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Homemade moisturizing soap: here is a recipe based on aloe vera and olive oil to preserve the natural ph of our skin.
Many make the mistake of thinking that the use of moisturizing creams for both the face and the body can counteract skin dryness. It is not so. The aggressive action of classic over-the-counter soaps can help irritate and dry out the skin.
For this reason, a valid alternative is represented by homemade soaps based on natural ingredients such as aloe vera and olive oil.
On this page we will show you how to make a natural soap at home to keep our hydration intact and free us from impurities.
Why aloe vera?
The leaves of this extraordinary plant have a gelatinous substance with many beneficial properties for the health of our skin. Not surprisingly, many companies in both the pharmaceutical and cosmetic sectors use aloe vera as an ingredient for their products: this is the case with shower gel, shampoos, soaps, cosmetics, lotions ...
This gel is effective in maintaining the natural hydration of the skin without making it greasy. In practice, it is the ideal option for those with dry skin, oily skin or acne.
Having an aloe vera plant at home requires no special care. For further information, please refer to the article "How to grow aloe vera at home"
Why a homemade soap?
Making a product suitable for the care of our skin at home also allows us to do without some ingredients that are not beneficial for our skin or for our health, such as synthetic perfumes, sulphates, parabens, etc.
The aloe vera-based soap is a recipe suitable for all skin types, in fact the whole family can use it.
Homemade moisturizing soap, what we need
-250 grams of olive or coconut oil
-40 grams of caustic soda
-80 ml of distilled water
-60 grams of aloe vera gel
-15 drops of essential oil (optional)
- Wooden spoon
- Molds for soaps or the bottom of a bottle
-Mask for caustic soda.
Homemade moisturizing soap, procedure
1) After putting on goggles, gloves and mask, put the glass jar in the sink: the area where you will operate must be well aerated
2) Pour the distilled water into the caustic soda, being very careful to avoid splashes
3) As this process generates vapors, wait for the compound to cool. At this point, pour the olive or coconut oil into the saucepan and heat over low heat
4) When it gets to about 40 degrees, remove the saucepan from the heat. Carefully mix the oil with the caustic soda then shake with a whisk, always paying attention to avoid splashing.
5) Without waiting for it to cool, add the aloe vera and essential oils and mix well. Transfer the mixture into the mold and cover with a towel so that the heat is maintained and saponification occurs.
6) Let it rest until it has cooled down. It will take 12 to 24 hours. Once cooled, you can remove the mold
Store the soap for one and a half to two months in a cool, dry place
- Handle the caustic soda with great care and make sure there are no children or animals in the vicinity while making the soap.
- Always wear protective goggles, as well as a mask and gloves, do not forget that it is a very corrosive substance.
- In case of skin contact, consult your doctor
Homemade soap based on glycerin and aloe
As an alternative to caustic soda, you can make an aloe vera-based soap with the use of glycerin; just buy a glycerin soap, heat it in a bain-marie until it melts and mix it with aloe vera.
Subsequently, you just have to let it cool in a mold and the glycerin and aloe vera soap will be ready for use.
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