Natural Soap Making
Soap making has been adopted by many these days. It has also become an income source for many of the lower class women. People prefer making soaps naturally. In today's world natural products are much more costly and demandable than the synthetic ones. Plants are the primary ingredients used in the soap making process. Many of the plants act as natural ingredients in soap making. Usually herbs are the source of element used in natural soap making as they are very gentle to the skin and nourish the skin to a greater extend. Natural soap making is enhanced nowadays because it plays a major role in fighting against skin problems and acne which are the two major problems for which solutions are sought for.
The ingredients needed for natural soap making are lye, water, any type of oil or fat. Even scents or colours can be added to these soaps to make them more royal. Water can be from tap, as distilled water or rain water is also preferred. Any fat or oil can be used in making soaps, which ranges from vegetable oils to animal fats. Usually plant oils are preferred as it produces a good lather compared to animal fats. For example soaps made by using olive oils yields a soft soap with silky bubbles in it which makes the skin smooth and soft where as soap made from animal fat yields a denser soap.
The process of natural soap making can be referred to as Soponification. It is the chemical name given for the interaction between lye and the fat. Tracing time cannot be determined as the time might be less or more, but when the mixture starts to thicken, certain other things or extra ingredients like super fatting agents shall be added such as cocoa butter, avocado oil or even shea butter etc. The final step is to pour the melted soap into molds to become solid. It takes four to five days for drying and after that it can be used.
Towards the end of the entire process, a little more of vegetable oil can be added for getting the extra lustre. Such a soap suits best for dry skin as it becomes a super-fatted soap. Glycerin can be added to for making the skin softer and smoother. It cleanses the skin without drying it.
There are quite a lot of additional ingredients which could be added while making natural soap. One such ingredient are the essential oils, which gives a special kind of aroma and also provide special properties and thus relaxing the mind and soul. The importance of essential oils are known world wide as they are the oils which are used for aromatherapy. Each of them are known for their specific property. The oils ranges from Mediterranean smells like Bergamot, Peppermint or Basil to softer scents like Sage, Clary sage or Thyme to therapeutic oils like Eucalyptus, Neroli, Coriander or Lemon Grass. Using these oils might help in vanishing the smell of lye which is always recognized while natural soap making!
There are a variety of essential oils that are to preferred to be added in natural soap making. One such essential oil is rose oil which is used as an aromatic agent and is used mainly to provide a special kind of aroma to the soap. Rosemary oil is a very important oil used in the aromatherapy and are popular for their medicinal value. They are known to offer a lot of medicinal relief for muscle pains, sprains, cramps, brighten mood, easing pain, improving mental memory and clarity, relieving head aches, disinfecting and also to energize the body. Sage oil is a strong essential oil which has an exclusive smell and it has several important aspects such as it can be used as a tonic, hypotenisve, sedative, euphoric and even anti-convulsant. The outstanding feature about the sage oil is that it has the ability to stimulate the drive and calm the paranoia along with its seductive and warm properties. Another astonishing feature of sage oil is that it encourages dreams as well as dream recalls. Sandalwood oil is also an essential oil which is preferred for their woody and musky odour. Tea tree oil is known for their medicinal value. It can also be used as treatments for acne, athlete's foot, dandruff, vaginitis, thrush, periodontal disease, boils, lice, eczema, psoriasis, yeast infection and they can also be used as an antiseptic. Adding these essential oils by little amounts stimulates the quality of the soap in natural soap making.
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