Fancy making some homemade aromatherapy soap? There are lots of excellent reasons for doing this. You get to choose your favourite essential oil….or conjour up your own special blend of oils. You also know exactly what is going into your soap….natural ingredients which are much better for you and your skin.
Maybe you want to treat your family and friends to homemade soap made with essential oils…..I always love being given presents that are homemade……to me this means thought, time and effort! The one trouble might be that you love the soap you’ve made so much that you want to keep it for yourself!
There are several different ways to make aromatherapy soap, but the easiest one is probably the melt and pour method. You don’t need much equipment, you don’t need to spend a lot and you can see results quickly. This is the first method that I used – it was great fun and I was really impressed with the results! This would be a great way for children to learn how to make soap…..under supervision, of course, as hot melted soap can be dangerous.
Take a look at the natural soaps that I make and sell (with my wonderful business partner Katrina) at Pure RoK Natural Soap. We have had so much fun creating all these gorgeous glycerine based soaps.
So if you want to make your own soaps at home.
What You Will Need -Some melt and pour soap base. (500g will give you roughly 3 to 4 bars of soap, depending on the size of your mould. Something to use as a mould. You can buy soap moulds and ingredients online. Or if you prefer, try a good crafts shop. A microwave. A heatproof jug or bowl. Essential oils for your chosen aroma.(3 to 10 ml per 500g - this is roughly equivalent to 60 to 200 drops per 500g) A small fine spray bottle of rubbing alcohol (surgical spirit). Possibly some soap-safe dyes if you would like coloured soap! You will also need a little bit of time and some imagination......let's get going and make that aromatherapy soap!
Find a good melt and pour recipe that you would like to try and make a list of the ingredients......then go and buy what you need!
Cut the amount of soap you want to use with a sharp knife. It is better to have slightly too much than too little. Slice it into small pieces so that it melts quickly. Put the soap base into your jug, or bowl.
Microwave for 1 minute and check for melting. Continue to microwave in 15 second intervals until it has melted. It is important not to overheat it as this may discolour the soap. Be careful as the melted soap will be very hot!
Once melted, try to keep stirring the soap to stop a skin from forming.....you will have to work quite quickly from this point!
Now is the time to add your essential oil(s) and colouring, if using. If the soap starts to solidify then you can remelt it.
Fill your soap moulds with the melted soap, but not completely to the top. This makes it easier to remove the soap later. Tap the mould lightly to get rid of any air bubbles. If you do get some then just spray a little bit of alcohol on and this should get rid of them!
Leave the soap until it has hardened. You can put them in the fridge to help them set more quickly.
Remove the soap from the moulds. If you are keeping your homemade aromatherapy soap for any length of time then it is a good idea to wrap them. Cling film is ideal.