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I must admit this easy homemade soap recipe does cheat slightly as it uses a simple, unscented soap base as part of the ingredients, so it’s perfectly safe and child friendly. Call me over cautious but I’d rather not handle such a caustic substance as lye in the home, especially with the kids around. So this simple melt and pour recipe suits me fine.
The beauty of making your own soap is that you can customise it according to your personal taste. You can add your favourite essential oils, in this case I chose lavender oil for it’s calming effect and soothing fragrance. Or increase the richness of the soap with avocado oil or almond oil which makes it wonderfully moisturising, leaving the skin feeling soft and dewy and never taut and stripped of natural oils. The addition of the beeswax pellets helps the soap to set and makes it last a lot longer, but also adds the natural protective qualities of beeswax.
Try this Easy Homemade Soap and you’ll be converted immediately, it’s so quick and easy and with some added special ingredients you end up with a luxury handcrafted soap that makes a lovely gift too.
How To Make Easy Homemade Soap
- 3 bars of unscented, soap for sensitive skins ( I use simple, or a block of plain olive oil soap )
- 200 ml cooled boiled water
- 50 ml avocado oil
- 50 ml almond oil
- 30 g beeswax pellets
- 25 drops essential oil of your choice (lavender or rose geranium is nice)
- Small handful of dried lavender flowers (poppy seeds, oatmeal also works well)
- small plastic pots to use for molds - lightly oiled to assist with easy release (recycled baby food pots works well)
- Grate the soap into a large heat proof bowl, this can be speeded up considerably by putting the soap in the microwave for 30 seconds first.
- Add the water and place over a pan of simmering water on a low light. Stir well with a metal spoon until the grated soap melts into the water.
- Add the oils and fragrance and stir well, you can substitute any other natural oils according to your preference.
- The addition of beeswax pellets helps the soap to set faster and makes it last a lot longer.
- Once thoroughly blended, spoon the mixture into the pots and smooth off the top with a knife.
- Leave to cool and set this might take at least a week.
- Once set, wrap the soaps in greaseproof paper and allow to dry further until you need them.