Essential Oil Soap: Introduction and Safety
More often than we realize, people are drawn to a soap or are encouraged to buy soap because of the way it smells. In fact, most big companies know that the scent of a soap plays a large role in the success of a product. Scent is a factor that can make or break a product, which is why getting it right is almost as important as getting the soap blend right. No one will buy a soap that has fabulous skin benefits, but gives them a headache!
The scents of most soaps are reliant on the fragrance oils or the 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, on the other hand, are made from plant extracts and are completely natural, however they are far more potent and can give the soap certain properties. Essential oil soaps are soaps that use essential oils as a means to give the soap fragrance, but also as a way to enhance the soap's characteristics.
Essential oils are commonly used to give a soap therapeutic properties, specifically aromatherapy. The scent of essential oil soaps can calm, invigorate, relax, and soothe a person while they enjoy their bath. Essential oils are also often used to give the soap a property that will add to the benefits of the consumer. For example, tea tree oil, which carries anti-bacterial properties can help make a soap naturally anti-bacterial. It can also make the soap ideal for treating acne.
There are many different types of essential oil for soap making, which means there are many different types of essential oil soap. However, one must be careful when working with these oils. Essential oils can be volatile, so they should be kept away from heat and should always be sealed properly. Very expensive essential oils should be kept in a refrigerator. Not only will this make it last longer, but it is also likely to be expensive because it is pure.
Apart from being volatile, essential oils are also very potent. This means you should ideally use gloves while mixing them and wash your hands after each use. It is important not to get any in your eyes, and if you do, to wash your eyes right away. When mixing, be sure to mix in small batches and to always mix the essential oils with a fixed oil. This will make sure your mixture is not overpowering, and also ensure that your final product is safe for the skin.
Essential oils are often added before a soap mixture reaches trace. Each batch of essential oil soap will only need a few drops of oil. Apart from making sure the scents blend well, it is also important to make sure the essential oils do not have a negative effect on the soap, as it can sometimes have when mixed with certain ingredients. In order to prevent waste, make some trial batches and monitor the soap to see how well it reacts. When unsure, study the various soap making recipes and see how oils are blended into soap and in what amounts. This should give you a decent guide on how to use these oils.