I have recently began to make all natural homemade cold process soap. I have been meaning to move toward a more all natural life and this is my first step. I am beginning with soap and my next projects I have in mind are lotion, lip balm, bath bombs, laundry detergent, and house cleaners. I had three trial soaps that I am now using and they feel great!
I have now begun to get more in depth and have more variety in my soap recipes. The following recipe I used, Coconut oil, Olive oil, Castor oil, Cocoa butter, Hemp seed oil, sesame seed oil, sodium hydroxide, Lavender essential oil, and Lavender buds(dried).
Here are some things I read about the ingredients and what they contribute:
Coconut oil-moisturizing, protective to skin, lots of lather and hard bar
Olive oil-conditioning, moisturizing, stable lather, hard bar
Castor Oil- draws moisture to skin, thick large bubbles
Cocoa butter-conditioning, holds moisture to skin, hard bar
Hemp seed oil- rich in vitamins, proteins, minerals and fatty acid, soft bar, silky lather
Sesame seed oil-stable lather silky feel, said to help with arthritis, eczema, psoriasis and rheumatism.
Lavender essential oil- said to calm nerves, aid in sleep, help with blood circulation, treatment of acne, and more.
I ultimately made this soap to be a calming soap to use on a stressful day or before bed to calm the mind before sleep.
I will begin selling my soaps as soon as they cure in 6-8 weeks at local flea markets and hopefully farmers markets in the San Francisco area. I am also going to be selling online at http://www.etsy.com soon. I will keep you updated when I find out dates and locations!