If you can’t find the fragrant soap you want, why not create it yourself? You can have great fun creating the following fragrant soaps or try mixing your own essential oils to get your perfect blend.
The Main Ingredients
No matter what essential oils you choose to add to your soap, you will need a soap base. These are quite inexpensive to buy, and you can buy a small amount to get you started, moving to larger quantities once you get your confidence up. These are the main ingredients:
- Melt and pour soap
- Soap mold (bought or you can use a small plastic Tupperware dish or chocolate silicone mold)
- Plastic mixing spoon or spatula
- Measuring cup
- Coloring if required
- Essential oils of choice
How To Make The Soap
In each case you will need to melt the soap base in the measuring cup. If you cut it up into chunks it will melt more easily and quickly. You can do this in the microwave. Once it has melted add any colorings and essential oils, or any other additives you are using such as cocoa butter, shea butter, lavender heads, etc., and mix well. Add to the mold and allow to set. You can spray the top with alcohol to prevent bubbles from forming, but this isn’t essential, especially if the soap is just for you.
Allow the soap to set in a cool place. It will take a few hours to set properly so you can go do something else whilst this is happening. You can even leave it overnight if you prefer. Once it has set you need to just pop the soap out of the mold. You should wrap it in plastic to store it away if you are not using it straight away. Here are a few great recipes to get you started:
Soothing Aloe Vera Balm
The wonderful anti-inflammatory and healing properties of aloe vera are legendary. Why not make a soap to soothe away stings and help regenerate the skin? Just mix 1 pound of melt and pour soap with 1-2 teaspoons of aloe vera oil. Use the process as detailed above.
This recipe is perfect for the man in your life, or if you prefer more earthy tones, it would suit you very well. Depending on how strong you like the fragrance, add 4 drops bergamot essential oil, 2 drops cedarwood essential oil and 2 drops patchouli essential oil to 1 pound of melt and pour soap.
Zingy Lemon And Rosemary Soap
This zingy soap will not only freshen your room but will also lift your mood. Just add 4 teaspoons of grapeseed oil and 1 teaspoon of lemon essential oil to 1 pound of melted soap base. Add a few fresh rosemary leaves or a teaspoon of dried rosemary.
If you are trying to recreate your memories of the beach, try this tantalizing recipe. Melt your pound of soap base and add 2 drops of frankincense essential oil. 2 drops of cedarwood essential oi, 2 drops of orange essential oil and 1 drop of rosemary essential oil. You can adjust the depth of the fragrance by changing the combination of drops. To increase the soap’s moisturizing capabilities also add 2 teaspoons of a carrier oil of choice.
To feel as if you are floating to nirvana add the following to your pound of melted soap base: 2 drops sandalwood essential oil, 2 drops orange essential oil, 2 drops grapefruit essential oil.
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