January 19, 2021
Simple Hand Made Soap
When I grow up, I want to be Martha Stewart.
Maybe Homeschool Oil Loving Martha!
I’m sure many a business minded homemaker thinks she’d love to have the Martha touch… making good things everyday.
Beautiful gardens, beautiful food, beautiful events, beautiful homes.
In the late 90s and early 2000s, I subscribed to Martha Stewart Living magazine. These magazines are great resources and I’ve kept a few years worth. Last month I pulled out the December editions and began thumbing through. In one issue, I discovered a simple method for making hand soap. I’ve always wanted to make soap and even purchased a curriculum for our kids, but never got around to making it happen. Now that our kids are older, I have extra time to do these crafty projects.
I chose to begin with a soap that cuts grease, removes toxins and promotes soft, blemish free skin. Along with a white glycerin soap base, I purchased Fuller’s Earth and French Green Clay. I love the earthy colors these powders offered PLUS they’re great for your skin.
Fuller’s Earth is also known as Indian Healing Clay. It is a light brown, fine-grained powder rich in magnesium and other minerals. Originally used to clean raw wool, it has the ability to remove oils and toxins gently. It possesses properties that can effectively absorb excess oils and toxins from the skin, leaving skin soft and smooth. It also helps improve blood circulation adding a natural glow.
French Green Clay is an untreated clay with an appealing light green color. Like Fuller’s Earth it is effective at absorbing toxins from the skin. French Green Clay is great for sensitive, oily, or blemish prone skin.
These herbal additions combined with essential oils can give you a product that will support your skin health.
To make these soaps, you’ll only need a handful of ingredients.
Silicone Mold or Cardboard Carton
*Essential Oil Suggestions:
Regenerative Oils: Basil, Cedarwood, Clove, Coriander, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemongrass, Manuka, Melaleuca, Myrrh, Neroli, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Wild Orange, Yarrow
Revitalizing Oils: Coriander, Juniper Berry, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Manuka
Anti-aging Oils: Arborvitae, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Neroli, Manuka, Rosemary, Tangerine
Anti-Microbial Oils: Basil, Blue Tansy, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Copaiba, Cypress, Dill, Frankincense, Helichrysum, Lemon, Lemongrass, Litsea, Manuka, Myrrh, Neroli, Oregano, Rosemary, Siberian Fir, Thyme
To determine how much soap base you’ll need, fill your molds with water then pour into a liquid measuring cup. Note the amount.
Chop glycerin soap base into 1 inch chunks. Place in a microwave safe container. Microwave covered in 30 second bursts. Stir after each period. Continue with 30 second intervals until the soap is fully melted. Stir until smooth. Add 1/2 teaspoon of Fuller’s Earth or French Clay per 1 cup of soap base. Add additional until desired color is achieved.
Strain off bubbles or any clumps.
Pour into carton or soap mold.
Allow to dry 4-24 hours.
Purchase small soap dishes, butter dishes or appetizer plates. I found a set of 4 square appetizer plates at Home Goods for $5. You can also find fun dishes at thrift shops. Place soap on plate with a washcloth. Tie with a ribbon or twine.
CRAFT FOR KIDS
This project is a great one for kids to make. I have a few homeschool kiddos in my life and we created a DIY soap making project video. I’ll post shortly.
Let me know if you try this project!
For the first three people who comment on this post, I will send you a small amount of French Green Clay and Fuller’s Earth for you to create your own project. You can also use these products in a face scrub or mask.
Regarding Links for Products
Disclosure: I’ve provided Amazon links for the products I purchased from Amazon to use for this project. If you decide to purchase using the link, there is potential for me to earn a minimal amount from Amazon.