Classic & Luxurious Sandalwood Soap
When it comes to luxury soaps, Castile soap ranks high up on the list. Because of the rarity of its main ingredient, sandalwood soap will also rank quite high. This recipe for sandalwood soap not only creates an absolutely luxurious soap, but also a soap that is beneficial to your skin.
1 bar of Castile soap
2 tsp. Sandalwood powder
3-4 tsp. Sandalwood essential oil
- Chop up or grate your bar of Castile soap. Heat the soap bits in a double boiler or a Pyrex bowl placed on top of a pot of water while bringing the water to a boil. Melt the soap while slowly mixing it. Once completely melted, remove the bowl from the heat.
- Stir in the 2 teaspoons of sandalwood powder till you have an even consistency.
- Drop in the fragrance oil and give the mixture a final stir.
- Pour the mixture into your molds and let it harden for a day or two.
- Once hard, remove from the molds and enjoy!
Sandalwood oil is derived from trees. True sandal oil is expensive because the trees from which it is derived are not as numerous as they once were. In fact, they now can only be found in two places in the world, and are rather well protected. The oil is often used to make incense or perfume, and pure oil is never applied directly onto the skin. It has an aromatic woody fragrance that is soothing to the senses.
Soap made with this oil or other sandalwood derived products, such as the sandalwood powder, is said to help reduce tension in the body. It is also known for its amazing antiseptic properties, which is why it is the perfect soap to use for those suffering from acne or those with cuts and burns. Those with ringworm and athlete's foot will also benefit from sandalwood soap, as it is said to be able to deal with fungal infections.
Apart from healing, the soap is also excellent at caring for dry, cracked, or irritated skin. This particular recipe will be wonderful at moisturizing the skin because of the Castile soap that was used as the soap base.
Note: You can make your own Castile soap by following the recipe found on this site or buy a bar from a store. If you follow the site recipe, do not add any fragrance oils so that when you make your sandalwood soap, only the scent of the sandalwood is present.