DIY Hydrating Herbal Soap

Making soap has quickly become my staple DIY project.
Since starting to make soap two years ago, I have not and will never buy commercially made soap again (it's that good).

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There are several different avenues of making your own soap. Personally, I was not interested in recreating Fight Club with handling lye, an incredibly caustic substance, used in both Hot and Cold Process soap making.
Instead, I opted for a simple Melt & Pour Method. Rather than focusing on the chemistry of the soap, I get to draw my attention to my favourite part-- coming up with herbal combinations for great smelling, therapeutic and eye-appealing soap.

Supplies

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Process

  1. Cut melt & pour soap blocks into smaller pieces.
  2. Set up double boiler (pictured below). Set large pot on top of smaller pot filled with boiling water. 
  3. Add small pieces of soap to double boiler and allow to melt, stirring occasionally.
  4. Once all the soap is liquid, stir in dried herbs.
    B.'s tip: Depending on the herb you're using, you may want to do this immediately before pouring into the mould or layer into the soap mixture as you're pouring, as some herbs may lose pigment (i.e., lavender) or suspend at different levels. Other herbs are beneficial to infuse into the soap mixture (i.e., calendula).
  5. Add desired essential oils to the mix and stir.
    B.'s tip: Immediately remove from heat and pour, as essential oils are volatile and will evaporate quickly, especially when heated.
  6. Pour into soap mould and leave undisturbed for several hours.
  7. Once set, pop out of mould and cut into bars.
  8. Store in an air-tight container.

These bars make the perfect gift (if you're able to part with them).
Wrap in paper to preserve freshness.

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There are many reasons I love making my own soap, but I especially love controlling products going on my body. I always advocate for more natural products, especially when they have a therapeutic value. Lather up and revel in your natural beauty!
I'm always coming up with new variations, incorporating new medicinal herbs or scents. Here are a couple ideas:

Refreshing Myrtle Soap

  • Dried myrtle leaves
  • 20-30 drops Saje Refresh essential oil blend (spearmint, lavender, lemon, eucalyptus, rosewood, cedarwood) 
 (Left) Refreshing Myrtle Soap; (Right) Soothing & Moisturizing Lavender Oatmeal Soap

(Left) Refreshing Myrtle Soap; (Right) Soothing & Moisturizing Lavender Oatmeal Soap

Soothing & Moisturizing Lavender Oatmeal Bar

  • Dried lavender
  • Oatmeal
  • 20-30 drops of French lavender essential oil 
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diy hydrating herbal soap botanical medicine recipe dr briana lutz

Nourishing Calendula Rose Soap

  • Dried calendula
  • Crushed dried rose buds
  • 20-30 drops of Saje Goddess essential oil blend (orange, palmarosa, rose, indian neroli, jasmine & champa)
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Every make your own soap? What is your favourite herbal combination?
Comment below or tag me in your photo on instagram, @bealutz.

Big sudsy hugs,

♥ B.