Being one of the oldest plants to be revered in its exceptional healing and soothing properties, aloe vera has been in human use since centuries. Aloe Vera is considered as a Natural Antiseptic and an Antibacterial which can be used to treat skin problems like acne, acne marks, dark circles, blemishes and many more.
We now know of the wonderfully amazing benefits of Aloe Vera in skincare. So today, we have incorporated aloe vera in soaps, to reap even more of the beneficial properties. This recipe would help you prepare your own customized aloe vera soap at home. So read on!
Benefits of Aloe Vera Soap
Aloe Vera, rich in Glucoproteins and Polysaccharides, has a wide range of applications for both Hair Care and Skin Care. Some of the benefits of Homemade aloe vera soap are listed below:
Pure Aloe Vera Soap has been used as a natural remedy for soothing sunburns since centuries. The cooling and calming properties of aloe vera also help in reducing inflammation and soreness.
Stimulating Growth of New Cells
The hormone gibberellin, contained in generous quantities in Aloe Vera Soap Base acts as a potential growth media for the skin cells, thereby promoting the growth of new cells and rejuvenating the skin.
Moisturizing the Skin
The natural electrolytes contained in Homemade Aloe Vera Soap make it a potential candidate for Skin Moisturization. It cleans the skin of dirt and grime, thereby promoting a glowy, supple skin tone.
Ingredients for Preparation of Aloe Vera Soap at Home
- 500 grams VedaOils melt and pour soap base
- ½ Teaspoon dye or pigment powder (optional)
- 3 Teaspoons of your favourite essential oils or essential oil blends
- 2 Teaspoons of your favourite dry ingredients like flowers and/or herbs, sparkles, lemon zest and such(optional)
- 2 Teaspoons fragrance oil of your choice
- 1 Cup Aloe Vera Gel (mashed and pulped)
- 300 grams Coconut Oil or Olive Oil
- Double boiler set up
- Rubbing alcohol
- Stainless steel containers
- Glass jar
- Wooden ladle
Method to Prepare Aloe Vera Soap Bar at Home
- Preparation Time: 20 minutes
- Cooking Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Resting Time: 24 hours
Step 1: Cut Aloe Vera Soap Base
Open the packaging and take out the VedaOils Aloe Vera Melt and Pour Soap Base. Using a sharp-edged knife, dice the soap base in 1-to-1.5-inch cubes or less. Make sure to cut the soap base into small pieces so as to aid in faster melting process.
Step 2: Melt Aloe Vera Soap Base
Put the diced soap base into a stainless steel container and place it on the double boiler set up on a medium gas flame. Slowly stir the soap base while it melts in the double boiler.
Step 3: Add Oils in Melted Soap Base Mixture
In a different stainless steel container take your Coconut Oil or Olive Oil and heat it up a bit over low gas flame. Pour the mildly heated oil in to soap base mixture, blending with a wooden ladle till the mixture gets fully incorporated.
Step 4: Add Essential & Fragrance Oils
Now that your soap base and oil mixture is fully incorporated, you may start adding in your favourite essential oils or essential oils blends along with fragrance oils. The most commonly used essential oils for aloe vera soap making at home are Lemon, Lavender, Rosemary, Cedarwood, Dark Patchouli, Peppermint and Bergamot. You can also opt for essential oil blends like Citrus oil blend (Tea Tree, Bergamot, Orange), Herbal oil blend (Rosemary, Clary Sage, Peppermint, Lavender) and Gentle oil blend (Lavender, Orange, Patchouli, Cedarwood). Some of the commonly recommended fragrance oils for soap making include Royal Rose, Sandalwood, Jasmine, Oceanic Mist and British Tea Rose.
Step 5: Add Dried Flowers in Aloe Vera Soap Base
Now, add in your customized ingredients like Aloe Vera Gel, Lemon Zest, Sparkles, Dried Flowers and/or herbs etc. Mix your soap base thoroughly and allow it to cool a bit at room temperature.
Step 6: Pour & Mould Aloe Vera Soap Mixture
Start pouring your melted aloe vera soap base mixture into silicone moulds. Spray rubbing alcohol over the filled moulds to prevent any bubbles. Let the moulds sit for 24 hours before popping out the soap bars.
Step 7: Release DIY Aloe Vera Soap Bars from Moulds
Gently place the moulds upside down and pop out the soap bars from them. Let the soap bars sit for 1-2 hours before using. Store the soap bars in a glass jar to let them retain their shape and texture.
Safety Precautions While Making Aloe Vera Soap at Home
- Avoid putting Aloe Vera soap base containing stainless steel vessel directly over flame. It may cause the soap base to get burnt.
- Always use gloves to avoid burns while in the soap making process
- Do not let children around you while preparing soap.
- Do not use glass utensils for the soap making process. Intense heating may cause glass utensils to break.
- Be careful while in the midst of the soap making procedure and take utmost precautionary measures while doing so.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I make Aloe Vera soap bar without rubbing alcohol?
Ans: Yes, you can make Aloe Vera soap without rubbing alcohol since it is an optional ingredient to prevent the formation of bubbles during resting process.
Q: Where to buy the best aloe vera soap base?
Ans: VedaOils Aloe Vera Melt and Pour soap base is best in quality and can be bought at: https://www.vedaoils.com/products/aloe-vera-melt-and-pour-soap-base
Q: Can I make aloe vera soap without lye?
Ans: Yes, you can make aloe vera soap without lye by following this recipe and by the use of VedaOils Aloe Vera Melt and Pour soap base.
Q: Can I use palm oil in place of coconut oil to make aloe vera soap?
Ans: Yes, you can use any type of oil substitute to make aloe vera soap bars at home.
Aloe Vera Soap is a natural, organic, anti-inflammatory and a non-toxic product which can be used to make a wide range of different industrial products. This engrossing DIY project focusses on preparation of Aloe Vera Soap at your Home and most of the people who have invested their time in it have seen great results. So, make your aloe vera soap at home and indulge in this interesting activity!