The Best Natural Homemade Soaps

Mar Gomez

Luxurious, moisturizing olive oil–based soaps made easily at home.

There are only three essential ingredients required to create these luscious soaps: water, olive oil and caustic soda. Olive oil is used because it has the highest rating as a soap-making ingredient — its properties are known throughout the world. It’s the most beneficial oil for your health and has been used since ancient times thanks to its virtues for glowing hair and skin. It is rich in vitamins and minerals and has the added benefit of being available everywhere.

Once you have these three key ingredients, there are a number of other wonderful ingredients you can use to customize a soap that’s perfect for you. These ingredients include a wide range of natural products, like beeswax, cocoa butter, clay, kaolin, seaweed, goat’s milk and egg yolks. And because soap is such a sensory experience, there’s a comprehensive section on essential oils that create the air of perpetual breeze we all want out of a good soap. You’ll learn the history and therapeutic uses of these oils, along with everything you need to know to choose the perfect scents.

The fascinating history of soap is sure to enthrall, and handy preparation, utensil and ingredient guides ensure that you have everything you need to create store-quality soap at home.

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Sep 2014


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