How to Make Glycerine Soap: Apricot, Mango & Peach Scented
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How to Make Glycerine Soap? Here it is July and I am working on the stack of gifts that I will be passing out to friends and family over the holidays. This Apricot, Mango & Peach Soap is the perfect ticket to pop in that DIY Spa basket that you whip together.
Beginners Guide To Soap Making
Making your own soap is a lot of fun. I love making my own soap for myself and also giving it as gifts to family and friends. If you’re interested in making your own soap but not sure where to start, here’s a brief explanation of the three different soap making processes:
- Cold Process
Cold process soap making is really making soap from scratch. The three basic ingredients you’ll need to make soap this way are water, oils, and sodium hydroxide (lye). Lye is classed as a hazardous material. It can burn skin on contact. When using lye you need to be extremely careful and take all safety precautions, such as wearing safety goggles, protective gloves, clothing, and shoes. You also need to ensure you use a stainless steel saucepan and have separate containers for the storing of lye and measuring cups, etc just for soap making.
It’s very important you use a good recipe if making soap this way that tells you all the precautions you need to take when using lye; such as mixing the water and lye outside or in a very well ventilated area. The mixing of water and lye first produces steam so toxic that it can burn your lungs.
You need to be very responsible when handling lye and it does sound scary, so a lot of soap-making beginners prefer starting off making their own soap by the following two methods.
- Handmilled or Rebatched Method
This method involves the grating of ready-made soap (so there’s no lye to worry about) that is then melted with added water. You can add your own additives, such as flower petals, herbs, lavender, oatmeal, spices, soap colors, and fragrance. Then you pour it into soap molds and leave it to set. This can take 24 hours but for a truly hardened soap it can take up to two weeks.
- Melt and Pour Method
In my experience, this is the easiest method to use if you’re a beginner. Melt and pour soap comes in ready-made soap blocks (no lye to deal with). You just melt it, either in the microwave or double boiler, add your soap color, fragrance, and optional additives, pour it into the mold, and leave it to sit for a few hours. Once it’s set it’s ready to use!
When making soap by any of the methods above, it’s important you use a good recipe so you get the measurements of the soap, colorings, fragrances, and additives right. It’s also important that you don’t accidentally splash yourself when dealing with a hot, melted soap mixture.
Soap-making is addictive. Once you make your first successful batch, you don’t want to stop! So why not get started on your soap-making journey today?
Glycerin Soap May Prove Beneficial For Dry Skin
Glycerin soap, as the name implies, is a soap that contains glycerin, which is a natural part of fat or oil. Glycerin is commonly found in handmade soap, which is becoming more and more popular among consumers. In the beginning, people turned toward handmade soaps because they were crafty, unique, and smelled good. What they did not realize is that handmade glycerin soap is also very good for your skin.
Glycerin soap is believed to help replenish the skin and add moisture where other conventional soaps, such as some commercial brands, may have stripped. In industrial soap, glycerin is often removed for use in expensive moisturizers and other skincare products. In handmade soap, however, the glycerin is not usually removed. The harsh ingredients found in many commercial brands can actually dry out the skin, which takes away its natural moisture and may lead to damage. Glycerin soap, on the other hand, is believed to be healthy for the skin and is less likely to cause irritation. In fact, many users have found that handmade glycerin soap may be especially beneficial to individuals with otherwise sensitive skin.
Easily found at craft fairs, specialty stores and online, handmade glycerin soap is more than a cleansing product – it is an art and the people who create each bar are artists in their own right. Various shapes, colors, and styles are easily found in handmade soap.
During the winter months especially, many people suffer from cracked or dry skin. It’s uncomfortable, embarrassing, and can make even the simplest motion of bending a finger a painful occurrence. While not designed to specifically cure chapped skin, handmade glycerin soap does help to add moisture and rejuvenate the natural texture of the surface. When skin becomes chapped, it is because the moisture is stripped away during cold weather, elevated heat temperatures inside the home, and lack of moisture in the air. Many people buy handmade glycerin soap because it helps to prevent dry, itchy skin. One of the main ingredients in handmade soap, which is known as aloe, is derived from the inner part of an aloe leaf and is commonly used to treat burns, rashes, and insect bites. Aloe actually helps to heal wounds, which is why it is so beneficial to individuals with dry or irritated skin.
Now keep in mind that the information in this article is intended for informational purposes only. It should not be considered as, or used in place of, medical advice or professional recommendations for the cause, diagnosis, or treatment of dry skin. If necessary, individuals should consult a medical doctor or dermatologist for information regarding the use of glycerin soap or other effective treatment methods.
How to Make Glycerine Soap, things you need:
1 pound mango & shea glycerin melt & pour soap base
2 tablespoons Apricot Seeds
20 drops Peach Mango Fragrance Oil
1 drop Orange soap colorant
Glass bowl or measuring cup
Wooden stir stick
(optional) rubbing alcohol
How to Make Glycerine Soap Directions:
- Cut soap into 1-inch cubes and place it into a glass bowl or measuring cup. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Remove from microwave and stir. If not completely melted, put on for 10-second intervals until fully melted.
- Add soap colorant and stir well.
- Add fragrance oil and stir well.
- Add Apricot Seeds and stir well.
- Pour into the soap mold and spray lightly with rubbing alcohol to reduce bubbles.
- Let cool for 1-2 hours.
- Remove from soap mold and cut into 2-3 inch bars.