There was a time in history when almost everyone made their own soap. The Earth is coming full circle, and soap making has once again become a welcome and rewarding hobby. But a few things have changed in the last 300 years of soap making.
For one thing, you can customize the soaps to suit your specific beauty needs while adding herbal elements to make the final product more therapeutic. Also, grinding soaps doesn’t take all day or even months like our ancestors did. Now you can combine the healing and beautifying powers of soap into an organic skin lightener with just a few minutes of work. That is how:
Short Cut Soap Milling
A huge time saver in the world of soap making is using pre-made, all-natural bars of soap. Making soap from scratch can get messy and greasy. You can save yourself and your kitchen that mess by picking up a creamy, organic bar of soap at your local drugstore or drugstore.
- 1 bar of organic soap (3.5 to 4 ounce bar)
- 1 navel orange
- 2 tablespoons safflower or almond oil
- 4 tablespoons of filtered water
- 2 drops of lemongrass essential oil
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- Large microwave-safe bowl
- plastic wrap
- Flexible, freezer-safe plastic cup
- cheese rack
- Paper towels
Create a Skin Lightening Soap
Crush the bar of soap in a bowl, using the cheese rack. Next, in the same bowl, with the cheese grater, crush the orange peel. Grate the orange until you reach the yellowish-white area of its skin.
To prepare the ramekins, dip a paper towel in the vegetable oil and cover the cup with the oiled towel.
melt the soap
In the bowl used earlier, to the crushed soap and orange peels, add the water and safflower (or almond) oil.
Cover bowl with plastic wrap and microwave on high for 30-45 seconds. (Note: Watch the soap as it melts because it may bubble up in the microwave.) If the soap has not completely melted after 45 seconds, microwave it for another 30 seconds.
mixing the soap
Once the soap has melted, remove it from the microwave and remove the plastic wrap.
Add the essential oil of cinnamon and lemongrass to the melted soap and stir the mixture with a spoon for a minute or two.
molding the soap
Option 1: Cup mold
After you’ve mixed the soap, pour it into the cup. Use the spoon to pack the soap in and remove any large air bubbles.
Option 2: molded by hand
Alternatively, you can simply scoop out the soap with your hands and mold it into balls or pancakes.
Now, cover the soap cup with plastic wrap to protect it from any potential freezer odors. If you made soap patties, just wrap them in plastic wrap.
Place the soap in the freezer for 1-2 hours to harden, then remove the bars. Once the soap is hard, slide it out of the cup. You can cut the cup-shaped soap bar into smaller pieces with a knife.
You can store the soap in waxed paper or plastic wrap.
Let the soaps sit at room temperature for a day before using. Then enjoy cleansing your skin with a unique organic skin lightening soap. Elements of orange peel and safflower oil help promote the skin brightening effects of this soap.