The Easy Way to use Essential Oils to Make Soap
Back in the day when life was simpler, women had hours to spend making homemade soap. It was a necessity and just part of daily life. But seriously, not many have the time it takes to make good old-fashioned lye soap. The good news today is that you can use essential oils to make your own soap without breaking the bank or spending hours on end in the process. It can be broken down into a few simple DIY steps. It’s uncomplicated and you’ll be using your handmade essential oil soap in no time.
DIY Essential Oil Soap or Re-batching
The re-batching method is a DIY plan for making your own essential oil bar soap. You won’t have to worry about the long process of using lye because the manufacturer will have already put lye in the base soap. You’ll be able to make a simple and easy batch of soap that is also kid and skin friendly in just a matter of a couple of hours.
Gathering the Ingredients to Make Your EO Soap
You’re going to use some pre-made soap to get started, hence the term “re-batching.” One of the best options is Kirk’s Original Castile Soap bars. But there are other brands and options. Choose a pure Castile bar soap for your base. For this recipe, you’ll need 3 bars of pre-made soap. There are some premade soap bases that are made specifically for re-batching. The most important thing is to purchase a fragrance-free soap. You want to add your own fragrance and other beneficial properties by using essential oils like lavender EO, bergamot EO, peppermint EO, and tea tree EO.
Choosing an Essential Oil Blend for Your Soap
The possibilities are literally limitless when it comes to choosing essential oils and oil blends to make re-batched soap. You can make your choice based on which fragrances you prefer. Or, you may consider other factors that are important to you and your family such as skin softening properties. Include oils with antibacterial properties if you wish. Some may want a handmade essential oil soap that is gentle enough for those who have skin issues like eczema. Do you want it to have a calming effect on the skin or mind? It’s up to you what EOs you put in your soap, and you can use any combination you like.
Recipe for Re-batching Soap
The first step for re-batching soap is choosing the method you prefer for melting down the bars. Choices include:
Your choice may depend on your schedule and the time you have available to make your own recipe. For the purpose of this recipe, we’ll discuss the slow cooker method. Other than the method, all the steps will be the same.
How much essential oil do I need for my soap?
The great thing about making your own soaps is you can choose how strong you want the oils to be. You can also add other ingredients that you like. Use this recipe as a base and then make changes from there based on your preferences.
If you choose to add oatmeal to your soap recipe you can leave it whole as an exfoliant. If you have children or super sensitive skin leaving it whole may be too rough. You can put it in the blender to make a finer mixture if you want the benefits for your skin without the extra roughage.
Which Essential Oils to Use in Soap
There are so many essential oils to use when making soap and it really is an individual choice. You can make your own unique blends or keep it simple by using a solitary essential oil for a pure fragrance. Also keep in mind the properties you want your soap to have such as antibacterial, skin softening, antifungal, odor busting, invigorating, or soothing. Start with what you like or hope to achieve and build out your soap making experience from there.
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