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Soy Soap Recipe

Randi Cardoza

Making soap can be a fun experience for families. It allows for personalized soaps for each member as well as gifts for friends and other family members. Soy, when used in soap, is more beneficial to the skin than milk and can help prevent skin problems such as rashes.

It is a natural emollient, or moisturizer, so naturally when used in soaps it can soften the skin.

Wax-Based Soap

Wax and glycerin are some standards in soap making. Glycerin soap bases can be purchased in opaque or clear forms. The honey is anti-microbial and can add a healthy glow to the skin when used.

Honey Vanilla Soy Soap 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp. of grated soy wax 3/4 cup of glycerin soap base 1 tbsp. of honey 1 tsp. of vanilla essential oil

In a double boiler, over low heat melt the soy wax and glycerin. Once melted, stir in the honey and vanilla oil until it is fully mixed. Pour the melted mixture into soap molds and allow to harden. Once hardened, remove from the mold and allow to cure on a separate drying rack. This soap should have a lovely honey-vanilla scent and can be put into a honeycombed mold to give it a decorative look.

For a rose and lavender scent, the vanilla and honey can be replaced with three opened capsules of evening primrose oil and lavender essential oil.

Oil-Based Soap

Oil-based soaps have more natural moisturizers than wax-based soaps.

Almond and Rose Soy Soap 1 cup soy oil 1 cup almond oil 1½ cups of glycerin soap base 1 1/8 cups rose water 4 drops rose essential oil

In a double boiler, melt the glycerin soap base over low heat. Once melted, add the soy, rose and almond oils to the melted wax. Stir the mixture until thoroughly blended. Slowly temper the rose water into the mixture until it is thoroughly combined. Pour the mixture into molds and allow to harden. It should cure on a separate drying rack after hardening.

Alternative scents can be created by replacing the almond oil with coconut or jojoba oil and using different essential oils to scent it. Both coconut and jojoba oils are used in commercial soaps and lotions. For a different scent, such as pina colada, replace the almond oil with coconut oil and use orange and pineapple essential oils.