Homemade Shea Butter Soap
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
- 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.
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.
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!
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!
Next I added about 1/3 cup of crushed sea salt to the melted soap mixture and stirred.
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.
Next evenly distribute your soap mixture for your bars….let it sit and harden for at least 2 to 3 hours.
Time for my other flavor combo- Lavender Oatmeal! First I placed about 1 cup of oatmeal into the food processor.
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.
Time to peel back the rubber and pop out the soap bars!
Gorgeous! Can’t wait to go take a soak with my new creations 🙂
What 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!