragrance oil that will guarantee long-lasting aroma, then consider this your go-to fragrance oil to add in your soap making kits. Never run out of choices in your homemade soap making supplies again with this unique fragrance oil.

Clary Sage Essential Oil

Here is another unique fragrance oil for those who do not want to smell like a hundred more people. The fragrance oil may not be on the popular side, but it surely is a way on how to make soap making a notch higher.

To make your soap product more interesting, why don’t you add some color and dried buds and petals to it. You can find lavender, rose petals, etc. by clicking this link.

Orange Essential Oil

The fresh smell of oranges is always a relaxing and refreshing scent to smell. Just like the Patchouli essential oil, this fragrance oil also has long-lasting aroma when mixed with soap. Who doesn’t want to smell fresh all day, right?

Having said this, I think having orange essential oil is an essential item for your soap making kits.

Another good thing about this essential oil for soap is that it is easy to blend with other homemade soap making supplies you have available.

Peppermint Essential Oil

COOL! Just hearing the word peppermint already sends coolness all over my body. This essential oil for soap makes a good addition to your collection of homemade soap making supplies.

Though it can be tricky to use and blend (especially for beginners,) everything will be cool once you master the craft of blending peppermint.

If you are new to the business of soap making, you can find tips that can help you to start how to make soap and how to set prices in this blog post.

Bergamot Essential Oil

Want to add a little spice to your soap? I might just found the right fragrance oil for you. Bergamot essential oil for soap will give your soap a combination of citrus and a kind of spicy floral aroma

It may not be easily available in all homemade soap making supplies store, but once you found one, don’t let go. Why? That’s because this is a gem in a way that it can easily be blended with other fragrance oils you have in your soap making kits.

Why not make your soap more attractive by adding flower petals to it such as lavender petals,, lily petals, rose petals, and the like? You will be amazed by what you can do with your homemade soap making supplies.

Tea Tree Essential Oil

Is there anyone here who doesn’t love tea tree oil? It may not always be the first choice when it comes to choosing a fragrance oil, but when it comes to choosing the essential oil for soap (especially facial soap) this one is a keeper.

If you know how to make soap, try adding tea tree oil to your usual soap making recipe and you’ll be amazed with the results.

Your soap making kits will gain a superstar in skin care in the form of tea tree oil.

 

The Pros and Cons

To help you decide which kind of essential oil to use, refer to the chart below to give you an idea about the price, availability, and popularity of each essential oil mentioned above.

Essential Oil Estimated Cost (per pound) Is it readily available in most stores? Is it popular among soapmakers?
Lavender $40 to $100 Yes Yes
Rosemary $35 to $60 Yes Moderately
Lemon $25 to $100 Yes Yes
Cedarwood $15 to $40 Yes Moderately
Patchouli $45 to $100 Moderately Moderately
Clary Sage $100 to $200 No No
Orange $10 to $25 Yes Yes
Peppermint $35 to $60 Yes Yes
Bergamot $70 to $120 No No
Tea Tree $30 to $50 Yes Moderately

Now, remember that these are just estimates and prices may vary from store to store or season. Don’t get discouraged by the low popularity of your chosen essential oil. At the end of the day, it will all depend on your type.

Explore The Essential Oil Blend That Will Suit Your Need

Do you feel tired? Too sleepy? Are you an insomniac? Is your body sickly?

There’s a lot of questions to consider when blending essential oil for soap. You can be overwhelmed with the many good things that blending essential oil for soap can bring to your life. Yes, your life!

If you will ask me, essential oil blend is the answer to almost everything that you need on a daily basis from cleaning to health needs. It has it all. Now, before you start taking out all your homemade soap making supplies, soap making kits, and fragrance oils take note of what I am about to say.

In blending essential oil for soap, it is essential that you find out first what you need. Are you blending for therapeutic or aromatic purposes?

Therapeutic Blends are those that help ease emotional or physical conditions. Though the aroma is still important, these blends are more leaning on the therapeutic effect rather than the aromatic effect.

Aromatic Blends are of course, ones that satisfy not only your sense of smell, but spread to all of your senses. Did you know that research has shown that smell can have an effect on almost everything, from your emotions, stress levels, to concentration and sleep? Different fragrance oils can have different effects on our bodies.

Have Homemade Soap Supplies and Fragrance Oils Ready

Now that you know about the essential oil for soap that you want, it’s blending time!

