It is a relatively hassle-free process to purchase a bar of soap from the local store or kiosk nearby. You probably don’t have to think twice before this purchase. But, what is important is that you need to understand what you are getting yourself into.
Soaps have been sold commercially for several decades, but how reliable is this product?
While you may rely on the endless adverts you’ve seen on TV about how the soap promising to nourish your skin, you might want to dig deeper and find out if there any truth to these claims?
Here are a few reasons you might want to re-consider while using commercially made soap…
- Chemicals and detergents:
- Is your skin going to suffer?
- What should be your next recourse?
- Coconut bar soap:
Chemicals and detergents:
Next time, when you head out grocery shopping, make sure that you check the ingredients before putting the bar of soap in your shopping cart. Chemicals in your daily life no laughing matter.
You might want to steer clear of—sodium laureth that can be found in soaps. Sodium laureth sulphate is a part of our lives-- it makes up for most of the products in your toiletries, from shampoos to mouthwash. It is powerful foaming agent, and has raised the issue of safety from time to time. Sodium laureth sulphate can strip the natural moisture from your skin. If you have sensitive skin, you suffer from eczema.
Triclosan is another chemical that can be found in antibacterial soap. Triclosan actually encourages the emergence and growth of bacteria resistant. Plus, it can disrupt the endocrine system. This chemical is can negatively affect thyroid functions.
While your soap may smell luxurious, we really don’t know what concoction of chemicals lead up to this fragrant aroma.
Is your skin going to suffer?
No soaps are created equal, they are essential a cocktail of chemicals. So, it is a gamble of the combinations of chemicals. If you have sensitive skin, you might want to watch out. Over a period of time, you can face irritation. In certain cases, it can lead up to eczema. Also, triclosan— will promote bacteria instead of curbing it. Anti-bacterial soaps can alleviate the negative effects of using a bar of soap.
Since using soap is a recurring event, the chemicals in the soap may strip you skin of its natural oil over a period of time, leaving it dehydrated. With the moisture lost, you skin is bound to get dry. Soap reaves your skin of lipids, which is responsible for keeping your skin soft. Therefore, using soap is a gamble, of which the odds aren’t in your favour.
What should be your next recourse?
While soap available in the markets isn’t the best thing for your skin, you can choose to create your own. It is not as complicated as you as you might think. And, you certainly won’t need a factory.
This process is fun, easy yet frugal. You can turn this into a group activity, so, you can mix and match ingredients to create your very personal concoction of soap and in the process also mingle with your friends. This way you get to take a step towards ditching products that may harm your skin in the long run.
Now you can replace store-bought soaps with soaps crafted with vitamins, minerals, and beneficial oils. This way you will be able to add a personal touch and cater to your needs.
Read on as we take you through a quick class on the art of soap-making…
Coconut bar soap:
Coconut will never let you down. Coconut acts as an excellent moisturizer for your skin and it also helps remove dead skin cells. Coconut suits all skin types. If you have sensitive skin, you don’t have to think twice before using coconut as a chief ingredient.
This coconut oil soap formula-- is the perfect oil for extreme super fatting—which involves adding extra oils than lye, with luscious lather. Unlike the store-bought soaps, they won’t strip your skin of essential oils. Since the mixture is extra fatting, coconut oil soap is moisturising. Plus, such soaps can long last as one year— depending on the quantity of the mixture.
Ingredients required: coconut oil, water, lye and lavender or peppermint oil (as per preference)
You can’t prepare soap without lye, it is important to cause a chemical reaction called saponification.
How to cook soap:
Start off by adding you’re the ingredients in a crockpot, (except essential oils) and set the heat at low.
Pouring water in glass container, then take it outside along with the lye and long-handled spoon. Ensure that you don’t inhale any vapors, slowly add the lye to the water. Follow the steps accordingly, and don’t mess the order.
Now, allow the mixture to heat up. When the mixture is clear, you can take it off the crockpot and set it aside. Allow this mixture to cool for around 10 minutes.
Pour coconut oil in a saucepan and heat to 50*C. Ensure you put the thermometer in, now you can efficiently record the readings.
Now, pour the coconut oil in the crockpot. And, then add lye to this mixture.
Now, you have use a stick blender to start mixing. You will find the mixture has a thick texture.
Then cover the crockpot and let this concoction cook on low. You will notice that oils should rise and then fold back into the mixture, it takes about an hour. Make sure to check on the mixture from time to time. In case if it rises up the sides and might overflow, you can give it a quick stir.
When the soap is ready, the mixture will look semi-translucent. There will be no oil rising up in the middle.
To check, add a PH test strip and wait for it change colour. The pH level should be somewhere between 7 to 10. If the pH level is higher than 10, the soap isn’t done cooking.
Now, it is time to add essential oils. You can opt for either lavender or peppermint. It adds a fragrant aroma to the soap. You can choose to skip this step.
Now, put these mixtures in a mould and put it in the refrigerator. Once it cools down, you can cut the bar. Make sure you don’t put it in the fridge for too long.
Then, place these bars on a tray with and let them dry out and harden. This process may take a few days. Voila, a little patience and you have a perfectly cooked soap.
Although the cooking process is quick, the cooling process is a lengthy affair. But, this process is worth the wait.
Save your skin from all the damage, and replace the commercially made soaps for the handcrafted version!
We guarantee you the hassle is worth it!
Written by Sanjana Gupta on Sep 08, 2018
Author at BeBeautiful.