Handmade Shea Butter Soap
Shea butter is extracted from the seed oil of the Shea tree's fruit. The Shea tree is found in Africa, and Africans have been using the naturally oily seeds for many generations. This natural product is an amazing moisturizer which also offers natural UV protection. It is very gentle or mild on the skin, making it appropriate to use on babies and people with sensitive skin.
Pure Shea butter is non-toxic, which is why some choose to use it for cooking or baking. Outside the kitchen, it is known to help soothe skin problems like rashes, cuts, dry skin, and to soothe aching muscles. Shea butter has also been given credit for stimulating the skin's tissue, which increases the skin's collagen production, making it a natural anti-aging cream.
Because of the wonderful properties of Shea butter, it is a great ingredient when organic soap making. Using Shea butter will give you the chance to make a great luxury soap bar that you will surely love using! The fact that it will be handmade Shea butter soap is a plus. Customers will instantly recognize that you would have had to have used pure Shea butter, and hand making it usually assures them of high quality!
Check out this simple soap making recipe for making handmade Shea butter soap!
- 2 cups of Castile soap
- ½ cup distilled water
- 2 generous tbsp. pure unprocessed Shea butter
Using a double boiler, melt your grated Castile soap in ½ cup of distilled water. Stir the mixture till all the grated soap bits melt, and the mixture has slightly thickened.
Add the Shea butter and stir until the mixture is evenly blended. You can also use a stick blender on the low setting.
Once you have an even mixture, pour the liquid into your soap molds. You will probably need a few molds.
When the soap is completely hard, pop them out of the molds. You should be holding a hard soap bar. If the soap looks strange, consult the soap making troubleshooting page.
Set the bars on a drying rack in a cool but dry place. You will have to turn the bars once every three to five hours during the day to make sure the soap doesn't take on the design of the rack.
After about three weeks, your soap should be ready for use!
If you make Shea butter soap when to start your soap making business, be sure to use pure Shea butter so that customers keep coming back for more! There is a distinct difference with soaps that use processed Shea butter, and pure Shea butter, and trust that your customers (especially those who look for this kind of soap specifically) will be able to tell the difference in quality!