What you need:

  • choice of fragrance oils and essential oils (Remember to have the good quality ones for best results.)
  • Testing strips (to check the right aroma)
  • Tiny glass bottles
  • Glass bottles with dropper
  • Handy dandy notebook

Know The Category Of Your Essential Oil

Just like when you first learned how to make soap, there are things to consider before you start blending or mixing all your ingredients up.

With essential oil for soap, you can’t just blend anything you want. There is an art to it, and it starts with categorizing them first.

Here is a list of the categories of the essential oil for soap we listed above. You’re welcome!

Citrus – Lemon, Orange, Bergamot

Earthy – Patchouli

Floral – Lavender

Herby – Rosemary, Clary Sage

Medicinal – Rosemary, Tea Tree

Minty – Peppermint

Woodsy – Cedarwood

There you go! You’re one step closer to creating your very own blends!

Which fragrance oils can you blend together?

The fun part of blending essential oil for soap is that you can mix and match according to your liking. Combine, combine, combine. That’s all you actually have to do. As simple as it may sound, you might also want to take some tips (especially those who just started to learn how to make soap and how to blend essential oil for soap.)

Tip #1: You will never go wrong with combining oils from the same category.

Tip #2: Opposites attract. Combining oil from complementary categories make a good match.

Tip #3: Try these possible combinations:

  • Floral goes well with woodsy and citrus.
  • Woodsy is good with any of the categories.
  • Earthy and Herby smell great with woodsy and minty.
  • Minty goes well with woodsy, earthy, herby, and citrus.
  • Medicinal can be combined with woodsy.
  • Citrus will smell great with floral, woodsy, and minty.

Let me tell you this. Blending essential oil for soap is not a walk in the park. It can get tedious, and patience can come in handy. Once you get the hang of it, you can possibly make more of your own combinations soon.

Now, you’re ready to blend fragrance oils with colorants and dried flowers! Read here to find out more.

Dance to the Music of Essential Oil Notes  

In blending fragrance oil and essential oil for soap, maintaining a balance between your combinations is the golden rule.

Just like dancing, dance steps need to be aligned with the music’s rhythm and beat. Otherwise, the dance routine will look scattered and unfinished. That’s how it is with blending fragrance oil as well. We need to find the right blend to ensure the best quality through the essential oil notes.

The notes tell you how quickly the essential oil aroma will fade. For all you know, your blend smells good and easily fades away within the day. We don’t like that. I am a sucker for quality, so I won’t let you be in that situation.

What are the essential oil notes?

  1. Top Notes – They are the first scent that you smell, but they also evaporate quickly. They are mostly from flowers, leaves, and flowering herbs.
  2. Base Notes – They often have earthy scent. The deep aroma lasts the longest. They are mostly from trees, roots, and barks.
  3. Middle Notes – They are like the “neutralizer” of top and base notes. They are often from whole herbs and spices.

When making your own blends, it is good to start with three different fragrance oils first. So, you can have one top, base, and middle note.

It can take a bit of practice before being a master at this, but you will not regret putting in your time and effort at this. Being a “maestro” of essential oil notes can get you to greater heights with your soap making business!

Put Just The Right Amount of Oil Into Each Blend

When you first learned how to make soap, you got yourself used to ratios. I hope you did because you will find it useful when you make your own essential oil for soap.

Though you are free to make your own ratios, here are two of the common ratios that you can use (so you will not waste any of your homemade soap making supplies or drain the items in your soap making kits.)

Just remember these three magic numbers: 20-30-50! What does that mean? Just use 20% base note, 30% top note, and 50% middle note. That is 2 drops of your base note, 3 drops of your top note, and 5 drops of your middle note, for a total of 10 drops in all. Keep this in mind and you’re good to go.

I am all about simplicity, so if you are like me, you will love this blending ratio. You can actually choose to drop equal amounts of oil especially if you want to blend oils from the same category. It’s that easy!

Now, we’re ready to blend!

If you haven’t collected enough confidence to make your own unique blends yet, don’t you worry because I have collated some quick and easy essential oil for soap blends for you.

Choose Quick and Easy Essential Oil Blend Recipes

Get your homemade soap making supplies, soap making kits, and fragrance oils ready because you are about to start your essential oil for soap journey right now.

LAV Your Self

After a hard day’s work, it is always good to reward yourself with a long warm bath.

Mix 1 part lavender fragrance oil with 1 part peppermint essential oil.

