Homemade Shea Butter Soap

Seasonal Sunday

Soap- we all need it. Whether it’s liquid or a bar, scented or bubbly- it comes in so many forms but is a necessity. Today I am going to take my first stab at making my own soap! Since this is my first time I wanted to keep things simple and use the soap kit that already has the main ingredients formed. You can snag all kinds of kits from Michaels- Shea butter, goats milk, etc. I wanted to play around with Shea butter since I knew all the benefits it has to offer….

Skin Care benefits of Shea Butter:

  • Highly moisturizing
  • Ani-inflammatory
  • Heals burns
  • Protects skin against free radicals
  • Vitamins A, E & F
  • Relieves Sunburn
  • Fades dark marks and scars
  • Prevents bumps after shaving
  • Softens skin
  • Calms irritated skin
  • Relieves joint pain

Just to name a few!

I opened my cupboard to find some fun flavor combos too- how about pink Himalayan salt with grapefruit oil? The salt will be a great exfoliant and who doesn’t love citrus? I also decided to take a stab and the all relaxing lavender with oatmeal to help with itchy skin.

Ingredients:

Shea butter soap cubes (I snagged mine at Michaels)

Himalayan Pink Salt

Grapefruit Essential Oils

Lavender Essential oils

Oatmeal

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Start by cutting your soap blocks into cubes so it’s easier to melt down, you will want to do this in a glass bowl/jar.

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Next we are going to crush my pink himalayan salt in preparation for my grapefruit soap!

Have you ever tried to break up pink himalayan salt? It’s really hard- grab a hammer!

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Next melt your cubes in the microwave, I stopped the microwave every 20 to 30 seconds to stir until fully melted.

Next I added about 30 drops of Grapefruit essential oil for scent- feel free to pick any scent you like!

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Next I added about 1/3 cup of crushed sea salt to the melted soap mixture and stirred.

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I wanted the salt to be throughout the bar but also resemble a geode- gotta love the chunky pink salt! I filled a few small tupperware containers with 2 teaspoons crushed pink salt.

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Next evenly distribute your soap mixture for your bars….let it sit and harden for at least 2 to 3 hours.

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Time for my other flavor combo- Lavender Oatmeal! First I placed about 1 cup of oatmeal into the food processor.
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Just like the salt, I added some to my melted soap and more to my rubber cupcake trays for looks. Then pour into your form and let sit for a few hours.

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Time to peel back the rubber and pop out the soap bars!

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Gorgeous! Can’t wait to go take a soak with my new creations:)

homemade soap_0006homemade soap_0007What did I learn in my first soap making experience? 1- be sure to use forms that are easy to pop the soap out of. I got lucky but I could see how this would be hard, the rubber baking trays worked really well! They do have cute forms at Michaels too. 2- I added salt and oatmeal to my soap- definitely add this to the actual melted soap as well as the tray because a lot will fall off the soap after you remove it from the tray. All in all though- it was so easy!

Can’t wait to make more!

Enjoy!

xo

Sam

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