When my son was an baby he had eczema patches on his wee little infant calves. It was dry and look really irritating. The doctors made some well-meaning suggestions like use Vaseline. But as a crunchy type of gal that I am, I opted for more natural methods.
All-natural shea butter (fat from the shea nut) and melaleuca (tea tree essential oil) was just the cure for his nasty little skin condition. I also started making our own soaps and found that really help keep both our skin really nice and smooth.
Throughout the years (he’ll be 3 in Autumn) I’ve continued to make these awesome all-natural products for him and have gotten requests here and there for me to make larger batches for interested parties.
So today, I decided to whip up a wonderfully exhilarating bar of soap for my Etsy shop, Like My Body.
The back story to Like My Body is quite a hilarious one, which I’ll share in a future post. But for now here’s a tutorial on how to make your own bar. Or head over to LikeMyBody‘s shop and get one from the soapmaker herself. ME 😀
First gather your supplies:
Melt and pour soap base (I used 1 pound Aloe M&P soap base for this particular project).
Gold Mica (for color)
Aura Cacia’s Sweet Orange essential oil
Rubbing alcohol in a spritz bottle
Heat safe measuring cup (I use Anchor because well.. I really like the anchor decal!)
Double boiler or microwave (I use a double boiler on a gas stove because microwaves are not all natural and Like My Body uses ALL natural ingredients and processes)
Spatula or something to stir with
1/4 teaspoon measuring spoon
Small cup for mixing mica and alcohol
Place chunks in heat safe measuring cup.
Melt the soap chunks on the stove in a double boiler OR a microwave. If you use a microwave melt in 30 second increments. If you use a double boiler beware the process takes around 15 minutes to fully melt your soap chunks.
While the soap is melting, get your small cup for mixing the mica and rubbing alcohol together. Put 1/4 teaspoon of Gold Mica (available at Brambleberry.com) into your small cup. Then pour a dash of rubbing alcohol into the cup on top of the mica. Mix them together. Pour more alcohol into the mixture until the mica resembles a liquid instead of a powder. And you definitely don’t want it thick like a paste. If it’s pasty, add more rubbing alcohol.
Also, grab your soap mold and spritz the entire mold with rubbing alcohol.
Point two-five ounces of an essential oil is generally 1/2 of the bottle. Essential oils typically come in 15mL bottles, that’s .5 ounces. And for every pound of melt and pour soap base you want to use .25 ounces of fragrance.
Now it’s time to shape your soaps!
Lastly, spritz the tops of the melted soap with rubbing alcohol to eliminate those crazy looking bubbles.
And now you’re all done!
Just wait for them to cool (around an 2 hours) and pop the soaps out of the mold. You can even refrigerate them too if you’re in a rush.
Take on deep luxurious inhale and this soap will instantly remind you of a that sexy Spanish man Joaquin who you met in Granada last Spring. The one who pretended to be your tour guide, but all the while he wanted to make you his ‘querido’!
Joaquin is available at LikeMyBody.etsy.com.