Adding Soap Exfoliants to Your Mix
Did you know you're supposed to exfoliate your skin at least once a week? Your skin is constantly being renewed and dead skin cells tend to stay on the surface of your skin unless scrubbed off. Dirt also has a tendency to get stuck within your skins layers and this can cause allergic reactions or unnecessary pigmenting. Exfoliation is necessary, and it is why there are so many products out there that contain soap exfoliants.
Soap exfoliants give soap texture and it can make it coarse enough to scrub off any dirt and dead skin cells that may be on the top layer of your skin. Some exfoliants can even lend color to soap! When soap making these ingredients should be mixed with a carrier oil in order to prevent it from clumping in the soap. It should be added after your soap achieves trace. Many soap makers have noticed that exfoliants tend to thicken the soap batch, and this is fine as long as you stir it so it's evenly distributed and transfer it to molds before it gets too thick.
There are several types of exfoliants that are “tried and tested” and not only give your soap that wonderful scrubby property, but also give your soap nutritive properties for your skin. Many of them also act as antioxidants, which as everyone now knows, is excellent for your skin and health.
Among the “tried and tested” soap exfoliants, here are a few Super Soap Making favorites!
1. Fruit Seeds
The ideal fruit seeds to use are the tiny kind, and therefore will make amazing exfoliants. Sometimes, they add a natural color to the soap, but most of the time they will add the natural healthy properties of the fruit they come from. Fruit seeds are great for the skin, and so are fruit fibers. It will take you hours on end to harvest enough fruit seeds for your soap, so it's best to find a good supplier. Most seeds will last up to two years, making it well worth what you pay!
2. Almond Meal and/or Walnut Husk Meal
Like fruit seeds, these nut meals are rich in the oils of the plant they come from. So not only does it exfoliate your skin, but it spreads a natural nutritious oil on it too! Because they are ground, they need to be kept away from moisture and in an airtight container. You can keep them for up to a year, mixing them in soaps and lotions or vegetable butters in order to get a nice exfoliating product!
3. Ground Oatmeal
Perhaps the easiest natural exfoliant out there, ground oatmeal is so good at ridding your skin of dirt and impurities. You can mix it with other exfoliating ingredients for a truly luxuriously exfoliating soap, or you can use it on its own. One of the best things about oatmeal? It can be used for facials!
4. Wax Beads
Perhaps the only non-naturally occurring product on this list, wax beads are man made exfoliants that you can use for soap. Being round, they are great for exfoliating more delicate skin. Much gentler on the skin than nut shells, seeds, and powders, they work best when used in body washes. Being colored, they tend to look very pretty when suspended in liquid.
Whenever you make soap using soap exfoliants, be sure to add an antioxidant oil to the mix. This will help strengthen the quality of your soap. Compatible with just about anything, the oil in vitamin E capsules make a great antioxidant. Use two to three capsules per batch of soap!
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