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Making your own soap is a bit messy but well worth it. Not only are you assured of using the purest of ingredients on your skin, and of having the exact fragrance you want, but with all the permutations there are in terms of ingredients and shapes, you can be sure of having a made something uniquely yours.
Which essential oils you use to fragrance the soap is up to you, and you can have a lot of fun making blends. Here are three formulas you might like to try; they each contain enough essential oil for 9 ounces of grated soap.
Grapefruit - 4 drops
Lime - 2 drops
Lemon - 1 drop
Basil - 2 drops
Lavender - 2 drops
Nutmeg - 1 drop
Bay - 2 drops
Clary-Sage - 2 drops
Lavender - 6 drops
Geranium - 2 drops
Roman Chamomile - 1 drop
Rosemary - 3 drops
Use as your base grated, one hundred percent pure soap. Excellent additions would be oatmeal, almond meal, avocado oil, olive oil, jojoba, or carrot oil. Bring to a boil an amount of water that is half the volume of the grated soap you intend to use. Put this in a bowl over a pot of boiling water on the stove, and add the grated soap. Stir until it the soap is fully melted (it becomes quite sticky and sloppy). Take it off the heat and leave until it is starting to set, then add your chosen essential oils. Mix again very well. You can scoop out the soap and mold it by the hand to the shape you want or put it into prepared molds. You can use old soap boxes for the traditional shape of soap or any small carton or container of your choice, so long as they are well oiled or lined with greaseproof paper. Leave until well set and then turn out the soap. If the soaps are intended as presents, wrap them in colored tissue paper before wrapping in giftwrap.
Honey and Herb Soap
10 tsp grated castile soap
1/2 tsp olive oil
2 tsp clear honey
2-3 drops essential oil, such as rosemary
Put the grated soap in the top of a double boiler. Melt the soap, stir in the olive oil, a drop at a time. Stir in the honey and essential oil, then remove from the heat. Continue to stir until the mixture is well blended.
Pour into molds such as wax paper cupcake papers, cover and leave undisturbed to become hard - this may take up to two weeks. Unmold and wrap in wax paper to store. Makes one bar of soap.
6 oz grated pure castile soap
1/2 cup rosewater, plus extra for polishing
Melt the soap in a double boiler, add rosewater. Beat until the mixture is well blended. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly. Using a teaspoon, form into small balls. Dry on wax paper in a warm place. Moisten a cotton ball with rosewater and polish the soap balls once they are hard.
Many people would never consider using essential oils in their cleaning routines. But as we become increasingly aware of the environmental hazards of chemical additives and cleaners, pure essential oils become a natural alternative to enhance our homes and lives in an environmentally friendly way.
A sink full of dirty dishes is finished up more quickly with the addition of 5-7 drops of lemon essential oil to the dish soap and water. It's good for the hands and it really helps cut the grease on dishes.
Next time you're mopping the flours, try a combination of Murphy's oil soap and pure essential oils, in a ratio of 20 drops of essential oils to 2 gallons of water. Recommended oils to try are: Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, Patchouli, Pine, Rosemary, Sweet Orange. Use singly or in combination.
All-Purpose Air Freshener
You can easily make your own air freshener to spray on furniture, floors, and drapes of your home. Add 25 drops of your favorite oil to a 16-ounce spritz bottle of full of water and spray. Shake well as you spritz it around. Do not spray on the animals or directly on unprotected wood.
You may choose from quite a few different pure essential oil. Use the oils singly or in combination. Recommendations are: Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Pine, Rose Geranium, Rosemary, Sweet Orange, Ylang-ylang. Be careful if you use Patchouli oil because it may stain lighter fabrics.