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How to make a Natural Botox Soap

Updated on February 26, 2014
Tropical Hibiscus Botox Soap
Tropical Hibiscus Botox Soap
100% Hibiscus Flower Extract Soap
100% Hibiscus Flower Extract Soap

‘Natural Botox Soap’ from Tropical Hibiscus Flower!

Gumamela Natural Beauty Soap

Did you know that hibiscus (Gumamela) flowers are not only gorgeous but this very common flower in tropical countries like the Philippines are well known to help lift and firm the skin? By this reason, hibiscus was nicknamed as “The Botox Plant”. In Egypt, hibiscus flower is a popular drink in which they call “karkade,” while other parts of the plant are used to make jams, spices, soups, and sauces.

There are various colors for the hibiscus plant but the extract is most often taken from the red flowers, also known as “roselle" and "gumamela" in the Philippines.

Hibiscus according to studies is rich in antioxidants that are similar to those found in bilberry, cranberry, and red wine.

Hibiscus has a sort of magical reputation in skin care because it is a natural source of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs). We’re all aware of the chemical forms of these acids can be overly harsh and may sometimes be damaging to the skin, but natural sources such as that from hibiscus can help provide the same benefits without the harshness. AHAs are known to help exfoliate skin, speed up cell turnover, and help control acne breakouts, all of which can result to a fresher, younger, and smoother looking skin. With the flower’s ability to increase moisture and improve flexibility and elasticity of the skin—the reason why hibiscus is called the Botox plant.

Hibiscus Botox Soap Making Tutorial Recipe

With all the above mentioned, how else can we resist to make natural skin care using hibiscus floral water or extracts? Let’s start making soap!

The Botox Plant in Soap Making

Step by Step Hibiscus Botox Soap Tutorial Recipe

Ingredients:

300g Hibiscus Extract (Boil distilled water, add in as much ‘Hibiscus’ or Gumamela flower petals as you want, simmer for 10-15minutes, strain, FREEZE before adding Lye)

120g Hibiscus Extracts + *Natural Preservatives

*Natural Preservatives

1/8 tsp Sodium Bicarbonate

6g (0.5%) Potassium Sorbate

167.8g Lye or Caustic Soda

384g Virgin Coconut Oil or Pure Coconut Oil

372g Rice Bran Oil

240g Palm Oil (from sustainable source)

120g Castor Oil

78g Rosehip Oil (Organic is preferred)

6g Stearic Acid

2.5% 30g FRAGRANCE *Your Choice of Essential Oil to Fragrance. I would like to leave this unscented for a milder ‘Beauty Bar & Botox Soap’. It’s just me!

Hibiscus Soap Recipe on Lye Calculator

Instructions:

Since my instructions are pretty direct, I assume you are an experienced soap maker or a newbie who knows how to handle 'LYE'.

Step 0 COLD PROCESS: Ingredient Preparation: Weigh every ingredient.

Step 1 Weigh palm oil & stearic acid, combine in a microwave safe or heat safe pot, warm oils in the microwave or a double boiler to melt all solid oils.

240g Palm Oil (from sustainable source)

6g Stearic Acid

When melted, remove from the microwave or double boiler. Add in the other base oils.

384g Virgin Coconut Oil or Pure Coconut Oil

372g Rice Bran Oil

120g Castor Oil

78g Rosehip Oil (Organic is preferred)

Step 2 LYE Prep: Weigh out your lye. Add Lye/Caustic Soda here-for LYE-Hibiscus Extract- Solution).

300g {Slushy or frozen Hibiscus Extract} - Stir until clear & all lye are dissolved.

Cool the temperature down by placing the solution on a basin full of water, it should take less than an hour because your oils were heated, make sure they are of basically similar temperature.

Step 3 Check temperature of both OILS & LYE-Hibiscus Extract-Solution. Both should at least be 100 deg. Fah., or temperature must be at least of the same range. This is important for proper saponification process. Without a digital thermometer, you may opt to set into ‘Room Temperature.’

Step 4 Then, add Lye-Chamomile-Water Solution to your mixed oils in the soap pot. Stirring manually and stick blending in On & Off technique Bring to light trace.

Step 5 @ Light Trace, add in the following, one by one, stirring manually and stick blending in On & Off technique (alternating this technique).

120g Hibiscus Extracts + *Natural Preservatives

30g *Your choice of essential or fragrance oil

Step 6 Satisfied that every ingredient was fully incorporated, at medium trace you may pour on your soap mould & cover with a piece of cardboard, leaving small vent. Insulate your soap and cover with tea towels to avoid heat escaping from the mixture. This will ensure even heat distribution for proper saponification to occur.

Step 7 Unmould after 24 hours. Cut, stamp if desired, and let cure for 4-6 weeks. Your soap can actually be used after 1 week, but the longer it cures, the milder and economical your soap bars will be.

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How to prepare a Hibiscus Tea?

'Video on how to prepare Hibiscus Tea'

Since in this recipe tutorial we will need Hibiscus Floral Water or Tea, I searched you tube and found this lovely video. Basically preparation/ boiling hibiscus flowers are the same, just do away with the lemon, we don't require this in our soap.

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      Lee Strachan 3 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Oh yeah. Thanks for this inquiry!

      I divide my 35% Liquid (water), which I used Hibiscus tea {25% for dissolving lye}, then I separated 10% of hibiscus tea, this is where I dissolve Sodium Bicarbonate & Potassium Sorbate as my Natural/Food Grade Preservatives. Then I add this 10% Hibiscus Tea + Natural Preservatives after the 'Lye-hibiscus tea-solution' has been incorporated with the oils.

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      margaret Julian 3 years ago

      Hi..question as to what is the 1/8 tsp Sodium Bicarbonate for and when do you add it in the Hibiscus soap? I'm looking into doing a line of "Teasan" soaps using flowers and herb teas as the water for the soaps.

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      Lee Strachan 3 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Please check Caress by Nature facebook or Lee Strachan or Manila Soap Making Workshops, Cosmetics

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      janice celestial 3 years ago

      Hi there, this is very interesting. I found ur post in sulit.com and since then I've been following you and I really want to make natural soap especially this one...but I just wonder if the raw materials are expensive or if i can find the raw materials in the philippines...i jope to hear from you soon...can i add you on fb?

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      Lee Strachan 3 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Hi there! That's great to know! Hibiscus is a wonderful flower with lots and lots of skin benefits when used on natural products not only on soaps!- Thank you for the comment!

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      hdkw 3 years ago

      Interesting - friend of mine makes soaps and we're living in a place surrounded by Hibiscus - maybe I can become a best friend ::smile::

      Enjoyed the read.