Are you fed up of soaps that leave your skin dehydrated? Has investing in expensive, so called ‘organic’ soaps burnt a hole in your pocket? Would you want your soap to contribute towards nourishing your skin and not just wash it? Do moisturizing soaps have little or no effect on your skin?
Here’s a way out. This article throws light on an easy, DIY, budget friendly way to make organic, moisturizing DIY Aloe Vera soap at home. Read on to know how.
For making 250 gm of Aloe Vera soap, you would need the following ingredients:
- Aloe Vera pulp – 25 gm
- Caustic Soda – 25 mg
- Olive oil – 150 ml
- Water – 50 ml
Take 50 ml of filtered water and boil it in a clean pan.
Let the water cool down a bit.
When the water is lukewarm, pour it into a plastic container.
Let the water cool down completely.
Now add 25 mg of Caustic Soda (chemically called Sodium Hydroxide – NaOH) to the cooled water.
Stir it till it dissolves completely.
Leave it undisturbed for an hour or so.
Add 150 ml of olive oil to the above solution.
Stir it vigorously till a mixture with a thick and homogenous consistency is obtained.
Finally, add 25 gm of freshly extracted Aloe Vera gel to the above mixture. Before adding the freshly extracted Aloe Vera to the mixture, make sure to run it in a blender so as to get a smooth gel without any lumps.
You may add any fragrance or perfume if you’d like the soap to carry a smell. This step, however, is optional.
Mix it thoroughly so as to get a mixture with uniform consistency, devoid of any lumps.
Pour it into the desired moulds.
Leave it undisturbed for 24 hours.
After 24 hours, it will solidify a bit.
Cut it with a sharp knife into desired shapes and sizes.
Voila! DIY Aloe Vera soap is made!
Note: Do not use it for a month or so. The idea is to let the soap harden over a period of one month. If you try using it before this period, it will chip off and break while using it.
How to use?
Wet your skin with water, rub it on your skin and work out lather.
Then, rinse with water.
Benefits of DIY Aloe Vera Soap
Aloe Vera has been used since times immemorial for its umpteen benefits. Aloe Vera is an excellent moisturizer, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Additionally, it slows down ageing and helps in wound healing as well. It is used to treat acne and tan prone skin also.
Olive oil is an excellent moisturizer and anti-ageing agent.
DIY Aloe Vera Soap Vs Commercial Aloe Vera Soap
- A lot brands have come up in the market which claim to be organic and herbal. They sell Aloe Vera soap bars and make tall claims about its benefits. But in reality, a majority of them either contain extremely minute or negligible amounts of Aloe Vera in their formulation. However, this DIY Aloe Vera soap’s core ingredient is Aloe Vera. Therefore, this DIY Aloe Vera soap actually contains Aloe Vera!
- Price wise, this DIY Aloe Vera soap is more economical as compared to branded Aloe Vera soaps. All you would need is 3 ingredients (2 of which you’d find in your backyard and kitchen, that is Aloe Vera and olive oil respectively) and you’re sorted! You’d only have to invest in Caustic Soda.
- A lot of marketed Aloe Vera soaps contain a horde of synthetic chemicals, preservatives, artificial coloring agents, parabens, etc. However, this DIY Aloe Vera soap is devoid of such things.
- As mentioned above, Aloe Vera has a zillion benefits. So, this DIY Aloe Vera soap nourishes the skin, apart from cleansing it. Olive oil is beneficial for the skin as well.
So, the next time you go shopping, make sure to ditch those awfully expensive moisturizing soap bars that fall flat on their claims. Instead, make your own stock of DIY Aloe Vera soaps and stack it right away!
Use different moulds to make cute, funny and crazy shapes of soap bars. Gift them to your family and friends. Let them discover the benefits of Aloe Vera soaps.
Happy soap making!