Do you know which herbs are best to use for herbal soap making?
If not, I will help you!
Holidays have passed, our New Year’s feast has come and gone, and guess what – it’s time to detoxify! And I’m not talking just about dieting or going to the gym – we should detoxify our skin, as well!
Many of us have made New Year’s resolutions to live a healthier life style, so why not start here?
My favorite way to detoxify my skin (which I may say – is looking rather poorly right now, after all, all those winter colds and feasts had left quite a battlefield on it) is via herbs. I put herbs in my food, I put herbs in my humidifier, I even only drink herbal tea – after all, herbs are Mother Nature’s home remedy.
So, let’s get started, shall we?
Melt-and-pour glycerin soap :– It can be transparent, white, or any other color you like. I find a high quality melt-and-pour glycerin soap on online shops, but you can also visit your local craft store, and ask for one. The color is truly your own choosing
Essential oils :–
Now, as you can see in the title, we’ll be using seven herbs! In my opinion, the herbs make such a strong and powerful scent, you really don’t need any essential oils, but if you would like to put just a few drops in, then I recommend – Lavender Essential Oil or Chamomile Essential Oil – both are extremely calming, anti-anxiety, and quite detoxifying.
Dried herbs :–
I must emphasize the word ‘dried’. It is absolutely essential that you use dried herbs - do not use fresh - we’re cooking soap, not a turkey!
And yes, seven herbs. I find this number quite magical and a bearer of good luck in 2017. You may choose any combination you can think of, but be careful that the scents don’t clash! Or, you can just follow my recipe exactly and use:
They are all natural remedies for detoxifying, and anti-anxiety, plus most of the scents are quite mild, which is important if you’re using so many ingredients.
Remember, the scents should not clash together! Just because the mixture of these seven herbs smells magical to me, it doesn’t mean it will smell magical to you.
May I suggest, taking a smidge of each herb into your palm, rubbing it gently in between your fingers, and then taking a whiff of that. That’s how I get the approximate scent of an herb.
And a little hint that I use on my lazy days, if you’re in no mood to pick out herbs, just take some of your favorite herbal tea bags, cut them open and voila! Herbs are served!
Petroleum Jelly so you’ll be able to get the soap out of the molds
Rubbing Alcohol in a spray bottle. you’ll need it to remove bubbles out of glycerin before it sets
Molds :– I will use a square butter tray, but you can also use a muffin tray or a yogurt cup. Basically you can use anything you’d like, as long as you first rub some petroleum jelly in it.
Mortar and pestle :– this is what you will need to crush all of those beautiful herbs together, and make magic! But, you can also use any other heavy object to crush the herbs.
Your 1st Step :– Got the tiny cubes of your melt-and-pour glycerin soap? Don’t think the cubes are small enough? Just cut them into tinier cubes!
How much of melt-and-pour glycerin soap? As much as you need! In my case, I only need one soap cube, so I will only use four little glycerin cubes (which fit into my mold).
Your 2nd Step :– Place the cubes into a heat-proof bowl, place it into a microwave, and heat it in 30 second intervals. Keep heating the mixture, until it becomes liquid.
If you don’t own a microwave, just place the bowl over a pot with water, then place it over medium heat and warm it up until it completely melts.
You can also stir the mixture with a wooden spoon; it will help it melt faster.
Your 3rd Step :– Coat your molds with petroleum jelly, that’s how the soap won’t stick when you take it out. Trust me, you don’t want to get all anxious while trying to get the sticky suckers out, then you’ll really need the anti-anxiety soap!
Your 4th Step :– If you’re a person that’s into essential oils, you may use it now. But be careful, the strong mixture of herbs may clash with your oil, so I don’t recommend using any essential oils in this herbal soap making recipe.
If you want to use it, only use about 5 or 6 drops of Lavender or Chamomile Essential Oil.
Your 5th Step :– Place all of the herbs of your choosing, in my case, Lavender, Chamomile, Thyme, Rosemary, Marjoram, Tarragon, Passionflower, into the mortar and crush them with the pestle.
Don’t completely obliviate it into dust; make sure the tiny specks are still seen. It makes for a great friction in the herbal soap making.
Your 6th Step :– Take the herb mixture and mix it in with the melted glycerin soap.
Your 7th Step :– Take the Rubbing Alcohol in a spray bottle and spray a little bit on the surfaces of all the mixtures – the alcohol prevents bubbles from forming when the soap mixture sets.
Your 8th Step :– Now, let the soap harden at room temperature for about 30 to 40 minutes, or until you feel the surface of the herbal soap becoming slightly firm. Go make yourself a well-deserved cocktail meanwhile, and put your feet up for a bit.
Your 9th Step :– Take another 20 minutes to place the molds in the freezer, leave them there for 20 minutes – this should speed the process a bit.
Your 10th Step :– Finished your cocktail? Thought so. The last thing you need to do is to pop those babies out of their molds (they should slide easily because of the petroleum jelly. If not, lightly tap on the bottom of the mold).
Leave them on a cloth or a towel to finish drying over the next 2 or 3 days. Now go make yourself another cocktail!
Happy Soapy to You.......
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