Resource Reading #3

Avoid Harsh Ingredients! Start Making Soaps!
 by: Suzanne Currie 

You watch your diet and eat more organic fruits and vegetables. Are you also watching what you are putting on your skin everyday? Those beauty soap bars you have been using for years contain chemicals! No wonder you have been dosing yourself with moisturizers to prevent dry skin that promotes skin ageing. How about making soaps at home?

Pamper Your Skin, Go Natural

The human skin is the largest part of the body and its role is to prevent bacteria and germs from entering the body. It protects the internal organs, muscles, ligaments and bones. Because it is the body's outer covering, it is prone to infections and rashes. To keep it in good condition, special care must be given to the skin to keep it supple, smooth and well nourished.

The beauty industry capitalizes on the skin care needs - creams and lotions - to moisturize the skin. However, to keep costs down, man-made chemicals are used instead of organic substances. Using these commercial products especially soap, does the skin more harm than good. Over the years, the constant use of these commercial preparations builds up the level of toxins on the external and internal body organs.

Instead of lathering your skin with commercial soaps, go natural and make your own soap. Making soaps is not a complex craft. Choose handmade soap over commercial soaps. Homemade soap is best for the skin because it is mild and does not contain chemicals that can irritate the skin. It also prevents de-hydrtion and enhances younger looking skin -- so much for expensive moisturizers.

Make Your Own Soaps

Soap making is not difficult and you can start with the basic recipes. It's all mix and match and stirring and of course, watching the temperatures when working with lye. Get an easy soap making recipe or sign up with a soap-making class. Here you will discover how to rebatch soap so there's no waste if a batch fails.

Making soaps is easy. Start with basic recipes. You will need simple utensils - stainless steel pots, stainless mixing bowls, wooden beaters, measuring cups, and molders. Because you are going to handle lye, a caustic substance, invest in thick rubber gloves, protective goggles, apron, and long-sleeved shirts. For the soap ingredients, stock on base oils, additives for scent, Vitamin E, exfoliants and glycerin and other natural skin beauty enhancers. There's no end to what you can add to your homemade soap to keep your skin pampered.

The trick in making your homemade soap is in the accuracy of measurement and following the preparation sequence to the letter. Before you start your first soap making enterprise, make sure you have all the tools and supplies on hand. You will eventually learn the ropes and learn a few techniques.

With the best organic ingredients you are using for your homemade soap, you give your skin the

best pampering ever. No more expensive glycerin soaps or commercial soaps for you and your family. You can control the ingredients for your soaps and choose scents that you love. Here's a bonus - homemade soap is cheaper because you can make dozens of soap bars for the entire family. Everybody will surely adore the fresh scented soaps with a different feel.