Mix the blend with your favorite homemade soap making supplies.

Scatter rose petals in your tub and bathe yourself with the LAV Your Self soap to help you calm down with the lavender and feel invigorated at the same time with the peppermint.

Relaxation at its finest!

For homemade soap making supplies and soap making kits,  simply click on this link  and get a freebie for your purchase.

ORANGE You Pretty

Aren’t you feeling pretty everytime you go out of the shower fresh and smelling so good? Try this and you will want to hit the shower more often.

Mix 2 parts orange essential oil with 1 part vanilla fragrance oil.

Have this ready in your soap making kits, so you will never run out of this heaven sent blend ever again.

Learn about how to make soap here.

You’re The Man!

Do you think only ladies get luxurious baths? Men do too! Here’s something for the men of the house.

Mix 1 part of patchouli essential oil and 1 part of cedarwood essential oil with 2 parts of bergamot fragrance oil.

Tie this up with homemade soap making supplies, and your man will adore you.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab those soap making kits now and make your man fall in love with you all over again

Charge Me Up

Start your day with a fully-charged you with this energizing essential oil for soap.

Mix 3 drops of peppermint essential oil, 3 drops of lemon fragrance oil, and 2 drops of rosemary essential oil.

If you want to know how to make soap making more exciting, making this blend for your clients can charge them up with ordering more from you.

Grab homemade soap making supplies and flower petals such as lavender and rose petals here for your soap making kits.

Lemony Softy

If you’re one of those who just want a subtle but lasting impression, then this may be the scent for you.

Mix 3 drops of clary sage essential oil and 3 drops of lemon essential oil with 2 drops of lavender fragrance oil.

The soft scent of this blend will surely make you a head-turner as you leave that soft, lasting scent every step of the way. It will also be nice to incorporate some actual petals like lavender petals and rose petals in your soap.

Feel Better

Wash away those sniffles away with the Feel Better soap. Don’t you hate those sniffles? Don’t you want to get rid of them quickly?

This might just help you with that. The aroma from this essential oil blend will help you feel relieved.

Mix 4 drops of orange essential oil, 4 drops of tea tree essential oil with 2 drops of lemon fragrance oil.

Just imagining the aroma already makes me feel relieved. Now, this is how to make soap not only a cleaning agent but also a healing agent.

Those are just some of the blends you can do with essential oil for soap. There are countless more blends you can try and create. To try fragrance oils in soap recipes, click here!  Adding fragrance oil to your soap making kits and homemade soap making supplies wouldn’t hurt. It can actually give more value to your products.

That’s about it, ladies! I know you’ve got plenty more blends you want to try. Feel free to comment down below and share to us what you have discovered.

If you find this helpful, go on and share this article and this site with your family and friends!

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How to Make Butter Slime and Other Slime-Related Stuff Kids Will Love

How Slimes Can Help You Survive a Filibuster

Last week I was at the craft shop to buy the kids Elmer’s glue for a papier-mache project. But to my surprise, it was all gone! I wish my handmade soap sells as easily as this. It’s like an Agatha Christie mystery that is waiting to be uncovered.

Who bought them? And the most important question of all – why? What will they do over those bazillion bottles and gallons of glue at school anyway? Do they make as many mistakes on crafting like I do with my soap making supplies?

People are just crazy about slime these days. It’s gooey, yucky, color-filled, and liquid… just the way the youngsters want it. It’s time to turn a soap making kit into something crazier that would 10/10 create an absolute mess in your kitchen (but is safer than candle making and your candle making supplies). Let’s get slime-ing!

 

The Science behind slime: What is it made of and why is it addicting?

A DIY Fluffy Slime is tacky and doughy. It’s likely not going to be made from leftover soap making kits.  The magic of slime begins when you mix sodium borate with water. (Okay, that’s a new addition to the soap making supplies shelf). It then makes an anion that is the negatively charged compound, which creates a magical shape. Wow! This reminds me of my Chemistry class back in high school.

The glue comes in next.  This white liquid substance is made of polymers. Borax is then added which gives the glue a thick and less runny texture. That’s exactly how slime comes to life.

Another scientific fact: slime is a non-Newtonian fluid like swamp and ketchup.  Non-Newtonian are fluids that act like solids and sometimes move like liquids, depending on the force applied to them. Try slamming the slime onto the wall, and it would clout like a solid. However, pour slime on a bowl, it will flow like a liquid.

