How To Make Homemade Aloe Vera Soap
The cosmetics industry is booming and Aloe Vera is arguably one of the best sellers in the entire market. This is understandable for a natural giver of so many nutrients that can support your quest for improved health and beauty! Learn how to make Aloe Vera Soap.
Are you interested in what Aloe Vera can do for you? Have you ever thought about making your own Aloe Vera soap or hand sanitizer? Whether that is a yes or no- we aim to guide you in the right direction on how to make homemade Aloe Vera soap and describe all the benefits to you.
Watch Aloe Vera Soap Being Handmade
Top Benefits Of Aloe Vera Soap
- Aloe Vera is a natural cleanser and healer and you can safely use it on your skin and hair every day.
- Aloe soap is a good anti-bacterial and great for unclogging pores, degreasing skin, and improving acne breakouts.
- Some soap products are harsh on your skin and can leave it feeling dry- adding aloe to your soap will do the opposite and keep your skin hydrated.
- Aloe Vera contains fibroblasts- collagen and elastin that are essential for strong, supple skin. So you can appreciate and experience a natural anti-wrinkle effect from your Aloe Vera soap bar.
- It can reduce the appearance and harshness of blemishes and sunburn.
Why Should You Make Your Own Aloe Vera Soap Recipe?
Making your own Aloe Vera soap can turn into a fun pastime and opens a plethora of benefits for your skin health and beauty regime. Some commercial soaps can be rough on the skin and you can’t be fully aware of what goes into them when being made. Just think of it the same way you visualize your meals- nothing beats a home-cooked meal.
Also, don’t be fooled into thinking this article is purely for females- it’s the 21st century and men are just as keen to practice such things now!
There is more than one way to make Aloe Vera soap bars and we are going to explain the basics of each one- so you can try them all and see which one you prefer.
Process Of Making Soap
Whilst you are on the topic of making your own soap, we think it is a good idea to explain the process in greater detail.
Saponification is basically the chemical reaction caused by soap making. Whenever you mix lye with fats you create a heat reaction. Different oils have different reaction times so you should always research this before choosing which oils to add to your homemade Aloe Vera soap.
There are several ways to make your own Aloe Vera soap at home. Read on to find out how!
The Melt and Pour Method
This is the simplest method and requires you to use pre-made bars of soap but you can add your own ingredients too.
- Clean the work surface and get all of your chosen soap bars ready. We suggest using small cubes of soap to avoid injury. (Cutting bars of soap can be quite difficult with a sharp knife.)
- Place the soap into a microwave-friendly bowl or container. Cover with cling film.
- Heat the soap in 30-second segments so you don’t overcook the soap and ruin it. Keep doing this until all soap has melted.
- Add your fresh Aloe Vera gel to the soap when it has cooled down slightly- mix up the ingredients thoroughly. We suggest using half a cup of aloe per standard-sized soap bar.
- You can add almond oil to the molds to prevent soap bars from sticking to the bottom.
- Pour the soap into molds of your choice- (there are loads of fun-shaped molds available to buy online.)
- Allow the soap to solidify in the molds before trying to remove them.
Make Aloe Vera Soap With The Cold Process Method
- Start by measuring 12 ounces of distilled water in a measuring jug. We strongly advise using rubber gloves, and eye protection, and leave no skin bare for this method as lye can be harmful to your skin!!!!!. You are going to be causing chemical reactions.
- Make sure you are in a well-ventilated area. Weigh up 6 0z of lye and add to the distilled water. Stir the mixture until desired consistency allows the lye to dissolve.
- Allow the mixture to cool down.
- Begin to warm up essential oils and 1 cup of aloe Vera gel in a pan. Do this very slowly and do not boil.
- The temperature of both mixtures should match when you mix them, both should be 100 degrees. Add lye mix to the pan of oils and whisk thoroughly. The mixture should be thick and quite gloopy.
- Pour your homemade recipe into your molds- avoiding contact with skin.
