One of the soap groups on Facebook that I belong to does monthly soap challenges and this month they challenged people to make a soap using lemon juice. I thought that was such a fun idea, and something I’d never done either, that I wanted to give it a try myself and show you the process and results, so you can have a go at it yourself.
Make this refreshing cucumber mint soap, which is not only soothing to your skin but also gently exfoliates due to the added fresh cucumber puree!
Pumpkin Spice is one of my favourite soaps to make, not only because of the delicious I-want-to-eat fragrance, but because the added fresh pumpkin puree gives extra texture and colour to the soap. Using several swirling techniques, blends the colours both within the soap and on the surface!
Avocado oil, like the fruit itself, contains many healthy vitamins and minerals for your skin. Incorporating it into your soap will add creaminess and increase the conditioning properties of the soap, and the combination of avocado oil with fresh avocado will make for a silky, creamy bar that is great for your skin.
Using fresh ingredients in soap making has become very popular in the last years, largely due to the demand for more natural products. However, fresh ingredients will add extra water, sugar and/or fat to your soap, which alters the formulation and affects the outcome of your soap. In this post, I will explain what is needed and how to avoid common pitfalls.
Feijoas are great to add to your soaps for their exfoliant properties, both from the fruit itself but also from the texture of the flesh and seeds. You don’t have to worry about the fruit going bad in the soap, because the fruit, along with the oils and lye, will go through a saponification process in a high pH environment, and will keep anything from spoiling.