Slime is an amazing experiment. Maybe that is the reason why slime is so fun to play with! It’s magical compared to other liquids.

Creative and Hands-on Play with Slime

Slime can be played with other toys that will definitely encourage creativity and fun interactive learning. Here are some of the games we tried with my kids using our DIY fluffy slime:

  • Magnetic letters to make imprints over slime. You can have your child spell their names or some sight words. Instant spelling activity right?
  • Practice drawing shapes and pre-writing skills. You can use the slime to draw lines, shapes and more. As you know all these are a prerequisite for handwriting skills.
  • Find hidden objects inside the slime. We used all natural dried flowers for soap making kit confetti for this. First, we counted how many were hidden inside as my child pulls them out of the slime. Next, we sorted the flower confetti by colors. See? You can do a lot out of this.
  • Fun slime discovery bag. Since my toddler can’t really play with slime yet (since it’s not edible and should not be played with kids who are still putting objects in their mouths), I placed the slime inside a zip-lock plastic bag for him to play with.
  • Oh, and for more colors and texture, you can also include pretty much the same add-on materials we used from the handmade soap.

Slime-play on a Holiday!

Just for safety (Yes! I am a safety freak like that), I used two zip lock bag, one inside of the other. Put on some tape around the edges to ensure no part is torn. This toy was a winner for me! Especially during road trips and long-hour flights, it kept my boy busy for a good hour or two.

  • Scented Slime for an additional sensory experience. If you have fragrance oil, you may consider adding a drop or two while making the slime for an added sensory input. Fragrance oil is amazing for kids too!
  • Bubble blowing with Slime. This is overly cool! Plus it puts a refreshing spin on an old favorite playtime habit. You can blow big bubbles way bigger than those ones you blow from a bottle. Don’t worry, the kids cannot suck the slime up through the straw and get poisoned because the goo is too thick. It’s one safe and fun activity to spend your afternoon with.

These are clever ideas, right? It makes me wonder what other cool activities can be done with slime. It’ll really keep the kids entertained for a long time.

The Slime and Messy Play: What kids get out of DIY Fluffy Slime?

Notice how the youngsters sometimes go crazy, jumping into muddy puddles like cute little piggies? Children find joy in getting messy, that’s a fact.  Messy play is vital in every child’s development, pretty much the same with learning their letters and numbers. When we let them play with raw messy objects in an unrestricted manner, we encourage them to discover and explore the world around them.

Come to think of it, it also gives us the much needed “me time” isn’t it? It stalls the kids for a bit and lets us to do chores on the side, prep meals, and the grocery shopping list among others… Hopefully long enough to finish something… nope. Nevermind.

DIY fluffy slime is an ultimate messy play activity designed for those little hands. It’s simple to prepare with common soap making supplies that are readily available at home. I understand how difficult it can be to do damage control with our kids. “Please don’t put it inside your mouth”, “don’t drop on the floor”, “don’t stain your clothes” and so on.

However, to get the most out of messy play, kids must be engaged with the object without being distracted by the adults’ way of handling things. We must leave them alone, and let them be. We can support them by providing a washable surface and floor (not the carpet for the love of all stains); you can let your child wear an apron or maybe an old shirt.

Playing with slime is also another helpful activity for sensory play. Sensory play lets the children use and understand all five senses.  When these senses are stimulated all at once, children get to practice creativity and learn through meaningful exploration. It further encourages the fine motor skills development and coordination.

Come to think of it, it also gives us the much needed “me time” isn’t it? It stalls the kids for a bit and lets us to do chores on the side, prep meals, and the grocery shopping list among others. Hopefully long enough to finish something… nope. Nevermind.

Three Things We Love about Slime

Here are my thoughts and reflections on my experience with DIY fluffy slime:

  • The scent is just right. Ideal for kids and moms who are sensitive to different smells. Admit it or not, the smell is minimal and not as strong as Play-doh. Oh, and by the way, it’s a lot easier to clean too.
  • It’s very easy to make. I can prepare slime with my two eyes closed! Just kidding, okay with my two eyes half open. The materials are all child-friendly and nothing toxic. Well just make sure not to use Borax.
  • It’s highly motivating! Even better than using gadgets, only in my experience.

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Slime Recipes Kids Will Surely Love

This time, we will be sharing with you a handful of easy DIY Fluffy Slime recipes the kids will surely go crazy for. All these slime concoctions are guaranteed fun to whip with the kids. Master the art of slime-making by using soap making supplies that are easy to find and use, like with the handmade soap we’ve been making.