- Allow your soap to cool down for 24 hours at room temperature.
- Remove the bars and allow them to aid for one month. (good things come to those who wait- this part is essential for soap that works)
Make Aloe Vera Soap With The Hot Process Method
- Note that before doing this method one must follow the safety precautions that we have noted in the cold process method. If you cannot stick to guidelines we suggest you don’t try this method.
- Once you have mixed up your lye and distilled water, you should aim to combine your essential oils and 1 cup of aloe Vera with the water mixture immediately in an adequate pot.
- Your solution should develop separation between the components- with the dense oils on the bottom and a thin layer of foam on the top.
- Simmer the pot gently- do not boil.
- Don’t leave the mixture unattended and keep stirring so the consistency remains even.
- When you begin to see yellow swirls and fewer bubbles (after about 15 minutes)- turn off the heat of the hob.
- Allow the soap mix to cool down and allow the process to complete.
- When all bubbles have disappeared, you should gently reheat the soap again. You should repeat this process as many times as necessary. Basically; it is ready when the soap has the same consistency throughout.
- Pour your soap into molds and make sure the top of each is smoother evenly.
- Allow the soap to sit for 4 weeks at room temperature.
How To Make Aloe Soap Using The Rebatch Method
This process is much simpler to follow and is great for beginners to try before attempting the other methods.
- Boil 500ml of water in a pan.
- Grate your soap or chop it up finely. Using a cheese grater or food blender is probably the safest way to do this.
- Place the soap shavings in a cooking bag and make sure it is sealed tightly. Use a rubber band or two if you don’t have a zip lock bag and ensure nothing will seep out.
- Put the cooking bag in the boiling pan of water and let it simmer for one hour. Add more water if needed and keep an eye on the process.
- Prepare your chosen essential oils and fresh Aloe Vera at this time.
- Add some oil to the molds so you can remove the soap easily after they have been set.
- After 1 hour, remove the cooking bag from the pan and remove the pan from heat.
- Use heat-proof gloves to texture and squash the soap into an even consistency. Aim for it to be quite mushy.
- Open the bag carefully and add your aloe Vera and essential oils then use the piping method to pipe the soap mix into your molds.
- Cover them with wax paper.
- Allow the soaps to cool and set them at room temperature for 4 weeks.
What Essential Oils Are Good For Making Aloe Vera Soap?
The list of essential oils that you can add to suit your skin type is aplenty. You can add these up and see how you like them or use one of them at a time in your recipes.
Lavender oil is probably the most popular choice for many soap brands. It has a great calming effect and very neutral on skin
Peppermint oil has a great soothing effect on muscles and some people love the tingly sensation to wake them up in the mornings.
Rosemary oil- This acts as a great moisturizer and helps remove dead skin cells.
Clary Sage Oil
Clary sage oil- is a natural astringent and has good anti-bacterial properties.
Patchouli oil- A mainstay in Asian medicine, a common oil used in fighting acne and oily skin.
Sweet Orange Oil
Sweet orange essential oil- This less heard of oil has solid anti-inflammatory benefits.
Some Final Tips To Keep Your Skin Looking Healthy
- Drink plenty of water, your skin is stronger and cells repair well when you are fully hydrated.
- Choose facial products that suit your skin type- i.e. are you normal, oily, or dry?
- Stick to a healthy diet. A bad nutritional plan is the main cause of bad skin.
- Exfoliate often.
- Load up on your vitamins and proteins- the main players in skin cell regeneration and maintenance.
- Get a proper sleep at night. At least 8 hours.
- Get vitamin D from the sun, but always use an SPF factor to protect your skin from too many UV rays.
- Last but not least!!! Add an Aloe Vera Soap to your daily skin regimen to reap the amazing benefits of the miracle plant!
We hope you have enjoyed this post about how to make your own homemade Aloe Vera Soap and its benefits. Please share these Aloe Soap recipes with your friend so they too can reap the amazing skin benefits.