Make your own BEAUTY BARS

Soap-mak­ing is fun – and eas­ily cus­tomis­able with home­grown herbs and flow­ers, and es­sen­tial oils. Create your own nat­u­ral soaps for face and body.

Herbs & Superfoods - - Herbs For Natural Beauty -

With to­day’s con­ve­nient and eas­ily avail­able melt-and-pour soap bases, it’s ex­tremely easy to make your own soaps and beauty bars. Just melt, add home­grown herbs and flow­ers, then pour into a mould. You can also use other sim­ple in­gre­di­ents such as beeswax, co­coa but­ter, co­conut oil and shea but­ter to make soaps, mixed with a com­bi­na­tion of es­sen­tial oils. Choose your es­sen­tial oils for their ther­a­peu­tic prop­er­ties. Sweet orange oil, for ex­am­ple, helps to soothe sore mus­cles and increase blood flow, and also aids col­la­gen pro­duc­tion. Myrrh es­sen­tial oil helps to heal chapped skin, sun dam­age and rashes, and rose es­sen­tial oil is use­ful for sooth­ing skin con­di­tions like pso­ri­a­sis and der­mati­tis. Rose gera­nium es­sen­tial oil helps reg­u­late oil pro­duc­tion and re­duces acne break­outs.

To make a sim­ple cal­en­dula and sweet orange beauty bar, you need 250g glyc­er­ine melt-and-pour opaque soap base, 3 ta­ble­spoons runny honey, 4 ta­ble­spoons oat bran, a hand­ful of dried cal­en­dula petals, dried orange peel, and 20 drops of sweet orange es­sen­tial oil.

Cut the soap base into 2cm cubes and place in a mi­crowave-proof jug. Heat in the mi­crowave on medium un­til melted (about five min­utes). Re­move from the oven, add honey, oat bran, cal­en­dula petals, orange peel and es­sen­tial oil. Mix well, work­ing quickly. Pour into sil­i­cone cup­cake moulds. To elim­i­nate bub­bles you can use a small spray bot­tle filled with methy­lated spir­its to mist the sur­face of the soap. Al­low soaps to dry (about two hours). The soaps should be dry by the time they have cooled.

In a sim­i­lar fash­ion, make a gar­den­ing soap to soften your hard­work­ing hands. Chop 250g aloe vera melt-and-pour soap base into 2cm cubes and place in a mi­crowave-proof jug. Heat in the mi­crowave on medium un­til melted. Re­move from the oven, and gen­tly stir in 2 ta­ble­spoons oat bran, 1½ ta­ble­spoons fine pumice, 1 ta­ble­spoon ben­tonite clay and sev­eral drops of lemon­grass es­sen­tial oil (which is an­timi­cro­bial). Pour into moulds and al­low to cure.

For honey soap, melt 1 ta­ble­spoon beeswax pel­lets and 125g melt-and-pour soap base. Mix to­gether, add 1 ta­ble­spoon honey. Stir un­til the honey has melted. Pour into a mould and cure as above.

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