Make sure to do it with your kids to double the fun and excitement. Try out all these fun and crazy combinations we have prepared and collated for you.

Fluffy Unicorn Rainbow Slime

Who doesn’t love unicorns? They are colorful, fun and sparkly, which reminds us of this awesome DIY Fluffy Unicorn Rainbow Slime. Just like a DIY bath bomb, these fun slimes are made with all the colors the kids will love. So try this easy recipe and start squishing!

What you will need:

  • 4 drops of liquid dye for every color you will use (get them here)
  • 1 ½ cup of clear glue
  • 2 cups of starch
  • ¼ cup of glitter
  • 1 ½ cup shaving cream

Procedure:

  1. Prepare 6 bowls that will hold the different rainbow colors.
  2. For each bowl, put in drops of each color- red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.
  3. Then, put in the ¼ cup of glue and ¼ cup of shaving cream into each bowl.
  4. Mix each bowl well until the colors have blended evenly.
  5. Sprinkle some glitter and spread in each bowl. Stir well.
  6. Add the starch slowly per bowl. Make sure to gradually add the starch in small amounts in order to control the texture. Once the slime is not as sticky, this is good to go.
  7. Here comes the fun part, once all individual colored slimes are done, combine them up to form one big sparkly rainbow slime.

Winnie-the-Pooh’s Honey gold Slime

Let’s go a little magical and try this super DIY fluffy slime inspired by Winnie-the-Pooh’s honey-gold pot. Get a touch of gold in all its shiny and sparkling glory. The best part is, it doesn’t cost like one. You’ll just need four easy-to-find soap making supplies for this DIY recipe. Here’ how.

What you will need:

Procedure:

  1. Pour the liquid starch into the bowl, and then add the gold mica powder and gold glitter. Stir well until mixture is evenly distributed. (Word of caution: make sure no glitter and mica powder gets in your eyes)
  2. Add ½ cup of clear glue and make sure to stir well since the consistency may become a little lumpy.
  3. Start squishing and mixing it using your hands to form one ball of golden slime.

Purple Puff Slime

Who says therapeutic properties can only be found in cosmetic products like soap or DIY bath bomb? Make slime time soothing and calming by adding an essential oil everybody loves – lavender! Known for its calming benefits, we are turning this purple favorite into a fluffy slime, the kids surely won’t get enough of.

What you will need:

¼ cup water

2 drops of lavender essential oil

¼ cup liquid starch

5 drops of lavender purple liquid dye

½ cup Elmer’s white glue

¼ cup dried lavender flowers

Procedure:

  1. Mix the white glue and water in a mixing bowl.
  2. Put in the purple liquid dye for color, the essential oil for added scent and the dried lavender flowers for texture. Mix until everything is evenly distributed.
  3. Now, pour the liquid starch into the bowl. Stir well.
  4. Once formed, take it out from the bowl and start kneading by hands.

Slime me up, Buttercup

Here’s an easy recipe on how to make butter slime. Don’t be fooled Mommas, because we won’t be using butter bar here! Now, why did we even call this butter slime if butter is not even included in the recipe? I don’t know either. My guess: this slime is going to be silky smooth and scented plus, its soft like butter.

What you will need:

Procedure:

  1. Mix the cornstarch and shampoo in a bowl.
  2. Add drops of Citron Yellow Skin Safe Colorant. Stir.
  3. Add the vegetable oil and mix well.
  4. Pour some more cornstarch as necessary.

Crystal Clear Slime

Google has been searched far and wide for “how to make clear slime” recipe. Look no further, it have the secret with me. It’s super easy and really quick to prepare.

This is the ideal recipe to use if you’d like to put emphasis on the elements that you want to put in the lime mixture. There’s a lot of variation to try out with, from large glitter mica powder, all natural dried flower from our candle making supplies ( how about some rose petals perhaps?) and mini treasures from your child’s little toys.

For this recipe, we will be using borax powder because it will make the slime to look like liquid glass.

What you will need:

Procedure:

  1. Pour 1 cup of clear glue into a bowl.
  2. Mix 1 cup of water to the glue. Stir well to combine. Set aside.
  3. Combine ½ teaspoon of borax powder with 1 cup of warm water.
  4. Add the borax slime solution to the bowl of glue mixture and stir.
  5. Continue stirring until the slime has formed and immediately transfer to a dry bowl.
  6. Knead with your hands for few more minutes to improve the desired consistency of the slime.

