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Easy and Fun: How To Make Handmade Soaps for Yourself (and Friends)

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If you have ever wondered how natural soaps are made and have been wanting to make them at home, we got you covered. Handmade soaps are absolutely great not only because you make them from A to Z, but they skip SLSs, alcohol, and artificial fragrances, plus they have therapeutical benefits too! For instance, if you’re making lavender soap, that’s definitely going to relieve stress. Besides, homemade soaps are cheaper and environmentally friendly — no reason not to try at least.


Homemade rosemary soap

We started this compendium of recipes with a trendy one: rosemary soap. This plant contains camphor, flavonoids, caffeic, and rosmarinic acid, among other components, and has beneficial effects for the skin, such as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and soothing. You can add aloe vera to this recipe as it’s very moisturizing and regenerating, and olive oil, which is nourishing, moisturizing, and repairing.

What you need

  • 50 g powdered Saponaria root
  • One tablespoon of fresh rosemary leaves and flowers
  • The gel of 2 or 3 aloe vera leaves
  • 100 ml of olive oil
  • 1 liter of water

How to make it

Heat the water in a pot, and when it starts to boil, remove it from the heat. Add the herbs (Saponaria and rosemary), cover the pot, and let it rest for 30 minutes or 1 hour. You can also boil it for 15 minutes, instead of making an infusion, since this is the minimum time to extract the saponins that have cleansing benefits.

Strain the infusion and pour it into a large bowl. Add the aloe vera gel and olive oil and stir well. When the mixture is well integrated, pour it into a mold. Let it harden in the fridge for as long as necessary, until it has the desired consistency, then remove it and cut it as you like.

To give it more aroma and make it last longer, you can add a few drops of essential oils, including rosemary itself.


Natural rue soap

For those who wonder how to make body soap from medicinal plants, rue is very much appreciated. Rue is a plant that serves to lighten skin, and has anti-fungal, soothing, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. Besides, vegetable oils, such as olive oil, are added for their perks, but also when we seek to make soap in a tablet and not liquid, because the Saponaria alone is somewhat fluid and with the oils solidifies.

What you need

  • 50 g of ground or powdered Saponaria
  • 1 liter of mineral water
  • 200 ml of olive oil
  • Two tablespoons of fresh or dried rue leaves and flowers

How to make

Boil the water in a pot, add the two herbs as soon as it starts to boil, and after a minute on high heat, remove the pot from the heat and cover it. Leave the saucepan well covered, and the infusion to rest for 30-45 minutes. Instead of infusion, you can boil the Saponaria, as mentioned in the previous section, for at least 15 minutes.

Strain the liquid into a large container to remove the large leaves, but if you want the soap to contain pieces of leaves and flowers, leave some in the infusion. Add the olive oil and mix well until it’s integrated. If it takes a while, you can heat the mixture in the saucepan for a few minutes and over low heat to integrate the ingredients. Let it cool down a bit, and when it is warm, pour the mixture into the pan, leaving it in the fridge for as many hours as possible so that when it has the right texture and consistency, you can remove it and cut it up nicely.


Soap with lavender flowers

If you want to make handmade soaps for weddings, sell, or as a gift, lavender is one of the most demanded since its smell and color are usually prevalent. Among lavender properties for the skin, we highlight that it is exfoliating, antiseptic, healing, and moisturizing.

What you need

  • 50 g of ground or powdered Saponaria root
  • 1 tablespoon of lavender leaves and flowers
  • 75 ml of olive oil
  • 1 liter of water

How to make

Put the water in a saucepan with high heat. When it breaks to boil, add the Saponaria and lavender leaves and flowers. After 15-20 minutes, remove the pan from the heat and cover it to rest for 10 more minutes.

Strain the infusion, but do not remove all the lavender leaves and flowers. Add the olive oil and stir well until everything is blended, and, if necessary, you can heat the mixture a little more. Let everything cool down when the mixture is homogeneous, better if you keep it in the fridge when it is warm or already a little cold, never hot. After a few hours, as you see the soap’s consistency, you can remove it from the mold and cut it as you like.


Homemade marigold soap

Finally, marigold is another of the best-known medicinal plants and herbs for making soap. The reason is that among its properties are significant skincare benefits since marigold is a great soother, regenerating, healing, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory. You can also add aloe vera as it has similar properties. Thus, it will be a more beneficial soap for those who struggle with irritation, eczema, or atopic skin types.

What you need

  • 50 g of powdered Saponaria root
  • 1 tablespoon of marigold leaves and flowers
  • The gel of 2 or 3 leaves of aloe vera
  • 100 ml of olive oil
  • 1 liter of mineral water

How to make

Heat the water in a saucepan over high heat and remove it when reaches boiling point. Add the herbs and cover the saucepan; let it rest for 30-60 minutes. Strain the infusion and transfer it to a large bowl, then add the aloe vera gel and oil and stir well.

When all the mixture is well integrated, you can pour it into the mold. Let it harden in the fridge until you notice the consistency you are looking for. Unmold and cut the marigold soap into the shape you want.

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