All oats, whether they are porridge oats, oatmeal or colloidal oats are fantastic in all types of skincare products and have been used for centuries. They can be used in soaps, lotions, creams, face masks, shampoos, conditioners and bath products. Benefits of Oats . Rich in vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and lipids. . Contains flavonoids which are strong UVA protectors. . Contains saponins which gently cleansers the skin. Saponins are a group of chemical compounds found na
What is the Difference Most commercially made soap is more like a detergent and is definately not kind to our planet, well being or skin. It's mass produced in large factories using machines often using cheap ingredients, artificial colouring, parabens and petrochemicals. Parabens are artificial preservatives used to give the soap bar a longer shelf life and petrochemicals, derived from petroleum are used as a cheap form of detergent, a grease busting ingredient which is ver
The point I would like to make in this Soap Making Blog is that you need not stick to a plain recipe but you can alter it easily to make it something more special. Don't be afraid to change things around a bit, get creative and come up with different ideas. Start with a good basic recipe i.e. the one below and then switch it up. 164g x Coconut Oil 164g x Olive Oil 140g x Shea Butter 125g x Water 64g x Sodium Hydroxide To make the soap go to the Basic Soap Making Bl
All over the papers and television we are all being encouraged to ditch plastic to help our wonderful planet. What better way to do this than to make your own soap! Making soap is fun, therapeutic and very, very satisfying. You do not have to buy expensive equipment most of it can be found in your kitchen cupboards, even the moulds you can make yourself very easily. The ingredients are easily sourced on the internet and even in supermarkets and they do not cost huge amounts.
What is Lye Lye is the scientific name of Sodium Hydroxide which is chemical made of pure salt. It is a VERY caustic ingredient so must be used with total respect. If any crystals of Sodium Hydroxide get onto your skin it will burn, it can also burn through clothing so great care must be taken when using this product. How is lye made It's quite a simple method really, pure salt is disolved in cold water. As the crystals of salt begin to fall to the bottom graphite rods are in
When you decide to make your own soap don't be tempted into being to adventurous by adding lots of different oils/butters, colours, botanicals and patterns. Although some photos of gorgeous looking soap might make you want to dive straight in I'd suggest choosing a simple basic recipe to start with - no colours, no additives, no superfatting, no pattern just basic soap with a basic aroma. I suggest you start with gorgeous oils/butters like Coconut Oil, Shea Butter and Olive O
This is something that seems to worry everybody who starts making cold pressed soap as most books tell you to blend the oils/butters and lye until 'trace' is achived, when actually, these days it's not something you have to worry about too much. In the days before stick blenders the oils/butters and lye were stirred by hand using a spoon, which as you can imagine, took ages to do and you did need to know when emulsification was achieved so the mixture did not separate again.
Over the years I have met many interesting people who have been on my workshops to spend a happy, fun day with me making soap, moisturisers, cleansers and perfumes. Many of these have gone on to make skincare products at home for friends and family, designing packaging and labels and some now want to turn their hobby into a successful business. When I first started Aroma Natural rules were not quite so strict and it was easier to make and sell products, however, things have c
Ingredients : 750g Coconut Oil (solid)
250g Coco Butter
167g Sodium Hydroxide To Make : Melt coconut oil and coco butter in a double burner.
Add sodium hydroxide to the water and stir. Place into a bowl of very cold water as soon as possible.
Remove butters from the heat and cool.
Cool both the butters and lye to a temperature of between 90-110F.
When this temperature is reached stir the lye into the melted butters.
Using a stick whisk blend together until a tra