Shampoo with a Chance of Slime

Aside from using fragrance oil as the scent for your homemade slime, another variation that you can explore is by using it as shampoo. It’s equally fragrant and works well with hair. Kids will love playing it with its lovely smell too. Before you know it, you’ll be buying more and more bottles of shampoo from the groceries. You may need some leftover ingredients from last week’s soap making kit… 

What you will need:

  • ½ cup of any shampoo (but for this one, we used baby shampoo)
  • ¼ cup of cornstarch
  • 3 drops of your desired skin safe colorant
  • 6 tablespoon of water
  • Fragrance oil of choice (optional)

Procedure:

  1. Pour ½ cup of shampoo with ¼ cup of cornstarch in a bowl. Mix well.
  2. Add 3 drops of your desired color from the skin safe colorant.
  3. Mix 1 tablespoon of water and stir. Then little by little, add 5 tablespoon of water. Stir well after the other.
  4. Knead the slime for a good 5 minutes and you are good to go.

Want to explore more kids friendly activity?  Check out these Unicorn Salt Bar Recipe

Sparkly Blue DIY Fluffy Slime (A Borax Free Slime Recipe)

Just because you cannot have enough of slime recipes, we are sharing another DIY fluffy slime concoction.

What you will need:

Procedure:

  1. Prepare 1 cup of white glue and 1 cup of shaving cream.
  2. Measure 1 teaspoon of baking soda, blueberry skin safe colorant, fragrance oil, and 2 teaspoons of saline solution in separate bowls. Set aside after.
  3. Pour the glue in the mixing bowl and add the baking soda powder. Mix properly.
  4. Mix the shaving cream and stir until the desired consistency. It should be thick and fluffy.
  5. Put drops of blueberry skin safe colorant and stir to blend until you achieve your desired color.
  6. You may also add some blue large glitter mica powder for some blue sparkly effect.
  7. Mix the saline solution. (this is helpful to remove the stickiness of the slime)
  8. Knead with your hands until it is formed and dense. You can add a little more saline solution as necessary.

Quick Fix and Tips on How to make Slime Less Sticky

Since we are already armed with lots of fun and crazy recipes for these DIY fluffy slime, it’s time for me to share with you some quick fix and tips on how to make the slime less sticky.

Our main goal is to make this goo fluid and played by children with ease and just the right amount of slushiness.

Here’s a list of things that I have gathered from slime experts (who have tried and have vouched for these as they claim to be):

  • Knead, knead and knead. The slime is sticky at the beginning; it is a must to keep kneading. Observe that the slime starts to attach to it and not on your fingers.
  • Mix a little more contact solution as necessary. (Only applicable if you are working on a slime recipe that requires the use of contact solution, if not don’t bother!)
  • You can also add a teaspoon or more of baby oil.
  • Let the slime breathe! (Yes, it has its own life, my dear!!!! It needs air too.) We have discovered how little air exposure is good to lessen the stickiness. This trick works best for crystal clear slime recipes. We leave the slime alone for an hour or two and when we went back to check and knead, the stickiness is gone.

Make Money Out of Slime

Did you know that you and your kids can make a business out of this slime-making craze? It’s never too early to ignite your child’s entrepreneurial skills. Cliché as it may sound, “starting them young” is the best way to go. Let them learn how to earn their keep as early as now. They’ll appreciate the value of work and value for money early on.

My middle-school-aged niece earns dollars from selling slime. She was inspired by this girl she saw on Instagram. On weekends, she makes her slimes. She then keeps them in small containers and sells them at school on the weekdays.

Alternatively, you can also start with a small business by creating slime that you can sell online for children’s party giveaways.

Take advantage of the very low-cost capital that you need including the materials and candle making supplies that you can conveniently access here.

So, Who’s up for Clean-up?

So there you have it loves! Aside from the traditional handmade soap that you have been doing for quite some time, these DIY fluffy slime is something that you can add on to the list of your favorite DIY crafts.  

You’ll definitely get the hang of the basic slime-making process and the intricacies of improving the mixture by adding color, scents, and other available touches. For more DIY kids ideas using our colorant, head to our resource page here.

So, just like the handmade soap and bath bomb recipes, try to experiment on what you have at home and surprise yourself with the combinations that you can possibly make from your candle making supplies. Share and comment down your creative work

 

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