Natural soapmaking is slowly weaving its way into mainstream commercialism. When you go to a supermarket or a body and bath store, you’ll see that a lot of manufacturers are now answering the call of a lot of health-and-body conscious people.
Traditional soap is made by lard, usually from a farm animal – pigs included. Add to that a dozen or so chemicals involved in the process of soap making, and you have soap that may eventually be harmful to you or your family’s skin in the long run. Chemicals to make the soap produce more suds, give a little more for color, add a few drops for scents – and voila! A plethora of chemicals and toxins that we’re not even sure will have an effect on our bodies in the future.
If you are one of these people who are thinking of reverting back to the old ways, then making your own soap may be a possible alternative. Organic soap allows you to choose and use ingredients to your liking. Goats milk, peppermint, cinnamon, olive oil, and organic oatmeal are just some of the supplies that can not only be used in soap making, but can also be found in the warmth of your dreary old kitchen.
Let’s take goats milk for dissection. It contains more than 50 nutrients, among them, a couple of vitamins (A, B1, B6, B12, C and E, the first slows down the effects of aging, and prevents thickening of the skin; the last being the first and foremost vitamin that is well-known for beautiful and wonderful skin care). It also has some amino acids, fatty acids, lipids and proteins – not to mention the natural moisturizing properties that goats’ milk has.
Soap making supplies for organic soaps are actually inexpensive. Which is why a good number of people are now turning to this hobby not just for a stress-less activity, but also for their body’s natural cleansing needs. If you’re into melt and pour soaps, you would need a soap base – glycerine and Castille are the most popular ones. If you’re into cold process soap making, you may need some lye to complete your soap making needs.
Natural ingredients (which is the main thing why people are throwing away commercially-bought soaps) such as the ones mentioned above are the first and foremost attracting property of organic soap. There are those who use herbal extracts like grapefruit seed for cleansing or calamansi for whitening properties. Cocoa butter, aloe vera or shea butter is used for their moisturizing effects. Cucumber and avocado is utilized for their cold and soothing but not drying properties. A wide array of naturally grown ingredients all for the picking.
You may need some utensils to beautify your final product and also to make the process easier. Mixing bowls, a weighing scale, rubber gloves and apron (for your protection against small accidents), a thermometer, a pitcher, a blender or mixer (to make mixing easier), a stainless steel or enamel pot, and soap molds are just some things that a soap maker cannot live without.
You may not be seeing the effects of commercial soaps now, but you will feel its effects in the future. Try comparing that soap and a soap that’s made from, say, olive oil. The latter would not dry out your skin, compared to the former where it’s possible for your skin to become dry in a couple of hours after a supposedly long, luxurious bath.
So if you’re thinking of making your own soaps, go organic. Believe me, your skin would love you for it.