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Essential Oils and Soap Making

Updated on December 25, 2015

Essential Oils and Soap Making

Scented candles are widely available in the market. These are just some of the most common ways to experience the healing fragrances of essential oils. But did you know that it is possible to make soap out of essential oils too? Indeed, you can optimize your bathing experience by enriching your body with natural properties of essential oils.

If you are interested to make one at home for your daily use, read further below to find out how.

Lavender Essential Oil

Only few people are aware that lavender essential oil has been used for centuries as wash water, cosmetic products, candles, and scent soaps. Indeed, its combination of floral, herbal, and woodsy scent makes it ideal for use in aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy experts point out lavender as a non-toxic, non-sensitizing, and non-irritant type of essential oil, which makes it ideal for making soap as it can offer no harm even for the most sensitive of skin types. It also goes well when combined with other types of essential and scents including bergamot, clary sage, rosewood, ylang ylang, mint, tea tree, and citrus oils.

If you are to use it to make aromatherapy soap, the recommended dosage is about .5 to .7 ounces of lavender essential oil.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

The most common association that most people have with eucalyptus is that it is used for treating common colds. While this is true, it has other applications in aromatherapy as well. Eucalyptus is quite strong if you are to solely use it to make soap, which is why blending it with other softer and subtler scents might be necessary. Some of the scents that it works well together include lime, bergamot, pine, lemongrass, thyme, benzoin, lavender, tea tree, rosemary, and patchouli.

Again, you need to use only a minimum amount of eucalyptus oil to make soaps. The recommended dosage for use range between .3 to .5 ounces for a pound of soap. And even when combined with other type of oils or scents, it should only be present between 10 to 20 percent of the overall mixture.

Rose Essential Oil

Rose essential oil, more commonly referred to as Rose Otto oil, is widely used in making perfumes and in the field of aromatherapy. It possesses a rich, soft, but deep floral scent that exudes tenacity and beauty - thus, explaining its widespread use in making perfumes.

The sweet scent produced by Rose oil also makes it ideal in making soaps. The kind of variety you use in making your own aromatherapy soap largely matter because they all possess a unique scent that you can only get from a rose plant. Pure essential oils are quite expensive to purchase in the market, so if you intend to make your own essential oil soaps at home using rose essential oil, then it might be best to produce them on your own. After all, the synthetic types of rose essential oil are no match for the scent that is offered by the real thing.

What You Need

To start making your own essential oil soap at home, make sure to secure the following items:

  • Unscented glycerin soap – You will need about 4 ounce of clear glycerin soap. Another option would be an opaque soap for a more creamy result. You can easily find it in local health shops or department stores.
  • Essential Oil – Depending on your preference, there are several choices of essential oils you can use. However, you will only need about 10 to 15 drops of that essential oil.
  • Food Coloring – About 1 to 3 drops of this will do.
  • Mold or plastic tray – You can find them in local stores where the tray is shaped as a bar of soap.

Step-by-Step Instruction

Onto the actual process of making your own essential oil soap. Here's what you need to do:

  • Using glycerin makes life easier for you when making homemade essential oil soaps. First off, it is a natural moisturizer that is gentle enough for the skin.
  • Melt the glycerin soap in a double boiler. But keep an eye on it such that it does not turn out to be too hot.
  • After that, you can now add the essential oil and food coloring.
  • Once thoroughly incorporated, add the mixture into a mold.
  • To prevent the mixture from forming bubbles, add a few drops of rubbing alcohol. Let it sit for 45 minutes to one hour for maximum results.
  • Once the mixture has cooled down in the molding tray, store it for several more hours before you can use the soap.

Additional Tips

Essential oil soaps offer great benefits for anyone who uses it, just as any other methods of introducing the beneficial properties of essential oils into the body. Although it is categorized as a soap, there are various methods of using essential oil soap to experience its benefits.

First off, you can use it when bathing as you would any regular soap bars. Or, you can also display it inside your bathroom and use it as air diffuser such that the entire bathroom is filled up with the enticing scent of the essential oil, which also provides the same benefits.

Lastly, essential oil soaps also make great gift ideas for your loved ones and families to show them how much you value their health.

Essential Oils To Avoid When Making Soap

One reason why there are several options for application of essential oil is the fact that some are too strong to be used directly on your skin that it can lead to adverse reactions or skin irritation. Since essential oil soaps are to be used directly on your skin, you have to take extra precaution to ensure that the oil you are using is safe enough for your skin.

Below is a list of essential oils that you need to be wary of when using them to make soaps.

Irritating Essential Oils

Below are examples of essential oils that can lead to skin irritation if used in high concentration or an ill-advised manner:

  • basil
  • aniseed
  • cassia
  • clove
  • garlic
  • cajeput
  • peppermint
  • cinnamon
  • black pepper
  • turmeric
  • pine needle
  • thyme

Toxic Essential Oils

Essential oils contain chemical components that can still cause harm when used without proper amount of precaution or when used in large amounts. Here are just some of them:

  • cumin
  • orange
  • mandarin
  • verbena
  • camphor
  • fennel
  • hyssop
  • bay laurel
  • tarragon
  • valerian
  • sage
  • nutmeg
  • parsley
  • coriander

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