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Many herbs are the pure and natural ingredients in soap that are great for sensitive skin. When you have a bar of natural soap in your hand, you’ve finally found the product that will do wonders for your hard-to-manage skin. Natural soaps can help improve acne or any skin problems.

What will you need to make your own natural soaps? For a basic soap, you’ll only need water, lye, and some kind of fat and oil. For a more luxurious soap, you might want to add coloring dyes and scenting oils. You probably have water as close as your kitchen tap; some people prefer to use rainwater or distilled water in their soap.

Pure and Natural SoapSo what about the oil? Just about any fat or oil can be used to make soap, from plant oils and hydrogenated fats to animal fats. If you have a chance to experiment, you’ll find plant oils such as coconut oils will give a rich lather; olive oil soap will yield fine, silky bubbles that are soothing to the skin; and animal fats give you a denser soap.

‘Saponification’ is the technical name for the chemical process between lye and fat. It may take more or less time to ‘trace,’ but when it does and your batch starts to thicken, that’s the time to add super fatting agents like avocado oil, cocoa butter, or shea butter. Then, pour the traced soap into molds, and let it harden. It will have to ‘cure’ for one to three days, and then dry a bit longer before you can enjoy it.

If you make your own pure and natural soaps, you can add extra vegetable fats towards the end of the process. The result will be a super-fatted soap that your dry skin will love. Or, if you’d like a soap that helps make your skin smooth and soft, add glycerin to the soap. You’ll find that a glycerin soap will cleanse your skin without drying it.

Essential oils are also natural ingredients that you’ll love to smell every day. You probably already know these as the pleasant-smelling oils that are used an aromatherapy. You can choose between sharp Mediterranean scents such as Basil, Bergamot, or Peppermint; softer scents such as Clary sage, Sage, and Thyme, or therapeutic oils such as Coriander, Eucalyptus, Lemon Grass, and Neroli. These oils will help counteract the lye smell that hand-made soap has a tendency to develop over time.

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