As we become more aware of the toxins that go into our bodies through the food we eat and the products we use, we reevaluate our life decisions and take the necessary steps to ensure a healthy life.
After switching to organic food, you may start focusing on your skin and the products that enter your body—shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, and soap, to name some hygiene products. While replacing these products with natural alternatives is an option, why not try making them your own?
You’ll be surprised not only by the wealth of recipes you can find online but how easy it could also be with the soap making kits widely available for purchase.
The Benefits of Making Handmade Soap
Soap-making is a step towards healthier living. You create a more natural environment for your family while opening up opportunities for business at the same time. Below are some other benefits of making handmade soap.
It protects your skin from harmful ingredients.
Reading labels on food allow you to know what goes into your body, and it’s no different with the products you apply to it. As others would say, if you can’t read it, then it’s probably not good for your body.
The good thing about making your own soap is that you know what goes into it—fat, oils, and all the other natural ingredients you would like for your skin. It allows you to avoid toxic chemicals and switch them with natural ingredients instead.
It can be tailored to your specific needs
Your skin’s demands change with age, lifestyle, and the climate where you live. Your family members may also have skin conditions you have to factor in. Instead of buying individual soaps specific to your different needs, you can whip up a batch of soap that works for everyone.
For example, you may add lavender essential oil to your soap to help relieve allergy symptoms and promote good sleep. There are also studies suggesting that lavender has antioxidant effects that may help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
It saves you money—and earn it
By purchasing your oils and fats in bulk, you have the potential to save more money by making your own soap than buying them from the grocery store.
By investing a little more in branding, packaging, and marketing, you can also turn this hobby into a profitable business! Your key selling point would be that your products are not only handmade but also safe and natural. You can eliminate the artificial fragrances from your products, which not only have the risk of causing allergic reactions, but are also known to cause cancer, birth defects, and damage to the central nervous system.
While seemingly intimidating at first, soap-making can be something that you can look forward to. It also helps that there are soap making kits available online—they provide you exactly what you need, without you buying more than what is necessary to start the business.
How to Make & Sell Soap
Soap making kits include the tools and ingredients you need to make your DIY soap. What they contain depends on which one you buy and what method you prefer.
Melt and Pour
The name itself is self-explanatory. In this method, all you have to do is melt the soap base in a double boiler or a microwave. Once melted, you can add in the fragrance, color, and other items such as dried flowers or herbs, according to your preference. Pour the mixture into the mold and let it cool. After at least an hour, the soap should be ready for use.
Rebatching is melting soap that has already been made and giving it a new life. It s like the melt and pour method, but here, you’ll be adding other ingredients like goat’s milk and other infusions. It’s ideal for reusing a batch of soap that you’ve made a mistake on.
In this process, you must make soap from scratch using ingredients like lye, fat, and additives. Keep in mind, however, that lye is quite a dangerous chemical to work on, so make sure that you’re wearing protective gear like goggles and gloves for your safety.
This process uses the same ingredients as the cold process, but it uses a different recipe. For example, unlike in the cold process where you must wait for a few days for the soap to cure, you can either let the soap from the hot process cure for a few weeks or use it right away.
There are many ways of making your own soap and while there are plenty of recipes online, don’t be afraid to whip up your own formula. With these tips, you’re ready to make your own soap and turn them into a profitable business!
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